Arrest Report - Monday - October 22, 2018

Here is the latest Arrest Report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, October 22, 2018:

Frost Advisory in Effect for Northern Half of Georgia

A frost advisory warning has been issued for Chattooga County by the National Weather Service. In the picture above, periwinkle indicates a frost warning while indigo indicates a freeze warning.

The warning was issued at 4 AM and will expire at 8 AM later this morning.

Motorists are advised to use extra caution on the roadways this morning while the warning is in effect.

Summerville Woman's PayPal Compromised

According to a report filed by a Summerville Police officer on Thursday, city resident Sandra Adams reported that several unauthorized transactions had been made using her PayPal account, which is linked to her personal checking account.

The transactions listed in the report total almost $4,000.

The incident is currently being investigated by the SPD as financial fraud.

3 Cases of ‘Mysterious’, Polio-Like Condition Investigated in Alabama

It’s being called a mystery illness and being compared to polio.

Over the past four years, the Centers for Disease Control have seen a rise in Acute Flaccid Myelitis, also known as AFM. The neurological condition causes paralysis and weakness in limbs and is mostly diagnosed in children.

The CDC released a report earlier this week saying 62 cases have been confirmed so far this year. 127 cases have been investigated overall across the country, and 3 of those cases are in Alabama.

The numbers of reported and confirmed cases began to rise in 2014. It has earned the title of ‘mysterious’ because CDC officials don’t know what causes the condition or why they began seeing more cases four years ago. Since August 2014, the CDC has confirmed 386 cases, mostly in children.

Symptoms have been most similar to complications associated with viruses like polio and West Nile.

“There are currently 3 cases under investigation and we don’t have any conclusive information at this time,” Dr. Burnestine Taylor with the Alabama Department of Public Health said.

An official, differentiated AFM diagnosis requires an MRI.

Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health don’t know when the cases were originally reported. However, they want to stress how rare this condition is. A person’s chance of getting AFM is approximately 1 in a million. For more information about AFM visit the

Read Kelly Smith’s full story on WHNT 19.

Traffic Detour in Berryton Caused by Downed Utility Line


Traffic was shut down on Sunday afternoon on Highway 48 near Back Berryton Road.

There was an utility line hanging low above the road, and before an officer could get there, an 18 wheeler snagged it.

The truck broke three poles on Martin Street and lines were down across Highway 48. This led to a traffic detour that lasted a few hours.

Summerville's New City Manager to Be Named This Evening

The Summerville City Council will conclude its months-long search for a city manager this evening (Monday, October 22nd) when it names its top pick for the position.

In city hall at 5 PM, the meeting will begin with an executive session (not open to the public) where the council will have a final opportunity to air any last-minute concerns before making the final decision official.

Immediately following the executive session, the new city manager’s name will be read as the council formally holds a vote on authorizing city attorney Albert Palmour to enter into contract negotiations with her/him on the city’s behalf.

The foregoing makes up the entirety of the council’s Monday agenda. WZQZ will have a reporter present to publicly announce the new city manager’s name on our Facebook page as soon as it is released.

The positions’s three finalists are:

  • Mr. James A. Woods is from Hogansville, GA, and is a former city manager of the same. He was also the city manager of Blountstown, FL. Woods was interviewed last Monday morning.
  • Mr. Jason L. Hall is from and the current city manager of Lyons, GA. Hall, who was interviewed Monday immediately after Woods, also served Varnell, GA in the same position.
  • Ms. Janice Galloway, from the Cloudland community west of Menlo. Galloway is currently Summerville’s interim City Manager and interim Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.

The city has been working to fill the position’s vacancy since the July passing of Tony Carroll, who held the position from 2016 until his death. When Mr. Carroll went on medical leave in the spring to fight a second battle with cancer, former Summerville Water Treatment Plant superintendent Janice Galloway came on to fill in. Carroll lost his battle, and Mrs. Galloway agreed to serve as interim for ~$1,500/week until a long-term manager is hired.

Supt. Galloway is also temporarily reprising her role as head of the Water Treatment Plant. In her capacity as interim city manager, Galloway dismissed Byron Riebow as the plant’s superintendent (a position he held for less than three months), citing his “poor fit” for the city. After getting a green light from the state’s Environmental Protection Division, Supt. Galloway began also serving as interim water treatment Plant superintendent (a subordinate position). She is an applicant for the city manager position, but not for the water treatment plant superintendent position.

At a city council meeting last month, Summerville Mayor Harry Harvey said that the council had received twenty-seven applications for the city manager position, which it narrowed down to the top five on September 19th. The position’s advertised salary range is $82,000-100,000, but the Mayor said that the city can afford slightly more if they feel that the person is worth the investment.

Burning Leaf Festival This Saturday at Cloudland Park

Cloudland Community Park’s fifth annual Burning Leaf Festival is coming up this Saturday, October 27th!

The festival will be held from 9 AM until 3 PM (EDT), and admission and parking are free. With lots of vendors, music, food, a costume contest, and a cake sale, there will be fun for young and old. The fire pit will be lit, hot chili will be for sale, and festival-goers can roast their own hot dogs and s’mores!

The Cloudland Volunteer Fire Department will have Bobby Cavin’s famous Barbecue; the $10 plates will include a barbecued pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, and a drink. Baked potatoes loaded with barbecued pork will also be available.

The park will also be serving hotdogs, homemade venison chili, homemade vegetable soup, cornbread, baked potatoes with chili, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and several desserts. There will be a cake auction at 1 PM and a costume contest at 2 PM. Festival T-shirts (pictured below) can be purchased at the event, pre-ordered and picked up at the event, or ordered online and sent by mail (more details below).

There will be live music with an open mic, so come prepared to sing along!

In case of bad weather, rain date will be November 10th and an announcement will be posted on the event’s Facebook page and website.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the organizers are still accepting applications for food vendors, arts and crafts, businesses, organizations, and direct sales. Vendor applications can be found on its Facebook page and website.

The festival’s organizers can only accept one vendor per food type/direct sales company. Scentsy and Usborne Books representatives have already committed to the festival to represent those businesses; the same is true of a BBQ vendor.

Contact Information:

  • Mail: P.O. Box 277, Menlo GA 30731
  • Phone: Maggie Johnson at 706-862 3040 Email:
  • Facebook: Cloudland Community Park
  • Website:

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Burning Leaf Festival T-shirts pre-orders are available. The shirts will be maroon and long-sleeved with a vintage-style distressed ivory design (pictured below).

To order, send the festival’s organizers a message on their Facebook, noting note size(s) needed, pickup method (either at the festival or by mail), and payment method (either at the festival or online via PayPal).

They will be available for pickup at the Burning Leaf Festival on October 27. If you are picking up your shirt, you can pay at the festival or via PayPal. If you won’t be attending the festival but would still like a shirt, shipment orders will be taken, adding $5 for shipping. Shirts will be screen-printed and must be pre-ordered, unlike how they have been made on-site in previous years.

All proceeds go toward the upkeep and improvement of Cloudland Community Park.


  • Youth S, M, L – $20
  • Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL – $20
  • 3XL, 4XL, 5XL – $25
  • Shipping – $5

T-Shirt Design:

Community Fall Festival

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October 27th Dowdy Park and the Historic Summerville Depot will come alive with fall festivities for the entire family. The Community Fall Festival will be held at Dowdy Park and the Summerville Depot from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Try your hand at the Old Fashioned Cake Walk; enjoy free hayrides, a jump house, face painting, games, great food and vendors, festivities and more! Summerville Main Street will be accepting vendors for this event. Church groups and various organizations wishing to participate by offering activities, games, or give a ways can register to participate at no charge. Registration for the Children’s Homemade Halloween Costume Contest will be located at Dowdy Park in the middle gazebo from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. The announcement of winners will be held at 12:30 pm.

Train fans will not want to miss the Double Steam Engine arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train. Following the arrival, spectators will view the Summerville Turntable in action turning the majestic steam engines. All contest participants will be invited to greet the train as it arrives at 1:00 p.m.

AAA: Gas Prices Slip as Crude Stocks Swell

Gas prices in Georgia have steadily declined for the past 9 days – for a total of 5 cents. Sunday’s state average of $2.76 per gallon is 4 cents less than a week ago. However, Georgia motorists are paying 4 cents more per gallon than last month, and 36 cents more than this time last year.

On average, Georgia motorists spend $41 for a full tank of gasoline – $5 more than this time last year.

Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas price averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Atlanta ($2.80), Athens ($2.79), and Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.77)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Augusta-Aiken ($2.65), Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.67), and Warner Robins ($2.67)

“Motorists are getting a welcome reprieve from high prices at the pump,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices have been pushed lower by oil prices, which significantly declined during the past two weeks. The market is responding to strong gains in domestic oil supplies, easing global supply concerns. Motorists can expect additional declines at the pump if oil prices drop again this week.”

The crude market saw mostly losses last week following EIA’s weekly petroleum report, which showed domestic crude inventories grew by 6.5 million barrels. Total crude inventories now sit at 416.4 million bbl, marking the fourth week of consecutive growth and highest level since late June. The larger-than-expected growth in crude levels jolted the market, which had seen prices steadily rising due to concerns about U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations and upcoming U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran’s crude exports.

