Hiawassee and Towns County Georgia

Hiawassee and Towns County Georgia

Hiawassee and Towns County Georgia

Community Data
TOWNS COUNTY, HIAWASSEE AND YOUNG HARRIS

WELCOME
The natural beauty of Towns County attracts visitors and new residents from far and wide. Located in the northeast Georgia mountains, 57,500 acres of Towns County is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Lake Chatuge, Georgia Mountain Fair and other annual festivals bring many visitors to Hiawassee and Towns County. The friendly relaxed atmosphere of the mountain area makes many visitors permanent residents.

LOCATION
Northeast Georgia
2-1/2 hours from Atlanta and Chattanooga
30 minutes to Murphy, NC
2-1/2 hours to Greenville, SC

CLIMATE

HighLow
Summer Mountains 75 50
Valleys 85 60
Winter Mountains 40 10
Valleys 50 20
Rainfall 60" annual average

CHURCHES
Anglican, Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of God of Prophecy, Episcopal, Full Gospel, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Unitarian, United Methodist

ECONOMY
Tourism, Services, Retail, Construction, Garment Mfg., Trout Farming

EDUCATION
Young Harris Primary School is located on School Street in Young Harris and Towns County Comprehensive School is located east of Hiawassee overlooking Lake Chatuge. The high schools have strong academic and vocational curriculums. Students in academic programs rank among the top 10% in the state in math and reading and students in all grades score above national averages on standarized tests. Business, office procedures, home economics, agriculture, health and construction occupations are part of the vocational curricula. Special education courses are available and 88% of the graduates continue their education in college or technical school.
A two year liberal arts school, Young Harris College was founded in 1886 and currently educates 550 students. An Adult Education Center is also located on campus.

GOVERNMENT
Towns County-County Commission
Hiawassee & Young Harris-Mayor & City Councils

HEALTH CARE
Chatuge Regional Hospital is licensed by the State of Georgia. This hospital has 42 acute beds and the nursing home is licensed for 76 long-term care beds. The hospital has a four-bed Intensive Coronary Care Unit staffed by CCU trained nurses. New Emergency and Outpatient treatment area is staffed full time. The Laboratory is equipped to do most all of the immediately needed tests. A cardiologist visits the hospital every other Monday and the hospital is a part of The Heart Network and works closely with St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta.
Emergency Medical Services - The Towns County Emergency Service is available 24 hours a day. It is comprised of both paramedic and basic emergency trained personnel. The advanced life support service has the capability of administering medications, defibrillation and intubation as well as shock prevention and IV fluids. The EMS work closely with the Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Some of the staff are also SCUBA qualified and trained in rapelling for rescue in mountainous terrain.
Towns County Health Department - provides many personal health care and environmental services for every member of the family. Patients who are financially eligible can be screened for a discounted charge in those programs with a fee. Some of the services provided are AIDS testing, Child Health Exams, Dental Clinic for children, Diabetes screening, Environmental Health Services, Family Planning, Hearing/Vision/Dental Screening, Immunizations, Pap Smears, Personal Care Services for the Elderly, Scoliosis Screening, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberulosis Program and the WIC (women, infant, children) Program.
Home Health Care - Several agencies in the county, both private and government sponsored, provide home health care on acute and intermittent levels.

LIBRARY
Towns County Public Library-Hiawassee
Mountain Regional Library-Young Harris

RECREATION AREAS
Amicalola Falls State Park-Hwy. 52E
Brasstown Bald-Hiawassee
Frank Gross Recreation Area-Hwy.60, Suches
Meeks Park-Hwy. 515, Blairsville
Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area-Hwy. 180, Suches
Vogel State Park-Hwy. 19 & 129S, Blairsville
Woody Gap Recreation Area-Hwy. 60, Suches

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