Santa In Uniform Motorcycle Ride This Saturday

The Santa in Uniform Motorcycle Ride will take place this coming Saturday, August 18 and organizers say that they have t-shirts available for sale for the event.

The t-shirts are available for sale at the Summerville Police Department starting today and will also be available on Saturday at the motorcycle ride.  The cost of the t-shirts is $15 and all of the proceeds will go to help provide gifts for kids in Chattooga County at Christmastime.

Santa in Uniform also will be auctioning off a custom fire pit that was donated by Kim & Stan Reynolds. The auction will end at 6:00 PM on Sunday August 19th. It has been cut out in a firefighter Maltese cross with the firefighter scramble. The starting the bid is $50.00 and must be in at least $5.00 increments.

Bids are taking place on the Santa in Uniform Facebook Page

Congressional Candidate Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

The Democratic Congressional candidate who is running to represent Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives could be sitting in the Whitfield County Jail on election day after being sentenced to six months in jail on a DUI charge.

A Whitfield County judge handed down the sentence this week.  Stephen Foster had represented himself in the jury trial that was held last week.

Foster was convicted of the DUI charge in connection with his arrest in September of last year.  Dalton Police arrested Foster around 2:20 AM on September 23, 2017 where he tested over the legal limit for alcohol.  Foster was then taken to Hamilton Medical Center where a blood test was given.  The results of that blood test also revealed that Foster was over the legal limit, according to Dalton Police.

Foster had argued that he was not given an independent blood sample to have tested and had argued for dismissal of the charges.

The maximum punishment for a first-time DUI is one year in jail.

Foster, a former physician, will be facing off against Republican Tom Graves in the November General Election.

Rural Development Council Begins Meetings

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and the heads of the House Rural Development Council have announced the setup of the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation- provided for in legislation passed this last legislative session.

The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation is billed as a place for training and opportunity for rural economic development. The goal of the center is to provide training on development for rural leaders and information on best practices.

The Georgia Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation will be located at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

The announcement came yesterday as the House Rural Development Council started meetings yesterday at the Elberton campus of Athens Technical Colleges.  The council heard from state agencies, local chamber of commerce people, education officials and others.  The focus on this week’s meetings is economic development incentives and what does and doesn’t work in rural areas.


Pedestrian Hit And Run In Walker County

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Tuesday morning, a pedestrian was struck in a hit and run crash in Walker County. The pedestrian was jogging with her dog when a small truck crossed the center line and struck both of them near the shoulder of the road.

After striking the pedestrian and her dog, the vehicle fled the scene. This crash occurred on South Burnt Mill Road, in southern Walker County at approximately 8:40 a.m. The crash site is just south of the City of LaFayette, and adjacent to Gilbert Elementary School. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital and later released, her dog (a black lab) was also struck in the collision and died.

The pedestrian described the truck as an “older import make, possibly an Isuzu or Nissan, medium to dark gray in color.”  Also, she thought that the truck was “not in great condition.” The tag was believed to be a Georgia tag and may be improperly displayed. The victim also stated that the truck could have altered suspension or was low to the ground.

The Georgia State Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating this hit and run vehicle. Please contact Troop A Communications at (770) 387-3701 if you have any information.


Fake Money At Summerville Auto Parts Store

Summerville Police say that someone used a counterfeit $100 at a local auto parts store last week.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, the manager of Auto Zone in Summerville discovered that someone had used the fake money at the store on Thursday of last week.  The manager discovered the counterfeit $100 bill while he was counting the day’s deposit.

No one at the store knew who took in the fake money, but the manager told police that he didn’t believe anyone took the money knowing that it was counterfeit, despite the fact that the bill says “For Motion Picture Use Only”.

The bill was placed in the petty cash safe at the store, according to the report.

UGA Freshman Average GPA Of 4.04

Most K-12 school systems are back up and running in Georgia, and now the state’s colleges and universities are getting back in session. Classes at Georgia State University and Georgia Tech start next week, but University of Georgia students hit the books this week.

The state’s flagship university says they have a smart crop of freshmen this year with an average weighted high school GPA of 4.04, a record for UGA, and an average ACT score of 30, which matches last year’s record.

Classes at the University of Georgia started Monday. Georgia Tech and Georgia State students start class next Monday. UGA released some numbers today saying that they had about 5,750 freshmen this year with an average weighted high school GPA of 4.04 which is a record high for the school. Four years ago the average GPA was 3.9.


Rome Student Arrested After Threatening Teacher

A Rome High student was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening a teacher.

According to Floyd County Jail records, the teacher told 17-year old Jacorian Tyjuan Heath of an East 13th Street to stop drawing on his arm and Heath responded by saying he would shoot the teacher.