  • U.S. crude prices dropped $5 during the past two weeks, a decline that usually triggers a 12.5 cent decline at the pump.
  • WTI crude settled at $69.12/b Friday on the NYMEX
  • Gasoline futures prices dropped 17 cents during the past two weeks on the NYMEX
  • Wholesale gasoline declined nearly 20 cents during the past two weeks

Gas Price Tools

                                                           CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

                                                                                     Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 High Record High
National $2.854 $2.859 $2.896 $2.852 $2.459 $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.759 $2.763 $2.796 $2.715 $2.401 $2.84 (5/27/2018) $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Tennessee $2.649 $2.653 $2.679 $2.584 $2.278 $2.73 (5/27/2018) $4.12  (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages


Summerville Halloween Walk Creeping Nearer

The annual Halloween Walk is coming up! The event, sponsored by the Summerville-Trion Optimist Club, will take place in downtown Summerville on October 31st.

Arrest Report - Sunday - October 21, 2018

Here is the latest Arrest Report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, October 21, 2018:

Chattooga Dominates Armuchee on Senior Night

Last Friday, Little Big Horn stadium was the location for some old-fashioned Indian-on-Indian domination. Chattooga celebrated their Senior Night by dealing the Armuchee Indians a devastating 28-0 first half.

From that first half Armuchee never recovered, despite marginal gains in momentum by the offense in the second half; third quarter went 7-0 in favor of Armuchee, and the last went 7-12 in favor of Chattooga, putting the final score at 40-14.

Next Friday, Chattooga will head to Trenton, GA at 6-2 overall and 4-1 within their region. They will face off against the Dade Co. Wolverines. The Wolverines have won just one game this season (and by only one point) against Gordon Central.

The Trion Bulldogs were off for the week. This coming Friday, they will host the Bowdon Red Devils at Sam McCain football stadium. The Red Devils are heading toward the end of the football season still searching for that first win of 2018.

Count on WZQZ to bring you all the latest from your hometown football teams!

Oakview Kitchen Worker Wants to "Cut People Up" and "Feed them to Oakview Residents", according to Co-Workers

Several staff at Oakview Nursing Home submitted signed witness statements to the Summerville Police Department last Wednesday, alleging that a kitchen worker at the facility has been exhibiting bizarre behavior while at work.

Around 5 PM, an SPD officer met Stephanie Broome, Oakview’s director of nursing, who provided witness statements by herself and several nursing staff members which accused kitchen worker Lakeisha Williams of “unacceptable behavior to her coworkers”.

One statement alleges that Williams has said that “she wants to cut people up and feed them to residents at the nursing home”.

The report was filed to have a record of the incident, and reports do not indicate that any charges were filed. Reports also do not indicate if Williams received any disciplinary action, was terminated, etc.

Ms. Broome was advised to call 9-1-1 if any problems arose again with Williams.

Summerville Woman's Car Vandalized

Last Tuesday afternoon, Summerville residentPonda Wilson told a Summerville Police officer thatMiranda McMicheals’s car had been damaged.

An officer arrived at the Summerville Gardens apartment complex, where he recorded McMicheals’ 1999 Regal Buick as being damaged, including having a busted out driver’s side window.

A report was filed to have a record of the incident on file.

Driver Knocks over Brick Column at Summerville Graveyard, Flees

A Summerville man has been issued a citation after leaving the scene of an accident where he drove into one of the brick columns at the Summerville Graveyard.

Officers with the Summerville Police Department investigated the scene of the October 13th accident last Monday following a call-in report from a citizen. After the officers located a gold, mid-1990’s Honda front bumper at the scene of the accident, a lookout was posted for bumper-less cars matching that description.

A 1995 Honda Accord matching that description was located shortly thereafter Tuesday morning on Rome Blvd. The driver, Summerville resident William Davis Jr., told the officer that he had been involved in a small collision at the city graveyard but did not realize he had damaged anything, and did not realize he had lost his bumper until getting home.

Davis’ side of the story was forwarded to the investigating officer, but he was issued a citation for damage to property and leaving the scene of an incident.

Arrest Report - Saturday - October 20, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, October 20, 2018:

WZQZ to Re-Broadcast County BOE Forum this Evening

WZQZ will broadcast the 2018 County Board of Education forum in its entirety later this evening on FM 99.1 and AM 1180 at 7 PM. WZQZ has enhanced audio of the forum for rebroadcast. You can also watch the full forum on YouTube by clicking here. Read highlights from the forum by clicking here.

The forum, sponsored by WZQZ News and The Summerville News, was held on Tuesday evening earlier this week and featured all six Chattooga County Board of Education candidates; that is,

  • Seat #2 incumbent Alma Lewis (D), and challenger Brad Hayes (R);
  • Seat #3 incumbent Eddie Massey (D), and challenger Sammy Ballard (R);
  • Seat #4 incumbent Larry Weesner (D), and challenger Julia Houston (R).

