Arrest Report - Tuesday - January 16, 2018

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

Gubernatorial Candidate to Address Local Republicans

A Republican candidate for governor will be in Chattooga County later this month to address the local Republican Party.  Senator Michael Williams defines himself as an “anti-establishment” Republican and has been vocal in his support for President Donald Trump.

Williams says that he is largely self-funding his campaign for governor, just as he did when he ran for state senate and captured 66% of the vote in Forsyth County in the 2014 State Senate Race.  Williams is a CPA and calls himself a “fearless conservative.”  He served as co-chair of President Trump’s Georgia campaign in 2016.  Williams is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and campaigned for President Trump in the heavily-Mormon populated state of Utah in the last Presidential election.

Williams is entering a crowded field for the Republican nomination for Governor of Georgia, with some of his toughest competition coming from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Local Republican elected officials have indicated their support for the Lt. Governor.  Republican Sole Commissioner Jason Winters along with State Senator Jeff Mullis have long been supporters of Cagle.  Williams has framed his campaign as a anti-establishment candidate.  Williams said, ““If you want more politics as usual, vote for my opponents. If you want fearless conservative reform, vote for Michael Williams.”

The local Republican Party will be hosting a “Pintos and Politics” event at the Chattooga County Civic Center in Summerville on Friday, January 26th from 5 PM until 8 PM.  Williams will be on hand at the event along with other state-wide Republican candidates.

Plate tickets for the event are $10 each and can be obtained from local Republicans or will be available at the door.  For more information, call 706-857-8774 or 706-331-0711.

Health Inspection Scores - First Half of January

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Here is the latest round of health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of January, 2018:

Los Maguey’s Mexican Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
View inspections:
January 10, 2018 Score: 93, Grade: A
January 4, 2018 Score: 76, Grade: C

McDonald’s (Food Service Inspections)
11240 HWY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
View inspections:
January 12, 2018 Score: 85, Grade: B

The Lookout (Food Service Inspections)
View inspections:
January 5, 2018 Score: 74, Grade: C

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.

Gaylesville Man Arrested After Chase

A Gaylesville man was booked into the Chattooga County jail on Monday after leading the Georgia State Patrol on a chase that started in Menlo and ended in Alabama.

According to reports, the Georgia State Patrol attempted to pull over thirty-five-year-old Robert John Criswell on Highway 337 in Menlo and he refused to stop.

Criswell led a Georgia State Trooper on a chase that ended between Alpine and Broomtown, Alabama on County Road 99.  Scanner reports from Cherokee County indicated that the trooper performed a “pit maneuver” to stop the suspect.

Chattooga County Chief Deputy Kevin Wood said that Criswell was brought back to Summerville and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on charges of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, No Proof of Insurance and Defective Equipment.

Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Tips Lead to Drug Task Force Arrests

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Tips from the public brought about arrests by the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

According to information released by the Drug Task Force, agents were tipped off about drug activity just outside of Chickamauga that brought about three arrests.

Two of the suspects were already wanted on outstanding warrants.  Taken into custody were thirty-five-year-old Rolando Rivera and thirty-two-year-old Cedric LeBron Ray.  The person that was living at the house on Candie Lane, forty-one-year-old Melissa Platt was also arrested.

All three suspects were charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties.

Trion to Consider Their Own "Economic Development"

Trion Mayor Larry Stansell wants to see the Town of Trion have their own “Economic Development” authority.

A special called meeting has been called for this evening at the Trion Town Hall, for the council to consider several items, including the Town of Trion establishing it’s own economic development authority.  How that authority will be established, its goals and organization are expected to be discussed at tonight’s meeting.

Also on the agenda, the Trion Town Council will consider an agreement with Mount Vernon Mills regarding the Trion Waste Water Treatment Plant and discuss a grant for the waste water treatment plant.

This evening’s meeting is set for 6 PM and the public is invited to attend.

IRS Warns Businesses About E-mail Scam

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Tax season always brings out the scammers and con-men, the IRS is warning businesses about an e-mail scam.

It is an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments. The W-2 scam first appeared in 2016, however, it is not expected to slow down during the 2018 tax season. Cybercriminals trick payroll and human resource officials into disclosing employee names, Social Security Numbers and income information by disguising themselves as a company executive. The fraudulent email can go as far as including the spoofed executive’s actual email signature block to increase legitimacy. The thieves then attempt to file fraudulent tax returns for tax refunds or commit identity theft.

The IRS urges companies to report W-2 scam emails to the agency. If you or someone you know have become a victim of this scam, please report it. For more information, visit the IRS website,, and search for “Form W-2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers.”

The following are details the email may contain:

• “Kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary of all W-2 of our company staff for a quick review.
• Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary)?
• I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employee’s wage and tax statement for 2016, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.”

How to guard against this scam:

  1. Always question requests for employee information or money, especially wire-transfers – even if the request comes from the CEO or another executive. Before doing anything else, verify that the person in the email did actually make the request.
  2. Train employees to never click on pop-ups or links in emails from an unknown resource.
  3. Implement two-factor authentication for access to company accounts and systems.
  4. Keep all computer operating systems up to date with the latest security fixes.
  5. Keep anti-virus and anti-malware applications up to date.
  6. Create a corporate verification process for electronic release of sensitive data or funds.

Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to


Closings and Cancellations

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory, here is a list of closings and cancellations in the area:

Chattooga County Schools

Chattooga Senior Center

Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker County Health Departments

We will update this list as needed.

Chattooga County Schools Closed Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia that is in effect from 10 AM Tuesday until 7 AM Wednesday morning. Due to this weather prediction the Chattooga County Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 16.


Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Chattooga County / NW Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia that is in effect from 10 AM Tuesday until 7 AM Wednesday morning.

National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
225 PM EST Mon Jan 15 2018

Including the cities of Calhoun, Rome, and Cartersville
225 PM EST Mon Jan 15 2018


* WHAT…Snow expected along with very cold wind chill values.
Total snow amounts of around 1 inch with isolated higher amounts
in the mountains. Wind chill values will drop the single digits
Tuesday evening, and to zero to 5 below after midnight Tuesday

* WHERE…Much of north Georgia generally along and north of a
line from Cedartown to Jasper to Hiawassee.

* WHEN…From 10 AM Tuesday to 7 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Light snow will develop across northwest
Georgia late Tuesday morning and spread across the rest of north
Georgia Tuesday afternoon. The snow is expected to end Tuesday
night, however strong northwest winds will be dropping wind
chill values to dangerous levels.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Also, cold wind chills as low as 5 below zero will cause
frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

Democrats Postpone Meeting Due to Weather

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Chattooga County Democratic Party Chair Barbara Reece says that due to the possibility of severe weather with cold and snow, the Tuesday, Jan. 16th meeting of the Chattooga County Democratic party has been postponed.

The meeting is rescheduled for the following Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.  The meeting will be held at 6:00pm at the Chattooga County Senior Center.

All members and interested citizens are encouraged to attend this first meeting of the new year.

Gaylesville Man Taken Into Custody Following Chase

A Gaylesville, Alabama man was taken into custody this morning following a chase that started in Chattooga County and wound up in Cherokee County, Alabama.

The incident started on Highway 337 in Georgia when a Georgia State Trooper attempted to pull over the suspect.  The suspect continued down Highway 337 through Alpine and was stopped between Alpine and Broomtown, Alabama on Cherokee County Road 99.   Scanner reports out of Cherokee County indicated that the Georgia State Trooper preformed a “pit maneuver” and stopped the vehicle.

Chattooga County Chief Deputy Kevin Wood told AM 1180 that thirty-five-year-old Robert John Criswell of Gaylesville was taken into custody.  Criswell has been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, defective equipment and no proof of insurance.  More charges may be forthcoming.

Criswell is currently booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

Early Morning Chase Leads to Suspect in Custody

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This morning around 7:30 AM a suspect led law enforcement in Chattooga County on a chase that wound up in Cherokee County, Alabama.

Details are still coming in about the incident, but according to scanner information from Cherokee County, the Georgia State Patrol and Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a chase that started on Highway 337 in Chattooga County and wound up on Cherokee County Road 99.  Reports indicate that the suspect was taken into custody after law enforcement performed a “pit maneuver” to stop the suspect.  We will have more details as they become available.

Snow in Forecast for Tuesday

Looks like Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia could get a little bit of snow, starting as early as noon on Tuesday.  The National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement:


* WHAT…Light snow up to 1 inch and very cold temperatures and
wind chills possible.

* WHERE…Much of north and west Georgia north of a line from
LaGrange to Conyers to Commerce.

* WHEN…Areas of light snow could begin as soon as 12 PM on
Tuesday in far northwest Georgia and spread into westcentral and
northeast Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area by the
evening. Single digit wind chills after 9 PM.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Although forecast amounts will mainly be
less than 1 inch, temperatures will be well below freezing
Tuesday night. Any snow that falls, no matter how light will
likely remain on the roads and ground through Thursday morning.
Low temperatures Wednesday morning will range from 12 to 20
degrees with wind chill readings from 10 above to near zero.


This forecast will likely change. Stay tuned to the latest
forecasts and be ready for possible watches, advisories or

Woman Reports Harassment from Jailed Husband

A Chattooga County woman reported that her jailed husband has been harassing her by telephone.

The woman reported the harassment to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department last week.  She told a responding deputy that her husband, who is in jail in Floyd County, has been calling and harassing her.

The woman said that the harassment has been ongoing, and that her husband’s brother had even tried to get her name removed from the lease on the home where she lives.

The woman wanted to report the calls for future reference and asked for extra patrols in her neighborhood.

Police Called to Head Start in Summerville

Summerville Police were called to the Chattooga County Head Start on Congress Street in Summerville last week when a parent that was not authorized to sign a student out of school, attempted to remove the child from his head start classroom.

According to a report released by the Summerville Police Department, the father came to the school and attempted to check his son out. A teacher at the school advised the father that he was no longer permitted to take his child from the school because he wasn’t on the sign-out list.

The father became extremely agitated and insisted on taking the child.  At one point a school employee stood in front of the father’s vehicle trying to persuade him not to take the child.  The father told the school to “call the police”, which they did.

A Summerville Police Officer made contact with the father of the child and advised that the school was just following protocol, and that he needed to return his son to head start.  The father agreed to bring the child back, but said that he was upset because he had not been advised that the child’s mother had taken his name off the sign-out list.

The report did not state that any arrest was made in connection with the incident.

Bill Curry to Speak at Chattooga Boys and Girls Club

Football legend Bill Curry will be the keynote speaker at the annual Chattooga Boys and Girls Club fundraising dinner this coming March.

Bill Curry is a retired football coach and former NFL player. Most recently, Curry was the head coach at Georgia State University, which began competing in college football in 2010. Previously, Curry served as the head football coach at the Georgia Institute of Technology .  Curry is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion, NFL Pro Bowler, NCAA Coach and ESPN commentator.

The Boys and Girls Club Chattooga Unit will be hosting their annual Champions for Children Luncheon at the club located at 11570 Highway 27, Summerville on Thursday, March 1 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available – Table Sponsorship is $300.00 and includes a table for 8, lunch and name recognition during the event.  Individual tickets are $30.00 and also includes lunch.  The deadline for ticket purchases will be 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3.

If you would like to purchase a table or tickets, please call the Chattooga Chamber at 706-857-4033,  the Boys and Girls Club Chattooga Unit (Deb Stowe) at 706-859-1080, or email

For more information on Bill Curry, visit his website at 

Trion Town Council Called Meeting

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The Town of Trion has called a special called meeting tomorrow evening.

According to Trion Mayor Larry Stansell, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Town of Trion’s plans to have their own Economic Development Authority.  They will also be discussing upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and a grant for those purposes.  The council will also discuss a proposed agreement between Mount Vernon Mills and the Town of Trion regarding the wastewater treatment plant.

The meeting will be held in the Town Hall Council Room at 6 PM and the public is invited to attend.


AM 1180 Continues Partnership with SKY 21 TV

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AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio is back on Charter Cable with SKY 21 and the two local media outlets are planning more joint-ventures in the future.

Scott Hicken with SKY 21 says that all of the issues with Charter Cable have been addressed and the local television station has introduced some new networks to their broadcast lineup.  The main channel – SKY 21.1 can be seen on Charter Channel 5 and features local broadcasting from SKY 21 and AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio.  On channels 21.2-21.8 you can find more television viewing options plus you can listen to AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio 24-hours a day on 21.8 – Charter Channel 184.

More exciting local programming is being planned as AM 1180 and SKY 21 work together to bring you more local content.  AM 1180’s owners, Jimmy Holbrook and Larry Simpson, are working with SKY 21 to bring a weekly news and community oriented program to the airwaves.  The program is still in the developing stages but early plans are for the show to feature a weekly, local news roundup along with focus features on community events and frequent in-studio guests.

The new joint-venture with SKY 21 and AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio should begin broadcasting in February.

Stay tuned for more details.

SKY 21 is available via antenna or on Charter Cable.  You can listen to AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio 24 hours a day on SKY 21.8 – Charter Cable 184.  You can also hear AM 1180 on SKY 21’s main channel, 21.1 – Charter Cable 5, a good portion of the day and overnight.  AM 1180’s signal is also available 24 hours a day on the web at



Arrest Report - Sunday - January 14, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, January 14, 2018: