Local Political Debate To Air Live On Sky21TV On Friday

SKY 21 Television says that Friday’s Chattooga County Political Debates will air live on SKY 21 Television this Friday evening.

According to a post on SKY 21’s website and social media on Wednesday, “Chattooga County Commissioner and Probate Judge Political Debates will air LIVE! Charter Spectrum Channel 5 and Over-The-Air 21.1.”

The probate judge candidates will debate at 6 PM and commissioner candidates will debate at 7 PM.

SKY 21 says that they will be posting the debates online at some point after they air live.

Sheriff Looking For Suspect In Trion

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is searching the woods around Melba Drive in Trion for an armed white male. Deputies have a felony warrant for the man’s arrest, according to Sheriff Mark Schrader.
“Stay in your home and call 911 if some see someone suspicious walking in that area,” Sheriff Schrader said.

Georgia Power Fall Savings Tips

Georgia Power reminds customers that small changes around the house can deliver big energy and monthly savings during fall’s fluctuating temperatures and throughout the year.

Fall energy-saving tips from Georgia Power include:

· Let the Sun Shine In – Keeping the blinds and shades open during the day is a no-cost way to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

· Let it Flow – Heating and cooling accounts for as much as 50 percent of a home’s typical winter energy usage. Maximize the efficiency of your units ahead of cold weather by changing the filters once a month, or every three months for pleated filters.

· Thinking Thermostats – Install a smart programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the home’s temperature settings when you are away from the house and save up to $100 a year in energy costs.

· Caulk & Strip – Replace cracked or peeling caulk or weather stripping around doors and windows to save up to 10 percent on energy use.

· It’s Great to Insulate – Keep heat where it belongs with proper insulation in attics and walls to help save energy 24/7.

Rate options to fit customers’ budgets and lifestyles

Now is also a great time to review your current Georgia Power rate plan and ensure that you are on the one that best fits your budget and lifestyle. Ensuring that you are on the most economical rate plan for your use is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs low. Customers can explore Georgia Power rate plans at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Pricing:

· Pay by Day® – Georgia Power’s newest rate plan, this innovative option locks in a fixed daily price for electricity over an entire year. This prepaid service plan gives customers the ability to deposit funds into their Georgia Power account with a fixed amount deducted daily, no matter the amount of energy used.

· Smart Usage – This plan can provide savings by implementing small changes in how and when you use electricity. By using major appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers at different times, you could reduce your monthly energy bill.

· FlatBill® – This plan offers a 12-month fixed contract price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does – eliminating surprises and preventing higher bills during peak seasonal use in winter and summer.

· Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) – A great option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can charge their EVs during nighttime hours and take advantage of lower-priced energy.

· Nights & Weekends – If you can shift when you use electricity during the summer months to the evening, the Nights & Weekends rate is for you. By changing when you wash dishes, do laundry or cool your home, savings add up annually.

· PrePay – This rate plan option allows you to pay as you go and add funds as needed. This plan requires no deposit, credit check or reconnection fees.

· Residential Services – Georgia Power’s basic rate plan is available to all residential customers. This plan has a monthly base charge and a rate that changes based on your monthly usage and the time of year.

Saving Made Easy Georgia Power encourages customers to find even more ways to save by accessing energy saving tools and resources online at GeorgiaPower.com/Save, including hundreds of easy energy efficiency tips, a free online energy checkup and a variety of rebates and incentives for both homes and businesses. The company also offers customers a single, convenient online portal featuring the most popular energy saving and smart home products, such as LED lighting and smart thermostats, at GeorgiaPowerMarketplace.com.

Additionally, Georgia Power’s My Power Usage program, a free service connected to many Georgia Power online accounts, allows customers to track their daily energy use, project their monthly bill, and set daily or monthly usage alerts.

Man Arrested Claimed "Girls Beat Him Up"

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house on Mahan Road on Saturday after a man was accused of breaking several windows at a residence.

Deputies en-route were told by Chattooga 911 that the offending subject had left the residence.  Deputies spotted the suspect and stopped him.  The man had obvious injuries to his left eye and his knuckles.  When asked if he had been drinking, the man said “he had been drinking and had been beat up by some girls.”

Deputies spoke with the women in question who said that eighteen-year-old Jeremiah Faulkner had assaulted them and that he had broken out several windows and a glass in the front door of the residence. A man at the residence said that Faulkner had broken his glasses during the incident.

After being checked by EMS, Faulkner was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on battery charges and criminal damage to property charges.


Tennessee Man Arrested For Walker County Arson

The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced Tuesday that Theodore D. Rosenthal, 52, has been arrested in connection with a fire that occurred in Walker County on Sunday, September 19.
Mr. Rosenthal is being held in the Walker County Detention Center on charges of First-Degree Arson. Mr.
Rosenthal is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and he drove across the state line to set a fire at 102 Rowe Street in
Rossville. He was arrested by the Rossville Police Department.

