Trion 1st Baptist Selling BBQ & Brunswick Stew on Saturday

The Trion 1st Baptist Church youth group will be selling BBQ plates and Brunswick Stew this Saturday.  All proceeds from the sale will go towards the youth  mission trip fund.

You can place your order via phone at 706-676-7419 or by messaging the TFBC Facebook page.  Homemade Brunswick stew is $12/quart and BBQ plates are $8.  Plates include a BBQ sandwich, beans, slaw, chips and a drink.  Sandwiches are $5 and a lunch (sandwich, chips and dring) is $6.

BBQ orders can be picked up from 11am to 5pm.  Stew will be ready around 4-5pm.  Preorder your items now to be guaranteed!

Arrest Report - Wednesday - October 20, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, October 20, 2021:

Gaylesville Man Arrested On Drug Charges

A Gaylesville, Alabama man was arrested on drug charges this week, according to docket records from the Cherokee County, Alabama Detention Center.

Twenty-four year old Jesse Giddens of a Gaylesville address, was arrested on charges of – Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (two counts) and with Failure to Appear/Bail Jumping.

Giddens was being held on a $3,500 bond.

Chattooga County Board Of Assessors Looking For Worker

The Chattooga County Board of Assessors is looking to hire a property assessor. 

According to a post from the Board of Assessors, the employee would be a Field Appraiser Trainee.  Job responsibilities would include daily visits to properties for data collection.

The job notice points out that the worker will be performing the job “in various weather conditions.”

Thursday Night Football For The Bulldogs

Trion High School officials were caught off guard on Monday of this week when the news came the matchup between the Trion Bulldogs and the Armuchee Indians that was scheduled for Friday night, was rescheduled for Thursday night.

Trion School Supt. Dr. Phil Williams told WZQZ News on Monday that officials with Armuchee made a unilateral decision to move the game from Friday night to Thursday night.  Williams said that his understanding was the reason Armuchee moved the game was that local football officials were concerned about a shortage of officials to call the game on Friday.

Dr. Williams said, “Usually, both coaches agree on something like that, but our coach wasn’t in the loop.”

The Armuchee Indians had a bye week last week and have had eight days to get ready for the Thursday night matchup.  The Bulldogs will have only three days off the field.

WZQZ will broadcast the Trion-Armuchee game on Thursday evening.

Floyd County "Most Wanted" Suspect In Custody

A man who was on the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted” list is now in custody.

29-year old Scotty Michael Craig of Lindale was arrested last week.

Craig was being sought on warrants charging him with the sale of methamphetamine, trafficking meth, conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act, and use of a communications facility to commit a crime involving drugs.

He is accused of conspiring with another to purchase 28 grams of meth back in April and then conspiring to sell meth in March.

Craig is also accused of fleeing from police during a traffic stop for a seat belt violation back on January 14th of this year.


Chattooga BOE Called Meeting Tomorrow

The Chattooga County Board of Education has a called meeting on Thursday to allow the public time to comment on the promotion of a faculty member who is also closely related to a member of the Chattooga County Board of Education.

Board Chairman Eddie Elsberry told WZQZ News that while many school systems might just go ahead with the promotion, the board feels that the public should be kept abreast of the situation and allow the public to have questions answered.

Elsberry said, “The board just wanted to have a meeting for public input since Lynn Hall is on Board of Education and we are making (his daughter) Angie Hall-Culbert an administrator as AP at high school.”

A public meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, October 21st at 5:30 PM at the Chattooga County Education Center on Penn Street in Summerville.

Annual Pig Show Coming Up Next Month

The Chattooga County Young Farmers will host their 7th Annual Pig Project Show and Auction Monday, November 8th  at the Chattooga County Agricultural Center. The show will begin at 6 pm and the auction will follow.

 “This will be a great opportunity to support the youth of our community,” said Lauren Jarrett, Chattooga County Young Farmer Advisor. “The proceeds will go to the students who purchased and raised the pigs and the buyers will get to stock their freezer with homegrown pork.” 

FFA and 4-H members have been raising the pigs since June for the show and auction. The pigs were purchased from The University of Georgia Swine Program.

Students participating in the project this year are:  Lane Bridges, Trent Dawson, Lillie Dooley, Natalie Edwards, Raylan Hardin, Callen Kerce, Shelby Nutter, Tanner Nutter, Joshua Willingham, and Tate Whitlock..

Bidding will start at $1 per pound and the pigs will be transported by the Young Farmers for processing. The processing fees will be the responsibility of the buyer.

The Young Farmers chapter has also been selling changes on a hog and processing. Tickets are $5 each and the winner will be drawn at the show. To purchase tickets, contact a young farmer member or stop by Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply in Lyerly.

