Tourism board votes to cease operations

  • Rabun County, Ga.
    Rabun County, Ga.

CLAYTON—The Rabun County Tourism Development Authority board of directors voted 8-4 last Wednesday to cease functioning as of Sept. 15 and turn all assets and programs over to the county.

Executive Director Teka Earnhardt will remain through the end of September to assist the county’s Director of Development, Rick Story, in transitioning the work of the TDA to the newly-formed Forward Rabun organization.

Story said the county has not yet begun advertising for a new tourism director.

Following a brief executive session, the board voted to pay Earnhardt through the end of September, a severance package consisting of three month’s salary plus taxes in addition to a bonus of $500 per year for her 10 years of service.

It was not immediately clear if last week’s action dissolves the TDA or will allow for a restructuring of the TDA with new board members.

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