Early voting for the County BOE race (as well as all other national, state, and local mid-terms) will continue through November 2nd. November 2nd is also the last day to request an absentee ballot, which must be submitted by November 9th. The general election will be held November 6th.

Santa Claus Announces Tentative Schedule

According to North Pole Press Secretary Jon Dennis, Santa Claus has announced his and Mrs. Claus’ tentative Chattooga County schedule for the holiday season.

Judge Dennis posted the following on his Facebook page:

“December 1, Saturday morning, Breakfast With Santa, Sponsored by Chattooga County 4H (a wonderful Christmas tradition, and as I understand it, this year’s event will be held at the new Ag Building near the Summerville Middle School). Watch my page for more information about tickets. Limited seating for two sessions. Both breakfasts were sold out last year!

“December 2, Sunday, after church, 292 East Washington, Summerville, from 1 PM till 4 PM. Zach Hughes will make photos for my Facebook page. As always, feel free to bring your own camera or smartphone.

“December 6, Thursday evening, Christmas in the Park, City of Summerville (weather permitting: remember Santa got snowed out last year on the first calendared date!) Time will be announced. The City of Summerville makes photos, but you may bring your own camera or smartphone. We will also post a few photos on my FB page.

“December 9, Sunday afternoon, Courtyard at the Tavern in Trion, from one pm till four pm. Santa will have his sleigh beside the fountain. Sky Stewart will be there to make photos. These will be posted on our Facebook page. Please park at St. Barnabas and walk carefully across Central Avenue, so as not to interfere with the Sunday Parking at Sweet Peas.

“December 16, Sunday, after church, 292 East Washington, Summerville, from one pm till four pm. Again, we will be making photos for our Facebook, but you are free to make your own photos. That evening from 630 till, we will be in Cedar Bluff at Enron Grove Baptist Church, visiting with Santa’s friend Joe Stephens.

“Except the Breakfast with Santa, there is no fee for any of these visits. However, we encourage all who can to reach into their hearts and bring food for the Chattooga County Foodbank or unwrapped new toys for children of all ages. We will, as we have for the last two years, take the food to our local foodbank near the library. Toys will be donated to our county’s foster children. (Last year’s was a most joyous occasion and made possible by the generosity of all of Santa’s friends.)

“We cordially invite all of Chattooga County (kids of all ages, and two and four legged creatures, both great and small) to come out on one of these days.

“If everyone brings a little (remember the little child and his fishes and loaves), that little you give will add up to baskets full.”

Water Restored to Lake Wanda Reita Rd. Customers

The City of Summerville’s customers in the Lake Wanda Reita Road area suffered a brief water outage Friday afternoon.

Summerville City Clerk Angie White released a notice informing local news media of the outage around 1:10 PM, saying that city employees were working on the issue.

At 3:30 PM, Mrs. White released a second notice saying that water service had been restored to those customers.

Summerville Depot is Site for Oktoberfest, Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner this Weekend

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This weekend will be the only weekend you can celebrate German traditions and old-timey Southern American Sunday dinners back-to-back. Oktoberfest and the Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner will be held at the historic Summerville train depot on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Oktoberfest at the Depot – October 20

The sights, smells, and sounds of the German traditions will be found at the Summerville Depot on Saturday, October 20. Hours for the festivities will be from 11 AM–3 PM. Admission and parking is free for this event.

Oktoberfest will include traditional local foods, along with an array of Oktoberfest traditions such as: bratwurst, fudge and other German inspired foods. Also on hand will be Dixie Kettle Corn with kettle corn, apple butter, boiled peanuts, Small Town BBQ, T&T Sweet Treats, Avans Concessions with deep fried corndogs, fried Oreos, and more and Cutie Cones with ice cream, hotdogs, and nachos. Bob Kelley Photography, along with local artist Cindy Teems Clark and other craft vendors will highlighted in the market.

The miniature train will be on site for children’s fun, along with opportunities to participate in “The Chicken Dance.” Festival attendees are welcomed to sport German wear and take photos at the photo booth area for extra fun.

Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner at the Depot – October 21 & October 28

Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner At The Depot offers the opportunity to step back in time to a slower pace of life and enjoy a Sunday lunch at the Historic Summerville Depot. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live music. Hours for the Old Fashioned Sunday

Dinner are 11:30 AM–2:30 PM. Admission is free. Indoor seating will be available on a first come-first serve basis. The meal will be served by Sweet P’s At The Tavern at the cost of $8.00 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6.00 for a 4 vegetable plate. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00. There is a 1 PM scheduled arrival of the train with passengers and a turning of the Summerville Turntable at each Sunday event.

Oktoberfest Market and Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner are part of the “Steam Into Summerville Railroad Days” celebration, held in honor of the fall arrivals of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Trains. Weekly train arrivals during October – mid November are scheduled for 1 PM. The Summerville Turntable can be observed in action during each arrival.