Trion Concert Scheduled for Friday Night

Trion’s Second-Saturday Concert had to be postponed due to inclement weather and will be held Friday night instead with the Stephen Busie Band.  The concert will be held on Park Avenue in Trion and is free.  The concert starts at 7 PM.

Arrest Report - Thursday - April 19, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Fort Payne Man Reports Burglary to Summerville House

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A Fort Payne, Alabama man reported a burglary to the Summerville Police Department this week, after he discovered that a house he owns in Summerville had been broken into.

Michael Lee Hickey told a Summerville Police Officer that he had last been at the home on Hilltop Drive in Summerville in January.  Sometime between January and this week, someone had broken into the house.

A side door of the residence had been broken into and the thieves took a set of hand trucks, along with a refrigerator and a stove.

The case was turned over to an investigator with the Summerville Police Department.

CHS and Mohawk Working Together on Apprenticeship Program

Pictured: CHS CTAE Director Dr. Emily Mobbs, Mohawk HR Director Trish Canada, Trainer Teresa Money, Dakota Brown, Shelby Ezell, Timothy Hughes, Austin Tiffin, CHS Work-Based Learning Coordinator Lisa Hughes and Dalton Thompson.

Five Chattooga High School students have been placed in a Mohawk Apprenticeship program this year.

Mohawk Industries is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and with two plants in Chattooga County, the importance of highly-skilled and trained workers is important for the company.  Mohawk began expanding apprenticeship programs in several states, including Georgia over the past several years.

The apprenticeship program is beneficial to Mohawk and to the students that participate in the program.  Kenneth Miles with the U.S. Department of Labor – which helped facilitate a grant for the program – said, “It’s going to produce high-skilled employees,” he said. “It will reduce turnover and increase productivity and give them a more diverse workforce.”  Those students participating in the program learn new skills and gain valuable industry credentials while earning a salary. Some apprentices work toward an associate degree from a community college, further enhancing their careers.

The apprenticeship program with Chattooga High School allows students who are seventeen and older to participate and earn a paycheck while also learning valuable skills.  Dr. Emily Mobbs, Chattooga High School CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) Director along with Work-Based Learning Coordinator Lisa Hughes, worked with Mohawk in Chattooga County to place five Chattooga High School Students in the program this school year.   The students are allowed to work 29 hours per week.

 

 

LMES Announces Events

Leroy Massey Elementary School has announced two events.  The first is at Title I Milestone Night….”Batter Up” will feature free concessions and will encourage students as they prepare for testing.  Students are being encouraged to “Come gear up and get Test ready, to knock it OUT of the park.”  The Title I Milestone Night will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 5-6 PM.  The second event is Title I “Family Literacy and Social Studies Night” which will be held the same evening, Thursday April 26th from 5 – 6:30 PM. “Pop In for Popsicle and Pizza” which encourages families to improve their reading and social studies skills together.  Mark you calendar for these events next Thursday, April 26th at Leroy Massey Elementary School.

Library Announces Two May Events

The Chattooga County Library has two exciting events planned for the month of May.

The first is a special “Movie Night” when the Library will be showing the new Star Wars Movie, “The Last Jedi”.   The event will be held on Friday, May 4th at 6 PM at the Summerville Branch.  There will be free popcorn and drinks are just 50 cents.  The second event will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 11 AM until 3 PM.  “Comic Book Day” will allow kids to come to the Library and receive a FREE comic book.  Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite comic book character and enter the costume contest for Comic Book Day at the Chattooga County Library.

Chattooga Ag Fair Seeking Vendors

The 2018 Chattooga County Agricultural Fair will be here very soon! This makes the fifth year since the fair returned to Chattooga County in 2013.

The Chattooga County Fair Council is seeking sponsorships from area businesses. The fair’s sponsor program contains a wide variety of marketing opportunities including web, print, social media, and on-site opportunities. This year Colt Ford will be performing Saturday night at the fair and there will be livestock shows daily. There are sponsorships available for any of these events as well as general event sponsorships.

If there are any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities you may contact Chattooga County Agricultural Fair Vice-Chairman Zach Hughes at 706-346-0312 or at chattoogafair@gmail.com.

Georgia Highland's Public Speaking Competition

Nearly 80 students from across all Georgia Highlands College’s locations came together on April 13 to compete in the eighth annual GHC Public Speaking Competition at the Cartersville location. It was a record number of student competitors this year with a total of 78.

The event invites GHC students to prepare and deliver a persuasive speech to an audience of fellow students, faculty, family, and friends. Many students learn basic public address theory and practice in GHC’s Human Communication courses or Public Speaking courses.
It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate speech preparation, verbal style, physical delivery and to build experience in front of unfamiliar audiences.
“This competition provides students with invaluable experience. The ability to write, practice, and deliver a strong public speech for an unfamiliar audience is crucial to succeeding in most career paths,” said Event Director and Assistant Professor of Communication Steve Stuglin.
“Additionally,” he added, “this process helps students learn the value of research to a well-informed argument and the importance of meeting an audience on common ground as a prerequisite of persuasion. These skills will serve the students in personal and civic life as well as in the workplace.”
This year’s winner was Joshua Mabry, a 21-year-old communication major from the Floyd campus, who gave a speech about limiting time spent on electronic devices.
Finalists:
  • Logan Maddox (2nd)
  • William Evans (3rd)
  • Javier Camacho (4th)
  • Riley Rule (5th).
Semifinalists Shayla Neufeld, Javier Camacho, Jacob Faile, Elijah Glick, and Logan Maddox were chosen by student judges for the “Values Award,” which recognizes speeches and speakers that best represent GHC’s shared values of inclusiveness and freedom of expression.
Thirty semifinalists received GHC t-shirts and sunglasses for making it into the second round of the event

Summerville Police Investigate Two Separate Damage to Vehicle Incidents

The Summerville Police Department has investigated two separate reports of vandalism to a vehicle recently.

According to reports from the Summerville Police Department, on Friday of last week Doyle Knight of a Marvin Street address told police that someone had flattened all four tires on his 1999 red Pontiac Grand Am.  Mr. Knight told the officer that the vandalism had happened sometime during the night.  He said that when he last looked at his car, around 7:45 on Thursday night it was fine.

A second report of vehicle vandalism was called in on Saturday.  Leslie Ronald Webb of a University Street address told a responding officer that someone had tried to pry open the door of his 2012, silver Hyundai Sonata.  The officer observed pry marks on the vehicle where someone appeared to have tried to gain access to the vehicle.

 

Coordinated Tornado Siren Testing Coming to Chattooga County

Chattooga County EMA has announced that all tornado sirens in the county will be tested at the same time each month.

Earlier this week Chattooga County EMA announced that all Sirens within Summerville, Trion, Lyerly and Menlo will be tested the first Wednesday of each month at 12 pm. If we are having inclement weather the test will be postponed until the second Wednesday of the month or onto the next Wednesday without inclement weather.

The next tornado siren testing will be held on May 2, 2018.

Car Chase Starts in Chattooga Ends in Floyd County Wednesday

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A high speed chase that started in Chattooga County wound up in Floyd County with state troopers performing a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect.

The chase began on Highway 27 and continued through the Gore and Silver Hill areas where troopers attempted to stop the suspect near the Floyd County line.

Troopers then chased the suspect south on Highway 27 to the Highway 140 intersection and then towards the city limits of Rome.  By the time the suspect reached the Georgia State Patrol Post in Rome, there were three troopers involved in the chase.  According to reports, the chase reached speeds of over 130 miles per hour.

Troopers performed a successful PIT maneuver near the Armchuee Connector and the suspect jumped out of his Chrysler 300 and attempted to flee on foot.  Ketori Rashon Woods of Douglasville, a wanted felon, was captured a short time later at the car wash near the Armuchee Connector.

Woods has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana, obstruction of law enforcement, aggressive driving, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, attempting to elude police, sending text while driving, DUI, no seat belt, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, driving without insurance, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, speeding, failure to obey traffic control devices, following too close and too fast for conditions. 

 

Cassandra Wheeler Named Newest Board of Directors Member at GNTC

Cassandra Carter Wheeler, northwest regional director at Georgia Power, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.


