Woman Dies Alone in DeKalb Co. House Fire

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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a woman died in a house fire Tuesday morning at a County Road reesidence in the Aroney Community. No one else was in the home at the time.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but is being investigated by the DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Alabama State Fire Marshall’s Office.


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Rome Police Dept. Asking for Public's Help Identifying Accused Thieves

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The Rome Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying both a man and woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at a Rome business, as well as a man accused of using several stolen financial cards throughout Rome. To see the images of the accused thieves, click ‘read more’.


The pair in the first two pictures are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from an East Rome business. The man pictured last in the yellow shirt is accused of using several stolen debit and credit cards throughout Rome.

To provide information on the pair involved in the East Rome business robbery, contact Investigator Corey Bowers at 706-238-5129. To provide information on the man involved in credit card thefts, contact Investigator Sam Perri at 706-238-5128. Alternatively, you can message the Rome PD about either case on their Facebook page. All tips may remain anonymous.

Walker Co. Sheriff's Office Asking for Public's Help Identifying Accused Thief

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman caught on surveillance video stealing a purse.

Around 5:45 PM last Friday, the female pictured below entered a vehicle on Orchard Terrace in Rossville and took a brown, leather purse, and left the scene in a maroon Ford Taurus.

About 20 minutes later, she used a credit card taken from the purse at Walgreens on Rossville Blvd. in Chattanooga. If you have any information on the pictured woman, the Walker County Sherriff’s Office asks that you call Sgt. Zack Simpson at 706-638-1909 Ext. 1270.

County Administrator Tim Burgess Named New Probate Judge County Commission Chairman

County Administrator Tim Burgess has officially been appointed Cherokee Co. Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey placed the call to Burgess just prior to noon Tuesday informing him that she is appointing him to fill the unexpired term of J. Kirk Day, who passed away in early October. Burgess told WEIS Radio that he was a bit overwhelmed that Governor Ivey called personally to inform him of her decision. The appointment will be effective as of December 1.

He said he plans to work hard in fulfilling the duties of the office, adding that he’s excited to be chosen to fill the position but knows that as soon as he’s settled into his new role, it’ll be time to gear up for a political campaign as part of the upcoming 2018 election cycle.

Burgess said he looks forward to serving the people of Cherokee County in his new capacity as Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman.


Thanksgiving Closings

The Town of Trion and the Chattooga County Library System have announced their schedule for the observance of Thanksgiving.

  • The Town of Trion Business Office and Maintenance Department will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov 23-24. Garbage normally picked up on these days will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov 22.
  • The Trion Recreation Department will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov 23-25. For emergency calls normally directed to the Gas or Police Departments, call 9-1-1 and emergency response will be dispatched.
  • The Chattooga County Library System will be closed Thursday through Saturday, November 23-25. The Library will return to its normal operating hours Monday, Nov 27.


Turkey/Ham Shoot at United by Faith Baptist

Press release: United by Faith Baptist Church is hosting a Turkey/Ham Shoot on Dec 2nd starting at 10 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church of East Armurchee ( 2600 East Armurchee Rd, Subligna,GA).

If you’re interested in winning a Turkey or Ham, you can participate for $5.00 per shot. Bring your own guns (12 and 20 gauge guns allowed – up to a full choke), or use a house gun which will be provided. Coffee/Sodas will be available for purchase.

Contact Corey Callan @ 706-584-0321 or Gene Cavin @ 706-506-5525 for more information. Come out and join us for this fun event!

Mohawk Industries to buy Australia's biggest carpet company

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Mohawk Industries Inc. has agreed to buy the biggest carpet maker and distributor in Australia and New Zealand from the company’s founding family.

Mohawk, already the world’s biggest floorcovering company, said Monday it will acquire Godfrey Hirst Group, the leading flooring company in Australia and New Zealand with gobal sales of about $450 million in the fiscal year ended June 30.

The Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk already operates a comprehensive warehouse and sales network in Australia and New Zealand to distribute the company’s wood, laminate, LVT, vinyl and carpet products.

Godfrey Hirst is the 152-year-old, largest spinner of woolen carpet yarns in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the world’s 10 biggest carpet manufacturers. The company employs more than 1,000 people in its manufacturing and distribution facilities across Australia and has a number of overseas offices, including about 70 employees in the United States.

Read more at the Times Free Press here.

Cedar Bluff Woman Charged in Chemical Death Case

A 33-year-old Cedar Bluff woman has been arrested on charges of chemical endangerment involving a death, which is a Class C felony. 

