Arrest Report - Thursday - December 2, 2021 - UPDATED AT 9:30 AM

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, December 2, 2021:

Salvation Army Canned Food Drive This Friday

The Salvation Army’s of Rome announced the “Stock our Shelves” canned and non-perishable food drive for this Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The program will provide for those in need this holiday season, and includes those in Chattooga County.   This year’s event is a drive-through drop off and will take place at the corner of 1st and 2nd Avenue in Rome.

The Salvation Army is looking for canned and non-perishable food that will be used for distribution in the communities in Floyd, Polk & Chattooga Counties.

Summerville Police Department Hiring

The Summerville Police Department is hiring.  The department is looking for a police officer and is accepting resumes at the Police Department located at 120 Georgia Avenue in Summerville.  The job posting says that those interested should have at least an associates degree or equivalent experience.   You can also email resumes to the department.  Find all the information below:

Hunters Supplying Meat To Chattooga County Schools

Helping Hands Ending Hunger in Chattooga County said this week that they are “thrilled to be able to supply fresh venison to families through the Chattooga Co. Schools with our Live Healthy Chattooga/Hunters Ending Hunger Initiative!”.

The organization’s mission is to empower students to rescue uneaten food from school cafeterias to alleviate food insecurity, reduce waste, encourage education equity, and shape a better world.  Earlier this year, Helping Hands Ending Hunger announced an initiative where hunters could donate deer to be processed and distributed to those who need it.
Maisha Ludy with Chattooga Family Connection was able to get a grant to Helping Hands Ending Hunger that allowed local schools to purchase chest freezers to store the donate meat.  Local wild game processor Larry Weesner has been processing the deer that are donated at a reduced cost.
Helping Hands Ending Hunger says that Allison Agnew with the Northwest Georgia Cancer Coalition has been pivotal in brining about this initiative.
Hunters that would like more information about this program can call 706-978-2211.

Girlfriend Calls Deputies After Seeing Something Hanging On Ceiling Fan

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Deputies were called to a Highway 27, Summerville residence after a woman came home and found “something resembling a person” hanging from her ceiling fan, before she entered her residence.

When deputies arrived and went inside the house they found the woman’s ex-boyfriend in the house.  They also found a figure made to look like a body hanging from the ceiling fan in the woman’s living room.

When deputies made contact with the ex-boyfriend, he was lying in the bed of the master bedroom under the covers.  The suspect was surprised and nervous when he was woken up by a deputy.  When he jumped out of the bed, a bag of suspected marijuana fell from his person and deputies subsequently found more suspected marijuana and crystal-meth.

Thirty-seven-year-old Dustin Daniel of Lawrenceville, Georgia was taken into custody by the deputies and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on drug charges.

 

 

Chattooga County School System Announces Teacher of the Year

The Chattooga County School System announced their Teacher of the Year this week.  This year’s honor goes to Summerville Middle School’s FFA teacher, Emily Green.

According to Summerville Middle School, “We can think of no teacher more worthy to represent educators than Mrs. Green. She works enthusiastically to engage students in community-based learning, project-based initiatives, and authentic tasks that empower them to understand the needs of the community and to take action. Under her guidance, our FFA chapter and its officers have excelled. We are grateful for all she does for and with our students.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Green, on an honor well-deserved.

Health Inspection Scores - Last Half Of November, 2021

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the last half of November, 2021:

  • CHINA

  • 11260 HWY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 94
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-30-2021
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377
  • JIM’S RESTAURANT

  • 50 LYERLY HIGHWAY SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-30-2021
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377
  • CHATTOOGA HIGH SCHOOL

  • 989 HIGHWAY 114 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-30-2021
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377
  • JEFFERSON’S

  • 10096 COMMERCE ST SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number: (706) 857-0123
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 83
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-30-2021
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377
  • LIVE EDGE NUTRITION

  • 6215 HIGHWAY 114 LYERLY, GA 30730
  • Phone Number: (706) 266-9375
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-19-2021
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377

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.

Project SAFE Shooting Sports Informational Meeting

Chattooga County 4-H has announced an informational meeting for students interested in shooting sports.

Georgia 4-H Project SAFE uses the shooting sports to teach many valuable life skills. Project SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) provides youth a place to develop a sense of belonging, learn teamwork in a safe environment and increase concentration skills.  Safety and the responsible use of firearms and archery equipment is a primary goal.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8th at 6 PM at the Chattooga County Ag Building off Middle School Drive in Summerville for those interested to learn more about Chattooga County 4-H SAFE Shooting Sports teams.

 

GHSA Stirs Controversy With New Classifications

The GHSA made a move yesterday that is sure to send shockwaves through the high school sports landscape in the state of Georgia and especially here in Chattooga County.

The GHSA Reclassification Committee met yesterday at 10am via virtual meeting to vote on new classifications.  The committee is comprised of 19 individuals who set the classification for schools across the state.

According to the meeting minutes, there was substantial pressure from committee members representing private schools that a “multiplier” be applied across the board for all schools according to the number of students who reside outside of the school’s district.  This multiplier rule is especially harmful for city school systems, such as Trion and Gordon Lee where a large percentage of the students enrolled in the system do not reside inside the city limits where the school is located.  County School systems such as Chattooga were not as penalized by the multiplier as harshly since the vast majority of students in county school systems reside in that given county and have very few students that do not live in that respective school district.

As it stands currently, only private schools have the multiplier applied to their enrollments due to the built-in competitive advantages private school systems enjoy over public school systems.  However, several committee members wanted all schools across the board to have the multiplier applied to their enrollments instead of just private schools.  After much discussion, the committee voted 15-1 to apply the multiplier to all schools across the board.

The committee released new classifications and enrollment numbers that has stirred much controversy since it’s release yesterday.

Here locally, Trion City Schools, which has an enrollment of 381 students with 250 students residing out of district, would move out of Class A into Class AA with an adjusted enrollment of 881 students.  Approximately half of the school systems in the new Class AA have true enrollments of 900 to 1,000 students compared to Trion’s 381.  Trion would compete with schools that have more than double their enrollment due to the multiplier.  Other local systems that would compete in the new Class AA would be Model, Gordon Lee, Gordon Central, Rockmart, Haralson County, Pepperell and Darlington.

Chattooga, who has an enrollment of 677 students with only 18 students residing out of district, would have an adjusted enrollment of 713 and move from Class AA down to Class A.   Other local school systems in this new division would include Coosa, Armuchee and Dade County.

Schools will have the ability to appeal their classification and it is a surety that many of the affected systems will do just that.

You can read the minutes of the meeting and see the new classifications by clicking HERE

City Of Summerville Christmas Parade On Friday

The City of Summerville is gearing up for the 2021 Christmas Parade, to be held this Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas”.

Mr. John Turner will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. An exciting addition to the 2021 parade will be the Lighting of The Courthouse Christmas Tree. Santa will do the honors of lighting the tree that is displayed in front of the Chattooga County Courthouse as he makes his way through town in the parade. His sleigh and reindeer will make a quick pause in front of the Courthouse as he works his magic to light the tree, wish all a Merry Christmas, and continue through the parade route. Spectators young and young at heart will enjoy this special lighting of the tree.

Trophies will be awarded by the Summerville Recreation Department for the top 3 float entries and prize monies in the amount of $250.00 for 1st Place, $100.00 for 2nd Place, and $75.00 for 3rd Place will be awarded by Summerville Main Street.

The parade entry fee is $25.00 and registration is still open at the Summerville Recreation Department. To register as a participant or for additional information contact the Summerville Recreation Department at 706-859-0910.

Parade Timeline

5:30 PM – Small floats arrive at high school staging area

– Entrances and drop offs only from Hwy 100 for ALL entries/No entrance from Hwy 114

6:00 PM – Marching/Walking units line up at Ingles parking lot near U.S. 27

– All big trucks & tractor trailers lineup at Rec. Dept. ball field parking lot

6:15 PM – All units in position & floats will be judged

6:30 PM – Horses should be lined up at Tennis Court Area.

All horse trailers to park at AGL parking lot

6:45 PM – Units pull out of Chattooga High School Lot

7:00 PM – Parade Begins

Summerville Main Street will present live musical entertainment in front of the Chattooga County Courthouse beginning at 5:00 p.m. until the start of the parade. The Summerville Christmas Parade will be covered live by Sky 21 and All On Georgia. You can catch the live stream beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the All On Georgia- Chattooga Facebook page. Downtown businesses and restaurants invite the public to shop and enjoy a meal before or after the parade.

City Of Summerville Offices Closed Thursday

The City of Summerville offices will be closing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, for the annual Employee Christmas Lunch. The offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday. In case of emergency , please call 911.

Hays Prison Inmate Sentenced For Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Damon Thomas Young, a/k/a Morgan Sylvia, a prisoner at Hays State Prison in Trion, has been sentenced for his fraud scheme to steal heavy equipment worth nearly $3 million from various dealers, while serving a 20-year state sentence as an inmate with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

“Young schemed to steal millions of dollars’ worth of heavy equipment while serving a sentence for assaulting a police officer,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.  “Inmates should not think that the crimes they commit from prison will go unpunished just because they are already incarcerated.  As in this case, inmates who commit crimes from behind bars face additional federal prison time to be served after their state sentences end.”

“Young committed an elaborate fraud scheme continuing his criminal activity even while behind bars, and for that he will be further punished by serving time in the federal prison system without the opportunity for parole,” said Alex Santiago, Acting Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI would like to thank our state and local partners for all their hard work and persistence that will keep this criminal behind bars for a significant amount of time.”

“People committing crimes, even from behind bars, should not expect to escape accountability. The GBI continues to collaborate with federal and local partners to make sure these types of investigations lead to successful prosecution ,” said Vic Reynolds, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“The use of contraband cell phones by inmates as a tool to continue carrying out crimes from behind the walls of our facilities will not be tolerated,” said Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Timothy C. Ward.  “We are grateful to our law enforcement partners on every level for ensuring justice is served on this individual for his role in jeopardizing both the safe and secure operations of our facilities and the safety of the public.”

“We are very pleased that this matter has been brought to a successful conclusion through the combined efforts of our partners in state and federal government, and ourselves. This was a massive and complex investigation that required the best efforts of all the officers, agents and prosecutors assigned to the case. My congratulations to each investigative agency and to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for all of their hard work,” Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston.

According to U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented in court:  Since 2010, Damon Thomas Young has been an inmate with the Georgia Department of Corrections, incarcerated first at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia, and then at Hays State Prison in Trion, Georgia.  Young is serving a 20-year state sentence for aggravated assault on a police officer and a 10-year sentence for violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.  Young also has prior convictions for theft by taking, impersonating a public officer, arson, forgery, burglary and arson, and theft by deception.  His maximum possible release date from state prison is June 16, 2030.

While serving his state prison sentence, in 2019, Young used a contraband cell phone to defraud, or attempt to defraud, multiple heavy equipment dealers out of equipment worth millions of dollars.  Using the alias Morgan Sylvia and pretending to be a purchasing officer with AbbVie, a real biopharmaceutical company, Young ordered heavy construction equipment that he had delivered in and around Ranger, Georgia, where he and his family lived.  He then put the equipment up for sale to buyers on Craigslist.

To carry out his fraud, Young called heavy equipment dealers, posed as Morgan Sylvia, a fictitious purchasing officer, and stated that he wanted to order some heavy construction equipment.  Using the Sylvia alias, Young misrepresented that AbbVie needed the equipment because it was building a facility in Ranger.  He ordered heavy equipment, such as wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, an excavator, a horizontal grinder, and dump trucks.  Young communicated with the equipment dealers by phone, text, and email from prison.  He fraudulently completed credit applications, purchase orders, sales contracts, and insurance documents and emailed them to the dealers as part of the scheme.  He also emailed a fraudulent AbbVie corporate resolution document, purportedly signed by actual corporate officers of the company, but in truth he had forged the signatures on the document.