Wheeler has served in leadership positions at Southern Company subsidiaries for more than 17 years. In her current role, Wheeler is responsible for the operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities for Georgia Power customers in the northwest Georgia region. Wheeler works out of the regional office in Rome.

Prior to becoming northwest regional director, Wheeler served as plant manager at Plant Hammond, Georgia Power, 2014-17; plant manager at Plant Gadsden, Alabama Power, 2012-14; maintenance manager at Plant Miller, Alabama Power, 2009-12; maintenance and engineering manager at Plant Yates, Georgia Power, 2009; compliance and support manager at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-09; operations supervisor at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-07; assistant to the vice president of Governmental Affairs, Southern Company, 2005; assistant to the executive vice president of Power Generation, Southern Company, 2003-05 and 2006; operations team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-03; E/I maintenance team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2002-03; and senior engineer at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-02.

She also was a design engineer for Mead Corporate Engineering from 1997 to 2001 and served as an electronics/avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1994.

Wheeler received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
  • Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president
  • Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education, director of School Operations
  • James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
  • Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Rome Floyd Chamber, president and CEO
  • Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
  • William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
  • Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
  • Brittany Pittman , Murray, Murray County Government, former sole commissioner
  • Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
  • Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
  • John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
  • Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center at any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Summerville City Council Refuses Funding for Public Safety Day

The Summerville City Council held a called-meeting, work session on Monday evening of this week.  All council members were present: David Ford, Joe Money, Earl Parris, Zach Martin and “Buddy” Windle, along with Mayor Harry Harvey.

The council was asked to donate to “Chattooga Public Safety Day” which is coming up this Saturday, April 21st.  The request from organizers of the event was on the agenda for Monday’s called meeting.  The organizers were hoping for $1,000 – $2,000 from the City of Summerville for the event which emphasizes what public safety organizations such as county and municipal law enforcement and firefighters do in Chattooga County.

Mayor Harry Harvey brought up the request, but council members refused to take action on the matter resulting in no funding from the City of Summerville for the event.

Both Chattooga County Government and the Town of Trion have donated money for the event.

Council members recently cut the requested donation from the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair, allowing only half of what they have historically donated to the event.  The majority of the council says that budgetary constraints are forcing them to take a closer look at how donations are handed out for events in the City of Summerville and Chattooga County.

More Older Cars On The Road Equals More Roadside Problems

As 64 percent of family travelers gear up for a road trip this summer, AAA warns that the majority of U.S. vehicles are at a higher-than-average risk for a breakdown. A new analysis of AAA roadside data shows that vehicles 10 years and older are twice as likely to end up stranded on the side of the road compared to newer vehicles and on top of that, the odds of needing a tow quadruples. With more than half of cars on the road aged 10 years or older, AAA urges drivers to minimize the chance of a breakdown by getting their vehicle road-trip ready to keep their summer travel on track.

“It’s no surprise that older vehicles are more likely to encounter a serious breakdown, but it is surprising just how many people are at risk,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “All vehicles – even the newest ones – are prone to typical roadside headaches like dead batteries, flat tires and misplaced keys, but vehicles 10 years and older are four times more likely to encounter a problem serious enough to require a tow to a repair facility.”

Fortunately, most roadside trouble is avoidable. For vehicles of any age, old and new, AAA advises drivers make a good B-E-T to stay on the road by having a vehicle’s Battery, Engine and Tires checked before embarking on a summer excursion. Long trips coupled with hot weather places additional strain on vehicles and in some cases may accelerate a dormant issue. When these key systems are in good working order, AAA data shows the odds of encountering a serious breakdown are greatly reduced. The top three types of vehicle issues that could derail a road trip are:

  • Battery-related issues, including faulty starters or alternators. A battery on the brink of dying rarely warns a driver before it fails, but having a simple battery test will. Through its mobile battery program, AAA offers its members free testing of a vehicle’s battery and electrical system.
  • Engine cooling system failures, such as the radiator, thermostat or water pump or engine parts such as the timing belt, most prominently in vehicles age 10 years and older. Much like a battery, the components of the engine cooling system may fail without warning. Drivers should look for fluids such as coolant pooling underneath the vehicle when it is parked as an indication of an impending problem.
  • Tire damage severe enough to require repair or replacement. Drivers can minimize this risk by checking tread depth, tire pressure and whether their vehicle is equipped with a spare tire.

