GDOT says Turn Your Sprinklers Off

The GA Dept. of Transportation is reminding Georgians to turn off lawn sprinklers for the winter. Sprinkler left on in freezing temperatures contribute to icy road conditions every year.

Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville, says, “Every year, we see accidents caused by icy spots formed when water from sprinkler systems gets onto the roadway.”

The Georgia DOT urges businesses and residents to ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are properly turned off. Drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice in the early morning hours, especially as sub-freezing temperatures approach most of the week.

Rome Man Arrested for Driving on Meth with Kid in Car

21-year-old Rome man Michael Douglas Bailey was arrested this week after he was accused of driving under the influence of methamphetamine with an 8 year-old child in the car.

Reports said that on Nov 6, Bailey was ejected from the vehicle when he wrecked in Six Mile near Georgia Highlands College. Bailey is charged with DUI, endangering a child by DUI, failure to maintain lane and not wearing a seat belt.

Freeze Warning for Sunday Night into Monday Morning


* Temperatures…Upper 20s late Sunday night into Monday morning.

* Locations…North Georgia including Atlanta metro.

* Timing…from 10 PM Sunday to 9 AM Monday.

* Impacts…include damage to sensitive vegetation. Take steps to
protect plants from the cold. Also take steps to protect pets
from the cold temperatures.


A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.

Arrest Report - Sunday - November 19, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, November 19, 2017:



Nashville, Tenn. (November 19, 2017) — Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend MelTillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.
The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.
The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.
Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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Auction Brings More Than $1,000,000

The Summerville home of former Floyd County School System Maintenance Director Derry Richardson sold for $390,000 at auction Saturday morning.

The auction was part of a settlement to the civil action against Richardson and others, who are accused of stealing millions from the school system.

Proceeds from the sale of the more than 600 items including firearms, vehicles and more will help recover some of those funds.

It is estimated that the auction raised more than $1,000,000.


Power Outage in Trion Area

Georgia Power says that about 1,470 people in the Welcome Hill area of Trion are without power this morning.  Georgia Power expects the problem to be resolved by around 10:15 this morning. No word as to the cause of the outage.



Arrest Report - Saturday - November 18, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Saturday, March 18, 2017:

Fake $100 Bill Used at Trade Day to Pay for Tires

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According to recently released docket records, a Chattooga County sheriff’s deputy took a report on counterfeit money being used at Trade Day in Summerville last Tuesday.

Complainant Harold Pierce said he was set up selling at Trade Day when a man came up and asked for the price on a set of tires Pierce was selling.

According to Pierce, he gave the price of $125, to which the customer agreed.  The customer gave Pierce the money and said he would be back later for the tires. However, when Pierce looked at the money, he discovered that a $100 bill the man had used to pay with was fake. The other bills were authentic.

The fake $100 bill was collected by the deputy, and he told Pierce to make sure the customer knew he had used a fake bill if he returned for the tires.

Woman Reports Stolen Phone

Last Wednesday a local deputy responded to a report of a stolen cell phone.

At her residence, complainant Aris Odum told with the deputy she was with two males the Saturday previous at Carousel Inn in Trion when she discovered her phone was missing. One of those males, Coty Williamson, was arrested later that day on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop.

According to Odum, CPR in Summerville told her that someone had tried to activate the phone. Docket records imply that Odum believes one or both of the two males she was with at the time took the phone. Odum’s account was documented in a report and the case was turned over to the Trion Police Department.

Man Who Threatened to Kill Judge Payne Pleads Guilty

A Chattooga County man has been sentenced after he threatened to kill local Probate Court Judge Jon Payne. 40-year-old Robert Matthew Hughes of Trion pleaded guilty to the charge of making terroristic threats. He was given five years of probation and ordered to complete a nine-month substance abuse treatment program.

The threat came after Judge Payne issued a court order against Hughes. Hughes made the threats in the presence of a law enforcement officer.


Rev. Jesse Jackson Has Parkinson's

Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old says family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms.

Read more here.

Tools Stolen from Jeep in Trion

A local woman reported to local law enforcement Monday that several items had been stolen from her’s Jeep.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to North Ridge Estates in Trion where complainant Virginia Neal was located, where Neal said several ratchets, sockets, and wrenches had been taken from the floorboard of her son’s Jeep Cherokee.
Neal requested that a report be made of the incident.

Legal Herbal Supplement is Killing Georgians

According to GBI chief state medical examiner Dr. Jonathan, the herbal supplement kratom is killing people in Georgia, and contributed to five deaths in 2016 and 11 deaths so far in 2017.

Kratom is a controversial tree leaf that is sold completely legally in convenience stores and supermarkets as an “herbal supplement”, and some people use it to self-medicate for depression, anxiety or chronic pain. It is increasingly becoming an alternative to opioids because of its similar effects on the brain. While kratom is not an opiate, it acts on the same neural receptors.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told WSB-TV recently, “ been saying kratom has become a big problem for them because as they’re trying to get people off opioids, which as you know is a huge problem, people are now turning to kratom as an alternative,”  said.

Miles said the GBI answers lots of questions from lawmakers about kratom, but right now it is legal under Georgia law.

Read more hereWSB-TV

Arrest Report - Friday - November 17, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Friday, November 17, 2017:

Entries Being Accepted for Summerville Christmas Parade

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The Summerville Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Summerville Christmas Parade.

This year’s parade will be held on Monday, December 4th at 7 PM in downtown Summerville.  The theme for the 2017 Christmas Parade is “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas.”  There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 floats in this year’s event.  Top price gets $250, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $75.  Participant applications are available at the Summerville Recreation Department.  The cost of entry is $25.

Former Summerville Police Chief Passes Away

A former City of Summerville Police Chief passed away yesterday.  Roy Starkey was born in Trion but started his career in law enforcement at the Milledgeville State Hospital before coming back to Chattooga County.  Here, he served with the City of Summerville Police Department for 17 years, having been chief of police for 8 of those years.  His funeral is set for this Sunday.  All active and retired law enforcement officers will serve as honorary pall bearers.  Mason Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Summerville Man Busted with Weed in Car

A Summerville man was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for possession of marijuana.

On Wednesday around 1:45 AM, a deputy on patrol on Mahan Road in Summerville pulled over the driver of a white Ford Taurus after it pulled out of the parking lot of Crossroads Antiques, which was closed at the time.

When the deputy ran the license of the driver, 23-year-old David Lee Wilson, E-911 reported that he had an active warrant out in Chattooga County related to marijuana possession.

When Wilson was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he admitted there was less than an ounce of marijuana in a pill bottle in the center of the front seat. Wilson was arrested and booked into the county jail shortly thereafter.

Gas Prices Edge up in Early November

At $2.56, the national gas price average has increased nine cents inside of 13 days.

Strong fall consumer gasoline demand has continued into November and is chipping away at national gasoline inventory. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports total gasoline inventories dropped by 3.3 million bbl in their latest report.

“Compared to the first half of November last year, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “However, while November gas prices have come in like a lion, AAA expects them to go out like a lamb.”

On the week, gas prices increased for the majority of states across the country. However, only four states are seeing double-digit fluctuations at the pump: Florida (+13 cents), Indiana (-13 cents), Alaska (+12 cents) and Ohio (-10 cents).

On the week, gasoline prices have increased an average of nine cents across the South and Southeast. With a 13-cent jump, Floridians are seeing the biggest change, but regardless of the increases, the region is still selling some of the cheapest gas in the country with, with gas the cheapest in the country in Alabama at $2.26.

According to, you can find the cheapest gas in the county for $2.29 per gallon at Murphy USA beside Walmart. Second-cheapest is $2.31 per gallon at both the BP beside Jerry’s Drive-In, across from the Summerville Scout Hut, and the Circle K on Commerce St across from the Fit Pit gym. Gas in neighboring counties is a touch cheaper, as low as $2.22 in Dekalb and $2.25 in Floyd.

Woman Reports her Ex for Pestering Her

A Summerville woman reported her ex last Sunday for calling her repeatedly and sending her “hateful” text messages.

The woman told a local deputy that she and the father of at least one of her children had been split up for around three months, but that ever since, he had been harassing her. She said that she believes that he is tampering with her property, and as examples she said that her mail box keeps getting knocked off, and that her daughter’s solar light was missing. The woman also said her ex takes pictures of her car and sends them to her.

A report was filed for documentation in case the woman decides to take the issue to court.