Authorities Searching For Missing Tennessee Girl

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee are seeking the public’s help in finding this missing 13-year-old girl.

Jaylei Smith vanished from her home in South Pittsburg, Tennessee on May 10, 2021. Investigators believe she may be with an adult male. They may travel across state-lines and may now be in Georgia or Alabama.

Investigators believe the last known sighting of Jaylei was at a BP gas station in Clarkesville, GA on May 10th. This surveillance photo shows Jaylei and the man she may be with.

“We just want her to come home,” said Jaylei’s aunt, Constance Barnes. “Please let us know that she’s okay. We love her and we miss her and we’re here for her.”

Jaylei’s family is open to interviews which can be arranged by contacting

“If you have any tips at all, please get them to us,” said Detective Beth Raulston with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “We need all the help we can get.”

Jaylei is 5’8 tall, 180lbs, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has information about Jaylei Smith, you are urged to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 1-423-942-2525, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST, that’s 1-800-843-5678.


Arrest Report - Monday May 17, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday May 17, 2021:

Chattooga Bass Fishing Places In Weekend Tournament


It was a great day Saturday for the Chattooga Tribe Anglers at Nickajack Lake.

Landon and Evan Stephens placed 2nd with 5 bass for 12.01 lbs. Katie Hogue and Isaac Ratledge placed 9th with 3 bass for 8.20 lbs. Gavin Jarrett and Jackson Allen placed 10th with 4 bass for 7.96 lbs.

Tristen Price and Jackson Eckroat placed 13th with 4 bass for 6.64 lbs. Luke James and Lucas Adams placed 14th with 3 bass for 5.54 lbs.

WZQZ Radio, along with many other area businesses, is proud to be a supporter of the 2021 Chattooga Bass Fishing Team.

Lowe's Distribution Hiring Event Tomorrow

Tuesday has been dubbed Lowe’s Supply Chain Hiring Day and the company plans to add more than 1,600 operations team members across 17 distribution centers nationwide, including the distribution center in Shannon.

The do-it-yourself movement, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic for the last 15 months, has prompted the Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center north of Rome to add another 115 full time employees to its staff.

The company will hold a job fair Tuesday, between 1 PM and 7 PM, at the distribution center off Georgia Highway 140 —at 255 Prosperity Way.

The walk-in hiring event will give qualified applicants 18 and older the opportunity to interview and potentially get a job offer on the spot.

When the company made the decision to locate in Rome a decade ago, they pledged to maintain at least 500 jobs. The addition of 115 employees will take the number of jobs at the Rome distribution center past 900.

Job candidates will be asked to wear a mask while inside the building Tuesday and should have a photo ID with them. No resumes are required for Tuesday’s hiring event. Job seekers can learn more about available roles by visiting


Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of May 2021

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Here are the health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of May 2021:


  • 12976 HIGHWAY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number: (706) 844-5510
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-13-2021

  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-05-2021

  • 11277 HIGHWAY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 87
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-05-2021

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.

Local Business Sponsoring Outdoor Bluegrass Concert In Summerville


Ginger’s Blooms and Brews is hosting a free outdoor concert, Saturday, June 5th, in the Howard Finster Open Pavillion.

Concert goers will be able to experience the bluegrass sounds of Geraldine, Alabama’s own Backwoods Revival. Ginger’s will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and remain open until the concert’s end, approximately 9:30.
Ginger’s will have her regular menu sandwiches  available for purchase as well as soft drinks, tea and water. Desserts like cheesecake, lemon pie and cookies will be available for purchase as well as espresso coffee drinks served hot or cold.
Menus will be available in print and on Ginger’s Facebook (Ginger’s Blooms & Brews) and Instagram (GINGERS_BLOOMS_AND_BREWS) sites.
Ginger is excited to bring outdoor concerts back after such a long break and said, “ If all goes well with my first outdoor event, I would like to plan additional events throughout the Summer and Fall.”
It is recommended that concert goers bring a lawn chair to the event due to limited availability seating

Work Continues On Taylor's Ridge This Week

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced late last week that work on U.S. Highway 27 at Taylor’s Ridge would continue this week.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to be working to repair the roadway on Taylor’s Ridge between 9 AM and 2:30 PM each day this week, through Friday.  The southbound lane of Highway 27 (going towards Floyd County) will be closed.  A pilot car will be pacing traffic in each direction during the construction times.

Motorists can use Highway 100 as an alternate route to Floyd County.


Summerville Called Meeting This Evening

The City of Summerville has announced a called meeting this evening.  The Summerville City Council will be meeting at 5:30 PM at Summerville City Hall.  Residents can also listen in by phone to tonight’s meeting and take part in a question and answer session prior to the meeting.

On the agenda, the council will be discussing approving a payment of $6,250 to GPM Equipment Sales for 250 gallons of odorant for the city’s natural gas system.  Also, the council is expected to approve a payment of $21,229.12 to Blount Construction for asphalt.  That money will be coming from the 2021 LMIG Grant that the city has received.  The council is also to consider approval of a payment of over $32,000 to Video Industrial Services to clean and video the city’s sewer system.

You can see the complete agenda below, along with instruction on how to attend the meeting virtually.

Zoom meetings notes for participants: You may join via computer, smart phone, and telephone. Participants will be muted by upon joining the meeting, and will be given opportunity to speak in sections of the meeting for public comments and questions.

Meeting ID: 899 5238 8380

Password:  751020

To join by computer or smart phone:

To join by telephone:

Call 1-646-876-9923 and enter the meeting ID and password when prompted

There's Hope For The Hungry Distributing Food This Week In Summerville

In Georgia, 1 in 7 people live with food insecurity – not knowing where their next meal will come from.  There’s Hope for the Hungry is a Christian ministry, founded in prayer in 2003 and committed to evangelizing and feeding people who are in need.  The group is active in Chattooga County and will be distributing food this week in Summerville.

The organization describes their mission saying their “major goal is to feed the hungry; additionally, we believe our ultimate goal is to bring people to a place in their lives through short term food relief, salvation, and prayer to where they depend upon themselves and Jesus Christ for their short term, long term, and eternal needs.”

The food program There’s Hope for the Hungry will be at South Summerville Baptist Church on Wednesday,  May 19th from 10 AM until 1 PM.

The church is located on Highway 48, just past Mason Funeral Home.

Trion Fire Department Urges Public To Install Smoke Alarms

Three out of five deaths from house fires in the United States are in homes that do not have properly installed, working smoke detectors.  Chattooga County’s fire departments urge anyone that does not have a smoke detector, and especially if you cannot afford one, to contact your local fire department for free smoke detector installation.

The Trion Fire Department posted over the weekend, that to date, Chattooga County fire departments have installed 315 smoke alarms – free of charge – to residents of Chattooga County.

The Trion Fire Department says, “If you do not have working smoke alarms in your home, please reach out to your local fire department. If none are available in your area please let us know at Trion Fire and we will install or get smoke alarms to you immediately. Lets all work together and ensure every home in Chattooga County has a working smoke alarm.”

Arrest Report - Sunday - May 16, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, May 16, 2021:

AMI Cemetery Seeking Donations

The AMI Cemetery Committee is asking for donations for the upkeep of the cemetery on Jamestown Road in Menlo.  The cemetery committee says that donations can be sent to Sue Gilley at PO Box 25, Menlo, Georgia 30731.  The cemetery committee also asks that family members refrain from using glass containers at the cemetery.

Chattooga Schools Weekly COVID Report

The Chattooga County School System released their weekly COVID report on Friday of last week.  According to the report, there were two positive cases at Chattooga High School with fourteen students in quarantine.  Leroy Massey reported no COVID cases and had three students in quarantine.  Lyerly Elementary had one positive COVID case and four students in quarantine.  Menlo Elementary had one positive COVID case and forty-four students in quarantine.  Summerville Middle School reported no positive cases and seven students in quarantine.

Georgia DDS Urges Drivers To "Share The Road"

As May welcomes in warmer weather and the motorcycle riding season begins to peak, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) wants to remind all motorists that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the message is to “Share The Road.”

DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore encourages motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings and use caution at all times. “The best way to celebrate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is to always wear a helmet and to support all-rider laws to ensure fellow riders do the same,” said Commissioner Moore. He also reminds all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclist who may be difficult to see.  “Safety on our roadways is a shared responsibility,” he added.

Georgia is one of 19 states and the District of Columbia that has a universal helmet law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets. Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated helmets to be 37% more effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists.

GMSP promotes motorcycle safety awareness as a year-round effort. May brings special attention to the “Share The Road” campaign as a call-to-action to motorcyclists and drivers of safety issues that directly impact the motorcycle community.

In addition to promoting motorcycle safety awareness, GMSP encourages motorcyclists to take rider education courses, whether you are a first-time rider or an experienced rider. “The DDS GMSP rider education courses are a good way to hone your skills whether you are a beginner or have many miles experience,” said Commissioner Moore.

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Man Charged With Statutory Rape

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A Rome man was held without bond Friday morning after he was arrested at the Economy Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard on felony child molestation charges, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Mark Vince Sullins, 50, is also charged felony statutory rape and sexual battery involving an incident with a 13-year-old that took place on May 2.

Fulton County Checking With Floyd County On Congresswoman's Homestead Exemption

An investigative report by an Atlanta journalist turned up information that Congresswoman Marjorie Greene and her husband have filed Homestead Exemption on two different homes; one in Fulton County and the other in Floyd County.

Congresswoman Greene bought a house in Rome – Floyd County when she was running for office, but still owns her residence in Fulton County.

After the report surfaced, the Fulton County Board of Assessors issued this statement:

“The property owners (the Greene’s) filed for homestead exemption in Fulton County in May of 2019 and it became effective for the 2020 tax year. Per GA law, you can only have one homestead exemption. In this case, Fulton County will consult with Floyd County to confirm and determine in which county the exemption is not valid.”

Congresswoman Greene’s office issued a statement saying the report was a “pathetic smear” when asked about the homestead exemptions.

Town Of Trion Seeks Bids For New Roof On Town Hall

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The Town of Trion is advertising for bids for a new roof for Trion Town Hall.   The town will be taking bids until June 1, 2021.   According to the bid advertisement, the work will not just be a new exterior roof but will also include new ceiling insulation and ceiling tiles and lighting.  Copies of the bid documents are available at Trion Town Hall at 1220 Pine Street in Trion during normal business hours.

Gore Fire Department Says "No" To County Dumpsters

An idea to put a county convenience center – dump site – at Gore Fire Hall was struck down by the Gore Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors last week.

The Gore Fire Department posted the following statement about the vote:

At a called meeting of the department Board of Directors last Monday night, a 5-1 vote against allowing the county to utilize department property for dumpster locations was cast. As far as the daytime staffing that was an integral part of this proposal, that also will be negated and modified a different direction. We will continue to look at different options in an effort to provide the best services available with resources at our disposal.
Fire Chief John King had floated the idea about the convenience center as a way to help keep volunteer fire-men on call at the fire department and to man the dumpsters for the county.
Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Elsberry has not give any indication that there are any other possibilities for a convenience center on the east side of Taylor’s Ridge.  The county’s convenience center in Menlo also was closed this spring.

Trion City Schools Weekly COVID Report

The Trion City School System released their weekly COVID report on Friday of last week.  According to the report, there was one positive case at Trion Middle School; two cases at Trion High School for a total of three cases district-wide.

Arrest Report - Saturday - May 15, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, May 15, 2021: