Recall Issued for Some Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Products

National Recall on Children's Medications

The frozen, ready-to-eat sausage links items were produced and packaged on Aug. 4, 2018 and were shipped to an establishment in Tennessee where the product was further distributed to retail store.

CTI Foods LLC, based out of Kentucky, is recalling approximately 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry sausage links products that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically pieces of metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The frozen, ready-to-eat sausage links items were produced and packaged on August 4th, 2018 and recalled on Monday (December 10th, 2018).

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey” with a Use By date of Jan. 31, 19. The product bears case code A6382168, with a time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 19085” on the back of the product packaging. These items were shipped to an establishment in Tennessee where the product was further distributed to retail store.

The problem was discovered on Dec. 10, when FSIS was notified that the establishment had received five consumer complaints of metal pieces in the ready-to-eat sausage links.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place where they were purchased.

If you have questions about the recall, call the Jimmy Dean customer service line at (855) 382-3101.


Fantasy 5 Jackpot Ticket Sold in Rome

One winning ticket worth $336,382 was sold in Rome for the Dec. 6 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Winning numbers from the Dec. 6 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 5-7-9-17-33.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Circle K #3655, located at 2401 Garden Lakes Blvd. NW.

A winner has not come forward to claim the ticket yet.

Fantasy 5 winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim prizes.

Fantasy 5 tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase Fantasy 5 tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $20 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


Delay In Arrest Report Today

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department told WZQZ News this morning that they are experiencing technical difficulties with their computer software system making today’s arrest report unavailable at this time. The Sheriff’s Department says that they should have the problem resolved later today.  Check back later today for the most recent arrest report.

Student Athletes Recognized at City Hall

At last night’s monthly City Hall meeting in Summerville, the Summerville City Council recognized the Recreation Deptartment’s 7-Under Indians and Cheer Team. They were this year’s North Georgia Youth Football League “Super Bowl Champions”, and were congratulated by the council and the meeting’s attendees.

Then, the council also recognized Mr. Jamarious Mosteller for his accomplishment as the GHSA 2-A Triple Jump gold medal winner in Track & Field. Mosteller was joined by his family, friends, and coaches at the meeting when Mayor Harry Harvey read the proclamation that formally honored his achievement.

After these recognitions were made, the council worked multiple items of business. This included hearing a presentation from county EMA/9-1-1 director Pamela Vaughan on a proposed Robocall system for the city, hearing from Tony Jones on changes to the city’s short-term employee disability coverage, and voting on whether to accept a bid for removing sludge from the waste water treatment plant.

WZQZ will have more on the meeting in upcoming newscasts and posts online.


Here is a list of the closings and delays that we have reported:

Chattooga County Schools – 3 hour delay

Trion City Schools – 2 hour delay

Chattooga County Senior Center – Closed

Chattooga County Health Department – 2 hour delay

Georgia Northwestern Technical College – 3 hour delay, all campuses

DeKalb County, Alabama Schools – 2 hour delay

Cherokee County, Alabama Schools – 2 hour delay

Fort Payne City Schools – 2 hour delay

Rome City Schools – Closed

Floyd County Schools – Closed

Walker County Schools – Closed

Darlington School – 2 hour delay

BB& T Bank – Opening at 9:30 AM


Drug Task Force Makes Arrests

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The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force arrested six people last week at two locations.

According to reports, the Drug Task Force arrested twenty-two-year-old Kalil Hutchinson and charged him with felon possession of marijuana and use of a phone in the commission of a felony.  The Drug Task Force also arrested four people at a residence in Northern Walker County.  Thirty-three-year-old Elizabeth Hodges, thirty-year-old Craig Sanborn, thirty-six-year-old Reginald Jordan and thirty-two-year-old Michael Ferney were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.

During the arrests, agents also discovered a fugitive from Tennessee, identified as twenty-eight-year-old Carolyn Ferguson.

Menlo City Hall Meeting Tonight

The regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Menlo will be held this 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.

Water Theft Reported By City of Summerville

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The City of Summerville says that the theft of water is a problem.  In recent days the city has found at least 25 customers that have been stealing water.

The City’s Water Department told WZQZ News that there has been a problem with the automated water meters that were installed over the past few years, that has resulted in city employees being sent out to check water meters manually.  During those checks, water department employees have found that several people have been stealing water from the city.  The water thefts would go undetected using the automated system, but were discovered during the manual checks.

The glitch in the water and gas meters has caused some gas meters to report no usage when gas was actually being used by customers.  The city says that each month over 200 meters malfunction and report no usage.

The City is working with the manufacturer of the water and gas meters to eliminate problems, but in the mean time workers will continue to check meters periodically.

"Gift" Your Favorite Hunter or Angler with a "License" to the Great Outdoors

Press Release: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

How do you pick the best gift for that outdoors enthusiast on your holiday gift list?

Before heading to the stores, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants to tell you about a gift that benefits wildlife and the wild places that all hunters and anglers enjoy—a hunting and fishing license!

A youth license, a lifetime license or an annual hunting or fishing license are all great examples of how to give access to the great outdoors, and provide support for Georgia wildlife and state-managed lands.

Youth License

The Youth Sportsman’s License for $15 makes a great gift for anyone under age 16, and allows you to give a gift valued at $70! This license is good through age 17, giving them a full year sportsman’s license once they reach age 16 (when they are required to have a license). This license even comes on a free “hard card”—so you have something to wrap up for them!

Lifetime Licenses

With a lifetime license, the Georgia resident hunter or angler on your gift list will not need to pay for another state hunting or fishing license. Ever! From hunting trophy whitetails to casting for lunker largemouths, their cherished recreation in Georgia is covered. Applications and document details are at

Annual or Other Licenses

Can’t purchase a lifetime license? How about giving an annual or 2-year license for that hunter or angler? This purchase provides your sportsman or woman access to the Georgia outdoors, and even if they already have a current license, the license you purchase will “stack” onto their existing one.

Licenses are Gifts That Keeps On Giving…

The Wildlife Resources Division uses hunting and fishing license sales to fulfill its wildlife mission. The sale of paid licenses is a key measure through which states receive Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding.

Since 1937, the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program ( has channeled dedicated excise taxes on sporting equipment—more than $14 billion nationwide through 2011—to states to manage fish and wildlife and provide recreational opportunities. Uses in Georgia vary from funding public fishing areas to managing the state’s 1 million-strong deer herd.

This holiday season, give the wildlife enthusiast on your list a “license” to keep enjoying the activities they love.

More information on licenses at, and purchase a license here

Accident On Highway 100 Caused By Downed Tree

Law enforcement and Redmond EMS were called to the scene of an accident on Highway 100 on Monday night.  Reports indicate that a tree had fallen across Highway 100 near Lick Skillet Road.  The tree was partially blocking the roadway.  Two vehicles hit the tree, according to reports.  Injuries were reported, but further details of the accident have not been released at this time.

Car Hit in Ingles Parking Lot

According to records from the Summerville Police Department, county man Kevin Myrick’s car was struck in the parking lot of Ingles Shopping Center while he was out bowling.

Myrick told the officer taking the report that he left his white 2007 Saturn Aura parked at the grocery store, but that he returned to find his driver’s side smashed. A large yellow streak was left by the car that struck Myrick’s vehicle, and his door’s glass shattered and the door not openable.

The incident is currently under investigation by the SPD.

Chattooga County Sheriff Warning About Phone Scam

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that scammers are at work in Chattooga County and wants to warn area residents not to fall for the scam.

The Sheriff said that his office has received several calls about an IRS scam.  The sheriff says that if you receive a call saying that your social security number has been “hacked” or compromised, it is a scam.

Sheriff Schrader told WZQZ News that the callers are attempting to extort social security numbers from potential victims.  The sheriff says to never give out your social security number, or any other personal details to these callers.  According to the sheriff, one of the telephone numbers being used by the scammers is a Pennsylvania number, 717-387-7586.

Should you receive a call that you suspect to be a scam, you should report it to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.

Deal: State government will delay opening until 10 a.m. Tuesday

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Press Release
Acting on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that state government will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The National Weather Service has warned that counties basically north of I-20 may have black ice on roads as temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

“Out of an abundance of caution and following the latest update from the National Weather Service, state government will delay opening for non-essential personnel until 10 a.m. tomorrow,” said Deal. “Our top priorities are to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to keep our roads as safe as possible. I encourage those in affected areas to remain off of the roads early tomorrow morning. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”
The National Weather Service released the following statement regarding tomorrow’s forecast:
Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service
Peachtree City GA
12:06 PM EST Mon Dec 10 2018
Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Henry, Butts, Troup, Meriwether, Pike
Temperatures tonight will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s across north and portions of central Georgia. The colder temperatures combined with moisture left on surfaces from recent precipitation will leads to slick or icy spots on roads as well as other surfaces such as porches, decks, and sidewalks Tuesday morning. The most likely locations for black ice on roadways will be secondary or untreated roads as well as bridges and overpasses.
The threats for black ice and slick spots will diminish through the morning hours as temperatures are expected to warm through Tuesday afternoon to well above the freezing mark. Use caution and allow extra time to reach your destination if traveling late Tonight and Tuesday morning.

Black Ice Possible On Area Roadways This Morning - Local Schools Delayed

Temperatures have fallen into the upper 20’s around Chattooga County overnight and that is causing hazardous conditions on some area roadways, especially bridges and overpasses.  The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia has issued a Special Weather Statement for Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia due to the amount of moisture on the roads and the freezing temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to be above freezing by 9 AM this morning, and we should warm up into the upper 40’s by early afternoon.  In the mean time, there could be icy conditions and drivers are urged to use caution.

Both local school systems are operating on delays this morning.  Chattooga County Schools are on a three hour delay and Trion City Schools are operating on a two hour delay.  Buses in the Chattooga County School system will be running three hours later than normal.  Neighboring Walker County Schools are closed today due to the road conditions.  Georgia Northwestern Technical College says that all campuses are operating on a three hour delay today. Floyd County and Rome City Schools are closed today as well. Cherokee and DeKalb County, Alabama Schools are operating on a two hour delay.

Here is the weather statement from the National Weather Service:

Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s across north
and portions of central Georgia early this morning. The colder
temperatures combined with moisture left on surfaces from recent
precipitation will lead to slick or icy spots on roads as well as
other surfaces such as porches, decks, and sidewalks, this morning.
The most likely locations for black ice on roadways will be secondary
or untreated roads, especially on bridges and overpasses. The threat
of black ice and slick spots will diminish through the morning hours
as temperatures are expected to warm through Tuesday afternoon to
well above freezing. Use caution and allow extra time to reach your
destination if traveling this morning.

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:

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. .

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