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.

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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:

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Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd Prepares Thanksgiving Meals for Families

HospiceThanksgiving: Nathan Towe (left), Chris Brady, Lisa Towe and Marsha Atkins prepare Thanksgiving meals for Heyman HospiceCare patients and families on Wednesday.

Volunteers and staff at Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd gathered Wednesday to prepare Thanksgiving meals for families served by the organization. The event has become a tradition of servitude and gratitude for all involved.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.