Former Insurance Commissioner Facing Ethics Charges

A former Georgia insurance commissioner is finally having his day before the state ethics commission.

John Oxendine’s case has been sitting on a desk waiting to be heard for about 10 years now.

The complaint was filed against him back in 2009. There is a long list of allegations. He’s accused of taking more campaign contributions than allowed from a Georgia insurance company, that he illegally took campaign money for his personal use, and that he never returned around a half million dollars of money given to his failed campaign for Governor.

Some charges have been dismissed, others have been amended.

Oxendine was first elected Insurance Commissioner in 1994 and became the first Republican to serve in that post.  He left office in 2010.


Investigation Continues Into Body Found In Catoosa County

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department continues its death investigation of a woman whose body was found in a ditch near Tunnel Hill last Saturday.

According to Sheriff Gary Sisk, a passerby located the body lying in a ditch along Magill Lane, which runs between Bandy Road and Dogwood Road. Sheriff Sisk released a statement on Wednesday saying:

“At this time, the identity of the female is unknown. The medical examiner has estimated the age of the female as being between 35 and 45 years of age. The female is 5-foot, 8-inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has brown hair that has been bleached blonde. The female does not have any tattoos, and all of her teeth have been removed (for dentures). The female was wearing blue jeans and a black tank top shirt.” 

Anyone with information about the unidentified female is asked to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department at 706-935-2424 or 706-935-2323.

Historical Society Invites You To The Fair

The first Chattooga County Agricultural Fair in downtown Summerville in 1904

The Chattooga County Historical Society invites you come by their exhibit at this years fair this weekend. The Historical Society will have on display 100 old photographs depicting our county; they will have volunteers at the booth to answer questions and give you the opportunity to join the Chattooga County Historical Society.

Those joining will also receive the Historical Society’s publication on the county fair history .

The Historical Society maintains a very active Facebook page with weekly updates of pictures and have a website – .Everyone is strongly encouraged to share their old pictures with the historical society at .

Last year the society started their Christmas ornament series. The first ornament  depicted the Summerville Depot and will be on sale at the fair  for $15.00.  The second in the series, our county courthouse, will be on sale later this fall.

Floyd Releases My Floyd Baby Mobile Health App

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My Floyd Baby is a new mobile app that helps moms-to-be and moms keep track of pregnancy milestones, baby, toddler and child development, and health care checks for the entire family.

My Floyd Baby features a pregnancy tracker that includes how much the baby grows from week to week, the changes mom can expect with her body and a fetal movement tracker to follow how often the baby kicks. The app also gives reminders to register for a childbirth class, schedule a hospital tour at Floyd Medical Center and to make a prenatal visit with Floyd Pediatrics.

Once baby arrives, My Floyd Baby provides moms with easy-to-use trackers for noting how often a baby eats or how much, the frequency and type of diaper changes, how much the baby weighs and information on developmental milestones.

Moms can also add other family members to the My Floyd Baby app to help them keep track of the health needs of the entire family – from scheduling annual checkups to getting recommended vaccines.

In addition, My Floyd Baby provides a daily newsfeed that offers health information personalized by the age and gender of family members. Users can also invite family members to share the app.

“This is a great tool for expecting mothers and those who recently gave birth,” said Kellie Pearson, Director of Women and Children’s Services at Floyd. “For women giving birth for the first time, it will take some of the mystery out of the process and will help them keep track of important things they need to take care of as the due date approaches.”

To download now, text “Floyd” to 706.222.7858. The app can also be found by searching for My Floyd Baby in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store for Android users.

GNTC Placing Graduates After Graduation

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has helped prepare thousands of Northwest Georgians for careers in a wide variety of fields.  Don Foley with Georgia Northwestern College says that the assistance that is given to graduates, after they graduate, includes placing them in high-demand jobs and fulfilling careers.

Foley spoke with WZQZ News and said, ” We are now in an age where technology reigns and we have companies going through hundreds and hundreds of resumes.  What we offer as far is placement is second to none. Our career services office is on each of our six campuses.  There record is 98% job placement and 86% of graduates are working in their field of study.”

Foley said that assistance to graduates doesn’t stop with job placement. Georgia Northwestern has a full staff that keeps up with graduates and monitors their success after they enter the workforce.  Due to changes in technology, job descriptions and requirements often change.  Foley says that GNTC offers training to their alumni to make sure that they are keeping up with those changes in technology in their career field.

