Arrest Report - Wednesday January 27, 2021
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday January 27, 2021:
Domestic Dispute Turns Into Foot Pursuit
The Chattooga County Sheriffs Department was involved in a foot pursuit on Tuesday following a call about a domestic dispute.
Chattooga County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute between a male and female that had turned physical.
When Deputies arrived on scene the male suspect fled on foot. The male suspect has an active felony probation violation warrant.
The GDC K-9 Unit was called in to assist in the search but the suspect was not located.
The incident took place in the Mountain View Area of the County. No other arrests were made.
Rome City School Transition To Virtual Learning Beginning This Thursday
ROME, GA— At the direction of Superintendent Louis Byars, all Rome City Schools will transition from in-person learning to live virtual learning on Thursday, January 28, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021 due to the rising number of COVID cases and the number of students and staff having to quarantine.
RCS currently has over 750 students, faculty and staff members in quarantine due to possible exposure or positive test results. Return date to in-person learning is subject to the number of cases meeting the requirements of the RCS Decision Matrix. Rome City Schools will continue to offer Virtual Online Live Tutoring (VOLT), a program offered by RCS and started in September by the system. VOLT is an online tutoring service designed to offer students educational resources and help provide educational support. For more information regarding VOLT, please contact your school’s administration. We plan to continue with all extracurricular activities, and the system will provide transportation each day for those students who need it. If you have questions regarding practice schedules or event details, please contact your school’s athletic department. Rome City Schools Nutrition will send home two days’ worth of meals on Wednesday, January 27 to students. Meals for next week will be available for pickup on Monday, February 1, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals will be available at all elementary schools, as well as at Rome Middle School and Rome High School. Students can pick-up meals at any school. RCS safety protocols, in partnership with the Department of Public Health for cleaning and sanitizing any affected areas, is in progress. We will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remains our number one priority.
Missing Teen From Atlanta; Police Asking For Help
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the East Point Police Department in Georgia are seeking the public’s help in finding this missing 13-year-old girl.
La’mya Prather vanished from her family’s home in Atlanta on December 2, 2020 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. La’mya may still be in the local Atlanta area or she may travel to College Park, Georgia.
“I just want her to come home,” said La’mya’s mother. “I love her and our door is always open for her.”
Georgia State Lawmaker Removed From House Chamber After Refusing COVID Test
A Georgia state lawmaker said his refusal to take a Covid-19 test got him kicked out of the House chambers on Tuesday. However, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said the lawmaker, Rep. David Clark, has repeatedly refused to follow House policy which states that all members and staff be tested for the coronavirus twice a week.
“The member in question had been advised numerous times about the requirements and had refused to be tested at any point during this session,” Ralston’s office said in a statement on Twitter.
“The member refused to leave of his/her own accord. As such, under the authority granted to the Speaker by House Rules, the member was escorted out of the Chamber by a member of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.”
Clark, a Republican, said in an emailed statement Tuesday that he arrived at the chamber ready to follow the required protocols by wearing a mask, social distancing and having his temperature taken.
But “what I will not do is be forced to have a Covid test, or any unnecessary medical test, done without a basis for doing so,” he said.
“The seat that I hold for District 98 is not my seat, but the people’s seat. I work for you, and I cannot in good conscience watch expensive tests that should be given to Georgia citizens who desperately need them be wasted for nothing more than political optics at the Capitol.”
During an interview with a WXIA reporter, a maskless Clark said that when he walked into the chamber this morning, he was told he was not allowed to be in there. He said he doesn’t agree with the twice-a-week testing policy because there are essential workers who are not able to get tested.
“I check my temperature when I come in. When I go in the chambers, I wear my mask. I follow the protocols they want in the chamber but two tests a week is wrong on my conscience when teachers can’t get it and first responders can’t get it,” he told the reporter. “We get two tests but nobody else gets the same thing out there. My grandma doesn’t get two tests.”
In a December memo, Ralston said that all members and House staff are required to be tested for the coronavirus twice a week during the 2021 Session. Masks must be worn while on Capitol grounds and may only be taken off when a member is addressing the House.
Ralston said in his statement that Clark will be allowed to return to the chamber after he complies with the policy.
“This is about preventing the spread of a disease that has killed more than 12,000 Georgians,” he said.
In addition to being removed, Ralston said that Clark will no longer be assigned office space in the legislative building over his refusal to follow protocols.
Chamber Of Commerce Next Lunch And Learn Will Be On February 2nd.
The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next VLL or Virtual Lunch and Learn on February 2nd. 2021.
This Virtual Lunch and Learn meeting will be about the Chamber of Commerce itself. It is open to members AND curious business owners who want to learn how the Chamber works for the members, why it matters, and ways to make those connections which will help you grow your own business. The meeting will be held virtual and is from 12p.m. until 1p.m. on February 2nd. The webinar is free, but registration is required. To register for the event, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website.
Mullis: Update From The Capitol During Budget Week.
Senator Mullis updates from the Capital about week 2 of the General Assembly. Termed the Budget Week, this week Mullis gives updates about the shifted focus on the budget, stressing that passing a balanced budget is the only constitutional obligation each year. They also heard updates from the Governor and the Georgia Department of Education. The Department of Public Safety looks to fund a 75-person trooper school. Senator Mullis also gives an update on Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccine timeline. You can read the entire update from Senator Mullis below.
As another busy week passes under the Gold Dome, I would like to update you on all the work we were able to accomplish. Although we did not convene for any legislative days, we shifted our focus towards the budget to ensure your taxpayer dollars are allocated for the greatest benefiting to the state of Georgia. As we move forward with the session, discussion around the budget will continue to be essential, as passing a balanced budget is our only constitutional obligation each year.
This week, joint meetings of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees met to hear an analysis of each state agency’s budget and a summary of proposed changes from agency executives. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school teachers and students have dealt with innumerable challenges. However, the Governor and Georgia DOE are committed to ensuring our schools have the resources they need to operate safely and that students continue to receive a quality education. In addition to the budgetary items Gov. Kemp outlined last week, Georgia DOE also outlined their intentions to enhance funding for school counselors and create additional social worker positions, school nurse positions and a DOE Military Family Liaison. These changes will help transition students back to learning in the physical classroom and address other barriers to education.
The Department of Public Safety also highlighted their dedication to Georgians, even in the face of a pandemic. Looking forward to Amended Fiscal Year 2021 budget and the General Fiscal Year 2022 budget, Gov. Kemp’s recommendations include funds to purchase 321 vehicles and fund a 75-person trooper school. In FY 2022, the Department hopes to graduate 75 cadets, purchase additional crime-stopping technology and begin constructing a new headquarters building. These are all important and necessary improvements, especially given the strain we have placed on our first responders over the last year. I look forward to seeing these improvements increase efficiency and I commend the hard work and dedication these employees exhibit as they tirelessly keep our citizens safe.
Finally, I would like to provide a quick update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan currently underway in Georgia. As of Friday, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has reported administering over 591,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As part of Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, doses are being deployed in three different phases. We are currently in Phase 1A+, meaning that doses are being administered to healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, first responders, and adults aged 65 and above (as well as their care givers). If you fall into any of these groups that make up Phase 1A+, I encourage you to find a COVID-19 Vaccination Site near you and follow additional guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website. After Phase 1A+ is complete, we will then move to the next phase (Phase 1B) which will include non-healthcare essential workers, followed by Phase 1C, which will include those between the ages of 16-64 with preexisting medical conditions.
This week, the Senate will return to session on Tuesday, January 26 to convene for Legislative Day 5. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office here at the Capitol. I am always more than happy to be of service, and I look forward to continuing to represent your interests in Georgia.
Sheriffs Department And Blood Assurance To Hold Blood Drive
The Chattooga County Sheriffs Department along with Blood Assurance will be holding a blood drive as well on February 2nd.
The Blood Drive will be held at the Chattooga County Sheriffs Office in a mobile unit. It will last from 9:30a.m. until 2:30p.m on Tuesday, February 2nd. All Donors will be required to wear a mask. Donors will receive a T-Shirt and those who donate twice in 2021 will be entered to win a side-by-side.
Please schedule an appointment to donate blood. Go to Bloodassurance.org/CCSO to schedule a time.
Trion Rec. Department Spring Sports Sign-ups Are Underway
The Trion Recreation Department has announced sign-ups are underway for Spring Sports, including soccer, baseball, and softball.
Arrest Report - Tuesday January 26, 2021
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday January 26, 2021:
Georgia Gas Prices Increased This Week
Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.24 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 17 cents more than last month, and 14 cents less than this time last year.
It now costs motorists $33.60 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $3.30 less than what motorists paid in January of 2020, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.
“The higher price of crude is outweighing sustained low gasoline demand and a build in gasoline supply,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Georgians can expect gas prices to continue to climb through at least the end of the month.”
NATIONAL AVERAGE INCREASES SLIGHTLY AMID HIGHER GAS DEMAND
Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 1 cent to $2.39. Pump prices increased nominally this week, while gas demand increased substantially from 7.53 million barrels a day to 8.11 million barrels a day last week, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Total domestic gasoline supplies decreased by 300,000 barrels to 245.2 million barrels and total crude utilization across domestic refineries took a small step forward from 82 percent to 82.5 percent. All of these factors, including sustained higher crude prices, have contributed to higher pump prices for drivers and will likely lead to continued increases in pump prices in the weeks ahead.
At the close of last Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by 86 cents to settle at $52.36. Crude prices declined this week following growing market concern that crude demand may continue to suffer as coronavirus infections rise and travel restrictions, which are meant to curb transmission of the virus, reduce crude demand. Additionally, EIA’s latest weekly report revealed that total domestic crude inventories rose by 4.4 million barrels to 486.6 million barrels. The increase in crude inventories has also put downward pressure on crude prices.
- Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Brunswick ($2.38), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.31), and Savannah ($2.29).
- Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.16), Dalton ($2.18), and Gainesville ($2.20).
- Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($2.16), Walker ($2.17), Floyd ($2.18), Gordon ($2.20), DeKalb, AL ($2.13), Cherokee, AL ($2.08)
American Red Cross Urges Blood Donation To Maintain Supply
The American Red Cross is reaching out to potential blood donors to help maintain the critical supply of blood donors during the pandemic. The winter months already show a decreased blood donation supply and the COVID pandemic has made it even more critical.
For the month of February, The Red Cross is giving all donors a $5 amazon gift card that will be emailed to them after donating. Red Cross is also testing blood, plasma, and platelet donations for the COVID-19 antibodies. This is not a diagnostic test, but rather to see if the donor has the antibodies. Plasma donated with the COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.
A blood drive will be held at the Trion Rec. on February 3rd from 2p.m.-7p.m. You can reach the American Red Cross at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene To Host Town Halls In Rome, Dalton, and Dallas
INVITATION: District 14 Town Halls with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to be held in Rome, Dalton, and Dallas on January 26th, 27th, and 28th.
District 14 residents are invited to register to attend Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Town Halls in Rome and Dalton. Attendance is limited to constituents only. Each attendee must complete the registration form. Location details will be emailed in advance of the town hall. A valid government ID matching your registration is required for entry. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of attendees is limited and entry is not guaranteed.
Greene will be in Rome today, January 26th and in Dalton tomorrow, January 27th. She will be in Dallas on Thursday January 28th. You must register prior to the event. You can register here. Both Town Hall meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Th e location will be sent via email to all those who register.
Chattooga County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Update
The Chattooga County Health Department is not doing any COVID-19 testing at this time.
Chattooga County Health Department is currently not doing any COVID-19 testing at this time. It is not certain when they will start back, or if. They will no longer be doing testing as long as the supply of COVID-19 vaccine is available and there is a need for the vaccine. Please visit one of the neighboring Health Departments at their drive-up test sites.
Atlanta Hawks Excited To Welcome Fans Back To State Farm Arena
The Atlanta Hawks are introducing their “Safety Six” protocols to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as the team prepares for the return of fans to its home court at the award-winning State Farm Arena. Developed with input from industry experts in healthcare, live events, hospitality, and food service, the clearly defined approach includes:
- Limited Capacity and Physical Distancing
- Mandatory Face Coverings
- Contactless entry, Screening, and Transactions
- Touchless Hand Sanitizer Stations and Restroom Fixtures
- Robust Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
- Safe Food and Beverage Distribution Practice
The arena will welcome back a limited number of fans tonight with a significantly reduced capacity of approximately eight percent and social distancing in all arena spaces, including premium, back-of-house areas, and restrooms. Face coverings will be required at all times in all arena spaces. The Hawks recently announced that State Farm Arena is the first facility to receive the Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ designation. Going far beyond basic facility standards, Sharecare’s verification system establishes a consistent global baseline for health security, requiring that live sports and entertainment venues verify their health protocols on an ongoing basis across more than 140 expert-validated standards and more than 600 checkpoints including health and hygiene protocols, air and water management, physical distancing, the attendee experience, and health safety communication with patrons and employees.
For additional information on the Hawks and State Farm Arena’s health and safety protocols please visit Hawks.com/safety.
Former CHS Students Named To Presidents Lists
Two former Chattooga High School graduates have been named to their respective college Presidents List. Abby Hosmer and Laney Barnes have both been named for outstanding academic performance during the Fall 2020 semester.
To be named to the Presidents List each student must maintain a perfect 4.0 while carrying at least 12 credit hours.
Abby Hosmer, who attends Kennesaw State University is majoring in Political Science and Conflict Management. She is the daughter of Jared and Ginger Hosmer.
Laney Barnes, who attends The University of West Georgia, is majoring in Speech and Language Pathology. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tyler Driscoll and Anthony Barnes.
Chattooga Virtual Learning Offers Additional Help
Arrest Report - Monday January 24, 2021
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday January 25, 2021:
Chattooga County Schools To Return To In Person Classrooms Today
Chattooga County School Superintendent Jared Hosmer, would like to remind everyone that all Chattooga County Schools will resume in person learning today, Monday January 25th.
WALKER COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE
Due to high demand and supply dynamics that change daily, hotline workers cannot provide a timetable for when an appointment may become available.
Individuals who previously submitted their contact information through the Northwest Georgia DPH online portal are already on the waitlist and do not need to call the hotline. In addition, those who have already received their first dose of the vaccine will be contacted directly to schedule an appointment for their second dose and do not need to call the hotline.