As part of his scheme, Young fraudulently ordered equipment worth over $2.8 million from six different equipment dealers.  Most of the dealers caught the fraud before shipment, but Young was successful in acquiring four pieces of equipment worth over $500,000.  He sold some of the stolen equipment online and used the proceeds to purchase two Chevrolet work trucks.  The Gordon County Sheriff’s Office has since recovered all of the stolen equipment that was shipped.

Young, 39, of Ranger, Georgia, has been sentenced to seven years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,000 to the online purchaser of the stolen equipment.  The Court ordered that five years of the federal sentence must run consecutively to the state sentence that Young is currently serving.  Young was convicted of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on August 27, 2021, after he pleaded guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Corrections Criminal Investigations Division.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen H. McClain, Chief of the Complex Frauds Section, prosecuted the case.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - December 1, 2021

Georgia Gas Prices Fall Slightly

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Georgia gas prices decreased slightly this week, with motorists now paying an average price of $3.22 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.

That is two is 2 cents less than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and $1.26 more than this time last year.

According to AAA, Crude oil prices fell slightly.

The price of oil accounts for about 50%–60% of what consumers pay at the pump, so a lower oil price usually translates into better gasoline prices for drivers.

Area Gas Price Averages – Chattooga ($3.18), Floyd ($3.16), Walker ($3.11), Gordon ($3.13), DeKalb, AL ($3.13), Cherokee, AL ($2.99).

OSHA Extends Comment Period On COVID-19 Vaccination Temporary Standard

Cartersville Man Crushed in Workplace Accident

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

Submit comments identified by Docket No. OSHA-2021-0007 electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for making electronic submissions.  The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal is the only way to submit comments on this rule. Read the Nov. 5, 2021 Federal Register notice for details.

On Nov. 5, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from the spread of coronavirus on the job. The emergency temporary standard covers employers with 100 or more employees. Covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to either get vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. More information about the ETS is available on OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS webpage.

Summerville Woman Wins Jack's Biscuit Competition

Known for its delicious, made from scratch Southern biscuits, Jack’s Family Restaurants (Jack’s) hosted its annual Biscuit Bake Off on November 18, 2021, in Birmingham, to crown the company’s best biscuit maker.  The winner was from Chattooga County.

Seven team members competed for a $1,000 prize and the title of Biscuit Bake Off Champion 2021. Melissa Jones from Summerville, Georgia, was awarded the championship for executing and presenting the perfect biscuit.

This year’s bake-off was closest in contest history, with only three points separating the winner from second place.

“We have been hosting this event for over 20 years because it’s a fun way to show our customers our true Southern roots and commitment to the quality of our signature biscuits,” Jack’s CEO Todd Bartmess said. “Fostering a community is one of our core values, and the annual Biscuit Bake Off has been a great way to connect with our neighbors and team members through a cause all Southerners can get behind: handmade biscuits made with care.”

The Biscuit Bake Off began in 1999 and has maintained its format of four rounds of competition. Each year bakers compete at the store level, area level, regional level, and finally at the company competition final round. Over 200 store competitions were held this year. Finalists started by winning their store’s bake-off competition.

Congratulations to Melissa Jones for taking the crown this yea

Today Is "World AIDS Day"

Today is World AIDS Day and the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health will be offering free testing, information and other resources.

Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District said there has been a disturbing trend regarding HIV infections.

“The last data that the CDC and public health reported was in 2018,” he said.  “It showed there were almost 38,000 HIV cases in the United States with 51% of those cases in the south, and 76% of those were in urban settings.  Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana led with those statistics.”

The good news is, there are ways to prevent infections.

“Public health has access to these preventative medicines as do private physicians,” Dr. Voccio said.  “Public Health will be offering free HIV testing and counseling for World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the  Floyd County Health Department or at Haralson Behavioral Health Services in Bremen.  Remember, every day, you can get a free test.  If you don’t want to get it done at the health department, you can register online and have one mailed to you.”

The website to register for a home test kit is gacapus.com.

AAA: Tips For Safely Transporting Christmas Trees

If you plan to purchase a real Christmas tree this holiday season, AAA urges you to have a plan to get it home safely.

“Nothing will make you say ‘bah humbug’ faster than losing the tree you just bought on the drive home,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If not properly secured, a tree can damage your vehicle or worse, fly off and become a danger to other drivers. Before you buy your tree, please make sure to research the proper way to transport it, or ask a professional to secure it for you.”

In a previous AAA study, nearly one in five real Christmas tree buyers reported having a tree fall off or out of their vehicle when trying to get it home. Additionally, 44% of Americans admit to transporting a tree using unsafe methods:

  • 20% will tie the tree to the roof of their vehicle without using a roof rack
  • 24% plan to place the tree in the bed of their pickup truck unsecured

The Cost of Christmas Tree Mishaps

  • Road debris – which could include objects like improperly secured Christmas trees that fly off cars, landing on the road or on other cars – caused more than 200,000 crashes from 2011-2014 resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths.
  • Vehicle damage that results from an improperly secured Christmas tree, such as scratched paint, torn door seals, and distorted window frames, could cost up to $1,500 to repair:

 

Potential Vehicle Repair Costs of Improperly Secured Trees
Surface scratches $100 – $150
Replace rubber seals on two doors (seal costs vary widely with the vehicle make and model) $220 – $550
Repaint a severely scratched roof (paint color, finish type, prep work, paint blending with adjacent panels and other factors affect this cost) $500 – $1,500

 

Tips to Safely Transport Your Tree

It’s best to transport the tree on top of a vehicle equipped with a roof rack, but a pickup truck, SUV, van or minivan can work just as well.

  • Come prepared  bring strong rope or nylon ratchet straps, an old blanket and gloves.
  • Wrap & Cover It – once you’ve found the perfect tree, have the lot wrap it in netting before loading it. Loose branches can also be secured with rope or twine to help protect the tree from damage.
  • Protect your vehicle  before loading the tree, cover the roof with an old blanket to prevent scratches to the paint and protect the car from any damage.
  • Trunk First – place the tree on the roof rack or in the bed of the truck with the tree trunk facing the front of the car. If the vehicle does not have a roof rack and is large enough – place the tree inside.
  • Secure It – tie down the tree at its bottom, center and top using strong rope or nylon ratchet straps. Avoid using the nylon offered by many tree lots. Use fixed vehicle tie-down points and loop the rope or strap around the tree trunk above a branch to prevent any side-to-side or front-to-rear movement
  • Tug Test – once tied down, give the tree several strong tugs from various angles to make sure it is secured in place and will not come loose.
  • Nice & Easy – drive slowly and take back roads if possible. Higher speeds can create significant airflow that can damage your tree or challenge even the best tie-down methods.

Summerville Man Arrested For Felony Shoplifting

A fifty-year-old Chattooga County man was arrested in Rome after reports said that he stole over $500 in merchandise from the East Rome Walmart.

Fifty-year-old Kennon Franklin Jackson of Summerville was was arrested in Rome after being accused of stealing two scooters valued at $138 each and a Sony speaker valued at $249.

Jackson was charged with felony shoplifting and driving on a suspended license.

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Rome Police Continue Search For Missing Man

The Rome Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of James Kevin Bradshaw.  Police are asking for the assistance of area residents, businesses, and/or visitors for information about Mr. Bradshaw.


Mr. Bradshaw was last seen September 10, 2021, around 12:30. He was dropped off by family on Branham Ave. He may have hitched a ride to Maple Street at Worsham at one point and may have gone to South McLin Street from Branham Ave.

Rome Police say, “Please search all property, access to property, home surveillance systems, animal/trail cameras, and bodies of water for any sign of James Kevin Bradshaw. He is around 600 tall around 180 pounds Black hair brown eyes. Clothing is not known other than blue jeans.”

If any information is known about the location of James Kevin Bradshaw, please call the Rome Police CID Unit at 706.238.5111, or Floyd County E911. PIO Lt. John Walters 706.238.5122