WATCH: Menlo House Destroyed by Fire

On Wednesday night around 8 PM, firefighters battled a fire that fully engulfed a house at 2623 Hwy. 337 in Menlo. The property is located between the four-way intersection and the elementary school.

The house was completely destroyed by the fire, but luckily, there were no injuries reported. It is not clear if the house was occupied or if there was anyone inside when the fire began.

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Investigation into Apparent Suicide at Hays Prison

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Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at Hays State Prison, and the family of the inmate doesn’t believe the prison’s claim that it was a suicide.

The investigation comes following the apparent suicide of Charles Lee Broady, 41, which he committed in his cell around 7 PM on November 15, according the Hays State Prison.

Broady had reportedly been moved to a part of the prison called Tier 1 that is segregated from the general population as punishment for disobeying commands to stop talking from a prison guard. However, inmates in Tier 1 can still have roommates, and Broady did at the time of his suicide.

Broady’s family say that they hadn’t heard from Charles in about a month. They were notified of his death on the 16th the day after his death. The family said that they want to know how long it took a corrections officer to check Charles’ cell, and they want to hear the roommates account of the events leading up to the suicide.

At the time of his death, Broady was in the process of suing the prison because his face had allegedly been slashed in a gang-related fight, and a court date had been set for December 18. His family does not believe the he would kill himself.

Read the Times Free Press’ report here.

4-H Breakfast with Santa

The UGA Extension Office (and Judge Jon Dennis) will be sponsoring ‘Breakfast with Santa’ on Saturday, December 2. There are two seating times available: 8:30-9:30, and 10:30-11:30. Tickets are $5, and seating is limited to 144 people per seating. Advance tickets are on sale at the 4H Extension Office, Farm Bureau, and P&P Country Store. NO tickets will be sold at the door. Breakfast will be served by Santa’s elves at the Summerville First Baptist Life Center. Photos will be available: you can bring your own camera, or one they can be emailed to you. All children will receive one-on-one time with Santa during the breakfast. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Arrest Report - Thursday - November 23, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Thursday, November 23, 2017:

Jarrett Takes Simple Approach to NFR (Submitted by Ted Harbin)

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The pace of life around here is a bit slower than most places in the world. It’s definitely much different than the bright lights and hustle of Las Vegas. That’s just the way Ryan Jarrett likes it. Still, his annual trek to the Nevada desert comes with the possibility of great rewards.

“It’s a madhouse,” he said of Vegas, home of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s 10-night championship that features only the top 15 contestants in each event at the conclusion of the regular season. “Sometimes I just like to drive away from there. I like the simpler things.”

Jarrett will return for his 11th qualification to the finale, set for Dec. 7-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. He first qualified in 2005, the same year he left the City of Lights with the most cherished prize in the game: the all-around gold buckle.
That year, he qualified in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping. His nine subsequent trips to Las Vegas have come strictly in tie-down roping. This year, he enters the NFR as the No. 8 man in the standings with $96,056.

“All summer long and the fourth quarter of the season were pretty good,” said Jarrett, who was raised near Summerville, Ga., in the northwestern part of the state. “I can’t complain a bit.”
What’s even more impressive is that he only competed during seven months of the year-round season. He had hand surgery on Dec. 15, 2016, just four days after concluding last year’s NFR. He returned to action prematurely in March, but then took the time off necessary to make sure his hand was in perfect working order.

He returned to action in mid-April, which gave him just five and a half months to make up some serious ground. He accomplished it by being consistently good over that time.
“In April, I went to some pretty good circuit rodeos,” he said of regional rodeos primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. “That pretty much got me lined out.”
After winning the championship at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo in late June, Jarrett moved into the top 20 in the world standings for the first time. He just kept moving. By mid-August, he was inside the top 15 and didn’t fall out the rest of the season, which concluded Sept. 30.

Remember those circuit rodeos? Jarrett also excelled close to home. He won the year-end championship. It’s another key goal in a rodeo cowboy’s career, because it earns him a chance to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo next spring.

But his sights are set on Vegas right now. That’s the richest rodeo in the world, with go-round winners earning more than $26,000 each night. It’s not only a chance for him to cash in, but he is eager to earn a tie-down roping world championship – in rodeo, dollars equal points, so the contestants in each event with the most money earned after the NFR will be rewarded with the coveted gold buckles.

“I’m going to take my little horse out there,” he said of Snoopy, a 7-year-old sorrel gelding that guided him to an October victory at the All American Finals in Waco, Texas. “I had my doubts about him, but winning in Waco ensured I could win something on him. I’m looking forward to that.”

Snoopy was a helpful part of his season. A rule change allowed the tie-down ropers to compete at 100 rodeos this year – previously it was 75 – so Jarrett took advantage of it. He competed at as many as he could. He was able to go to some rodeos with his wife, Shy-Anne, who is a barrel racer.

“She went with me the latter part of the season, but I didn’t drive by any rodeos,” he said. “This year I went to 26 rodeos I’ve never been to in my life, and I’ve competed since 2004. I may not go to a bigger rodeo if I could work four other ones in that time.

“I rodeoed a little smarter. It probably cost me some money in the standings, but I made more rodeo.”

An example was focusing on rodeos closer to home instead of making the trek to the West Coast during the spring.

“I used to go to Redding (Calif.), and it’d take three days to work that rodeo. This year I stayed right here and went to four rodeos in two days. You put in that prize money, and it equals as much as you could win in Redding, and the profit margin is much bigger.”

