10 Tips for a Greener Summer



Owen Security Solutions proudly uses Honeywell products, the number one choice of homeowners and the world’s leading brand for temperature control and customized energy management solutions. 

You won’t believe how easy it is to save money, save energy and make your home a more efficient, more comfortable place. Control your thermostats, lighting and more whether you’re at home or on the go via your smartphone. You’ll have a greener wallet and a greener planet! 

Save Money When You Use Your Security System!
Honeywell’s advanced energy management solutions let you automatically adjust your thermostat or turn your lights on or off when you use your security system. The result? A lower energy bill and higher comfort level. It’s simply the easiest way to keep more money in your pocket while conserving valuable natural resources.


Why pay to heat or cool your home when you aren’t there? Honeywell Z-Wave® thermostats can automatically adjust every time you arm or disarm your security system. Imagine the comfort, convenience and savings you’ll enjoy without any change in your daily routine! You can also set scenes and schedules for energy savings and receive alerts on your smartphone when settings are changed or if the temperature exceeds a specified range.


Think you forgot to turn your lights off? Whether you’re at the office or on vacation, you can check and turn them on or off or program scenes and schedules to save money, save electricity and extend bulb life. They can also be randomized for a lived-in look while you’re away. You can even turn them on or off every time you arm or disarm your security system—a great way to save money and energy automatically. 


What could be cooler than Z-Wave® enabled control of household ceiling fans? They can be automated to turn on or off when you arm and disarm your security system, programmed for specific times, work in conjunction with lighting and more!


Creating scenes and schedules can enhance your lifestyle and help you save money and energy without any change in your daily routine. A “Goodnight” scene could entail having the

doors lock and the lights shut off when you arm your security system at night. A schedule might be created to have the porch and hallway lights on and the thermostat set to a specific temperature an hour before you leave the office so you arrive to a comfortable, well-lit home.

For more helpful energy saving tips and a FREE security audit. Contact your friendly security advisor at Owen Security Solutions at 706.629.7398 or visit us online for more information. http://www.OwenSecurity.com



Spotlight in Business: First National Community Bank

logoIn 1975, a group of local civic and business leaders opened the doors to a new bank; a bank rooted in the long-standing principles of true community banking that would be responsive to the financial needs of families and business owners.

Today, First National Community Bank continues to embrace the principles on which we were founded. By doing so, we bring life to independent banking that provides tangible benefits for those we serve. Here, our customers come to discover relationship-based, service-driven banking at the hands of friends and neighbors. Our brand of banking means a tunnel-vision approach to the unique needs of each individual gracing our doorway. It means local loan decisions by banking professionals who not only know our customers but the community as well. It means value in a wide array of accounts and financial services.

Certainly, it also means a large dose of corporate citizenship. Both corporately and as individuals, First National Community Bank is at work beyond the walls of our bank. Throughout the Chatsworth, Dalton and Eton areas, our bankers devote countless hours in civic, charitable, educational, youth and economic development endeavors that benefit area residents and enhance the quality of life we share.

074 (2)Over the course of the past several years, our nation has endured an economic downturn that has touched the lives of most everyone in America. The actions of a handful of Wall Street banks, insurance companies and investment firms trickled down to affect financial institutions from coast to coast. As a result, many large, regional banks retreated to the sidelines and withdrew their lending efforts. However, First National Community Bank never ceased its lending function. In our role as your true community bank, we felt it incumbent on us to remain invested in the lives of our customers whether improving their homes, educating a child or expanding a business…among countless other reasons.

First National Community Bank also expanded its loan presence with greater emphasis placed on mortgage lending, allowing customers with dreams of home ownership or those interested in refinancing a higher-rate mortgage to take advantage of interest rates that remain near historic lows. Our Mortgage Department is located at 101 N. Hamilton Street in Dalton, although our Mortgage lenders remain flexible to travel to provide a measure of convenience for home loan customers.

The FNCB brand is one that differentiates it from other banks. While many people think that one bank is about the same as the next, customers of First National Community Bank know otherwise. Independent banking brings them greater value, faster answers, immediate access to documents when need and, most important, a relationship with “bankers who will provide the right solutions each step of the way,” according to FNCB President and CEO Laurice Tatum. “Our mission continues unabated in providing exceptional service and tailored solutions for our customer. To a person, each FNCB banker believes in the traditions of community banking and, as a result, we enjoy a great deal of satisfaction in seeing individuals and business owners achieve their goals.”

3rd Annual Literary Celebration in Action!

The 3rd Annual Literary Celebration was a community wide event to promote literacy and reading to children of all ages. This year, over 600 people participated in the event. The literacy celebration engaged children by poetry and themed reading circles such as Harry Potter, Disney, The Cat in the Hat, Clifford, The Magic School Bus (lets not forget Miss Frizzle and her lizard Liz’s surprise appearance), Divergent, The Magic Tree house, Narnia, and many others; craft stations such as making book markers, book covers, piggy banks, and write your own story; games including  ABC bingo, and ABC Dr. Seuss golf; and vendors like Kool Smiles, North Georgia Regional Library, Cross Point Preschool, Health Care Partnership, United Way, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Red Reads, and others. There were also special guest appearances of storybook characters Woody from Toy Story, Superheroes Bat Man and Captain America, Clifford, Harry Potter and friends, Storm Troopers, Elsa from Frozen, Narnia, The Queen of Hearts, Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2, Mother Goose……too many others to name! Children also had a free pass to the splash pad and were provided with free healthy snacks! If you didn’t make it to this years Literacy Celebration, you missed out! Archway Partnership would like to thank everyone who was involved and sponsored the event to make it possible!

DSC04429Volunteers get ready to pass out cinch bags to every child that attended.


Children pick which literary door prize they would like to register for.


Summer Nix (Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce)
volunteered to dress up as Elsa from “Frozen.”

DSC04440Volunteers read to children at the “Bob the Builder” themed reading circle.

DSC04438Children make paper book covers that they decorated to protect
their books they received at the celebration.

DSC04444Children are read to at the “Clifford” themed reading circle

DSC04435United Way show off their Little Free Libraries  to encourage children of all ages to read.

For more Archway Partnership and Readers to Leaders news, see the August edition of ChamberLink coming soon!

Q & A With Diplomat of the Month: J.R. Blankenship


???????????????????????????????What is your favorite thing about the hospitality industry?

I like meeting people from everywhere and all different walks of life.  I love dealing with all aspects of working with people and making their stay fantastic.  To know that I have had a small part of making their travels a good experience makes me smile.

What am I most proud of?

I have been in the hospitality industry 27 years.   Holding numerous different positions has expanded my knowledge base and has allowed me many opportunities, including meeting former President Bill Clinton.

What’s been your most interesting job?

I worked for UGA as the Olympic Housing Coordinator during the 1996 Olympics.  The excitement and energy of creating the housing department to reflect a hotel stay was a great experience.  I loved being on the cutting edge of both the Olympic experience and developing a new product.

Who has had the most impact of my life?

My aunt, Dr. Elise Blankenship.  She has her doctorate in special needs education.  She has made such a difference in so many people’s lives, she’s truly an inspiration.

If you could have another profession for one day, what would it be?

I’d like to be the President of the United States, just to experience the power and decisions that are made in that office.