Heath then reportedly cursed at the principal.

He was detained and charged with disorderly conduct and a felony count of terroristic threats and acts.


Chattooga DFCS Looking To Fill Position


Chattooga County Department of Family and Children Services is looking to fill a TANF SE Subsidized position for front desk duties.  Basic Eligibility Requirements:

The applicant must

  • be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant allowed to work in the U.S.
  • be a Georgia resident
  • be a caretaker of a minor, dependent child living in the home with the applicant
  • have gross monthly household income at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Level.

Applicants will need to bring a resume by the Chattooga County DFCS Office at 102 Highway 48, Summerville, GA 30747.  This job posting will be open until the position is filled.

For questions, please call Kim Ballard Humphrey at 706-857-0845.

Man Arrested In Connection With Weekend Arson Incident

A thirty-four-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an vehicle that was burned over the weekend in a remote part of Chattooga County.

Investigators with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joshua Daniel Ward, of a Hemphill Road address in Summerville, on Monday and charged whim with arson.

Ward is accused of taking a Chevrolet SUV to The Narrows Road, near the intersection of U.S. Forest Service Road 252 and intentionally setting the vehicle on fire.

Motorists passing the area on Sunday notified law enforcement about a huge plume of smoke coming from The Narrows.  When a deputy arrived on the scene, the vehicle was completely burned.  The responding deputy was unable to identify the vehicle’s VIN number or tag number.

Ward was arrested shortly before noon Monday.

Investigators have not released any further information on the motive behind the incident and Ward remains in the Chattooga County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Town Of Trion Announces New Water Rates

The Town of Trion is announcing new water rates for customers.  You can see the rate chart below:

From the Town of Trion:

State Senate Candidate Raffling Gun Locks

The Democratic candidate for State Senate District 52 has announced that he is giving away 200 gun locks to people who have registered on his campaign web site.

Evan Ross works in the organic produce industry and is challenging Republican Chuck Hufstetler to represent constituents in the 52nd District which takes in a small portion of Chattooga County, along with residents in Floyd, Gordon and Bartow Counties.

Senator Hufstetler said that he doesn’t see a problem with Ross giving away the gun locks.  Hufstetler says that giving away gun locks isn’t a bad idea, but it is better to lock guns up inside the home.

Ross and Hufstetler both say that they are pro- Second Amendment but believe in common sense gun laws. The two candidates agree that enforcing laws that already on the books is the most effective way to curb gun violence.

Ross says that he will be giving away the gun locks in each of the four counties of the 52nd District to people who have signed up on his web site.

The two candidates will face off against each other in the November General Election.

Puppy Stolen From Lyerly Home

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a puppy from a Lyerly home over the weekend.

Christopher and Della Bendall had gone to the movies on Saturday night and when they returned home in the early morning hours of Sunday, they discovered that someone had opened their front door at their Highway 114 home.

The couple said that as they entered their house, the discovered that a puppy they had found a few days earlier was missing from a bedroom in the home.  The couple told a responding deputy that they had found the puppy near the Alabama state line on Highway 114.

The couple had been keeping the dog in a crate in a bedroom inside their home.

The incident is under investigation.

AAA Offers Eight Graders Chance At "Trip Of A Lifetime"

AAA will give Georgia eighth graders the chance to go on the trip of a lifetime. The Auto Club Group will hold a contest where the winners receive free round trip airfare to Amsterdam, travel insurance, money for passports, and a river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Auto Club Group is partnering with AMA Waterways and Allianz Global Assistance to provide the trip. A total of 60 students in select states will be chosen to go on what AAA calls the “Discovery Crew” cruise.

The contest runs from August 21 – September 21, 2018. Students can enter at

To be eligible, students must be:

  • Entering the 8th grade in good standing
  • At least 13 years old
  • Reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or select areas of Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota.

Winners will be selected based on:

  • A creative selfie, showcasing their love for travel
  • Their answers to three essay questions:
    1. Why do you want to go on this trip?
    2. How do rivers affect the communities through which they run?
    3. During the trip, you’ll meet many people. In what ways do you expect the people you meet to be similar to and different from yourself and your friends and family?

Winners will be notified beginning in October. Those students get to bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a cabin while sailing on the AMA Waterways “AmaDante” ship, from March 28 – April 4, 2019.

“This is the first time AAA has held a contest like this,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services, AAA-The Auto Club Group.  “We truly want to inspire young travelers and make the world their classroom. The winners will explore beautiful destinations in The Netherlands and Belgium, learn about the people and their culture; and create memories that will last a lifetime.