If you would like to learn more about GNTC and what they have to offer, stop by the WZQZ tent at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair this evening between 6-7 PM when Georgia Northwestern will be visiting with us on air at the fair.


Summerville Police Investigate Damage To Vehicle

A Summerville man reported damage to his vehicle at Summerville Gardens Apartment Complex after he says someone intentionally damaged his car.

Apache Campbell told a responding officer that he was driving through the apartment complex when a woman identified as Maranda McMichael approached his vehicle and “keyed” or scratched the passenger side of the vehicle.

Campbell told Ms. McMichael that there were security cameras that would prove she damaged the vehicle.  Ms. Campbell reportedly used a profane expletive to say that she didn’t care.

When the officer spoke with Ms. McMichael about the incident she told the policeman that she had no knowledge of the incident.

The responding officer said that he observed damage to Mr. Campbell’s 2016, blue Chevrolet Camaro.

The incident was then turned over to an investigator.


Clerk Of Courts Announces News Real Estate Search Website

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The Chattooga County Clerk of Superior Court, Kim Windle James, and real estate vendor, Kofile, are please to announce the recent launching of their search website.  The website will allow users to search real estate documents such as deeds, liens and plats.  As of this date the range is as follows:

Good From – Through Dates
DEED: 1/1/1990 8/20/2019
LIEN: 1/12/2004 8/15/2019
PLAT: 1/8/2004 8/16/2019

There are four options of subscription.  Once you have subscribed you are allowed to print an unlimited amount of images for the duration of your subscription at no additional cost. You may subscribe by going to     

As always, it is an honor to serve as Chattooga County’s Clerk of Superior Court.

Arrest Report Wednesday August 21, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Wednesday August 21, 2019:

Woman Reports Harassment To Summerville Police

Summerville Police were called to a local auto parts business in Summerville this week after an employee said that she was being threatened by her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

The complainant told police that she had been arguing with her ex-boyfriend concerning their small child.  The complainant said that she didn’t want the child around her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend and that both the ex and his new girlfriend had been sending her threatening messages.

Police advised the woman to seek a restraining order from the magistrate judge and promised that they would be available when she got off work, if the offending couple showed up.

Library Invites You Out To The Fair

The Chattooga County Library is inviting everyone to stop by their booth at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair that starts tomorrow.

The Chattooga County Library will have a booth at the Chattooga County Fair inside the Ag building. The library invites you to stop and see them and register for a drawing of two tickets to Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

You may also reserve your copy of the library’s new Chattooga County Traditions cookbook that will be available in time for holiday gift giving.

Be sure to stop by and visit with the Chattooga County Library at the fair!


Georgia Power Offers Hot Weather Energy Tips

With temperatures in Georgia surpassing 60 days above 90 degrees since May and with severe thunderstorms in the forecast for this week, Georgia Power is reminding customers of a number of tools to keep safety first and help reduce the impact of the hot weather on power bills.

As part of continued efforts to help customers save energy and money and to prepare for severe weather year-round, the company has made it easy to find energy efficiency solutions and safety tips at

Tips, Tools & Resources for Energy Efficiency

Georgia Power offers tips, tools and resources that can help all customers save money and energy during the heat of summer, and when severe weather strikes.

Hundreds of useful tips, whether you own a home or rent, are available at

  • Do not leave electronics on – Turn off televisions, computers and other electronic devices when not in use.
  • Protect appliances with SurgeDefender – Georgia Power offers a state-of-the-art product, SurgeDefender, to single-family homeowners including individually metered, owned townhouses and condominiums to help protect motor-driven appliances such as refrigerator, HVAC, washer/dryer from power surges entering on the electric lines.
  • Install storm doors – A storm door creates a pocket of insulated air space between itself and your house’s exterior door. This reduces heat transfer into and out of your home, lowering heating and cooling costs.
  • Only use surge protectors with internal circuit breakers – These units will trip the breaker if the power strip is overloaded and shorted to prevent overheating.
  • Focus on the fridge – Proper cleaning and maintenance of the refrigerator, such as dusting the dirt from the refrigerator coils and removing food to allow air to circulate, can reduce its energy consumption.

Tips & Resources for Severe Weather Preparation:

With temperatures continuing to rise above 90 degrees, the National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather this week. Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during a storm and offers the following videos and tools to prepare for severe weather year-round:

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Build an Emergency Kit – A well-built kit should contain enough supplies to get you and your family through three days without electricity or running water.
  • Power Restoration Process – Georgia Power crews focus on repairs that return power to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time.
  • Assessing Conditions – Before restoration crews can get to work, damage assessment teams identify trouble spots and the resources needed to fix it.
  • Downed Tree Safety – Downed trees are usually the cause of an outage after a storm. Never attempt to pull tree limbs off wires yourself.
  • Generator Safety – Never use generators in an enclosed space. They produce dangerous carbon monoxide that can’t be seen or smelled.
  • Storing Food and Medicine in an Outage – During an outage, it’s important to know how to safely store your food and medicine.

Georgia Power constantly monitors changing weather conditions and remains prepared to respond to any service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather. Customers can subscribe to Georgia Power’s YouTubeStorm Channel for the latest safety videos and can connect with Georgia Power on Facebook and Twitter for helpful information every day, and restoration updates during severe weather.

Customer Resources No Matter the Season

Regardless of the season or the weather, Georgia Power encourages customers to take advantage of these resources to save money and energy throughout the year:

  • Take an online energy checkup – Georgia Power’s quick and easy online energy checkup provides a customized report to help you understand your energy use and find ways to save money. Energy Checkup can use your actual power bills to give you a customized report. Just enter information about your home and family to measure how you use energy.
  • Conduct a rate plan review: Georgia Power offers a variety of flexible and customizable rate plans to fit every lifestyle. Ensuring that you are on the most economical rate plan for your use is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs low. Customers can explore Georgia Power rate plans here and at
  • Bill payment assistance: Georgia Power works with customers to coordinate payment arrangements and discounts such as the Low-Income Senior Citizens Discount, and can connect them with community organizations that may be able to help them pay their bill including The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE program. Additional information is available at or via phone at 888-660-5890.

Mount Vernon Major Player In Coated Fabric Market

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A new report released this week says that the value of the coated fabric market is expected to rise in 2019 and Mount Vernon Mills in Trion is listed as one of the major manufacturers competing for this fast-growing national and global market.

Coated Fabrics are clothes or cloth pieces that have been coated with components or substances that prolong its life or protect it from other environmental conditions. These fabrics are used for protection against various dangerous chemicals. The durability and versatility of the fabrics are improved considerably, due to this coating and are being used in various construction industries, and even for law enforcement personnel.

The report states that the coated fabric market is expected to rise from its initial estimated value of $23.95 billion in 2018 to an estimated value of $32.65 by 2026.

Read more here from Industry Segment Outlook


Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Rome Murder Conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of Jamal Nevin Foreman, who is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in the shooting death of Wreno Fain five years ago.

Fain was shot multiple times in the parking lot of Club Lexus on Main Street back in July of 2014.

Foreman filed a motion for a new trial, which was denied by the trial court.

He then appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, contending that he was denied due process when the State suppressed exculpatory evidence.

Foreman also claimed he was denied effective assistance of counsel when his lawyer failed to adequately investigate and present evidence supporting an alternative theory of the crime.

The State Supreme Court found no reversible error and affirmed the conviction with all Justices concurring.

You can view the ruling here.


Voters Petition Secretary Of State Regarding Voting Machines

Georgia voters who want hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the new election system state officials are rushing to implement in time for next year’s presidential primaries, saying the new touchscreen machines remain vulnerable and their results unverifiable, even though they produce paper records.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state’s purchase of a $106 million election system from Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems last month, with plans to replace the outdated election management system and paperless touchscreen voting machines in use since 2002. He then certified the new system on Aug. 9, and said it will be in place in time for the March 24 primaries.

The voters’ petition, seeking a withdrawal of the certification and a re-examination of the Dominion system, was submitted Monday to Raffensperger’s office. It says the system doesn’t meet Georgia’s voting system certification requirements and doesn’t comply with the state election code.

Georgia law allows voters to request that the secretary of state “reexamine any such device previously examined and approved by him or her” as long as at least 10 voters sign onto the request. The petition submitted Monday includes signatures of more than 1,450 registered voters from 100 counties, including some elected officials, and was filed by voting integrity advocates and the state Libertarian Party.


Georgia Attempts To Block Abortion Lawsuit By ACLU

Attorneys filed a request in federal court this week to block the lawsuit filed by the ACLU, which argues that the heartbeat abortion law violates a precedent set in Roe v. Wade. The state claims that the law is justified and protects the life of the unborn, while maintaining ethics in the medical profession. Governor Kemp signed House Bill 481 earlier this year, which outlaws most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It goes into effect on January 1st if the courts don’t stop it first.

The ACLU sued the state of Georgia over the heartbeat abortion law in June and filed for a preliminary injunction in July. Now the state is responding to the suit in federal court, calling the law constitutional and justified and is asking the court to dismiss the ACLU suit. It goes into effect on January 1st if the court doesn’t issue an injunction.

The new law almost outlaws abortions in Georgia, saying they cannot be performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.


Arrest Report Tuesday August 20, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Tuesday August 20, 2019:

Rep. Lumsden Says Rural Development Council Working To Expand Business in Rural Georgia

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State Representative Eddie Lumsden, (R-Armuchee), who represents Chattooga County and a large portion of Floyd County in the Georgia House, serves on the Rural Development Council.  The council is meeting for the next two days in Jasper, Georgia and Lumsden says that the council is addressing several issues.

Lumsden says that the biggest item that has been talked about, and addressed by the legislature in the last session is rural broadband.  Lumsden said that state had addressed different regulatory issues that were hindering the expansion of high-speed internet in rural Georgia, but there is still work to be done to be sure that remote areas of the state have access to broadband.

Lumsden said that aside from the internet, businesses are looking at other factors when they decide to relocate and expand to rural Georgia.  Quality of life issues are something that the Rural Development Council is working with local communities to make sure that towns and counties across the state can attract business.  Also, education is a key component of economic expansion.

Lumsden said that the legislature relies on the work of the Rural Development Council in coming up with legislation that directly impacts rural communities across the state.  The council is made up of about twenty members and will be meeting at various times between now and the next legislative session.

Click below to hear the complete interview with Rep. Lumsden:


Chase From Floyd County Ends With Spike Strips In Gore

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A car chase on Sunday on Highway 27 from Floyd County ended in Gore after the suspect ran over spike strips deployed by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader told WZQZ News that the Sunday afternoon chase started after Floyd County law enforcement attempted to perform a traffic stop on a subject that they believed to have some mental health issues.

The suspect fled from police and crossed over into Chattooga County.  Sheriff Schrader said that Deputy Nicole Sprague deployed her spike strip near the Gore Fire Station.  The spike strip successfully punctured three of the four tires on the subject’s vehicle.

The subject continued to travel with three damaged tires until she finally wrecked near the first flashing caution sign before Highway 27 goes from four-lane to two-lane.

The subject was taken into custody by Floyd County Police.

Cloudland Motorists See Shift In Traffic On Highway 48

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Residents in DeKalb and Cherokee Counties in Alabama and in Chattooga County, Georgia that travel Georgia Highway 48 were shifted a bit starting yesterday.

The shift in traffic started Monday afternoon on Highway 48 at the bridge over the East Fork of Little River at Cloudland.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says that the existing bridge, that was built over six decades ago, will be closed and traffic detoured onto the newly constructed road and detour bridge south and west of the existing alignment.

Due to the presence of known population of the federally threatened plant species Sagittaria Secundifolia near the existing bridge, the detour cannot be located parallel to the existing bridge.

The project includes 0.307 mile of construction of a bridge and approaches. The old bridge was built in 1937 and needed to be replaced. Work on this project began in February 2019. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2023, at a construction cost of $7,479,554.

Attempted Burglary Reported In Summerville

A Sagebrush Lane resident in Summerville reported an attempted burglary to the Summerville Police Department late Saturday night.

John Rollins told a responding officer that he when he returned home on Saturday night he saw a black male wearing a white shirt and blue jeans rummaging in his outbuilding. When the perpetrator saw Mr. Rollins exit his vehicle, the man ran through the woods.

Mr. Rollins said that nothing seemed to be missing from his outbuilding.

The Summerville Police Department assigned extra patrol to the area throughout the night.