Monthly Archives: January 2015

Take 5 with Tommy Drake

allstateThis week’s Take 5 is with Tommy Drake of Allstate. Tommy is a member of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Blairsville Downtown Development Authority. He and his team are eager to assist you with your insurance and financial services needs. Let’s take a moment to get to know him better.

  1. What is your job title and what do you do at your Allstate Agency?

I am the owner of the Enotah Group, an Exclusive Allstate agency. Many people think of us as just insuring cars and houses, but we also offer insurance for businesses and commercial vehicles, builders risk, general liability, umbrella policies, off road vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, boats & collectable vehicles and even pets. We also a full range of financial services including life insurance, retirement savings, mutual funds, IRAs, annuities and college savings plans. We cover Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

My favorite quote is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emmerson (among others) although many versions of it have been circulated for quite some time:

“Watch your thoughts for they become words, watch your words for they become actions, watch your actions, for they become habits, watch your habits for they become your character, watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”

  1. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

A few years back I crossed over into the “dark side” of fifty. This has been a very liberating age – full of changes, challenges and growth. Something happens when you hit the half century mark: you realize that it’s none of your business what other people think of you. When you get that, you’re free to think about other, more productive, things. I’m really enjoying my fifties.

  1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d get my private pilot’s license – something that I’m planning to do in 2015.

  1. Have you ever met a famous person? Who and Where?

About fifteen years ago I met Joan Rivers. She was speaking at a fundraiser for the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless. Many people don’t know what a great motivational speaker she was. And she kept saying that no matter how bad today is, you will wake up tomorrow and it will be different. And she was right. You’ve got to wake up every day and start anew. Otherwise you might miss something wonderful.

To reach Tommy Drake, your local Allstate agent, call (706) 745-4400 or email His office is located at 44-B Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512.

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in Blairsville

BEST-Logo-window Decal (2)January is the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions. Almost all of us have made them at some point in our lives, and probably the same number of us have had trouble keeping them. Not to worry! The Chamber is here to help you make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions while living or visiting Blairsville-Union County.

Resolution #1 – Lose Weight. This is such an easy one for those in Blairsville-Union County. Besides several great fitness centers who offer a variety of indoor equipment and classes, we live in the most perfect area to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Two of my personal favorites are hiking the many wooded trails throughout the county and walking the recreational trails at Meeks Park. No matter what your preference for activity level, Blairsville-Union County offers it all.

Resolution #2 – Save Money. Looking to save money in 2015? The Chamber is happy to help! Saving money begins with shopping local. Not only will you save on gas money, but our members are also always offering great deals. Start by checking out our hot deals on You can sign up to have them sent directly to your email as they are posted. Also consider signing up for our Buy Local Coupons and Events newsletter that will send you information on our annual events that help you save time and money by shopping with our local merchants.

Resolution #3 – Volunteer. Blairsville-Union County is well known for is community minded citizens. If you have not had the opportunity to experience volunteerism in our community, this is the year to start. Local nonprofit organizations serving a variety of interests are ready to put your talents into action for the good of others. These interests include kids, elderly, animals, festivals, and businesses. Contact the Chamber for a list of places who could use your services!

Resolution #4 – Learn Something New. We are blessed with an abundance of talented people in our community who are willing to share their skills with others. Always wanted to learn to crochet or paint? Ready to learn to play guitar? Interested in calligraphy? Whatever new skill you are hoping to learn, we likely have someone who can teach it to you through educational classes right here in our town. Let us help connect you with your future instructor.

Resolution #5 – Join The Chamber. Oh, this is not one of the most common resolutions? Well, it should be! Being a member of the Chamber, whether you are associated with a business, organization, or as an individual, is one of the best things you can do for yourself in 2015! Becoming a member of the Chamber demonstrates your desire to help grow your community. Through our programs and services, you will feel more involved and connected to your community. You will be given opportunities for personal and professional development. You are almost guaranteed to be happier and more successful in the new year!

Are you ready to start making your 2015 resolutions a reality? Contact the Chamber today at 706-745-5789 and let us start you on your way. Happy New Year!