Arrest Report - Tuesday - February 20, 2018

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

One Person Injured in Monday Wreck on Rome Blvd. in Summerville

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One person was injured in a two-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon on Rome Boulevard in Summerville.

A call came in to Chattooga 911 shortly after 3 PM  on Monday.  Witnesses to the crash told AM 1180 that traffic was impacted for a period of time in the southbound lanes while law enforcement and emergency personnel worked the accident.

Reports indicated that one person was injured when the driver of a Nissan crossed over into the other lane and struck an oncoming Kia.  The Nissan continued on and went through a chain-link fence.

While the driver of the Nissan was uninjured, one person was transported to a Rome hospital that was in the Kia.

The Summerville Police Department worked the accident.  We will have a full report when it is released from Summerville Police.


Local FFA Students Submit "Experience Projects" for Judging

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Several Chattooga County FFA students have submitted their Supervised Agriculture Experience project for region judging.

Madison Chrisol – Madison’s project is in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management Madison got 1st in area and is one of 3 finalist in the state for this award area. Interviews and awards will be bestowed at the State FFA convention in April.

Jorja Cooper – Jorja’s project is in Dairy Production – placement, Jorja got 2nd place in region. Jorja will be recognized at the Area 1 banquet for this accomplishment.

Mia Crider – Mia’s project is in Agriscience – plant systems, Mia got 2nd place in region. Mia will be recognized at the Area 1 banquet for this accomplishment.

Congratulations to these Chattooga County FFA Students.

Summerville Woman Turns Herself in at Floyd County Jail

A 28-year old Summerville woman turned herself in at the Floyd County Jail over the weekend on a warrant charging her with felony shoplifting.

According to the warrant, Cassandra Marie Chance selected cosmetics and a laptop computer at the East Rome Walmart, proceeded to the checkout area and pretended to scan the items.

She then left the store without paying for the merchandise, valued at just over $1,000.

The incident occurred on December 17, according to the warrant.


Burglary Reported on Back Penn Road

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A man that looks out for his neighbor’s property reported a burglary to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend.

Terry Green called Chattooga 911 on Saturday after he noticed that his neighbor’s place had been broken into.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, Mr. Green told the deputy that the place on Back Penn Road belongs to Mr. Glynn Bullard, who now lives in Alabama.

Mr. Green said that when he checked the shop behind his neighbor’s house he noticed that the lock on the outside gate had been cut and was on the ground.

The deputy and Mr. Green saw scratches around the door plate and frame of the shop, but the scratches did not appear to be new.

Mr. Green said that he didn’t know what all was missing and that he would get in touch with Mr. Bullard to advise the sheriff’s department on what was possibly missing.

The case was turned over to an investigator.

Harassment at Burger King

A Hispanic woman says that she and her daughter were subjected to repeated harassment by another woman at Burger King in Summerville.

According to a report released by the sheriff’s department, the incident was reported on Sunday when a Hispanic woman and her family were trying to eat at the restaurant.

The complainant told a responding deputy that a woman, that she identified to the officer, came in the restaurant and began to berate her juvenile daughter telling the daughter that she would “go to jail when she turned 18.”

The complainant said that she is friends with the woman’s daughter who harassing them.  However, she had issues with the woman who was causing the scene at Burger King in the past, but thought those issues were resolved.

The complainant said that the woman then came to the table where she was eating with her family and began to “holler and scream.”  She added that the woman had also been active on Facebook with threats and had also sent threatening text messages.

The deputy took down the report and advised the complainant on how to take out a good behavior warrant.



Gas Prices Drop in Georgia

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Motorists are seeing steady discounts at the gas pumps. Georgia gas prices declined the last 16 consecutive days for a total of 9 cents. During the past week, the state average dropped 5 cents. Sunday’s state average of $2.41 is 3 cents less than a month ago, yet 23 cents more than this time last year.

“Gas prices declined as forecast, based on significant gains in both oil and gasoline production in the United States,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although motorists may see additional discounts at the pump this week, this downward trend has a limit. AAA expects gas prices will shoot-up 20-30 cents between March and May, as refineries conduct seasonal maintenance and switch to summer-blend gasoline.”

Spring refinery maintenance season always puts upward pressure on gas prices and often drives prices to their highest point of the year. This year’s period already began on February 1st and is expected to peak during the last week of March or first week of April. During this time, refineries reduce output while they conduct scheduled maintenance on their equipment. This spring could be more active than previous years, because there are many refineries that skipped their scheduled maintenance period in the fall, due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast.


AAA Press Release 


Woman Loses Money and ID at Credit Union

A Mustang Drive woman says that she lost $200 and her driver’s license at Southeast Federal Credit Union on Sunday.

Kristy Walston came to the sheriff’s department and said that she had used the ATM at the credit union to withdraw $200 and when she got home she couldn’t find the money or her driver’s license.

Ms. Waltson believes that she lost the money and the ID in the parking lot of the credit union.

If you have found the money or license, you can contact the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office at 706-857-3411.

Walker County Sheriff Hiring

Sheriff Steve Wilson in Walker County is looking for new employees.

The sheriff posted a notice to social media saying:

The Walker County Sheriff Office is now hiring qualified persons for several departments. If you are interested in one of our positions in detention, road patrol or criminal investigations please visit our website at and complete an application.

Arrest Report - Monday - February 19, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, February 19, 2018:

Flu Deaths Rise in Georgia

The weekly count of deaths from the flu has risen once again, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Georgia’s health officials say that 79 people have now died from the flu so far this flu season across the state.  Thirteen new deaths were reported last week, one was a juvenile.

Also, the Georgia Department of Public Health is now saying that the flu vaccine is more effective this year than previously thought – especially for children.  According to new studies, the vaccine is 51 percent effective in children

Well over 1,000 Georgians have been hospitalized with flu.

Even if the vaccine does not keep a person from getting the flu entirely, it may help keep them from getting sicker than they otherwise would. Many who have died have gotten secondary infections, when they thought they were getting better from the flu, but a second infection came on its heels and attacked their already weakened body.

When healthy individuals get the flu shot, it helps prevent the spread of the disease to those who are particularly endangered: children and the elderly.


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency warning signs for people to go to the ER include:

Trouble breathing

Chest pain

Persistent vomiting

Flu-like symptoms that improve but return with fever and a worse cough


Cough into the inside of your elbow, not the open air

Get a flu shot

Avoid infected people if possible

Wash hands frequently

Summerville Man Arrested - Spits in Deputies Faces

A Summerville man was arrested last week in Floyd County after being found inebriated and received additional charges once he got to the Floyd County Jail.

According to reports, twenty-four-year-old Tevin Antrele Smith of Summerville, was arrested after he was found in a drunken state on North Avenue in Rome.

Reports added that after arriving at the Floyd County Jail he spat on two deputies while in the Sally Port area of the jail.

Smith is charged with two counts simple battery against a police officer, criminal trespass, city drunkenness and disorderly conduct.


Offender Art Brings Support to Reading Program



Governor Nathan Deal looking at artwork made by Georgia prisoners

During the week of February 12th, an impressive array of artwork was on display at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd building in Atlanta.  Each piece of art was created by an offender from the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), and was voluntarily provided by them to help benefit the “Little Readers” program, developed by Heartbound Ministries.

During the public exhibit, attendees were able to purchase items ranging from intricate wooden bowls, purses crafted from candy wrappers, paintings and large-scale replica courthouses.  All funds raised by the sale will go directly back into the program.

“Little Readers” is a program designed to give incarcerated parents and grandparents the opportunity to send personalized DVD recorded readings to their children.  The children receive not only the DVD, but also a copy of the book being read, a personalized bookmark, literary resources, and other valuable tools to help them connect with their loved one.

“We are thankful for the work being done by Heartbound Ministries to help the children and the parents alike,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “Through programs like Little Readers, we hope to help build strong family relationships which will help offenders transition back into society upon release.”

Press Release 


Health Inspection Scores - First Half of February

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

Bateman’s Coosa Valley ENP (Food Service Inspections)
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February 12, 2018 Score: 91, Grade: A

Carousel Inn ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
14230 HWY 27 TRION, GA 30753
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February 15, 2018 Score: 92, Grade: A (2014)

Subway 13814 (Food Service Inspections)
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February 14, 2018 Score: 91, Grade: A

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 706-857-3377

Gaylesville Man Indicted on Additional Charges

Cherokee County, Alabama Deputies arrested Johnny Ray Slayton, age 53 of Gaylesville, on additional grand jury indictments Friday night involving sexual abuse of a child.

Slayton was charged with four counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child under the Age of 12 back in April of 2017. Those charges were the result of an investigation conducted by Chief Investigator Josh Summerford and Investigator Tony Monroy early last year.

The on-going investigation by Sheriff’s Office investigators and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) led to a grand jury indicting Slayton on the additional charges of first degree sodomy, first degree rape, and three counts of attempted sodomy.

Cherokee County deputies transported him to the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $175,000 bond.

Sheriff Shaver said, “The CAC played an invaluable role in this investigation, as they do in most of our unfortunate cases involving children.”

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Democrats Meeting One Week from Today

The Chattooga County Democratic Party will hold their next monthly meeting coming up on Monday, February 26, 2018.  The meeting was rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts.  The meeting will get underway at 6 PM at the Chattooga County Senior Center in Summerville.  Coffee and refreshments will be served and all local Democrats and those interested in supporting the local Democratic Party are invited to attend.

Senator Mullis Weekly Legislative Update

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State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) has released his weekly legislative report for week six of the Georgia General Assembly.  Senator Mullis says that the state legislature has worked on several bills that deal with law enforcement.  One of the bills would require local governments to report the pay scale for local police and deputies. There has been much talk in recent months about the wage disparity between state law enforcement officers and local law enforcement officers.  This bill is taking steps to begin to assess the situation. You can read the complete report from Senator Mulis here:

Week Six Update from the Capitol

The end of this sixth week marked the 22nd Legislative day of this session. We are now more than halfway through and our eyes are on Crossover Day which is at the end of this month. We found ourselves extremely busy this week, passing 20 pieces of legislation.

Of the bills that were passed this week, a handful came out of the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs (COPS) Task Force which worked tirelessly during the interim. Senate Bills 366, 367, 368 and 369 were debated and passed on Day 21.

SB 366 would require local governments to provide pay scale information for their law enforcement agency employees to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) annually. In turn, DCA would analyze the data and provide a report back to the local governments so they could use the information to adopt a required guidance pay scale. The goal is to lessen wage disparities for our faithful law enforcement agents. SB 367 expands the list of qualified individuals that can receive a state indemnification payment to include an estate. The one-time indemnification payment would be made to the estate of the law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. SB 368 would allow the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide technical support to local law enforcement agencies. SB 369, the last of the COPS bills, requires $5 of every pre-trial diversion fee to be paid into the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund.

Earlier this week, SB 332 passed unanimously in the Senate. This legislation establishes an outdoor mentorship program through the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, SB 332 would allow new applicants to purchase fishing or hunting licenses at a reduced rate. I am happy we passed legislation that will get more people involved with outdoor actives. Our great state has a lot of wonderful places to hunt, fish and explore and I believe SB 332 will increase opportunities for those who wish to take advantage of what our state has to offer. We also passed Senate Bill 370, which clarifies that the Commissioner of the Department of Community Health can only waive the first $25,000 against the estate of a Medicaid recipient.

Along with addressing legislation, the Senate also took up the Amended Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Budget, also known as House Bill 683. This budget is approximately $306 million above the FY18 General Budget totaling around $25.3 billion. Funding for K-12 student enrolment growth accounts for the largest spending amount equaling around $86.8 million. Since there are several differences between the Senate and House versions, it is likely that a conference committee will be appointed to settle out the differences and get a final version ready for the governor to sign.

Besides legislation, we had several guests come to the Senate. On Tuesday, the Catoosa County Leadership Group was with us. We also had several pages from District 53 join us in the Senate Chamber. It is always a great opportunity to see leaders from my community here at the Capitol. I highly encourage anyone wishing to visit from the district to contact our office and set up a time to visit. If you plan to visit the Capitol, please let us know. We would love to visit with you!

We have made much progress this session, but there is still much more to be made. As we move closer to the halfway mark, I want you to contact my office with any questions or concerns.


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

Arrest Report - Sunday - February 18, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, February 18, 2018:

DUI Crash with Injuries on Old Highway 27 in Trion


The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a crash that happened on Old Highway 27 in front of Old Way Baptist Church on Saturday night.  The name of the driver has not been released, but he was taken into custody and charged with DUI in connection with the incident.  One person was seriously injured and ejected from the single-vehicle crash.  We will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.


Indians Lose to Monticello, Trion Beats Out Marion County

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After an amazing season, the Chattooga Indians finished out with a loss at home to Monticello. The Indians came up just short, losing to the Hurricanes 49-44.  Congratulations to the Chattooga Varsity Boy Indians for a great season.

The Trion Bulldogs advanced in Class – A action with a 79-69 win over Marion County last night.  Both teams had a record of 17 wins and 18 losses when they entered last night’s game.  Good luck to the Trion Bulldogs as they advance in playoff action.