Summerville Chicken Wing Cook-Off This Saturday

On Saturday, July 20 Summerville Main Street will host a Wingfest & Chicken Wing Cook-Off. The event will include a chicken wing cook-off, awarding winners with cash prizes, a “People’s Choice” wing tasting, on site vendors and entertainment, and arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train. Festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. and close out at 3 p.m.  at the Summerville Depot.

The team or individual to produce the winning wing entry will walk away with $200 and a trophy. Cash awards will be awarded to Second Place, Third Place, and People’s Choice. Event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy tasting all the wing entries beginning at 12 noon for $5.00. Cooks or teams wishing to compete may pick up registration forms, complete with contest rules at Summerville City Hall.

This event is sponsored by  Summerville Main Street. For more information on this event or registration forms contact Summerville Main Street at (706) 859-0900 ext 1310 or email slocklear@summervillega.org

GA DOT: Repairs In Walker & Floyd Counties

Georgia DOT advises motorists on State Route (SR) 193 and SR 341 in Walker County that maintenance crews will begin today their work on repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on these two highways.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This maintenance operation and the temporary lane closure it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.

It is the Georgia DOT policy to repair and maintain Georgia interstates and state highways promptly, efficiently and economically using well-planned activities, proper equipment, and skilled and dedicated employees. Prompt repair of small asphalt pavement defects has significant impacts on reducing maintenance costs. Deep patching which will be used in this maintenance operation is one of the methods Georgia DOT uses to repair deteriorated, settled, cracking and dislodged pavement.


A Georgia DOT Maintenance crew begins today its work on replacing the obliterated and damaged reflective raised pavement markers on US 27/State Route (SR) 1 in Floyd County.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This safety maintenance operation and the lane closures it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.

Georgia DOT maintains over 2000 lane-miles in Northwest Georgia. Relatively harsh winter and snowplows used to clear the region’s interstates and state routes from snow and ice present a challenge to the DOT crews who are charged with maintaining lane markers on the roads.   These crews follow Federal Highway Administration standards for markings and do their best to keep up. They also work almost continuously restriping faded markers and replacing missing reflective raised pavement markers. Still, the volume of traffic on the highways, snow removal in the winter and sunny summer all weigh heavily on the durability of the lane markers.

Arrest Report Tuesday July 16, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday July 16, 2019:

Woman Arrested After Refusing To Stop Talking

Summerville Police say that they had to arrest a woman last week after she refused to stop talking.

Officers were investigating an incident on Third Street in Summerville and while they were attempting to talk to several different people, Montoya Taylor “refused to stop talking.”

The officers said that they repeatedly asked Ms. Taylor to be quiet, but she wouldn’t stop talking. Taylor is accused of getting louder and more belligerent with officers repeatedly telling her to be quiet.

After it became clear to officers that Ms. Taylor was not going to stop talking and interrupting, they placed her under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported her to the Chattooga County Jail.

Celebrate Moon Landing Anniversary At The Library

Coming up this Saturday, the Chattooga County Library will be remembering the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing in 1969.  On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module and became the first human in history to step foot on the moon’s surface and uttered the now famous words, “that’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On Saturday you can take part in an anniversary party at the Summerville branch of the Chattooga County Library.  All ages are welcome for the event and they will be showing footage of the original moon landing.

Children can complete astronaut challenges and receive an Apollo 11 badge.   If you have any memorabilia that you would like to share about the moon landing, you are encouraged to bring it with you to the event.

For snacks, the Library will be providing RC Colas and Moon Pies.

The event starts at 4 PM this Saturday.

 

Georgia Gas Prices Continue Upward Trend

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AAA says that Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.67 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average was  7 cents more than a week ago, 19 cents more than this time last month, and 5 cents less than this time last year.

It now costs an average of $40.05 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $2.55 less than what motorists paid last May, when pump prices hit their 2018 peak of $2.84 per gallon.

“Georgia gas prices continue upward trend,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If stocks continue to decrease as demand remains robust, pump prices will likely continue to rise throughout the week.”

Growing demand and shrinking gas stocks are contributing to pump price increases seen since the Fourth of July, according to new data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). For the week ending on July 5, EIA’s data revealed that total domestic stocks fell by 1.4 million bbl to 229.2 million bbl. The current level is 10 million bbl lower than where it was at this point in 2018. Demand grew to 9.8 million bbl from the previous week’s 9.5 million bbl, which is in line with the rate in early July 2018.

Regional Prices

  • Georgia most expensive metro markets –Atlanta ($2.74), Gainesville ($2.69), Hinesville- Fort Stewart ($2.64), and Macon ($2.63).
  • Georgia least expensive metro markets – Warner Robbins ($2.54), Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.52) and Columbus ($2.50).
  • Area Gas Prices – Chattooga ($2.59), Floyd ($2.54), Gordon ($2.63), Walker ($2.50) DeKalb, Alabama ($2.44), Cherokee, Alabama ($2.36)

Town Of Trion Announces Municipal Elections

The Town of Trion has announced municipal elections will be held for the town on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  There are two town council seats and two school board seats that will be on the ballot.

The qualifying dates for the seats will be Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.  The Trion Town Hall office is closed from 1 until 2 PM each day for lunch.

The seats that are up include Council Seat Four, currently held by Linda Ingle and Council Seat Five, currently held by Don Harris.  The School Board Seats include Seat Four, currently held by Lynn Maddux Brown and Seat Five, currently held by Jeff Maddux.

Qualifying fees for each of the seats is $36.

Tennessee Accuses Georgia Residents Of Stealing "TennCare"

Tennessee officials are looking into allegations that 16 Georgia residents fraudulently received coverage under Tennessee’s Medicaid program, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The people under investigation allegedly lied about where they lived, possibly trying to get coverage through TennCare that was unavailable in Georgia, according to the Tennessee Office of Inspector General.

“The impact’s huge,” Tennessee Inspector General Kim Harmon told the Journal-Constitution. “I was just looking at some of our numbers: Per person, the average annual cost per enrollee is $4,062 per month.”

Ms. Harmon’s office said it could not reveal to the Journal-Constitution whether the people under investigation were allegedly trying to receive Tennessee Medicaid coverage for its eligibility standards, or whether they applied for Tennessee Medicaid coverage while living in the state and kept it when they moved to Georgia.

She told the newspaper that people are required to notify Tennessee if they move, and they must periodically renew their status and residence.

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Cousin Arrested For Stealing $300 From Trion Residence

An eighteen-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of stealing $300 in cash from his cousin’s Jason Drive, Trion residence.

Vann Jennings called 911 after he discovered that this cousin, Blake Green, took the money from his kitchen.  Jennings told a responding deputy that he had hired Green to do some weed eating and to bury an electronic dog fence in the yard.  Jennings and his wife had left the residence, and when they returned, they found the money missing.

Mr. Jennings told the deputy that the back door of the house was unlocked when they left, but that Green did not have permission to be in the house. A neighbor reported seeing someone driving a Honda entering the back door of the house.  While the deputy and Mr. Jennings were talking, a Honda drove by and Mr. Jennings said that Green was the driver.

The deputy made a traffic stop on the Honda and found Green driving the vehicle.  After first denying it, Green finally admitted to the deputy that he had taken the money.

Green was placed under arrest and charged with burglary, driving permit violation and theft by taking and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on Saturday.

 

GA Secretary of State Issues Warning About Human Rights Conference Scam

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If you’ve never heard of the “iconic” Thomas Louis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, you’re not alone. That’s because it doesn’t exist.  Neither does the Atlanta Civil and Global Human Rights 2019 World Conference or the ACGHR organization, which is encouraging conference-goers to book with this fictitious hotel. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has put out a warning about the potential scam, warning consumers against giving away personal or payment information.

According to the organization’s website, the August conference has free registration if attendees book with the “recommended accommodations” provided by the organization. The Secretary of State’s office found payment for hotel reservations are required before people can become attendees of the event, the news release said.

The office issued an emergency cease and desist letter to the group, the release said.  The release warns that the group could be attempting to commit identity fraud because people are asked to share credit card information and scan copies of their passports when they call or email.

Raffensperger offered tips to avoid scams of this type, including researching charities before contributing, not giving away personal information via phone or email, and not opening attachments from unsolicited emails asking for contributions.

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Mentone Teen Charged With DUI

A Mentone, Alabama teen was charged with DUI after he admitted to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy that he had been drinking and driving this past week.

According to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office that was released on Monday, eighteen-year-old Kimbren Taylor Dowdy was at the parking lot of First National Bank in Trion with his lights on and motor running, shortly before 5 AM on Friday.  Dowdy was reportedly sleeping when a deputy approached the driver’s side window.

A Trion Police officer was in the area and had also seen the car.  The Trion officer told the deputy the car had been there about 20 minutes.  The deputy said that he banged on the window for several minutes before Dowdy woke up.  The deputy said that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the teenager.  Dowdy had very slurred speech and was unbalanced when he got out of the vehicle.

Dowdy submitted to a field sobriety test and was over the legal limit for alcohol. Dowdy admitted to the deputy that he had driven the car to the parking lot.  The deputy said that Dowdy was so inebriated he first handed the deputy a debit card and then a $20 bill, thinking it was his driver’s license.

Dowdy was arrested and taken to the Chattooga County Jail on charges of DUI and underage consumption of alcohol.

Trion Announces Meeting Dates

The Town of Trion has announced a special called meeting for this Thursday concerning bids for a shed for the gas and maintenance lot.  The meeting will take place in the Town Hall Conference Room at 6 PM.  The council will have their regular workshop meeting following the called meeting.  The regular town council meeting will take place on Thursday, July 25 and will start at 6 PM.  The public is invited to attend all of these meetings.

Trion Police Make Multiple Drug Arrests Last Week

Trion Police Chief David Gilleland says that his officers made several drug arrests last week in Trion with the assistance of the Drug Task Force and the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.  You can read a statement from the Trion Police Department about the arrests below:

On July 9, 2019 Investigator Blackmon arrested Gregory Scott Loggins and Autumn Desiree Pena  at 122 Deforrest Avenue in Trion. for possession of Methamphetamine. Also on July 9, 2019 at 211 Ridge Street, Investigator Blackmon arrested Jessica Reynolds Brammer for possession of Cocaine, possession of Schedule II Hydrocodone, and possession of schedule IV Alprazolam.
On Friday July 12, 2019 after receiving information, Investigaor Blackmon arrested Nikia Tramaine Bethune for Possession of Marijuana over 1 ounce, with intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule  1 Drug, THC oil, Trafficking Schedule 1 drug, THC oil, Possession of Schedule 1 Drug, LSD, and Trafficking Schedule I, LSD. The subject was arrested at 95 Church Street in Trion.
Chief Gilleland appreciates the assistance of The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office. These investigations are not possible without the inter-cooperation of these agencies. Chief Gilleland also praises Investigator Blackmon and the all the patrolmen of the Trion Police Department.
As always, please feel free to contact The Trion Police Dept. with any information, suspicious activity, tips or any other information that you feel like we should know. 706-734-3665.

Arrest Report Monday July 15, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday July 15, 2019:

Trion Man Sentenced For Chase In January

A Trion man was sentenced in Chattooga County Superior Court in connection with a high-speed chase earlier this year.  Jacob Levi McGuire attempted to outrun officers back in January and led them on a high-speed chase on Ridgeway Road.  Officers said that McGuire reached speeds up to 110 miles-per-hour during the chase.  McGuire was sentenced to thirty days in the Chattooga County Jail.

 

 

Man Arrested After Accusing Rome Cop Of Sexual Assault

A forty-four-year-old Rome man was arrested Friday on a felony warrant charging him with false statements and writings.

According to the warrant, Ronnie Dewayne Clifton of an Oakland Avenue address falsely accused of Rome Police Officer of sexually assaulting him during a traffic stop on April 6, 2018. Clifton made the same allegations when interviewed by investigators on July 10 of this year.

Video evidence of the traffic stop showed that the allegations were false, according to the warrant.

Clifton is also charged with false report of a crime.

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Portions Of Chattooga County "Abnormally Dry"

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, portions of Chattooga County are “abnormally dry” (indicated in yellow on the map) and a very small southeast portion of the county is in “moderate drought” conditions.  Statewide, over 300,000 people in Georgia are in areas that are considered drought areas and another 1.5 million are in “abnormally dry” areas of the state.

According to the numbers from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 6,992 Chattooga County residents are in the “normal” area; 19,092 residents are “abnormally dry” and 55 are in “moderate drought” conditions.

There is a quite a bit of disparity in rainfall received so far this year- depending on where you live in the county.  Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, Gore and Subligna are all in the “abnormally dry” portion of the county.  Just west of Summerville the situation is different.  Menlo, Cloudland and Teloga all have received more rainfall than the eastern portion of the county.  A very small southeastern portion of the county, east of Highway 100 in the Holland area is in the “moderate drought” category.

According to the Chattooga County Board of Education’s Weather Link System, the Board of Education office in Summerville has received 30.64 inches of rain so far this year.  The Holland reporting station has received 29.48 inches of rain.  However, at the Cloudland reporting station there has been 47.16 inches of rain so far this year.

 

 

 

Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of July

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There were only two health inspection scores to report for the first half of July from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department.  Both scores were for Camp Juliet Lowe at Cloudland.  The camp received a 96 on its food service score and a 98 on its accommodation score.  If you ever have any complaints with any food service or tourist accommodation the operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by calling the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3377.

Operation "Southern Shield" Starts Today

The Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are ready to put the brakes on speeding during the third annual Operation Southern Shield speed enforcement campaign.

The campaign starts today and goes through July 21 in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Law enforcement officers in these states will join forces on interstates and other major highways to target drivers who endanger the safety of others on the road by driving at speeds well above the legally posted limit.

“The mission for us is the same in our neighboring states and that is to save lives on our roads by preventing traffic crashes,” said Allen Poole, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “Working together in Operation Southern Shield has saved lives and we want everyone who is traveling in the Southeast to know that if you are driving over the speed limit, you’re more than likely going to get pulled over and handed a ticket.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding has been a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the U.S. over the last two decades. In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, which was about 26% of nationwide traffic fatalities that year.

Preliminary numbers from the Georgia Department of Transportation show there were 268 speed-related fatalities statewide in 2018, which is an 8% increase from the 248 speeding fatalities the previous year.

State and local officers with 224 law enforcement agencies in Georgia wrote more than 11,000 citations during last year’s Southern Shield and 75% of the citations were issued for speeding. Officers wrote 8,435 speeding citations, 3,070 seat belt citations, 624 distracted driving citations and took 566 suspected DUI drivers off the road in a seven-day period.

“Troopers across the state are preparing to heavily enforce the laws regarding speeding and aggressive driving during Operation Southern Shield,” said Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “We always enjoy partnering with other law enforcement agencies in an effort to make traveling on our roadways safer. This partnership will focus on reducing speeds which will ultimately reduce the number of traffic crashes.”

“The goal of Southern Shield is to not write a lot of tickets but to show drivers how speeding drastically increases their chances of being in a crash,” Poole said. “We are warning drivers now so those who do not want to see blue lights in the rearview mirror will follow the speed limit, wear their seat belt and drive alert and sober.”

Georgia and Tennessee will hold a joint Operation Southern Shield kickoff event Monday at the Tennessee Welcome Center Interstate 75 in East Ridge, Tennessee. There will also be joint enforcement activities throughout the week with the state’s highway safety partners in Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Chatooga Democrats Meeting This Evening

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The Chattooga County Democratic Party will hold its next meeting this evening at 6 PM. All interested voters are welcome to attend this event which will be held at the Chattooga Senior Center, located at 184 Senior Drive in Summerville. Light refreshments will be provided.