Arrest Report - Tuesday November 19, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, November 19, 2019:

Summerville Businessman Arrested Monday

Summerville Police say that they were called to the scene of a domestic altercation on Monday morning where they found a couple arguing in the street.

The incident happened at Randy Patty Trucking on Oil Mill Road in Summerville.  Police say that Lyerly resident, Randall Patty was standing in the street, arguing with his estranged wife.  The incident happened around 8:30 AM.

Police say that they ordered Patty to step back several times and that Patty “refused to stop fussing and arguing.”  This was not the first time that police have responded to the location due to domestic incidents over the past several weeks.

Patty was arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct.

Summerville Woman Arrested At Rome Motel With Drugs

Authorities in Rome say that a Summerville woman was arrested recently at a motel after she was found to be in possession of “numerous drugs.”

Police reports indicate that thirty-eight-year-old Tara Elizabeth Taylor of Summerville was questioned by police at the Royal Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard.

After a search of Taylor’s pocketbook, police say that the found prescription drugs in the bottom of her purse.  Also, police say that they found a “rock-like” substance that was white in color inside her pocketbook.

Taylor was arrested and charged with Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and a Schedule IV controlled substance.  She is being held without bond in the Floyd County Jail. Taylor is also wanted by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department on unrelated charges.



Chattooga County Property Taxes Due December 1

If you are a Chattooga County property owner and you haven’t paid your 2019 taxes, you need to remember that the deadline to get those paid is coming up in just 11 days.

Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton said that notices were sent out in September this year and some people may have put the bills to the side.  Hampton said that to avoid penalties and interest, property owners will need to get those taxes paid on or before December 1st.

You can pay your property taxes in person at the Tax Commissioner’s Office located in the Courthouse Annex at the corner of Cox Street and East Washington Street in Summerville. Office hours are 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday.

You can also pay your property taxes online by visiting .

Pro-Life Democrats Rallying In Atlanta Ahead Of Presidential Debate

Georgia Life Alliance, Democrats For Life of America (DFLA), Pro-Life San Francisco, and the Pro-Life Democratic Candidate PAC are holding a rally in Atlanta before the Democratic presidential debate to advocate for inclusion of pro-life Democrats in the party.
“Statistics state that one-in-three Democrats are pro-life. We have an incredible opportunity to represent Democrats who believe in the sanctity of life to the Democratic presidential candidates,” said DFL of Georgia Chapter Coordinator Reverend Harriet Bradley. “The candidates are largely listening to the abortion extremist’s voice and ignoring the concerns of the pro-life voting bloc. We do have a voice. Our vote matters, and our vote should count. We will be silent no more!!”

The rally gathers pro-life advocates from Atlanta and both local and national speakers to assert that the Democratic Party is stronger when it is inclusive. Furthermore, there is a pro-life Democratic voting bloc that is being ignored, which could result in millions of voters staying home rather than voting for candidates who continue to advocate for a platform that celebrates abortion.

Also leading the charge for inclusion of pro-life voters is “left-wing pro-lifer” Terrisa Bukovianc. Bukovianc, who leads Pro-Life San Francisco, engages in robust pro-life advocacy and coalition work in California’s most liberal city. Bukovianc is a national leader in fighting against fetal-tissue harvesting for medical research, a grizzly agenda that demands and consumes taxpayer-financed fetal remains.

“What disturbs me almost as much as live human fetal dismemberment is the fact that we Democrats, the most progressive party in the nation, and the leader in global progressive thought and policy, are allowing the Trump Administration to hold the moral high ground on this issue,” said Bukovianc. “The majority of Democrats want to see elective late-term abortion more restricted than it is today, and we demand representation. Abortion extremism is not progress.”

DFLA is also supporting the goals of the Pro-Life Democratic Candidate PAC to protest the party’s “extreme abortion plank at every step of the 2020 election: the nominating contest, delegate selection, the DNC platform, the convention in Milwaukee, the general election campaign, and the Electoral College.”

“The candidates who qualified for this debate are not seeking the support of millions of Democratic voters who would like to see abortion less necessary and less common,” said Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats for Life of America. She added, “I am proud of the DFLA members who are speaking up and voicing their concerns about the lack of diversity in the party when it comes to views on abortion.”

Georgia is an active pro-life state with significant legal protections for women and unborn children, including an informed-consent law, a parental-involvement requirement for minors considering abortions, and an ultrasound mandate. The state recently passed a law to ban abortion after six weeks.

“The Georgia Democratic Party has been radicalized by extremist leadership from a former Planned Parenthood staffer who enforces a religious support for abortion up until and after birth. These views are out of touch with many Democrats, even in the General Assembly, who support the right to life,” said Joshua Edmonds, Executive Director of Georgia Life Alliance, the state’s largest pro-life group. “With the party now targeting pro-life Democrats in next year’s election, it is time for pro-life Democrats in Georgia to take their party back.”

BBB Offers Tips To Avoid Open Enrollment Scams

As employers offer open enrollment for their employees’ insurance plans, bad actors offer new scams to capture sensitive data that may lead to identity theft, loss of moneys, and benefits. The Better Business Bureau urges consumers to stay alert and protect their hard-earned-cash this holiday season.

It’s open enrollment season for health insurance, and scammers are using the occasion to dupe unsuspecting consumers into sharing their personal information. If you are adding or changing your health coverage through Medicare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be sure to watch out for scams. Open enrollment runs through December 7 (Medicare) or December 15 (ACA). Consumers who get health insurance at work should also be on the lookout for phony emails that may appear to come from their employer or a service provider.

How The Scam Works:

You receive a call from someone claiming to be a “Medicare advisor.” The caller tells you that they can enroll you in Medicare or another health insurance program over the phone, according to reports. It’s no hassle for you! All you need to do is provide personal information to get started. Of course, the caller is a scammer, and sharing personal information will open you up to identity theft.

In another version reported to BBB Scam Tracker, the caller tries to frighten you by insisting that your Medicare will be discontinued if you don’t re-enroll. Fortunately, the “Medicare advisor” can fix the situation – if only you share your personal information.

Tips To Avoid Scams:

Selecting a health insurance plan can be challenging and complex. Be on the lookout for common red flags.
  • Be wary of anyone who contacts you unsolicited. People representing Medicare or ACA plans don’t contact you by phone, email, or in person unless you are already enrolled. Be especially cautious of threatening calls that require quick action or immediate payment.
  • Decline promotional gifts in exchange for personal information. Keep a healthy level of skepticism any time a broker offers you free gifts, health screenings, or other special deals. Never sign up with a broker who offers you an expensive “sign-up gift” in exchange for providing your Medicare ID number or other personally identifiable information.
  • Beware of dishonest brokers who offer “free health screenings.” Some brokers offer this to weed out people who are less healthy. This is called “cherry picking” and is against the Medicare rules.
  • BONUS TIP: Guard your government-issued numbers. Never offer your Medicare ID number, Social Security number, health plan info, or banking information to anyone you don’t know.

More Information:

Learn more about open enrollment and spotting a Medicare or ACA scam on the Federal Trade Commission website.

If you are unsure whether a call or offer is from Medicare, or you gave your personal information to someone claiming to be with Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE to report it. If you suspect fraud when signing up for ACA coverage, go to or call the Health Insurance Marketplace call center at 800-318-2596.

For more tips from BBB on avoiding health care scams, check If you’ve been the victim of a scam, please report it to By sharing your experience, you can help others avoid falling victim to similar scams.

To stay alert and avoid falling for scams, read Stay one step ahead of scammers by subscribing to BBB’s weekly Scam Alert emails.

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it on the Your report can help others protect themselves from similar schemes.

Always visit to check the reliability of any company before doing business.  There you can also find a free list of BBB Accredited companies committed to ethical business practices.

Dollar Tree Warned About Over-The-Counter-Drugs Made In Foreign Countries

The Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter warning Dollar Tree about over the counter drugs made in foreign countries.

The FDA says the foreign companies that make the drugs have violated U.S. laws on good manufacturing practices. Dollar Tree suppliers for its private-label drugs have received violations.

The FDA says Dollar Tree has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that it does not sell potentially unsafe drugs and other FDA regulated products to Americans.  Dollar Tree’s Vice President of Investor Relations issued a statement saying:”We are committed to our customer’s safety and have very robust and rigorous testing programs in place to ensure our third-party manufacture’s products are safe.”

Georgia Fugitive Arrested On Charges From Tennessee

A Northwest Georgia man was arrested on Sunday afternoon at his residence in Floyd County on charges out of Tennessee.

According to Floyd County Police, thirty-seven-year-old Elbert Leroy Tate was arrested around 1:30 PM on Sunday on multiple warrants out of Wilson County, Tennessee.  Wilson County is located near Nashville.

Tate has failed to show up to face charges in Wilson County.  Records indicate that four of the warrants were on drug charges and a fifth warrant was issued on theft charges.

Tate was also arrested in Franklin County, Tennessee in September of this year on vandalism and theft charges.

Tate was being held without bond in the Floyd County Jail as a fugitive from justice.

Gas Prices Continue To Drop In Georgia

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Georgia gas prices continue to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.41 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average was 2 cents less than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and 7 cents less than this time last year.

It now costs $36.15 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.45 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.84 per gallon.

“Growth in stock levels amid robust demand, has helped to push pump prices down,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If this trend continues, motorists might see lower gas prices later this month, which will be a welcome relief for Thanksgiving travelers.”

Growing Gas Stocks Help Push National Average Down

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.60 per gallon, which is 2 cents less than a week ago, 5 cents less than a month ago, and 3 cents less than this time last year. According to newly released data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic stocks of gasoline grew by 1.9 million barrels last week, bringing the current stock level to 219.1 million barrels. This is 7.5 million barrels lower than last year at this time.

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets –Atlanta-Savannah ($2.44), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.42), and Brunswick ($2.41).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.30), Augusta-Aiken ($2.32) and Rome ($2.33).
  • Area gas prices – Chattooga ($2.30), Walker ($2.31), Floyd ($2.33), Gordon ($2.35), DeKalb, AL ($2.26), Cherokee, AL ($2.20)

Arrest Report - Monday November 18, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, November 18, 2019:

Low-Cost Vet Mobile Unit Has A Few Openings

Low-cost spay-neuter My Kids Have Paws mobile unit will be in Chattooga county this Wednesday, November 20th. They still have a few openings for spay-neuter surgeries.
Spay-neuters must be scheduled ahead of time. Contact My Kids Have Paws at 706-671-1104, message them on their Facebook or email

They will also be available for walk-ins (no appointment necessary) for vaccines, microchip, etc. from 9 AM until 5 PM. The unit will be parked at Grateful Paws on Trion-Teloga Rd.

This will be their last visit for the year.

Georgia DNR Warns About CWD In Deer

Across the U.S., a mysterious disease is killing deer, slowly. It eats holes in their brains and the animal wastes away. The process can take months, even years. But once the animal dies the disease lives on.

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, isn’t new but the threat to Georgia is. New research suggests the mad cow disease-like malady could impact monkeys. The threat to humans is unknown.

“It’s a slow and cryptic disease and we don’t really know the long-term effects of it on the deer population,” said Georgia DNR’s deer biologist, Charlie Killmaster.  Killmaster explained there is no blood test for CWD because it attacks the nervous system. They test for it by taking the lymph nodes from the neck of a dead deer.

The DNR spot-checks deer killed by hunters and brought to processing facilities across the state. Killmaster said the unknown impacts of the disease mean wildlife managers are on guard. The disease has not been spotted in Georgia. Killmaster said hunters need to be aware of the areas testing positive for CWD.

“It’s still safe to consume venison but you have to be aware of these potential risk factors in an area that has chronic wasting disease,” Killmaster said.


Best Prices For Thanksgiving Dinner Preparations

Making the holidays merry and bright can add up. Over half of Americans spend a full paycheck on their Thanksgiving and Christmas plans, and food is a big part of that. But if you’re on a budget, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that you can get a full Thanksgiving meal for under $50. CNBC put that to the test and went shopping at some popular grocery chains to see how far they could make that budget stretch.

Discount grocery chain, Aldi, came in at the most economical store; a full Thanksgiving meal for 8 came in at $34.44. Walmart clocked in with a total of $40.22 and a few more name brand items.

The nearest Aldi store to Chattooga County is located in Rome.

Also on the list – Costco came in fourth place as the most affordable.  The closes Costco store to Chattooga County is located in Ringgold.

Compiled Sources


Georgia Power Warns About Utility Scams


Georgia Power is joining other electrical, water and natural gas utilities across the country to share simple tips to help customers avoid common scams.

Georgia Power urges customers to be cautious when contacted by an unverified person claiming to be a Georgia Power representative. The company will never ask a customer to provide a credit card or pre-paid debit card number over the phone. Additionally, the company will never send employees into the field to collect payment in person or ask a customer to pay anywhere other than an Authorized Payment Location (APL).

Georgia Power also provides the following guidance to customers:

  • If an account becomes past due, Georgia Power will contact the customer via a pre-recorded message to the primary account telephone number or by letter requesting that the customer call Georgia Power to discuss the account.
  • If a customer receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from Georgia Power and demanding payment to avoid disconnection, the customer should contact the company’s customer service line at 888-660-5890. Customers can also contact customer service via email at
  • Delete all emails that demand immediate payment or personal information or that are from a company that is not Georgia Power.
  • If an employee needs to visit a customer’s home or business for a service-related issue, they will be in uniform and present a badge with a photo, their name and the company’s name and logo. They will also be in a vehicle marked with the company’s logo.

Georgia Power continues to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to identify and prosecute criminals who pose as Georgia Power employees in order to defraud customers.

To learn more about how you can defend yourself against scammers and avoid falling victim to common mistakes, watch the company’s latest public service announcements (PSA) on the company’s YouTube channel.

Additional information about frequent scams and how the company works to protect customers is available at

Space Heater Safety Focus

Last week a Georgia mother and her grown son lost their lives in a fire that officials in Statesboro say was caused by improper space heater use.  Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King is emphasizing the proper use of space heaters as people begin to use them this year.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of room heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.

When buying and installing a small space heater, follow these guidelines:

  • Only purchase newer model heaters that have all of the current safety features. Make sure the heater carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Choose a thermostatically controlled heater, because they avoid the energy waste of overheating a room.
  • Select a heater of the proper size for the room you wish to heat. Do not purchase oversized heaters. Most heaters come with a general sizing table.
  • Locate the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic. Be especially careful to keep children and pets away from the heater.

Also, be sure that your home is equipped with working smoke detectors.  Most people who die from home fires are in a house that doesn’t have working smoke detectors.  That was the case in last week’s fatal fire in Statesboro, Georgia.

GNN / Compiled Sources


Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of November

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of November.


  • 777 UNDERWOOD DR TRION, GA 30753
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 86
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-15-2019

  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 11-15-2019

  • 777 UNDERWOOD DR TRION, GA 30753
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint with the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department by calling 706-857-3377.

Summerville City Council Meeting This Evening

The City of Summerville has called a meeting this evening for the Summerville City Council. The meeting will take place at 5 PM at the Council Meeting Room at Summerville City Hall.

On the agenda for the special called meeting, the council be talking about rezoning property located at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Highway 114 in Summerville.  The property belongs to Anthony Bryant.  Mr. Bryant is asking that the property be rezoned from residential to commercial zoning so that he can build several metal buildings on the property.  Also, the council is being asked to consider moving sewer lines that are located on the property.

The council will also have the first reading of the year-end budget ordinance at this evening’s meeting.

Last week the council approved a $300 Christmas bonus for full-time employees and a $100 bonus for part-time employees.  This evening, the council will consider giving a $100 Christmas bonus to twelve part-time, volunteer fireman that work for the Summerville Fire Department.

The meeting is open to the public.


Chattooga County Man Arrested For Drugs In Floyd County

A Chattooga County man was arrested in Floyd County over the weekend on drug charges.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Jon Eric Mathis, age fifty-five of a Trion Teloga Road address, was charged with felony methamphetamine possession charge and use of drug related objects.

Arrest Report - Sunday - November 17, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, November 17, 2019:

Mount Vernon Mills Sells Riegel Linens

Lion Equity Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm specializing in acquiring corporate carve-outs, announced that its affiliate, Lion Equity Holdings II, LLC, acquired Riegel Linen, LLC (“Riegel Linen”) from Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. (“Mount Vernon Mills”).

Riegel Linen is a leading importer, manufacturer, and supplier of tablecloths, napkins, sheets, towels, bedding and other linens for hotels, restaurants, linen suppliers, retailers, and healthcare customers. Riegel is headquartered in Aiken, SC, and operates a manufacturing facility in McCormick, SC and a network of salespeople and warehouses strategically located across the United States.

“Riegel is a premier brand that has been associated with quality textiles since the mid-1800s,” said Jim Levitas, Co-Founder and Partner of Lion Equity Partners. “The company has been on the leading edge of innovative textile product development for decades, which provides a strong foundation for future growth, both organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”

Bill Josey, who was with Mount Vernon Mills for 35 years, has been named CEO of Riegel Linen. “Mount Vernon Mills has been a great owner and remains a great American textile company. We are excited to partner with Lion Equity and embrace our entrepreneurial heritage, which will allow us to invest in new product development and expand into new markets.”

According to VP of Sales & Marketing, Chris Gowdy, “Our customers will continue to enjoy working with the same great people on our team and getting the quality products and service that has made Riegel an industry leader.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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