BBB is alerting the public about Booktiz, an online bookseller claiming to be located in New York that appears to offer textbooks and educational material.
Cub Scouts Bring Home Awards
Cub Scouts from Chattooga County Pack 38 brought home several awards from the Coosa District Twilight Camp last week. Local scouts were awarded as follows:
Ella Torimoto- Games Spirit Award and 1st place in shooting sports for age group
Reese Torimoto- Arrow of Light Spirit Award and 1st place in shooting sports for age group
Hannah Reynolds- 2nd place in shooting sports for age group
Alex Durham- Archery Spirit Award
Cody Corbin- 2nd place shooting sports for age group and 2nd place Top Shot for WEBELOS
Scouts attending Twilight Camp from Chattooga County are pictured:
(L-R)- Cody Corbin, Alex Durham, Kayden Burrage, Hannah Reynolds, Ella Torimoto, Reese Torimoto
Probate Office Closed Today For Training
Chattooga County Probate Judge Jon Payne says that his office will be closed today, (Monday, June 17, 2019) for employee training. The office will reopen tomorrow.
Alabama Hosting Fan Appreciation Week In Fort Payne
It has been twenty years since June Jam was held in Fort Payne. From the early 1980’s to the late 1990’s the event drew thousands of people from all over the United States to neighboring DeKalb County, Alabama for the music festival hosted by country super-group Alabama. While June Jam may be a thing of the past, the group is still inviting people to come to Fort Payne during the month of June. This Thursday-Sunday, Alabama will host “Fan Appreciation Week.”
Alabama’s fan appreciation week starts Thursday with Teddy Gentry’s “Singing with the Stars” at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville. Jeff Cook’s “Fan Daze” will be at the Dekalb Theatre in Fort Payne Friday. The band will do a fan appreciate weekend concert at the Alabama fan club and museum Saturday. Randy Owen wraps things up Sunday with “Fandemonium at the Farm” on Lookout Mountain.
To purchase tickets for the show with the band on Saturday night, you must be a member of the Alabama Fan Club. You can join the Fan Club and purchase tickets.
For ticket info and show times, click on thealabamaband to go to the band’s website.
Arrest Report - Monday - June 17, 2019
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, June 17, 2019:
Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of June
Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of June:
PIZZA HUT #36101
- 9741 ROME BLVD SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
- Last Inspection Score: 84
- Last Inspection Date: 06-07-2019
- 12316 HIGHWAY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
- Last Inspection Score: 93
- Last Inspection Date: 06-04-2019
- 11277 HIGHWAY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
- Last Inspection Score: 88
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 Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3377.
Summerville Council Called Meeting This Evening
The Summerville City Council has a called meeting this evening at 5 PM. You can see the agenda for the meeting below:
Fake Online College Textbook Retailer Reported
Consumers have reported to BBB that payments are processed upon ordering books from the Booktiz website, however, shipment tracking notifications are not received within the expected time frame after orders are placed. Reports filed indicate that multiple attempts to contact the company via an info@ email address are unsuccessful, and books are not delivered. Many complainants noted that the “contact us” button on the website does not function and the website does not list a telephone number.
Since May 3, 2019, BBB has received 31 consumer complaints and 42 negative reviews. In addition, 14 Scam TrackerSM reports citing Booktiz have been received by BBB. BBB Metro New York has assigned the company an “F” rating.
Reports have been received from individuals in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Almost all the complaints noted their attempted purchases related to textbooks needed for classes.
The company website at https://booktiz.com was live as of June 3, 2019, and lists an address at 106 Mosco St, New York City, NY 10013. A Google street map image shows the address to be a street-level restaurant. A Whois domain name search of the website shows that it was privately registered on March 29, 2019, to an address in Panama. A search of the New York State Department of Corporations website finds no entity registered in New York.
On May 16, BBB Metro New York wrote Booktiz to request substantiation of advertising claims posted on its website that are in violation of the BBB Code of Advertising. The business has not responded to this request.
To avoid falling victim to fake online booksellers, BBB Metro New York recommends that students:
- Read the information carefully on a website. If it lists an address, do a search to see if it might be a legitimate address. Check for a working telephone number.
- Review the website for obvious grammatical or spelling errors, which may be a sign of a fake site.
- Check BBB.org to see what has been reported. Read consumer complaints and reviews, and the company’s response to those reviews and complaints.
- Search BBB Scam TrackerSM to see if others have reported issues about a company, and read what others may be saying elsewhere online.
Ragu Pasta Sauce Recall
A nationwide voluntary recall was issued for certain Ragu pasta sauces that could contain fragments of plastic, parent company Mizkan America said.
No consumers have reported injuries or complaints, the company said Saturday.
The recall is for jars of Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion (45-ounce and 66-ounce jars), Old World Style Traditional (66-ounce jars) and Old World Style Meat (66-ounce jars) with certain production codes.
The jars were distributed nationwide, the company said. Retailers have already been notified.
Customers are asked to look in their fridges and pantries for jars with the product codes below. Any recalled sauce shouldn’t be eaten and should be discarded.
Customers can call 800-328-7248 to receive a replacement.
The recalled product codes are:
RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.
- Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion
- Cap code: JUN0520YU2
- Best Use by Date: JUN0520YU2
RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.
- Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion
- Cap code: JUN0620YU2
- Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2
RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz.
- Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional
- Cap code: JUN0420YU2
- Best Use By Date: JUN0420YU2
RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat, 66 oz.
- Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat
- Cap code: JUN0520YU2
- Best Use By Date: JUN0520YU2
Friends Of The Park Meeting
The Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park will meet Monday at 6:30 in Cottage 4 at the park. Come join with the Friends as they make plans for upcoming events and projects. The Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park is the local chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. The group supports the park through volunteering, fundraising, and working to make the park a place for all to enjoy.
Georgia Gas Prices Continue To Decline
Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.47 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 5 cents less than a week ago, 19 cents less than this time last month, and 33 cents less than this time last year.
It now costs $37.05 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $5.55 less than what motorists paid last May, when pump prices hit their 2018 peak of $2.84 per gallon.
“Increased stocks of gasoline continue to push pump prices lower, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA),” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As the summer driving season gets underway, increased gas stocks will help to supply high demand and keep prices low.”
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) increased by 23 cents to settle at $52.51. Crude prices have increased over the past two days as a result of heightened market fears due to rising tensions in the Middle East. Yesterday, it was reported that two tankers (one carried menthol and the other carried crude oil) in the Gulf of Oman were attacked. Approximately 20% of global crude supplies flow through the waterway. The Trump Administration attributed the attack to Iran, with Iran denying the accusation. If tension between the U.S. and Iran escalates, the market will likely continue pushing global crude prices higher due to increased fears that more tankers could be targeted.
- Georgia most expensive metro markets –Hinesville- Fort Stewart ($2.53), Macon ($2.52), Atlanta ($2.51), and Savannah ($2.49).
- Georgia least expensive metro markets – Catoosa-Dade- Walker ($2.26), Albany ($2.31), and Columbus ($2.33).
- Local gas prices – Chattooga ($2.34), Floyd ($2.41), Gordon ($2.42), DeKalb County, AL ($2.24), Cherokee County, AL ($2.18)
Drug Task Force Arrests 15
The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug task force arrested fifteen people in a recent sweep in Northwest Georgia. The Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties. Commander Dewayne Brown said that those arrested were found to be in possession of drugs including meth and cocaine. Some of those arrested had charges for driving violations and firearms possession by convicted felons. The recent arrests were facilitated by the Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies.
Beginning on June 11, 2019 and ending on June 13, 2019 the Lookout Mtn. Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, and Walker County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint Narcotic Investigation Operation in Dade County, GA. Over the course of these dates the following were arrested.
Jatari Knox 28-YOA – Possession of MDMA, Possession with intent to distribute MDMA, Possession of drug related objects, Possession of counterfeit substance, Possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, Improper lane change, Possession of cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Possession of marijuana more than a ounce, Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Possession of THC, Possession of THC with intent to distribute.
Natasha Horton 34 YOA – Possession of schedule 1, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of drug related objects.
Kaitlyn Kreitz 20 YOA – Possession of schedule IV, Possession of schedule 1 two counts, Possession of a schedule II
Jordan Yue 24 YOA – Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of schedule 1 and Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Cassady Bedford 25 YOA – Possession of schedule 1 two counts.
James Depuy 46 YOA – Driving while license suspended, No insurance, Expired license Plate.
Jose Fuentes 21 YOA – Possession of marijuana, Possession of drug related objects.
Stephanie Breslin 24 YOA- Possession of a schedule II, Possession of a schedule I, Possession of cocaine, Possession of a schedule I, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Justin Breslin 30 YOA- Possession of schedule II, Possession of schedule I two counts, Possession of cocaine, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Gaberial Cabrera-Cruz 22 YOA- Possession of schedule 1, possession of marijuana, following too closely.
Joseph Everett 30 YOA- Fleeing and attempting to elude, Driving while license suspended, Improper lane change, Felony Theft by taking.
Rebeca Nieves 29 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of schedule 1 two counts, Possession of schedule II, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Carolina Lopez 21 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of marijuana, Possession of schedule 1, Crossing of guard line.
Mackenzie Mcneil 21 YOA- Possession of Schedule 1, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce, Possession of schedule IV.
Ashley Alexander 24 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of schedule 1.
Victoria Lopez 22 YOA- Possession of MDMA, Possession of marijuana, Possession of LSD.
Kavin Pryor 22 YOA- Possession of schedule 1, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Summerville Resident Reports Scam
A Summerville resident fell victim to a scam this past week, according to reports from the Summerville Police Department.
Police were called after local resident Jackie Hamilton reported a check that he took for a transaction turned out to be fraudulent.
Hamilton told police that he contacted by a woman in Powder Springs, Georgia about a piano that he had for sale. The out-of-town woman sent a check to Hamilton for the piano, which he deposited into his account at Regions Bank. Hamilton told police that after he purchased money orders and paid for shipping for the piano, Regions Bank contacted him and told him that the checks he had deposited for the piano and delivery were no good.
Hamilton told police that he lost $1,490 in the phony transaction.
The incident is under investigation by the Summerville Police Department.
Gangster Disciples Active In Georgia
Last week a corrections officer at Hays State Prison was arrested on charges of bringing drugs and contraband into Hays State Prison in Pennville. Officials say that the woman was supplying the contraband to “Gangster Disciples”, who are active in Georgia’s Prison system. The gang has roots in Chicago but officials in Georgia say that the gang is quite active in Georgia.
Last week, thirty-nine-year-old Lakeshia Katersa Thomas was found in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant at her residence on Leon Street in Rome. The marijuana was intended for distribution to members of the “Gangster Disciples” criminal street gang at the prison in Chattooga County, according to the report. Thomas reportedly received financial compensation in exchange for her participation in smuggling contraband into the facility.
The Gangster Disciples are a national gang whose organization dates back to the 1970s. The US Attorney’s Office says that the gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.” The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is “Silence and Secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. Violations of the rule are punishable by death.
Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta said recently, “The Gangster Disciples are a ruthless gang that has preyed upon the good people of our communities for far too long. We are dedicated to continue dismantling these organized and violent criminal enterprises until we reach our ultimate goal of ending their reign of terror.”
Dove Hunters: Season Changes for 2019–2020
Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources.
Doves are a federally regulated migratory bird. As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually establishes a framework (opening and closing dates, maximum season length, and maximum bag limits) within which the states must set their seasons. These frameworks are developed with input of state wildlife agencies, and are informed using biological population, harvest, and habitat data. Recent framework changes to the maximum closing date for doves allows Georgia to adjust its dove season responsive to public desires.
“For years our dove hunters have expressed a desire to end the dove season later,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section of the Wildlife Resources Division. “The recent framework change allows us to provide dove hunting opportunity until January 31, and our dove season provides the maximum opportunity allowed.”
Dove season hunting dates are Sept. 7–30, Nov. 23–Dec. 1, and Dec. 6–Jan. 31. A complete summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits is online at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.
State license fees help support wildlife conservation in Georgia. The state receives federal funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, based on a number of factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. In Georgia, these funds are approximately $14 million a year and have helped restore habitat and improve wildlife populations, expand public dove hunting opportunity and improve hunter access. Hunters may purchase licenses online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at more than 800 license agent locations.
For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.
Water Meter Tampered With In Summerville
Summerville Police recently investigated a water meter that was tampered with, according to reports from the police department.
Sixty-six-year-old Glenda Smith of a Woodland Avenune address was cited this past week after a city employee found that the water meter at her home had been removed.
Police say that Smith had the water turned on at the residence and then the meter was removed the same day.
Smith was cited in connection with the incident.
Arrest Report - Sunday - June 16, 2019
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Sunday, June 16, 2019:
Mohawk To Fly Largest U.S. Flag In The State
To honor its employees and celebrate its unique American heritage, Mohawk Industries will host a special American flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
“We are proud to be an American company, and we are inspired by the ingenuity and commitment of our exceptional people,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries’ chairman and chief executive officer. “Our competitive edge comes from more than 20,000 U.S. employees who make, sell and deliver our products, with about half of those working in Georgia. Hundreds are veterans who nobly served our country, which makes this flag especially poignant as a means of expressing our appreciation to our employees.”
According to the company, the flag will be the largest in Georgia, measuring 45 feet high by 75 feet wide and weighing over 150 pounds. Towering from a 130-foot pole on the company’s Union Grove campus, the flag will be a landmark for drivers along I-75. In addition to Union Grove, Mohawk said it operates a network of more than 30 manufacturing, distribution and administrative facilities across Georgia, providing a substantial economic impact in each community.
Mohawk said it takes great pride in the long tenure of its employees, with more than one in every eight having been with the company 25 years or more. During the event, Mohawk will recognize 15 area employees with 30 or more years of service.
“These individuals represent the thousands of men and women at Mohawk who produce the best American-made flooring, using state-of-the-art technology combined with old-fashioned innovation and creativity. We proudly raise this flag in their honor,” said Lorberbaum.
Mohawk added that it is supporting more than 120 nonprofit organizations, including the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Local scouts will help raise the flag during the ceremony and, afterwards, will receive badges for their uniforms.
Mohawk will also donate flooring to Camp Sidney Dew and Camp Misty Mountain in northwest Georgia to refurbish indoor community spaces for use by future generations and will provide $10,000 to sponsor scouts to attend either camp or their national convention.
“These donations will have a huge impact on the boys and girls of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta,” said Carley Ferguson, a board member of Girl Scouts and vice president of internal audit at Mohawk. “The provided flooring will update facilities for members to experience nature and build lifetime friendships, while the funds will help them attend camps where they will learn teamwork and leadership skills.”
After the flag is raised, Rebecca Howell of Cochran, Ga., most recently featured on NBC’s The Voice, will perform the national anthem. Other event highlights include remarks by Mohawk’s Tom Lape, president of residential flooring, and Jeff Lorberbaum, plus a performance by the Spirit of Atlanta Drumline and a barbecue lunch.
It's Time For Georgia Watermelons
After two years of extreme weather during their season, Georgia watermelon growers are reporting smooth sailing.
Overall acreage is down, but yields and quality are up, according to a news release from the Georgia Watermelon Association, LaGrange.
“The weather for this year’s growing season has been good so far,” Rob Greene, association president and owner of Lime Creek Farms, Arabi, Ga. “It is getting hot quickly, and that is watermelon weather.”
The state produces watermelons on more than 18,000 acres, and the first watermelons began arriving in stores June 10. Meredith McGlamory, the 2019 Georgia Watermelon Queen, will be promoting the fruit and educating consumers in stores throughout the summer, according to the release.
Other promotions from the Georgia Watermelon Association include partnerships with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. Participants in the annual Braves Country 5K on June 1 enjoyed slices of watermelon at the finish line. On July 4-5, attendees at Braves’ games will receive a hand-held watermelon fan to keep them cool.
Social media will feature a consumers’ sweepstakes that is entered by submitting photos enjoying Georgia watermelons. Prizes will be awarded weekly. See https://www.facebook.com/gawatermelons for more information.
Hepatitis A Outbreak Affecting Chattooga County
The Georgia Department of Public Health says that our state is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak. Public health officials say that 316 cases of hepatitis A have been identified across the state. In Northwest Georgia 143 cases have been confirmed, according to the Northwest Georgia Public Health District.
Twenty-four cases have been reported in Chattooga County.
Recently there have been reports from the Chattanooga area and the Fort Payne, Alabama area about cases of hepatitis A being spread by food service workers. Health officials say that the disease is a highly contagious liver infection is spread like many viruses. It’s ingested from objects, food or drinks that are contaminated by small, undetected amounts of feces from an infected person. Also, hepatitis A is also spread by sexual contact or even close personal contact.
High-risk groups such as drug users, men who have sex with men and the homeless are especially susceptible to the disease.
The Georgia Department of Public Health says that vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A and that frequent hand washing – especially for those working around food – is a way to prevent the spread of the disease.
You can find out more from the Georgia Department of Public Health here.
Arrest Report - Saturday - June 14, 2019
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, June 15, 2019: