Flash Flood Watch Until Thursday Morning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia has issued a Flash Flood Watch until Thursday morning.

Another round of heavy rain is expected to return to north and central Georgia, Wednesday into early Thursday. The axis of heaviest precipitation at this time appears to be generally along and east of I-85, where 2 to locally 4 inches of additional rainfall is likely. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of north and central Georgia through Thursday morning. Some rivers and streams are already running high, or in flood. The additional rainfall will send more rivers into flood by Thursday and even Friday.

Possible Check Fraud Being Investigated

Jerry Dewayne Porter reported checking account theft to the county sheriff’s office earlier this month, according to recently released records.

Porter told a sheriff’s deputy that he was informed by a notice in the mail that a check for almost $2,000 had been photographed and transported into another account.

Porter listed two possible suspects. The incident is being investigated by the county sheriff’s department.

Woman Arrested for Stealing from Walmart

34-year-old Menlo woman Lacy Timmons was arrested earlier this month after attempting to steal 208 dollars’ worth of merchandise from the Trion Walmart.

A county sheriff’s deputy responded to the Trion Walmart on the evening November 5th and met with Walmart’s loss protection officer.

The deputy was informed that Timmons “had a buggy and was going around the store getting items and concealing them in Walmart bags and putting them back in her buggy”. Timmons then left in a gray car that had a busted rear window.

After being shown surveillance camera footage of the incident, the deputy put out a lookout call on Timmons’ grey car, which was located by another deputy in Pennville and pulled over in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

Mrs. Timmons quickly admitted to the theft, saying that stole the items to sell at Trade Day to have some money to buy her daughter something for Christmas. Timmons was booked into the county jail on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - November 14, 2018

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

Faulty Electrical Outlet Causes House Fire

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A county sheriff’s deuty was dispatched to 179 W. Spring Creek Road in reference to a residential fire on November 8th.

When he arrived, fire crews were already putting the fire out. He was informed that Vera Alexander, who had called 9-1-1, that when she saw smoke coming from her microwave, she took it outside. When she went back inside, however, Alexander realized that the receptacle was smoking.

A friend of Alexander’s came over and essentially convinced her that it was not a big deal; she told Alexander that the receptacle might smoke for a few days and that it was just a wiring problem. However, a short time later, the wall had caught fire and begun to spread.

Council Puts Robo-Call System on Hold

At Monday night’s meeting of the Summerville City Council, the council decided to take no action regarding a possible Robo-Call notification system for the city.

The city had received verbal approval from the commissioner’s office that the county would subsidize at least $4,000 on a proposed $6,000 system from a provider based in New York, with E-911 providing the database of phone numbers and addresses. One of the main advantages the city was looking for was to be able to contact residents who live in one particular part of the city, rather than contact every resident every time.

Ultimately, a lack of enthusiasm from city employees and the overall lack of information on different providers and options led to the council tabling the issue indefinitely, with councilman Joe Money remarking toward the end of discussion, “I don’t feel like I know any more about it than when we started.”

Sewage Spills Reported in Rome

The Rome/Floyd County Sewer Division said that two major sewage spills were reported on Tuesday as a result of the large amount of rain that has fallen this week.

Approximately 7,500 gallons of sewage went into a tributary leading to Silver Street near East 17th Street at Crane Street, and another spill of about 8,000 gallons into a tributary leading to Silver Creek near North Avenue at Tolbert Street.

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Remember to Watch for Deer; Two Motorists Hit One Each on Same Day

Two motorists each hit deer in separate incidents earlier this month.

Around 1:30 PM on November 4th, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a vehicle collision with a deer at the 500 block of Highway 48. The driver, Roger Farmer, was hit by a deer on his way toward Menlo. The animal struck the vehicle’s left side of his vehicle, causing damage to the driver side door, whole front windshield, back driver side door, and it knocked off the driver’s side side mirror. Farmer declined medical attention at the time of the incident, and the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

Around 6:30 PM that same evening, a sheriff’s deputy spoke with Edward Allmon around the 1000 block of Gore Subligna Rd. Allmon said that after a deer leapt in front of his vehicle, it hit the front, passenger side of his truck. The corresponding headlight sustained minor damage. Allmon did not require medical attention, and the vehicle was driven from the scene.

Centre Man Charged with Arson

A 32-year-old Cherokee County man has been arrested in connection with a case of arson.

Last Friday (November 9th), Spring Creek, Centre and Ellisville firefighters all responded to reports of a structure fire on County Road 936 just outside of Centre around 10:30am – and upon arrival, discovered smoke coming from the residence.

After extinguishing the blaze, alert firefighters called for investigators due to the suspicious nature of the fire.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Jordan Kelley and Brent Snead responded to the scene.

According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, the two determined that the fire had been intentionally set, and a suspect developed.  Centre resident Brandon Cole Morrison was interviewed and was subsequently arrested on charges of Arson 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

He was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center at around 3:00pm Friday where he remains with bond set at $16,000.


Con Artist Pressures Woman into Divulging Her SSN

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County woman Linda Cash was targeted in a scam to get her personal information last week, according to records from the county sheriff’s office.

Cash met with a county deputy at the sheriff’s office, where she told him that a man called her, and said that his name was Robert and gave her his “badge number”. He then pressured Cash, insisting that he had evidence that she was selling drugs through 20 different bank accounts, and that he would call the FBI unless she gave him her Social Security Number.

Cash realized what had happened and hung up the phone. She informed her bank of the incident and then called the police. Cash was told by the deputy that if any of her money went missing, she should bring bank statements to the sheriff’s office.

Tax Commissioner Says State Tag System Down

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton says that her office is unable to process tags and titles today due to the State of Georgia’s computer system being down.  The state is working to solve the problem, but there has been no time frame given as to when the system will be back up.  Tax Commissioner Hampton says that while her office cannot process tags and titles, there will be no late fees assessed while the system is down.  WZQZ News will update you when the problem is resolved.


Trion Schools Announce Early Release For Friday

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Dr. Phil Williams, Superintendent of  Trion City Schools has announced that Trion Schools will dismiss early on Friday, November 16th in order for students, staff, and families to have time to travel to the football playoff game in Schley County.

Schely County is located about 216 miles from Trion and will be about a four hour drive.

These young men, trainers, band members, cheerleaders, and respective coaches have worked extremely hard this year and are preparing to make the Elite 8! Be a part of the 12th man group, and let’s get loud in Schley County! Go Dogs!

Please adhere to the following early release schedule this Friday:
Pre-K – 2rd grade  12:30
3rd grade – 12th grade  12:45

Federal Judge Orders Election Certification Delayed Until Friday

A federal judge has ordered Georgia’s secretary of state to wait until Friday to certify the results of the midterm elections that include an unsettled race for governor and to take steps to protect provisional ballots.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled Monday that the secretary of state must not certify the results of the election until Friday at 5 p.m.

She ordered the state to establish a hotline or website where voters can check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, the reason why.

For all counties with 100 or more provisional ballots, she ordered the secretary of state’s office to order county election officials to conduct a “good faith review” or to do an “independent review” itself of the eligibility of voters who had to cast a provisional ballot because of registration issues.


CHS Charter Bus To Rabun County

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The Chattooga Indians are headed for the second round of playoff action this Friday evening in Rabun County.  There is a charter bus that will be making the trip to the game.  Seats are $30 each and are open to adults, high school students and middle school students.  Middle school students must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information or to purchase a seat, please contact Christy Perry Williams at  706-859-1140. Fees must be paid by Thursday to reserve the seat.

Summerville Makes City Manager's Contract Retroactive

At last night’s meeting of the Summerville City Council, the council voted to approve the contract for newly-hired city manager Janice Galloway retroactive to November 1, 2018.

The contract is for one-year with the option to renew and compensates Mrs. Galloway with $82,000. She will have a city car and computer.

The motion was made by councilman Earl Parris, seconded by David Ford, and the vote passed unanimously.

WZQZ will bring you more on last night’s council meeting in upcoming newscasts and posts online.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - November 13, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, November 13, 2018:

The Lookout Restaurant Hires Pro Chef

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Albuquerque, Mobile, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Knoxville. 

These are just some of the places that Chuck Lopopolo, Executive Chef at The Lookout Restaurant in Cloudland, has served some of his signature dishes. And now he has added Chattooga’s Cloudland to that list.

Mr. Lopopolo (pronounced Lah-poh-pah-loh) came on to the team at The Lookout Restaurant in Cloudland in mid-Autumn after connecting with restaurateur and Lookout proprietor, Betty Lambert, online.

Mrs. Lambert, who runs the restaurant with her husband Dennie Lambert, said that she was proud of the work that her cooks were doing before bringing on Lopopolo; but she was ready to take the food to the “next level”, and knew right after meeting him that if anyone can do it, Chuck can.

To say that Chef Chuck is a culinary veteran would be an understatement. He was working full-time in a kitchen by 11. By 22, he was the head chef at a 4-star French restaurant in Dallas, Texas. In the years since, he’s served the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Telly Savalas, and Michael Jackson.

One might say he comes by it honest; Chuck’s earliest memories of working with food are from when he was nine years old, working with his six siblings in his dad’s restaurants.

“Every day after school, we had to go to the restaurant,” Lopopolo said of his younger years. “After we were done with our homework, before we got to go home, I had to peel a 50 lb. sack of potatoes, a 25 lb. sack of carrots, a 50 lb. sack of onions, and a few cases of mushrooms and celery.

“Needless to say, since I had to do that every day, I realized that the faster I got, the sooner I could get home.”

Chef Chuck takes his work very seriously, perhaps even more so now because he has a legacy and reputation of decades to maintain.

“Everything that goes out of that kitchen falls back on us. When customers are getting a bad meal, they might want the owner to refund the money, but what they say is, the chef sucks. This field is very unforgiving.”

Mr. Lopopolo’s story is, in many ways, an especially American story. His father emigrated from southern Italy and met the Alabama native who became his mother. Through a combination of hard work, natural talent, and a supportive family, Mr. Lopopolo has had a successful and varied career in the restaurant industry, working everywhere from fine dining to sports bars to nightclubs, and even doing consulting.

But though many in his position might stake claim to some bragging rights, he makes it clear that he gives all the glory to God.

“We say our prayers and get some stuff done back there. All the glory goes to God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

For over half of his adult professional career, Chef Chuck has worked intermittently as a two-person team with his wife, Cindy Lopopolo. They met through the industry and haven’t parted ways since. Mrs. Lopopolo was also hired alongside her husband as the Pastry Chef at the Lookout.

The pair are able to work together well because they feed off each other’s energy.

“We’re best friends,” said Chuck of Cindy. “When we leave , we leave this place right here. We’ve always been best friends like that. Not a lot of people can stay together 28 years these days.”

Chef Chuck has helped revamp the Lookout’s menu with a few of his own creations, as well as reworking the restaurant’s original dishes. His personal cooking style comes from having a European father and, in his own words, a hillbilly mother.

“I took mediterranean and southern and infused the two in the menu. It took me two months to write that menu, and I enjoyed the execution thereof.”

The Lookout menu is described as upper scale, traditional Southern and Appalachian dishes, with a European attention to detail. Hours are Thursday & Friday 5-10 PM, Saturday 3-10 PM, and Sunday 11-8 PM. There is an all-you-can-eat fried catfish special every Saturday, and a brunch buffet on Sundays. Appetizers and small dishes are $6-10, and full dishes are $10-30.

They are still taking reservations for Thanksgiving, and Mrs. Lambert is encouraging anyone interested to call soon, because spots are filling up fast.

The Lookout Restaurant is located at 41 Atlanta Ave in Cloudland, just left of the caution light on top of the mountain. Their phone number is 706-862-3060.

New County Education Board Members to Be Sworn In At January Meeting

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The newly-elected memebers of the Chattooga County Board of Education will be sworn in at the Board Meeting in January.

The meeting will be held on January 17th, 2019 at the Chattooga County Education Center, located at 206 Penn Street, Summerville, GA 30747.

The new board-members are Brad Hayes, Julia Houston, and Sammy Ballard. They are replacing outgoing board-members Alma Lewis, Larry Weesner, and Eddie Massey, respectively.

Delivery Truck Damages Local Yards

A delivery truck is being blamed for damaging two lawns on East Washington Street on Saturday, according to Summerville Police reports.

William Benefield, of 530 East Washington Street, said a delivery truck from National Pool Tile was dropping off supplies around 1:30 p.m. While leaving the residence, the truck damaged his yard.

“The vehicle left the driveway and went several feet onto the grass causing a large rut in the wet ground. The vehicle also crossed the street and went into the grass at 541 East Washington Street digging up the ground there. Benefield said he called the pool company to complain but did not know if they were going to fix the problem or not,” according to Officer Roy Williams.

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Nine Indicted for Crimes Involving Minors

Nine men have been indicted on charges related to sex crimes involving minors.

According to previous reports, 28-year old Zachary Michael Baker of Calhoun and 47-year old Rodney S. Corbin of Rome were arrested in December of 2017 on charges of aggravated child molestation.

Both are accused of propositioning someone they thought was 14 years old over the internet.

Meanwhile, Hershell Kyle Pirkle of Rome is accused of using an electronic device to lure and solicit a person he believed to be 13-years old.

55-year old David Louis Lay of Silver Creek is accused of trying to solicit a person he believed to be 14 years old.

Pirkle and Lay were both arrested in March on aggravated child molestation charges.

61-year old Chandler Eugene Reece of Cedartown has also been indicted for aggravated child molestation.

He was arrested in September in connection with incidents that occurred between January 1, 2007, and February 28 of this year.

25-year old Daniel Adam Williams of Cave Spring, who was also arrested in September, was also indicted by a Floyd County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated child molestation.

34-year old Daniel Rosas of Dalton, also arrested this past September, was indicted for computer child exploitation.

According to previous reports, Rosas messaged someone he thought was a minor online to meet up.

Zachary Edwards Alexander was indicted on child molestation charges.

Alexander was arrested in June in connection with incidents that occurred between 2012 and 2014 involving a child under the age of 16.

48-year old Russell Mostella of Rome was arrested last month.

According to the warrant, Mostella molested a child under the age of 16 at a location on Green and Gold Boulevard.

He was indicted for child molestation.

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