Schools Closed Today - Chattooga Won't Reopen Until Wednesday

Classes will be empty today at Trion City Schools and Chattooga County Schools in  honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   But Chattooga students will get an extra day at home tomorrow.

Chattooga County School Superintendent Jared Hosmer made the decision last week to have distance learning day on Tuesday to give students an extra day to social-distance and give staff more time to clean county school buildings after a wave of COVID-19 cases showed up in the school system last week.  Menlo Elementary School was especially hard hit from students and staff reporting COVID-19 infection.

Jeff Martin with the Chattooga County School System told WZQZ News that parents need to remember, if your child has a temperature, you need to keep them at home for 24-hours after the fever.  If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days and then when they come back to school, they will be required to wear a mask for five days.

Trion Schools have also had an increase in COVID-19 cases.  Trion City Schools will return to class tomorrow, but school officials hope that the extra day off today will help stem the tide of COVID cases.

MLK Federal Holiday Today

Today is a Federal and state holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The post office, banks and many governmental offices will be closed today.

President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill creating a national holiday to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been assassinated in 1968, while supporting a strike by black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

Locally, a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service is planned at the New Spirit and Truth Church of Jesus Christ located on Scoggins Street in Summerville.  A reception will be held at 5 PM and the service gets underway at 6 PM.  Summerville Mayor Harry Harvey will be the keynote speaker for the night.  There will be other speakers from the community as well.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Report Suspected Utility Scams

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New scams are in operation in our area frequently. North Georgia EMC says that their members should always be suspicious of callers claiming to be from any utility company.

NGEMC says, “While we cannot prevent scammers from contacting our members, NGEMC does endeavor to learn more and keep our members informed of any threatening tactics being used to target our members and our communities.”

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from North Georgia EMC, and you suspect a scam, you should contact your nearest North Georgia EMC office or contact the utility company online and report the incident.

The North Georgia EMC office in Trion can be reached by calling 706-734-7341.

Several Arrested After Fight At Self-Storage Unit In Summerville

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An argument in front of a self-storage facility in Summerville led to physical altercations that landed some people in jail on Thursday of last week.

Summerville Police and Chattooga County deputies responded to the scene and broke up the incident.   The suspects involved in the incident were charged with disorderly conduct, according to jail records at the Chattooga County Jail.

The incident happened in front of Chattooga Self Storage on Commerce Street in Summerville.

 

Summerville Main Street Plans For February

Summerville Main Street is declaring the month of February “Live, Love, Local Month” for Downtown Summerville. The public is encouraged to participate in this month-long celebration by showing your love for small businesses, individuals, schools, churches, clubs, or organizations.

During 2021 The Summerville Main Street organization had a vision to not only decorate the downtown to spread some local love, but to also bring awareness of National Heart Month. Phase 1 of the “Love Local” project was put into place by volunteers working diligently to construct, paint, and erect large hearts in the downtown Summerville Historic District.

New for 2022, the project will expand by offering the opportunity to place positive messages or sentiments on the large hearts to be displayed throughout the month of February. The message options could be, but not limited to in honor of, in memory of, or a message of love or encouragement. The cost to display a personalized message is $30 for one side or $50 for both sides of a heart. Heart message spaces are available now and may be purchased at Summerville City Hall through January 24. Spaces are limited for the 2022 year.

The “Live, Love, Local” project will also encourage local shopping throughout the month, by calling on the community to show their love for local through a Valentine’s Day classic: love letters. The Love Letters for Local initiative will encourage community members to write letters/notes of appreciation and support to small businesses. Love Letters for Local is also new for 2022 and will run February 1-28. It is meant to encourage community members to write letters of appreciation and support to small businesses as they persevere into the New Year.

To make engagement as easy as possible, there will be “Love Letter Stations” in participating downtown businesses to decorate your own heart shaped love letter to be dropped in Summerville Main Street’s special Live, Love, Local mailbox. This festive mailbox will be located across from the Chattooga County Courthouse at the old First Loans building beside Merle Norman/GaGa’s Boutique in the final days of January. Beginning February 1, the community will be able to drop their love letters into the festive mailbox postage-free, and Summerville Main Street will deliver the cards to the small businesses.

To incentivize shoppers and residents to participate in the program, the Summerville Main Street organization will randomly draw one letter writer per week to win a $50 gift card/certificate to their favorite Historic Downtown Summerville business. For more information on this project visit www.summervillega.org

Tax Commissioner Reminds Mobile Home Owners Taxes Due April 1

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton is reminding all mobile home owners in Chattooga County that mobile home taxes are due on April 1, 2022.  Mobile home taxes are not collected in December like property taxes.  Hampton says that the notices that the taxes are due went out in the mail, and you should have received your notice by now.  If you haven’t received your mobile home tax notice, you should contact the Chattooga County Tax Commissioner’s office.  All mobile homes are assessed a tax in Chattooga County; including mobile homes that are used for storage.

Rep. Greene Congratulates Georgia Bulldogs

 

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Rome, along with the entire Georgia House delegation, introduced a bipartisan resolution Thursday to congratulate the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team on their National Collegiate Athletic Association College Football Playoff National Championship.

Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will introduce a companion Senate resolution.

“I am so excited to see the Georgia Bulldogs, my alma mater, end their 40-year drought and bring home a national championship,” Greene said. “I am glad that the entire Georgia delegation could join me in congratulating the Bulldogs on their valiant victory over Alabama. Go Dawgs!”

New 2022 Georgia Fishing Regulations

Start planning your fishing adventures for the new year and be sure to review the updated 2022 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide, says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

“Whether you are brand new to fishing or an experienced angler, you can always find something of interest in the Sport Fishing Regulations Guide,” said Scott Robinson, Chief of the WRD Fisheries Management Section. “This publication is developed with the help of fisheries biologists and staff to ensure it has the most current and accurate information on regulations and new opportunities and anglers can access it in multiple ways, including online, from our Outdoors GA app or in the printed copy.”

Anglers should note there was delayed production of a printed copy of the 2022 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations guide due to paper accessibility and manufacturing issues. It is anticipated the print version will be available by the end of January. The guide can now be found online at http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/fishing/, or through the Outdoors GA app (free app for iPhone or Android users). If you need a printed copy sooner, a pdf of the publication will be available online (you can choose to print the full book or only the information you need).

The 2022 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide provides information such as a color fish identification chart for both freshwater and saltwater fish, license purchasing information, contact information for Wildlife Resources Division and Coastal Resources Division fisheries management offices and DNR Law Enforcement offices, trout stream listings, public fishing area information, state record fish listings, fishing regulations for Georgia and so much more.

What’s New for 2022? Check out this quick bullet list below and get all the details in the new guidebook:
•    Minnow trap use is now legal in freshwaters.
•    Waters Creek trout regulations have changed.
•    Largemouth bass regulations have changed on two Public Fishing Areas.

Need more fishing information? Check out the Angler Resources page on the WRD website (https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources).

Sheriff Says Use Caution Traveling

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader told WZQZ News that there are no road issues in the valley, but mountain roads are slick. The sherrif says that the Chattooga side of Highway157 at Cloudland is slick but passable. The Walker County side is worse. If temperatures fall tonight as predicted, there could be slick roads in the valley as well. Be especially careful on bridges and secondary roads. WZQZ will begin updates tomorrow morning at 5 AM. Join Jimmy Holbrook and Ben Groce with all the information you need for your Monday on WZQZ.

NWS Warns Of Black Ice Overnight And Monday Morning

Black ice will be the major threat into the overnight hours tonight and Monday morning.  The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement this afternoon warning motorists about the possibility of frozen roadways.  Georgia DOT and the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office are asking everyone that doesn’t have to travel to stay home today and tonight.  See the complete weather statement below:

Some Snow Pics From Around The WZQZ Listening Area

Snow on Stateline Road at Cloudland

Snow earlier this morning at Mentone

Earlier today in Cherokee County, Alabama just below Cloudland

 

Weather Information From WZQZ - 11 AM Sunday

Here are several interviews we have done on the radio this morning concerning the winter weather.  First up is our conversation with our own newsman Ben Groce:

Interview with Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader

Interview with Georgia DOT Communication Director Joe Schulman – Northwest Georgia Region

Meteorologist Patrick Core weather summary from earlier this morning

Additional Power Outage Being Reported Sunday Morning

Georgia Power is reporting more power outages this morning.  A power outage on Sloppy Floyd Lake Road is affecting about 92 homes.  Georgia Power says that outage is expected to be restored around 10:45 AM:

Another smaller power outage is being reported on Friday Road in Floyd County.

Church Cancellations For Sunday, January 16, 2022

The following churches will not be having services for Sunday, January 16, 2022 due to the weather or sickness:

Mountain View Baptist Church

Lyerly United Methodist Church

West Berryton Faith Temple Holiness Church

Menlo United Methodist Church

Ridgeway Baptist Church

Highland Avenue Baptist Church – Will have morning services – Evening service canceled

New Bethel Baptist Church – Trion

Faith Baptist Church – Menlo

North Summerville Baptist Church

Horizon Baptist Fellowship

Oak Hill United Methodist Church –  Facebook Worship at 11 AM

Beersheba Presbyterian Church

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church – Gore Community

South Summerville Baptist Church – Online Services Only

Trion First Baptist Church

Dry Valley Baptist – Morning services only

Mount Calvary Baptist – Cloudland Community

Trion Heights Baptist Church

Bethlehem Baptist Church – Subligna

New Generations Church

Midway Baptist Church

Menlo First Baptist – Facebook only

Winter Storm Warning Update

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia updated the Winter Storm Warning for Chattooga, Walker and Dade County at 2:22 AM on Sunday morning.  The statement says that temperatures will begin to fall later this morning and we could frozen precipitation.  The temperature is going to be the key factor.  Lookout Mountain will almost certainly see ice or snow later this morning.  The colder air is expected to arrive around 10 AM this morning.  Will it be cold enough to turn rain to snow in the valley?  We still don’t know.  Temperatures across the area are in the mid to upper 30’s as of 6:15 AM.  Summerville is reporting 39 degrees and we have reports of a temperature of 40 degrees in the Gore/Subligna area.  Cloudland has a temperature of 35 degrees.  Wind will also be a factor today.  There is a wind advisory in place and we could see wind gusts of up to 35 mph.  This could be an issue for power outages, regardless of any frozen precipitation.  A large power outage is being reported this morning at Cloudland (Walker County) affecting over 100 homes.  A smaller outage is reported in the Haywood Valley community, affecting about 5 homes.  WZQZ will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day.  Listen to local news on the radio and check back here and on our Facebook Page.

Arrest Report - Sunday - January 16, 2022

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, January 16, 2022:

Georgia State Agencies Preparation For Winter Weather

Georgia Commissioner of Transportation Russell McMurry said DOT crews started spreading salt and gravel on Saturday night along 19,500 miles of highway that will need to be plowed. Highway workers from South Georgia have been be brought north to help, he said.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck response,” he said. “We’re here for the duration.”

Northeast Georgia is expected to have the heaviest impact from the winter storm that is moving across the northern half of the Peach State today and into tonight.

Col. Chris Wright, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, urged Georgians to stay off the roads during the weekend to allow highway crews and other emergency personnel to do their jobs without disruptions.

“Our state is going to be impacted in some manner by this storm,” he said.

Gov. Brian Kemp urged Georgians to keep up with the latest reports on the storm’s progress.

“Hopefully, the storm will under-deliver,” he said. “But it could over-deliver. … We’re throwing all the resources we have available at this.”

GNN / Compiled Reports / RNT

Trion Wrestling Continues Winning Streak

The Trion Bulldog Wrestling Team won their preliminary tournament for a GHSA Dual State Championship defeating Bowdon 78-6 and Bryan County 84-0. These wins move their record to 36-1 for the year. The team looks ready and will now travel to Commerce Georgia next week to compete in the State Championship tournament. The State tournament will begin Saturday, January 22nd at 10:00am in the Commerce HS gym. Good luck to the Trion Bulldog Wrestling Team!

LaFayette Police Make Drug Arrest

LaFayette Police made a drug arrest this past week near a known homeless camp in the city.

While on patrol, an officer spotted a man walking along railroad tracks just North of Culberson Avenue and asked if he was walking to the homeless camp.

A consent search turned up a container with a substance that field-tested positive for meth… along with a plastic straw lined with residue.

Thirty-six-year-old Richard Allan Power was charged with possession of meth.

WQCH

Chattooga School System Needs Parapros

The Chattooga County School System is in need of multiple para-professionals.  You can see details for the positions below:

Chattooga County Board of Education

33 Middle School Rd.

Summerville, Georgia 30747

706-859-3043

 

Multiple Paraprofessionals Needed

Position: Full-time 182-day, benefits eligible Paraprofessional (Teacher Aide) positions available.

Qualifications: Minimum of a high school diploma or General Education Diploma. Must also have or be eligible to obtain a Georgia Paraprofessional Certificate by passing the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment or hold an associate degree or higher.

To Apply: Classified Application may be obtained at the Superintendent’s Office or at www.chattooga.k12.ga.us ‘Departments’ then ‘Human Resources’

Applications must contain the following to be considered for the position vacancy: Completed application, may attach resume, High School Diploma/GED. Completed Professional Reference Forms, authorization/Consent for background check and fingerprinting.

Submit applications to Dawn Campbell, HR Director

Chattooga County Board of Education

33 Middle School Rd.

Summerville, GA 30747

706-859-3043

The Chattooga County Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted – January 14, 2022