Multiple Accidents In Tuesday's Fog

The Georgia State Patrol was busy working accidents in Chattooga County on Tuesday when heavy fog developed.

The National Weather Service had issued a statement on Tuesday morning about the possibility of black ice in Northwest Georgia, but the real problem was the heavy fog in some areas.  Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader stated on Tuesday that his deputies had not encountered any icy patches on the roadways, but was warning motorists about the heavy fog.

Law enforcement and Redmond EMS were called to the scene of an accident on Highway 27 at Walmart on Tuesday.  The Georgia State Patrol was working an accident when another accident happened at the same location.  No life-threatening injuries were reported from either accident.

The heavy fog was an issue for motorists until later on Tuesday morning when the fog cleared and temperatures warmed above freezing.

Traffic Accident Leads To Drug Citation

A woman told Summerville Police on Monday that if she had known marijuana was inside her house she would have smoked it and wouldn’t have allowed them inside her home.

The incident happened while Summerville Police were working a vehicle accident at the intersection of Northwest Congress Street and First Street.  While investigating the crash, the police learned that someone had fled from the scene of the accident.  Witnesses told the police that the person fled to a house on Lewis Street.

When officers went to the residence they spoke with Deidra Adams and questioned her about the person who had fled from the scene.  Adams allowed the police inside her home.  Upon entering the residence the officers saw suspected marijuana “in plain sight, on the living room floor”, according to the police report.  Additionally the officers found other drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

Adams reportedly told the officers, “she did not know that the marijuana was there because if she did she would have smoked it and also would not have let (the police) in.”

Adams was issued a citation for possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Chattooga County Judge Rules In South Georgia Murder Case

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a man who contends he was wrongly convicted of a South Georgia murder appeared to clear an important hurdle Wednesday when a judge declined to grant the state’s motion to dismiss his new claims.

After an hours-long hearing, Chattooga County Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Graham said she thought the state’s request was premature. Graham said she will now decide whether lawyers for Devonia Inman can take sworn testimony of the man they say was the actual killer and a man who recanted his testimony at trial when he said Inman confessed to the murder.

Inman is serving a life-without-parole sentence for the 1998 murder of Donna Brown, the night manager of a Taco Bell in Adel. She died of a gunshot to her face in the early morning hours as she carried more than $1,700 of the day’s receipts out of the restaurant on her way to deposit them at the bank.

The murder took place in Cook County, Georgia but the case is being heard in Chattooga County Superior Court because Inman is serving his sentence at Hays State Prison in Chattooga County.

Read more from the AJC here.

Bomb Threat At Roper Plant Turns Up No Explosives

A search at Roper Corporation turned up no explosives after an employee at the facility found a bomb threat note.

Work was stopped and the plant was briefly shut down as LaFayette Police and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department searched the building for any explosives.  Walker County 911 received a call about the bomb threat around 10:30 PM on Monday night.

After searching the plant, the “all-clear” was given by law enforcement and work resumed.

Roper employs about 2,000 people at their facility in LaFayette.

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Graves Votes For New Farm Bill

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Yesterday, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany the Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2) – commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. This legislation, which addresses differences between the House and Senate’s previously-passed versions of the bill, sets policy for agriculture and nutrition programs for the next five years.

“Georgia’s number one industry is agribusiness, which contributes more than $73 billion to our state’s economy,” said Rep. Graves. “Today’s vote sends a pro-farm, America-First agriculture bill to the president’s desk. It strengthens the programs that protect and support the Georgians who work hard every day to put food on our tables. It also cuts and streamlines regulations to ensure our farmers and ranchers are competitive in the global marketplace.

“Additionally, this legislation builds on the reforms we made in 2013 to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps,” Rep. Graves continued. “I look forward to Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue’s implementation of regulations that help more people move from welfare to work in President Trump’s booming economy. I also want to commend Secretary Perdue, Georgia’s former governor, for his hard work on this important legislation.”