He has to. Rodeo is his primary business, so it makes sense to watch the bottom line. But it’s also a sport, so it takes considerable athleticism to pull it all off. It’s not just him, either; he has to trust in his horse. He has big plans for Snoopy, but he’s ready for anything that comes his way in Las Vegas.

“I have a backup horse lined up out there,” Jarrett said. “It’s Marty Yates’ hors that I rode quite a bit this summer. Hopefully I can avoid paying mount money (to Yates) and ride my own.”
There’s that business mindset coming into play. Since the season concluded, he has kickstarted the 2018 campaign in a good way. He sits second in those standings with more than $14,000 earned since Oct. 1. He has competed sparingly but has plenty of other things to help keep his mind and body sharp.

“I’ve been riding the bicycle a little bit,” Jarrett said. “I’ve done a lot of jogging in the past, but it has made my knee pretty sore. Riding the bicycle helps keep me in shape, so I’m going to continue to be riding. I stay so busy when I’m home with my cattle and other things, there’s no down time for me.”

That’s just the way he likes it, even at the smaller pace of Comanche, Oklahoma.

Santa Special Departing from Summerville Depot

All aboard The Summerville Santa Special! This enchanting 75 minute train excursion departs from the Historic Summerville Depot each weekend in December, through December 23. Passengers will be transported to “Santa’s Workshop” in Trion to pick up Santa inside an enclosed, climate controlled train car on the festively decorated Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train and hosted by Santa’s elves.

While on board, families will enjoy Christmas caroling, storytelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, light refreshments, and of course, visit with Santa. Every child will receive a special memento, and those young and young at heart, will spend special time with the North Pole’s jolliest elf himself, Santa, as he walks through each train car visiting and posing with the kids for photos.

The Summerville Depot will be fully decked out with holiday décor for photo opportunities and a Mistletoe Market full of vendors with holiday treasures.
Parking is free. Advanced tickets are suggested. Tickets may be purchased through Summerville City Hall at (706) 859-0900 or on line at

Drug Bust at Cloudland Nets Three Arrests

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On Tuesday of this week the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force along with the Department of Natural Resources served a search warrant in Cloudland which resulted in the arrests of three people.

The warrant was served at a house off of Georgia Highway 157 and Gordon Lane.  Crystal Renee Brown, age 31, was arrested on charges of possession of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine. Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Ray Green was also charged with possession of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine.

A third suspect, thirty-four-year-old Terry Wayne Green, was also charged with methamphetamine possession and intent to distribute charges.  As a deputy was walking Terry Wayne Green to the patrol car, Green bolted and ran from the deputy.  Deputies and Drug Task Force Agents gave chase and captured Green.  He has additional charges of felony escape and willful obstruction of law enforcement.

All three suspects were booked into the Chattooga County Jail.


Thanksgiving Closings

Thanksgiving Closings:

  • 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.
  • The Summerville City Hall will be closing today at 3 PM and remain closed Thursday and Friday
  • The Chattooga County Farm Bureau will be closing today at 2 PM


GDOT Suspends Lane Closures in Northwest Georgia for Thanksgiving Holiday

Here’s some good news for travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and primary state roads in northwest Georgia from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 through 5 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017.

“Northwest Georgians have been very patient with our construction throughout the year,” says Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.  “We appreciate it very much and enjoy giving them these well-deserved breaks from lane closures.  We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.  In addition, crews may be working and equipment may be staged in proximity to roadways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place.  Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

Scott Tucker Promoted at United Community Bank

United Community Bank announced in a press release that Scott Tucker, a longtime Chattooga County banker, has been promoted to President of the Northwest Georgia region for United Community Bank.

The announcement was made by Bill Gilbert, President of United Community Bank.  In addition to Tucker being promoted to President, Rome banker David Johnson will become the CEO of the Northwest Georgia region which includes seven locations in Chattooga, Floyd and Bartow counties.

Gilbert said, “David and Scott are ideal leaders for United in this area. Together, they have more than 80 years of local banking experience, and they truly care about these communities. We look forward to continued success and growth for United in this region.”

Tucker said, ““Our team of bankers in Northwest Georgia is as talented as they come. I am proud to work with David to lead this team, and provide the financial services that are most needed by our customers. David and I care passionately about this team, our Bank and these communities.”

Arrest Report - Wednesday - November 22, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Wednesday, November 22, 2017:

Woman Dies Alone in Alabama House Fire - UPDATE

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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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A house fire in the community of Aroney led to the death of an elderly woman.

Family around the home on County Road 386 in the Aroney community alerted police to the fire around 9 a.m. and five different agencies responded to the call. “We were advised of the possibility of an elderly female in the house,” said Chief Tony Bearden of Aroney Volunteer Fire Department. “Upon arrival, family members and neighbors said she was in the house, so we sent people in,”

Authorities say the fire was on the side of the house, near the front door and unfortunately the woman was in the back of the house in the bathroom.

Sadly, when the fire department arrived, it was too late. “They got her out. She was not burned, but she had suffered smoke inhalation,” said Chief Bearden.

The 84-year-old woman was pronounced dead after getting her out of the burning home. Fire crews spent another three hours to get the fire under control.

As of right now, officials are unsure as to how the fire started. “It’s under investigation. The DeKalb County arson task force investigates fires and the Alabama fire marshals are investigating.”

The elderly woman lived on a lot surrounded by her family, who didn’t want to comment at this time.


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.

Tim Burgess Named New Cherokee County 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.


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: