Arrest Report - Tuesday - January 23, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Chattooga Democrats to Meet This Evening
The Chattooga County Democratic Party will hold their regular monthly meeting coming up this evening at the Chattooga County Senior Center in Summerville. The meeting will get underway at 6 PM and all interested residents and local Democratic Party members are invited to attend.
SAC of NW GA Appoints New President and Vice-President
The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia Board of Directors has appointed Rita Smith as its president and Martha Jacobs as its vice president for the 2018 calendar year.
Smith, who retired from the Rome/Floyd Fire Department as fire safety education specialist after 37 years of service, is active in the community. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Floyd County Festivals Association; as a member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges and the Floyd County Safe Kids Coalition; and on the Board of Directors for the Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth.
Jacobs, who has been chief assistant district attorney for the Floyd Judicial Circuit for the past 15 years, has served on the Sexual Assault Center’s Board of Directors since 2009. She is a member of the Harbor House Multidisciplinary Team, the Floyd County School Attendance Protocol team, the Floyd County Courthouse Technical/Judicial Committee, and the Armuchee High School football and basketball boosters.
In December, the Sexual Assault Center was able to purchase its building, resulting in a permanent facility for the organization.
In 2017, the Sexual Assault Center served 381 victims, answered 191 crisis calls, performed 161 forensic medical exams, provided 396 counseling sessions and participated in 67 community awareness events reaching more than 12,000 individuals.
The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia – which serves Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk counties – seeks to facilitate healing for victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center’s services; to educate our students and community about the nature of sexual assault; and to foster strong partnerships with all agencies involved in dealing with sexual assault. For more information, visit www.sacnwga.org or call 706-292-9024.
Summerville Receives Award from State Municipal Association
On Jan. 21, the city of Summerville received a 2018 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend magazine, during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day conference in Atlanta.
There were a total of nine cities in three population categories—small (population under 4,999), Medium (5,000-24,999) and Large (more than 25,000)—that received this year’s award. These cities will be featured in the February 2018 issue of Georgia Trend.
Recipients of the 2018 Live, Work, Play Cities Award:
Small City Winners
Medium City Winners
Large City Winners
· Athens-Clarke County
Though each city provides different services, contest judges praised the winning cities for their success in advancing job creation, housing offerings, and recreational amenities. Judges for the 2018 Live, Work, Play Cities Award represented Georgia Power’s office of Community & Economic Impact, the Department of Community Affairs and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In addition to being recognized during GMA’s Mayors’ Day, winning cities will be highlighted in the association’s monthly newspaper, Georgia’s Cities.
“These nine cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “They also serve as examples for local governments across Georgia. Officials in these cities have demonstrated advanced problem-solving, exceptional management and teamwork to increase the overall quality of life for all residents. GMA is honored to serve all of our member cities and especially proud of these award recipients.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 521 member cities.
Rep. Eddie Lumsden Legislative Report - Week Two
State Representative Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) files his weekly report from Atlanta as the Georgia Legislature wrapped up their second week of the legislative session last week.
Lumsden, who represents all of Chattooga County and a large portion of Floyd County in the Georgia House says that it was a busy week last week for legislators at the Gold Dome. Lumsden said that the House is working on the budget for the upcoming year which includes an additional $100 million to replace crumbling bridges across the state. In addition to more money for education in Georgia, Lumsden says that the budget being considered would include an additional $30 million to fully fund the teacher retirement system in Georgia.
You can read Rep. Lumsden’s complete report here:
Legislative Update -Week Two
My House colleagues and I returned to the Gold Dome on Tuesday, January 16, for the second week of the 2018 legislative session. This week, we began the state budget process, which is one of the most important responsibilities we have during the entire legislative session. The General Assembly is constitutionally required to pass a balanced state budget every year, and as we began the budget process, the joint House and Senate Appropriations committees met for a series of hearings to review Governor Nathan Deal’s budget recommendations. In addition to the joint budget hearings this week, the House also convened on Thursday and Friday for legislative Day Five and legislative Day Six of the session.
To kick off the budget process on Tuesday, Gov. Deal presented his comprehensive budget proposal to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. Gov. Deal’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) budget is the largest budget to be presented to the General Assembly in our state’s history. Georgia has experienced a tremendous economic boom in recent years, and because of our state’s success, we have maintained our AAA credit rating, been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for five consecutive years, invested billions of dollars in education and grown our Rainy Day Fund. Our state’s financial success and robust economy have made Georgia a national leader economically, and Gov. Deal’s budget proposals build upon these successes, as well as create new prospects for growth. During this week’s budget hearings, we also heard testimonies from several state agency heads, each of whom expressed their respective agency’s fiscal needs and answered questions from my House colleagues and Senate counterparts. The final budget will outline state funding for each of these agencies, which is why it is critical that we hear their budgetary needs as we begin this arduous process.
While our state has experienced significant growth over the past several years, Georgia’s future economic success heavily relies on a connected and efficient transportation network. Gov. Deal’s FY 2019 budget recommendations include more than $1.9 billion in annual funding to maintain and enhance our state’s transportation infrastructure, as well as an additional $100 million to repair and replace bridges throughout the state. The governor’s Amended Fiscal Year 2018 (AFY 2018) budget proposal also allocates more than $25 million to expand runways at 11 airports in Georgia to ensure that larger aircrafts can access all areas of our state, including our rural communities. Our state’s citizens, and especially our businesses, depend on a viable transportation system, which is why it is important to invest in all areas of our state’s transportation network.
Education has consistently been one of Gov. Deal’s top funding priorities, and in his final budget proposal, the governor continued his commitment to Georgia’s students by investing in many education programs and initiatives. Gov. Deal’s AFY 2018 budget includes $102.1 million for a midterm adjustment for K-12 enrollment growth and $10.7 million for growth in the Dual Enrollment program. The governor’s FY 2019 budget proposal also includes $30 million to assist low‐wealth school districts and adds $127.6 million to fund K-12 enrollment growth and training and experience for Georgia teachers. Additionally, Gov. Deal’s FY 2019 budget allots $1.8 million for the REACH Georgia Scholarship program, which would provide 226 additional scholarships statewide and expand the program into 44 new school districts. The governor also added $361.7 million for our state’s Teachers Retirement System to fully fund the state’s determined employer contribution. An investment in our state’s young minds is an investment in
Georgia’s future, and our state will reap the benefits of these education appropriations for generations to come.
Healthcare has also continued to be a top priority in our state’s budget. Since 2011, our state has invested almost $240 million in behavioral health, and as a result of this investment, we have seen a significant decline in individuals civilly committed to Georgia’s behavioral health hospitals. The governor’s FY 2019 budget proposal allots $15 million to continue to fund Georgia’s intellectual and developmental disabilities waiver services and to provide supportive housing for Georgians in need. Gov. Deal’s recommendations also include $3.5 million in the AFY 2018 budget and almost $7 million in FY 2019 budget towards the Children’s Autism Initiative. Additionally, the governor’s FY 2019 budget allocates $22.9 million to fund crisis services, therapeutic foster care, Apex grants, tele-health services, suicide prevention, wraparound services, supported employment and education and opioid prevention and treatment, which were all recommendations made by the Commission on Children’s Mental Health. Georgia’s behavioral health services have helped countless Georgians to thrive in our state, and investing in such services is critically important so we can continue to assist these citizens.
Gov. Deal’s successful criminal justice reform initiatives also received additional funding in his budget proposal. One such initiative is Georgia’s accountability court system, which provides low-level, non-violent offenders with sentencing alternatives, such as rehabilitative services. Since FY 2012, our state has allotted a total of $113.9 million to establish and operate these courts statewide, and the FY 2019 budget includes an additional $5 million to continue those efforts. Gov. Deal’s sentencing reform initiatives have a proven track record and have helped low-level offenders receive the help they truly need, rather than keeping those individuals in Georgia’s prison system.
Finally, the governor’s proposed budgets provide state dollars for several essential programs and initiatives that meet the wide-ranging needs of all of our state’s citizens. The governor’s FY 2019 budget proposal provides funding for Georgia’s child welfare services, including $15.1 million for growth in out of home care utilization, $10.1 million to continue to increase Georgia’s foster parent per diem rates and $3.6 million to increase out‐of‐home care provider rates. Gov. Deal’s FY 2019 budget also allocates almost $256 million for Medicaid expense growth and to offset federal revenue and settlement loss.
These are just some of the highlights of the governor’s budget proposals. The House Appropriations subcommittees will hold hearings next week to continue to review these proposals and delve even further into the governor’s recommendations. These subcommittees will eventually pass portions of the state budget in their respective subcommittees, and those portions of the budget will then go before the full House Appropriations Committee, which will review and pass balanced budgets for AFY 2018 and FY 2019.
Other important news this week comes from our colleagues in the Senate. On Thursday, our Senate counterparts passed their version of House Bill 159. The original bill passed the House unanimously last session and would modernize our state’s adoption laws for the first time in nearly 30 years. The Senate amended some key provisions in the legislation and added HB 359, a bill dealing with temporary powers of attorney, which Gov. Deal vetoed last year. We began reviewing the Senate’s changes this week, and we hope to work with them and Gov. Deal to get this measure finalized and signed into law.
Also this week, Gov. Deal made a few major announcements that I would like to share with you. On Wednesday, Gov. Deal issued a state of emergency for 83 of Georgia’s central and northern counties impacted by winter weather. As a result of the snow and icy roads, our budget hearings that were originally scheduled for Wednesday were rescheduled, and the House and Senate convened Thursday afternoon rather than Thursday morning. Despite the winter weather, my House colleagues and I continued our legislative work on behalf of all Georgians.
Gov. Deal made another major announcement on Thursday morning. After much anticipation, the governor announced that Atlanta is included on Amazon’s short list of Top 20 finalists for the company’s second headquarters. Georgia has consistently been ranked the best state in the country for business, and our state has many attractive resources and benefits that give us a competitive advantage over other states. I look forward to seeing how Georgia continues to fare in Amazon’s site selection process.
The House will be back in session on Monday, January 22, and we have another busy week ahead of us as the pace of the session continues to pick up. As we move forward, I encourage you to visit me at my capitol office, or call me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the state budget bills, the legislative process or any other measures being considered under the Gold Dome. As your representative at the Georgia State Capitol, I want to know what issues are most important to you, your family and our neighbors, and I welcome any opportunity hear feedback from my constituents. My capitol office is located at 612-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building, my office phone number is 404-656-0325, and my email address is Eddie.Lumsden@house.ga.gov. Please reach out to me any time.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Garbage Truck Fire at Tractor Supply on Saturday
A fire in a garbage truck was reported early this past Saturday morning at Tractor Supply in Summerville.
A Chattooga County deputy was dispatched to Tractor Supply on Highway 27 in Summerville shortly before 7 AM on Saturday morning. The deputy reported that when he arrive, he could see smoke coming from the back of the store, near the store’s dumpsters.
The deputy spoke with the driver of a Santek Waste Industries trash truck who said that he had dumped the dumpster behind Tractor Supply into his truck and began to smell smoke as he started to pull off. The driver said that he stopped to investigate and could tell that his load was on fire. The driver then dumped the truckload of trash onto the lot at Tractor Supply to avoid his truck catching fire.
The driver said that he had only done two other pickups that day; one at North Georgia EMC in Trion and another at Sunrise Market on Highway 27 in Summerville.
The Summerville Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire and Santek Industries came and cleaned up the mess that was left from dumping the load of trash onto Tractor Supply’s lot.
Guns Reported Stolen in Sunday Burglary
A Spring Creek Road man reported the theft of firearms to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday.
According to the report from the sheriff’s office, James Brand of Spring Creek Road reported the theft on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Brand told a deputy that he had left home around 2 PM on Sunday and when he returned he put his key in the door and the door pushed open. On further investigation, Mr. Brand found that the door appeared to have been kicked in.
Mr. Brand advised that the only things reported missing were a rifle and two pellet rifles. The rifle was in a rifle bag that also contained some gun-cleaning supplies, ear protection, eye protection and a Leatherman all-purpose tood.
The rifle was a Russian WW II rifle and had been modified with a black, synthetic Archangel stock and a Nikon scope.
Mr. Brand was able to give the responding deputy some suspect names. The case has been turned over to an investigator.
Senator Mullis Legislative Update - Week Two
State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) has released his weekly legislative report for week two of the General Assembly in Atlanta.
Senator Mullis, who represents a large portion of Chattooga County, along with Dade, Walker and a portion of Catoosa Counties in the Georgia Senate, says that the legislature has passed “The Supporting and Strengthening Families Act (House Bill 159), also known as the Adoption bill. The bill passed with bipartisan support and will update Georgia’s current adoption laws. Also the legislature is busy working on the state’s budget. The legislature is looking to increase the public safety budget by $5 million and also increase the education budget by $200 million. The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships are looking to see a $60 million increase in the upcoming budget.
Here is the complete report from Senator Mullis:
Our second week under the Gold Dome was very successful and we passed our first major piece of legislation for the 2018 session. I am confident that this is a sign of things to come and we will continue to have a very productive session.
The Supporting and Strengthening Families Act (House Bill 159), also known as the Adoption bill, passed this week with bipartisan support. The bill, which has been a priority for many years, updates Georgia’s adoption laws for the first time in nearly 30 years. Our state’s adoption laws have fallen behind the national standard and the update was much needed. The provisions of the bill include clarifying who can adopt, who can act as a legal guardian and codifies requirements so that the best interest of the child is always placed first.
In week two, we also started working on the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets. This is one of the most important jobs we have here at the Capitol and I am very happy with the progress we have made thus far. To begin the process, we hear proposals from Governor Nathan Deal and state agency heads. Governor Deal’s proposals include several funding increases and the FY19 General budget will surpass $26 billion for the first time. The yearly growth of our budget is a continued sign of our state’s healthy economy with job growth and numerous businesses moving to Georgia.
Within the budget are proposed increases to education, scholarship funding and public safety. K-12 education will receive a combined increase of more than $200 million between the two budgets, and the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarship programs will receive an increase of over $60 million in the General FY19 budget alone. These increases in scholarship funding will allow more high school students to pursue higher education in Georgia than ever before.
Public safety in the General FY19 budget will see increases of $5 million to expand the state’s accountability courts for non-violent offenders and $1.8 million to the Department of Juvenile Justice for at-risk youths. These are just a few of the budget allocations that will aid in making our communities safer and bring peace of mind to the citizens of our state.
The Rules Committee, which I chair, will have its first meeting today, January 22, 2018. Members of this committee and myself determine which bills will come up for a vote in the coming weeks and ensure that the legislative process runs efficiently and effectively. Since taking over as chairman, the committee has held a bipartisan approach and members of both parties select legislation they would like to see on the Senate Floor. It is my goal as chairman to make the selection process as fair as possible for all members.
As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the budget or any other issue facing the Senate this year. My responsibility is to the citizens of the 53rdDistrict, and I will be more than happy to assist in any way possible.
Sen. Jeff Mullis serves as Chairman of the Rules Committee. He represents the 53rd Senate District which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County. He can be reached at his office in Atlanta at 404.656.0057 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Cross Blood Drive Today
The American Red Cross will be conducting a Blood Drive today at the Summerville First United Methodist Church on West Washington Street in Summerville. Organizers say that blood is desperately needed after the weather interfered with blood drives that were to be held last week in the Northwest Georgia area. Give the gift of life, give blood today at the Chattooga County Blood Drive at Summerville First United Methodist Church. The blood drive will be held from 1 PM until 6 PM today in the fellowship hall of the church.
Woman Found Dead in Her Home in Summerville
A Summerville woman was found dead in her home last Saturday.
According to a report released by the Summerville Police Department on Monday, the victim was found in her Northwest Congress Street residence by a friend last Saturday. When police arrived, they found a large amount of prescription drugs inside the residence of Kimberly D. Hamby.
On Monday, the friend of the victim came to the Police Department and told officers that he had taken the woman to the emergency room last week after she was involved in an accident on Spring Creek Road on Tuesday, January 16. The friend said that he suspected that Hamby had taken a “bunch of pills” and that she was complaining of shortness of breath, her chest hurting and nausea when he took her to the hospital. The friend said that he had left the hospital after the woman’s father arrived.
Summerville Police say that no foul play is suspected in connection with the woman’s death.
Report from Summerville Police Department: (Name of friend has been redacted)
GNTC Names Semi-Finalists for 2018 GOAL Award
Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.
Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (from left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of study, GNTC campus, and nominating instructor:
- Grace Dunnaway, Calhoun, Criminal Justice, Gordon County Campus, Tyler Gayan
- Valina Hopson, Dallas, Radiologic Technology, Floyd County Campus, Teresa Resch
- Jill McBee, Fort Oglethorpe, Social Work, Walker County Campus, Pam Turner
- Macey Morgan, Business Management and Nursing, Dalton, Floyd County Campus, Lisa Russell
“The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce,” said Waddington.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.
According to Waddington, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.
The four semi-finalists will advance to a second round of judging at Rome Floyd Chamber where a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community will interview and evaluate the students and select one to be the college’s 2018 GOAL winner. The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at noon at the Coosa County Club.
The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Rome Floyd Chamber, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division. Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2017 statewide GOAL winner.
The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia. They will make many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and other the TCSG functions.
As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.
Accident on Highway 48
A two-car accident was reported on Monday afternoon on Highway 48 near the Barn Dance. Two vehicles were reportedly in the ditch on the side of the Menlo Highway and emergency personnel were on the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Arrest Report - Monday - January 22, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Warmer Temps Give Way to Rain and Cold Air Returning
Hays Prison Death Investigated as Suicide
The Georgia Department of Corrections says that they are investigating the death of a Hays State Prison inmate last week as a suicide.
The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at Hays State Prison in Summerville, Ga.
On January 13 at 1:09 a.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Cecil Williams (GDC #1307597) unresponsive in his cell. Prison medical staff attempted to revive him and he was pronounced deceased at 1:28 a.m. by a physician at the facility. GDC is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.
Williams was sentenced to 10 years in 2015, in Lowndes County, for Robbery by Intimidation. Further information and photographs can be found on the GDC website at http://www.gdc.ga.gov.
GDOT Announces Resurfacing on Martha Berry Highway
Work could begin soon on resurfacing State Route (SR) 1 in Floyd County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. of Calhoun, Georgia, valued at nearly two million dollars for a construction project to resurface a 3-mile portion of the highway.
The project includes 3.210 miles of on SR 1, beginning at the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge and extending to Veterans Memorial Parkway/SR 1 Loop in Floyd County.
“This project and others like it in northwest Georgia add up to these two things- better mobility and a better quality of life for all the area’s residents,” said Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.
This resurfacing project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2018, at a construction cost of $1,935,699. Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.
More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via Award Announcement Download at: https://www.bidx.com/ga/letting?lettingid=17121501.
Menlo Man Arrested in Alabama
A Menlo man was arrested in Cherokee County, Alabama over the weekend on a variety of drug charges.
According to docket records from the Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department, twenty-five-year-old Nathan Lee Green of Menlo was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Information from the docket records indicated that Green was arrested around 11:30 PM on Friday evening.
Chattooga School System to Make Up Snow Days Next Month
Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman announced yesterday that students in the Chattooga County School System will forgo their winter break to make up snow days.
From Supt. Lenderman:
The Chattooga County school system will make up the four days we missed due to bad weather. The bad weather days that we have allocated in our school calendar will be used for these make up days. Make up weather days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 13,14,15 and 16 February. Schools and buses will be open and operate on a normal schedule on these four days
Flu Kills 12 in Georgia
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, twelve people have died from the flu in Georgia, according to the latest weekly report from state health officials.
They reported 40 hospitalizations, bringing the total number for the flu season to 404. 164 of those hospitalized and nine of those who died were aged 65 or older.
The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is influenza A (H3N2). This strain can be particularly hard on the very young, people over age 65, or those with existing medical conditions.
H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year’s flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.
If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer.
Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.
If you think you have the flu, call or visit your doctor. In some cases, healthcare providers may recommend the use of antivirals such as Tamiflu® or Relenza®.
Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid, an inhaled powder or an intravenous solution) that fight against the flu in your body.
Antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick.
Antivirals are used to treat those at high-risk for flu complications – young children, the elderly, individuals with underlying medical conditions and women who are pregnant.
Most otherwise-healthy people who get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs.
There are other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu – tried and true measures your mother taught you.
• Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gels are the next best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.
• Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
• If you are sick, stay home from school or work. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.
If you are caring for a sick individual at home, keep them away from common areas of the house and other people as much as possible. If you have more than one bathroom, have the sick person use one and well people use the other. Clean the sick room and the bathroom once a day with household disinfectant. Thoroughly clean linens, eating utensils, and dishes used by the sick person before reusing.
Hit and Run - Car vs. Horse on Ridgeway Road
A hit and run involving a car and a horse was reported on Ridgeway Road near the Chattooga-Walker County line on Sunday evening.
Redmond EMS and the Trion Fire Department responded to the scene shortly after dark where a man riding a horse was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle reportedly left the scene of the accident. The rider was reported to be intoxicated at the time of the accident. According to preliminary reports, two horses may have been involved. The man riding the horse was complaining of a broken ankle, but refused treatment by paramedics. He said that he would be taken by private vehicle for evaluation. At least one of the horses was injured, according to reports from the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available.