Power Outage in Trion Area
Georgia Power says that about 1,470 people in the Welcome Hill area of Trion are without power this morning. Georgia Power expects the problem to be resolved by around 10:15 this morning. No word as to the cause of the outage.
Arrest Report - Saturday - November 18, 2017
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Saturday, March 18, 2017:
Fake $100 Bill Used at Trade Day to Pay for Tires
According to recently released docket records, a Chattooga County sheriff’s deputy took a report on counterfeit money being used at Trade Day in Summerville last Tuesday.
Complainant Harold Pierce said he was set up selling at Trade Day when a man came up and asked for the price on a set of tires Pierce was selling.
According to Pierce, he gave the price of $125, to which the customer agreed. The customer gave Pierce the money and said he would be back later for the tires. However, when Pierce looked at the money, he discovered that a $100 bill the man had used to pay with was fake. The other bills were authentic.
The fake $100 bill was collected by the deputy, and he told Pierce to make sure the customer knew he had used a fake bill if he returned for the tires.
Woman Reports Stolen Phone
Last Wednesday a local deputy responded to a report of a stolen cell phone.
At her residence, complainant Aris Odum told with the deputy she was with two males the Saturday previous at Carousel Inn in Trion when she discovered her phone was missing. One of those males, Coty Williamson, was arrested later that day on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop.
According to Odum, CPR in Summerville told her that someone had tried to activate the phone. Docket records imply that Odum believes one or both of the two males she was with at the time took the phone. Odum’s account was documented in a report and the case was turned over to the Trion Police Department.
Man Who Threatened to Kill Judge Payne Pleads Guilty
A Chattooga County man has been sentenced after he threatened to kill local Probate Court Judge Jon Payne. 40-year-old Robert Matthew Hughes of Trion pleaded guilty to the charge of making terroristic threats. He was given five years of probation and ordered to complete a nine-month substance abuse treatment program.
The threat came after Judge Payne issued a court order against Hughes. Hughes made the threats in the presence of a law enforcement officer.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Has Parkinson's
Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.
In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old says family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms.
Read more here.
Tools Stolen from Jeep in Trion
Legal Herbal Supplement is Killing Georgians
According to GBI chief state medical examiner Dr. Jonathan, the herbal supplement kratom is killing people in Georgia, and contributed to five deaths in 2016 and 11 deaths so far in 2017.
Kratom is a controversial tree leaf that is sold completely legally in convenience stores and supermarkets as an “herbal supplement”, and some people use it to self-medicate for depression, anxiety or chronic pain. It is increasingly becoming an alternative to opioids because of its similar effects on the brain. While kratom is not an opiate, it acts on the same neural receptors.
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told WSB-TV recently, “ been saying kratom has become a big problem for them because as they’re trying to get people off opioids, which as you know is a huge problem, people are now turning to kratom as an alternative,” said.
Miles said the GBI answers lots of questions from lawmakers about kratom, but right now it is legal under Georgia law.
Read more here. WSB-TV
Arrest Report - Friday - November 17, 2017
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Friday, November 17, 2017:
Entries Being Accepted for Summerville Christmas Parade
The Summerville Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Summerville Christmas Parade.
This year’s parade will be held on Monday, December 4th at 7 PM in downtown Summerville. The theme for the 2017 Christmas Parade is “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas.” There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 floats in this year’s event. Top price gets $250, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $75. Participant applications are available at the Summerville Recreation Department. The cost of entry is $25.
Former Summerville Police Chief Passes Away
A former City of Summerville Police Chief passed away yesterday. Roy Starkey was born in Trion but started his career in law enforcement at the Milledgeville State Hospital before coming back to Chattooga County. Here, he served with the City of Summerville Police Department for 17 years, having been chief of police for 8 of those years. His funeral is set for this Sunday. All active and retired law enforcement officers will serve as honorary pall bearers. Mason Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Summerville Man Busted with Weed in Car
A Summerville man was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for possession of marijuana.
On Wednesday around 1:45 AM, a deputy on patrol on Mahan Road in Summerville pulled over the driver of a white Ford Taurus after it pulled out of the parking lot of Crossroads Antiques, which was closed at the time.
When the deputy ran the license of the driver, 23-year-old David Lee Wilson, E-911 reported that he had an active warrant out in Chattooga County related to marijuana possession.
When Wilson was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he admitted there was less than an ounce of marijuana in a pill bottle in the center of the front seat. Wilson was arrested and booked into the county jail shortly thereafter.
Gas Prices Edge up in Early November
At $2.56, the national gas price average has increased nine cents inside of 13 days.
Strong fall consumer gasoline demand has continued into November and is chipping away at national gasoline inventory. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports total gasoline inventories dropped by 3.3 million bbl in their latest report.
“Compared to the first half of November last year, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “However, while November gas prices have come in like a lion, AAA expects them to go out like a lamb.”
On the week, gas prices increased for the majority of states across the country. However, only four states are seeing double-digit fluctuations at the pump: Florida (+13 cents), Indiana (-13 cents), Alaska (+12 cents) and Ohio (-10 cents).
On the week, gasoline prices have increased an average of nine cents across the South and Southeast. With a 13-cent jump, Floridians are seeing the biggest change, but regardless of the increases, the region is still selling some of the cheapest gas in the country with, with gas the cheapest in the country in Alabama at $2.26.
According to Gasbuddy.com, you can find the cheapest gas in the county for $2.29 per gallon at Murphy USA beside Walmart. Second-cheapest is $2.31 per gallon at both the BP beside Jerry’s Drive-In, across from the Summerville Scout Hut, and the Circle K on Commerce St across from the Fit Pit gym. Gas in neighboring counties is a touch cheaper, as low as $2.22 in Dekalb and $2.25 in Floyd.
Woman Reports her Ex for Pestering Her
A Summerville woman reported her ex last Sunday for calling her repeatedly and sending her “hateful” text messages.
The woman told a local deputy that she and the father of at least one of her children had been split up for around three months, but that ever since, he had been harassing her. She said that she believes that he is tampering with her property, and as examples she said that her mail box keeps getting knocked off, and that her daughter’s solar light was missing. The woman also said her ex takes pictures of her car and sends them to her.
A report was filed for documentation in case the woman decides to take the issue to court.
Rome PD Asking for Help Identifying Woman
Rome Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman believed to have been involved in numerous forgeries in Floyd and surround counties.
She has been seen driving a white Nissan during all of the forgeries she is accused of committing. To report any information, contact Investigator Pete Sailors at 706-238-5118, or message them on their Facebook page. All tips may remain anonymous.
Wetherington Found Not Guilty for Shropshire Murder
A Floyd Superior Court Jury has found a Dalton man not guilty of the murder and robbery of a Chattooga County man more than two and a half years ago.
28-year old John Henry Wetherington Jr. was charged in the strangulation death of 42-year old Nicholas Shropshire, who was found near the side of Floyd Springs Road on the afternoon of April 18, 2015.
Another Dalton man, 24-year old Eric Jordan Hunter, was also arrested for Shropshire’s murder.
Hunter remains in the Floyd County Jail awaiting trial.
Nearly 51 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving
AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving; a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005, with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.
“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence. These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year.”
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.
- Total Travelers: 1.4 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more; an increase of 3.2% over last year.
- Road Trip Ready: 1.3 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 3.2% over last year.
- Flying High: 107,802 Georgians are forecast to take a flight; the most since 116,695 flew in 2007. The 4.5% year-over-year increase is the largest percentage increase among the three major transportation modes.
- Alternate travel: 30,947 Georgians will travel by other means like trains, buses, and cruises.
- Fueling up: Gas Prices in Georgia averaged $2.09 on Thanksgiving 2016. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.
- Road Trippers: 89 percent of all travelers –45.5 million– are planning a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 1.6 million people (3.2%) over last year.
- Cheaper Airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. View the pricing index
- Fuller Skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at 5 percent, with 3.95 million travelers.
- Alternate Travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.
- Fueling Up: Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.
- Holiday High: Car rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.
Travelers still hitting the road despite higher gas prices
- Gas prices surged earlier this month. The state average rose 6 cents in 5 days.
- Gas prices in Georgia are currently averaging $2.41. Check today’s state and metro averages
- The state average was $2.09 on Thanksgiving 2016, $1.99 in 2015, and $2.71 in 2014.
- Compared to last year’s holiday, it will cost the average motorist $6 more for a full tank of gasoline.
- Gas prices in the U.S. are averaging $2.56. Check today’s national average
- The national average on Thanksgiving Day was $2.14 in 2016, $2.05 in 2015, and $2.80 in 2014.
“AAA forecasts Georgians will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, thanks to strong demand and high oil prices,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “Although it will be more expensive to drive to Grandma’s house compared to recent years, the current price at the pump is not high enough to deter Georgians from taking a trip. Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices.”
“Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump, ” Townsend continued. “Fortunately, oil prices are beginning to soften, thanks to growth in crude production and inventories; and wholesale gas prices are slipping due to high gasoline production. This should set the table for small discounts at the pump before the holiday arrives.”
Highs and Lows: Car rentals, airfare and hotel rates
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index:
- Travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year.
- Travelers can expect to spend any ‘flight savings’ on car rentals. At $70/day, the daily car rental average is 34 percent more than last year and the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.
- Travelers will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this holiday weekend. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night. Conversely, the average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has decreased 5 percent with an average nightly cost of $117.
Georgians Beware and Advised: Traffic Hotspots and Best and Worst Times to Hit the Road
Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion during the early evening – as early as Tuesday of Thanksgiving week – as commuters mix with holiday travelers. At the peak of congestion on Wednesday evening from 3 – 5:15 p.m., drivers on Atlanta interstates could experience delays of up to 2x the optimal trip time.
“Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year we could see record-level travel delays,” says Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”
AAA advises Georgia motorist to plan trips in advance and tune in to local traffic reports before they hit the road this weekend. Up-to-date information on weather alerts, traffic congestion and major incidents can be found at www.511ga.org – Georgia Department of Transportation’s traffic management and traveler information system.
The 10 worst traffic hotspots during Thanksgiving week with the most congestion in Georgia are:
City Replacing Fire Hydrant
The City of Summerville will be working on Highland Ave. this morning replacing a fire hydrant. The roads will be closed from Hwy 27 to Stockade Rd. and water could be off due to repairs. If you have any questions please call Terry Tinney 706 859-0907.
Tractor Trailer Wreck at Cloudland
Be on the lookout for a tractor trailer accident on Highway 48 near the state line. A tractor – trailer has wrecked. According to Sheriff Mark Schrader there was one minor injury. Police and fire officials are still on the scene. Use caution if you are driving in the area
Arrest Report - Thursday - November 16, 2017
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, November 16, 2017: