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

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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.

Disgraced Former Alabama Governor Opens New Medical Practice

A former Alabama governor who resigned amid a sex scandal has now opened a dermatology office.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the office run by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley opened Friday and offers services including general dermatology, body sculpting, skin cancer screenings and prevention.

Bentley resigned from office in 2017 as part of a deal, in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign-finance violations, agreed to never hold public office, and had to forfeit about $36,000 from his campaign account.

Bentley was accused of having an extramarital affair with a key staffer and using public resources to cover it up.

An Alabama House Judiciary Committee report says Bentley texted heart-eye emojis to Rebekah Caldwell Mason using his ex-wife’s iPad and threatened the first lady’s staff to keep the affair secret.


Fair Entries Being Received At Ag Building

A lot of activity is taking place at the Chattooga County Agricultural Building in Summerville in preparation for the 2019 Chattooga County Agricultural Fair.  On Monday, crews from Smith Iron Works were working on expanding the stage at the fair grounds. 

Fair council members told WZQZ News that the stage will be almost doubled in size courtesy of Smith Iron Works in Lyerly.  Work was also transpiring at the Mohawk Pavilion, getting ready for livestock shows later this week.  And, inside the Ag Building the Fair Blue Ribbon Committee was busy taking in blue ribbon items from area residents.

Blue Ribbon Committee Director Rebecca Thomas told WZQZ that there were quite a few entries on Monday and they will continue to take entries today from 9 AM until 1 pM.  Today, you can bring in items from home arts, needle work, quilting, home food preservation, and photography along with other entries.  Those items will be sorted and judging will take place on Wednesday.

You can find all the rules for the blue ribbon department at the Chattooga County Fair’s website at .

Remember, you have from 9 AM until 1 PM today to get those blue ribbon items into the fair.

Suspect In Walker County Deputy Shooting Released From Hospital

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The man accused of shooting a Walker County Deputy earlier this month has been released from a Chattanooga hospital and is now lodged in the Walker County Jail.

Forty-seven-year-old Sherman Travis Thomas is accused of shooting a Walker County Sheriff’s deputy back on August 11th.  Thomas reportedly opened fire on deputies who were called to a domestic disturbance in Rossville.  Sergeant Thomas Agredano with the Walker County Sheriff’s office was shot in the leg.  He was treated and released from the hospital the following morning.  Return fire from deputies struck Thomas and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Thomas is now charged with aggravated assault, assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.


Title Pawn Business Reports Fraud

A Summerville title pawn business reported a case of fraud to the Summerville Police Department on Friday of last week.Employees with Title Max in Summerville say that Kaamal Baldwin fraudulently pawned a title with the company.  The manager of Title Max told a responding officer that Baldwin pawned a title for $3,000.  What the Title Max employees did not know is that Baldwin had fraudulently obtained the title for a 2011 Nissan Maxima from a used car dealer.

The Title Max employees say that Baldwin purchased the vehicle from Allisson Auto Sales in Rome.  Rome Police say that the car dealer took a payment of $5,052.85 over the phone on a Visa card last month.  Mr. Baldwin then went to the dealership and picked up the title, before the Visa credit card payment had processed.  After receiving the title for the vehicle, Baldwin allegedly called and cancelled the credit card payment.  The owner of the car dealership in Rome has reportedly tried to get in touch with Baldwin but has been unable to do so.  The car dealership has been able to recover the vehicle.

In the mean time, Title Max in Summerville is still out the $3,000 they loaned against the fraudulently obtained title.  When Title Max contacted Mr. Baldwin, he claims that he has been the victim of fraud.  The report from the Summerville Police Department did not explain how Mr. Baldwin feels he has been defrauded.

The case has been turned over to an investigator.

Sheriff's Office Recovers Stolen Tractor

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Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that a tractor that was stolen on Harrisburg Road recently has been recovered.

The sheriff told WZQZ News on Monday night that the tractor was recovered in southern Walker County in a wooded area off Oakton Road.

The tractor was stolen from the estate of Paul Lee on Harrisburg Road and was reported missing by Mr. Lee’s daughter.

The sheriff says that charges are pending against possible suspects in relation to the theft of the 2003 Branson Tractor.

Several Qualify Today For Seats In Trion

Several candidates qualified for seats on the Trion Town Council and the Trion City School Board on the first day of qualifying held today.

Don Harris, the incumbent for Council Seat Five qualified for another term on the council.  Also, former Trion Mayor Lanny Thomas qualified to run for Seat Number Four, currently held by Linda Ingle.

On the Trion School Board, Kari Maddux Brown and Jeff Maddux, both incumbents, qualified for their respective seats.

Qualifying continues through Friday of this week.