Drug Bust at Cloudland Nets Three Arrests

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On Tuesday of this week the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force along with the Department of Natural Resources served a search warrant in Cloudland which resulted in the arrests of three people.

The warrant was served at a house off of Georgia Highway 157 and Gordon Lane.  Crystal Renee Brown, age 31, was arrested on charges of possession of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine. Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Ray Green was also charged with possession of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine.

A third suspect, thirty-four-year-old Terry Wayne Green, was also charged with methamphetamine possession and intent to distribute charges.  As a deputy was walking Terry Wayne Green to the patrol car, Green bolted and ran from the deputy.  Deputies and Drug Task Force Agents gave chase and captured Green.  He has additional charges of felony escape and willful obstruction of law enforcement.

All three suspects were booked into the Chattooga County Jail.


Thanksgiving Closings

Thanksgiving Closings:

  • The Town of Trion Business Office and Maintenance Department will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov 23-24. Garbage normally picked up on these days will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov 22.
  • The Trion Recreation Department will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov 23-25. For emergency calls normally directed to the Gas or Police Departments, call 9-1-1 and emergency response will be dispatched.
  • The Chattooga County Library System will be closed Thursday through Saturday, November 23-25. The Library will return to its normal operating hours Monday, Nov 27.
  • The Summerville City Hall will be closing today at 3 PM and remain closed Thursday and Friday
  • The Chattooga County Farm Bureau will be closing today at 2 PM


GDOT Suspends Lane Closures in Northwest Georgia for Thanksgiving Holiday

Here’s some good news for travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and primary state roads in northwest Georgia from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 through 5 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017.

“Northwest Georgians have been very patient with our construction throughout the year,” says Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.  “We appreciate it very much and enjoy giving them these well-deserved breaks from lane closures.  We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.  In addition, crews may be working and equipment may be staged in proximity to roadways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place.  Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

Scott Tucker Promoted at United Community Bank

United Community Bank announced in a press release that Scott Tucker, a longtime Chattooga County banker, has been promoted to President of the Northwest Georgia region for United Community Bank.

The announcement was made by Bill Gilbert, President of United Community Bank.  In addition to Tucker being promoted to President, Rome banker David Johnson will become the CEO of the Northwest Georgia region which includes seven locations in Chattooga, Floyd and Bartow counties.

Gilbert said, “David and Scott are ideal leaders for United in this area. Together, they have more than 80 years of local banking experience, and they truly care about these communities. We look forward to continued success and growth for United in this region.”

Tucker said, ““Our team of bankers in Northwest Georgia is as talented as they come. I am proud to work with David to lead this team, and provide the financial services that are most needed by our customers. David and I care passionately about this team, our Bank and these communities.”

Arrest Report - Wednesday - November 22, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Wednesday, November 22, 2017:

Woman Dies Alone in Alabama House Fire - UPDATE

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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a woman died in a house fire Tuesday morning at a County Road reesidence in the Aroney Community. No one else was in the home at the time.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but is being investigated by the DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Alabama State Fire Marshall’s Office.


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A house fire in the community of Aroney led to the death of an elderly woman.

Family around the home on County Road 386 in the Aroney community alerted police to the fire around 9 a.m. and five different agencies responded to the call. “We were advised of the possibility of an elderly female in the house,” said Chief Tony Bearden of Aroney Volunteer Fire Department. “Upon arrival, family members and neighbors said she was in the house, so we sent people in,”

Authorities say the fire was on the side of the house, near the front door and unfortunately the woman was in the back of the house in the bathroom.

Sadly, when the fire department arrived, it was too late. “They got her out. She was not burned, but she had suffered smoke inhalation,” said Chief Bearden.

The 84-year-old woman was pronounced dead after getting her out of the burning home. Fire crews spent another three hours to get the fire under control.

As of right now, officials are unsure as to how the fire started. “It’s under investigation. The DeKalb County arson task force investigates fires and the Alabama fire marshals are investigating.”

The elderly woman lived on a lot surrounded by her family, who didn’t want to comment at this time.


Rome Police Dept. Asking for Public's Help Identifying Accused Thieves

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The Rome Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying both a man and woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at a Rome business, as well as a man accused of using several stolen financial cards throughout Rome. To see the images of the accused thieves, click ‘read more’.


The pair in the first two pictures are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from an East Rome business. The man pictured last in the yellow shirt is accused of using several stolen debit and credit cards throughout Rome.

To provide information on the pair involved in the East Rome business robbery, contact Investigator Corey Bowers at 706-238-5129. To provide information on the man involved in credit card thefts, contact Investigator Sam Perri at 706-238-5128. Alternatively, you can message the Rome PD about either case on their Facebook page. All tips may remain anonymous.

Walker Co. Sheriff's Office Asking for Public's Help Identifying Accused Thief

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman caught on surveillance video stealing a purse.

Around 5:45 PM last Friday, the female pictured below entered a vehicle on Orchard Terrace in Rossville and took a brown, leather purse, and left the scene in a maroon Ford Taurus.

About 20 minutes later, she used a credit card taken from the purse at Walgreens on Rossville Blvd. in Chattanooga. If you have any information on the pictured woman, the Walker County Sherriff’s Office asks that you call Sgt. Zack Simpson at 706-638-1909 Ext. 1270.

Tim Burgess Named New Cherokee County Probate Judge / County Commission Chairman

County Administrator Tim Burgess has officially been appointed Cherokee Co. Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey placed the call to Burgess just prior to noon Tuesday informing him that she is appointing him to fill the unexpired term of J. Kirk Day, who passed away in early October. Burgess told WEIS Radio that he was a bit overwhelmed that Governor Ivey called personally to inform him of her decision. The appointment will be effective as of December 1.

He said he plans to work hard in fulfilling the duties of the office, adding that he’s excited to be chosen to fill the position but knows that as soon as he’s settled into his new role, it’ll be time to gear up for a political campaign as part of the upcoming 2018 election cycle.

Burgess said he looks forward to serving the people of Cherokee County in his new capacity as Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman.


Turkey/Ham Shoot at United by Faith Baptist

Press release: United by Faith Baptist Church is hosting a Turkey/Ham Shoot on Dec 2nd starting at 10 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church of East Armurchee ( 2600 East Armurchee Rd, Subligna,GA).

If you’re interested in winning a Turkey or Ham, you can participate for $5.00 per shot. Bring your own guns (12 and 20 gauge guns allowed – up to a full choke), or use a house gun which will be provided. Coffee/Sodas will be available for purchase.

Contact Corey Callan @ 706-584-0321 or Gene Cavin @ 706-506-5525 for more information. Come out and join us for this fun event!

Mohawk Industries to buy Australia's biggest carpet company

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Mohawk Industries Inc. has agreed to buy the biggest carpet maker and distributor in Australia and New Zealand from the company’s founding family.

Mohawk, already the world’s biggest floorcovering company, said Monday it will acquire Godfrey Hirst Group, the leading flooring company in Australia and New Zealand with gobal sales of about $450 million in the fiscal year ended June 30.

The Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk already operates a comprehensive warehouse and sales network in Australia and New Zealand to distribute the company’s wood, laminate, LVT, vinyl and carpet products.

Godfrey Hirst is the 152-year-old, largest spinner of woolen carpet yarns in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the world’s 10 biggest carpet manufacturers. The company employs more than 1,000 people in its manufacturing and distribution facilities across Australia and has a number of overseas offices, including about 70 employees in the United States.

Read more at the Times Free Press here.

Cedar Bluff Woman Charged in Chemical Death Case

A 33-year-old Cedar Bluff woman has been arrested on charges of chemical endangerment involving a death, which is a Class C felony. 

Sheriff Jeff Shaver informed WEIS Radio News that the case was presented to a grand jury earlier in the month (November, 2017) by Chief Investigator Josh Summerford, and as a result Ciji Nicole White was indicted on the charges  The sheriff said the death occurred in November of last year and the investigators had been awaiting autopsy results before proceeding with the case; the deceased – who was stillborn at a Chattanooga hospital – tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sheriff Shaver said “We have made multiple arrests for chemical endangerment involving children, but I believe this is the first case in this judicial circuit in which someone has been charged with chemical endangerment involving a death.  This is a very tragic incident and we hope people take notice that it is unacceptable to use illegal drugs during a pregnancy.”

Sheriff’s Office investigators took White into custody Monday afternoon; she was booked in  at the Cherokee County Detention Center where she remains with bond set at $100,000.


Tribute to Mel Tillis Friday and Saturday

Arrest Report - Tuesday - November 21, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Tuesday, November 21, 2017:

Menlo Man Reports Trespassing

A Menlo man reported Saturday that two men have been trespassing on his property to spotlight deer.

According to complainant Phillip Wright, a white male and an hispanic male have been using a dirt road on Wright’s property to access his neighbor’s fields to spotlight deer.

Wright said he put a lock on the gate, but that someone cut it. Wright said he even saw and spoke with one of the subjects on the evening of the report and told him not to use his road, but the subject refused and proceeded anyway.

Wright stated that one of the subjects is a white male approximately 30 years old, driving a gray, crew cab, 4-wheel-drive diesel pickup. The other is an hispanic male in a red SUV.

Theft at Curiosity Shop

Last Saturday evening, a theft was reported at the Curiosity Shop on Hwy 27 in Summerville. Complainant Tracey Hawkins told the deputy a cat statue, two scarecrows, a coffee maker, and halloween tinsel had been stolen from her shop. The stolen items are valued at a total of $62.

Security footage obtained by the sheriff’s office’s investigator shows a white man and woman stealing the items from the shop while walking a dog.

County Deputy Resigns after Alleged Fight with Wife, Brother

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A Chattooga sheriff’s deputy resigned Monday following an administrative review of a domestic incident at that deputy’s home.

Deputy Kenneth Martin and his wife, Megan, allegedly got into an argument around 8:20 PM Sunday. According to Megan, Kenneth was intoxicated during the argument and he allegedly pushing her while she was holding their two-month-old son. Megan reportedly called Kenneth’s parents for help, and she said that Kenneth and his brother Aaron got into a verbal and physical altercation while Aaron forced his brother into his car.
Sheriff Schrader has talked with the Martins and witnesses and is reportedly not convinced the deputy physically assaulted the wife. No charges have been filed, and Martin resigned in lieu of termination following the opening of the administrative review.

WATCH: Semi Trailer Collapses on Hwy 48

Around 3 PM yesterday, the trailer of a big rig collapsed under its own weight on Hwy 48. The incident happened between Crossroad market gas station and the Raccoon Creek bridge between Summerville and Berryton. The tractor was pulling freight for a company named Benton Express, Inc.

Luckily, the driver managed to pull the truck roadside, and multiple sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to help direct traffic. No injuries have been reported.

Woman Throws Wallet Out of Car

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A county woman reported Friday that she threw her wallet out of her car window thinking it was headed for the back seat.

Trion woman Taylor Callihan told a local sheriff’s deputy that on Friday while driving from Lyerly to Trion, she had thrown her wallet toward the back seat of the car, but when she got to Victory Fuels in Trion, she coculdn’t find it, and realized she had thrown it out of the window.

When Callihan checked her bank balance, she saw that an unauthorized withdrawal of $60 had been made at an ATM around Pennville. According to Callihan, her wallet contains $240, two social security cards, and her driver’s license. The wallet is brown leather with a bronze arrow on it.

The incident was handed over to an investigator.

Arrest Report - Monday - November 20, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, November 20, 2017: