Information About Hayrides At Sloppy Floyd State Park

With the possibility of rain in the forecast for this weekend, the Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park say that it could affect the hayrides scheduled for Saturday.  In the event of rain, the hayride for Saturday will be rescheduled for Sunday from noon until 5 PM.  If you have questions, contact Ann Crim at 678-378-3795.

Sheriff's Department Looking For Information

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information about the man in these pictures. If you have information, please contact Investigator Wendell Flood or Sheriff Mark Schrader at 706-857-3411.

Football Friday!

Both the Trion Bulldogs and the Chattooga Indians return to the gridiron tonight to try and bounce back from tough losses in their previous games.  Hear all of the action on WZQZ tonight!

The Trion Bulldogs are still stinging from a 52-6 lopsided loss last week on the road to Christian Heritage.  Coach Justin Brown says that his team has re-focused this week and had a great week of practice thanks to the leadership of his Seniors.  The schedule doesn’t ease up for the Bulldogs as the 4th ranked and undefeated Darlington Tigers come to Sam R. McCain stadium tonight.  The Bulldogs are 5-2 overall with a 2-2 region record.

The Chattooga Indians have had a week off to rest and recover.  The Indians are coming off a home loss to the #1 ranked Rockmart Yellow Jackets.  Tonight the Indians look to get back on track as they take on the Model Blue Devils on the road in Shannon.

The Trion vs Darlington game will be the radio game tonight and will be broadcast live on AM 1180 and 99.1 FM WZQZ.  Both the Trion and Chattooga games will be streamed online at www.chattoogainfo.com.  Join Ben Groce and Jeremy Burke for the pregame show at 7pm with kickoff to follow at 7:30pm.

Arrest Report - Friday October 18, 2019

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

Georgia Dollar Tree Store Cited For OSHA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited national discount retailer Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for exposing employees to safety hazards, at its store on Atlanta Highway in Athens, Georgia. The company faces $125,026 in proposed penalties.

OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to struck-by, trip and fall hazards by failing to keep passageways and walking surfaces in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. OSHA found unsafely stacked cases of merchandise and blocked emergency exits, and cited Dollar Tree for not maintaining access to portable fire extinguishers.

“These hazardous conditions unnecessarily exposed employees to potentially life-threatening injury,” said OSHA Area Director William Fulcher, in Atlanta-East. “There is no reason why the employees in this store should have been subjected to the same hazards previously identified and cited at other Dollar Tree locations.”

Dollar Tree Stores has a long history of serious and repeated violations related to unsafe stacking of merchandise and blocked exits. Since 2015, OSHA has cited the Chesapeake, Virginia-based company for similar violations at locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, Idaho, Texas, New York, and Rhode Island.

OSHA provides resources on safe working surfaces and exit route requirements.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Historical Society Photos Missing

The Chattooga County Historical Society is asking that someone return some pictures that were taken from the Chattooga County Library in Summerville.

On Thursday, the Historical Society posted the following message on Facebook:

“As you know the Historical Society has had pictures displayed at the fair each year. After the fair they are placed in binders in the Georgia Room in the Chattooga County Library, each town having a binder full of 8 by 10 pictures. Over the years we have amassed around 300 pictures to enjoy. Recently the Trion book “disappeared “. If anyone knows anything about about a binder with 40 to 50 pictures of Trion please encourage it to come back to the library no questions asked.”

Chattooga County Woman Enters Plea In Federal Court

Three people charged in the 2018 shooting of a Florida traveler at an Adairsville convenience store are being prosecuted in federal court, including a thirty-seven-year-old Chattooga County woman.

The incident – which happened May 7, 2018, at the QuikTrip on Ga. 140 off I-75 – sparked a three-day manhunt across Northwest Georgia and into Tennessee. Kristy Lynn Davis, age 37, of  Kay Drive in the Pennville Community pleaded not guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Rome.

Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson scheduled a pretrial conference for October 24.

Destany Marie Schubert, 21, of 8339 Highway 337 in LaFayette and Michael Sean Conner, 25, of 600 Jordan Road in Sparta, Tennessee, have not yet entered pleas.

