Category Archives: Fannin

Blue Ridge Student to Attend Marine Academy

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was pleased to share good news with another student from Fannin County who has been admitted to one of the United States military academies. Makenzie Ralston of Blue Ridge will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as part of the class of 2022.

“Makenzie’s determination and talent have been on display throughout her academic career, and I look forward to seeing her further hone those skills in New York,” said Collins.

The daughter of Mr. Scott and Ms. Claudia Ralston, Makenzie attends the Marion Military Institute and is the captain of its tennis team. She will follow in the footsteps of her sister, Summer, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017

Collins and Blue Ridge Business Owners Talk Pro-Growth Policies

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined the Blue Ridge Business Association recently to hear from business leaders about the local economy and related policy issues.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and the Blue Ridge Business Association

Collins asked the Fannin County group to share the economic outlook for their operations and invited questions on policy issues affecting the local economic landscape.

“This roundtable brought together a lot of business experience and deep commitment to the economic success of the Fannin community. As I remain committed to supporting pro-growth policies, it’s invaluable to receive feedback from the Blue Ridge Business Association and other job creators on a number of policy issues that my colleagues and I are working on in Congress,” said Collins.

One of the strongest themes at the roundtable was the increasing need for workers to fill job openings being fueled by the expanding economy. Collins explained how the House of Representatives is turning its attention toward workforce development aimed at bringing unemployed Americans into the labor market. Participants seemed to agree that elevating vocational training in community schools would also help equip workers for local job opportunities.

The group also asked Collins about the president’s infrastructure plan and its potential impact on Fannin County and considered how communities should approach potential infrastructure investments.

The White House’s recently released approach to infrastructure emphasizes the needs of rural America, including affordable broadband access. Collins has championed this issue in his work with the Trump Administration and through his introduction of the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act, which would incentivize greater investment in broadband infrastructure.

Fannin and Hall Students Admitted to Naval Schools

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) nominated Loretta Strickland and Michael Herrington for admission to U.S. military academies and is celebrating good news for both northeast Georgia students. Herrington will join the class of 2022 at the United States Naval Academy, and Strickland will attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

“It’s an honor to see the Naval Academy recognize the investments Loretta and Michael have made in their communities. As these impressive students travel north to serve our country, I look forward to hearing of their continued success,” said Collins.

The senior class president at Flowery Branch High School, Herrington is the son of Mr. Mike and Mrs. Vickie Herrington. Herrington is a member of the National Honor Society and cross-country team and has received the Air Force Association Outstanding Cadet award.

Strickland is the daughter of retired police officer Greg Strickland and is the first student from Fannin County High School to receive an appointment to a U.S. military school. She competes in track and cross-country events and is part of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.