Highlights of the bill include:

  • Providing regulatory relief by clarifying the central role of state agencies in implementing pesticide regulations, and streamlining the review and approval process concerning the impact of pesticides on endangered species;
  • Strengthening investment in America First trade initiatives by building upon the nation’s $140 billion in annual agricultural exports, which represents a rare trade surplus for the United States.

The bill is strongly supported by Georgia’s agriculture community, including:

  • Georgia Agribusiness Council
  • Georgia Bankers Association
  • Georgia Cattlemen’s Association
  • Georgia Cotton Commission
  • Georgia Farm Bureau
  • Georgia Forestry Association
  • Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Georgia Peanut Commission
  • Georgia Poultry Federation
  • Georgia/Florida Soybean Associations

AAA: 3.3 Million Georgians Will Travel this Holiday Season

AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans and more than three-in-ten Georgians will travel this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million  travelers taking to the nation’s runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays is the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel. That represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year nationwide and a 4.2 percent increase in travelers from Georgia.

“’Tis the season for holiday travel, and a record-breaking number of Georgians plan to travel this year,” said Garrett Townsend, GA Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Strong economic growth fueled by robust consumer spending continues to drive strong demand for seasonal travel.”

By the Numbers: 2018 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast

National

  • Automobiles: More Americans will travel by car this holiday season than ever before. The 102.1 million people expected to pack up their cars for road trips is 4.4 percent higher than last year. It is the most since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2001.
  • Planes: The 6.7 million people who will travel by air this year is the highest level in 15 years and is 4.2 percent more than last year.
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 4 percent, with a total 3.7 million passengers.

Georgia

  • Automobiles: More Georgians  will travel by car this holiday season than ever before.  Nearly 3 million Georgians are expected to pack up their cars for road trips, a 4.2 percent increase over last year.
  • Planes: 179,020 Georgians plan to travel by air this year, a 3.5 percent increase over last year.
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 5.1 percent, with a total 119,650 passengers.

Holiday Hotspots

Based on historical and recent travel trends, INRIX expects drivers to experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week as commuters and holiday travelers mix on our nation’s busiest roadways. Drivers in Atlanta, New York City, Boston and Houston will see travel times more than three times a normal trip.

Listed below are the worst times to leave for holiday travel across the Atlanta area, according to INRIX:

Roadway Worst Day Worst Time
I285 Anticlockwise Saturday, 12/22 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
I75 S Friday, 12/21 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
I75 N Saturday , 12/22 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
I85 S Thursday, 12/20 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
US19 N Wednesday, 12/19 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
I85 N Wednesday, 12/19 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

 

Warrants Issued In Tuesday's Fatal Shooting In Rome

Rome Police have issued arrest warrants for an 18-year old man in connection with a deadly shooting Tuesday night at the Cottis Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard.

According to Assistant Rome Police Chief Debbie Burnett, officers responded to a ‘shots fired’ call at the motel at around 9:38 p.m. and found 35-year old Richard Boatner on the ground.

Officers performed CPR, but Boatner was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police are looking for Cody Deangelo Thompson, who is facing a felony murder charge.

Police believe that Boatner and Thompson had been involved in a domestic altercation at another location prior to the shooting.

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Firefighters Respond To Camper Fire On County Road 1008 In Cedar Bluff

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a mobile home fire on County Road 761 shortly after 11:00 Tuesday morning.

According to the 9-1-1 dispatcher’s directions 761 turns into County Road 1008 which is the actual location of the structure.

Firefighters with the Gaylesville and Cedar Bluff Departments arrived on the scene to find a small camper full engulfed in flames. It appears that no one was at the camper at the time the fire started and no injuries were reported, however Floyd EMS Medics responded as a precautionary measure.

The exact cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The Centre Fire Department also responded to the scene to provide assistance.

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Holiday Special on State Parks Gift Memberships

Those looking for just the right gift for the outdoorsy person in their life are in luck: the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering discount prices on its gift membership packages for just eight more days.

Now through December 18th, the organization is offering $10 off its three tiers of gift membership packages: Adventurer, Supporter, and Sustainer.

The benefits of the packages include: access to GA’s state parks for free, discounts on golfing and lodging, free night(s) of camping, and more.

For more details, click here.

Chamber of Commerce Graduates its 2018 Leadership Class

Photo: The Summerville News

The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce recently gathered for their year-end meeting and named the graduates of the 2018 Leadership Chattooga class:

The Chamber Board graduated its Leadership Chattooga class of 2018 at Sweet Peas at The Tavern earlier this week. They are:

  • Sandra Bethune, Tobacco Program Manager at the NWGA Regional Cancer Coalition (health)
  • Cameron Cook, Operations Director at Paradise Gardens (tourism)
  • Ashley Covington, Program Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club (community outreach)
  • Amber Davis, Regional Manager at Peach State Federal Credit Union (financial/business)
  • Cristy Harris, Shift Captain at Redmond EMS (health)
  • Greg Hawkins, Supervisor and Paramedic at Redmond EMS (health)
  • Jamie Renslow, Manager at Try-Con Tufters (manufacturing)
  • Angie White, City Clerk of the City of Summerville (government)
  • Marc Wilder, Physician Assistant at Redmond Family Care Center (health)

Future of Menlo's Enterprise Street Remains Open

Menlo’s municipal government held a brief monthly meeting in city hall last night, tackling one internal items of business, two perennial items, and one roads matter.

First, the council voted to keep the registration fee for the 2019 election unchanged from 2018, at $9.00.

Then, councilpersons voted to have a security light installed at the building being renovated as the future city hall (i.e., the old bank building on the corner of Highways 48 and 337 and Graham Street).

Thirdly, it was decided that business license registration fees will remain the same going into to next year.

Lastly, a discussion was held of creating a three-way stop at Enterprise Street, which is across from Menlo School. No formal action was taken, but city clerk Tim Day says it appears that for the time being, the council has reneged on its plan to make Enterprise a one-way street. To reiterate, no formal action was taken, and the one-way plan still technically stands.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - December 12, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, December 12, 2018:

Earthquake This Morning In Tennessee Felt From Knoxville To Atlanta

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The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake that registered 4.4 this morning near Decatur, Tennessee, but was felt across the Tennessee Valley.

There were actually two tremors, the first at 4:14 AM and the second one just a few minutes later.  The quake’s epicenter was centered 5.5 miles below the earth’s surface.

According to reports, dishes were rattled as far south as Atlanta and as far north as Knoxville.

To put today’s earthquake in perspective, an earthquake struck near Menlo in 2003 registered 4.9 and was one of the largest recorded in our area.  (GEOSTAT )

 

Walker County Sheriff Looking For Missing Person

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Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Walker County resident.

Sheriff Wilson said on Tuesday afternoon: “Malina Davis height 5 ft 4 inch weight 115lbs blonde hair hazel eyes was last seen Saturday December 9th around midnight at her residence in Lafayette GA. Malina may be in the Rossville or East Ridge area. If you have information on Malina’s whereabouts please contact Detective Andy Cash 706-638-1909 ext 1298 or Email acash@walkerso.com”

GSP Urges Donations To "Toys For Tots"

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In efforts to make sure no child is without a toy this Christmas, the Georgia State Patrol is sponsoring the 10th year of the Toys for Tots campaign.

Each year, the campaign takes place from October through December. Residents drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Georgia State Patrol and designated collection sites across Georgia.

The troopers distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local community.

“This is our 10th year partnering with Toys for Tots and now we’ve expanded through the state. Basically, what it means is that every patrol post in the state of Georgia along with our weigh stations and such, are all collection sites. So, there’s a nice safe place you can take these toys and you know they are going to the right place, which is Toys for Tots,” said Lt. Crystal Zion with GSP.

If anyone is unsure of locations to drop off toys, handing an unwrapped toy off to any GSP trooper will work just as well.

CHS "Snack Pack" Looking For Donations

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Chattooga High School operates a food pantry at the high school to send home food with students that might not otherwise get a good meal while they are away from school.  Organizers at the high school say that they want to be able to send food home with students that need it over Christmas break, but their food pantry is running low.

All donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated.  Organizers say that they want to put full meals together to send home with the students.  To donate, contact Terri Foley or Kayla Hartline at Chattooga High School.

Yesterday, several area businesses stepped up to donate items.  Harvey’s South End Auto, Mohawk Industries Employees and Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply all gave monetary donations for the project.  Anita Willingham-Smith from United Community Bank made a generous donation of food supplies for the Chattooga High School “Snack-Pack” Program.

 

Summerville Woman Assaulted During Domestic Incident

An Allen Street, Summerville woman was reportedly punched in the nose during a domestic altercation last week, according to Summerville Police Reports.

Bridgette Barnes called officers after she was allegedly attacked inside her house.  Barnes said that she arrived home around midnight last Thursday to find thirty-nine-year-old Randy Green at her residence.  Barnes told officers that she didn’t want Green at her house and asked him several times to leave.  Green reportedly refused to leave the residence.  Around 4 AM, Green began working on the sink in the house.  During an altercation, Green reportedly pitched the sink out into the yard and punched Barnes in the nose.

Green fled the scene but was later apprehended and taken to jail on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass.

Georgia DOT Sealing Cracks On Highway 27 In Chattooga County

A Georgia DOT maintenance crew began working on sealing the cracks on the surface of State Route (SR) 1/US 27 in Chattooga County on Tuesday.  Work will proceed daily Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Pavement expands and contracts with seasonal temperature changes. This movement can and does cause the surface of the roadway to crack, allowing water to seep into the roadbed. Water is the most destructive element to the pavement and it has to be prevented from entering the roadway base and sub-base.
Sealing the cracks with a flexible rubberized asphalt that bonds to the crack walls and moves with the pavement prevents water intrusion. As part of Georgia DOT pavement management/maintenance system, crack sealing helps to reduce pavement deterioration by restricting water penetration into underlying base and sub-base layers. This restriction helps to maintain pavement structural capacity and limits future degradation. Sealing cracks and joints in pavements thus extends the service life of the roadway surface and pavement.

One Reported Dead In Shooting At Rome Motel

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Rome City Police are investigating a shooting at a motel that reportedly left one dead and at least one other person injured.

Real Fast News in Rome is reporting:

“The coroner was notified for the victim at the scene. Rome City Police Sgt Ryan Hutchins confirmed at least one person was shot at the Cottis Inn on Martha Berry Blvd. The condition of the victim who was transported for treatment was not known.

A lookout was issued to hospitals in neighboring counties for any additional victim(s) that may show up & for a blue or white Dodge Neon with three occupants that may possibly be involved. No further info was available.”

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GBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting In Calhoun

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting at the BP at Wall Street and West Line Street in Calhoun Tuesday afternoon.

Nelly Miles with the GBI said according to the preliminary investigation, Calhoun Police Officer Joe Yother encountered a woman who was purchasing cigarettes at the store at around 3 p.m.
The woman was actually short of change and the officer provided the remaining change to complete the transaction. Both exited the store. Officer Yother smelled what he believed to be marijuana, and encountered a female passenger in the vehicle.
The officer made a ‘suspicious vehicle’ call and a second officer responded to the scene. The female passenger was asked for identification and she refused; instead, she pulled a firearm and began shooting at Yother. Both officers returned fire, killing the passenger.
Officer Yother was hit in the arm and the bullet ricocheted to his chest, where it struck his cell phone. Officer Yother was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
The woman who the officer initially encountered in the store is also in custody on charges unrelated to the shooting.
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