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Football Friday: Playoffs Heating Up

The Bulldogs and the Indians will both be fighting for a place in the Final Eight in their respective brackets tonight. They’ll each take on their own set of wildcats: Chattooga (9-2) will face off against the Rabun County Wildcats (10-1), and Trion (8-3) will play the Schley County Wildcats (8-2).

Both teams narrowly secured advancement in the playoffs last week after single-point wins.

Chattooga High School hosted the Washington Bulldogs from Atlanta. A successful conversion in the second quarter earned the Indians a 1-point advantage that they held onto for the remainder of the game, pushing them into the next round of playoffs.

Here is CHS Head Coach Charles Hammon with a preview of tonight’s game:

WZQZ will have tonight’s CHS game on the web at  Join Ben Poplin for the play by play.

The Trion Bulldogs hosted the Wilcox County Patriots, and though an intense middle half put the Patriots in the lead, the Bulldogs turned it around in the last quarter. A last-minute Hail Mary touchdown tied things up at 19, and Trion’s ensuing 1-pt. conversion sent the Patriots packing.

Here is THS Head Coach Justin Brown with a preview of tonight’s game:

WZQZ will be broadcasting tonight’s Trion game on 99.1 FM and AM 1180.  Join Ben Groce and Jeremy Burke for the play by play from Schley County.

County BOE Recognizes Substitute Teachers

County schools superintendent Jimmy Lenderman signed a proclamation at last night’s Board of Education meeting in recognition of county substitute teachers.

The proclamation declared today, November 16th, 2018, “Substitute Teacher Appreciation Day” at all county-wide schools.

Here Supt. Lenderman recognize the educators:

Georgia Employment Records Set Again in October

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Press Release

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state set records in October for total jobs and employed residents.

Butler proclaimed October another great month in a long string of often record-setting months. He noted that Georgia’s unemployment rate also fell once again.

For the year, all indicators are trending in the right direction.

“We set records again this month,” the commissioner said. “Georgia continues to grow stronger and better. We attract great jobs and more and more of them get filled. I don’t see this slowing down any time soon.”

The October rate, at 3.6 percent, slipped just below the national rate of 3.7 percent.  Georgia’s rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

In October, Georgia added another 2,400 jobs to push the state’s total number to 4.57 million – a record. Over the past year, Georgia added 93,600 new jobs, or nearly 8,000 a month.

The number of employed residents also swelled to a new record high.

Georgia ended October with just under 5 million employed residents. The state added 375 to the employment rolls for the month. By comparison, the state added about 8,500 folks to the employment rolls on an average month over the past year.

“The record in employed residents shows that Georgia is producing the right kind of jobs,” Butler said. “Creating jobs is great. But it’s better when we produce good jobs that get filled. People are getting these jobs in record numbers.”

Annual job gains were up more than 20,000 in two different categories:

  • Construction – 21,600
  • Trade, transportation, utilities – 21,400.

Another three added more than 10,000 over the past 12 months:

  • Professional, business services – 18,100
  • Education, health services – 17,600
  • Leisure, hospitality – 11,000.

“Construction gains,” Butler said, “are proof of Georgia’s booming economy as builders are pushing to meet the demand for more housing, office and retail space.”

For the month, professional and business services surged by 5,300. Construction was close behind with another 2,500 added.

Georgia’s labor force fell slightly in October, declining by about 3,500 to end the month at 5.2 million. Over the past 12 months, Georgia added 57,855 people to its workforce, an average of nearly 4,900 a month.

Unemployment claims were up in October by 49 percent. When compared to last October, they were up less than 1 percent.

EmployGeorgia, the department’s job-listing website, saw nearly 77,000 jobs listed in October, an increase of 15 percent.

Visit to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.

Downward Pressure on Gas Prices Builds as Crude Inventories Accumulate

Press Release
The latest weekly petroleum status report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows crude inventories continue to build, now for the eighth consecutive week.

Total domestic inventories sit at 442.1 million bbl, which is 16.9 million bbl lower than levels at this time last year. Inventories grew as the EIA reported the U.S. hit a new record for crude production last week. At 11.7 million b/d, it is the highest rate on record since the EIA began tracking it in 1983.
Growth in global crude production, including in the U.S., combined with weaker than expected global crude demand for the fourth quarter are leading some market observers to worry that the global crude supply glut from 2017 has returned. The concerns have led to a 12-day drop in crude prices, which could see WTI prices fall below $50/bbl — prices not seen since October 2017.
At the end of Wednesday’s trading, crude prices settled at $56.25. Since crude prices constitute approximately 50 percent of the price American motorists pay at the pump for gasoline, a continued drop in crude prices will likely bring even cheaper pump prices this winter.

Rachel Groce Named Chattooga's District Teacher of the Year

At last night’s meeting of the Chattooga County Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman announced that Rachel Groce had been selected as the district’s Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.

Mrs. Groce is a kindergarten teacher at Leroy Massey Elementary School since 2015. By winning this award, she will have the opportunity to compete for state Teacher of the Year.

Teachers of the Year are selected a full school year before the year they hold the award, in order to give nominees time to compete for state TOTY.

Congratulations to Mrs. Groce!

Freeze Warning in Effect Until 8 AM

A freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service will remain in effect until 8 AM this morning.

The warning covers most of both Georgia and Alabama.

Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Take steps to protect plants and pets from the cold.

For more information from the National Weather Service for North and central Georgia, click here. For information on Alabama, click here.

Arrest Report - Friday - November 16, 2018

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

THS Kristen Hankins Travels With FCCLA

On November 2nd, Kristen Hankins embarked on a rather interesting and memorable turn of events. She traveled with the Executive Director of FCCLA on a journey across a few states. It all started with her talk at UGA Family and Consumer Sciences (or FACS). She spoke about how FACS is useful for everyone, with skills and experiences to enrich everybody.

From November 8th to November 11th, Hankins was in Louisville, Kentucky. While there, she attended an FCCLA event and represented Georgia FCCLA as the Interim President. She also worked closely with the FCCLA National Executive Council.

She also met with Blake Fly, a keynote motivational speaker. Fly, a speaker that has had numerous TEDx Talks that can be found online, dedicates himself to improving student and campus culture by teaching students that they matter.

Also in Louisville, she toured the Louisville Slugger Museum, a museum dedicated to showing the history and heritage of the Louisville Sluggers company. The museum also houses a factory, which manufactures famous Louisville Slugger bats.

Hankins also toured the campus of the University of Louisville. A public school located in Louisville and founded in 1798, the University of Louisville is full of history.

She also attended the Kentucky Derby Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the unique history of Thoroughbred horse racing.

A quirkier stop included a visitors’ center in Tennessee. While there, they met and visited with actress and singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.

In all, Hankins had a memorable experience. Experiences through clubs and activities like FCCLA will last her a lifetime.

Article By: THS Journalism Staff

Trion Football Advances To 2nd Round With 20-19 Win

This past Friday night, the Bulldogs won a hard fought battle against the Wilcox County Patriots in the first round of the playoffs this season. Fans cheered on their beloved home team through the very end, with a final score of 20-19.

The first quarter of the game started out tense with both teams’ defenses staying strong. In the second quarter, our favorite fullback Braden Johnson drove through the Patriot defense for a 16 yard touchdown after a 7 play, 62 yard drive. With the PAT by Libni Ramirez good, the score was 7-0. Fans were overjoyed with thoughts of the second round already playing in their minds. Soon, however, the Patriots answered Johnson’s victory with, not one, but two touchdowns. Both PAT runs were no good. At the second half, the score was 12-7, leaving everyone to wonder what was running through the minds of the Bulldogs headed into the locker room.

Towards the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs were on their fourth down and elected to punt. However, the Patriot’s defense blocked the punt and ran a short distance for their third touchdown of the night. Fans were nervous, but, with three seconds left in the third quarter, Hagen Willingham pushed through and made his way down the field for a 69 yard touchdown after one play. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at the end of the third quarter 13-19.

Fans and Bulldogs knew that the fourth quarter was going . One more touchdown for Trion would tie the game. After an 8 play 29 yard drive, Bryce Wallin pushed for a 2 yard touchdown. The PAT by Ramirez was good and the Bulldogs were up by one point, 20-19 with less than seven minutes to go in the game.

In the end, it all came down to a field goal from the Patriots. The crowd erupted in cheers as fans jumped up and down, so proud of their team. The Patriots had missed their field goal; the Bulldogs had won.

The defense held strong throughout the entirety of the game with two Bulldogs now reaching 100 tackles for the year. Braden Johnson holds 102 while Will Wyatt sits at 100. Jake Hayes blocked a punt from the Patriots, putting him at 3 total blocked kicks for the year. The Trion defense allows 17 points and 225 yards on average each game. This week the Bulldogs will travel to Schley County to compete in the second round of the playoffs.

Article By: McKenzie Hudgins
THS Journalism Staff


Trion High School TSA Attends Fall Leadership Conference

On November 9th, members of Trion High School’s TSA program traveled to the Jekyll Island Conference Center to attend the Georgia TSA (Technology Student Association) Fall Leadership conference, called “Leadercon.”

Leadercon is only one of the many conferences they host in order to provide TSA club members with more opportunities to improve on their leadership, communication, and team-building skills. There were hands-on workshops, seminars, and Technical sessions. There are also high stakes competitions to improve their skills in their respective fields.

There were five main contests they were able to compete. Jason Herring and Gene Dong competed in and placed sixth in the Georgia Electrathon Rally.  

Gene Dong and Ryan Trapp competed in and placed fifth in the Armada Boat Race.

Isaac Cothran and Ryan Trapp competed in the VEX State Qualifier Tournament and placed 32nd out of 59 of other teams. This was their first time attempting this competition. This program also changes every year.

According to TSA President, Isaac Cothran, “These competitions not only prepare the team for State, but they also allow us to qualify for other competitions in the state and country.”

While in Jekyll Island, the group along with their club adviser, Mr. Scott Petty, enjoyed a dance with other schools who attended the event. They also enjoyed staying at their hotel on the beach.

      Trion’s students who attended Leadercon had an amazing time. There were many opportunities for the refinement of their engineering and design skills.

Article By: THS Journalism Class

Trion High School Hosts "Apply To College Day"

Sample ImageOn November 8th, Trion High School hosted an “Apply to College Day” in the media center. This event saw 46 students apply to local colleges at no cost to them and their families.

This means that Apply to College Day provided an opportunity for THS seniors to apply to various schools for free in the comfort of their own high school. Georgia Northwestern Technical College was one of the post-secondary schools who agreed to waive their application fee in the hopes of encouraging students to apply to their institution. Other universities who participated in this event included Jacksonville State University and Middle Georgia State University.

JSU waived their application fee during the week of October 29th while Middle Georgia has waived their application fee throughout the month of November. Thanks to opportunities such as this and the dedication of both THS students and staff members, all Trion graduates now have a post-secondary plan in place when they graduate. Many have even chosen to pursue the tremendous opportunities presented at GNTC as part of their plan.

Mrs. Mary Myers-Searles, the guidance counselor for THS, commented, “‘Apply to College Day’ was a tremendous success because over 40 members of the Class of 2019 applied to college today! I am proud of my seniors as they recognize that having a post-secondary plan in place when they graduate will provide them with more opportunities in their careers.”

Overall this “Apply to College Day” was only the most recent of a long line of wonderful opportunities presented to THS students, a great source of pride for Trion.

Article By: Bryana Whitaker
THS Journalism Staff

Roy Clark Passes Away At The Age Of 85

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TULSA, Okla. – Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMYCMA and ACMaward winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”

“A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.”

For a man who didn’t taste major success until he was 30, the key was not some grand plan but rather taking everything in its own time. “Sure,” he said, “I had dreams of being a star when I was 18. I could’ve pushed it too, but it wouldn’t have happened any sooner. I’m lucky. What’s happened has happened in spite of me.”

In fact, that’s what Clark titled his autobiography, My Life — In Spite of Myself!with Marc Elliot (Simon & Shuster, 1994). The book reminded many that there is much more to Roy Clark than fast fingers and a quick wit.

That he was raised in Washington, D.C., often surprises people. Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands. “I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played. Dad said, ‘Never turn your ear off to music until your heart hears it–because then you might hear something you like.'”

Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance. He was 15 when he earned $2 for his first paid performance, with his dad’s band. In the fertile, diverse musical soil of cosmopolitan D.C., he began playing bars and dives on Friday and Saturday nights until he was playing every night and skipping school–eventually dropping out at 15. “Music was my salvation, the thing I loved most and did best. Whatever was fun, I’d go do that.”

The guitar wizard soon went on tour with country legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. After winning a national banjo competition in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to shows with Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Yet he’d always return to D.C. to play not only country but jazz, pop, and early rock’n’roll (he’s prominently featured in the recent book Capitol Rock); to play with black groups and white groups; to play fast, to even play guitar with his feet. In 1954, he joined Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, appearing in clubs and on radio and TV, and even backing up Elvis Presley.

But in 1960, he was 27 and still scrambling. An invitation to open for Wanda Jackson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas proved to be his big break. It led to his own tour, on the road for 345 straight nights at one stretch, and when he returned to Vegas in 1962, he came back as a headliner and recording star, with his debut album The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark. The next year, he had his first hit, The Tips Of My Fingers, a country song that featured an orchestra and string section. “We didn’t call it crossover then but I guess that’s what it was,” he says. “We didn’t aim for that, because if you aim for both sides you miss them both. But we just wanted to be believable.”

He was–on record and on TV, where his first appearances in 1963 on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘American Bandstand’ showcased his easygoing attitude and rural sense of humor. “Humor is a blessing to me. My earliest recollections are of looking at something and seeing the lighter side. But it’s always spontaneous. I couldn’t write a comedy skit for someone else.”

Throughout the ’60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. “I was the token bumpkin. It became, ‘Let’s get that Clark guy. He’s easy to get along with.'” Then came ‘Hee Haw.’ A countrified ‘Laugh-In’ with music, shot in Nashville, ‘Hee Haw’ premiered in 1969. Co-starring Clark and Buck Owens, it was an immediate hit. Though CBS canceled the show after two-and-a-half years, despite ranking in the Top 20, the series segued into syndication, where it remained until 1992. “I long ago realized it was not a figure of speech when people come up to me and say they grew up watching me since they were ‘that big’.”

A generation or two has also grown up listening to him. In 1969, Yesterday, When I Was Young charted Top 20 Pop and #9 Country (Billboard). Including Yesterday,Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka(#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow(#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976). In addition, his 12-string guitar rendition of Malaguena is considered a classic and, in 1982, he won a Grammy (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for Alabama Jubilee.

A consummate musician, no matter the genre, he co-starred with Petula Clark at Caesar’s Palace, became the first country artist to headline at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and appeared in London on ‘The Tom Jones Show.’ Clark was amazed when guitarists from England credited his BBC specials and performances on variety TV shows with the likes of the Jackson 5 for inspiring them to play. But the highlight of his career, he said, was a pioneering, sold-out 1976 tour of the then-Soviet Union. “Even though they didn’t know the words, there were tears in their eyes when I played Yesterday. Folks there said we wouldn’t realize in our lifetime the good we’d accomplished, just because of our pickin’ around.”

