Arrest Report - Tuesday – October 16, 2018

Here is the latest Arrest Report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, October 16th, 2018:


Gunshots In Pennville - One Taken To Hospital

The Summerville News reported on Monday evening that  Chattooga County deputies were dispatched to Carroll Drive after someone called 911 and said there was a fight in progress.  When officers arrived on the scene, someone said that a man was waving a gun and at some point shots were fired. One person was transported by Redmond EMS to the hospital.  It is not clear at this time what type of injuries the person sustained.  We will have more information as it is available from law enforcement.

Chattooga Printing Burglarized

The Summerville Police Department is investigating a break-in at Chattooga Printing on Oil Mill Road in Summerville.

According to reports, the printing business was broken into last Thursday evening.  Owner Jane Reed discovered the burglary on Friday morning.  The thieves stole a bank bag with a small amount of cash and over $1,000 in checks from the print shop.  The thieves also stole a donation jar with over $50 from the front counter of the print shop.  The jar was there to raise money for Lyerly Elementary School’s harvest festival.  The intruders also rummaged through the office and scattered paperwork from drawers.  The incident is still under investigation by the Summerville Police Department.

Early Voting Continues

Early voting continues today in Chattooga County and will run through November 2, 2018 in advance of the November 6th General Election.  Yesterday, on the first day of early voting, over 200 people showed up to vote and the county registrar office had received 53 mail-out ballots.  There will be one day of Saturday voting coming up on October 27th.  Voting hours at the registrar office are from 8:30 AM until 5 PM Monday-Friday.   Saturday voting will be from 9 AM until 4 PM.  The registrar office is located at 10017 Commerce Street in Summerville, just south of the Chattooga County Courthouse.

Gas Prices are Down, for now

Motorists are enjoying the annual Fall dip in gas prices, and the downward trend should continue this week into the short-term. However, according to Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA (The Auto Club Group),”upward pressure could easily return later this month” as markets brace for anticipated U.S. sanctions against Iranian crude.

Georgia gas prices declined 1-cent over the weekend, and the Georgia state average of $2.80 per gallon is 2 cents more than a week ago, 7 cents more than last month, and 35 cents more than this time last year.

Jenkins said that motorists “should see a 5-10 cent drop or more in the next 10 days.”

Local gas price averages were $2.72 in Chattooga and Floyd counties, $2.79 in Bartow and Polk counties, and $2.76 in Gordon County.

Burning Leaf Festival Coming Up, Still Accepting Vendors

Cloudland Community Park’s annual Burning Leaf Festival is coming up on October 27th, and they are still accepting applications for food vendors, arts and crafts, businesses, organizations, and direct sales.

If you have any questions or would like an application, contact If you are mailing your application, please send them a quick message to let them know to expect it.

Note: the festival already has Scentsy representative and an Usborne Books representative committed, and a BBQ vendor committed. (We only accept one vendor per food type/direct sales company.)

Read more about the festival below:

Press Release

On October 27, Cloudland Community Park atop Lookout Mountain will hold its fifth annual Burning Leaf Festival from 9 AM until 3 PM (EDT).

In case of bad weather, rain date will be November 10th and an announcement will be posted on our Facebook page and on the web site.

Admission and parking are free and it will be lots of fun for young and old. There will be lots of craft vendors, music, food, a costume contest, and a cake sale. We will have a fire in our fire pit with hot chili for sale, or roast your own hot dogs and make your own delicious s’more!

Come eat lunch! There will be lots of food for sale. Cloudland Volunteer Fire Department will have Bobby Cavin’s famous Barbecue. They will have plates that include a barbecued pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, and a drink for $10. They will also have baked potatoes loaded with barbecued pork. The park will also be serving lots of delicious things to eat to include, hotdogs (already prepared or you can roast your own over the fire), homemade iron-pot venison chili kept warm on the fire, homemade vegetable soup, cornbread, baked potatoes with chili on top, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, and lots of deserts.

There will be live music with an open mic! So come prepared to sing along! At 1 PM (EDT) there will be a cake auction and at 2 PM (EDT) there will be a costume contest. We will have tee shirts for sale that can be preordered or just buy one when you get to Festival.

Any one interested in being a vendor, volunteer, sponsor, or performer, or would like to preorder a tee shirt, please contact the park at any of the contact information below. Vendor applications can be found on our Facebook page or website. Come and join the fun!

Contact information:

Mail: P.O. Box 277, Menlo GA 30731

Phone: Maggie Johnson at 706-862 3040 Email:

Facebook: Cloudland Community Park


Man Says He Can't Get His Ex-Wife to Pick Up Her Oven and Deep Freezer

Summerville resident Christopher Tidmore filed a report with the Summerville Police Department last week when he allegedly couldn’t get his ex-wife to pick up her oven deep freezer from his Hinton Street residence.

Mr. Tidmore told a responding officer that he and his ex-wife had divorced in late August and that he had since taken all of her belongings to her new residence, but there was an oven and deep freezer still at his property that she had not picked up.

Tidmore was told by the officer that a report would be filed, and he was advised to take up the issue in magistrate court.

Neighbors Inform Woman of an Attempt to Break into Her Apartment

According to Summerville Police Department Records, Allen St. resident Whitney Moose’s neighbors told her last Tuesday that two people had tried to break into her apartment the night before.

Moose’s neighbor, Adam Trammel, relayed to an SPD officer what he told Moose: late during the night prior, Angel Hix and AJ Adams had come to Moose’s apartment and rapped on the door repeatedly, shortly before being run off of the property by Moose’s grandfather, who lives nearby on Allen St. as well. According to Trammel, the two hoped in their late ’80’s/early ’90s white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and barreled out of Moose’s driveway, disregarding the nearby stop sign.

Moose also informed the deputy that she had discovered the screen of her window removed laying on the ground, and she found a cinderblock propped under her neighbor’s window.

The incident is being investigated by the Summerville Police Department.

Dalton Woman Shot after Trying to Break Up Her Fighting Sons

A violent domestic dispute on Friday night in Dalton, Ga. ended with two brothers arrested and their mother shot, according to a news release.

The incident started with an argument at 727 McGhee Place when 21-year-old Leonardo Rivera’s fiancee, Esmerelda Rodriguez, became upset that Leonardo was at a party drinking and talking to other women.

Leonardo and his brother Alonso Rivera, 26, got into an argument with Rodriguez when Alonso reportedly threatened to hit her and she threatened to call the police.

When Leonardo took Rodriguez into a separate room, he allegedly picked up a gun and held it to her head, threatening to shoot her.

Josefina Suarez, the two brother’s mother, came into the room and started to fight Leonardo for the gun. During the struggle, the gun fired and hit Suarez in the abdomen. Then, Alonso came into the room and began to punch Rodriguez in the face and kick her in the stomach — she is three months pregnant.

Alonso and Leonardo left the residence out of the back door. When police arrived on scene they found Suarez with a gunshot wound and she was transported to a local hospital and later taken to a separate trauma center hospital where she is reportedly in stable condition.

Alonso was located a short time later hiding at his residence at 1208 Stacey Drive. Leonardo was located and arrested after returning to the residence at McGhee Place a few hours later.

Leonardo was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and acts, and reckless conduct. Alonso was charged with battery, battery against an unborn child, and reckless conduct.

The investigation is ongoing.

Read the full article at the Times Free Press here.

Power Restored to 97% of GA Power Customers Affected by Hurricane Michael

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As of noon Monday, Georgia Power has restored power to 97 percent, or more than 375,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Michael. Restoration is expected to be completed in the Albany area this evening and in the Bainbridge area by tomorrow night.

The company has more than 5,800 personnel working around the clock to restore power for the approximately 15,000 customers located in the hardest hit areas of Southwest Georgia that received the most destructive damage from Hurricane Michael. All of Georgia Power’s resources are dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state, along with additional resources from assisting utilities.

Georgia Power estimates that damage from Hurricane Michael includes:

  • More than 3,500 spans of wire down (or over 130 miles)
  • Approximately 1,000 broken or damaged power poles
  • More than 900 fallen trees
  • More than 200 transformers damaged

As restoration efforts continue, the company encourages customers to keep safety first following Hurricane Michael:

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.

Teams in the Field

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving approximately 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm.

Tools You Can Use

·        Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.

·        Outage & Storm Center – Available at, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

·        Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

·        Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.

·        @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Open House at the Pregnancy Resource Center

The Pregnancy Resource Center of Chattooga County will host their annual Open House on Thursday, October 18th, from 4-6 pm. The Center is located at 142 Economy Street in Summerville. Everyone is invited to attend.

Political Forum Set for This Evening

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WZQZ News and The Summerville News will be jointly hosting a political forum this evening for local candidates running in the Chattooga County Board of Education race.

The three Republican candidates, Sammy Ballard, Brad Hayes and Julia Houston and the three incumbent Democrats, Eddie Massey, Larry Weesner and Alma Lewis have all be invited to attend the forum. The forum will be moderated by Mr. Caleb Millican from the Chattooga County Extension Office. Candidates will be given an opportunity to have an opening and closing statement and will field questions from both The Summerville News and WZQZ Radio.

The event will be held at 6 PM this evening, Tuesday, October 16th at the Chattooga County Civic Center on Highway 48 in Summerville and the public is invited to attend. WZQZ will broadcast the forum live on 99.1 FM and AM 1180. We will also be live-streaming the event on Facebook.

Summary of State Constitutional Amendments to Appear on Ballot Today, in November

There are five proposed amendments to the Georgia state constitution slated to appear on the October Early Voting and November General Elections ballots as public referendums. Here is a quick summary of what they will cover:

Amendment 1: Would allow the state legislature to use up to 80% of the existing state sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods for land conservation.

  • Voting ‘Yes’ will be a vote in favor of giving the state legislature the ability to authorize up to 80% of the state sales and use taxon outdoor sporting goods for land conservation.
  • Voting ‘No’ will be a vote in favor of denying the state legislature such an ability.
  • Full question text: “Without increasing the current state sales tax rate, shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to conserve lands that protect drinking water sources and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; to protect and conserve forests, fish, wildlife habitats, and state and local parks; and to provide opportunities for our children and families to play and enjoy the outdoors, by dedicating, subject to full public disclosure, up to 80 percent of the existing sales tax collected by sporting goods stores to such purposes without increasing the current state sales tax rate?”

Amendment 2: Would create a new court system in the state for cases involving businesses. The state legislature would be in full control of setting the courts’ judges’ qualifications, term limits, etc.

  • Voting ‘Yes’ will be a vote in favor of giving the state legislature the ability to create a state business court.
  • Voting ‘No’ will be a vote in favor of denying the state legislature the ability to create a state business court.
  • Full question text: “Shall the Constitution Georgia be amended so as to create a state-wide business court, authorize superior court business court divisions, and allow for the appointment process for state-wide business court judges in order to lower costs, improve the efficiency of all courts, and promote predictability of judicial outcomes in certain complex business disputes for the benefit of all citizens of this state?”

Amendment 3: Would change forest land conservation use property to being tax ad valorem; would also change the valuation system for said property and related assistance grants.

  • Voting ‘Yes’ will be a vote in favor of giving the state legislature the ability to change forest land conservation use property to being taxed ad valorem and to change the valuation system for said property and related assistance grants.
  • Voting ‘No’ will be a vote in favor of denying the state legislature the ability to change forest land conservation use property to being taxed ad valorem and to change the valuation system for said property and related assistance grants.
  • Full question text: “Shall the Constitution Georgia be amended so as to revise provisions related to the subclassification of qualified timberland property for ad valorem taxation purposes?”

Amendment 4: Would allow the state legislature to provide certain rights as described in Marcy’s Law and determine how those rights may be provided:

“rovide crime victims with specific rights, including

  • the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect;
  • the right to notice of all proceedings involving the alleged criminal;
  • he right to be heard at any proceedings involving that release, plea, or sentencing of the accused;
  • and the right to be informed of their rights.”

The state legislature would be able to set its own rules on how such rights would be enforced.

  • Voting ‘Yes’ will be a vote in favor of giving the state legislature the ability to provide for and enforce the certain rights as described in Marcy’s Law
  • Voting ‘No’ will be a vote in favor of denying the state legislature the ability to provide for and enforce the certain rights as described in Marcy’s Law.
  • Full question text: “Shall the Constitution Georgia be amended so as to provide certain rights to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights?”

(Note: Marcy’s Law, if the amendment were to pass, would not be a lawful justification or defense for any action against the state or her officials, a challenge to a verdict or sentence in a criminal case, an appeal of any criminal court decision or proceeding, and the ability to be a party in any criminal proceeding beyond what is explicitly allowed by the amendment.)

Amendment 5: Would allow school districts (or groups of districts in a single county, e.g. Chattooga and Trion) to call for a sales and use tax referendum. The tax would be 1% for several years, and funds would be used for educational purposes.

  • Voting ‘Yes’ will be a vote in favor of giving Georgia school districts and groups thereof the ability to call for a long-term, 1% sales and use tax referendum.
  • Voting ‘No’ will be a vote in favor of denying Georgia school districts and groups thereof the ability to call for a long-term, 1% sales and use tax referendum.
  • Full question text: “Shall the Constitution Georgia be amended so as to authorize a referendum for a sales and use tax for education by a county school district or an independent school district or districts within the county having a majority of the students enrolled within the county and to provide that the proceeds are distributed on a per student basis among all the school systems unless an agreement is reached among such school systems for a different distribution?”

Early Voting Starts Today - Local Ballot Preview

Early voting starts today in Georgia.  In Chattooga County, voters can go by the Chattooga County Registrar Office located on Commerce Street just south of the Chattooga County Courthouse.  Chattooga County voters will be voting on several statewide constitutional offices including Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Agricultural Commissioner and Attorney General.  There are three Chattooga County Board of Education races on the ballot as well.  Below you can see an example of the ballot you will see when you go to vote.  Also, remember when you go to vote, bring a valid form of picture I.D. Saturday voting will take place on October 27th for the General Election which will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

F22 Amazes at Rome Air Show

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor closed out the 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Airshow at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

Tens of thousands attended over the two-day event. Though attendance numbers for this year’s show have not been officially tallied, it is expected that they exceed 2017’s recording-breaking crowds of over 80,000 people.

The A-10 Thunderbolt Demonstration Teams co-headlined the airshow, along with Tora! Tora! Tora!, a full-scale re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The action-packed lineup also included performances by Scott Yoak’s P-51 Mustang, Jim Tobul’s F4U Corsair, Scott Farnsworth’s L-39, the US SOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Team and much more.


Health Inspection Scores – First Half of October

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of October:


  • 14230 HWY 27 TRION, GA 30753
  • Last Inspection Score: 89 (B)
  • Last Inspection Date: 10-04-2018

  • Last Inspection Score: 86 (B)
  • Last Inspection Date: 10-04-2018

  • 150 OAK HILL RD LYERLY, GA 30730
  • Last Inspection Score: 99 (A)
  • Last Inspection Date: 10-02-2018

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by calling the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3471.

Two Serious Car Accidents Over The Weekend

Two serious accidents are being investigated in Chattooga County, both happened on Sunday morning.

Reports indicate that first accident was on Highway 48 (Menlo Highway) near Marks Road.  The crash happened in the pre-dawn hours and was single-vehicle accident involving a silver sedan.  Local firefighters, Redmond EMS, sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene.  The driver was extricated from the vehicle and was suffering from severe pain to the lower extremities and suffering from multiple lacerations.  Lifeforce was called in to transport the victim.

The second accident happened later on Sunday morning when a vehicle flipped on Highway 114 (Lyerly Highway) near the intersection of Rowlls Road.  The vehicle flipped several times and the driver was transported to the hospital.  It is believed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating both accidents.  WZQZ will have more information from the Georgia State Patrol as accident reports become available.

Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner At The Depot

Step back in time to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot. This coming Sunday, October 21st, 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 music. The meal will be served by a local restaurant at the cost of $8.00 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6.00 for a 4 vegetable plate. 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 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

Summerville Oktoberfest

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The sights, smells, and sounds of the German traditions will be found at the Summerville Depot on Saturday, October 20. Summerville Main Street is set to present an Oktoberfest at the Summerville Depot to welcome the arrival of the train. Hours for the festival will be from 11:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. 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, barvarian pretzels, German Chocolate, strudels, other German inspired foods, and artisans. Festival attendees are encouraged to sport German wear to greet the train and brush up on the chicken dance for extra fun.