Scouts Promoted Last Weekend

Boy Scout Troop 7 (Second Picture, Left to Right): Kelly Meacham (Assistant Scoutmaster), Andrew Torimoto, Nathan Reynolds, Jeff Reynolds (Scoutmaster), Gabe Kitchens, James Goble, Blake Kerr, Jadyn Aldridge, Jordan Hill, Blain Trammell, Jesse Blalock. New Troop 7 Boy Scouts not pictured are Caleb Brown and Jonathan Davis.

This past weekend, Cub Scout Packs 38 and 101 held their annual crossover and promotion ceremony. Twenty-seven Cub Scouts were received into a new den in the Trion and Summerville packs.

Bentley Holcomb and Lucas Kalnay received their Lion rank patches and Tiger neckerchiefs, making them the first Lion Scouts in Chattooga County history.
Boy Scout Troop 7 members were in attendance to welcome scouts who were promoted to the Troop.
To be promoted to the next den or troop, each scout must complete several requirements throughout the year, including community service projects, fulfilling their duty to God and country, and demonstrating knowledge of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their everyday lives.

Alabama Governor Speaks Against Paroling Neelley

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is adding her name to the list of people that have spoken out against the possibility of parole for convicted murderer Judith Ann Neelley.  Governor Ivey issued a statement this week, ahead of a hearing for Neelley before the Alabama Board of Pardon’s and Paroles.

Governor Ivey said, ““Under no circumstances should Judith Ann Neelley be granted parole. Her crimes—against people like Ken Dooley, Linda Adair, Lisa Ann Millican, Janice Chatman, and John Hancock—include acts of unspeakable brutality. Her character includes a disturbing tendency to manipulate others towards her own, violent ends. Indeed, I would not have commuted her death sentence in the first place.”

The family of Lisa Ann Millican has been encouraging people to send letters and e-mails to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny Neelley parole.

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader has promised that in the unlikely event that Neelley should be paroled, he will be picking her up in Alabama to serve a life-sentence in Georgia.  Neelley was convicted of murder in Chattooga County and received a life sentence.

Cloudland Fun Run Coming Up

This year’s 5K Fun Run and Barbecue sale will be held on June 30th, 2018. The course will start at Cloudland Community Park on Gadsden Ave. in Cloudland GA and make a loop through Gadsden Avenue, Atlanta Avenue, Golf Course Road, AL County Road 103, and Cloudland Drive which are all within Cloudland community in both Georgia and Alabama. The course includes moderate to steep hills. Runners and walkers of all ages and experience are welcomed.

After the run, there will be activities at the pavilion, including bingo, live music and barbecue plates for sale. The barbecue plates will cost $5 and include a pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, a pickle, and a drink. Barbecue pork butts, pork loins and chickens will also be pre-sold at $30 for butts and loins and $10 for chickens on a preorder basis only. To preorder pork and/or chickens see the contact list below. The deadline for orders is June 23rd. They can be paid for when you preorder or at pick up on the day of the run between 10 and 2 EST.

If you would like to participate in the Fun Run, you may register on our website (see below) or download the mail-in registration form. The form is available via JPEG on our Facebook page or can be requested by emailing us. The registration fee of $15 is accepted by mail or Pay Pal and must be received with the application for the registration to be complete. The registration cut off date is June 23rd. The registration fee will be $20.00 if you register on the day of the event or after June 23rd. Runners will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

The run will begin promptly at 9:00 AM EST (remember all times are EASTERN TIME!). All runners need to arrive early enough to sign in and be ready to go by 8:30. If you are registering the day of the event, registration needs to be completed by 8:00 AM.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you may contact us by email for more information. Sponsors will have an advertisement on the back of the Fun Run t-shirt.

All proceeds go to Cloudland Community Park toward the upgrade of the toilet facilities, the kitchen, and the playground equipment. Anyone wishing to make a donation, please see contact list below.

Contact information:

Mail: P.O. Box 277, Menlo GA 30731

Phone: Maggie Johnson at 706-862 3040 Email:

Facebook: Cloudland Community Park

Fun Run Website:

Chattooga County Red Cross Blood Drive Today

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The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and platelets around the Memorial Day holiday and throughout the summer to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need.

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents, medical emergencies and chronic blood conditions don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every day.

Today is election day, and you have the opportunity to do your civic duty and also you can donate blood in the American Red Cross Chattooga County Community Blood Drive. The Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Town of Trion and will take place from 2 until 7 PM at the Trion Recreation Department, located at 90 Dalton Street in Trion.

Walk-in’s are welcome.  Save up to 15 minutes at your donation with Rapid Pass. Visit to learn more.


U.S. Post Office To Unveil "Scratch and Sniff" Stamps in June

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Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it will soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps. The stamps feature illustrations of ice pops. The agency says the stamps will “add the sweet scent of summer” to letters.

The 20 stamps depict watercolor illustrations by California artist Margaret Berg. Each of the 10 stamp designs includes two different treats. The words “FOREVER” and “USA” appear along the bottom of each stamp.

The stamps will be issued on June 20 at a children’s museum in Austin, Texas.

Rome Man Attacks Small Child and Two Men While Floating down River

Ryan Keith Easterwood, 26 of Rome, was arrested after Floyd County Police said he used profanity while floating down the Etowah River near East 4th Avenue.

Police stated that Easterwood floated to the riverbank after a bystander made a comment about his vulgar language and proceeded to push a small child and attack two men.

Reports said that Easterwood hit two adults with a tree limb, one in the face and the other in the back. Authorities added that Easterwood got back into the river so that police could not capture him. As a result, fire fighters were dispatched and utilized a rescue boat to take him into custody.

Easterwood is charged with three counts battery, reckless conduct, cruelty to children, public drunk, disorderly conduct, obstruction of law enforcement and parole violation.

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Walker County Man Gets Life in Prison

A Lafayette man pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant girlfriend and dragging her body into a wooded area near their home.  He received a life sentence after his guilty plea last week in Walker County Superior Court.

David Ryan Walker admitted to murdering his girlfriend in court last week.  In January of 2017, Walker called family members to help him dispose of his girlfriend’s body, but instead his family members called the Walker County Sheriff’s Department.  See story from 2017 here.

Walker was subsequently arrested and charged with the murder.  Law enforcement say that Walker strangled twenty-nine-year-old Candace Ann Hankins at their home on Wheeler Road and then dragged the body, wrapped in a blanket, seventy-five yards away.

Walker was scheduled to go to trial in Walker County Superior Court, but instead entered the plea of guilty.

In addition to the life sentence, Walker received twenty years for the death of the couple’s unborn child and ten years for concealing a body.


Eagle Release at Weiss Lake on Thursday

The Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Department is planning on releasing an eagle on Weiss Lake this Thursday (May 24th) around lunchtime. The location for the release is at the State Boat Ramp (on the causeway between Centre and Cedar Bluff) – which is an Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail site.

Carrie Threadgill, non-game Wildlife Biologist, is in charge of the release. The public is encouraged to turn out and witness this event.  For additional information call the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at (256) 927-8455

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Gas Prices Are On The Rise

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AAA Auto Club says that as the national average continues to push toward $3 a gallon, gas prices in the southeastern United States are among the lowest in the country. Sunday’s national average of $2.92 is 5 cents more than a week ago and 57 cents more than this time last year.

As of the first of this week, gas prices averaged above $3/gal in 14 states. The majority of them are in the northeast and western United States.

Georgia gas prices increased 6 cents during the past week. The current state average of $2.78 is the most expensive daily average in more than three years (November 2014). Georgia motorists are paying 59 cents per gallon more than this time last year. It now costs $42 to fill an average-size tank of gasoline – an increase of nearly $9 from a year ago.

The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.81), Brunswick ($2.80), and Athens ($2.79)
The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Augusta-Aiken ($2.68), Columbus ($2.68), and Warner Robins ($2.69)
Rising crude costs, switchover to more-expensive-to-produce gasoline by the federal deadline on June 1, tighter supplies and robust gasoline demand continue to help lift pump prices across the nation.

According to, prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Chattooga County were ranging from $2.57-$2.69 per gallon.  Gas is slightly higher in Floyd County where the cheapest gas as of Monday was at $2.69 per gallon and in Walker County, gas prices are even higher at around $2.74 per gallon.  You can find cheaper gas in Alabama.  On Monday, in Centre prices were around $2.55 per gallon and in Fort Payne gas could be found for $2.53 per gallon.

Pit Bulls Kill Stray Dog in Summerville

According to reports from the Summerville Police Department, a white stray dog was killed last week at a home on Henderson Street after the stray dog got into a fenced-in yard with three pit bulls.  The owners of the pit bulls had their animals contained, but the stray dog managed to get inside the fence, where it was killed.  Summerville Police say that the incident happened in the early morning hours of last Wednesday.

Couple Arrested After Fight in Summerville

A Summerville couple wound up in jail last week after an altercation at their home.

Summerville Police were called to the scene of the fight at the home of sixty-four-year-old Brenda Reece and seventy-three-year-old William Luther Thomas.  Officers discovered that Ms. Reece had struck Mr. Thomas with an umbrella at one point during the altercation.  Reece had scratches and cuts on her arms and legs where Thomas had pushed her down and hit her, according to police reports.

The couple were charged with disorderly conduct and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on Friday afternoon and each were held pending a $320 property bond.



Chattooga Woman Headed To Prison For Violation of Probation

A Chattooga County woman is headed to prison after violating her probation conditions.

Lisa Ann Hampton, of a Filter Plant Road, Summerville address was sentenced in Chattooga County Superior Court in 2012 on drug possession charges.  She received ten years probation in connection with that charge.  Arrest records indicate that Hampton has been arrested several times since then on a variety of charges in both Chattooga and Floyd Counties.

Hampton broke the terms of her probation when she was arrested in Baldwin County, Georgia for crossing the guard lines at Baldwin State Prison with drugs.  The Georgia Department of Corrections says, “Lisa Hampton was arrested by Baldwin County Police after the Sergeant witnessed her passing a small round object wrapped in black tape to an offender. Upon seizure and investigation of the item, it was found to contain an unknown amount of what was believed to be Crystal Meth. Visitor Hampton was transported to Baldwin County Jail for pending charges of possession of contraband across guard lines.”

Hampton was sentenced in Chattooga County Superior Court to serve the remainder of her probation sentence behind bars in state prison.

Petition Signing Event This Evening at Senior Center

Alan Baggett, who is spearheading a petition drive to change Chattooga County’s form of government, has scheduled a “petition signing” event this evening at the Chattooga County Senior Center on Farrar Drive in Summerville.

Mr. Baggett told AM 1180, “I have reserved the Chattooga Senior Center this evening, May 21st, from 6p-8p to gather signatures & have conversations about our drive to change Chattooga County’s local government from sole commissioner to a multi-commissioner board. The Senior Center is located on Senior Drive, off Farrar Drive, beside the Chattooga Library, just before the Fairway Recreation area. Come join us if you’re interested in this project.”

Baggett says that he has around 200 signatures and needs around 1,700 before the state legislature convenes next year.

Man Living in Storage Building in Summerville Arrested for Drugs

A man living in a storage unit was arrested over the weekend by Summerville Police on drug charges.

According to Summerville Police Department reports, forty-two-year-old Timothy L. Elrod was living in a storage unit in Summerville that he was renting for $70 per month.  Summerville Police came to the unit on Saturday morning and told him that he couldn’t be living in the unit.  When police arrived, the saw a bed that Elrod had been sleeping in, along with a gallon jug being used for sanitary purposes.

As police were explaining to Mr. Elrod that he couldn’t live in the storage unit, they noticed that he was acting nervous.  Elrod told an officer, “Man, I got dope in my pocket.  Let’s go to jail.”

Police found a meth pipe and a suspected bag of methamphetamine in Elrod’s pant’s pocket.  He was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.



Election Night Coverage on AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio

AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio will be providing Election Night coverage on the radio and online at ; we will also post updates to our Facebook Page throughout the evening.

We will give updates from the Chattooga County Courthouse on the local races and will also be covering the statewide races in partnership with the Georgia News Network.  Join us for election coverage starting at 7:30 PM.  You can also listen to Election Night coverage on our website at .

Look for the “Listen Live” microphone at the top, right-hand side of our web page:


Trion Splash Pad Opens This Afternoon

The Town of Trion says that the town’s splash pad will open this afternoon at 4 PM.  The splash pad was constructed and opened last year, and is located at the Trion Recreation Department.

Officials with the Town of Trion say that the hours of operation for the Trion Splash Pad will be altered for the first couple of weeks as work continues on a fence around the pad.  Until the work is completed, the pad will be open from 4 PM until 9 PM, Mondays-Saturdays.

After the work is completed, the pad will be open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 AM until 9 PM.

Also, town officials say that parents and children should remain only in the splash pad area due to the construction of a new concession stand and press box at the Trion Recreation Department.


Warrants Promised for Boyfriend Accused of Domestic Abuse

Summerville Police are seeking a warrant on a man accused of domestic abuse last week.   According to police reports, the man pushed his girlfriend down on the couch and physically abused her and also broke her cell phone.

The girlfriend called 911 and a Summerville Police Officer responded to her apartment.  The woman told the officer that her boyfriend had accused her of being unfaithful with a neighbor and had gotten angry.

Police advised the woman to take out a restraining order against the suspect, and also advised the management of the apartments to take out a restraining order as well.  The officer said that a warrant will be taken out by the Summerville Police Department for the suspect.

City Worker Finds Lost Wallet

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A Bittings Avenue, Summerville man got his wallet back, after losing it, thanks to a City of Summerville employee.

According to Summerville Police, a city worker found a wallet belonging to Mr. Caleb Mull while the employee was working at Ellenburg Subdivision in Summerville.  The employee attempted to contact the owner of the wallet but was unsuccessful, so he turned it in to the Summerville Police Department.

An investigator with the police department was able to contact Mr. Mull and return his wallet to him.