Flood Warning For Chattooga River
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia has issued a Flood Warning for the Chattooga River in Chattooga County.
The Flood Warning continues for The Chattooga River near Summerville. * From this morning until Monday morning. * At 445 AM Sunday the stage was 11.2 feet and rising. * Minor flooding is forecast to develop. * Flood stage is 14 feet. * The river is forecast to rise above flood stage later this morning and continue rising, reaching near 15.3 feet this afternoon. The river is expected to fall below flood stage after midnight early Monday morning. * At 12 feet, bank-full conditions are reached along the river upstream and downstream from the gauge on U.S. Highway 27, or Rome Boulevard. At 14 feet, minor flooding of woodlands and fields begins along the river upstream and downstream from the gage on U.S. Highway 27, or Rome Boulevard. At 15 feet, minor flooding expands further into the woodlands and fields along the river upstream and downstream from the gauge on U.S. Highway 27, or Rome Boulevard.
Georgia HealthCare Help for 2019 Policies
Are you one of the many Georgians looking for health care insurance for you and your family in 2019? Good options are available. Georgians seeking to enroll in health care plans can get help by contacting HealthCareGA, operated by the local non-profit Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health. Open enrollment season begins November 1, 2018 and ends on December 15, 2018.
Since 2013, Georgia Refugee Health has helped thousands Georgians enroll in health care plans. Now we are working State-wide for all Georgians under our HealthCareGA program. While several organizations offered assistance during the past 5 years, Georgia Refugee Health is the only organization in the state which is federally funded through a competitive process, to provide free enrollment assistance from licensed Navigators during this year’s Open Enrollment.
Here are the services they offer:
Get help with enrollment. Our federally trained, licensed navigators help you understand your family’s eligibility for coverage, review plan options, and obtain your quality, private health insurance at lower costs through the Marketplace. We provide assistance by telephone or in-person. Call 1-800-362-5841 or visit our website at HealthCareGA.org where you can message us, make an appointment or review our federally-approved educational materials to answer your questions about Affordable Care.
Our navigator’s Federally-trained and state licensed are not insurance agents paid by insurance companies. We are funded as a nonprofit to provide unbiased information on all available plans from all insurers in the Marketplace.
The Open Enrollment season this year is only 6 weeks long – from November 1 through December 15, so don’t delay in contacting us to see how you can best protect your family’s health. You can find more information and assistance at 1-888-230-7772 and at our website www.HealthCareGA.org.
Arrest Report - Sunday - December 9, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Power Outages Reported Sunday Morning
Georgia Power and North Georgia EMC are reporting power outages this morning in Chattooga County.
Around 90 customers in the Cloudland area are without power, according to Georgia Power. The power outages are from Riverhaven Drive and in the State Line Road areas. As of 4:30 AM, Georgia Power was still assessing the outages to determine when power would be restored.
North Georgia EMC reports a power outage in the Dry Creek Road area in Northeast Chattooga County. Around 75 people are without power. As of 4:30 AM, NGEMC was still assessing the outage to determine when power would be restored.
Family Craft Night at the Library
Family Craft Night at the Library will be on December 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Each participant will get tickets to make 4-5 crafts plus 1 edible craft. There is no charge for this program, just come and have fun!
Santa will be here for pictures from 5:30-6:30.
Choose up to 5 items:
- Rudolph Ornament
- Snowman Disc Ornament
- Candy Ornament
- Hand Drum Gift
- Key Chain Gift
- Rudolph Pin Gift
- Bottle Cap Snowman
- Ribbon Book Mark
"Finster Happenings" at Parade Gardensis
Enjoy traditional Christmas lights in Paradise Garden nightly throughout the month of December!
Each December weekend, warm up inside the Visitor Center and feel like a kid again as you dive in the complimentary Hot Chocolate Bar complete with peppermint and chocolate shavings! The gift shop is filled with your stocking stuffer needs!
December Visitor Days & Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Georgia Power Prepared to Respond to Winter Weather
- Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
- Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
- Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
- Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
Menlo City Hall Meeting Tuesday
The regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Menlo will be held this coming Tuesday 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.
Menlo Christmas in the Park
The City of Menlo will host Christmas in the Park at Lawrence Park on Monday, December 17 from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Santa will be on hand to greet the children, and light refreshments will be served.
Everyone is invited to join the fun.
Summerville City Hall Meeting Tomorrow
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.
Arrest Report - Saturday - December 8, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Attempted Kidnapping in Calhoun
Tillotson Foundation Gives Grants to Cherokee County Park Board, Other Local Organizations
A number of new park benches, along with several new picnic tables and commercial grade grills – the Cherokee County Park Board has big plans for Cherokee Rock Village – and they recently got a big boost from the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation; that, in the form of a $10,000 grant.
As part of their on-going commitment to making Cherokee Rock Village one of the premiere tourism destinations in the country they have chosen the highest quality products available and they’re adding eco-friendly garbage cans with tamper-proof lids to keep wildlife, such as raccoons, out – further assuring that the grounds stay clean for park guests.
The estimated cost of this particular project is approximately $15,000 and the grant money from the Tillotson Menlo Foundation will be a huge help in having everything completed by next spring (2019).
Others recently receiving grants include NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Family Care Center; Cherokee County Public Library and Cherokee County Humane Society.
The Foundation actually began with a $1,000,000 donation from Tillotson Corporation and over the next five years the Tillotson Corporation contributed an additional $9,000,000 to the Foundation.
The Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation seeks to promote – through financial assistance grants – educational and individual skills improvement, healthcare, economic development, community enhancement, individual and human development, the arts, culture and social welfare and environmental improvement.
The foundation’s board members include – Theresa Canada of Menlo; Mark Pickle of Menlo; Jon Payne of Summerville; Robert McWhorter of Summerville; Arch Farrar of Summerville; Eddie Robertson of Centre; Jeffrey Richardson of Cedar Bluff; Bill Alico of Buffalo, New York and Janet Tillotson Munchak of Roswell, and as stated, Carol Mitchell of Menlo serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation.
Georgia’s Red Cross Monitoring Weekend Arrival of Winter Storm Diego
Georgia’s Red Cross is working closely with emergency partners to monitor the weekend arrival of Winter Storm Diego as it continues its crawl across the Southern U.S. The storm is expected to dump several inches of rain in Georgia, which could evolve as ice and snow in the northern one third of the state.
Freezing temperatures, flash flooding, downed trees and power outages are possible beginning Saturday and into early next week. The Red Cross is asking all Georgians to prepare, now, and remain alert for changing conditions, which can be difficult to forecast.
“One of the first things everyone should do is download the free, Red Cross Emergency App to their mobile phones,” says Larry Brooks, executive director of American Red Cross Northwest Georgia. “With this one app, you can subscribe to emergency alerts, connect with your family, and have clear guidance on what to do before, during and after winter weather, floods, power outages, home fires and more. I can’t say enough about the benefit of having this app on your phone, ready to go.”
How to Prepare: Build a Kit; Make a Plan; Be Informed
Whatever the severe weather threat, there are basic steps everyone can take to prepare:
- Download the free, bilingual Red Cross Emergency App (English , Spanish)
- Start with at least a 3-day supply of water and food for each person in your household, flashlights with extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a first aid kit, a spare cellphone battery charger and your emergency contacts list. Assemble them in a kit you can grab and take with you if you need to evacuate.
- Next, add a 3 – 7 day supply of medications and medical items, hygiene items, and special items for infants, toddlers and pets to your kit. Think about the unique needs of family members and plan accordingly.
- Winterize your kit by adding warm blankets and clothing, including spare gloves, hats and boots. Keep a snow shovel, ice scraper and sand/rock salt inside your home to help with icy walkways and steps.
- Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets. Be prepared to evacuate quickly if asked to do so and know your routes and destinations. Stay connected with friends and family and share your plans.
- Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates. Check your city/county website regularly. Know the difference between weather “watches” and “warnings.
- Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. Turn around, don’t drown. If you must drive and encounter a flooded roadway while driving, go another way.
- If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space or partially enclosed area.
Home Fire Safety
On average, seven people die every day from home fires and the Red Cross of Georgia responds to more home fire-related emergencies than any other Red Cross Region in the country – nearly 2400 so far in 2018. During cold weather, home heating and lighting sources pose an added threat:
- If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface in the home.
- Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
- Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
- Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Test batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone who lives in the home.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
AAA: Now Is the Time to "Winterize" Your Vehicle
Rain, snow, and ice can create dangerous driving conditions for motorists. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 21 percent of all vehicle crashes are weather related. On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed and over 418,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes in the U.S. each year.
“The best time to prep your vehicle for inclement weather is before it hits,” said Garrett Townsend, GA Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Weather during this time of year not only impacts road conditions, but it can also have an adverse effect on your vehicle. It’s imperative for drivers to plan ahead to ensure safe travels in inclement weather.”
Before You Go
Before you hit the road, check local traffic and weather conditions in your area. Georgia motorists can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions. AAA members can now track weather events for free by signing up for WeatherFX Alerts. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. A properly maintained vehicle and a bit of preparation can help prevent roadside emergencies – and, it’s as simple as remembering BTW – Battery, Tires, Windshield:
At 32 degrees (freezing) the battery is 35% weaker than in higher temperatures.
- If your battery is older than 3-5 years, have your car’s battery and charging system tested to ensure they are fully charged and in good condition.
Your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road, so it is important they are in good shape.
- To test tread depth, insert a quarter into a tread groove with the top of Washington’s head facing down. If the top of his head is not visible, your tires have at least 4/32” of tread and are fine for continued use. If you can see above the top of Washington’s head, it is time to start shopping for new tires. Take measurements in three locations across the tire’s tread: (1) outer edge, (2) center, and (3) inside edge.
With many motorists parking outside and waking up to frost on the vehicle, the defroster, wipers and wiper fluid need to be in good working condition.
- Completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights and windows for visibility.
- Check the fluid levels of your vehicle, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to ensure they are at adequate levels.
Winter Emergency Car Kit
AAA recommends keeping helpful items in your vehicle’s “emergency kit” for winter driving. These items include:
- Blankets or extra warm, winter clothing such as coats and hats
- Non-perishable food items
- Drinking water
- Extra medication
- Ice scraper
- Abrasive material such as sand or cat litter to help regain traction in slick situation
On The Road
AAA offers some tips for driving on wet and snow-covered roads.
- Slow down and adjust your speed to the road conditions. Leave yourself ample room to stop. Accelerate, turn and brake as gradually and smoothly as you can.
- Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses. Black ice typically forms first in shaded areas of the roadway and on bridges and overpasses that freeze first and melt last. Although the road leading up to a bridge may be fine, the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.
- Buckle up. Ensuring that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained is the single most effective thing motorists can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the roads.
- React quickly. Watch the traffic ahead and slow down immediately at the sight of brake lights, skidding cars or emergency flashers.
- Don’t Tailgate. Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be extended to a minimum of eight to ten seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads. If your vehicle hydroplanes or skids, you will lose the ability to regain some traction simply by lifting off the accelerator. It will be harder to recover from the loss of traction if cruise control is active.
- Don’t slam on the brakes. If your car begins to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Slamming on the brakes will only make your vehicle harder to control.
- Don’t let your gas tank get below a quarter of a tank. This will provide you with a gas reserve should you become stranded in inclement weather.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
Arrest Report - Friday - December 7, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, December 7, 2018:
Man Reports Gun Lost From Bumper Of Truck
A Lyerly man told Summerville Police that he lost his gun in Summerville earlier this week.
According to reports from the Summerville Police Department, Steven McCary of Smallen Road in Lyerly said that he had placed his Glock 9 MM pistol on the bumper of his truck and then drove off without removing the gun.
The incident happened in the area of Highway 114 and Oil Mill Road in Summerville.
Wet Weekend Ahead For Northwest Georgia
Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment Down In Georgia
The number of Georgians signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans is down slightly in the first four weeks of enrollment.
If you’re looking to sign-up for one of the Affordable Care Act plans, it must be done by December 15th – no extensions.
If the enrollment window is catching you by surprise, it’s probably because the Trump Administration drastically slashed the promotional budget. But no need to panic, just log on to the website healthcarega.org, and someone can walk you through the entire process in just a short time and help you pick a plan.
After a year and a half of Obamacare contraction, more insurers are jumping on board this year, offering options at the same, or even lower rates than last year.
Growing Concern Over Tick That Could Arrive In Georgia
There’s growing concern about a certain type of tick that could arrive in Georgia next year. In just a year the Asian long-horned tick has made its way up and down the Eastern seaboard from New Jersey, where it first turned up in 2017.
The female tick can lay eggs and reproduce without mating. It can also over-winter, which researchers have cited as a factor in its rapid spread. When it finds a host, the insect can reproduce in the thousands. In livestock, it can drink enough of the animals’ blood to cause severe anemia.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Public Health have increased the state’s tick surveillance program and are taking extra samples of ticks provided by veterinarians treating animals plagued by other varieties of the tick.
In appearance, the ticks resemble Georgia’s most common tick, the Lone Star tick, though it’s missing the telltale white dot on its back, the birthmark of the Lone Star tick. Health officials warn the Asian long-horned tick can be dangerous to humans, pets and especially livestock.