GDOT says Turn Your Sprinklers Off

The GA Dept. of Transportation is reminding Georgians to turn off lawn sprinklers for the winter. Sprinkler left on in freezing temperatures contribute to icy road conditions every year.

Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville, says, “Every year, we see accidents caused by icy spots formed when water from sprinkler systems gets onto the roadway.”

The Georgia DOT urges businesses and residents to ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are properly turned off. Drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice in the early morning hours, especially as sub-freezing temperatures approach most of the week.

Rome Man Arrested for Driving on Meth with Kid in Car

21-year-old Rome man Michael Douglas Bailey was arrested this week after he was accused of driving under the influence of methamphetamine with an 8 year-old child in the car.

Reports said that on Nov 6, Bailey was ejected from the vehicle when he wrecked in Six Mile near Georgia Highlands College. Bailey is charged with DUI, endangering a child by DUI, failure to maintain lane and not wearing a seat belt.

Freeze Warning for Sunday Night into Monday Morning


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Arrest Report – Sunday – November 19, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, November 19, 2017:

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Nashville, Tenn. (November 19, 2017) — Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend MelTillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.
The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.
The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.
Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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Auction Brings More Than $1,000,000

The Summerville home of former Floyd County School System Maintenance Director Derry Richardson sold for $390,000 at auction Saturday morning.

The auction was part of a settlement to the civil action against Richardson and others, who are accused of stealing millions from the school system.

Proceeds from the sale of the more than 600 items including firearms, vehicles and more will help recover some of those funds.

It is estimated that the auction raised more than $1,000,000.


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:

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Fake $100 Bill Used at Trade Day to Pay for Tires

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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.

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Woman Reports Stolen Phone

Last Wednesday a local deputy responded to a report of a stolen cell phone.

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