For more information please contact, Lauren Jarrett @ or 706.252.4266.

Expect Higher Home Heating Prices This Winter

Experts say that you can expect to pay more for heating your home this year.

The Winter Fuels Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is bleak like the winter that may be approaching us.

The EIA says with prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas, propane and electricity, you could see your heating bills jump as much as 54%, compared to last winter.

“We expect that households across the United States will spend more on energy this winter compared with the past several winters because of these higher energy prices and because we assume a slightly colder winter than last year in much of the United States,” the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in the report.

The worldwide energy crunch is also pressuring prices in an increasingly interconnected global system. In Europe, natural gas prices are up over 350 percent following a summer of high demand and low supply. That’s pulling some natural gas from U.S. producers on to ships for overseas markets.

Crude oil has climbed over 60 percent this year, pushing up closely tied heating oil prices.

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Enclosed Trailer Reported Stolen In Trion

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft on an enclosed trailer from a Trion residence that happened last week.

According to a report released on Tuesday from the sheriff’s office,  a deputy responded to a call on West Spring Creek road in reference to a theft.  The responding deputy spoke with Jimmy Henry who said that his brother had called about an enclosed trailer that belonged to him after he noticed it was missing from Mr. Henry’s property.

The trailer is a 12×6 enclosed trailer, black in color, with “Motocross” stickers located on the rear of the trailer.

Mr. Henry told the deputy that the trailer contained a good many of his personal belongings.

The incident was listed as being under investigation at the time of the report.



Lowes Distribution Center Walk In Event - Hiring 50 People Wednesday


Lowe’s is hoping to fill at least 50 positions at a walk-in hiring event set for Wednesday at its regional distribution center off Ga. 140 in Floyd County.

It’s part of the company’s nationwide Supply Chain Hiring Day. They’re looking for full-time operations team members for all shifts.

No experience, resume or reservation is needed. Apply in-person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the distribution center, 255 Prosperity Way.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and bring a photo ID. They’ll speak with hiring managers and may receive on-the-spot offers. All offers will be contingent on a background check and drug screening.

Lowe’s offers a wide variety of benefits to full-time and part-time associates. Benefits include health, vision and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a trade skills educational program, paid parental leave, a 401(k) plan with company match and an employee stock purchase plan.

For safety, Lowe’s requires visitors to wear a mask and closed toe shoes.

Job seekers can learn more about available roles by visiting event


Arrest Report - Tuesday - October 19, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, October 19, 2021:

Owe A Fine At Chattooga Library? Bring Canned Food To Forgive Your Fine

If you owe a fine at the Chattooga Library, there is a way you can get that fine forgiven.  Next week, the library will be participating in “Food for Fines” to benefit the local food pantry.

“Food For Fines” will take place from October 25 through November 20, the Sara Hightower Regional Library System will be conducting a canned food drive where patrons can donate canned goods to reduce any accrued fines.

Each can that is donated will be worth $2 in reduced fines. All food donations will be given to our local community kitchens. A maximum of $10 can be “paid” with donated food per card.

Perishable, expired, beyond sell by date and homemade food items will not be accepted at any branch location.

Land Clearing Begins At Menlo School

Car riders at Menlo School noticed a big change as they came back from fall break on Monday morning.  Work has started on clearing the land for the construction of the new Menlo School building and trees behind the school were taken down between the driveway and the soccer field.

Earlier this year, the Chattooga Board of Education voted to “decommission” the existing building.  Some of the areas currently at Menlo School date back more than 80 years.  The Menlo School facilities are the oldest school facilities in Chattooga County still in use.

Chattooga Board of Education Chairman Eddie Elsberry told WZQZ News earlier this year that decommissioning the school was the first step in the process to build a new facility.  Elsberry said, ” A decommissioned (school facility) can continue to be occupied but it does not earn money. Instead, the earned money is at a higher rate toward the future school.”  Elsberry estimated the system saved about $3 million by decommissioning the building in July.

NGEMC Warns Of Ongoing Scam

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NGEMC continues to receive periodic reports of a caller claiming to be with the utility and threatening to disconnect power unless the call recipient pays them within 30 minutes.

The call comes from various 800 numbers that cannot be traced to a legitimate business. Please exercise great caution if you receive a similar call. NEVER give out your personal information to these callers.

When you have doubts or feel threatened by a call, always hang up and call NGEMC at one of our published phone numbers.

You can contact the NGEMC Office in Trion at 706-734-7341.

CDC Urges People To Get Vaccinated Before The Holidays


The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is urging people get vaccinated against COVID ahead of this year’s holiday season.

In new guidelines released last week, the CDC offered suggestions for all those who’ll be getting together for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.

“Because many generations tend to gather in order to celebrate the holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is by getting vaccinated if you’re eligible,” the CDC said. “By working together, we can enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the health of our family and friends.”

Among the recommendations were:

  • Protect those around you, particularly young children, by getting vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you are in a public indoor setting if you are not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in areas with substantial to high transmission.
  • Outdoor events are safer than indoor events.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.


There were other recommendations for people planning on traveling:

  • CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s domestic travel or international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.
  • If you will be traveling in a group or family with unvaccinated people, choose safer travel options.
  • Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, is required to wear a mask on public transportation and follow international travel recommendations.


Other special considerations

  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you could consider additional precautions (e.g., avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) in advance of gathering to further reduce risk.
  • Do not put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.



There's Hope For The Hungry At South Summerville Tomorrow

In Georgia, 1 in 7 people live with food insecurity – not knowing where their next meal will come from.  There’s Hope for the Hungry is a Christian ministry, founded in prayer in 2003 and committed to evangelizing and feeding people who are in need.  The group is active in Chattooga County and will be distributing food tomorrow in Summerville.

The organization describes their mission saying their “major goal is to feed the hungry; additionally, we believe our ultimate goal is to bring people to a place in their lives through short term food relief, salvation, and prayer to where they depend upon themselves and Jesus Christ for their short term, long term, and eternal needs.”

The food program There’s Hope for the Hungry will be at South Summerville Baptist Church tomorrow from 10 AM until 1 PM.  The event will be drive-thru only.

The church is located on Highway 48, just past Mason Funeral Home.

Georgia Gas Prices Increase Again

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Georgia gas prices increased alongside rising crude oil. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.15 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 9 cents more than a week ago, 18 cents more than last month and $1.15 more than this time last year.

It now costs motorists $47.25 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $10.35 more than what motorists paid in January of 2020 when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.

“The key driver for the rise of gas prices is crude oil, which typically accounts for between 50% and 60% of the price at the pump,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. “Unfortunately, it’s still too early to tell when Georgians will see some type of relief regarding gas prices this season.”


The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.19. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2 million barrels to 223.1 million barrels last week. Gasoline demand also fell from 9.43 million barrels a day to 9.19 million barrels a day. Typically, lower demand alongside a decline in stocks would result in downward market pressure on pump prices. But high crude prices (above $80 per barrel) remain the main culprit for rising pump prices. As crude prices remain elevated, pump prices will likely follow suit.


Atlanta– $3.15

Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Savannah ($3.25), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($3.21), and Macon ($3.15).

Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($3.08), Augusta-Aiken ($3.09), and Albany ($3.10).

Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($3.14), Floyd ($3.08), Walker ($3.07), Gordon ($3.11), DeKalb, AL ($3.04), Cherokee, AL ($2.99).


Travis Tritt Cancels Shows That Require Vaccines & Other Mandates

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Multi-platinum selling and award-winning artist Travis Tritt has announced he will not perform at venues that require proof of COVID vaccination, mask mandates, or testing. As a result, the following Travis Tritt shows have been canceled: Muncie, Indiana on Oct. 23, PhiladelphiaMississippi on November 6, Peoria, Illinois on Nov 11 and Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 13.

In a statement released today, Tritt comments, “I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated. Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately. Many people are taking a firm stand against these mandates around the country, and I wholeheartedly support that cause. I have been extremely vocal against mandates since the beginning. This is a sacrifice that I’m willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed for their entire lifetimes. There are plenty of promoters and venues around the country that appreciate fans and the freedom of choice in this great country, and those are the promoters and venues that I will be supporting.”
Tritt continues, “I’m sorry for any inconvenience this situation creates for anyone who had purchased tickets to these shows. We will try to reschedule unrestricted shows in these areas as soon as we can.”
Shows that do not have mandates will continue as scheduled. For a complete list of upcoming appearances, visit

Chattooga High School To Retire Senorise Perry Jersey October 29th.

Chattooga High School graduate and NFL pro-football player Senorise Perry’s #32 jersey will be officially retired, one week from this Friday. Senorise Perry played football at Chattooga High Schools before signing to play  college football at Louisville. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans.

Chattooga County Athletic Director Jeremy Heathcock said on Monday, “On Friday, October 29th, a ceremony will be held before the game (beginning at approximately 6:45 pm) to retire Senorise Perry’s football jersey (#32).  Senior Night will also be held before the game on this night. ”

The Indians will be on the road this week to take on Fannin County.  The next Friday they will be at home to face off against Pepperell.