“No one was home at the time of this fire that completely destroyed a 50-year-old, 840-square-foot mobile
home,” said Commissioner King. “This fire originated on the front porch of the home.”

Commissioner King’s State Fire Investigations Unit will continue to work with the Rossville Police Department
and Walker County Sheriff’s Office on this case.

Trion Development Authority Meeting

The Town of Trion Development Authority will have a Meeting in the Town Hall Conference Room, Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6 PM. If you have any questions or comments, you may contact the Authority Chairman, Bobby Ward, or the Town Hall Office.

Burn Ban Ending In Chattooga And Surrounding Counties

Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning will end today in Chattooga and 53 other counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

From May 1 through the end of September, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandates the restrictions to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone.

A burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission is required, and is issued based on weather conditions and predictions in each county.

Permits are available online at GaTrees.org or by calling the local GFC office or 1-888-OK-2-BURN.

Former Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Passes Away

Former Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Kathy VanPelt Brown will be laid to rest tomorrow after passing away at her home in Tennessee over the weekend.

Ms. Brown served as Chattooga County Tax Commissioner until 2016.  She had worked in the tax office for many years; starting at the age of 13 working for her father who served as tax commissioner.

After leaving office, Ms. Brown had moved to Tennessee where she worked in the tourism industry.

She is survived by her son Greg Brown of Sheridan, Wyoming.

A private funeral service will be held with arrangements by Earl Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville.




Community Mourns Passing Of BOE Member Sam Ballard

Chattooga County Board of Education member Sam Ballard is being remembered after passing away from complication due to cancer over the weekend.

Mr. Ballard represented the Menlo area on the Chattooga County Board of Education and was the first Republican to to hold the seat.

The Chattooga County Republican Part Executive Committee issued a statement from local party Chairman Eddy Willingham saying, “I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Chattooga BOE member Sam Ballard. Mr. Ballard was a stalwart member of this community as a Christian, Businessman and Public Servant. I remember him always having time for a kind word or helpful advice. He will be missed.  On behalf of the Chattooga County Republican Party Executive Committee, I extend our sincerest condolences and prayers for comfort to his family. ”

Chairman of the Chattooga Board of Education, Eddie Elsberry (D) said, “It was an honor to serve on the Board of Education with Mr. Ballard. He was a open-minded leader, fair, non-partisan and unbiased when it came to making decisions. He always put the students first in all decisions made. We have lost a great man, he will be missed.”


Arrest Report - Tuesday September 29, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday September 29, 2020:


Judge Orders Paper "Pollbooks" At Every Precinct

A federal judge ruled Monday that every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup of the electronic pollbooks that are used to check voters in.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg called the requirement “a limited common sense remedy to the real and repetitive voting impediments” faced by voters and “the substantial threat that they will face from these impediments anew in the 2020 general election” if the paper backups are not in place.

Voting integrity activists had asked the judge to order the change, arguing that malfunctioning electronic pollbooks created bottlenecks that resulted in voters waiting in long lines during the primary election in June and runoff election in August.

The order requires Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to generate and provide to election superintendents in each county a list of electors updated at the close of the in-person early voting period to contain all the information in the electronic pollbook. The secretary of state is to instruct the election superintendents to provide at least on paper backup at each polling place on Election Day.

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Catoosa County Fire Ruled Arson

The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced on Monday that a fire in Catoosa County was intentionally set and has been ruled an arson. State investigators spent the weekend looking into this fire that occurred around midnight on Friday, September 25.
“The fire damaged a 1,100-square-foot mobile home at 109 American Boulevard in Rossville,” said Commissioner King. “While working with the Catoosa County Fire Department and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, our investigators discovered multiple points of origin for the fire.”

Anyone with more information about this Catoosa County fire is encouraged to call Commissioner King’s State Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804. Calls are taken 24 hours per day, and callers can choose to remain anonymous

Rome Woman Arrested For Threatening To "Blow Up" Wal-Mart Pharmacy

Floyd County Police say that a woman threatened damage to a retail store in Floyd County and was subsequently arrested.

Seventy-six-year-old Retha Ann Hood allegedly threatened to “blow up” the pharmacy at West Rome Wal-Mart.

Police say that Hood told a pharmacy employee over the phone that she would “Blow up the pharmacy and there would be nothing left in the pharmacy.”

Hood is charged with felony terroristic threats and acts.


Georgia Power Switching To Some Electric Vehicles

Georgia Power Co. is converting portions of its vehicle fleet to run on electricity, the Atlanta-based utility announced Monday.

Switching to electric-powered minivans, SUVs, forklifts and all-terrain vehicles is in keeping with a plan by Georgia Power parent Southern Co. to switch 50% of its fleet to electric vehicles by 2030.

In a news release, Georgia Power pointed to advances in EV technology that are extending the range of electric vehicles and improving overall performance. EVs also are better for the environment, and the costs of many electric vehicles have become competitive with those that run on gasoline.

To serve the growing number of EVs on Georgia highways, Georgia Power has installed 41 fast-chargers across the state that can add 100 miles to a charge in just 12 minutes. The utility plans to invest $6 million in fast-chargers during the next three years.

Georgia Power also offers EV charger rebates for residential and business customers. The company’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle rate offers lower prices from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. to encourage nighttime EV charging.

Longtime Chattooga Law Enforcement Officer Passes Away

Steve “Roundman” Dyer, a longtime law enforcement officer in Chattooga County passed away on Monday.

He was a retired police officer with 39 years of service. He worked for the Trion Police Department, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Department, and LaFayette Police Department; as well as 20 years with Chattooga County EMS.

Steve was an Emeritus member of Grand Lodge of Georgia, Trion Masonic Lodge #160, F & AM, Royal Arch Mason #026, the Chattooga County Shrine Club, and Yarabb Shrine Temple.

Mr. Dyer’s funeral arrangements are with Earl Rainwater Funeral Home.

Inmate Throws Feces At Officers In Chattooga County Jail

An incident at the Chattooga County Jail last week led to additional charges for an inmate after he was accused of throwing feces and urine at law enforcement officers.

According to reports, the incident happened on Friday when a jail inmate told a jail officer that he was having suicidal thoughts.  The jail officer followed proper jail procedure for such instances and called for backup.  All on-duty deputies were busy so a Summerville Police Officer came to assist the jail officer.

While trying to follow jail procedure, the inmate allegedly defecated and urinated in a Styrofoam cup and then threw it at the officers.

The inmate was charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers.


Prices Rise Slightly At The Pump Over Past Week

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Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.00 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average was 1 cent more than a week ago, 2 cents less than last month, and 56 cents less than this time last year.

It now costs motorists $30.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $11.10 less than what motorists paid in April of 2019, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.74 per gallon.

“Georgians see a modest increase at the pump this week,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The uptick in demand has helped to lift gas prices, which continue to trend lower than what consumers paid a year ago.”


Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 1 cent to $2.19. In the new weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand saw a slight uptick to 8.52 million barrels a day from 8.48 million barrels a day. The slight growth in demand, alongside total domestic stocks falling by 4 million barrels to 227.5 million barrels, has led to increases in pump prices. If demand continues to grow, pump prices could continue to climb. However, as the nation settles into fall, demand will likely decline as drivers take fewer road trips.


At the close of last Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 38 cents to settle at $40.31. Domestic crude prices increased after EIA’s weekly report revealed that total domestic crude inventories decreased by 1.6 million barrels last week to 494.4 million barrels. Decreasing stocks could signal that supply and demand are rebalancing, while crude production decreased by 200,000 barrels a day last week to 10.7 million barrels a day. Crude prices may continue to increase if supplies grow tighter, but demand challenges could contain potential growth in prices.


Atlanta ($2.00)

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Savannah ($2.08), Brunswick ($2.05) and Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.03).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Columbus (1.88), Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($1.90) and Warner Robbins ($1.92).
  • Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($1.94), Walker ($1.90), Floyd ($1.94), Gordon ($1.95), DeKalb, AL ($1.92), Cherokee, AL ($1.81)

Arrest Report - Monday September 28, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday September 28, 2020:

Trion Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police In Floyd County

A Trion man was arrested in Floyd County last week after he reportedly fled from police following a traffic stop.

Thirty-six-year-old Pasqual Ramariz London of Trion was arrested in Silver Creek after being stopped by police for a traffic violation at the intersection of Georgia 101 and Isbell Road.  Police say that they found a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine at the time of the traffic stop and it was at that point that London fled from police on foot.

During the chase, police say that London discarded several bags of methamphetamine in a brush pile.  The suspected drugs were later discovered by a K9 officer, according to police reports.

London was taken into custody after a brief chase.  He has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, tampering with evidence and felony obstruction.  He was being held in the Floyd County Jail.

More COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported In Chattooga County

Chattooga County saw a spike in COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend according to the numbers released by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The numbers came after the Department of Public Health dropped the “high transmission” area rating for Chattooga County last week.  Two adjacent counties, Floyd and Walker County are now on that list of “high transmission” areas.

The total number of COVDID-19 deaths is now at 21 deaths.  Five of those deaths were reported on Wednesday of last week with one more reported on Friday and three on Saturday.  See more information here.

There are now 762 known cases of COVID-19 in Chattooga County, as of yesterday.

Coronavirus is now one of the three leading causes of death since February, when the nation had its first death from COVID-19. The virus has killed more than 180,000 people since then, making it a leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.