A professional and thorough vehicle inspection can help reduce the chance of a serious breakdown. If a car does end up at a repair shop, not only will a road trip be interrupted, drivers can expect to spend anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars to get back on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers may hesitate to schedule an inspection. Not only are the majority of U.S. drivers leery of repair shopsone-in-three cannot afford an unexpected vehicle repair.

“Drivers may skip taking their car in for an inspection, hoping to avoid an expensive repair bill,” Nielsen said. “But, when you factor in the cost of an interrupted trip, having a vehicle inspected and proactively repaired will cost much less in the long run.”

AAA helps take the guesswork out of finding a trusted repair facility with its Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facilities. These shops must adhere to a stringent set of standards for certifications, technical training, cleanliness, insurance requirements, and customer service set forth by AAA. Shops with the AAR designation signal to drivers a vetted facility, inspected annually, that will offer fair pricing and quality service. To locate one, drivers can visit AAA.com/AutoRepair. Additionally, AAA also offers a free repair cost calculator, also found at AAA.com/AutoRepair,

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Arrest Report - Wednesday - April 18, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Checks Stolen from Checkbook

On Friday of last week a Trion man reported that several checks from his checkbook were missing.

Mr. Glenn T. Campbell of an Old Highway 27 address told a responding deputy that when he got his bank statement he found that three missing checks had been written to Wal-Mart in Rome, Georgia for three different amounts.

Mr. Campbell identified a suspect to the deputy.

Campbell told the responding deputy that he went to the bank and closed his account, as there were still three checks missing from his checkbook.

 

 

Woman Closes Bank Account After Computer Scam

On Thursday of last week a Chattooga County woman reported a computer scam to the sheriff’s department.

The complainant told a responding deputy that while working on her personal computer, a page popped up that said it was from Microsoft and that she had a “severe virus” on her computer.  The message also said that the woman needed to pay money to have the virus removed.

The woman gave the scammers a photo of a check made out to JMD Sottnet Solutions LLC.  After she got off the phone with the scam company, the woman called Microsoft, who resolved her problem for free and discovered that the scammers had put the virus on her computer.

The woman went to the bank and closed her checking account to make sure that the scammers didn’t take any more of her money.

 

Summerville Police Get Complaints About Speeders on Highway 114

Summerville Police say that they received complaints about speeders on Highway 114 after a teenager was struck by an oncoming vehicle near Chattooga High School over a week ago.

Police said that they have been patrolling the area and issuing speeding citations.  Officer David Westbrooks with the Summerville Police Department said in a report that he had been running radar in the area; setting up at 5 AM and staying in the vicinity of Chattooga High School until around 8 AM.

The officer met with the woman who filed the complaint and told her that the Summerville Police Department has taken the matter seriously and has been issuing both warnings and citations for speeders in the area.

Officer Westbrooks said that Summerville Police are aware of the problem of speeders in the area and are working to slow traffic down on the Lyerly Highway. (Highway 114).

 

Third Street Trion Woman Reports Someone Stole Her Garage

Over this past weekend, a Third Street, Trion woman reported to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office that someone had stolen her garage.

The complainant told a responding deputy that someone had stolen her two-car garage outbuilding.  She said that she spoke with neighbors all around who said that they observed three men taking the building apart and hauling it off. The woman reported the theft last Saturday, but neighbors said that the building was dismantled earlier in the week.   Witnesses said that it took the men about a day and a half to take the building apart and haul it off.

One neighbor said that one of the men had told them that they had purchased the building from the owner when he questioned why they were moving it.

Neighbors gave a description of the suspects to the deputy that included a white male in his late sixties with light blond hair; another man was said to be in his forties with blonde hair and the third suspect was dark-haired and in his twenties.  They were driving a light-blue truck.

The complainant said that the suspect lives in the area.  The case was turned over to an investigator.