Summerville Main Street Friday Night Concert Moved To AG Center

Due to the threat of rain, this evening’s concert will be held under the show arena at the Chattooga County Agricultural Center. Food vendors will be on site, along with soft drinks, frozen ice, ice cream, and more. Everyone can enjoy this family friendly event without the worries of rain!

Cagle-Kemp Race Draws Big Endorsements

Both Republican candidates for governor of Georgia have draw huge endorsements in their runoff race to see who will be their party’s nominee.  Lt. Governor Casey Cagle received the endorsement of current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and yesterday, Secretary of State Brian Kemp received the endorsement of President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.

Kemp was getting the message out to Republican voters about the news of his endorsement by the President and Vice President saying, “I have plans that line up with what the President is doing.” President Trump said that Kemp is the Republican in the race that he believes will follow his agenda.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle was quick to respond saying, “Sadly enough, lots of political insiders have given the President another set of bad information”, indicating that the President must be misinformed in his backing of Kemp.

There was word yesterday that Vice-President Mike Pence may come to Georgia to campaign for Kemp over the weekend.

The runoff Republican Primary election will be held next Tuesday.  Today is the last day to vote early.

If you would like to vote early in the race in Chattooga County and you voted a Republican ballot in May, or if you didn’t vote at all in the May election, you can go by the Chattooga County Registrar Office to vote today.

"Sharing His Love" School Supply Event Tomorrow

On Saturday, members of three local churches will come together to provide colorful backpacks and stacks of school supplies to the children of Chattooga County. For the ninth year, the ministry known as “Sharing His Love through School Supplies” will offer these items to children of Chattooga County who might not otherwise be prepared for the opening day of school.

Three Summerville churches will host the event – Summerville First Baptist Church, Summerville First United Methodist Church and Horizon Baptist Fellowship.

The churches receive school supply lists from both Chattooga County and Trion City Schools.  Each child is given an age-appropriate backpack along with pencils, crayons, papers, notebooks and other supplies as needed for each grade level. The supplies will be offered beginning at 10 AM Saturday and the children receiving the items must be present to receive them. Only Chattooga County residents are eligible for these supplies. Also, a light lunch will be served.

Students are also offered a New Testament in the New King James Version as a ministry to each child along with personal conversations and counselors offering the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Pastor Sean Wegener, of Summerville First Baptist Church, along with Rev. Dr. Ed Judy, of the Summerville First United Methodist Church, and Rev. John Paul Harris, of Horizon Baptist Fellowship Church, will be available for this time of sharing

“This is an opportunity for our local churches to support and share God’s love to the children of Chattooga County. We look forward each year to being able to provide them with backpacks and school supplies as they begin the new school year,” according to Kristy Parker, an organizer of the event.

Chattooga County BOE Plans Budget Meetings

The Chattooga County Board of Education is planning two budget meetings coming up next month.

Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman told WZQZ Local News on Thursday that he is going to recommend that the Board of Education roll back their portion of the property tax by one full mill for the upcoming tax year.  Lenderman says that he is recommending the rollback due to the completion of projects by the school district.

Mr. Lenderman added that there are still several ongoing projects, but that in the next year or so as projects are completed, he will be recommending cuts to the school system’s budget. Lenderman said, “Once major projects are complete, I hope to be able to recommend reducing the budget by $1 million; this would include millage cuts.”

This year’s budget meetings will be held at 10 AM on August 14th and at 6 PM on August 16th.

Burglary Reported In Lyerly

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary that was reported in Lyerly on Wednesday of this week.

Charles West told a responding deputy that the front door of his Evans Road, Lyerly home had been forced open.  The deputy observed pry marks around the deadbolt and door knob to the front door of the residence and there was damage to the door frame.

Mr. West told the deputy that items in the living room had been moved and gone through and also showed the deputy a bedroom where items had been disturbed. He advised the deputy that a homemade wooden box containing $300 in cash, keys to a Ford Ranger and his wife’s drivers license were missing.  The box was kept in the top drawer of a night stand in the bedroom.

The incident has been turned over to an investigator.


Firearms Stolen From Vehicle

Two firearms were stolen from a vehicle in Trion that was parked at a car sales lot.

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office says that they responded to a call from Chattooga 911 on Wednesday afternoon to B&B Auto Sales on Highway 27 in Trion.

The responding deputy spoke with Jowel Thomas who told the deputy that he had parked the car at the lot on July 12th.  When he returned on Wednesday, Mr. Thomas found that the passenger side window of the vehicle had been broken and two firearms were missing.

The responding deputy entered the stolen guns into the statewide crime information data base and the case was turned over to an investigator.


Lyerly School To Dedicate New Gym

The community is being invited out to celebrate the dedication of the new Lyerly Elementary School gymnasium.

A ribbon cutting and open house will be held coming up next Saturday, July 28th from 10 AM until noon.

Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman says that everyone is invited to attend, not just Lyerly residents.  The school superintendent says that he would especially like to see residents from the Menlo area at the open house since the Board of Education is planning a new gym for Menlo School.

School starts back on August 1, 2018.


Chattooga World War II Veterans Honored At Luncheon

Eleven area World War II veterans were honored at a luncheon on Thursday at the Chattooga County Civic Center.

Event organizers Barbara Reece and Odell Anderson presented certificates to each of the veterans at the event, thanking them for their service to our country during the war.  The United States was involved in the war from December of 1941 until September of 1945. During the war, over 16 million Americans served in the United States Armed Forces, with 405,399 killed in action and 671,278 wounded. There were also 130,201 American prisoners of war, of whom 116,129 returned home after the war.

The United States Veterans Administration says that of the 16 million who served during World War II, there are only a little over a half-million veterans still alive today, that is down from just under a million in 2015.




Georgia DOT Names New District Engineer For Northwest Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation is proud to announce the selection of Grant Waldrop as the new District Six Engineer.  Waldrop who has served as an assistant district engineer takes the place of DeWayne Comer who has just retired.

Waldrop will be taking the helm of the 17 county district that occupies the northwest Georgia region stretching from the Alabama state line on the west to the Tennessee State line on the north and the metro Atlanta region on the east and south.  He will be the face of Georgia DOT in Northwest Georgia overseeing all the Department’s programs, projects and activities in the area and working with local and state lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public in the 17 county area.  He also will work with GDOT’s adjoining state departments of transportation including Tennessee and Alabama.

With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, Waldrop began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 2004, and was promoted through various transportation and traffic engineering positions. Grant’s broad experience of 14 years with GDOT includes traffic design engineer, regional traffic manager, district traffic engineer and assistant district engineer.

“I look forward to supporting this community and working with our dedicated staff. I’m pleased to be a member of the team that continues to move Northwest Georgia forward through construction of new infrastructure,” Waldrop said. “Maintaining existing roads and bridges is equally important. I’m proud of the 300+ employees of District Six who push themselves daily, ensuring safe travel in our district.”

Grant and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter; Bryce Waldrop age 12, Riley Waldrop age 10, and Jayde Waldrop age 7. The family lives in Temple, Georgia where they raise sheep on their small farm.

GDOT District Six office is located in Cartersville, but the department also maintains area offices in Buchannan, Rome, Dalton as well as Cartersville. There are 2,079 bridges in the district, 1,900 state route centerline miles and 160 interstate centerline miles.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has seven district offices that operate and maintain the state transportation system at the local level. Each district has a district engineer who plans, organizes and directs district activities. Districts are subdivided into area offices that are overseen by an area engineer. The northwest Georgia District Six office is located in Cartersville. For information on the Department of Transportation, visit

Chattooga Beekeepers To Participate In Creative Discovery's "Honey Harvest"

For the past seventeen years, the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga has buzzed with beekeepers and delighted children as they learn about bees and honey.  The eighteenth annual Honey Harvest at the Creative Discovery Museum will be taking place this year on July 28th and 29th, and Chattooga County Beekeepers are one of the groups that will be on hand to help kids learn more about the importance of honey bees.

Honey Harvest, the only event of its kind in Chattanooga, is a Museum-wide celebration with regional beekeepers who help guests learn about the importance of honey bees and how honey is made. During the celebration, guests can: make their own honey lip balm, beeswax candle and honey soap to take home; taste different varieties of honey in Culinary Corner; and participate in honey extraction and meet beekeepers.

The Museum will once again host a Welsh Honey and Hive product show that will take place in the Discovery Library room during both days of the event. Guests will view prize winning honey, honey related products and also be able to purchase products made by regional beekeepers and their bees.

Children can submit their own works of bee art to the Welsh Honey and Hive product show. Submissions must be 2D only and 8.5” by 11” or smaller. Send a child’s art to Creative Discovery Museum via mail to Lucien Scott at 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 or email to Submission deadline is Wednesday, July 25. For official rules, visit

Organizations participating in this year’s Honey Harvest include the Chattanooga Beekeepers Association, Chattooga County Beekeepers Association, Cherokee Beekeepers Association, Highland Rim Beekeepers Association, Ocoee Beekeepers Association, Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association and Tri-State Beekeepers Association.

Honey bees have long been a part of the Museum’s exhibits. The Museum’s Buzz Alley exhibit opened in 2011 as a permanent exhibit that showcases the honey bee as a pollinator. Buzz Alley also highlights the relationship between bees and wildflowers and the importance of beekeeping to help sustain a healthy ecosystem.

All Honey Harvest activities are included with admission to the Museum. For more information, call 423-756-2738 or visit the Museum website at

Summerville Police Remove Abandoned Vehicle

Summerville Police received a report about a vehicle that was apparently abandoned on Hill Street in Summerville.

According to the a report released by the Summerville Police Department, an anonymous person contacted the police department about a Chrysler PT Cruiser that had been sitting in the same spot for several days.  The complainant was concerned that the vehicle was partially in the roadway.

When police checked into the matter, they found a silver, 2007 PT Cruiser on Hill Street, near the intersection of Martin Street.

Police had the vehicle towed.  The report did not indicate who the owner of the vehicle was.

GBI Addressing Youth Suicide In Georgia

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is joining forces with other children’s service agencies across the state to address an alarming number of suicides that have taken place with children under the age of eighteen.

According to the GBI, nearly two dozen children have committed suicide in Georgia just this year.  GBI Director Vernon Keenan says that the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of fifteen and seventeen is suicide.  The GBI says so far this year, twenty-three children have committed suicide in Georgia.

The GBI and public health officials and other organizations have released a new public service announcement video aimed to help parents and other adults spot the signs of potential suicide.

You can find a link to the video here.


Drug Task Force Arrests Three For Crystal Meth

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Three suspects were arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine recently by the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

Agents arrested two after meth was found inside a residence on Chattanooga Valley Road in Walker County.  Thirty-six-year-old Kimberly Allmon Wilson and forty-one-year-old Eric Dewayne Roden were both charged with possession of crystal meth.

Another arrest was in Rossville, where thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Blake Tolbert was found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine.  Tolbert also was found to have digital scales and packaging equipment.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties.


Ford Recalls 550,000 Vehicles Due To Faulty "Shifter" Cable Bushing

Sometimes issues that spur recalls aren’t limited to a single problem in a single factory. That’s the case with Ford’s latest large recall.

Ford has issued a recall covering approximately 550,000 examples of the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion sedan and the 2013-2014 Ford Escape SUV. The vehicles were built in three separate facilities — Flat Rock and Louisville in the US, and Hermosillo in Mexico — and carry build dates between June 18, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2015. Approximately 504,000 of these cars are in the US, with the rest split between Canada and Mexico.

The problem stems from the transmission — or, rather, a part connected to it. A bushing responsible for holding the shifter cable in the transmission might detach. If that happens, the transmission might be in a different gear than what the driver may think it’s in. For example, you might put the car in Park, and the dashboard would show Park, but the car would still be in gear.

Obviously, that presents a major safety issue, as unintended vehicle movement can cause harm to the car, a structure it’s parked in or the driver and occupants. Thankfully, Ford has received no notifications of accidents or injuries related to this problem.

Remedying the issue is straightforward. When the car is dropped off at a dealership, technicians will replace the shifter cable bushing in question. In the interim, Ford suggests that owners of affected vehicles use the parking brake every time the car is placed in Park. That way, even if it’s still in gear, the parking brake will keep it from moving unintentionally.


Summerville’s Friday Night Concert Set To Feature The APB – Atlanta Production Band

Summerville Main Street is set to energize the July 20 Friday Night Live Free Concert with the Atlanta Production Band.

This band is comprised of the highest level of musicians and showmanship and guaranteed to provide extraordinary entertainment. With their repertoire of many songs and styles, they deliver a show that concert goers will absolutely enjoy. Whether your guests are 18 years old or 80, they will all have a “Funky Good Time”. The APB was featured in 2016 and 2017 at the city’s Celebrate Independence Fireworks Festivities and performs all across the United States.

The free concert is scheduled from 7:30-10:30pm. The select concert location will be in downtown Summerville on East Washington Street. Streets will be blocked off from Commerce Street to Economy Street beginning at 5:30pm. Street vendors will be on hand for this event with food and beverage, beginning at 6pm. Participating vendors include Chattooga SCV Camp 507 with BBQ, MaMa Rita’s Italian Ice and Pork Skins, Cutie Cones Ice Cream, Hotdogs& Nachos, and T&T Sweet Treats.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating and wear dancing shoes to enjoy the evening. This is a family friendly event. Pop up tents will be allowed as well. In the event of inclement weather, or threatening rain, the concert location will be moved to The Chattooga County Agricultural Center, located at 40 Middle School Rd, off Hwy. 100. Event festivities will be held under the covered show area. For additional information and concert updates visit The City of Summerville Georgia Facebook page or contact Summerville Main Street at (706) 859-0900 ext 1310.

Rome Man Sentenced For Mother's Murder

A Rome man is sentenced to life plus five years for the stabbing death of his mother in December of 2016.

George Anthony Headen was found guilty of murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime on Tuesday.

His mother, 50-year old Sheila Williams, was found dead in the residence at 303 Larkspur Lane in Rome.

She had been stabbed multiple times.

The prosecution had asked for life without parole but the judge sentenced Headen to life plus five years.



Knife Waving Intoxicated Man Arrested On Highland Avenue

A fifty-year-old Summerville man was arrested on Highland Avenue over this past weekend after Summerville Police received a call about a man waving a knife and stopping traffic.

Police had received calls before about a man waving a knife at passing motorists on Highland Avenue over the past several weeks but police were unable to locate the man.  Saturday, Chattooga 911 got more calls about a possibly intoxicated man with a knife waving a knife at passing cars.

When police responded on Saturday they found an intoxicated man at a residence near Highland Avenue on Seventh Street. Police say that when they arrived the man still had the knife in his hand.

Terry Macarthur Adams told police that he “just wanted to get his medication and go to bed.”

Adams was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.


Locals Spotted In Phoenix's Video Of Bea's Restaurant In Chattanooga

The author of “Addicted to America”, Charles Phoenix, recently visited Chattanooga and posted a video from the iconic “Bea’s Restaurant” on Dodds Avenue.  A couple of Chattooga County residents were spotted in the video for Phoenix’s “Field Trip” series.

Bea’s Restaurant has been around for over six decades, and is a popular destination for residents all over the tri-state area.  In the video, Phoenix declares that the food at Bea’s is “the best Southern food I’ve ever had.”

Chattooga County residents Jane and Billy Pettit can be seen at the beginning of the video, enjoying some of Bea’s famous Southern food.

Charles Phoenix is known as “Ambassador of Americana” and has spent his career celebrating American culture, life and style.  So far, the video of Bea’s Restaurant in Chattanooga has gained over a quarter of million views on Facebook.

You can view the video here: