Former First Lady Turns 91 - Carters Plan 35th Habitat Build

 – Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity

The former First Lady of Georgia, and the United States, Rosalynn Carter turned 91 on Saturday.  Visitors to the Carter Center were able to sign a card wishing Mrs. Carter a happy birthday.  Friends of the Carter family told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Mrs. Carter spend the day in Plains, Georgia with family and friends.

The Carters are remaining quite busy, despite their age.  President Carter will turn 94 years-old on October 1st.

The couple is planning their 35th Habitat for Humanity build in Indiana. Habitat for Humanity says, “It’s a milestone 35th build project for President and Mrs. Carter, who will work alongside future homeowners and hundreds of other volunteers to build or improve 41 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.” Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, Indiana said, “We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transforming and inspiring project.”

Throughout their involvement with the Carter Work Project, President and Mrs. Carter have become tireless advocates, active fundraisers, and some of our best hands-on construction volunteers. Additionally, they have rallied thousands of volunteers and even celebrities, helping Habitat for Humanity to becoming internationally recognized for its work to build decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 101,276 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,290 homes. They have also made quite an impression on thousands of Habitat homeowners and volunteers.


Today Is Deadline For Fair Beauty Pageant

Today is the deadline to register for the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair Beauty pageant.  No late applicants will be accepted.  For all the details about the beauty pageant see this previous story from WZQZ News.  Contestants for the beauty pageant should attend a meeting today from 2 until 4 PM at Chattooga High School.  Contestants will be practicing their walk and should turn in their application and their payment.

Calhoun Man Found With Meth After Shoplifting - Enters Jail With Weed In His Socks

Calhoun Man Found with Meth After Shoplifting, Sneaks Marijuana into Jail

A Gordon County man was arrested after being accused of shoplifting a pair of boots and was then found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  While being booked into jail, he was found to have marijuana in his socks.

Joshua Wilson Crabtree, age twenty-six of Calhoun, was jailed in Rome on numerous felonies after he was caught allegedly stealing a $140 pair of work boots from Tractor Supply.

Reports said that Crabtree was taken into custody a short distance away from the store. While searching Crabtree police said that they found him to be in possession of methamphetamine.

While at the jail, officers stated that he was found with marijuana in his socks.

Crabtree is charged with theft by shoplifting, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, possession of drugs during the commission of a crime and crossing a guard line with drugs.


Fair Accepting Blue Ribbon Displays Starting Tomorrow

Chattooga County residents and those in our surrounding counties of Floyd,Gordon, Walker, Dade, and De Kalb and Cherokee Alabama, are invited to show off their skills in the Blue Ribbon Department at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair going on this week.

The Fair’s Blue Ribbon Department will begin accepting items Monday for Arts, Photography, Needlework and Food Preservation.  The items will be accepted at the Chattooga County Agricultural Building starting at 2 PM and going until 6 PM.

There are up to 5 divisions including Youth, Open, Professional and Golden Age, depending on the category selected. 

Here is the Blue Ribbon Schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, August 21

Receiving 9:00am-1:00pm for the following categories: Arts, Photography, Needlework, Food Preservation

Wednesday, August 22

Receiving 1:00pm-6:00pm for the following categories: Horticulture, Agriculture, Honey

Thursday, August 23

Receiving 8:00am-10:00am for the following categories: Horticulture same day blooms ONLY

Doors will be closed to the public during judging

Monday, August 27

Pick up 10:00am-6:00pm

You can find out more about the rules for the Blue Ribbon entries at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair’s website.

Intoxicated Man Causes Disturbance At Convenience Store

A call for help from a local convenience store led to the arrest of a homeless Summerville man for public intoxication.

Around 7 PM on Thursday evening, August 16th, Chattooga 911 received a call from the drive-thru convenience store located on Highland Avenue.  The caller simply said “Please help!” and then hung up the phone.

When Summerville Police arrived on the scene, they found forty-year-old Kenneth Eugene Sellers at the store in an intoxicated state.  Sellers listed his address as the Hope Rebirth Homeless Shelter which is across Highland Avenue from the convenience store.

Sellers was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Alabama Corrections Officer Arrested

A Cherokee County, Alabama Corrections Officer has been arrested on charges of Domestic Violence.

According to arrest records from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, thirty-one-year-old Lane Wilson of Centre, Alabama was arrested in the early morning hours of last Friday on the domestic violence charges.

No further information was available on the incident that sent the correction’s office to jail as of Friday evening.

Wilson was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center with a $500 bond. The case is being investigated by the Centre Police Department.

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Suspect Arrested In Walker County Hit & Run

Georgia State Troopers seized a vehicle on Thursday morning and a suspect is in custody after a hit and run in southern Walker County last week that left a woman with injuries and killed her dog.

Troopers from the GSP LaFayette Post 41 were able to find the suspect thanks to tips from citizens.

Troy Lee Smothers was arrested and charged with hit and run.  Walker County Sheriff’s Investigators believe that Smothers struck the female jogger and her dog last Tuesday morning around 8:40 AM on Burnt Mill Road which is located near Gilbert Elementary School, west of the Lafayette city limits.

The victim has been released from the hospital, but her black lab dog was killed as a result of the hit and run.

Smothers has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, reckless driving, failure to maintain a single lane and operating a vehicle without due regard.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.


Georgia Senate School Safety Committee Meets

The Georgia Senate’s School Safety Study committee held its third meeting, at Lee County High School in South Georgia on Friday.  The committee is studying ways that schools across the state can increase safety for students and faculty.

State Senator John Albers says the groups creation was prompted by recent school shootings.

Albers says with a wide range of rural and urban schools in the state, they’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Because of recent events across the nation, both the Georgia Senate and the House appointed study committees to learn more about the challenges that our school administrators, staff, students and parents are facing.

In addition to these committees working to find legislative solutions, the Senate and House allocated $16 million in the fiscal year budget to help school districts throughout the state improve campus security by means they deem most effective.

Man Arrested For Public Intoxication At Dowdy Park

A Lake Wanda Reita Road, Summerville man was arrested for public intoxication at Dowdy Park in Summerville earlier this week.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, forty-eight-year-old Jimmy Dewayne Peoples was arrested after police were called to the park’s pavilion.

There were several others at the pavilion and officers observed beer and wine containers in the trash can near the pavilion.  No one would admit to drinking alcohol at first, but after a second round of questioning, Mr. Peoples admitted to drinking.

Peoples was arrested for public intoxication.


Early Release Next Week For Chattooga Students

Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman announced on Friday that all students in Chattooga County Schools will be released at 1 PM on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 for the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair.

The Chattooga County Agricultural Fair takes place at the Chattooga County Agricultural Building and also uses Summerville Middle School property.  The Chattooga Board of Education has supported the fair’s endeavors since the fair’s inception five years ago and has worked closely with the Chattooga Fair Council in logistical matters concerning the fair grounds.

Schools are released earlier because of preparations on Thursday and Friday of the fair on the Summerville Middle School campus.

This year, Georgia Ag Farm Credit is sponsoring free gate admission on Thursday night for all students on the opening night of the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair.

Chattooga County Fair Made Possible By Generous Donations

Mohawk Industries Presenting $15,000 check to the Chattooga County Fair Council 

The Chattooga County Agricultural Fair kicks off next week on August 23rd.  The Chattooga County Fair Council has been busy preparing for this year’s event since the close of the fair in 2017.  The council is expressing their appreciation to this year’s sponsors that make the fair possible.

Fair Council Vice-President Zach Hughes told WZQZ News that this year’s fair wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations by many area businesses.  The top sponsors for this year’s fair is Mohawk Industries.  Mohawk’s continuing support of the fair is an important component of the event.  This week, Mohawk presented a check for $15,000 to the Chattooga County Fair Council for this year’s event.

Other Platinum sponsors for the event include: Chattooga County Government, United Community Bank, Parker Systems and WZQZ Radio.

The Chattooga County Fair Council is made up of: Lyn Hall – President, Zach Hughes- Vice-President, Kristin Croy, Larry Simpson, Larry Howard, Eddie Massey, Shawn McCary, Stan Reynolds and Jamye Dawson.  Christy Hall serves as Fair Coordinator.

The following sponsors also contributed to this year’s event:


City of Summerville

Ag Georgia Farm Credit

Town of Trion


Cook & Connelly

Godfrey’s Tree Service

WATG 95.7 The Ridge

Heritage Auto

Redmond Regional Medical Center


Farrar & Corbin

Summerville-Trion Optimist


Woodmen of the World

Rainwater Funeral Home

Randy Patty Construction

Mason Funeral Home

Red Carpet Cattlemen

Mount Vernon Mills

Guffin & Eleam  Insurance


Advance Rehabilitation

Teloga Springs Farm

N. Ga. Electric

Hunter Produce/Furniture

Georgia Power

William D Patty Construction

Hampton Heating & Air

Juice Plus

Chattooga County Democratic Party

Town of Lyerly

Pinecrest Golf Carts & Mowers

D&E Hardware

Yancey Bros.


Husser Named Coordinator With Cancer Navigators

Sarah Husser has been named Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator with Cancer Navigators.

Husser is responsible for cultivating strategic relationships with businesses, individuals, cancer care providers, community organizations and public agencies with a shared interest in the mission of Cancer Navigators. She will also plan fundraising events and educate the community about Cancer Navigators’ mission and activity. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, from the University of Georgia.

Before coming to Floyd, Husser was director of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Cancer Navigators educates, counsels and offers valuable resources to those who are battling cancer

Trion Senior Serving As Georgia FCCLA Vice-President Of Public Relations

Submited by Trion High School Media Students

It was a busy, but amazing, summer of learning for Trion High School Senior Kristen Hankins who is serving as the 2018-2019 Vice President of Public Relations for Georgia FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). Hankins began her summer at the June CTSO (Career Technical Student Organizations) State Officer Training, lasting from June 1-4.

At the training, Hankins was with other State Officer teams from Georgia. As a result, she learned more about other high school organizations, such as FBLA and TSA, and participated in the yearly mud run for all Georgia CTSOs. At the end of the training Hankins moved her luggage and began June State Officer Training with the other State Officers for Georgia FCCLA.

At this exclusively FCCLA training, Kristen Hankins was trained by former National FCCLA officer, Ashley Brinton. Brinton led Hankins and the other officers on a road trip of leadership which taught Hankins how to be a better leader and what to expect in years to come. As the training concluded on July 6, Kristen began the June State Executive Council meeting with not only the State Officers, but the FCCLA advisers as well. At the meeting, Hankins was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.

This training ended on June 8, but that didn’t conclude her activities with FCCLA over summer break. Kristen was an attendee at the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Hankins served as a voting delegate for the State and had a hand in picking the National Officers. Since the conference was held in Atlanta, Kristen was able to work the host state table and tell the many attendees about the great state of Georgia.

When asked about her busy summer, Hankins replied, “I absolutely loved being at the National Leadership Conference and all of my summer activities through my Organization. I truly feel blessed to be able to be in the position I am in, meet all the people I meet, and work with the people I work with.”

Indians Come Close In Non-Region Play Friday Night

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The Chattooga Indians came very close, but were unable to secure the win in Friday night’s contest against Adairsville.  The Indians lost the game by just one point with a final score of 21-20.  The Indians were able to overcome an early first-quarter Adairsville touchdown and with three minutes left to go, tied the score 7-7.

The second quarter saw no points on the board for either team.  Chattooga’s defense was able to hold off Adairsville in the third quarter and the Indian’s scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to take the lead 14-7.  For a good portion of the last half of the game the Indians were able to keep the lead on the scoreboard with another touchdown.  Adairsville was able to rally and bring the score to 20-19 on a passing touchdown.  A two-point conversion by Adairsville’s Mason Boswell brought the score to 21-20 for the final.

The Indians will be at home next weekend to host Wesleyan from Norcross, Georgia in a non-conference game.  WZQZ will broadcast next week’s game on FM 99.1 and AM 1180.

Trion Defeats Coosa In First Regular Season Game

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Despite a very disappointing showing against the Lafayette Ramblers in scrimmage action last week, the Trion Bulldogs pulled off an upset win over the Coosa Eagles in a game on the road that was delayed for a couple of hours by lightning during the third quarter.

WZQZ broadcast the game from Coosa until the third quarter, when weather conditions put a stop to the broadcast. The Bulldogs went on to win the game 18-15.

Coach Justin Brown had said earlier this week that the Bulldogs had been working hard in practice this week after last week’s scrimmage loss to LaFayette.  That practice paid off with a non-region win for Trion.

The Bulldogs were able to score on their opening drive on a 7 yard run. Coosa’s defense finally came and the Eagles were able to even up the score by the half.  The Bulldogs were able to put more points on the board and secured the win after the long lightning delay.

The Bulldogs will be off next week and will take on Dade County on August 31st in their home opener at Sam R. McCain Stadium.



Record Number Of TV & Film Projects In Georgia

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says there were a record 455 television and film projects produced in Georgia in the fiscal year that ended July 1st. He says they generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion, and include $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

The Motion Picture Association of America says the film industry is responsible for over 92,100 jobs in Georgia with $4.6 billion in wages. While the film industry is popular in Georgia, critics say that the tax breaks the industry get are too high considering the return.

Critics say the tax breaks the state hand out to the industry are too high, but Deal defends the program and says the economic impact reflects the sustainability of the industry in the state.


Trion & Chattooga On The Road This Evening For Season Openers

Both local high school football teams will be on the road this evening for their season openers.  You can listen to the Chattooga Indians this evening on WZQZ FM 99.1 and AM 1180 and you can hear the Trion Bulldogs on our website at .

Trion will be on the road to face off against Coosa.  Head Coach Justin Brown says the Bulldogs are regrouping after a disappointing showing against the LaFayette Ramblers in scrimmage action last week.  Brown says that the Bulldogs have “upped their game” in practice with week.

The Chattooga Indians will be on the road tonight to face off against Adairsville tonight.  Coach Charles Hammon says that last week’s scrimmage against Cedartown showed him a lot of things that the Indians needed to work on this week in practice. Hammon says that his goal is to eliminate turnovers on offence and move the football with sustained drives and keep the defense on the sidelines in tonight’s non-region game.

Tonight’s Chattooga Indians game is being brought to you on WZQZ by Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Mohawk Industries, H&R Block in Summerville, Floyd Medical Center, Save A Lot in Summerville and Mount Vernon Mills.

The Trion Bulldogs game is sponsored by Trion Drugs, Mohawk Industries, H&R Block in Summerville and Floyd Medical Center.



Summerville Man Arrested For Burglary

A twenty-one-year-old Summerville man was arrested on Thursday after he was accused of burglary at his parent’s house.

Kevin Mark Godfrey was accused of coming to his parent’s house and taking several items of clothing, along with a jar of change and stealing some gas.
Witnesses had told sheriff’s deputies that they had asked Godfrey not to take the items from his parent’s home, but took the items anyway.  Godfrey’s father told the deputy that his son had stolen two checks in the past and had forged the checks and cashed them.  The complainant was able to provide copies of the fraudulent checks to the deputy.
The complainant said that he wanted to press charges against his son for theft and forgery.
Godfrey was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on Thursday on the burglary charges.