Arrest Report - Monday - November 19, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, November 19, 2018:

Georgia Man Killed In Ft. Payne Accident

A head-on collision on I-59 in Ft Payne early Sunday morning, resulted in one person being fatally injured and another being flown to an area trauma center for treatment.

Ft Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum stated the accident took place at approximately 5:05am and involved a 2015 Honda Civic, driven by 84 year old Richard Alyn Ciesco of a Statesboro, Georgia address and a 2011 Infiniti being driven by Brandi Wooten, age 32 of Southside.  According to Chief Bynum, the Ciesco vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of I-59 when the collision occurred.

Wooten was air-lifted to Erlanger Medical Center by Air-Evac; Ciesco was pronounced dead at the scene.

That accident remains under investigation by the Ft Payne Police Department.

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AAA: Georgia Gas Prices Declining

Oil prices hit a new low last week, further fueling the plunge at the pump. Gas prices in Georgia dropped another 9 cents last week. At $2.48/g, the average price in Georgia is the lowest since March, and now only 13 cents more than the lowest average price this year ($2.35).

Thanksgiving Travel Volumes
  • Total Travelers
    • 48.5 million Americans
    • 1.6 million Georgians
    • 1.2 million Tennesseans
  • Auto Travelers
    • 48.5 million Americans
    • 1.4 million Georgians
    • 1.2 million Tennesseans

Thanksgiving gas prices in Georgia will remain slightly higher than last year’s holiday. AAA forecasts nearly 1.6 million Georgians will travel this week for Thanksgiving. Of those, 1.4 million will drive. By Thanksgiving Day, gas prices should average $2.44/g. While that is 7 cents more than last year’s holiday, it’s 2 cents less than the 5-year average.

Thanksgiving Day Gas Price History
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 5 Year Average
National $3.28 $2.80 $2.05 $2.13 $2.52 $2.56
Georgia $3.28 $2.71 $1.99 $2.09 $2.37 $2.49
Atlanta $3.25 $2.76 $2.02 $2.12 $2.40 $2.51

Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas price averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.63), Brunswick ($2.58), and Savannah ($2.53)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Dalton ($2.35), Rome ($2.39), and Warner Robins ($2.40)

“Georgians can be thankful for strong oil production and supplies, which have set the table for some of the lowest gas prices of the year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The state average should carve-off another 5 cents before Thanksgiving, and eventually fall below $2.30 before fully adjusting to recent oil and wholesale gas price declines. However, there is potential for oil prices to rise in December, depending on how markets respond to possible OPEC oil production cuts and sanctions against Iranian oil exports.”

Weekly Fuel Data – U.S. Energy Information Administration 

Fuel Price Breakdown
  • Thanksgiving gas prices are poised to be the lowest in 2 years in some states
  • Oil prices plunged due to strong production and global supplies, and weakening demand
  • Crude oil sank to the lowest price of 2018
    • $55.69/b is the lowest since November 2017
  • Wholesale gasoline prices are also at 13-month lows (October 2017)
  • Zero states have an average gasoline price below $2 per gallon
  • Oil prices would have to drop another $10-$15 for sub-$2 gasoline to become more prevalent
  • Crude oil supplies increased 2.4 percent (8th consecutive weekly gain)
  • Crude production reached a historic 11.7 million barrels per day – a 100,000 bpd increase from the week before
  • Gasoline demand increased 1-percent
  • Gasoline supplies dipped slightly by a little more than a half percent
  • Gasoline production remains strong for this time of year

Sub-$2 Gasoline?

Motorists are beginning to find Sub-$2 gasoline at various filling stations in states with low gas taxes like Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. However, there are currently zero states where the average price is anywhere near $1.99 per gallon. Oil prices would have to drop another $10-$15 per barrel, for sub-$2 gasoline to be prevalent. The state with the lowest average price in the country today is Missouri ($2.28/g).

  • The national average price for gasoline was last below $2 per gallon in March 2016
    • During that time, oil prices were in the high $30’s
  • Georgia’s average price for gasoline was last below $2 per gallon in August 2016
    • During that time, oil prices were in the low $40’s
  • Tennessee’s average price for gasoline was last below $2 per gallon in July 2017
    • During that time, oil prices were in the mid $40’s

Early last week, the U.S. benchmark for crude oil dropped to $55.69 per barrel – the lowest since November 2017. By Friday, the daily settlement reached $56.46/b – which is still about $4/b less than last week, and $20/b less than this year’s high, set last month.

Gas Price Tools – Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages


                                                                 CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

                                                                                     Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 Low 2018 High Record High
National $2.631 $2.640 $2.703 $2.872 $2.549 $2.49   (1/3/2018) $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Florida $2.499 $2.510 $2.574 $2.778 $2.502 $2.44   (1/2/2018) $2.92 (5/25/2018) $4.08   (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.483 $2.493 $2.567 $2.778 $2.398 $2.35   (1/2/2018) $2.84 (5/27/2018) $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Tennessee $2.423 $2.432 $2.496 $2.665 $2.321 $2.26   (1/1/2018) $2.73 (5/27/2018) $4.12  (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages


Kemp Transition In Full Swing

Democrat Stacey Abrams has acknowledged Brian Kemp’s  win in the gubernatorial election, and Kemp said he is ready to begin the transition to Georgia’s 83rd governor. The state officially certified his victory over Abrams Saturday afternoon.

