Boil Water Advisory For Mountain View, Spring Creek and Butler Dairy Road Areas

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The Chattooga County Water District has issued a boil water advisory for certain customers in their service area.

Chattooga County Water District is issuing a boil water advisory for customers in the Mt. View, Spring Creek and Butler Dairy areas. This is due to a break in our main water line in these areas. This boiled water advisory should be lifted by 10:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

PUBLIC ADVISORY

BOIL WATER NOTICE

In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.

New Trion Water Rates Now In Place

The Town of Trion wants water customers on the town’s water system to be aware of new water rates that are now in place.  You can see details below.

Fair Weather Forecast Looking Good

Things are looking pretty good weather-wise for the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair this week.  The fair opens on Thursday of this week and right now the forecast is calling for sunny skies and a high temperature of 84 degrees.  The temperature is expected to drop down in the upper 60’s to low 70’s by Thursday evening after sunset.

Channel 12 Meteorologist Patrick Core says that early fall-like temperatures are expected to last throughout the weekend before a warm up on Monday of next week.  Temperatures Friday through Sunday are expected to remain in the lower 80’s during the day and drop down into the low to mid 60’s overnight.

Perhaps the best news is that there is only a very slight chance of showers each day of the fair.  No major rain-making systems are expected for this week’s fair.

The big musical entertainment event for the fair this year is taking place on Saturday evening.  WZQZ FM 99.1 and AM 1180 is sponsoring a concert by The Georgia Thunderbolts and they will be followed by the headliner Colt Ford on Saturday.  Concert temperatures should be in the mid to upper 70’s.

AAA: Gas Prices Declining This Week In Georgia

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AAA Auto Club says that the average American is paying 50 cents more per gallon than they did this time last year. However, gas prices are declining across most of the United States. The national average on Sunday was $2.84 per gallon – a discount of 2 cents from the week before.

“Prices declined last week after crude inventories grew and gasoline supplies remained stable, despite strong demand,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although demand was higher than the week before, it remains below most of July. Summer driving season is winding down, yet many Americans will take one final road trip during Labor Day weekend. The sudden jump in gasoline demand could cause one final bump in prices at the pump.”
Gas prices declined for the 14th consecutive day on Monday.  The state average price is now $2.70 per gallon.  While gas prices are declining, Georgia motorists are paying nearly 50 cents more than this time last year.
Locally, gas could be found as cheap as $2.53 per gallon in Chattooga County as of Monday. Gasbuddy.com reported prices as low as $2.54 per gallon in Rome and in LaFayette gas could be purchase as low as $2.51 per gallon.  In Centre, Alabama gas prices were as low as $2.41 per gallon and in Fort Payne you could find gas as cheap as $2.46 per gallon as of Monday evening.

Worsham Road Woman Reports Theft

A Worsham Road woman reported the theft of medication from her automobile on Sunday of this week.

The complainant told a responding deputy that she had gone grocery shopping at Ingle’s Supermarket and then had done some shopping at the Dollar General Store on Highway 114 in Summerville before returning home.

The complainant said that there were several items missing from her car including the medication and a set of head phones.  She said that she wasn’t sure when the items were taken or where they were taken from.

The case is being investigated by the sheriff’s department.

Fair To Be Featured Today At Chamber Meeting

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The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce will be meeting today at noon for their monthly luncheon, and Chamber members will be hearing about the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair that takes place this week starting on Thursday.

Zach Hughes, Vice-President of the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair Council and also a member of the Chamber’s board of directors, will be addressing the meeting along with Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas.   Thomas is the coordinator for the fair’s blue-ribbon department.

The Fair is accepting blue ribbon entries at the Chattooga County Agricultural Building once again today from 9 AM until 1 PM  in preparation for the opening of the fair.  You can find out about the blue ribbon entries rules here on the fair’s web site.

Today’s Chamber meeting will take place at noon today at the Chattooga County Civic Center on Highway 48 in Summerville.

Georgia Prisons Training Welders

Georgia might have found a way to help solve two problems at once thanks to a new program where the Technical College System of Georgia helps teach inmates how to weld.

Georgia is in desperate need of welders, and like the rest of the country, we‘re fighting to curb recidivism—the rate of inmates going back to prison after being released. This program could help begin to solve each of those issues.

The basic gist of the program is a 150-hour class wherein those who complete it receive an AW certified welding certificate and they’ll leave prison as certified welders in 3G and 4G, stick, and flux core.

Currently there are three correctional institutions taking part, with one each in Carroll, Coweta, and Spalding County. Carroll County has had 20 inmates complete the program, with eight having been released from prison and four of those having found welding jobs in Georgia.

Read more from Georgia Public Broadcasting here.

Dollar General In Summerville Reports Shoplifting

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The Dollar General Store on Commerce Street in Summerville reported a shoplifting incident to the Summerville Police Department recently.   According to the reports, the thief heisted several bags of Halloween candy.

