Football Friday - Chattooga vs. Armuchee & Trion vs. Mt. Zion

It’s Football Friday and the Chattooga Indians will be headed to Floyd County to take on the Armuchee Indians at 7 PM tonight.  AM 1180’s pre-game show will start at 6:30 PM with James and Jordan Baird.

Tonight will be Trion High School’s senior night football game. The Senior Night ceremony will begin at 7 PM before the game starts at 7:30, when the Bulldogs will take on the Mt. Zion Eagles. Join Ben Groce and Jeremy Burke for the play by play from Trion.

Trion High School wants to remind guests of the following: all games begin at 7:30; tickets are $8; all students Pre-K and older must purchase a ticket; no outside food or drink; no passes out until the end of the third quarter; ticket booth opens at 5:45.

We will rebroadcast both games on the radio coming up on Saturday afternoon, beginning with the Trion Game at 1 PM.

Health Inspection Scores - First Half of October

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Health Department for the first half of October:

China (Food Service Inspections)
11260 HWY 27 SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
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October 3, 2017 Score: 95, Grade: A

Hays CI (Food Service Inspections)
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October 2, 2017 Score: 94, Grade: A

Henry’s Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
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October 4, 2017 Score: 95, Grade: A

Jefferson’s Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
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October 13, 2017 Score: 94, Grade: A

Smart Spark Vape Shop & Lounge (Food Service Inspections)
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October 6, 2017 Score: 90, Grade: A

Trion School (Food Service Inspections)
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October 13, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by contacting the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3377

Couple Charged with Swindling People in Pole-Barn Construction Scheme

The Floyd County Police Department has charged a Lindale couple with swindling families out of thousands of dollars. The couple operated a business off of Cedartown Highway and received down payments with promise of building barns but never put hammer to nail.

Jackie and Patricia Porter, of 207 Alexander Avenue were arrested on October 14, 2017 for the initial four victims that were identified by Investigator Amy Nails. On Friday, October 19, 2017 Nails added charges related to seven additional victims that were discovered after sifting stacks of business and bank records.
Jackie Porter, 66, has been charged with exploitation of elder persons and theft by conversion of funds for real property improvements. Patricia Porter, 66, is charged with the same offenses because she was part of the scheme in their operation of Porterbuilt LLC, 5748 Cedartown Highway.
The Porters, who are being held at the Floyd County Jail, have similar warrants pending from Cherokee County, Alabama. Police there allege the same type criminal offense.
Police have identified at least 11 victims, but believe there are other people who have been defrauded in the 3 years the Porters operated in south Floyd County on US 27 at the county line, across from Doyle Road. Prior to moving to Floyd County they were living and operating out of Bremen, Georgia.
Investigator Nails also has charges against the Porter’s son, Payton also alleging theft by conversion. If you have information of his whereabouts or you were a victim of the Porter’s please contact 911 or Investigator Nails at (706) 314-0758.

Arrest Report - Friday - October 20, 2017

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

Area Residents Arrested in Walker County

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The following area residents have been arrested in Walker County within the past week:

Lester Belizorio Ramirez-Morales, 20, Fifth Street, Trion, giving false name/address/birthdate to law enforcement officer, driving without a valid license, speed less than minimum/impeding flow of traffic

George Lasjorn Tremaine Ware, 35, Martin Street, Summerville, Ga., marijuana possession, speeding

Eric Justin Stephens, 30, Gore Subligna, Summerville, failure to appear


Sheriff's Office Raises Money for Well-Check Program

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Earlier this week the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department passed out 190 dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts that had been ordered by county residents as part of a fundraising effort.  Sheriff Schrader said that the proceeds from the sale of the donuts would help provide funds for the Senior Well Check Program.  Specifically, the funds will be used to help buy gift baskets at Christmastime for seniors on the well check list.  That list is comprised of home-bound seniors that receive a visit from a deputy to check on their well being at various times.  If you would like more information on the Well Check Program, or if you would like to help with Christmas Gift Baskets for the program, contact the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office at 706-857-3411.

Trion PD Buys New Barricades after 3-Car Wreck at Stadium

The Trion Police Department has purchased new barricades for the pedestrian crosswalk area at the Trion High School Football stadium.

According to a post on their Facebook page, the Trion PD has purchased and set up new barricades for the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the Trion High football stadium.

The Town of Trion Maintenance Department has also repainted the crosswalk with Thermo-Plastic paint. They are asking that everyone walk between the barricades properly to enure the safety of pedestrians and drivers alike. Additionally, they encourage those driving through the area to slow down as they approach the barricades, especially on game night.


The new barricades come in response to a three car wreck involving a drunk driver last month that led to a man being airlifted via Life Force, and two of the cars being totaled.

via Trion PD Facebook Page

Rossville Burglary Victim Catches Suspects on Camera

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with catching two burglary suspects who were caught on camera by one of their victims.

The burglary happened on Gilbert Street in Rossville on October 15.

The victim had surveillance cameras around his home that captured clear photos of the suspects.

The Sheriff’s Office says the male suspect has been identified as Travis Wayne Westbrooks and several felony warrants have been issued for his arrest.

Investigators still need help with identifying the woman who was with Westbrooks on that day. The woman has blonde hair and distinctive tattoo of a flower on her left arm.

If you know anything about this case, please call Detective Dewayne Steele at 706-638-1909 ext 1240.


LMCS Hiring Event

Lookout Mountain Community Services will hold a hiring event on Monday, October 23rd at the Chattooga County Civic Center from 10-2. They will be taking applications and resumes for all positions currently vacant. Also, representatives will be on hand to complete interviews for those who meet qualifications for the vacant positions at Magnolia CLA in Summerville.

In order to be considered for an on the spot interview for Magnolia CLA, applicants need to bring two professional letters of reference and complete pre-interview paperwork at the Civic Center. For more information on current available positions those interested can visit their website,  for a complete list of available positions and minimum qualifications for each, along with the general job duties

Teen Driver Safety Week Underway

AAA is offering tips for parents of teen drivers during National Teen Driver Safety Week, as car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teens.

This week is Teen Driver Safety Week and the focus aims to inform parents of the alarming statistics. According to AAA, teen drivers were involved in nearly 14,000 fatal crashes in the past five years.

AAA said that distracted driving has become a large contributing factor to many crashes involving teen drivers. They offer the following tips to help your child not become a part of the statistic:


  • Evaluate your teen’s readiness. Talk with your teen about personal responsibility, ability to follow rules and any other concerns before beginning the learning-to-drive process.
  • Get informed. Graduated driver licensing (GDL), driver education, license restrictions and supervised practice driving are all part of today’s licensing process. Each state sets parameters throughout a multi-stage licensing process for young drivers, such as times of day they can drive and how many passengers they can carry.
  • Start talking now. Talk about the learning-to-drive process.
  • Be a good role model. Make changes in your driving to prevent any poor driving habits from being passed on. Show you take driving seriously.


Arrest Report - Thursday - October 19, 2017

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

Georgia Photography Exhibition Coming to Berry College

Berry College has been chosen as one of five venues from around the state to host the exhibit, “Inspired Georgia” Nov. 1-16 in the Moon Gallery.
This traveling exhibition of photography created by the Georgia Council of the Arts features works by 40 different photographers from all over the state. These unique images showcase the diversity of Georgia’s citizens, its pictorial beauty, a glimpse into its rituals, the mystery of the every day and the power of its institutions.

“Inspired Georgia” is accompanied by a catalog that displays each of the photographs exhibited alongside independently sourced poems from Georgia writers, including Berry’s poet, Dana Professor of English Sandra Meek.

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is free and open to the public. Participants in the project will be on hand at the opening reception at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 to discuss their work with the public.


Stolen Bike from Walker Co.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help with finding a stolen motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the 1990 Harley Davidson Fat Boy was taken from the intersection of Corinth Road and East Highway 136 on October 5.

The theft happened between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The bike’s tag number is TEH 473/GA.

If you know anything about this case, please call Detective Sergeant Eddie Hill at (706) 638-1909 EXT. 1262 or contact Walker County Dispatch at (706) 375-7810.


Photos courtesy of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Mom Kicks Son Out; Son Doesn't Listen

A county deputy responded to a report of a domestic incident between a mother and son last Sunday morning.

At a Smallen Rd. residence in Summerville, complainant Amanda Horton told a local deputy that she has been having ongoing issues with her son, and that the evening prior, she told her son that he was no longer welcome at the residence. However, Horton said she had video evidence of him driving in her driveway about only three hours later.

Horton was instructed how to take the issue to court and how to get a restraining order.

This Weekend at the Depot is for Foodies

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This weekend at the depot is all about bonding with the local community over eat and drink- on Saturday, the city of Summerville will celebrate German traditions and food with Oktoberfest, which will feature German beers, a cuisine, music, and more. Then on Sunday, at the “Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner”, guests can hear old-timey bluegrass music, see the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train, and buy country cooking from servers dressed in antique clothes. For more info, click ‘read more’.

Summerville Oktoberfest – October 21

The sights, smells, and sounds of the German traditions will be found at the Summerville Depot on Saturday, October 21. Summerville Main Street is set to present an Oktoberfest featuring Oktoberfest beers, a German feast, musical performances, shopping, and more. The festival will be from 12 noon to 7 PM. Admission is free for this event.

Oktoberfest will include traditional local foods, along with an array of Oktoberfest traditions such as: bratwurst, beer cheese soup, bavarian pretzels, German Chocolate, strudels, other German inspired foods, artisans, and a bier garten featuring variety of brews. Festival attendees are encouraged to sport German wear and brush up on the chicken dance for extra fun.

For more information on events contact The City of Summerville at (706) 859-0900 Ext.1337 or visit

Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner At The Depot – October 22

Step back in time to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live bluegrass music by the Flat Bottom Boys. The meal will be served by a local restaurant at the cost of $7 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6 for a 4-vegetable plate. Meats will include a choice of fried chicken or ham. Vegetable offered will include mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fried okra, baked sweet potato, and green beans. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.

An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Other vendors will be on site for those wishing to shop. This event will operate from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and is free for the public.

For more information on events contact The City of Summerville at (706) 859-0900 Ext.1337 or visit

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Pickups

More than one million Ford F-series pickup trucks are being recalled in the United States for a door latch problem.

The latch could open while the truck is moving, and/or prevent the driver from opening the door as needed.

Ford’s F-150 pickup truck is one of the country’s most popular vehicles and a perennial best-seller.

Nearly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duty trucks are affected by the recall, spanning model years 2015-2017.

The automaker says the repairs will cost Ford $267 million.

The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.


Double Vehicle Fires in Pennville

On Wednesday around noon, two vehicles caught fire within a mile of each, and other only minutes apart.

A silver Dodge Dakota and a red Volkswagen Beetle both caught fire only minutes apart mid-day on Wednesday. Though the events were completely unrelated, both drivers said their vehicles caught fire while they were driving.

Dispatchers received the call regarding a vehicle fire in a Dodge Dakota first, shortly before 11:50 AM. It was located on Penn Bridge Rd., just off Highway 27. Trion Fire Dept., Hays Prison fire station, and a sheriff’s deputy responded to the fire. The driver said the fire started unprovoked while he was driving down Penn Bridge Rd.

About 15 minutes later, dispatchers received the second call regarding a red Volkswagen Beetle. The driver had reportedly had just pulled off Hwy. 27 onto Rena St. behind ‘G-String’ guitar store when the fire started.

When Summerville Fire Dept. and a county deputy arrived on the scene, the fire had already been extinguished after help from bystanders. Despite extensive efforts to extinguish the fire quickly, the vehicle suffered major damage and the interior was destroyed.

The fires were unrelated, and neither resulted in injuries.

NW GA Scanner (Facebook) contributed heavily to this report.

Zell Miller Diagnosed with Dementia; to Retire from Public Life

Zell Miller, the beloved former governor of Georgia, has been diagnosed with dementia, and is stepping out of public life for good.

Various news media are reporting that proteins correlated with Lewy body dementia have been found in the brain of 85-year-old former Georgia governor Zell Miller. These findings come after tests following his unexpected fall at a basketball game two winters ago at his alma mater, Young Harris College.

His grandson, Bryan Miller, said that Zell has the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of this severe form of dementia, in addition to the bellwether proteins found in his lab tests.

Miller was a profoundly popular governor for majority of his two-term tenure from 1991-1999. His approval rating flirted with 90% at its height, and usually only sank in tandem with his long-time political ally and fellow Democrat, former President Bill Clinton.

After his second term as governor, he served a term as the US senator from Georgia alongside Saxby Chambliss. No discussion of Miller can fail to mention his brainchild and legacy, the HOPE Scholarship, which is still in place today. Miller was also known for having classical music CDs made available to the family of every newborn baby in the state (when research suggested that playing music to fetuses while in utero made them smarter).

Georgians can find Miller honored in name at several public areas across the state, including UGA’s multi-purpose academic building, the Zell B. Miller Learning Center.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - October 18, 2017

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

Walker County Teacher Arrested Again for Assault

A Walker County teacher was arrested again for aggravated assault on Tuesday morning.

According to the arrest report, 48-year-old Robert Samuel Forester was arrested for an incident on Duke Street that was reported on October 14.

The arrest report does not provide details of what led to Forester being charged with aggravated assault. The arrest report says those details can be found in the “investigative narrative.”

Channel 3 requested the narrative. The Sheriff’s Office denied our request, saying, “Records in an active investigation or pending prosecution, other than initial arrest reports and initial incident reports, are not required to be released.”

This is not the first time Forester has been charged with aggravated assault.

He was accused of choking someone in September.