Birthday and Anniversary Club, October 22-28

The winner of last week’s AM 1180 Birthday and Anniversary Club was Madison Green.  If you have names for the Birthday and Anniversary Club for October 22-28, you can call 706-591-9038 or you can e-mail  Here are the names for this week’s Birthday and Anniversary Club:

Melanie Sullivan

Maisha Ludy

Jimmy and Maria Holbrook – Anniversary (Sunday)

Doris Purcell

Steve and Martha Ware – Anniversary

Vann Jennings

Chelsea Jennings

Donna Bryant Phipps


Arrest Report - Sunday - October 22, 2017

DeKalb County Law Searching For Missing Juveniles

Mckeena Rylie Copeland, 14, of Dawson, Alabama was last seen on October 18, 2017. Mckeena was last seen wearing a Kansas State ballcap and a blackheart necklace. She is 5’05 and weighs 145lbs. At this time the direction of travel is unknown. It is believed that Mckeena is in the company of another missing juvenile from Dawson, Alabama.

Andruw Peyton Jones was also last seen on October 18, 2017. Andruw in a 16 year old white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 230lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a grey flannel shirt. The two may be travelling in a white 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe with tag number 28DG319. Please contact the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801 with any information pertaining to their whereabouts.


Living Former Presidents Attend Concert for Texas Hurricane Relief

All five living former U.S. presidents attended a concert in Texas to raise money for relief efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush put aside politics during a show featuring country music band Alabama Saturday night.

Former presidents have joined forces for post-disaster fundraising before, including George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton raising money together after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

President Trump wasn’t there, but he sent a video message for the event. He commended the efforts of the former presidents, calling them “some of America’s finest public servants.”

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Civil War Dress Up Day Ends Badly

Civil War dress-up day is done for at an elementary school in Kennesaw after a white student told a black student, “You are my slave”.

Last month, Big Shanty Elementary School in Kennesaw invited 5th graders to dress up as characters from the Civil War. The mother of a 10-year-old black child says a white student dressed as a plantation owner approached him and said, “You are my slave.”

In a Thursday letter to the mother, a Cobb County assistant superintendent writes of the school system’s assurance that student dress-up activities related to the Civil War have come to an end at the school about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.

With more than 110,000 students, Cobb County is Georgia’s second-largest school system.


Credit Card Fraud

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Last Wednesday, a Summerville man reported that five credit card accounts had been opened in his name without his permission.

At his White Oak Rd. residence in Summerville, Orville White told the deputy that Capitol One Credit called him asking for an overdue payment on two credit cards in his name. When White stated he did not have a credit card through them, he was informed of two cards that in his name; one in 2015, another in 2016.

White stated he later spoke with Southeast Federal Credit Union in Trion, who informed him of three more accounts that he was not aware of.


The incident was active as of Thursday.

Mohawk Employee Steals $766K and buys Vacations, according to police

Calhoun Police have arrested and charged a woman with defrauding the company out of three-quarters of a million dollars from Mohawk Industries, where she was employed. They say she used the money to do anything from paying bills to going on “lavish vacations”.

Chief Garry Moss says 54-year-old Deborah Busby of Fairmount, Georgia faces 51 charges of financial transaction card fraud, and 51 counts of identity fraud.

Moss says Busby used her job at Mohawk to convert funds for her own use.

Moss says the four month long investigation began after employee’s uncovered discrepancies in several Mohawk accounts.

Detectives examined hundreds of documents during the investigation, and interviewed several people before determining Busby had acted alone in the thefts.

“It is alleged that Busby had taken approximately $766,000 over a three year span, and used the money to pay personal bills, take lavish vacations and purchase various items for personal use.” Captain Tony Pyle.

It’s unclear whether Busby is still employed at Mohawk.

News Channel 9 (ABC)

New Insurance Company to Add Hundreds of Jobs to Rome

The Rome-Floyd Chamber, the City of Rome, and Floyd County announced Thursday that Candor USA, a new Rome-based business, will invest $39 million in Rome and Floyd County and create 675 jobs over the next five years.
Candor has developed a smartphone app and ‘chatbot’ to help Millennial consumers find appropriate health care coverage plans. The app works with insurance agencies, carriers, and health care providers.

In addition to Millennial consumers find health care plans, Candor says they enable secure, instant transactions, and provide data on market trends and business performance.

John Good, COO and co-founder of Candor said that Rome has a large Millenial population, with a median age of 35. Good said in a press release 97% of Americans don’t know what their health insurance covers, and 63% of bankruptcies are due to unexpected health expenses. Additionally, he said that his company is excited to pick Rome as their headquarters and to add jobs to the community.

The company has created more than 40 jobs to date in Floyd County, and plans to lease several office spaces in Downtown Rome. “We are thrilled Candor has chosen Rome and Floyd County as its home. Access to health insurance is of vital importance to our community. We have an infrastructure and skilled labor force in place, ready to meet the day to day operations of this innovative business model.” Said City of Rome Mayor Jamie Doss.

“This is a tremendous gain for Rome and Floyd County, “said Rhonda Wallace, Floyd County Commission Chair. “With the announcement of Candor, quality jobs are added in our community, attracting more bright, young professionals and further solidifying Rome and Floyd County as an lnnovation and Technology Hub.”

“We congratulate Bob Shinn, John Good and the rest of the team at Candor, and are gratefulforthe relationships developed over the years that brought them to Rome and Floyd County,” said chair of the Rome Floyd Chamber, John Quinlivan. “Candor appreciates our Quality of Life, vibrant downtown, and rivers and hills which are attractive to their current workforce and will, they know, help attract the future workers upon whom we will all depend.”

via CVN

Football Games Scores

Last night, both of the local football teams won! It was Indians versus Indians last night with Chattooga High facing Armuchee. That game was neck-and-neck, with little movement on the field and no one scoring in the second quarter. It came in at 14-10 for Chattooga in the end.

Trion took on Mt. Zion on their senior night football game; it was neck-and-neck at times too, but with more movement and scoring on both sides. That game finished 34-20 for Trion.

If you missed the game broadcasts last night, or just want to relive the action, be sure to tune in on the radio or online at 1 PM to hear both games, starting with Trion. Congrats to both of our local teams!

Arrest Report - Saturday - October 21, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, October 21, 2017:

Navy Blue Angels at Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the two-day, 2017 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show this weekend, Oct. 21-22, at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA.

During the weekend’s air show appearance, the six-signature blue-and-gold F-18 fighter jets will perform tactics and maneuvers showcasing the capabilities of the aircraft and flying in tight formations with close passes.

Several pilots and crew-members are from the northwest Georgia area, and even more are Georgia natives. In addition to the air show performances, members of the team will also appear at local high schools and events to speak to students about careers in aviation.

For a full list of performers and air show activities, visit

Advance ticket purchases are recommended.  Ticket and parking information for the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show can be found 

Record-breaking crowds of more than 60,000 expected to attend.  Plan to arrive at the air show early. Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening to guests at 9 a.m.  Opening ceremonies will kick-off each day at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by the first flying performances beginning at noon.  For the latest air show updates, follow the show on Facebook at

Press Release

Food-Themed Weekend at the Depot Kicks Off

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Today marks the start of a pair of food-themed events at the depot his weekend. Today, the city of Summerville will celebrate German traditions and food with Oktoberfest, featuring German beers, cuisine, music, and more. Then tomorrow, 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

Hamilton County Considering Stopping Corporal Punishment

The new Hamilton County Schools superintendent, Bryan Johnson, wants to get rid of corporal punishment. Not everyone in the community agrees, however.

Tyner Middle Principal Crystal Sorrells says she will do whatever the district decides is best for all schools but since she started using paddling as a punishment, her students are spending more time in the classroom.

“My perspective has changed over the years. My first year as a principal I was not a fan of corporal punishment,” Sorrells said.

Dr. Ricardo Causo, a behavioral pediatrician, says it may not seem like it at the time, but spanking or paddling a child, does harm them.

“Even though it may be a quick fix it can lead to violent behavior in children, especially when they reach their teenage years which can be carried on into their married life, by abusing their spouse,” Dr. Causo said.

He says there are better ways to discipline your children, like taking away toys or other privileges, works better for long term behavior changes.

“Timeouts, taking away privileges, take away video games. What I personally recommend is to give them two chances,” he said.

He says The Department of Education says they will work with teachers to determine whether stopping corporal punishment is the best idea.


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