The manager of the store told a responding officer that on Friday of last week a woman with “spiky hair” entered the store and put several bags of candy into her empty pocketbook.  The woman was reported in her late 50’s or early 60’s.

The store manager said that she observed the bags of candy sticking out from the top of the woman’s purse as she left the store.

The woman reportedly got into the passenger side of a burgundy Nissan Altima with a Marks Auto Sales drive-out tag and left the premises.

The Summerville Police Department is investigating the incident.

County Water Customers Experience Water Outage

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Chattooga County Water District customers in the Mountain View area experienced a loss of water on Monday after a large water leak was discovered.  Chattooga County EMA said that water district workers were repairing the leak on  Monday.

Theft Of Loader Forks On West Armuchee Road In Subligna

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a skid steer loader attachment on West Armuchee Road in the Subligna Community.

A deputy responded to the report of a theft on Friday of last week.  According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the complainant said that her husband had recently passed away and the complainant had been in the hospital.

When she returned from the hospital, the woman noticed that one of the implements for her late-husband’s skid steer loader was missing.  The woman showed the deputy where her husband had all the attachments for the loader lined up in a row, but the fork-lift attachment was missing.

The deputy said that it looked obvious that whoever took the loader forks had singled out that specific attachment.

The case remains under investigation.

Arrest Report - Monday - August 20, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, August 20, 2018:

Georgia DNR Offers "Hunt & Learn" Programs

Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, rabbit—all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them? Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational experience targeted to those with little to no hunting experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

The Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide exceptional instruction from qualified teachers. With workshops available for both adults and youth, participants will discover everything from the basics to learning how to care for harvested game. The weekend additionally provides guided hunt opportunities.

Hunt & Learn: We offer one to three-day Hunt and Learn programs that educate participants about hunting and conservation, along with an opportunity to hunt a specific game animal. Participants will have the chance to learn hunting tactics, game identification, and hunter safety from experts. Our Hunt and Learn courses are geared towards the new hunter that wants a safe and educational learning environment. Both youth and adult programs are available to accommodate a wide range of ages.

Half-Day 101 Courses: Can’t do a whole day? We also offer half-day “101” classes that have educational and live fire components focused on a specific game animal. Dates for the courses will be released soon, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Says State Sets Record For Number Of Jobs

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Georgia’s unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent last month for the first time in over 15 years. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the state also set records for jobs, labor force and number of employed residents as the state’s economy continues to boom.

According to the numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor, the July unemployment rate hit 3.9 percent last month. That’s down from 4.1 in June, and 4.6 percent a year ago.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says that the number of jobs available for workers is a bigger story than the low unemployment rate. He says that there is a continued growth in the workforce, a continued growth in employment and a continued growth in jobs.

Butler says that 2017 was a “really good year for Georgia”, but added that it looks like 2018 is going to go in the record books as even better for Georgia when it comes to employment and jobs.

GNN

 

Summerville Police Investigate Theft

The Summerville Police Department is investigating the theft of a utility trailer and two kayaks that happened late last week.

According to reports from the police department, the incident happened last Thursday when thieves stole a 5×10 trailer that was valued at $750 along with two kayaks, two paddles and life jackets.

Police say that the theft happened at an Old Hix Street residence.  The owner of the trailer had the a lock on the tongue of the trailer that was removed by the thieves.  The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM last Thursday.

Total value of all the items taken were valued at $1,480.  Police are still investigating the theft.  Anyone with any information about the theft is being asked to contact the Summerville Police Department.

Chattooga County Agricultural Fair Opens This Thursday

The Chattooga County Agricultural Fair will open this coming Thursday and organizers are busy preparing for the the first day of the fifth season of the fair.

Gates will open at Thursday, August 23 at 5 PM.  This year, Ag Georgia Farm Credit is sponsoring gate admission for all children eighteen and under on Thursday evening.  Adults will pay $5 for gate admission.  Ride arm bands and tickets are an additional charge.

Thursday evening will feature the Jr. Market Goat Show.  The show gets underway at 5 PM.  4H and FFA Students from across Georgia and Cherokee and DeKalb County, Alabama are eligible to participate in the Goat Show. Check-in for the Goat Show will begin at 1 PM on Thursday afternoon.

Once again this year, Chattooga County Schools will be closing early on Thursday and Friday of the fair.  This is due to the fact that the fair uses property from Summerville Middle School as part of the fair grounds.  Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman announced on Friday of last week that all Chattooga County Schools will have early release at 1 PM August 23 and August 24.

 

Woman Arrested After Hitting Centre Restaurant

An Alabama woman was arrested after she struck a restaurant with her automobile on Sunday afternoon.  Law enforcement say that the woman was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

According to jail reports from the Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department, sixty-one-year-old Shelia Diane Lane was arrested at the scene after she struck The Fishin’ Hole Restaurant building around 1 PM (Central Time) yesterday afternoon.

The Restaurant is located on Cherokee County, Alabama Road 22 near Spring Creek Marine.

Lane was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of DUI and was being held on a $1,500 bond.

 

Chattooga Property Owners Getting Small Tax Break This Year

Chattooga County’s property owners will get some relief in property taxes, but due to the increase in property values, that decrease will be minimal for most property owners.

The county’s tax digest increased in 2018 meaning the county government and county school board will have a larger base to tax.  Both the county government and the Chattooga County Board of Education have rolled back the millage rate for this year.

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters raised taxes in 2017.  At the time, the commissioner said that he was raising taxes to pay for equipment at Chattooga 911 and also said that there were two stoplights and bridge repairs that needed to be done in the county.

This year, the commissioner allowed a small rollback in the millage rate.  That rollback will still net the county about the same amount of money received from property taxes in 2017.  Commissioner Winters says that the rollback will mean about $5,000 less for the county this year.

Last Thursday, the Chattooga Board of Education voted to roll back the millage rate by one full mill.  This makes the fifth year the board of education has rolled back the millage rate.  Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman says that the board of education can take pride in the fact that they have been able to roll back the millage rate and added that the county school system has not had to rely on tax anticipation notes for many years.

Health Inspection Scores - First Half of August

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Here is a look at the latest health inspection scores for the first half of August from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department:

  • CHATTOOGA COUNTY NUTRITION CENTER

  • 600 SENIOR DR SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Last Inspection Score: 93
  • Last Inspection Date: 08-15-2018
  • THE LOOKOUT

  • 41 ATLANTA AVE CLOUDLAND, GA 30731
  • Last Inspection Score: 79
  • Last Inspection Date: 08-03-2018

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint with the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department by calling 706-857-3377.

 

GNTC To Hold Industrial Career Day Featuring Kayleen McCabe

High school students from across the northwest Georgia region and members of the community will get a chance to explore various industrial careers and skilled trades when Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) holds Industrial Career Day on Friday, September 7, on the Floyd County Campus in Rome. Kayleen McCabe, host of the cable television program “Rescue Renovation,” will be the featured guest speaker for Industrial Career Day.

Her program airs on the DIY network. A contractor and renovation expert, McCabe is a strong advocate of the value of skilled trades and is also a staunch supporter of women entering the construction workforce.

In her television program, McCabe helps homeowners who are having trouble with major renovations and need help getting back on track. McCabe will speak to student groups in the A Building auditorium throughout the day at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.

A special afternoon session for business and industry partners, parents, and the community will be hosted by McCabe at 3 p.m. in the auditorium in Building H on the Floyd County Campus on Sept. 7. McCabe’s presentations are free and open to the public.

The Industrial Career Day activities will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Industrial Alley on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus (FCC). The alley is located adjacent to Buildings B, C, D and F which contain a majority of the college’s industrial programs. This will provide a centralized location with access to most of the industrial labs on the Rome campus.

Additional industrial programs from other GNTC campuses, and other locations on the FCC campus, will set up activities and information tables in Industrial Alley.

Visitors should report to the front desk in the A Building on Industrial Career Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Industrial program directors will be on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There will be demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers and former students also will be present to speak with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.

Some of the industrial activities will include a small car show hosted by the Auto Collision program, a bulldozer simulator presented by the Construction Management program, and the Precision Machining and Manufacturing program will provide a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) demonstration.

Cell phone fans will be distributed, while supplies last, and snacks will be provided.

Featured GNTC industrial programs will include Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Electrical Systems Technology, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Precision Machining and Manufacturing, and Welding and Joining Technology.

As part of the day’s activities, one of the qualifying rounds for the 2018 IDEAL National Championship will take place in the electrical lab in Building C. The competition is a way to showcase the skills of electrical professionals, students, and apprentices.

Winners with the fastest times from each of the territories holding qualifying events are awarded tool kits and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 IDEAL National Championship. The national competition will be held Dec. 2-3, 2018, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida and over $600,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

In the qualifying competitions, electricians will use IDEAL tools to complete a timed challenge that involves problem-solving skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination, and testing. Contestants will be evaluated on speed and accuracy.

“When you learn a skilled trade that’s one of the things that can’t be taken away from you,” said Scottie Carter, director of the Electrical Systems Technology program, who is serving as coordinator for the IDEAL Qualifying Round at GNTC.

Last year Carter placed 22nd in the nation during the 2017 IDEAL National Championship competition.

Industrial Career Day is sponsored by Georgia Northwestern, City Electric Supply and the 2018 IDEAL National Championship.

To learn more about the 2018 IDEAL National Championship, go to www.IDEALnationals.com.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.
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