Teen Rescued from River in Rome on Tuesday Evening

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Quick work by Rome Police, firefighters and others aided in the rescue of one of two teens who jumped into the river near the pedestrian bridge connecting Bridgepoint Plaza and Heritage Park Tuesday evening several times but then got caught in the current.

According to Hometown Headlines, One of the duo managed to get back to shore while the other — a 16-year-old male — held on to a bridge piling as rescuers arrived, said Sgt. Brandon Pledger of the Rome Police Department. Officers were able to lower a buoy to the teen and he held on as the Rome Fire Department launched a water rescue team, says Pledger.

Safely ashore, the teen was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Pledger says there were no visible injuries but he had been in the water for some time and the water “is still kind of cold.”

You can read more and see a short video here.


Arrest Report - Wednesday - April 25, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

CHS Students Pass CNA Test

CHS Healthcare students took the The Georgia Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Exam  last Thursday. The test consisted of a written and skills portion and was administered by a nurse from the state accreditation agency. A passing score on the test allows students to work as nursing assistants in local nursing homes, hospitals, home health, hospice, and medical offices and is a prerequisite to college RN programs. The following students passed both the written and skills portion of the test: Kaley Wright, Cheyenne Hines, Alyssa Jackson, Ariel Neal, Alyssa White, Jamie Lopez, Brittany Housch, David Espy, Haley Pierce, Peri Howard.

Armuchee Man Tries to Sell Stolen John Deere Backhoe

An Armuchee man tried to sell an expensive stolen John Deere Backhoe for about one-tenth of what it was worth, which landed him in jail.


According to Floyd County Police, thirty-eight-year-old Armuchee resident Richard Cord Hogue, was in possession of a John Deere backhoe loader which had been stolen from property on Prosperity Way in Floyd County.  He had the $28,000 piece of equipment at Cagles Stop & Shop on Georgia 156 where he was trying to sell the backhoe for just $2,000.

Hogue was placed under arrest and charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.


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Woman Reports Theft in Summerville

A Chattooga County woman says that a man stole $100 from her pocketbook after she attempted to help the man last Saturday around 2:20 AM.

Kara Mayes told a responding Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy that a man named “Chad” asked her for a ride while she was at a friend’s house.  Ms. Mayes agreed to give the man a ride, but when they started off and she asked him where he wanted to go, he replied “I don’t know.”  Mayes then took the man to her residence so he could call someone to pick him up.

While at Ms. Mayes’ residence, the subject kept getting up, saying that he was going to use the restroom.  The man remained at her residence about 20 minutes and then left.  After he left, Mayes discovered $100 missing from her pocketbook which she had left in her kitchen.

Ms. Mayes took off to find the man and found him at Great Way Food Mart near Dot Johnson Drive.  When Mayes confronted him about the missing $100, the subject fled on foot.

Chattooga County Deputies tried to locate the suspect, but were unable to locate the man.


Inmates Charged with Beating at Floyd County Jail

Four inmates at the Floyd County Jail have been charged in the beating of another inmate Monday morning.

According to jail records, 24-year old Jamel Dupree Hughes of Forest Park, 19-year old Treveion Maurice Turman of LaGrange, 21-year old Jamael Rashaud Stewart of Rome, and 19-year old Harold Joseph Hunley of Rome are all charged with riot in a penal institution and battery.

Hughes, an alleged gang member, was arrested last month by the feds for murder and other charges related to a 17-year-old’s murder and the gas station shooting.

Turman was originally arrested in March after allegedly taking a vehicle from another state and bringing it into Georgia.

Stewart has been in jail since April 3 following a ‘shots fired’ complaint on Avenue B that led to the mobilization of the SWAT Team.

Hunley has been jailed since October of 2016 for robbery by sudden snatching.

He was involved in another jail fight in December of that year, according to previous reports.


Summerville Announces "Spring Cleanup"

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The city of Summerville will host its free annual Spring Clean Up event starting May 7.

People may put their yard debris and other items along the street starting that day.  Spring Clean will run May 7-11th.

There is no need to call when these items are placed at the roadside because the city will be running a route to collect the items.
If you have yard debris, brush, limbs, etc., keep them separated from the regular weekly household trash.

The city will not pick up the following:

  • Tires
  • Shingles
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Building Materials
  • Contractor Waste
  • Asbestos
  • Oil and Fuel
  • Automobiles and Boats
  • Flammable Materials
  • Hazardous Materials and any other hazardous material as deemed so by the City of Summerville.

If you have any questions contact Terry Tinney at 706- 859-0907 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia DOT Doing Asphalt Repair in Chattooga County

Georgia DOT advises motorists on US 27 in Chattooga County that maintenance crews begin today their work on repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on the highway.

Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

These maintenance operations and the temporary lane closures they necessitate are weather permitting and subject to change.

It is the Georgia DOT policy to repair and maintain Georgia interstates and state highways promptly, efficiently and economically using well-planned activities, proper equipment, and skilled and dedicated employees.

Prompt repair of small asphalt pavement defects has significant impacts on reducing maintenance costs.

Deep patching which will be used in this maintenance operation is one of the methods Georgia DOT uses to repair deteriorated, settled, cracking and dislodged pavement

Neelley Faces Charges in Chattooga County if Released from Alabama Prison

Convicted killer Judith Ann Neelley will have a shot at parole next month in Alabama, but should she be paroled, she will be facing a life sentence in Georgia, according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader.

Neelley was originally sentenced to die for the 1982 brutal slaying of Lisa Ann Millican in  DeKalb County, Alabama. That sentence was commuted to life in prison by then Alabama Governor Fob James.

Sheriff Mark Schrader told AM 1180 that his office was contacted by the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board this week concerning Neelley.  Sheriff Schrader says that should Neelley be released on parole, he will be there to pick up Neelley to serve a life sentence in Georgia in connection with a separate murder.

In October of 1982, Neelley abducted a couple from a Rome service station.  Janice Chatman and John Hancock were a young engaged couple from Rome.  On October 4, 1982, they were abducted by Judith Neelley. John Hancock was shot in Gordon County, while Janice Chatman was brought back to a motel room, where Judith Neelley’s husband Alvan Neelley tortured the girl.  The Neelley’s then drove the girl to Haywood Valley Road, just across the Chattooga County line, where Judith Neelley murdered Chatman.

John Hancock, however, did not die, and was able to point to Alvin and Judith Neelley as his assailants.  Judith Neelley worked out a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty in Georgia by testifying against her husband.  Judith Neeley entered a negotiated plea in Chattooga County Superior Court and received a life sentence to run consecutive to the sentence in the DeKalb County, Alabama case.

Sheriff Schrader told AM 1180 that he has already written a letter to the Alabama Pardons and Parole Board, assuring them that Chattooga County will take custody of Neelley should she be released from prison in Alabama.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - April 24, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Last Day to Register To Vote in Primary

Today is the deadline to register to vote if you would like to cast ballots in the upcoming Primary  and Non-Partisan Election on May 22.

Early voting for the contest begins April 30th.  Voters in Chattooga County will have a contested Superior Court Judge race on the ballot as Melissa Hise challenges incumbent Ralph Van Pelt for a seat on the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.  Voters in Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties will all be voting in that non-partisan race.

Republican Primary voters will have the choice between Sammy Ballard and Andy Stivers to find out who will challenge Democrat Eddie Massey for a seat on the Chattooga County Board of Education.


Statewide primary contests for Governor, Lt. Governor and other offices are also on the ballot.


Rome Man Charged with Soliciting Sexual Favors from Teen at McDonalds


Rome Man Charged with Soliciting Sexual Favors from Teen at McDonalds

Rome police say that Thomas Theodore Watson, age fifty-one of Rome, was jailed after he allegedly gave a note to a sixteen- year-old male describing acts of sodomy while at McDonalds on Shorter Avenue.

Reports said that the note was explicit in nature. Reports went on to say that Watson had been convicted of first degree sexual abuse back in 2004.

Watson is charged with solicitation of sodomy and probation violation.

Coosa Valley News

4-H Shotgun Team Advances

After recent competition, nine members of the Chattooga County 4-H Shotgun Team will be advancing to state playoffs.  Five junior 4-H members and five senior 4-H members have qualified for the state playoff competition.  Hunter Ratledge placed first as a senior; Gavin Jarrett placed third as a junior; Caden Smith placed first as a junior.  Second place junior team members were: Gavin Jarrett, Caden Smith, Isaac Ratledge, Dawson Tucker and William Elrod. Congratulations and good luck in the playoffs to these members of the Chattooga County 4-H Shotgun Team.

Taylor Street Man Reports Break-in

Summerville Police are investigating a break-in on Taylor Street in Summerville.  Tyler Smith told Summerville Police that around 10:15 on Sunday morning, someone tried to break into his residence.  Smith said that he heard something at his back door and when he went to investigate, he found that the back door of the house had been kicked in.  Damage was done to trim around the door, according to the police report.  Nothing was missing from the home.


Family of Victim Speaks Out Against Neelley's Release

Convicted murderer Judith Ann Neelley is going to be up for a hearing before the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board next month, and family members of the victim of a 1982 murder that Neelley was originally sentenced to death for, are urging the public to speak out.

Neelley was originally sentenced to die for the 1982 brutal slaying of Lisa Ann Millican in  DeKalb County, Alabama.  Neelley is now set for a possible shot at freedom next month. A parole hearing for Neelley has been set for May 23 in Montgomery. Millican’s family is trying to organize protests to urge the board to deny parole. It has been 35 years since Neelley was arrested in Millican’s brutal slaying.

Cassie Nicole Millican is the sister-in-law of the murder victim.  Millican told AM 1180 “We are angry that Judith Neelley is given the chance at a life she denied Lisa. We actively implore everyone to write letters of protest. If your close,  show up and protest. Judith should never get to see the light of day among civilized people.”
Millican says people can visit her Facebook Page for more information and updates. You can find a link Here .
The address for the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board is:
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Gas Prices on the Rise

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Americans are finding some of the most expensive gas prices in years. Sunday’s national average of $2.76 per gallon is the highest daily average since July 2015.

Georgia’s gas prices set a fresh new 2018-high last week. Saturday’s state average of $2.66 is the highest since September when prices were recovering from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Sunday’s state average of $2.66 is 10 cents less than the national average and 38 cents more than this time last year. Mark Jenkins with AAA said high oil prices are the main reason gasoline is so expensive right now. If prices have not peaked yet, they should do so in the next couple of weeks.

On Monday, the lowest gas prices in the Summerville and Rome areas were $2.59 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com.

Arrest Report - Monday - April 23, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Extension Office Cancer Cooking School Coming Up

Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas says that a cooking school is coming up next month and her office is taking reservations now for the free event.

“Cooking for a Lifetime” will talk about healthy cooking and ways to prepare meals for those who are cancer survivors or those that are at risk for cancer.  The event will be limited to 25-30 people to allow a more personal experience for attendees.

Thomas says that those who attend the cooking school will get a free cookbook and there will be sample available for them to try.

You can register for the event, which will be held on May 2, 2018 at the Chattooga County Senior Center in Summerville, by calling the Chattooga County Extension Office at 706-857-0744.



Summerville Police Respond to Alexander Street Domestic Incident

Summerville Police responded to a domestic incident on Thursday of last week on Alexander Street after a mother told her son and her son’s girlfriend to leave the residence.

According to a report by the Summerville Police Department, the mother called police after she got into a verbal altercation with her son’s girlfriend, which then turned into a physical altercation.  The woman told a responding officer that she had ordered her son’s girlfriend to leave the residence, because the girlfriend was verbally abusive.  The girlfriend left, but returned a short time later with the woman’s son and the son and his mother got into an argument.  The argument became physical when the son allegedly pushed his mother.

The complainant’s husband backed up the woman’s claim and said that the son and his girlfriend were no longer welcomed at the residence.  The complainant’s husband added that neither the son nor his girlfriend were contributing to household expenses and that they shouldn’t be allowed back at the residence.

While police were speaking to the mother she experienced a medical emergency, which according to the report may have been caused by stress.  Redmond EMS responded to the scene.

Police located the son and told him not to return to the residence or he would go to jail.  The son was advised that a police escort would be provided for him to retrieve his personal belongings from the residence.

Local Elementary School Title I Nights

Two events are planned this week at local elementary schools for Title I nights.

At Leroy Massey Elementary School, Thursday April 26th from 5 – 6:30 PM there will be “Pop In for Popsicle and Pizza” which encourages families to improve their reading and social studies skills together.

The same night at Lyerly Elementary School, Title I Milestone Night….”Batter Up” will feature free concessions and will encourage students as they prepare for testing.  Students are being encouraged to “Come gear up and get Test ready, to knock it OUT of the park.”  The event will be held from 5-6 PM.

Make plans now to attend these events at Leroy Massey Elementary School or Lyerly Elementary School, this Thursday.