Arrest Report - Friday - July 19, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, July 19, 2024:

Man Charged With Cruelty To Children After Toddler Wonders Into Neighbor's Yard

Chattooga County Deputies were called out to Lake Wanda Reita Road in Summerville on Monday due to a complaint from a woman who said a child had wandered into her yard unaccompanied by an adult. The woman said that she knew the child lived next door and that she was between the ages of 2 and 3.

The Officer observed that the child was sitting in the woman’s lap in only a wet diaper with a pink iPad. The woman told officers that she went next door to to alert the guardian and that the guardians front door was wide open and the father was asleep on the couch and they tried to wake him up but were unable to. When officer’s went to the guardians house the door was still wide open and they saw Lance Gazaway asleep on his couch. The responding officer had to yell at Gazaway to get him to wake up and once he did he was in a confused and dazed state. Gazaway was asked if he knew where his daughter was and he said she was taking a nap, he was then advised that she was no longer in that residence because she had opened the door and went into the neighbors yard.

After talking with Gazaway the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. They went to the neighbors house to get the child from the neighbor and once the got back to Gazaway’s residence the officer called DFACs to let them know of the situation and while on the call the child’s great aunt arrived on scene to take the child. Gazaway was asked about his daughters information but due to his level of intoxication he was unable to give any information other than the child’s name. Gazaway stated that he had only had a few shots.

Gazaway was then placed under arrest for Cruelty to Children in the first degree due to the fact that he placed the child’s health and well being in danger because he was intoxicated. The child was then placed into the custody of her Great Aunt and took to a safe location. The child was not harmed by anyone or anything.

Man Arrested For Reckless Driving And Speeding

On Monday, a Chattooga County Officer was traveling over Taylor’s Ridge when he noticed a pickup truck swerving through traffic, crossing over lanes, and speeding. The Officer initiated his traffic stop lights but the truck still didn’t stop. The driver was going 77mph in a 55mph zone. The driver did not pull over until he got behind a car that slowed him down. Anaya Alejandro was finally pulled over at Wildlife Lake Road. The officer explained to him that he was driving very recklessly and could have gotten someone killed. Alejandro picked up his phone and said he was on it. He was also asked why it took so long for him to pull over and he pointed to the radio and said he didn’t notice the officer was behind him. Alejandro was asked if he had been drinking because his vehicle had the odor of alcohol in it, but he said he hadn’t. Alejandro agreed to a breathalyzer test to which he blew 0.41 grams. He was then arrested for reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain a lane, and distracted driving. After searching Alejandro’s vehicle, a crushed can of beer and a another bottle of beer was found in the passenger side of his vehicle.

Salute To Alabama To Air On CMT In August

“CMT GIANTS: ALABAMA,” a star-studded salute celebrating the extraordinary career and music of one of the most successful and iconic country groups of all time, will premiere Thursday, August 15 at 8p/7c exclusively on CMT.

 Music’s biggest names, including Blake Shelton ft. Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan, Riley Green and Sam Hunt will perform some of the band’s most legendary hits for a once-in-a-lifetime tribute event.
Additionally, Evander Holyfield, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Vince Gill and more appear both in-person and virtually to share personal stories reflecting on ALABAMA’s forever impact on music, blended alongside rare photos, performance footage and interviews from the vault – plus an all-new sit down with ALABAMA’s Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry where they will reflect on their storied career.
The two-hour special was filmed in front of a live audience at Belmont University’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville earlier this year.
ALABAMA’s Roll On II North America Tour (presented by Kenworth) stops in Nashville this Friday, July 19, with a live concert performance at Bridgestone Arena — featuring special guests Gary Allan and comedian Dusty Slay. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Seventeen High School Graduates In AtriumHealth Floyd's "Rise To Success" Program

With the support of Atrium Health Floyd, 17 area high school graduates from northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama will seek degrees in health care through the Rise to Success program, including one each from Trion and Chattooga High Schools in Chattooga County.

Atrium Health Floyd will pay their tuition, books and fees while the students earn a degree. The students will also work part time for Atrium Health Floyd to get real-life experience as they attend school.

Many of the students, who met with Floyd leaders Wednesday, will attend Georgia Highlands College or Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Upon graduation they will be asked to serve at least one year with Atrium Health Floyd.

