Woman Reports Unauthorized Withdrawals From Bank Account

A Summerville woman reported unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account earlier this week.

Cheris Chadwick told a responding deputy that several withdrawals had been made from her account that she did not authorize.  Chadwick said that the withdrawals happened last week while she was out of town.  She said that she was getting automated text messages from her bank saying that the wrong password had been entered on her online banking account.

When she arrived back home and checked with the bank, Ms. Chadwick discovered that three withdrawals had been made from her account, without her permission.  Two of the withdrawals were made at the Kroger Supermarket in Newnan for $136.36 and $152.34.  A third unauthorized withdrawal of $10.06 was paid to Facebook.

Chadwick asked that a report be filed at the request of her bank.

GNTC Industrial Career Day Tomorrow In Dalton

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 its second Industrial Career Day of the year on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Approximately 800 regional high school students and members of the community attended GNTC’s first Industrial Career Day of the year on the Floyd County Campus in Rome on Sept. 13. The second Industrial Career Day in Dalton was added due to popular demand.

The activities for the Oct. 18 Industrial Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at GNTC’s new state-of-the-art Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion. The industrial labs are housed side by side in Industrial Row. This provides a centralized location with access to the industrial labs on the Dalton campus. Additional industrial programs from other GNTC campuses and vendors will set up displays and activities in Industrial Row and other sections of the Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion.

The event is free and open to the public. T-shirts will be distributed, while supplies last, and snacks will be provided.

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 also will be present to speak with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.

Featured GNTC industrial programs will include Air Conditioning Technology, Automation Engineering Technology, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, CNC Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Flooring Production Operator and Technician, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Precision Machining and Manufacturing and Welding and Joining Technology.

Chattooga County BOE Work Session This Evening

The Chattooga County Board of Education will hold their monthly work session coming up this evening at 6 PM. 

On the agenda tonight, Kenny Adkins from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia is expected to be on hand to present the Chattooga High School welding program with its Industry Certification.  Jeff Owings, instructor for the program will accept the certification and be honored by the board.  Also, the board will be recognizing Lisa Hughes for her role in strengthening Chattooga High School’s workforce development efforts.

The board is also expected to consider Superintendent Jared Hosmer’s recommendation to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Federal Funds and to consider the superintendents recommendation that the board call for a renewal of the five-year Education Sales Tax and for additional General Obligation Bonds.  The purpose of the bonds will be for previously incurred debt and to build and equip a new Menlo School.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Centre Man Indicted For Attempted Murder

A Centre man has been indicted by a Cherokee County Grand Jury on a charge of Attempted Murder.  Anthony Matthew Gilreath, age 29, is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.

Gilreath and forty-seven-year-old Stephen Eric Parker of Lindale, Georgia were arrested June 18th in connection with the shooting of an individual the previous night, at a home on County Road 22 in the Kirk’s Grove community.

The pair was taken into custody at a residence on Highway 9 in the Ellisville area.

A third suspect, fifty-four-year-old Michael Gilreath of Rome, Georgia, was taken into custody early Thursday evening of that same week on County Road 16, in connection with the incident.

All three were charged with Attempted Murder.  On the night of the shooting the victim was transported by Redmond EMS to an area medical facility, where he immediately underwent surgery, and was later listed in stable condition.

He had reportedly suffered several gunshot wounds.

What led to the shooting has never been revealed.

AAA: Prepare Your Vehicle For Seasonal Changes

October is Car Care Month, an ideal time to remind motorists that seasonal changes can have an adverse effect on a vehicle’s performance. AAA recommends as the weather cools, motorists should complete a seasonal vehicle checkup to maintain safety and maximize efficiency.

“It is important that motorists keep their vehicles operating safely” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA–The Auto Club GroupNeglecting routine maintenance can damage your vehicle and leave you stranded on the side of the road with an unexpected repair bill.”

A professional and thorough maintenance inspection can help reduce the chance of a serious breakdown. If a car does end up at a repair shop, motorists can expect to spend anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars to get back on the road. AAA recommends that motorists use a simple checklist to determine their car’s fall maintenance needs.

Fall Car Care Checklist:

  • Battery and charging system — Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician. A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather.
  • Engine hoses — Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or excessively spongy feeling.
  • Tire type and tread — Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.
  • Tire pressure — Check tire inflation pressure.  As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures, typically by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The proper tire pressure levels can be in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s side door jamb. Also, check the spare.
  • Air filter — Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a 60-watt light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked, replace it.
  • Coolant levels — Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level with an inexpensive tester.
  • Lights — Check the operation of all headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
  • Wiper blades — The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.
  • Washer fluid — A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Make sure you fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
  • Brakes — If there is any indication of a brake problem have the system inspected by a certified technician. Check all fluids (transmission, brake and power steering fluids) to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
  • Emergency road kit — Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. Make sure to include a charged cellular phone, blankets, food, water and any needed medication.

Additionally, AAA reminds drivers to take the following safety precautions on the road:

  • Drive distraction-free. Do not text or engage in distracting activities while driving, including interacting with a cell phone, talking with passengers or reaching for objects in the vehicle.
  • Comply with the Move Over Law. Observe the Move Over Law. When law enforcement, tow providers or emergency vehicles are on the side of the road, change lanes or slow down to give sufficient clearance. This is the law in all 50 states.
  • Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers and exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic, if possible. Once everyone in the vehicle is at a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider.

Former Georgia Cop Acquitted On Murder Charges

A former Georgia police officer was convicted on Monday in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed black man whom the officer had found wandering naked outside an apartment complex in 2015.

The former officer, Robert Olsen, was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of charges including aggravated assault, violating the oath of his office and making a false statement after the fatal encounter with Anthony Hill, whom Mr. Olsen shot twice in a parking lot after residents said he was running around, knocking on doors.

The DeKalb County, Georgia  jury returned its verdict after deliberating for more than a week, resolving a case that had dragged on for years as judges recused themselves and other delays held up the trial.

Mr. Olsen, 57, is scheduled to be sentenced by a judge next month and was released on bond, with an ankle monitor, until then. Though he no longer faces the mandatory life sentence that would have accompanied a murder conviction, he faces up to 35 years.

GNN / Compiled Sources

"Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner" At The Depot This Sunday

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Step back in time on Sunday to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot coming up this Sunday. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live Bluegrass and Gospel music by Chip Rowland. The meal will be served by Sweet P’s At The Tavern at the cost of $8.00 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6.00 for a 4 vegetable plate. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.

An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Other vendors will be on site for those wishing to shop. This event will operate from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

For more information on “Steam Into Summerville Railroad Days’ or other downtown Summerville events contact slocklear@summervillega.org.

Local Cub Scouts Learn About Public Safety

Some local Cub Scouts had the opportunity to learn about public safety in Chattooga County earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Pack 38 Cub Scouts were able to meet workers from Chattooga County EMS, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Deprtment and Summerville Fire Department.

Chattooga County K9 officer Kendy was on hand to demonstrate his abilities, and scouts were shown different vehicles and tools used in public safety and emergency services.

The Cub Scouts also presented the employees of Chattooga EMA – 911 with a “pumpkin full of treats.”

Ball Corp Building New Facility In Floyd County

Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that Ball Corporation, a provider of aluminum packaging for beverages, personal care, and household products, will expand its operations in Rome. The company will build a new aluminum cups manufacturing plant, creating more than 180 new jobs and investing more than $200 million in the project.

“As the Top State for Business six years in a row, Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and this expansion is indicative of that unrivaled success,” said Governor Kemp. “I am thrilled to see another member of the Georgia Made family expand operations, and I am confident our top notch workforce in the region will pay huge dividends for Ball Corporation in the years to come.”

This new plant will manufacture aluminum cups, and serve the growing demand for innovative, sustainable beverage packaging in the U.S. market. It is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Rome News Tribune

Arrest Report - Wednesday October 16, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday October 16, 2019:

Health Inspection Scores First Half Of October

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of October.


  • 205 CENTRAL AVE TRION, GA 30753
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 82
  • Last Inspection Date: 10-11-2019
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377

  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 10-09-2019
  • For More Information Call: (706) 857-3377

  • 14222 HWY 27 TRION, GA 30753
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97

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

All Four Suspects In LaFayette Armed Robbery In Custody

LaFayette Police say that all four suspects in an armed robbery last week are now in custody.

LaFayette Police have identified the robbers as Mathew Avery Asbeury, 19; Kameron Gage Shropshire, 17; Quintavious Knox, 17; and Larell Dashon Hampton, 18. Charges in the warrants include armed robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, battery, and criminal trespassing.

LaFayette Police say that a couple were arguing in their car when the four suspects approached them, one of them with a gun.  The male victim told police that the youth with the gun demanded his wallet, and when he first refused, all four began beating him, striking him repeatedly until he finally handed over his wallet.  They teens then attempted to take the keys to the vehicle.  The female victim said that during the altercation, one of the teens held the gun to her head and said “I’ll empty the clip on you.”

As the teens left the scene, they reportedly hit the passenger-side window and shattered the glass.

The couple called Walker 911 as soon as the teens had left.


Three Hurt In Calhoun Shooting

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A Calhoun man was arrested early Monday on aggravated assault charges following a shooting incident at an apartment on Riverview Drive.

According to a Calhoun Police report, three people were shot.

One of the victims, 26-year old Kayla Turner of Calhoun, was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome for treatment.

36-year old Robert Walker of Resaca had wounds to his left leg while 37-year old Dana Walker, also of Resaca, had a wound to her right leg.

Calhoun Police Chief Tony Pyle told the Gordon Gazette that the alleged shooter, identified as Brian Spielman, shot into the ground.

The bullet splintered and ricocheted with fragments hitting the three victims who were standing nearby.


New Mexico Set To Top Georgia In Pecan Production

New Mexico is expected to lead the U.S. in pecan production this year as growers prepare for the upcoming harvest.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s statistics service says production in the Southwest state is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds (nearly 44,000 metric tons). That would mark a 6% increase over 2018.

Production in Georgia is expected to hit about 76 million pounds (more than 34,470 metric tons), followed by Texas at 47 million pounds (21,318 metric tons).

Pecan production in the United States overall is expected to increase this year by more than 20%, with growers harvesting an estimated 281 million pounds (127,460 metric tons).

New Mexico agricultural officials say they’ve been working to build relationships with pecan buyers in other countries amid a tariff war with China.


Red Cross Blood Drive Today In Trion

A Red Cross Blood Drive is being held today at Trion High School.

Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are needed to ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game.

The American Red Cross blood drive in Trion will be today from 9 AM until 2 PM at Trion High School.

DNR Stressing Firearms Safety

With firearms deer season opening this Saturday morning, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division is urging Georgia hunters to remember to ACTT when it comes to firearms safety.

ACTT is an acronym that is a checklist for all hunters using firearms this deer season:

  1. A – Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  2. C – Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times.
  3. T – Be certain of the Target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
  4. T – Keep your finger outside of the Trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

Hunting is one of the safest sports, with only a small fraction of participants ever involved in a hunting incident.

Even with minor chances for issues, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) still encourages hunters to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.

Out of almost 652,000 hunters afield last year, Georgia reported only 33 hunting incidents, with two fatalities. Over half of all incidents (20) were tree stand use related.


Police Called After Customer Is Upset About Loan Payoff

Summerville Police were called to a local money-lending business on Friday afternoon after a customer became upset and began to argue with a worker at the business.

According to report from Summerville Police, the unidentified customer was upset because his loan payoff amount was more than he thought it should be.  The incident happened at Courtesy Finance on Rome Boulevard, in the Ingles shopping center in Summerville.

According to an employee at the business, the irate customer used profanity and racial slurs.

The customer was gone when police arrived on the scene.

Amber Alert For Missing Birmingham Girl Expanded To Surrounding States

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Authorities in Alabama are asking for the public’s help locating a three-year-old girl who was abducted from a birthday party.  The Amber Alert for the missing girl has been extended to all surrounding states.

Police said Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was reported abducted from a birthday party at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Police said Kamille is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard prints shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows.

Police said Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper, according to a release.

If you have any information regarding Kamille or the people who abducted her, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841 or a special tip line that has been stet up, 205-297-8413.

Arrest Report - Tuesday October 15, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday October 15, 2019:

Earthquake Preparedness Day

Although most quakes in this country happen in Alaska and California, earthquakes can occur anywhere. The most earthquake-prone areas include Charleston, South Carolina, eastern Massachusetts, the St. Lawrence River area and the central Mississippi River Valley. And we are even at risk in Georgia.

Everyone should take part in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill this Thursday, October 17th. The American Red Cross urges everyone to practice drop, cover and hold on at work, home or in the office — to be better prepared for the next earthquake.

Georgia is at risk.  A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Decatur, Tennessee in December of 2018 that was felt in Chattooga County and all the way to Atlanta.  A 2.2. magnitude earthquake had struck near Trion in November of 2017.

“Earthquakes are not something we think about too often in Georgia but, I experienced one in my very own home and it was unsettling,” said Leigh Brock-Barba, Red Cross Executive Director for Northwest Georgia. “Everyone should talk to their family about what to do in the event of an earthquake and take the steps necessary right now, to be prepared.”

Last year, more than 8,500 youth in Georgia were reached with lifesaving emergency preparedness skills, through the Pillowcase Project. This week, in alignment with the 2019

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill, a special earthquake-themed presentation will occur at Davis and Dade Elementary Schools in Trenton, GA. More than 160 more youth are expected to be reached with lifesaving emergency preparedness skills and information.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning and can occur at any time of the year, day or night. During an earthquake, do not try to move around. Drop, cover and hold on. Try to protect your head and torso. If you are sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise drop wherever you are.

· If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

· If you are inside, stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. When it is, use stairs rather than the elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.

· If you are outside, find a clear spot (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights) and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.

· If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.

· If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.

Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert first aid advice right at your fingertips. Use the free app Emergency for tips on what to do before during and after an earthquake and other disasters. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps