Meet Palmer Mireille – North Georgia Idol 2012

PalmerPalmer Mireille is 14, has been performing on stage since she was 3, and has sung for over 150 audiences.  She has won numerous contests in 3 different states. At 8 years old, she won the Towns Co. Kids Idol. After that she went on to win “Best in Show” in the Spirit of Appalachia contest in North Carolina  2010, highest score vocally in the” Starbound Talent Competition” in Atlanta 2011, and first place in the “Rising Star Regional Competition” in Chattanooga in 2012 before winning the North Ga. Idol, 2012. Besides being an accomplished singer, she has had the lead in many theatrical productions, danced for 11 yrs. and is currently a member  of Studio One’s” Hip Hop Crew” in Blue Ridge.

Palmer has been choreographing for herself and others for 5 years.  Recently, she has been working with well known songwriter Deedee O’Malley in Los Angeles , as well as Producer and track writer Sean Clyde, and has written and recorded her first original song “Spark”. Plans to market it are in the works.  She will spend the first two weeks of March training with the famous vocal coach Raven Kane, in L.A. and recording and writing more songs.

Her petite frame and powerful voice surprise audiences wherever she performs. Palmer loves hip hop dancing, shopping (especially for shoes), playing with her Pomeranian (Rusty) and cats (Fiona and Fluffy), Yoga, watching, “American Idol” and “X-Factor”, watching “Dance Moms”, and going on Instagram and Facebook to catch up with friends.

Palmer was named the 2012 North Georgia Idol in March 2012. She will be joining us for the 2013 competition as a guest judge and will perform her new single during intermission of the March 23rd auditions.

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Business of the Week – Corrugated Replacements

First Machine constructed by Corrugated

First Machine constructed by Corrugated

Corrugated Replacements started in 1981 with a manual mill and two honest brothers. Back then, they machined parts in their grandfather’s barn and sold them to local box plants. With a niche for good business and reliable service, Corrugated Replacements saw swift growth. Within mere months of start-up, it was time to hire an employee. Four years later, operations doubled with an addition of 2000 square feet to the existing barn.

Today, Corrugated Replacements has become a major component of the corrugated and paperboard converting industries with 2400 clients worldwide who depend on them for parts and services. Visit their website at for more information.

Nominated for business of the week by General Manager, Jenny Chandler. The office staff of twenty enjoyed a lunch of  Chicken Francaise and Gorgonzola Pecan Salad on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The business of the week program is sponsored by Copperhead Lodge and provides a full lunch for one local business each week. Michelle Evans, spokesperson for Copperhead Lodge, said “this program has allowed us to serve those in our community who are working hard to build their small businesses in these tough economic times.”

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in Blairsville, Georgia with a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms and Cozy Cabins for rent and sale. Located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia., 706-835-7433

Business of the Week – Foodland Grocery

foodland500Foodland has been serving Union County for over 42 years and is a well known landmark in Downtown Blairsville, Georgia. Owner Wayne Abercrombie says, “Bill Hunter and BJ Davis built the place in 1965. It was called the Superette. Tony Dyer and I bought it in 1968 and renamed it the A&D Supermarket. In 1974, I bought out Tony and named it Foodland.”

Wayne’s son Ricky started working at the store 29 years ago. Father and son have seen many changes. Wayne says, “The town of Blairsville has grown a lot over the years. We used to know everyone’s name but there are a lot of new faces now. There are also a lot more rules and regulations to keep up with.”

Foodland is a complete grocery store with fresh produce, a dairy department, meat department, canned goods, frozen section, household supplies, hardware, and more. One customer says, “Foodland has the best steaks in town. I never have to worry about using tenderizer.”

The meat department at Foodland is a busy place. Marty says, “We cut over 1500 pounds of meat every week including fresh deli meats, popular cuts of steak, roasts, ground beef, ground chuck, and ground round. We also have old-fashioned salt cured country hams, chicken, and pork.” If customers need cooking instructions, Marty is always glad to give out directions and recipes.

Foodland offers competitive pricing. They have a good selection of Christmas candy, local honey, local syrup, and other seasonal and specialty items. Many people depend on Foodland for special occasions. Foodland has delicious homemade coleslaw, baked hams, rotisserie turkeys, hoop cheese, and party platters. Call now to place an order!

Nominated for this honor by Jade Baker who says “I think FoodLand Grocery should be business of the week for next week. They’re the only hometown grocer left here, and the owner, Wayne Abercrombie, would go above and beyond to help anyone in need, even if it meant he had to go without. They have a wonderful and friendly staff who would give you the shirt off their back. I think they need a little recognition.” On Friday, February 1, 2013 the staff and some lucky customers were treated to a lunch of BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Salad, and Turtle Cheesecake for Dessert.

The store is located at 34 Haralson Drive. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in Blairsville, Georgia with a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms and Cozy Cabins for rent and sale. Located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia., 706-835-7433