“I wanted to go through this program because it gives me a great opportunity to further my education and my career,” said Emma Elrod, a Chattooga High School graduate who hopes to be an ultrasound technologist. “I may not be where I am today, seeking a health care career, if it wasn’t for this program. This is really opening a lot of doors for me.”

The 17 students include:

From Cedartown High School – Andy Ortiz Perez, Deysi Segura

From Chattooga High School – Emma Elrod, Enivea London

From Coosa High School – Kiana Tapia

From Gaylesville School – Sieanna Hall, Tiffany Morris and Gabrielle West

From Model High School – Kiley Gordon

From Rome High School – Journei Griffin, Samanta Moraga, Emylly Reyes and A’zyriasia Woolfork

From Sand Rock School – Destiny Daniell, Madden DeParlier

From Trion High School – Hanny Morales-Citalan, Kinzleigh Turner

“To see that you come from all over northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama is impressive because that is our service area,” Kurt Stuenkel, Atrium Health Floyd president told the students. “We are pleased to have relationships with you, with you communities and with your high schools.

“You have an exciting journey ahead of you. Really, the doors are wide open for you to explore all the opportunities,” Stuenkel added.

The students will also be assigned a career coach to help them along the path to success.

“You have tons of support, cheerleaders on the side who are supporting you, as well as a career coach,” said Sheila Rawlings, workforce strategy program manager for Atrium Health.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications Available Now

If you have a child that is headed back to school you are encouraged apply for Free & Reduced Meals.  Free and Reduced Meal Applications are available online if you want to go ahead and get that done for the school year. That’s one less form to be done by hand on day one of school. Go to Brandie Wooten at 706-859-3054 if you need help.

Trion High School Locker Rental & Parking Spaces Available July 23

Trion High School students will have the opportunity to rent lockers and parking spaces coming up next week on Tuesday, July 23rd. Locker rental is $25 and parking space permits are $30.  All fees, fines and tuition must be paid in order to rent lockers or parking spaces.

Trion Seniors may come in from 8 AM until 9:30 AM, Juniors from 9:30 AM until 11 AM, Sophomores from 11 AM until noon. Freshmen may come in starting at 1:30 PM or can do their rentals during orientation.

Students purchasing parking permits must bring their driver’s license, insurance card, tag number, make, model and color of vehicle.  No permits will be sold without all of the applicable information.

 

 

 

Trion School's Staci Corbin Recognized By Georgia Teacher's Initiative

The Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE), the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFPF), and the Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC), along with a host of campaign partners, have joined forces to create the Georgia Teachers Initiative, a state-wide program dedicated to giving teachers the resources they need and recognition they deserve as they work tirelessly to prepare Georgia’s PreK-12 students for an optimal life.  Trion City Schools fifth grade English language arts and social studies teacher Staci Corbin was recently recognized by the Georgia Teacher’s Initiative.  In recognition of Mrs. Corbin, they said “Mrs. Corbin exemplifies innovation in the classroom by encouraging engagement through project-based learning.  She offers students unique learning experiences and makes learning accessible for all her students”.  Mrs. Corbin was awarded a $1,000 gift card and other items along with the recognition.

Arrest Report - Thursday - July 18, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, July 18, 2024:

Trion Farmers Market Today

The Trion Farmers Market is going on today at the pavilion near the track field in Trion off of Simmons Street.   Today at the Trion Farmers Market there will be tomatoes, squash, okra, carrots, cucumbers, butternut squash, butter peas, purple hill peas, eggs, honey, Ann’s famous cantaloupe, salsa, jams, jellies, pickled peaches, relishes, and fried pies.  The market opens around 7 AM and featured fresh locally-grown produce and other home-produced goods.

SNAP Benefits Targeted By Scammers

SNAP recipients across the nation and right here in Georgia are reporting that their SNAP benefits are being used up — and not by them. Fraudsters are skimming their EBT cards while shopping and even stealing their card information through text.

EBT fraud costs taxpayers up to $4.7 billion a year, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office — which is why state legislators are trying to warn SNAP recipients about the many schemes to steal their benefits.

To help prevent card skimming, the USDA recommends you:

  • Keep your PIN and card number secret.
  • Beware of Phishing. Remember, EBT processors will not call or text you to ask for your PIN or card number.
  • Change your PIN often. Change your PIN at least once a month, ideally right before your benefit issuance date.
  • Check your EBT account regularly for unauthorized charges.
  • If you believe you are the victim of card skimming and SNAP benefits were stolen contact your local SNAP office.

SNAP recipients who believe their funds have been stolen due to card skimming, card cloning or similar fraud need to request a new EBT card and pin.

We Care - Child Care Sweepstakes

 

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan have announced that the We Care, Child Care Sweepstakes is open for entries. A total of four winners – one from each region Southeast, North, South Georgia, and Metro Atlanta – will be randomly selected to receive a $1,529 college scholarship.”

The sweepstakes will also grant each winner’s child care program $1,529. Entries may be submitted through Wednesday, July 31, 2024. Details for entering are available at path2college529.com/wecare. For the past 10 years, the two organizations have collaborated to offer Georgia children an opportunity to win money for college.

“We are proud to partner with Department of Early Care and Learning to promote financial planning for education through the We Care, Child Care Sweepstakes” said Treasurer Steve McCoy.

“I encourage child care providers to spread the word about the We Care, Child Care Sweepstakes. I hope families will enter for a chance to win funds to support their children’s educational and career goals,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “DECAL begins laying the academic foundation for a child’s educational career and Georgia’s Path2College529 Plan lays a financial foundation on which that child’s future educational dreams can be built.”

The sweepstakes is open to Georgia families whose child (age 13 or younger) attends a DECAL-licensed child care program. Past winners have included families from more than 30 cities and towns across Georgia, from Atlanta to Savannah, Hiawassee to Albany. The partnership has awarded more than $75,000 to 34 future college-bound students and has helped inform families about saving for college through Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan.

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan or to open a college savings account, visit www.Path2College529.com, or call (877) 424-4377.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Deadline for entry is July 31, 2024. Sponsored by the Path2College 529 Plan and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). See Official Rules at path2college529.com/wecare for more information.

Jacksonville State Breaks Ground On Randy Owen Center For Performing Arts

Alabama Governor Kay Ivy and Randy Owen / Photo Credit: ABC 33/40

Jacksonville State University broke ground on the Randy Owen Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday. The $41.3 million development is partially funded by a $15-million state grant. Campus leaders say dedicating the building to Jax State alumni Randy Owen feels like the perfect fit.

“He believes in what we are doing here at the university, he is proud of what we are doing here at the university, and he is a proud alumni of our university,” said Don Killingsworth, president of JSU.

Owen attended Jacksonville State University, earning a degree in English while pursuing his music career on weekends and between classes. He went on to be a founder, lead singer and songwriter for the band Alabama.

Owen is humbled by the dedication of the performing arts center at his alma mater.

“It all comes down to a wonderful building that will be here for many generations long after I’m gone and I am thrilled about the future,” said Owen.

Killingsworth believes this will bring more students to Jax State who are pursuing the performing arts.

“We have strong ties to country music in Nashville, so this will allow us to recruit a broader market for those who are one, wanting to get into country music, or the music business in general,” said Killingsworth.

The Randy Owen Center for Performing Arts is expected to open in 2026.

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Trion Fire Department June Call Report

The Trion Fire Department has released their call report for the month of June.  The fire department responded to 8 residential fire calls, 4 commercial fire calls and 4 illegal burns.  There were 2 vehicle fires and they responded to 2 vehicle accidents and assisted in 9 medical calls.  They responded to 4 natural gas leaks and 2 downed trees or power lines.  The Trion Fire Department also responded to 1 hazmat operation – which was the ammonia spill at Mount Vernon Mills.

Chattooga Band Boosters Meeting This Evening

The Chattooga Band Boosters will be having their first meeting for the 2024-2025 school year this evening at the Chattooga High School Band Room.  Parents of this year’s marching band members need to attend the meeting.  Upcoming events and the finalized marching season calendar will be discussed.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM.

 

More Information On Child The Drowned At Weiss Lake Over The Past Weekend

A three-year-old child died after drowning in Weiss Lake over the past weekend. The youngster, Kinley Nicole Anderson, was with family members in Cherokee County when she disappeared late Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Office Deputies – along with Leesburg Police and Fire units – the Cherokee County EMA – Cherokee County Rescue Squad – along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Division and the Atrium Floyd EMS units – all responded to the scene.  The lake house was in the 400 block of Northwood Drive in Centre.

Kinley, authorities and family said, fell off the dock.  Once found, she was taken to Cherokee Medical Center in Centre – where she was pronounced dead at 7:30 PM.

Kinley’s aunt, Kellye Palas, has started a GoFundMe page in order to help the family with the young girl’s burial.

The GoFundMe account has already raised more than $15,000.   Donations can be made HERE

Groups Sue Over PSC Commissioners Terms

Two groups on Wednesday sued to overturn a law extending the elected terms of Georgia’s public service commissioners, saying it violates the state constitution for the five Republicans to be allowed to serve terms longer than six years.

Georgia WAND Education Fund, Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund and Brionte McCorkle, the executive director of the conservation group, filed the suit in federal court in Atlanta. They allege that the law passed this year also violates their due-process rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is the defendant because he oversees elections.

The Public Service Commission regulates what Georgia Power Co. and some natural gas companies can charge. In recent years, it has allowed Georgia Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., to raise its rates. Kim Scott, Georgia WAND’s executive director, said voters should get a say on those rising rates.

Commission elections were frozen after a different lawsuit, in which McCorkle was one of four plaintiffs, claimed that the power of Black voters was illegally diluted because the five commissioners are elected statewide. A federal district court said such statewide votes were discriminatory, which could have been a groundbreaking ruling if it stood. It would have mandated elections by district, potentially sparking challenges to statewide elected bodies in other states with large numbers of Black voters. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the case.

Anticipating that a court would order elections to resume after the 11th Circuit ruling, Georgia lawmakers this year added an extra two years to the current terms of commissioners on the all-Republican body. Each will eventually revert to six-year terms.

NGEMC Reports Scam Regarding Power Bills

North Georgia EMC received reports late last month about a scam call that was going out to members where the caller claimed to be from a power company and telling the person on the other end of the line that $50 credit would appear on their next bill if they gave their banking information over the phone.  North Georgia EMC is reminding their members that you should NEVER give out your personal or payment information to an unsolicited caller.  If you feel threatened or rushed by a caller, hang up immediately.  To confirm your account status with North Georgia EMC you can always call.  The North Georgia EMC office in Trion’s number is 706-734-7341.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - July 17, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, July 17, 2024:

Georgia's Tax Revenues Up In June

The State of Georgia’s net tax collections in June approached a total of $3.03 billion, for an increase of $185.4 million or 6.5 percent compared to FY 2023, when net tax collections totaled $2.84 billion for the month.

Year-to-date, net tax revenue totaled almost $32.95 billion, for a decrease of $182.2 million or 0.5 percent compared to FY 2023, during which the state’s motor fuel excise tax was suspended for more than half the fiscal year, until January 10, 2023. Net of motor fuel tax changes, net revenues for the year-ended June 30 were down 3.4 percent from fiscal year 2023.

The changes within the following tax categories help to further explain June’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections approached $1.33 billion, for an increase of $36.4 million or 2.8 percent compared to last year when Individual Tax collections totaled $1.29 billion.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

• Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $64.5 million or 39.6 percent
• Individual Withholding payments were down $47.2 million or 4 percent from the previous year
• Individual Income Tax Estimated payments increased by $9.1 million or 6.3 percent over FY 2023
• All other Individual Tax categories, including Return payments, were up a combined $10 million

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled $1.55 billion for June, for an increase of $43.9 million or 2.9 percent compared to June 2023. Net Sales and Use Tax increased by $5.3 million or 0.7 percent compared to last year, when net sales tax totaled $751.3 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $791.6 million, for an increase of $41.9 million or 5.6 percent, while Sales Tax refunds decreased by $3.3 million or 43.1 percent compared to FY 2023.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections for the month totaled $537.4 million, for an increase of $128.5 million or 31.4 percent compared to June FY 2023.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net increase:

• Corporate Income Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were down $161.6 million or 91.5 percent from FY 2023
• Corporate Tax Estimated payments decreased by $60.1 million or 13.9 percent from the previous year
• Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $1.1 million or 2.8 percent over last fiscal year
• All other Corporate Tax types, including Tax Assessment payments, were up a combined $25.9 million

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections increased by nearly $9 million or 4.7 percent compared to FY 2023.

Motor Vehicle – Tag & Title Fees: Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees for June decreased by $2.1 million or 6 percent while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections increased by roughly $1 million or 1.3 percent over last year.