September Diplomat of the Month

MyShelly Faucett name is Shelly Faucett and I am honored to be named Diplomat of the Month. I am the office manager at Dalton Funeral Home and we have been a member of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce since the funeral home opened for business. I became a diplomat shortly after that. It is a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful Chamber that has so many networking opportunities.  I have been able to meet new people and learn more about their business and get to know them as a friend. I was born in Chatsworth. GA where I am still a resident with my husband and son. I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I stand firm in my faith and have a wonderful church family where I am a member at Central Community Church in Chatsworth.

Other than being the office manager at Dalton Funeral Home I also sell headstones. Dalton Funeral Home is the newest funeral home in our area. We have been in business and helping families for 3 ½ years. Although I am fairly new in the funeral business, the owners of our establishment, Tim Rowe and Robert Chambers have over 25 years of experience.  Our funeral director Harold Love is working on his 50th year in the funeral business. I am proud to be with a firm that has a heart for the community to serve its people with great dignity and respect during a very difficult time. We welcome visitors at any time to come see our beautiful funeral home and chapel.


September Feature Story

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Readers to Leaders played games, read and gave away 2200 books this past summer at 12 Whitfield County USDA Lunch sites.


Readers to Leaders and The Greater Dalton Chamber teamed up and challenged the students in the Dalton/Whitfield area to read 75 books this summer! More than 40 students participated and Mallory Priest was our winner of the drawing for the Next Book Tablet!

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4th Annual Book Blast. July 23, 2015. 200 families visited the Book Blast. They heard stories, played games, made crafts and every child received a book. . The event was made possible by 111 volunteers!

September Spotlight On Business

Angela Moss Gordy CPA

The Accounting Place

We are an accounting firm located at 605 S. Thornton Ave in beautiful Dalton, Georgia. We specialize in servicing small businesses and individual taxpayers. Our services include full service payroll preparation, bookkeeping, tax planning, tax Angela 2015preparation and business consulting. We have experience with Quickbooks and Peachtree accounting software and help clients implement and maintain their books and accounting systems.

Our philosophy is to partner with business owners to maximize the growth of their business. As a small business owner who wears many hats, it is important ‘to know what you don’t know.’  At The Accounting Place, we KNOW the complexities of accounting and can efficiently provide you with necessary services so that you can concentrate on your core business.  You sell your goods and services and let us worry about your accounting duties!

With cloud based programming at an all time high, we are ahead of the curve and offer many on-line solutions to the accounting function. Such services as payroll, cash management, accounts receivable and accounts payable functions can all be done without ever leaving your office.

Call us today for a consultation; we would love to work with you and your business!

September Green Story: LOVE IT

Love it PSA ChamberlinkLess Litter Means a Greener Place to Live

As you drive around the community you’re sure to see trash carelessly thrown out the window of a moving vehicle, and trash that has been blown off the back of a pickup truck or trailer because the load was not properly secured. Litter, trash in the wrong place, is a burden on the community. Besides being an environmental issue, littering an economic development issue.

According to the Litter in America study conducted in 2009 by Keep America Beautiful, 93% of homeowners said that a littered neighborhood would decrease their assessment of a home’s value and does influence their decision to purchase a property.  55% of realtors think that litter reduces property values by about 9%.  And, 36% of business development officials say that litter impacts decisions to locate to a community. 

This fall Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful announced an educational campaign that will encourage individuals to stop littering. KDWB is a local non-profit dedicated to making the Dalton and Whitfield community a more beautiful place to live. Their focus areas include waste reduction and recycling, litter prevention, and beautification and community greening. This volunteer run organization has annual programs like Christmas Tree and Electronics recycling day in January and also hosts Adopt-a-Mile cleanups throughout the year.

After reviewing almost fifty anti-litter slogans submitted by the public, two were chosen in August to be a part of the educational campaign. The main slogan, “Love it. Don’t trash it!”, was submitted by resident Eli Miranda. While the hashtag #LiveLitterFree was submitted by Robert Fernandez, also a local resident. Both phrases will be used to promote litter free lifestyles and demonstrate positive actions people can take to help clean up the community and throw trash away responsibly.

For example, an easy way to help is keeping a trash bag in your vehicle. Results from the litter study showed that 51% of litter came from motorists intentionally throwing things from their vehicles. Prevent the thoughtless toss of trash by keeping a bag or container in your vehicle exclusively for trash. When you arrive at your destination, take a minute to throw the items away in the appropriate receptacle.

To learn more about the litter prevention campaign, or to register to volunteer with KDWB call 706-278-5001 or visit  Join their Facebook page at for updates, events, and green living tips.

Photo caption: Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful’s new anti-litter education campaign “Love it. Don’t trash it!” aims to encourage residents to prevent and help cleanup litter.

August Diplomat of the Month: Deborah Boyd


How did you get started at WTTI Radio?

I began in radio when my father, Troy Hall, invited me to join him at WTTI.  I took over the station when he retired about 6 years ago.  My husband, Jim and I now have the privilege of running the station together with a fantastic team.

What is your favorite part of being a business owner?Deborah

My favorite part is being able to see our vision become a reality.  Our vision is to bring hope (the joyful expectation of good) to our community – to demonstrate the authentic love of God through business.  Whether it’s through uplifting praise music,  providing advertising for local businesses to help them grow, supporting causes important to the community, or participating in Chamber events, it is a joy to help people succeed!

How has the Chamber helped with your success?

I have gained many new friendships with some wonderful people through the Chamber’s commitment to connecting people.  One aspect that I enjoy is the Chamber’s Business of the Week. Surprising businesses with extra support and publicity is a delight!  What a great way to encourage our neighbors on a Monday morning!

And I look forward to even greater things to come!