As we come off the one week a year that as a nation, we come together with hearts of thankfulness. We have so much for which to be thankful. From the freedoms we enjoy in our great Country, our family and friends, to the blessings of this beautiful community called Toccoa!
As our tag line reads…Toccoa means more than Beautiful! What makes our town a community is the people! This has once again been demonstrated as just before Thanksgiving we were blessed to once again be the location for a second movie to be filmed right in our backyard. As the local contact for the Georgia Film Industry, I have had the privilege to be on the front lines of the filming process, twice now.
INSP Films chose Toccoa-Stephens County to be the home of its next movie, County Line.
According to their recent press release, “County Line tells the story of Alden Rockwell, an aging ex-sheriff dealing with the recent death of his wife and forced into retirement after losing a re-election bid. When his old war buddy, closest friend and neighboring sheriff, Clint Thorne, is critically shot, Rockwell finds himself in the middle of a non-sanctioned investigation. Amidst a dangerous threat to his own life, Rockwell refuses to stand by while a ruthless element takes over the town.
Cast in the leading role as Alden Rockwell is Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard). Sheriff Clint Thorne will be played by Jeff Fahey (Texas Rising, Lost). The movie also features Patricia Richardson, (Home Improvement, The West Wing) who plays the spunky diner owner, Maddie Hall” and Grant Goodeve (Eight is Enough) , newly elected Sheriff.
The making of this movie was much more action packed and labor intensive than Heritage Falls (the INSP movie previously filmed in Toccoa-Stephens County earlier this year). The cast was much larger, the need for special effects and props was much greater and required much organization, cooperation and support from the community. Once again, the people of Toccoa stepped up, with smiling faces and generous attitudes excited to be involved and help in any way possible.
As our town came together again and rallied to the call, whether it be for extras in the movie, vehicles used as props, law enforcement services, City and County organizations, and local business owners, the people of Toccoa helped to make it happen! And we will reap the benefits and see that sacrifice brings progress, humility brings favor and unity brings prosperity.
Let us be careful not tomove too quickly from a time of Thanksgiving to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Let’s continue to be grateful for the blessing of living in a community where people care about one another and come together to accomplish the task at hand! Let’s celebrate the true meaning of the season, the birth of Jesus! Merry Christmas to all!