Record Number Of TV & Film Projects In Georgia

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says there were a record 455 television and film projects produced in Georgia in the fiscal year that ended July 1st. He says they generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion, and include $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

The Motion Picture Association of America says the film industry is responsible for over 92,100 jobs in Georgia with $4.6 billion in wages. While the film industry is popular in Georgia, critics say that the tax breaks the industry get are too high considering the return.

Critics say the tax breaks the state hand out to the industry are too high, but Deal defends the program and says the economic impact reflects the sustainability of the industry in the state.


Trion & Chattooga On The Road This Evening For Season Openers

Both local high school football teams will be on the road this evening for their season openers.  You can listen to the Chattooga Indians this evening on WZQZ FM 99.1 and AM 1180 and you can hear the Trion Bulldogs on our website at .

Trion will be on the road to face off against Coosa.  Head Coach Justin Brown says the Bulldogs are regrouping after a disappointing showing against the LaFayette Ramblers in scrimmage action last week.  Brown says that the Bulldogs have “upped their game” in practice with week.

The Chattooga Indians will be on the road tonight to face off against Adairsville tonight.  Coach Charles Hammon says that last week’s scrimmage against Cedartown showed him a lot of things that the Indians needed to work on this week in practice. Hammon says that his goal is to eliminate turnovers on offence and move the football with sustained drives and keep the defense on the sidelines in tonight’s non-region game.

Tonight’s Chattooga Indians game is being brought to you on WZQZ by Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Mohawk Industries, H&R Block in Summerville, Floyd Medical Center, Save A Lot in Summerville and Mount Vernon Mills.

The Trion Bulldogs game is sponsored by Trion Drugs, Mohawk Industries, H&R Block in Summerville and Floyd Medical Center.



Summerville Man Arrested For Burglary

A twenty-one-year-old Summerville man was arrested on Thursday after he was accused of burglary at his parent’s house.

Kevin Mark Godfrey was accused of coming to his parent’s house and taking several items of clothing, along with a jar of change and stealing some gas.
Witnesses had told sheriff’s deputies that they had asked Godfrey not to take the items from his parent’s home, but took the items anyway.  Godfrey’s father told the deputy that his son had stolen two checks in the past and had forged the checks and cashed them.  The complainant was able to provide copies of the fraudulent checks to the deputy.
The complainant said that he wanted to press charges against his son for theft and forgery.
Godfrey was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on Thursday on the burglary charges.

Summerville Woman Arrested After Fight With Sister

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A Summerville woman was taken into custody this week after returning to the scene of a fight after being told to stay away by sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies responded to a call about a domestic incident on Wednesday night around 11:30 PM at Milton Circle in Summerville.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a woman who said that her daughter had been at her house and was drinking.   The woman said that her twenty-one-year-old daughter was causing a scene and her daughter had gotten into a fight with her other daughter.

The deputy spoke with Jodeci Walker who admitted to getting into an altercation with her sister.  The deputy told Walker to stay away from her mother’s apartment.

Shortly after midnight, deputies were called again to the Milton Circle apartments and spoke with Walker’s mother who said that the suspect had returned to her apartment and tried to get into another altercation with her sister.

Walker was taken into custody on charges of disorderly conduct.  Walker told the deputy that she was upset and tried to start the second fight because a group of people were watching a video of the fight earlier that night at her mother’s apartment.

Alabama Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A Centre, Alabama man has been charged with attempted murder after an incident earlier this week in Cedar Bluff.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says that forty-nine-year-old Billy Wayne Trammell was taken into custody after turning himself in to law enforcement at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

No one was injured in the shooting incident on Tuesday, but Trammell fled from the scene before police arrived.  Cedar Bluff Police observed a white Ford F-150 leaving the residence where the shooting took place at a high rate of speed headed toward the state line on Alabama Highway 9.  Police initiated a short pursuit of the vehicle but lost sight of it just north of Highway 35 due to excessive speed.  Floyd County, Georgia authorities were notified of the incident and began searching for the truck as well.

Cherokee County Investigators located the truck a short time later parked off County Road 773. Trammell was not in the truck and was believed to be on foot in the area still armed with a firearm.  After several hours of searching, authorities called off the search, believing that Trammell had assistance leaving the area.

According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, at around 4:30 that afternoon, Trammell’s family members contacted a deputy to talk about Trammell turning himself into him at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Trammell arrived and was taken into custody without incident.  “This is always our number one goal in situations like this,” Sheriff Shaver said. “Anytime someone is arrested without injuries to either the suspect or law enforcement, especially in a serious crime like this, we count this as a success.”

Trammell was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center just before 5:00pm on warrants of Attempted Murder and Theft of Property 1st Degree.  He remains in jail without bond.


Woman With Chattooga County Warrant Arrested In Walker County

A woman with an outstanding warrant in Chattooga County was arrested this week in Walker County, and then charged with bringing contraband into the Walker County Jail.

LaFayette Police were called to the Carriage Hill Apartments in the early morning hours of Monday after an altercation between a man and woman was reported.

When police arrived on the scene they arrested forty-six-year-old Tamatha Suzanne Sipes who had an outstanding warrant in Chattooga County.

When Sipes was being booked into the Walker County Jail, officers discovered a cigarette package.  Inside the pack of cigarettes, police say that they found Clonazepam pills.

In addition to the Chattooga County warrant and charges from the domestic incident, Sipes was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug and crossing the guard line with drugs.


WZQZ - Now FM 99.1 And AM 1180

WZQZ has now completed our testing and we are officially broadcasting on FM 99.1 and AM 1180.  WZQZ is excited to be serving Chattooga County and continues to be committed to bringing you the latest news and information and serving Chattooga County and surround areas.

The Federal Communications Commission approved our broadcast license and has given us the “all clear” to begin officially broadcasting on FM 99.1.  Our transmitter facilities for the FM station are located on Taylor’s Ridge and we have been granted a license to serve a twenty-five mile radius.  WZQZ will continue to improve our signal on both the AM and the FM stations over the next several months.

WZQZ will begin our eleventh season of broadcasting high school football this Friday.  Ben Poplin, former voice of the Rome Braves, will be broadcasting the Chattooga games this year.  Ben Groce and Jeremy Burke will be returning for their 11th season to broadcast the Trion Bulldogs.  Ben Groce will be away for the first game, and our guest-host for Trion Football will be Katie White, voice of the Berry College Vikings who will announce Friday’s game along with Jeremy Burke. We will feature the Chattooga vs. Adairsville game on FM 99.1 and AM 1180 and you can hear the Trion Bulldogs as they take on Coosa on our web site at .

You can now get the “First News” of the day at 5:30 AM on WZQZ.  Join us each weekday morning at 5:30 for the latest from NBC Radio News, along with local news, obituaries, GNN Sports Update and farm news on the Georgia Farm Radio Network.

You can also continue to hear local news at 7 AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, Noon, 3:30 PM and 5 PM on WZQZ AM & FM.  Weekdays, we also are now giving you one minute news updates at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 11:30, 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

You can hear church news following the 7 AM newscast and the 10 AM newscast.  WZQZ offers church news as a free service to our area churches.  If your church has news, you can send it to us at . Church news is sponsored by Mason Funeral Home on WZQZ.

The Trading Post program will continue to be heard following the Noon newscast.  This is another free service from WZQZ and is brought to you by North Georgia Equipment Sales.

WZQZ will be making several more changes over the next few weeks, including the introduction of “Classic Rock Nights” starting next month.  From 8 PM until 5 AM you can hear Classic and Southern Rock Hits overnight on WZQZ FM 99.1.  We will continue to bring you your Classic County favorites from 5 AM – 8 PM on WZQZ AM 1180 and FM 99.1.