When he returned in 1988 to now-Russia, Clark was hailed as a hero. Though he’d never bought a joke and doesn’t read music, the self-described, and proud of it, “hillbilly singer” was that rare entertainer with popularity worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and respect worthy of the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award and membership in the Gibson (Guitar) Hall of Fame; an entertainer who could star in Las Vegas (the first country artist inducted into its Entertainers Hall of Fame), in Nashville (becoming the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987), and at Carnegie Hall. Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Roy’s many good deeds on behalf of his fellow man led to him receiving the 1999 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian of the Year Award from TNN’s Music City News Awards. In October, 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

From his home in Tulsa, where he moved in 1974 with Barbara, his wife of 61 years, Clark continued to tour extensively. For him — and for his legion of loyal fans — live performance was what it was all about. “Soon as you hit the edge of the stage and see people smiling and know they’re there to hear you, it’s time to have fun. I keep a band of great young people around me, and we’re not musically restrained. It’s not about ‘let’s do it correct’ but ‘let’s do it right.’”

At the end of each of Roy’s concerts, he would tell the audience, “We had to come, but you had a choice. Thanks for being here.” With responding smiles, audiences continued to thank Roy for being there, too.

Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

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Arrest Report - Thursday - November 15, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Tucker Appointed as Temporary Police Chief

At Monday night’s Summerville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to install Harold Tucker into the position of Temporary Police Chief and Safety Director.

Police Chief Stan Mosley is on medical leave.

The salary for Mr. Tucker’s position is $64,700 per annum.

Football Friday Preview: Wildcats for Both Teams

The Bulldogs and the Indians will both be fighting for a place in the Final Eight in their respective brackets tomorrow night. They’ll each take on their own set of wildcats: Chattooga (9-2) will face off against the Rabun County Wildcats (10-1), and Trion (8-3) will play the Schley County Wildcats (8-2).

Both teams narrowly secured advancement in the playoffs last week after single-point wins.

Chattooga High School hosted the Washington Bulldogs from Atlanta. A successful conversion in the second quarter earned the Indians a 1-point advantage that they held onto for the remainder of the game, pushing them into the next round of playoffs.

The Trion Bulldogs hosted the Wilcox County Patriots, and though an intense middle half put the Patriots in the lead, the Bulldogs turned it around in the last quarter. A last-minute Hail Mary touchdown tied things up at 19, and Trion’s ensuing 1-pt. conversion sent the Patriots packing.

WZQZ is your hometown source for all the latest on local sports. Be sure to check back for all the latest from the Indians and the Bulldogs.

County BOE, Trion Council to Hold Respective Meetings Tonight

The Chattooga County Schools Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting tonight  at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at the Chattooga County Education Center, 206 Penn Street, Summerville, GA 30747.

WZQZ will have a reporter at the Board of Education meeting to bring you the highlights.

The Trion Town Council will also hold its monthly work session starting at 6 PM in Trion Town Hall.

Health Inspection Scores – First Half of November

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of November:


  • 203 ELM ST CLOUDLAND, GA 30731
  • Score: 100
  • Inspection Date: 11-14-2018

  • 203 CENTRAL AVE TRION, GA 30753
  • Score: 100
  • Inspection Date: 11-14-2018

  • 12316 HIGHWAY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Score: 91
  • Inspection Date: 11-06-2018

  • 15584 HWY 27 TRION, GA 30753
  • Score: 91
  • Inspection Date: 11-06-2018

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by calling the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3471.

"Breakfast with Santa" on December 1st

Governor's Race Continues

On Monday, a federal judge ordered election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots that haven’t been counted in Georgia’s close election for governor.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg’s order calls for a hotline for voters to check if their provisional ballots were counted, a review of voter registrations, and updated reports from the state government about why many voters were required to use provisional ballots.

According to the Chattooga County Registrar Office, there were 30 provisional ballots cast in the General Election which was over a week ago.

The court decision comes as votes are still being counted in the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. Although Kemp has declared victory in the governor’s race,  Abrams’ campaign said she will continue to fight for more votes to be counted in hopes of forcing a runoff.

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