Candlelight Vigil For Annette Campbell Dodd Unsolved Murder Case To Be Held June 22nd

Family members of the victim of an unsolved Chattooga County murder case from 1986 are planning to hold a candlelight vigil on June 22nd to honor her life and promote awareness about the cold case.  Annette Campbell Dodd was was last seen in Summerville on April 19, 1986. Her husband at the time stated they had arrived home together at 1:00 a.m and when he woke up the next morning she was gone. She left her car, wallet and Social Security card behind but her driver’s license disappeared with her. Multiple searches for Mrs. Dodd were conducted in the county at the time but no trace of the victim was ever found.  Authorities suspected foul play but an arrest was never made.  Annette has never been heard from again.

According to a Facebook page organized by the victim’s family about the case, the daughter of the victim is organizing an event that will begin in the Ingle’s parking lot at 6:15pm on June 22nd..  A candlelight vigil and prayer will be held in the Ingles parking lot and then the group will walk peacefully to the house in Summerville where the victim was living at the time of her disappearance.  More details can be found on the Facebook page dedicated to Annette’s case and memory at https://www.facebook.com/bring.annette.home.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Annette Cambell Dodd, the family asks that you contact the Chattooga County Sheriff’s office.

 

Arrest Report - Thursday - June 13, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, June 13, 2024:

Goodwill Of North Georgia Sponsoring Job Fair

Goodwill of North Georgia is sponsoring a multi-employer hiring event coming up next week.  The job fair will be held at the Rome Goodwill Career Center, located at 154 Hicks Drive in Rome from 10 AM until Noon.  There will be over 150 fulltime and part-time positions available from employers all over the area.

Advanced Voting Continues Today & Tomorrow

Advanced voting continues today and tomorrow in the 2024 General Primary Runoff Election in Chattooga County.  The early voting period is shorter for the Runoff Election than the General Primary Election.  Early voting began on Monday of this week and 121 voters cast their ballots on that first day.  There were 109 Absentee Ballots issued for the Runoff Election.  All early voting is taking place at the Chattooga County Registrars Office, located at 10017 Commerce Street in Summerville.  Voting hours are from 8:30 AM until 5 PM.  There will be no Saturday voting for the Runoff Election.  Next Tuesday, on Election Day, voters will need to vote in their local precincts.

Salvation Army "Christmas In July" Fundraiser

The Salvation Army of Rome, which serves Floyd and Chattooga Counties, will introduce a “Christmas in July” fundraiser next month in hopes of generating $5,000 or more in donations.

The fundraiser is intended to offset the usual decline in donations during the Summer, according to Major Hank Harwell, who asks for support from local businesses and individuals.

No bell ringers are sought for this fundraising campaign, as with the annual Red Kettle campaign during the holidays, says Major Harwell, who adds that participants may instead opt to establish a counter kettle at work or a virtual kettle to raise money.

For more information about the “Christmas in July” fundraiser, contact The Salvation Army of Rome at (706) 291-4745.

The non-profit additionally seeks donations of bottled water to keep those in need hydrated with soaring Summer temperatures in the forecast for the days ahead.

Timeline For Summerville City Manager Search

Summerville will have a new city manager sometime in August, if the city council sticks to the timeline they currently have in place.  Current City Manager Andrea Surratt is working a ninety-day notice.  City officials say that their search for a new city manager should be complete around the time Surratt leaves her post.

When the current city manager was hired, the city council circumvented their own established timeline and hired Surratt before the application process was even completed.  If the council abides by what they have established as a timeline for hiring a city manger this time, a new city manager should be in place by the end of August.

According to information obtained by WZQZ News from Summerville City Hall, applications for the position are being accepted until the end of this month, with the last day to turn in a resume being June 30th.  Then, council members will review applications and select the top five candidates between July 1st and July 15th.   After that, the council will selected the top three candidates and conduct interviews with those candidates before August 5th.

Once a candidate is determined, contract negotiations will take place and a new city manager is expected to be in place on or before August 25, 2024.

 

AtriumHealth Offers Online Stroke Assessment

A new online assessment can tell you what your stroke risk is and what you can do to improve your chance of not having one.

On average, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 second and stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death. But most strokes are preventable, and many of the risk factors are controllable.

Click here to take the free assessment, which can help you estimate your chances of experiencing a stroke, suggest ways to minimize your risk and give you an idea of what to do next based on your results.

Risk factors you can change with your behavior include:

· High blood pressure

· Cholesterol level

· Weight

· Smoking

Once you take the assessment, it will give you the option of printing it out and consulting with your primary care physician to discuss possible actions you can take to decrease your risk.

“You might be surprised how many factors you can control when it comes to lowering you stroke risk,” said Bre Merrell, stroke coordinator of Atrium Health Floyd’s Stroke Center of Excellence. “Taking the assessment and consulting with your doctor are steps in the right direction.”

Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center is recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes centers that have achieved long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

GNTC Open House Today

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is hosting an Open House at all six campuses today to provide an opportunity to learn more about the programs offered at GNTC, tour the facilities and meet faculty and staff.  The open house is taking place today from 10 AM until 6 PM.  The event will include information and assistance on admissions, advising, career guidance and financial aid. GNTC will waive the admission application fee for those attending the event. Attendees will receive GNTC giveaways.

Governor & First Lady Traveling To South Korea On Trade Mission

Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on Tuesday announced they are leading a delegation of state officials on an international mission to the Republic of Korea that will focus on reinforcing strategic economic development partnerships.

“The Republic of Korea was the very first country I visited when I became governor for a good reason – because of the incredible partners located there,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Marty and I are glad to return so that we can reinforce those great friendships that are bringing historic investments and jobs to communities all across the state. Georgia’s connections to Korea goes back decades, and this trip will further strengthen those relationships that are having a generational impact on the No. 1 state for business.”

The state delegation consists of state elected officials, including President Pro Tem John Kennedy, Representative Soo Hong, and Representative Lehman Franklin, as well as representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and Georgia Ports Authority. Governor and Mrs. Kemp and the delegation will conduct meetings with existing industries operating or under construction in Georgia, including Hyundai Motor Group, Kia, CJ Foodville, LG Group, SK Group, and Hanwha Qcells.

“Connectivity leads to business, and relationships build the foundations of mutual progress,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Meeting with the leadership of existing industries at their headquarters provides a unique opportunity to learn more about their perspective on an industry and where it is headed. By keeping the lines of communication open, we can stay ahead of the curve in industry shifts, positioning Georgia at the forefront of new opportunities.”

 

Arrest Report - Wednesday - June 12, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, June 12, 2024:

LaFayette Police Looking For Pickup Truck Involved In Hit & Run

The LaFayette Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a vehicle that was involved in a Hit & Run accident which resulted in serious bodily injury to an elderly adult female.

Family members say that the elderly woman sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg, broken ribs and a concussion.

The incident occurred on East Villanow Street near Charles Henry Circle on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at approximately 7:05 p.m.. The vehicle was traveling westbound toward Duke Street when the incident occurred. The vehicle made a right turn on to Charles Henry Circle, but eventually came back on to East Villanow Street and continued westbound toward the downtown area.
The vehicle is a Ford F150 4×4 and thought to be between a 2011 & 2014 year model. It appears to be grey in color. The vehicle has a chrome package which includes chrome mirrors, door handles and running boards.
Any information regarding a possible match to this vehicle would be greatly appreciated. Information can be forwarded to Lt. Robert Tate or call the LaFayette Police Department tip line at (706) 639-1545.

GNTC Officer Recognized For Saving Drowning Child

A Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) police officer has been recognized for his quick actions that saved a 4-year-old boy from drowning.

Sgt. Bruce Franks said he and his wife Kayla, a GNTC Police lieutenant, attended an Easter egg hunt and party for children at a friend’s house. As the couple unloaded supplies from their truck, Kayla Franks noticed a small child face down, not moving, in a swimming pool on the property.

“When I heard a panicked scream from Kayla, I sprinted to the pool,” Bruce Franks said. “I immediately jumped into the pool, swam over to the child and pulled him out of the water.”

The boy, a guest at the party, was unresponsive and had no pulse. The Franks were the only adults outside at the time of the incident. Bruce Franks said he began CPR immediately while his wife ran to get additional help.

Kayla Franks said lack of cell service prevented her from calling 911; however, the homeowner was able to call 911 with a different cell phone. Kayla Franks coached the homeowner to remain calm as she spoke with the dispatcher and relayed that CPR was in progress.

Kayla Franks estimated the child had been without air for two to three minutes.

Two other individuals at the event also helped. Corrine Roberson, a nurse friend of the Franks, gave rescue breaths while Matthew Kumnick, a detective at the Dalton Police Department, helped perform CPR, Bruce Franks said. CPR was performed for about two to three minutes until the boy’s pulse returned and he began breathing on his own.

Kayla Franks helped reassure the child’s relatives until first responders arrived about 10 minutes later and transferred the boy to the hospital, Bruce Franks said.

“I was very happy to hear that the boy was released from the hospital 24 hours later with no apparent long-term issues,” Bruce Franks said.

Dalton Police Chief Cliff Cason recently commended Bruce Franks for his actions by presenting him with the Dalton Police Department’s Life Saving Award.

Cason praised Bruce Franks for his “willingness to act knowing there were likely life-threatening injuries and potential hazards” in the letter accompanying the award.

“Your actions reinforce the values and mission of our profession in that we aim every day to provide a safe environment with professional quality police services,” Cason noted.

“I want to commend Bruce and Officer Kumnick for their heroic actions in saving this young boy’s life,” said GNTC Police Chief Chad Cardin. “Bruce wasted no time on jumping in that pool and starting life-saving procedures.”

Cardin praised Kayla Franks’ vigilance in spotting the child, getting help and maintaining control of the scene until first responders arrived.

“If not for the actions of Kayla, Bruce and Officer Kumnick, this Easter gathering could have had a tragic ending,” Cardin said. “We are very fortunate at GNTC Police to have both Bruce and Kayla on our team.”

“I am thankful for my 17 years of experience and training in law enforcement and being in the right place at the right time, which allowed me to take quick action to save a young child’s life,” Bruce Franks said.

“Bruce’s quick actions that day saved a young life, and I couldn’t be prouder to call him my husband and my real-life hero,” Kayla Franks said. “I’m also thankful we were with our incredible group of friends, many of whom are also first responders and in the medical field. This near-tragedy had a happy ending because everyone played their roles perfectly.”

As the summer months approach, Kayla Franks reminds adults always to keep children in sight and to be mindful of bodies of water and other potential dangers. It only takes a few seconds for a child to wander out of view.

In this photo: Liberty Franks (right) congratulates her father, GNTC Police Sgt. Bruce Franks, upon his receipt of the Dalton Police Department’s Life Saving Award.

Chattooga Cheerleaders Car Wash June 22

Chattooga Indian Cheerleaders are hosting a car wash June 22nd from 9 AM until 2 PM at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Summerville.  Car wash price is a minimum of $10 per car.  They are raising money for their 2024-2025 season.

The cheerleaders will also have BBQ sack lunches for sale. Grab a famous Armstrong’s BBQ sandwich, a bag of chips, a pickle spear and a Little Debbie and either a water or canned drink for just $7

Also there will be a signup that day for the Chattooga High School Annual Kiddie Camp that will be held July 18-19.  Participants will learn cheers, dance, stunts and they will get  lunch and a t-shirt.  The cost of the Kiddie Camp is $40.  Participants will also get to cheer with the high school cheerleaders at the Youth Night Game.

For more information, contact Tiffany at 706-512-0666 or Kayla at 706-388-9857.

AtriumHealth Gives Back More Than $137 Million In "Community Benefit" In 2023

Atrium Health’s reinvestments into the communities it serves continues to grow. In its first year as part of Charlotte-based Advocate Health, Atrium Health Floyd gave back more than $137 million in community benefit in 2023. In addition, Atrium Health Floyd-Polk Foundation invested $420,000 in the community in 2023.

Across its Georgia and Alabama service territories, the health system reinvested more than $385 million in services benefiting the community. That amounts to more than $1 million per day Atrium Health Floyd and Macon-based Atrium Health Navicent provide in community benefit services.

Atrium Health is the care delivery brand for Advocate Health in the Southeastern United States and incorporates health care sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Advocate Health, the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, totaled more than $6 billion in total community benefit last year across its six-state service region, with Atrium Health comprising roughly half of that total.

“This community benefit report is evidence of our commitment to making a significant impact in all the communities we serve to make health care more accessible for all – including by addressing the social drivers that negatively impact people’s health,” said Advocate Health Chief Executive Officer Eugene A. Woods. “I am inspired on a daily basis by our team’s dedication to providing nationally leading care, not just within our facilities, but well beyond our walls and into vulnerable communities in greatest need.”

“Community hospitals do so much more than take care of patients who enter our front doors,” said Kurt Stuenkel, president of Atrium Health Floyd. “We provide care to those who cannot afford to pay for medical care. We place nurses and athletic trainers in our schools. Our EMS teammates provide medical coverage at community events. Teammates volunteer in our community, and we invest in community programs and services that affect health outcomes in our communities.”

Community benefit, as defined by the IRS, includes community investments into free and discounted care for low-income patients, undercompensated care for those on Medicare and Medicaid and costs related to medical research, among other programs and services that promote health, well-being and community building. Atrium Health Floyd reports its community benefit annually as required by Georgia law.

Locally, these contributions include:

· Subsidized health services including trauma and behavioral health services, screenings, immunizations, school-based health care and other community outreach programs

· Volunteer services provided by teammates in the community

· Contributions of equipment and supplies

· Community education including classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, childbirth, diabetes Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) and Stop the Bleed® training to stop life-threatening bleeding

· Prescription assistance to low-income, uninsured patients

· Telehealth programs in 47 area schools

In addition, last year Atrium Health Floyd opened Georgia’s first from-the-ground-up, stand-alone emergency department, announced a partnership with Georgia Highlands College to increase the number of nurses in this region and joined services with Northwest Georgia Medical Center. All these efforts will produce opportunities to continue to expand Atrium Health Floyd’s community benefit work.

Summerville Main Street Looking For Classic Cars & Trucks

Summerville Main Street will be hosting a “Taste of the South Festival” coming up later this month. The festival will be held on June 22nd and will feature a special edition of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Passenger Train.  Attendees will be able to welcome the steam engine and enjoy a day full of live music and be able to sample Southern food at the event. Susan Locklear with Summerville Main Street is looking for people with classic cars and trucks that would like to show them for the Taste of the South Festival.  If interested, please contact Susan Locklear on Facebook or at the Summerville Main Street Office  706-859-0900 extension 1337.

Funeral Services Set For Child Who Died In ATV Accident

Funeral services are set for Sunday for a seven-year-old child who died in an ATV accident this past Saturday.  The child has been identified as Daniela Grace Darnell from Cherokee County, Georgia.  The accident happened near the intersection of Garvin Road and Echols Road.  According to Sheriff Mark Schrader, the child was the only person on the ATV at the time of the accident.  The family says, “Dani girl was a sassy but sweet bundle of joy and love. Her main goal in life was to care for those around her and to spread happiness and love, and even in death, she will continue to do so”.  Darnell is survived by her parents, two brothers and other family members.  A GoFundMe for Darnell has raised more than $4,000 thus far. To donate to the family, click here.

Man Fights With Deputies Near Summerville Motel

A twenty-seven-year-old man staying at the Summerville Motel in Gore got into an altercation with sheriff’s deputies around 3 AM last Wednesday morning.  The subject, identified as Steven Henry Brown, called 911 saying he was being hypnotized. 

When deputies arrived at the motel, Brown was gone from the scene.  About that time, a call came from the High-Tech Gas Station where an employee at the gas station told dispatchers that a “man dressed like a woman was walking around the lot” looking in parked cars.

Deputies made contact with Brown who was standing in the turn lane of John Jones Road.  Brown told deputies he was with the CIA.  Deputies quickly determined Brown was under the influence of drugs.  When deputies attempted to do a field sobriety test, they say that Brown took a “fighting stance”.  This lead to deputies deploying a taser on Brown, and eventually pepper spray.  As the struggle ensued and one deputy was kicked in the chest and punched.  Brown sustained a laceration over his eye during the altercation.

Deputies say Brown was in possession of methamphetamine and a switchblade knife.

Brown was charged with both misdemeanor and felony obstruction of officers, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, possession of drug related objects,

Durham Completes Senior Deputy Training Program

Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy Corporal James Durham, who serves as the Menlo School Resource Officer, recently completed the Georgia Sheriffs Association Senior Deputy Certification Program.

According to the Georgia Sheriffs Association, the Senior Deputy Certification Program is a valuable training course for deputy sheriffs seeking to enhance their knowledge of the duties and responsibilities related to the Office of Sheriff. Certification requires 324 hours of specialized training divided into three modules. Pursuing the Senior Deputy Certification increases a deputy’s knowledge base about the sheriff’s office.

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said, “Completion of this course of study is not a fast and easy certification. This certification takes a lot of time and effort to complete”.
The Senior Deputy Certification Program takes 322 hours to complete and is a voluntary training program.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - June 11, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, June 11, 2024:

Trion Fire Department Call Report For May

The Trion Fire Department released their call report for the month of May.  There were 12 residential fire alarms; 5 commercial fire alarms; 5 illegal burns; 12 medical assists and firefighters worked 7 motor vehicle accidents.  They also responded to 6 downed trees or power line calls; 2 natural gas leaks and participated in 2 search and rescues.