“AAA is extremely excited to co-sponsor the contest and trip,” Haas continued. “This would not be possible without our travel partners AMA Waterways – who donated the cruise – and Allianz Global Assistance.”

Contest Rules
No purchase necessary. Legal residents of specific zip codes served by The Auto Club Group within the United States who are at least 13 years old and who are 8th grade students in good standing at their school at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 9/21/18. For official rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. AmaWaterways, 26010 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company), 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233.


Vehicle Set On Fire Near Narrows Road In Chattooga County

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a vehicle that they believe was intentionally burned by someone in a very remote section of Chattooga County over the weekend.

On Monday, the sheriff’s department released a report about the incident which was reported on Sunday morning.

According to the report, the sheriff’s department received a call about motorists seeing heavy smoke about a mile off Narrows Road, near U.S. Forestry Service Road 252 in the Subligna area off West Armuchee Road.

A responding deputy said that he was able to determine that the vehicle was a four-door Chevrolet “SUV-type vehicle”  The deputy said that he was unable to determine a VIN number or locate a tag on the vehicle.

The incident is being investigated by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.

Calhoun Man Arrested For Child Molestation

A Calhoun man who was convicted of child molestation in 2007 and received ten years probation was arrested on child molestation charges in Gordon County.  Sheriff Mitch Ralston released the following report:

On August 3, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspected child molestation from a local health care provider. the report involved a pre-school – aged child.

Detectives responded to Gordon Hospital and initiated an investigation.

Witnesses were questioned, and physical evidence was collected.

Later that same day, detectives arrested Vernie Thomas Leatherwood, age 32, of 288 Iracil Lane, Calhoun, Georgia, and charged him with 2 counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, 2 counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery, and 2 counts of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes.

Gordon County Superior Court records indicate that Leatherwood entered a plea of ‘guilty’ to Child Molestation (Indictment # 16642) on January 11, 2007, and received a sentence of ten (10) years probation.

Leatherwood had completed his sentence from 2007 before the August 3, 2018 report was received.

Leatherwood is in jail pending a court appearance.

Sheriff Says Power Bill Scammers "At It Again"

Sheriff Mark Schrader is warning Chattooga County residents about scammers pretending to be Georgia Power and demanding immediate payment for past due bills.

The sheriff said on Monday, “The scammers pretending to be GA Power are at it again; calling to tell you your power is past due and they are going to turn it off.”

Georgia Power says that they are experiencing an increase in customer reports of scams by criminals posing as Georgia Power employees. Criminals target both residential and business Georgia Power customers and are known to attempt a variety of scams in person, over the phone and online, including social media. Scams often threaten disconnection unless immediate payment is made via phone or in person.

Sheriff Schrader says, “DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY.”  Schrader said that the last number reported to his office where someone was attempting to scam someone was 470-891-4441.

Georgia Power says, “If an account becomes past due and is subject to disconnection, Georgia Power will contact the customer via a prerecorded message to the primary account telephone or by letter requesting that the customer call Georgia Power to discuss the account. The company will not ask customers to pay anywhere other than an Authorized Payment Location. Georgia Power will never ask for a credit card or pre-paid debit card number over the phone. If a customer receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from Georgia Power and demanding payment to avoid disconnection, they should hang up and contact the company’s customer service line at 888-660-5890.”


Summerville City Council Meeting This Evening

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The Summerville City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting coming up this evening at Summerville City Hall.

The City Council is expected to reexamine the costs of a new generator at the Summerville Water Treatment Plant.  The issue became a hot topic for many after a thunderstorm knocked out the power to the water treatment facility on Filter Plant Road last month.  The council has received several bids on installing a new generator at the facility.

Also on the agenda this evening, the council will consider the request for a duplex on Crowe Street in Summerville.  Summerville Code Enforcement Officer Joey Norton is on this evening’s agenda to discuss the project request with the council.

The City Council is also expected to go into executive session to discuss the City Manager position.  Currently, Janice Galloway is serving as the interim city manager.  Galloway has indicated that she has applied for the job, and city hall says that they are reviewing several applications for the position.

The public is invited to attend this evening’s meeting.

Chattoogaville VFD Assists Alabama Firefighters

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Fire Departments from Gaylesville, Cedar Bluff, Broomtown and a Tanker Unit from the Chattoogaville Fire Department out of Chattooga County responded to report of house fire at a residence off of Highway 35 over the weekend.

The fire was located about three miles west of the four-way stop in Gaylesville.

A passerby called 9-1-1 and reported that there was smoke coming from the roof of the home. A Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the area was first to arrive on the scene and reported that the home was fully engulfed in flames.

According to reports, no one was at home at the time of the fire. The exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.