Both Local School Systems Delayed For Tuesday

The National Weather Service’s Peachtree City bureau has issued a winter weather advisory that icy spots, including possible black ice, may be encountered on roadways tonight and tomorrow morning.

Chattooga County School Supt. Jimmy Lenderman says that Chattooga Schools will operate on a three hour delay on Tuesday morning.  Trion School Supt. Phil Williams says that Trion City Schools will operate on a two hour delay on Tuesday morning.

Chattooga County buses will be running three hours later than normal on Tuesday morning.


Arrest Report - Monday - December 10, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, December 10, 2018:

Menlo City Hall Meeting Tomorrow

The regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Menlo will be held this coming Tuesday evening, Dec. 11 at 7 PM.

The meeting will be held at Menlo City Hall.

WZQZ News will have a reporter available to bring you the highlights from the meeting in upcoming newscasts and posts online.

Lyerly Man Arrested In Floyd County On Drug Charges

A Chattooga County man is being held in the Floyd County Jail without bond after he was caught with drugs iby the Rome-Floyd Metro Drug Task Force.

Officers arrested thirty-three-year-old Brian Ranard Wiggins of a Highway 114, Lyerly address after he was stopped on Highway 100 in western Floyd County.  After a search of Wiggin’s vehicle, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine  along with Xanax, MDMA and marijuana. Police claim he tried to throw away a quantity of suspected heroin

Charges against Wiggins include abandonment of dangerous drugs, possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a Schedule I controlled sub-stance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, three counts of trafficking illegal drugs, and possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.


Lyerly Man Charged after Fatal Crash in Centre

A Lyerly, Georgia man has been charged in connection to a two vehicle accident that killed an elderly Centre, Alabama couple on Friday night on Chestnut Bypass in Centre.

Jerry Cox, Sr., age 82 of Centre, was pronounced dead on scene.  Patricia Cox, age 81 of Centre, was taken to an area trauma center where she died as a result of her injuries. Both subjects died from apparent multiple blunt force trauma.

Fifty-eight-year-old Charles Owen Lang of Lyerly was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on Friday night following the wreck on charges of DUI and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance. On Sunday, he was additionally charged with two counts of Manslaughter.

Lang remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office and the Centre Police Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding the wreck.

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Summerville City Hall Meeting Tonight

First on the Summerville City Council’s agenda: recognize local student athletes at Monday’s city hall meeting.

According to the agenda for the meeting, which will begin at 5 PM, the council will first recognize the North Georgia Youth Football League 7-Under Indians Super Bowl Champions and Cheerleaders. Then, councilmenZachary Martin and Joe Money, Jr. will recognize Jamarious Mosteller for his accomplishment as the GHSA 2-A Triple Jump gold medal winner in Track & Field.

After those recognitions are made, the only item under old business will be further exploring a Robocall mass alert system for the city. Given its recent spat of several water outages, the city government has been researching alert systems that would allow for street-specific targeting. Chattooga County 9-1-1/EMA Director Pamela Vaughan will give the council a presentation material to that item of business.

The first item of new business will be for the council to hear a presentation from Tony Jones on details pertaining to the city’s insurance policy vis-a-vis short-term disability.

Secondly, the council will consider approving AllSouth Environmental Services Inc. for a job removing sludge from backwash ponds at the Water Treatment Plant. AllSouth was the lowest bidder to respond to the city’s public notice. In line with AllSouth’s bid, the city will likely set the maximum bill at $20,000.

The council will then review the list of alcohol license approval applications for 2019, followed by considering applying for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ 2019 Community Development Block Grant.

WZQZ News will have a reporter at Monday evening’s meeting to bring you all the highlights in upcoming newscasts and posts online.

Summerville Man Jailed for Battery

A Summerville man was arrested in Rome last week after police claim that he slapped his fiance in the face.

Twenty-year-old Roger Wayne Monroe-Siffles was arrested at a motel in Rome.  Police were called to the Fairbridge Motel on Martha Berry Boulevard where they say it was reported that Siffles slapped his fiance with an open hand.

Siffles was charged with simple battery and booked into the Floyd County Jail. .


AAA: OPEC Passes Production Cut; Georgia Price Plunge Slows

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The discount at the pump is beginning to slow down in some southern states. Gas prices in Georgia declined fractions of a penny on Sunday, after dropping 1-2 cents a day for the past seven weeks. Average prices in most major metro markets around the state followed the same trend.

“The plunge at the pump could soon come to an end,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Pump prices are close to catching up with the recent crude price plunge. However, oil prices are beginning to increase, after OPEC announced a production cut agreement on Friday. Regardless, drivers should continue to enjoy low gas prices through the end of the year, unless oil prices suddenly spike.”

Sunday’s state average of $2.22 is 7 cents less than a week ago, 36 cents less than last month, and 11 cents less than this time last year. The average price in Georgia has declined the past 58 consecutive days for a total discount of 59 cents.

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

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.42), Brunswick ($2.33), and Savannah ($2.32)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Dalton ($2.06), Rome ($2.08), and Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.10)

Sunday’s national average price of $2.42 per gallon is 5 cents less than a week ago, almost 30 cents less than last month, and 4 cents less than this time last year. The national average has declined 60 consecutive days for a total discount of 49 cents.

AAA Launches Fuel Rewards® Program for Members

AAA members can now save even more money at the pump, thanks to a new Fuel Rewards® program with Shell. Members who sign-up at, can save up to five cents per gallon (on up to 20 gallons) through December 31, 2019, when filling up at participating Shell branded stations across the United States. Members who register for the first time will save an additional 25 cents per gallon (on up to 20 gallons) on their first fill-up through January 31, 2019. Before providing payment when filling up, members will see prices roll back at the pump after they enter their Fuel Rewards® Alternative ID, which is typically a phone number.

Oil Prices Edge Higher on OPEC Production Cut Agreement

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI increased $1.12 to settle at $52.61 per barrel. Oil prices rallied Friday after the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that beginning in January 2019, the cartel – alongside non-OPEC members, including Russia – will reduce combined crude oil production by 1.2 million b/d. The cut will be in place for six months and will use October 2018 as a baseline, a time when OPEC and Russia had less crude output than in November. With the announcement, crude prices will likely increase in 2019 ahead of the higher demand driving season next summer. Increased crude prices will likely lead to higher gas prices, given that approximately 50 percent of the cost motorists pay at the pump is based on the cost of crude used to make gasoline.

In related news, EIA’s report for the week ending on November 30 revealed that crude inventories decreased by 7.3 million bbl after 10 weeks of consecutive growth. Total domestic crude inventories now sit at 443.2 million bbl, which is approximately 5 million bbl less than their level at this time last year. Declining inventories contributed to the increase in crude prices this week, and if the trend continues, prices could climb further.

Gas Price Tools

                                                                   CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

                                                                                     Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 Low 2018 High Record High
National $2.423 $2.427 $2.467 $2.712 $2.465 $2.49   (1/3/2018) $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Florida $2.281 $2.284 $2.339 $2.583 $2.412 $2.44   (1/2/2018) $2.92 (5/25/2018) $4.08   (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.216 $2.221 $2.288 $2.579 $2.326 $2.35   (1/2/2018) $2.84 (5/27/2018) $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Tennessee $2.169 $2.176 $2.241 $2.505 $2.258 $2.26   (1/1/2018) $2.73 (5/27/2018) $4.12  (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

About The Auto Club Group 
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.6 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at Visit AAA on the Internet at

Flood Warning For Chattooga River

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The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia has issued a Flood Warning for the Chattooga River in Chattooga County.

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Chattooga River near Summerville.
* From this morning until Monday morning.
* At 445 AM Sunday the stage was 11.2 feet and rising.
* Minor flooding is forecast to develop.
* Flood stage is 14 feet.
* The river is forecast to rise above flood stage later this morning
  and continue rising, reaching near 15.3 feet this afternoon. The
  river is expected to fall below flood stage after midnight early
  Monday morning.
* At 12 feet, bank-full conditions are reached along the river
  upstream and downstream from the gauge on U.S. Highway 27, or Rome

  At 14 feet, minor flooding of woodlands and fields begins along the
  river upstream and downstream from the gage on U.S. Highway 27, or
  Rome Boulevard.

  At 15 feet, minor flooding expands further into the woodlands and
  fields along the river upstream and downstream from the gauge on U.S.
  Highway 27, or Rome Boulevard.

Georgia HealthCare Help for 2019 Policies

Are you one of the many Georgians looking for health care insurance for you and your family in 2019? Good options are available. Georgians seeking to enroll in health care plans can get help by contacting HealthCareGA, operated by the local non-profit Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health. Open enrollment season begins November 1, 2018 and ends on December 15, 2018.

Since 2013, Georgia Refugee Health has helped thousands Georgians enroll in health care plans. Now we are working State-wide for all Georgians under our HealthCareGA program. While several organizations offered assistance during the past 5 years, Georgia Refugee Health is the only organization in the state which is federally funded through a competitive process, to provide free enrollment assistance from licensed Navigators during this year’s Open Enrollment.

Here are the services they offer:

Get help with enrollment. Our federally trained, licensed navigators help you understand your family’s eligibility for coverage, review plan options, and obtain your quality, private health insurance at lower costs through the Marketplace. We provide assistance by telephone or in-person. Call 1-800-362-5841 or visit our website at where you can message us, make an appointment or review our federally-approved educational materials to answer your questions about Affordable Care.

Our navigator’s Federally-trained and state licensed are not insurance agents paid by insurance companies. We are funded as a nonprofit to provide unbiased information on all available plans from all insurers in the Marketplace.

The Open Enrollment season this year is only 6 weeks long – from November 1 through December 15, so don’t delay in contacting us to see how you can best protect your family’s health. You can find more information and assistance at 1-888-230-7772 and at our website

Arrest Report - Sunday - December 9, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, December 9, 2018:

Power Outages Reported Sunday Morning


Georgia Power and North Georgia EMC are reporting power outages this morning in Chattooga County.

Around 90 customers in the Cloudland area are without power, according to Georgia Power.  The power outages are from Riverhaven Drive and in the State Line Road areas.  As of 4:30 AM, Georgia Power was still assessing the outages to determine when power would be restored.

North Georgia EMC reports a power outage in the Dry Creek Road area in Northeast Chattooga County. Around 75 people are without power.  As of 4:30 AM, NGEMC was still assessing the outage to determine when power would be restored.

Family Craft Night at the Library

Family Craft Night at the Library will be on December 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Each participant will get tickets to make 4-5 crafts plus 1 edible craft. There is no charge for this program, just come and have fun!

Santa will be here for pictures from 5:30-6:30.

Choose up to 5 items:

  • Rudolph Ornament
  • Snowman Disc Ornament
  • Candy Ornament
  • Hand Drum Gift
  • Key Chain Gift
  • Rudolph Pin Gift
  • Bottle Cap Snowman
  • Ribbon Book Mark

"Finster Happenings" at Parade Gardensis

Finster Fest 2016

Enjoy traditional Christmas lights in Paradise Garden nightly throughout the month of December!

Each December weekend, warm up inside the Visitor Center and feel like a kid again as you dive in the complimentary Hot Chocolate Bar complete with peppermint and chocolate shavings! The gift shop is filled with your stocking stuffer needs!

December Visitor Days & Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Georgia Power Prepared to Respond to Winter Weather

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With winter weather expected to impact Georgia over the weekend, Georgia Power is advising customers to prepare for the potential of wind, rain, snow, or ice. The company is monitoring the changing weather conditions and is ready to respond to any service interruptions as quickly and safely as possible.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers the following tools to stay connected and informed.
Tools You Can Use to Prepare for Severe Weather Year-round
  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
For additional video tips on preparing for winter weather, visit The site features information on a variety of winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the company on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

Menlo Christmas in the Park

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The City of Menlo will host Christmas in the Park at Lawrence Park on Monday, December 17 from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Santa will be on hand to greet the children, and light refreshments will be served.

Everyone is invited to join the fun.

Arrest Report - Saturday - December 8, 2018

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

Attempted Kidnapping in Calhoun

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This past Sunday evening Calhoun Police were called to a location on Carter Street after an attempted kidnapping.
According to the police, two women were in the vicinity of the Calhoun Lodge where a man reportedly tried to get one of the women to come with him by stating he had a gun.
When the woman screamed for the other woman he fled toward East May Street.
The suspect has not been captured yet.

Tillotson Foundation Gives Grants to Cherokee County Park Board, Other Local Organizations

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A number of new park benches, along with several new picnic tables and commercial grade grills – the Cherokee County Park Board has big plans for Cherokee Rock Village – and they recently got a big boost from the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation; that, in the form of a $10,000 grant.

As part of their on-going commitment to making Cherokee Rock Village one of the premiere tourism destinations in the country they have chosen the highest quality products available and they’re adding eco-friendly garbage cans with tamper-proof lids to keep wildlife, such as raccoons, out – further assuring that the grounds stay clean for park guests.

The estimated cost of this particular project is approximately $15,000 and the grant money from the Tillotson Menlo Foundation will be a huge help in having everything completed by next spring (2019).

Others recently receiving grants include NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Family Care Center; Cherokee County Public Library and Cherokee County Humane Society.

The Foundation actually began with a $1,000,000 donation from Tillotson Corporation and over the next five years the Tillotson Corporation contributed an additional $9,000,000 to the Foundation.

The Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation seeks to promote – through financial assistance grants – educational and individual skills improvement, healthcare, economic development, community enhancement, individual and human development, the arts, culture and social welfare and environmental improvement.

The foundation’s board members include – Theresa Canada of Menlo; Mark Pickle of Menlo; Jon Payne of Summerville; Robert McWhorter of Summerville; Arch Farrar of Summerville; Eddie Robertson of Centre; Jeffrey Richardson of Cedar Bluff; Bill Alico of Buffalo, New York and Janet Tillotson Munchak of Roswell, and as stated, Carol Mitchell of Menlo serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation.

Georgia’s Red Cross Monitoring Weekend Arrival of Winter Storm Diego

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Press Release

Georgia’s Red Cross is working closely with emergency partners to monitor the weekend arrival of Winter Storm Diego as it continues its crawl across the Southern U.S. The storm is expected to dump several inches of rain in Georgia, which could evolve as ice and snow in the northern one third of the state.

Freezing temperatures, flash flooding, downed trees and power outages are possible beginning Saturday and into early next week. The Red Cross is asking all Georgians to prepare, now, and remain alert for changing conditions, which can be difficult to forecast.

One of the first things everyone should do is download the free, Red Cross Emergency App to their mobile phones,” says Larry Brooks, executive director of American Red Cross Northwest Georgia. “With this one app, you can subscribe to emergency alerts, connect with your family, and have clear guidance on what to do before, during and after winter weather, floods, power outages, home fires and more. I can’t say enough about the benefit of having this app on your phone, ready to go.

How to Prepare: Build a Kit; Make a Plan; Be Informed

Whatever the severe weather threat, there are basic steps everyone can take to prepare:

  • Download the free, bilingual Red Cross Emergency App (English , Spanish)
  • Start with at least a 3-day supply of water and food for each person in your household, flashlights with extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a first aid kit, a spare cellphone battery charger and your emergency contacts list. Assemble them in a kit you can grab and take with you if you need to evacuate.
  • Next, add a 3 – 7 day supply of medications and medical items, hygiene items, and special items for infants, toddlers and pets to your kit. Think about the unique needs of family members and plan accordingly.
  • Winterize your kit by adding warm blankets and clothing, including spare gloves, hats and boots. Keep a snow shovel, ice scraper and sand/rock salt inside your home to help with icy walkways and steps.
  • Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets. Be prepared to evacuate quickly if asked to do so and know your routes and destinations. Stay connected with friends and family and share your plans.
  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates. Check your city/county website regularly. Know the difference between weather “watches” and “warnings.
  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. Turn around, don’t drown. If you must drive and encounter a flooded roadway while driving, go another way.
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space or partially enclosed area.

Home Fire Safety

On average, seven people die every day from home fires and the Red Cross of Georgia responds to more home fire-related emergencies than any other Red Cross Region in the country – nearly 2400 so far in 2018. During cold weather, home heating and lighting sources pose an added threat:

  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface in the home.
  • Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Test batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone who lives in the home.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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