“We’re moving forward. It’s been a long, tough process,” Kemp said. “I certainly appreciate Stacey Abrams’ tenacity. But I’m proud of what we’ve done, too. Now we are going to move forward.”

Kemp asked Georgia residents to stand with him in the days ahead and put divisive politics behind. He said it’s time to focus on the transition and put good people in place to work with the Legislature.

“It’s a tough business, politics. But the fact of the matter is the election is over now, and I’ve got to focus on governing the state,” Kemp said. “And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Kemp is set to be sworn in as governor in mid-January.


GBI: Rape Kits Tested Yield Arrests

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says more than 3,000 rape kits found untested in police evidence lockers have undergone lab tests less than three years after state legislators passed a law to eliminate the backlog.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan appeared at a news conference Friday to make the announcement with Republican House Speaker David Ralston and Democratic state Rep. Scott Holcomb.

Holcomb sponsored the 2016 law to strengthen rape kit testing in Georgia.

Keenan said the law led to discovery of rape kits left for up to 15 years at police stations without being sent to the GBI for DNA testing. Since then, lab tests have linked 321 of those cases to suspects in other crimes. Holcomb said the tests also identified two serial rapists, one linked to 15 crimes.

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Georgia Power Warns Of Scams

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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, doesn’t send employees into the field to collect payment in person or ask a customer to pay anywhere other than a business office or Authorized Payment Location.

Georgia Power also provides the following guidance for customers:

1. If an account becomes past due, Georgia Power will contact the customer via a prerecorded message to the primary account telephone or by letter requesting that the customer call Georgia Power to discuss the account.

2. 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 24-hour customer service line at 888-660-5890. Customers can also contact customer service via email at or stop by a local Georgia Power business office.

3. 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 is committed to exposing the tricks scammers use to steal money and sharing the information customers can use to protect themselves. The company reminds customers through public service announcements (PSA) how they can defend themselves against scammers and how they can avoid falling victim to common mistakes. The PSAs were produced in English and Spanish and can be viewed on the company’s YouTube channel.

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

Walker County Man Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison

A Walker County man was sentenced to nine years in prison for running over and killing a man earlier this year.

Mitchell Taylor Horton is accused of hitting and killing fifty-eight-year-old Horace Cribbs in January of this year.  Horton fled the area after hitting Cribbs and was subsequently captured by police in Chattanooga.  Horton had borrowed a car from a friend and later struck Cribbs on Marble Top Road in Walker County.

Last week, Horton pleaded guilty in Walker County Superior Court to first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to maintain a single lane and driving too fast for conditions.


Unemployment Continues To Drop

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The unemployment numbers across the State of Georgia and here in Chattooga County continue to remain low, according to the latest numbers released from the Georgia Department of Labor.

The latest figures show that unemployment dipped to 3.1 percent with 10,182 workers employed in Chattooga County.  That was down from 3.7 percent.  There are a total of 10,509 workers in Chattooga County, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The number of workers in Chattooga County is down by 211 from the same time last year.


Two Shooting Injuries Reported in Cartersville

Accordin to the Cartersville Police Department, a shooting took place on Porter Street on Sunday morning at approximately 3:45 AM.

Two people were shot, and are being treated for injuries. At this time no deaths have been reported.

The suspect is in custody and the scene has been cleared.

Information will be released when available.

Arrest Report - Sunday - November 18, 2018

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

Family Crisis Center Offering FREE Self-Defense Class

The Family Crisis Center will offer a FREE Self Defense class on Saturday, December 8th. It will begin at 1 PM at The Chattanooga KRAV located in East Ridge, TN.

For more information, call 706-375-7180, or email

DA Seizing Lyerly Man's Property

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The Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force and the district attorney’s office are seizing a man’s property and cash, according to Superior Court records.

Charles Lang, of 38 Taliaferro Springs Road, in Lyerly, was arrested on numerous drug charges on Oct. 5 after his home was raided by drug agents.

“The search of the premises resulted in the seizure of marijuana, in excess of four ounces which was discovered inside a tackle box located underneath the coffee table in the living room area inside the residence,” according to the district attorney’s office.

Authorities are trying to take Lang’s .62 acres with an 854 square-foot home. They also want $2,986 in cash found during the raid.

New Honda Passport to be Manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama

Honda announced Thursday (November 15th) that its newest vehicle, the Passport, will be manufactured at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.

The Passport, an SUV which looks to be bigger than the CRV, but smaller than the three-row Pilot, will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27th.

A Honda spokesperson says “The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability”; the vehicle will launch early next year (2019), and it will join the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot as Honda’s fourth SUV, and sixth light-truck model – including the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup.

Honda has released two “teaser” photos in advance of the official unveiling of the new Passport on the 27th.; WEIS Radio

GNTC Looking for Volunteers for Adult Education Program in Floyd County

Press Release

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Adult Education Program is seeking volunteers who can tutor adult learners in reading, writing, basic math, and English Language skills.

By volunteering, you can offer help to those in need in your community. You can make a difference in someone’s life and provide the opportunity for students to develop new skills or build on existing experience or knowledge.

Volunteers should have a high school diploma or GED® and have a strong commitment to help others.

Hours are flexible to volunteer. Volunteers can work several hours a day or as little as 2 hours per week. Adult Education courses are offered morning, afternoon, and evening.

Floyd County

Floyd County Campus Adult Education Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College,
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161

Language and Literacy Center – Rome/Floyd Library
205 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161

Contact your local GNTC Adult Education center or Carla Hyde at to volunteer.

GNTC also has Adult Learning Centers in the following locations:

Catoosa County

The Shirley Smith Learning Center
36 Muscogee Trail, Benton Place, Ringgold, GA 30736

Chattooga County

152 Senior Drive, Summerville, GA 30747

Dade County

Dade County High School
300 Tradition Lane, Trenton, GA 30752
706-657-7517 Option 8

Floyd County

Floyd County Campus Adult Education Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College,
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161

Language and Literacy Center – Rome/Floyd Library
205 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161

Gordon County

Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College,
1151 Highway 53 Spur, Calhoun, GA 30701

Polk County

Polk County Campus Adult Education Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College,
466 Brock Road, Rockmart, GA 30153

Walker County

Walker County Campus Adult Learning Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
265 Bicentennial Trail, P.O. Box 569, Rock Spring, GA 30739

Whitfield County

Whitfield County Adult Education
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
2310 Maddox Chapel Road, Dalton, GA 30721

Reminder: Trion Council Meeting is NEXT Week

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As a reminder, the Trion Town Council will not be meeting this week (that is, the week of November 18-24).

Though the council normally meets for its regular session on the fourth Thursday of each month, it voted at October’s meeting to move November’s regular session to Tuesday, November 27th, to accommodate for the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

It will still be held at 6 PM at Town Hall. WZQZ will have a reporter present on the November 27th meeting to report on the highlights in subsequent newscasts and online posts.

Bones Found near Hixson, TN Appear to be Human's

The Hamilton County, TN sheriff’s office has announced that a hunter recently stumbled upon what appear to be human bones.

According to the sheriff’s office’s press release, the hunter found said bones on Friday in a field near Boy Scout Rd just outside of Hixson.

A thorough investigation began right away; detectives are working alongside the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The news release further states that updates on the investigation will be released when possible.

Summerville 7U Headed To Super Bowl Today

Summerville 7u Indians have gone undefeated all season and are now headed to the Super Bowl. They played Chickamauga in the playoffs last Saturday at Ridgeland and came out with a big Win of 26-13. They will be traveling to Chickamauga Saturday morning to play in the Super Bowl against the Ridgeland Panthers at 12:00p.m. Our football players and cheerleaders will be leaving out Saturday morning at 10:15 from the Summerville Rec and will have a police and fire escort through the city limits. Coaches are : Josh Shelton, Dewayne Clark, A.j. Watkins,  Jon Brazelton and Bradley Ward .

LaFayette Junior Wins FFA Lawnmower Competition Held At Chattooga Ag Building

LaFayette High School junior Levi Pettigrew won first place in the FFA Area 1 High School Lawnmower Operation and Maintenance Career Development Event held at the Chattooga County Ag Building  in Summerville.

In the event, Levi had to successfully maneuver a zero-turn mower through a challenge course, complete a 20-question test on maintenance and safety, and take a problem-solving test.

Levi has earned the opportunity to represent the 42 schools in Area 1 Future Farmers of America in the Georgia High School Lawnmower Operation and Maintenance Career Development Event finals in February at Fort Valley State University.

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Burglar Steals Computer & Equipment

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department reported a break-in at a home on Northern Heights Circle in Summerville earlier this week.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Randy Reed said that someone broke into his house on Tuesday night of this week while he was at work.  Reed told a responding deputy that someone had stolen a laptop computer along with a router and modem and a wireless camera.

The incident has been turned over to an investigator with the sheriff’s department.

Dollar General In Summerville Plans Toy Drive

The Dollar General Store on Commerce Street in Summerville is planning a Toy Drive and fundraiser that will benefit Toys for Tots and Santa in Uniform.

The manager of the store told WZQZ News that the store will accept toys and donations that will benefit children in our area at Christmas.

The event is planned for Saturday, December 1st from 11 AM until 2 PM at the store, located at 10551 Commerce Street in Summerville.

Toys can be purchased inside the store and then dropped off in a Toys for Tots box located at the store.  Also, there will be hot dogs and other items for sale.  All of the money raised from the food and drinks sold will benefit the local Santa in Uniform program.

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