Sheriff Jeff Shaver informed WEIS Radio News that the case was presented to a grand jury earlier in the month (November, 2017) by Chief Investigator Josh Summerford, and as a result Ciji Nicole White was indicted on the charges  The sheriff said the death occurred in November of last year and the investigators had been awaiting autopsy results before proceeding with the case; the deceased – who was stillborn at a Chattanooga hospital – tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sheriff Shaver said “We have made multiple arrests for chemical endangerment involving children, but I believe this is the first case in this judicial circuit in which someone has been charged with chemical endangerment involving a death.  This is a very tragic incident and we hope people take notice that it is unacceptable to use illegal drugs during a pregnancy.”

Sheriff’s Office investigators took White into custody Monday afternoon; she was booked in  at the Cherokee County Detention Center where she remains with bond set at $100,000.


Tribute to Mel Tillis Friday and Saturday

Arrest Report - Tuesday - November 21, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Tuesday, November 21, 2017:

Menlo Man Reports Trespassing

A Menlo man reported Saturday that two men have been trespassing on his property to spotlight deer.

According to complainant Phillip Wright, a white male and an hispanic male have been using a dirt road on Wright’s property to access his neighbor’s fields to spotlight deer.

Wright said he put a lock on the gate, but that someone cut it. Wright said he even saw and spoke with one of the subjects on the evening of the report and told him not to use his road, but the subject refused and proceeded anyway.

Wright stated that one of the subjects is a white male approximately 30 years old, driving a gray, crew cab, 4-wheel-drive diesel pickup. The other is an hispanic male in a red SUV.

Theft at Curiosity Shop

Last Saturday evening, a theft was reported at the Curiosity Shop on Hwy 27 in Summerville. Complainant Tracey Hawkins told the deputy a cat statue, two scarecrows, a coffee maker, and halloween tinsel had been stolen from her shop. The stolen items are valued at a total of $62.

Security footage obtained by the sheriff’s office’s investigator shows a white man and woman stealing the items from the shop while walking a dog.

County Deputy Resigns after Alleged Fight with Wife, Brother

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A Chattooga sheriff’s deputy resigned Monday following an administrative review of a domestic incident at that deputy’s home.

Deputy Kenneth Martin and his wife, Megan, allegedly got into an argument around 8:20 PM Sunday. According to Megan, Kenneth was intoxicated during the argument and he allegedly pushing her while she was holding their two-month-old son. Megan reportedly called Kenneth’s parents for help, and she said that Kenneth and his brother Aaron got into a verbal and physical altercation while Aaron forced his brother into his car.
Sheriff Schrader has talked with the Martins and witnesses and is reportedly not convinced the deputy physically assaulted the wife. No charges have been filed, and Martin resigned in lieu of termination following the opening of the administrative review.

WATCH: Semi Trailer Collapses on Hwy 48

Around 3 PM yesterday, the trailer of a big rig collapsed under its own weight on Hwy 48. The incident happened between Crossroad market gas station and the Raccoon Creek bridge between Summerville and Berryton. The tractor was pulling freight for a company named Benton Express, Inc.

Luckily, the driver managed to pull the truck roadside, and multiple sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to help direct traffic. No injuries have been reported.

Woman Throws Wallet Out of Car

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A county woman reported Friday that she threw her wallet out of her car window thinking it was headed for the back seat.

Trion woman Taylor Callihan told a local sheriff’s deputy that on Friday while driving from Lyerly to Trion, she had thrown her wallet toward the back seat of the car, but when she got to Victory Fuels in Trion, she coculdn’t find it, and realized she had thrown it out of the window.

When Callihan checked her bank balance, she saw that an unauthorized withdrawal of $60 had been made at an ATM around Pennville. According to Callihan, her wallet contains $240, two social security cards, and her driver’s license. The wallet is brown leather with a bronze arrow on it.

The incident was handed over to an investigator.

Arrest Report - Monday - November 20, 2017

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

Woodstock, GA Nurses Lose Licenses for Laughing at Dying Patient


Nurses at a Woodstock, GA nursing home lost their licenses after 11 Alive obtained video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died at that nursing home.

The video shows a patient, who was a World War II veteran, repeatedly calling for help and saying he can’t breathe. The nurses are then heard as they try to start an oxygen machine and fail to take life-saving measures.

The family of 89-year-old James Dempsey of Woodstock, Georgia, sued the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014. A statement from the center says care has improved since then.

But WXIA-TV/11Alive says the nurses didn’t surrender their licenses until this September, after 11 Alive sent The Georgia Board of Nursing a link to the video the nursing home fought three years to keep secret.


GDOT says Turn Your Sprinklers Off

The GA Dept. of Transportation is reminding Georgians to turn off lawn sprinklers for the winter. Sprinklers 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.