Weekday Schedule:

5:30 AM – First News – Brought to you by Jackson Chevrolet 
7 AM – NBC News, Local News, Obits – Brought to you by Save A Lot
8 AM – Local News – Brought to you by Truck Town
10 AM – Local News – Brought to you by North Georgia Equipment Sales and Guffin & Eleam Insurance
12 Noon – Noon News – Brought to you by Trion Drugs and North Georgia Equipment Sales
3:30 PM – Local News Update
5 PM – Local News – Brought to you by North Georgia Equipment Sales and Guffin & Eleam Insurance

Saturday Schedule:

6 AM – Georgia Focus – Public affairs presentation from GNN News
7 AM – Weekend First News – Brought to you by Save A Lot and Jackson Chevrolet
8 AM – Local News – Brought to you by Truck Town
10 AM – Local News – Brought to you by North Georgia Equipment Sales and Guffin & Eleam Insurance
12 Noon – Noon News – Brought to you by Trion Drugs and North Georgia Equipment Sales
3:30 PM – Local News Update
5 PM – Local News – Brought to you by North Georgia Equipment Sales and Guffin & Eleam Insurance

Sunday Schedule:

6 AM – Gaither Homecoming Radio 
7 AM – Weekend First News – Brought to you by Save A Lot and Jackson Chevrolet
7:30 AM – Back to the Book – Evangelist Gene Voss
8 AM – Local News – Brought to you by Truck Town
8:30 AM – Mountain View Baptist Church Program with Pastor Kevin J. Norton
9 AM – Gospel Music Presented by Four Mile Baptist Church
9:30 AM – Summerville First Presbyterian Church Program
10 AM – Return to regular schedule 




Attorney General Announces Settlement With Complete Cash

  – Complete Cash location in Trion

Attorney General Chris Carr announced Monday that Complete Cash Holdings LLC and its owner, Kent Popham, have entered into a settlement with Georgia state officials in response to allegations that the company engaged in unlawful practices that violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices and the Georgia Pawn Shop acts.

“Consumers who seek out title pawns are already in financial straits,” Carr said. “Our office is committed to protecting vulnerable consumers from companies that try to take advantage of them through illegal actions.”

The company has more than 50 locations throughout the state, including two in Chattooga County.  One is located at 10546 Commerce Street in Summerville and another at 17791 Highway 27 in Trion.

The Attorney General’s Office alleges that when some of Complete Cash’s customers defaulted on their loans, the company sued them for the outstanding principal, interest and fees, which is not allowed in pawn transactions.

In resolution of these allegations, officials said Complete Cash has entered into a settlement with Carr’s office requiring it to, among other things:

— Dismiss all pending lawsuits against consumers in which it attempted to hold them personally liable for principal, interest, fees and/or other costs associated with a pawn transaction;

— Have any judgments entered against such consumers set aside;

— Have any garnishments based on such judgments dismissed;

— Have any writs of fieri facias based on such judgments canceled and recorded

— Refund to such consumers all amounts that Complete Cash has obtained as a result of its judgments;

— Pay $35,000 in penalties and fees;

— Fully comply with the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.

Should the company violate any terms of the settlement between now and Dec. 1, 2020, it must pay the state an additional $35,000.

WZQZ / Compiled Reports

Hair Dryers Recalled

A hair dryer has been placed under recall because the unit and the power cord can overheat and catch on fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Xtava brand Allure and Allure Pro 2200W ionic ceramic hair dryers pose fire, burn, and electrical shock hazards.

The hand-held hair dryers are black or white and include a concentrator nozzle.  The hair dryers were sold separately or as part of various hair care kits that included hair treatment products, a flat-iron or a diffuser.

About 235,000 units were sold online at,,,, and other websites from October 2014 through August 2018 for between $15 and $60 when sold separately, and for between $20 and $80 when sold as part of a hair care kit.

Many of the units have a label located underneath the back of the unit bearing the following SKU numbers: XTV010001, XTV010001N, XTV010002, or XTV010002N.  All units have “xtava” imprinted on the blower end of the hair dryer.

Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryers and contact Xtava to receive a free replacement hair dryer.

One hundred ninety-three reports have been made of the hair dryers or power cords overheating, melting, exploding or catching fire, including 18 reports of burns and two reports of a minor electrical shock. Four of the reported burn incidents resulted in a blister to the hand, wrist or finger. One consumer reported a severe burn.



Man Wanted For Stealing From Parents

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from a resident who says that his adult son has stolen several items from the complainant’s residence.  The complainant also told a responding deputy that his son had stolen some checks in the past.

On Tuesday of this week, the complainant said that his son, twenty-one-year-old Kevin Mark Godfrey, came to his house and stole some shirts along with a jar of change.  Witnesses told a responding deputy that Godfrey had also stolen some gas from a gas can on the porch of the complainant’s residence.

The witnesses, who were family members at the residence, told the responding deputy that Godfrey came inside the residence and took the items after being asked not to take anything.

Godfrey’s father told the deputy that his son had stolen two checks in the past and had forged the checks and cashed them.  The complainant was able to provide copies of the fraudulent checks to the deputy.

The complainant said that he wanted to press charges against his son for theft and forgery.

The incident is still under investigation by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Intoxicated Pedestrian Arrested Near Chattooga High School

A Summerville man was arrested last Friday on pedestrian under the influence charges after a Summerville Police Officer had to stop in the road to avoid hitting the man who was walking near Chattooga High School.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, an officer was patrolling around 8 AM on Friday morning on Highway 114, the Lyerly Highway, when a man stepped into the path of the officer’s patrol car.

The Summerville Police officer said that he had to stop his patrol car to avoid hitting the man.

The officer stopped and talked to the man, identified as thirty-six-year-old Robert Reynolds, who admitted to drinking “an amount of liquor” that morning.  Reynolds also told the officer that he had been consuming alcohol since the previous night.

Reynolds was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on charges of being a pedestrian under the influence.


THS Football Season Passes Go On Sale Monday

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Trion High School football season passes and reserved seats will be on sale beginning Monday, August 20th. The cost for a season pass will be $35.00. This includes entry into each regular season home game. Admission at the gate will be $8.00.

A combination season ticket / reserved seat package is available also. This ticket will include entry into each regular season home game, along with a seat in the reserved section. The cost for a combination ticket will be $75.00.

Reserved seat holders from last year may purchase the same seats Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 24. After this date, all seats will be made available to the public.

No seats will be held over the phone. Please come to the high school office to purchase your season passes and reserved seats.

Chattooga Chamber Meeting Next Week

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The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting coming up next week.  The featured speakers will talk about the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair which starts next Thursday.

The August Chamber Luncheon is this coming up Tuesday, August 21st at 12:00 noon at the Chattooga County Civic Center.  If you have not had a chance to RSVP, please do so as soon as possible!
This month’s Luncheon will center around the 2018 Chattooga County Agriculture Fair. Speakers, Rebecca Thomas and Zach Hughes, will be discussing the Blue Ribbon Exhibits, Livestock Shows, the new Honey Show, Musical Entertainment, and more. Volunteer opportunities will also be discussed. Jefferson’s will be providing the lunch so be sure to come hungry.
RSVP to 706-857-4033

Mohawk Top Sponsor For Chattooga County Ag Fair

For the third consecutive year, Mohawk industries will be the top sponsor for the 2018 Chattooga County Agricultural Fair. At the Mohawk pavilion, company representatives will be available to provide information about open positions, the award-winning apprenticeship program, tuition reimbursement and new educational opportunities for high school students.

In Chattooga County, Mohawk operates manufacturing facilities in Summerville and Lyerly as well as other locations throughout Northwest Georgia with opportunities in fields such as manufacturing, engineering, administration, product design and truck driving.

“Mohawk is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, and we’re also one of Chattooga County’s largest employers,” Vice President of Human Resources Jerry Hendrix said. “We are proud to be part of this community, and we’re excited to be at the fair again. It’s a great time to connect with our neighbors and share more about available opportunities at the company for individuals with all levels of experience.”

“We hope people will visit our Mohawk pavilion to discover more about what we’re doing to make Chattooga County a better place to live and work,” Mohawk Human Resources Manager Trish Canada said. “This year, we’ve expanded the Company’s nationally-recognized apprenticeship program at the Summerville facility, giving our employees the opportunity to develop their professional skills while enhancing their education. We’ve also raised funds for local non-profits like our Boys and Girls Club through our United Way campaign. The team at the Lyerly and Summerville facilities decided they wanted to do more for their community and become more involved in activities and outreach. They chose to support the Chattooga Community Resource Center, which sponsors several community initiatives like Helping Hands, Feed the Hungry, the community thrift store and summer food programs.”

Community involvement, world-class safety standards, award-winning training, customizable benefits packages and a nationally-recognized apprenticeship program are all part of Mohawk’s holistic value proposition for employees, which recently led to Forbes rating Mohawk as the top flooring manufacturer on the magazine’s annual list of America’s Best Large Employers and the second highest rated company in Georgia. To learn more about the company’s employment opportunities and what it’s like to be a part of the Mohawk team, visit


About Mohawk Industries
Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer, creating products that enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.


Chattooga Curtain Call Presents Dinner Under The Big Top

Submitted by: Bryana Whitaker – Trion High School for WZQZ News

Once again Summerville’s local theatre group, Chattooga Curtain Call, has produced a masterpiece. Every summer since 2012, Mrs. Tina Lee has directed a different play that allowed aspiring actors and actresses their chance in the spotlight. From the very first production of Annie Jr. to last year’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., every show has enraptured audiences, and this summer’s sold-out production was no exception: Dinner Under the Big Top.

Dinner Under the Big Top tells the vibrant life story of the founder of Barnum and Bailey Circus, Mr. Phineas Taylor Barnum. The very first number sets the scene as colorful lights and powerful singing fills the air while PT dreams about his plans for the future. The show continues with each song detailing a new phase in Barnum’s life. From the life-changing “Come Alive” to the empowering “This is Me” to the heartfelt “From Now On,” each number is punctuated with electrifying choreography and breathtaking lyrics, bringing this forgotten story to life.

Trion Alumni Luke Duvall was the perfect choice for the role of PT Barnum. Duvall’s unmistakable laugh and animated gestures capture the complex nature of Branum expertly. Fortunately for audience members, Duvall is only the first of many talented actors in this play with Freshman Isaiah Sargeant, Junior Olivia Brown, Pippa Key, Anna Duvall, and Brianne Gill leading the charge alongside him.

Sargeant plays Phillip Carlyle, the socially-elite outsider whom Barnum hires to help grow his circus, while Brown portrays Lettie, the unofficial yet monumentally important leader of the oddities in the circus. Anna Duvall was cast as Charity Barnum, PT’s fearless and caring wife, with Pippa Key cast as her counterpart, the fiery and ambitious Jenny Lind.

This year’s show is unique in many ways. For one thing, the show has been generously hosted at the Boys and Girls Club instead of the downtown theatre. Due to this change of venue, Mrs. Lee added a special addition to this musical and decided to stage Dinner Under the Big Top as a dinner and a show. This means that while patrons are served their meal, cast members perform “review numbers” while their articulate MC, Anna Willeford, introduces each singer and the production their number is associated with. These songs are solos and duets from past shows in the Chattooga Curtain Call’s history.

The cast members who sing a review include Brylea Kate Whitaker (“Maybe” Annie), Baylee Neighbors (“Tomorrow” Annie), Brady Groce (“76 Trombones” Music Man), Claire Lindsey (“Part of Your World” The Little Mermaid), Stephen Peppers and Elizabeth Hennon (“Suddenly” Xanadu), Noah Sullivan and Peyton McHan (“Bop to the Top” High School Musical), Gray Beach (“Singing in the Rain” Singing in the Rain), and Abby Groce (“Home” Beauty and the Beast). Each of these students bring a unique flair to their number and create the perfect feeling of nostalgia.

Another reason this show stands out lies within the choreography and lighting. Much like modern broadway musicals, Dinner Under the Big Top draws its power from brilliant costumes, striking makeup, and bright lights. Sam Kohler, Chattooga Curtain Call’s Lighting Technician, set the bar high with his ingenious timing and use of spotlights. As for the choreography, two THS Students, Junior Bryana Whitaker and Sophomore Victoria Compton, found their groove and added a whole new dimension to this production with fast-paced choreography.

The use of “shadow lighting” was also a show stopper this summer. Three curtains were hung across the back of the stage to form an alleyway where, with the help of carefully placed lights, the shadows of different people could be projected to help tell the story of Dinner Under the Big Top. This lighting technique was highlighted in two very emotional songs, “Rewrite the Stars” and “Tightrope.” As the singers on center stage told the tale of two very different love stories, Bryana Whitaker and Stephen Peppers danced behind the curtain, gracefully representing the two opposing forces of each story.

Director Tina Lee had this to say about Dinner Under the Big Top, “Collaborating with talented young actors gave this show the current pop vibe it needed. It was rewarding to help guide cast members as they poured their ideas into the show, making it edgy, unique, and high energy.”

Other crew members who helped make this production so spectacular included Assistant Director Kristen Brown, Volunteer Director Rose Kohler, and Sound Technician Stacy Brown. Each one of these individuals were fundamental at every stage of this process and deserve the utmost praise.

It is evident that Dinner Under the Big Top has artfully and uniquely presented a profound message of acceptance and love. Though this may be the story about the beginning of the modern circus, cast members have revealed that underneath the smoke and mirrors, real people reside. With the help of a few lights, songs, and talented actors, audience members were amazed at every show this summer.


Santa In Uniform Motorcycle Ride This Saturday

The Santa in Uniform Motorcycle Ride will take place this coming Saturday, August 18 and organizers say that they have t-shirts available for sale for the event.

The t-shirts are available for sale at the Summerville Police Department starting today and will also be available on Saturday at the motorcycle ride.  The cost of the t-shirts is $15 and all of the proceeds will go to help provide gifts for kids in Chattooga County at Christmastime.

Santa in Uniform also will be auctioning off a custom fire pit that was donated by Kim & Stan Reynolds. The auction will end at 6:00 PM on Sunday August 19th. It has been cut out in a firefighter Maltese cross with the firefighter scramble. The starting the bid is $50.00 and must be in at least $5.00 increments.

Bids are taking place on the Santa in Uniform Facebook Page

Congressional Candidate Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

The Democratic Congressional candidate who is running to represent Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives could be sitting in the Whitfield County Jail on election day after being sentenced to six months in jail on a DUI charge.

A Whitfield County judge handed down the sentence this week.  Stephen Foster had represented himself in the jury trial that was held last week.

Foster was convicted of the DUI charge in connection with his arrest in September of last year.  Dalton Police arrested Foster around 2:20 AM on September 23, 2017 where he tested over the legal limit for alcohol.  Foster was then taken to Hamilton Medical Center where a blood test was given.  The results of that blood test also revealed that Foster was over the legal limit, according to Dalton Police.

Foster had argued that he was not given an independent blood sample to have tested and had argued for dismissal of the charges.

The maximum punishment for a first-time DUI is one year in jail.

Foster, a former physician, will be facing off against Republican Tom Graves in the November General Election.