A criminal indictment filed Sept. 24 charges Conner with shooting the man during an attempted carjacking. Davis and Schubert are charged with helping Conner evade arrest.

The 30-year-old Florida man, identified as Jonathan Michael Meyer by Adairsville police, was flown to Erlanger Hospital in critical condition but has since recovered. Adairsville police credited social media for helping to name and track down the suspects, who were recorded on QuikTrip surveillance cameras.

According to GBI and Adairsville Police Department reports, Meyer had been traveling from Tennessee to his home in Clearwater, Florida, and pulled over to take a nap at the convenience store. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m.

Schubert, called the getaway driver in reports, was arrested later that day in Walker County and Conner was captured in Marion County, Tennessee. Davis was arrested two days later in Catoosa County.

Rome News Tribune

School Bus Rolls Over On Jamestown Road In Alabama

Cherokee County Emergency responders were called to the scene of a school bus crash occurring on Cherokee County Road 95 in the Jamestown Community just south of the Chattooga County line  around 4 PM Central Time on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, Cherokee County Board of Education officials confirmed that there were four students on board the bus but none of them were injured. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The Broomtown Fire Department, Floyd EMS, Cherokee County EMA officials, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Superintendent of Education Mitchell Guice, School Board Transportation Supervisor Harold Pearson, school safety officials and Alabama State Troopers all responded to the scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Summerville Police Find Roaming Pit Bull

Earlier this week, Summerville Police were called to a Fourth Street residence after a woman called 911 to say that a roaming pit-bulldog was acting aggressively towards her and her grandchildren.

When police arrived they spoke to the woman who said that a neighbor was allowing the dog to roam freely without a leash.  Officers also spoke with another neighbor that said that the dog had tried to attack them while they were on a riding lawn mower.

Police were able to locate the suspected animal, but as of earlier this week the incident was still under investigation, according to a report from the Summerville Police Department.

Slight Increase Coming For Social Security Recipients

Some 68 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.6% increase in their monthly check starting in 2020. That means the average Social Security beneficiary will see their benefit increase by just $23.40 a month to $1,460.

What’s more, some of the increase will be used to offset the rising cost of Medicare.

The government typically deducts Medicare Part B premiums from a beneficiary’s Social Security check. Those premiums are expected to rise around $8.80 a month to $144.30 in 2020 for about 70% of Medicare beneficiaries.

Implemented back in the 1970s, automatic COLAs (cost of living allowances) are designed to help seniors maintain their buying power when inflation causes the cost of goods and services to rise.

But don’t be confused by the word “automatic” — COLAs vary from year to year, and they’re based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Historically, COLAs have been as high as 14.3%, though in recent years, we haven’t seen numbers anywhere close.

 

Shakedowns At Georgia Prisons Yield Contraband

As part of ongoing efforts to prevent contraband from entering Georgia prison facilities, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) says that they seized a total of 6,592 contraband items during the third quarter of 2019. The agency continuously makes improvements to our processes in addition to utilizing full-facility shakedowns to combat contraband entering our facilities.

“It is because of our diligent staff that we were able to interdict over 6,500 contraband items from our facilities, said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “We will continue to strengthen our efforts to keep contraband outside of facilities, and we remain vigilant in our mission of creating safe and secure facilities.”

Through the collaboration of our Office of Professional Standards, GDC Tactical Squads and K9 Units, the following items were confiscated between July and September 2019:

  • 1357 cell phones
  • 542 cell phone chargers
  • 2084 handmade weapons
  • 7,643.37  grams of marijuana (300 bags/balloons)
  • 65,775.76 grams of tobacco (1754 bags/balloons)
  • 2357.66 grams of methamphetamine (180 bags/balloons)
  • 764 ounces of alcohol (24 bottles)
  • 327 pills
  • 18 syringes
  • 6 SIM/SD cards

The GDC also utilized shakedown operations to detect 1,600 items in the third quarter of 2019. A total of 24 shakedowns were completed at 17 of the 34 state prisons.

Third quarter shakedown seizures included:

  • 245 cell phones
  • 951 handmade weapons
  • 705.70 grams of marijuana (31 occurrences)
  • 2209.44 grams of tobacco (23 occurrences)
  • 193.12 grams of methamphetamine (16 occurrences)
  • 1 ounce of homemade alcohol (2 occurrences)
  • 332 unidentified pills

Dreamers Outreach Free Cookout

Dreamer’s Outreach Inc., is hosting a free cookout for the public in celebration of cancer survivors next Saturday at Kuzzins, 150 Hemlock Street, in Summerville.

Dreamer’s will give away at least $1,000 to the Cancer Navigators of Rome as part of the outreach’s one-year anniversary, according to organizer Maurice Martin.

Attendees are being asked to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A pink balloon release is planned and there will be candles to light for cancer survivors, according to organizers.

The event will get underway at 4 PM on Saturday, October 26th.

 

Woman Reports Unauthorized Withdrawals From Bank Account

A Summerville woman reported unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account earlier this week.

Cheris Chadwick told a responding deputy that several withdrawals had been made from her account that she did not authorize.  Chadwick said that the withdrawals happened last week while she was out of town.  She said that she was getting automated text messages from her bank saying that the wrong password had been entered on her online banking account.

When she arrived back home and checked with the bank, Ms. Chadwick discovered that three withdrawals had been made from her account, without her permission.  Two of the withdrawals were made at the Kroger Supermarket in Newnan for $136.36 and $152.34.  A third unauthorized withdrawal of $10.06 was paid to Facebook.

Chadwick asked that a report be filed at the request of her bank.

GNTC Industrial Career Day Tomorrow In Dalton

High school students from across the northwest Georgia region and members of the community will get a chance to explore various industrial careers and skilled trades when Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) holds its second Industrial Career Day of the year on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Approximately 800 regional high school students and members of the community attended GNTC’s first Industrial Career Day of the year on the Floyd County Campus in Rome on Sept. 13. The second Industrial Career Day in Dalton was added due to popular demand.

The activities for the Oct. 18 Industrial Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at GNTC’s new state-of-the-art Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion. The industrial labs are housed side by side in Industrial Row. This provides a centralized location with access to the industrial labs on the Dalton campus. Additional industrial programs from other GNTC campuses and vendors will set up displays and activities in Industrial Row and other sections of the Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion.

The event is free and open to the public. T-shirts will be distributed, while supplies last, and snacks will be provided.

Industrial program directors will be on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There will be demonstrations, simulators and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers also will be present to speak with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.

Featured GNTC industrial programs will include Air Conditioning Technology, Automation Engineering Technology, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, CNC Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Flooring Production Operator and Technician, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Precision Machining and Manufacturing and Welding and Joining Technology.

Chattooga County BOE Work Session This Evening

The Chattooga County Board of Education will hold their monthly work session coming up this evening at 6 PM. 

On the agenda tonight, Kenny Adkins from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia is expected to be on hand to present the Chattooga High School welding program with its Industry Certification.  Jeff Owings, instructor for the program will accept the certification and be honored by the board.  Also, the board will be recognizing Lisa Hughes for her role in strengthening Chattooga High School’s workforce development efforts.

The board is also expected to consider Superintendent Jared Hosmer’s recommendation to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Federal Funds and to consider the superintendents recommendation that the board call for a renewal of the five-year Education Sales Tax and for additional General Obligation Bonds.  The purpose of the bonds will be for previously incurred debt and to build and equip a new Menlo School.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Centre Man Indicted For Attempted Murder

A Centre man has been indicted by a Cherokee County Grand Jury on a charge of Attempted Murder.  Anthony Matthew Gilreath, age 29, is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.

Gilreath and forty-seven-year-old Stephen Eric Parker of Lindale, Georgia were arrested June 18th in connection with the shooting of an individual the previous night, at a home on County Road 22 in the Kirk’s Grove community.

The pair was taken into custody at a residence on Highway 9 in the Ellisville area.

A third suspect, fifty-four-year-old Michael Gilreath of Rome, Georgia, was taken into custody early Thursday evening of that same week on County Road 16, in connection with the incident.

All three were charged with Attempted Murder.  On the night of the shooting the victim was transported by Redmond EMS to an area medical facility, where he immediately underwent surgery, and was later listed in stable condition.

He had reportedly suffered several gunshot wounds.

What led to the shooting has never been revealed.

AAA: Prepare Your Vehicle For Seasonal Changes

October is Car Care Month, an ideal time to remind motorists that seasonal changes can have an adverse effect on a vehicle’s performance. AAA recommends as the weather cools, motorists should complete a seasonal vehicle checkup to maintain safety and maximize efficiency.

“It is important that motorists keep their vehicles operating safely” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA–The Auto Club GroupNeglecting routine maintenance can damage your vehicle and leave you stranded on the side of the road with an unexpected repair bill.”

A professional and thorough maintenance inspection can help reduce the chance of a serious breakdown. If a car does end up at a repair shop, motorists can expect to spend anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars to get back on the road. AAA recommends that motorists use a simple checklist to determine their car’s fall maintenance needs.

Fall Car Care Checklist:

  • Battery and charging system — Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician. A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather.
  • Engine hoses — Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or excessively spongy feeling.
  • Tire type and tread — Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.
  • Tire pressure — Check tire inflation pressure.  As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures, typically by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The proper tire pressure levels can be in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s side door jamb. Also, check the spare.
  • Air filter — Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a 60-watt light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked, replace it.
  • Coolant levels — Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level with an inexpensive tester.
  • Lights — Check the operation of all headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
  • Wiper blades — The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.
  • Washer fluid — A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Make sure you fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
  • Brakes — If there is any indication of a brake problem have the system inspected by a certified technician. Check all fluids (transmission, brake and power steering fluids) to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
  • Emergency road kit — Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. Make sure to include a charged cellular phone, blankets, food, water and any needed medication.

Additionally, AAA reminds drivers to take the following safety precautions on the road:

  • Drive distraction-free. Do not text or engage in distracting activities while driving, including interacting with a cell phone, talking with passengers or reaching for objects in the vehicle.
  • Comply with the Move Over Law. Observe the Move Over Law. When law enforcement, tow providers or emergency vehicles are on the side of the road, change lanes or slow down to give sufficient clearance. This is the law in all 50 states.
  • Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers and exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic, if possible. Once everyone in the vehicle is at a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider.

Former Georgia Cop Acquitted On Murder Charges

A former Georgia police officer was convicted on Monday in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed black man whom the officer had found wandering naked outside an apartment complex in 2015.

The former officer, Robert Olsen, was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of charges including aggravated assault, violating the oath of his office and making a false statement after the fatal encounter with Anthony Hill, whom Mr. Olsen shot twice in a parking lot after residents said he was running around, knocking on doors.

The DeKalb County, Georgia  jury returned its verdict after deliberating for more than a week, resolving a case that had dragged on for years as judges recused themselves and other delays held up the trial.

Mr. Olsen, 57, is scheduled to be sentenced by a judge next month and was released on bond, with an ankle monitor, until then. Though he no longer faces the mandatory life sentence that would have accompanied a murder conviction, he faces up to 35 years.

GNN / Compiled Sources

"Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner" At The Depot This Sunday

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Step back in time on Sunday to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot coming up this Sunday. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live Bluegrass and Gospel music by Chip Rowland. The meal will be served by Sweet P’s At The Tavern at the cost of $8.00 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6.00 for a 4 vegetable plate. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.

An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Other vendors will be on site for those wishing to shop. This event will operate from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

For more information on “Steam Into Summerville Railroad Days’ or other downtown Summerville events contact slocklear@summervillega.org.

Local Cub Scouts Learn About Public Safety

Some local Cub Scouts had the opportunity to learn about public safety in Chattooga County earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Pack 38 Cub Scouts were able to meet workers from Chattooga County EMS, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Deprtment and Summerville Fire Department.

Chattooga County K9 officer Kendy was on hand to demonstrate his abilities, and scouts were shown different vehicles and tools used in public safety and emergency services.

The Cub Scouts also presented the employees of Chattooga EMA – 911 with a “pumpkin full of treats.”