Georgia Gas Prices Increased This Week

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Georgia gas prices  increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.24 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 17 cents more than last month, and 14 cents less than this time last year.

It now costs motorists $33.60 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $3.30 less than what motorists paid in January of 2020, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.

“The higher price of crude is outweighing sustained low gasoline demand and a build in gasoline supply,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Georgians can expect gas prices to continue to climb through at least the end of the month.”

NATIONAL AVERAGE INCREASES SLIGHTLY AMID HIGHER GAS DEMAND

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 1 cent to $2.39. Pump prices increased nominally this week, while gas demand increased substantially from 7.53 million barrels a day to 8.11 million barrels a day last week, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Total domestic gasoline supplies decreased by 300,000 barrels to 245.2 million barrels and total crude utilization across domestic refineries took a small step forward from 82 percent to 82.5 percent. All of these factors, including sustained higher crude prices, have contributed to higher pump prices for drivers and will likely lead to continued increases in pump prices in the weeks ahead.

At the close of last Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by 86 cents to settle at $52.36. Crude prices declined this week following growing market concern that crude demand may continue to suffer as coronavirus infections rise and travel restrictions, which are meant to curb transmission of the virus, reduce crude demand. Additionally, EIA’s latest weekly report revealed that total domestic crude inventories rose by 4.4 million barrels to 486.6 million barrels. The increase in crude inventories has also put downward pressure on crude prices.

REGIONAL PRICES

Atlanta ($2.23)

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Brunswick ($2.38), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.31), and Savannah ($2.29).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.16), Dalton ($2.18), and Gainesville ($2.20).
  • Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($2.16), Walker ($2.17), Floyd ($2.18), Gordon ($2.20), DeKalb, AL ($2.13), Cherokee, AL ($2.08)

American Red Cross Urges Blood Donation To Maintain Supply

The American Red Cross is reaching out to potential blood donors to help maintain the critical supply of blood donors during the pandemic. The winter months already show a decreased blood donation supply and the COVID pandemic has made it even more critical.

For the month of February, The Red Cross is giving all donors a $5 amazon gift card that will be emailed to them after donating. Red Cross is also testing blood, plasma, and platelet donations for the COVID-19 antibodies. This is not a diagnostic test, but rather to see if the donor has the antibodies. Plasma donated with the COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.

A blood drive will be held at the Trion Rec. on February 3rd from 2p.m.-7p.m. You can reach the American Red Cross at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene To Host Town Halls In Rome, Dalton, and Dallas

INVITATION: District 14 Town Halls with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to be held in Rome, Dalton, and Dallas on January 26th, 27th, and 28th.

District 14 residents are invited to register to attend Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Town Halls in Rome and Dalton. Attendance is limited to constituents only. Each attendee must complete the registration form. Location details will be emailed in advance of the town hall. A valid government ID matching your registration is required for entry. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of attendees is limited and entry is not guaranteed.

Greene will be in Rome today, January 26th and in Dalton tomorrow, January 27th. She will be in Dallas on Thursday January 28th. You must register prior to the event. You can register here.  Both Town Hall meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Th e location will be sent via email to all those who register.

Chattooga County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Update

The Chattooga County Health Department is not doing any COVID-19 testing at this time.

Chattooga County Health Department is currently not doing any COVID-19 testing at this time. It is not certain when they will start back, or if. They will no longer be doing testing as long as the supply of COVID-19 vaccine is available and there is a need for the vaccine. Please visit one of the neighboring Health Departments at their drive-up test sites.

Atlanta Hawks Excited To Welcome Fans Back To State Farm Arena

The Atlanta Hawks are introducing their “Safety Six” protocols to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as the team prepares for the return of fans to its home court at the award-winning State Farm Arena. Developed with input from industry experts in healthcare, live events, hospitality, and food service, the clearly defined approach includes:

  1. Limited Capacity and Physical Distancing
  2. Mandatory Face Coverings
  3. Contactless entry, Screening, and Transactions
  4. Touchless Hand Sanitizer Stations and Restroom Fixtures
  5. Robust Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
  6. Safe Food and Beverage Distribution Practice

The arena will welcome back a limited number of fans tonight with a significantly reduced capacity of approximately eight percent and social distancing in all arena spaces, including premium, back-of-house areas, and restrooms. Face coverings will be required at all times in all arena spaces. The Hawks recently announced that State Farm Arena is the first facility to receive the Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ designation. Going far beyond basic facility standards, Sharecare’s verification system establishes a consistent global baseline for health security, requiring that live sports and entertainment venues verify their health protocols on an ongoing basis across more than 140 expert-validated standards and more than 600 checkpoints including health and hygiene protocols, air and water management, physical distancing, the attendee experience, and health safety communication with patrons and employees.

For additional information on the Hawks and State Farm Arena’s health and safety protocols please visit Hawks.com/safety.

Former CHS Students Named To Presidents Lists

Two former Chattooga High School graduates have been named to their respective college Presidents List. Abby Hosmer and Laney Barnes have both been named for outstanding academic performance during the Fall 2020 semester.

To be named to the Presidents List each student must maintain a perfect 4.0 while carrying at least 12 credit hours.

Abby Hosmer, who attends Kennesaw State University is majoring in Political Science and Conflict Management. She is the daughter of Jared and Ginger Hosmer.

Laney Barnes, who attends The University of West Georgia, is majoring in Speech and Language Pathology. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tyler Driscoll and Anthony Barnes.

Chattooga Virtual Learning Offers Additional Help

Chattooga County School System would like to let parents and students know about extra support available to them at this time for Virtual Learning.

Chief Academic Officer, Michelle Heile said.” We want to make sure our virtual parents and students are aware of this extra support available to them. “
Below are the emails the students can access to request an appointment for additional help with schoolwork.  Teachers have offered to work these days and times to add this extra layer of support for our virtual students.
K-5 Mon.-Thur. 4:00 – 7:00 PM ELA
K-5ELAhelp@chattoogaschools.org
Math K-5mathhelp@chattoogaschools.org
6-8 ELA Mon. 4:00 – 7:00 PM  MATH Tue. & Thur. 4:00 – 7:00 PM
ELA 6-8ELAhelp@chattoogaschools.org
Math 6-8mathhelp@chattoogaschools.org
9-12 ELA Mon.- Thur. 5:00 – 8:00 PM MATH Mon.- Wed. 5:00 – 8:00 PM
ELA 9-12ELAhelp@chattoogschools.org
Math 9-12mathhelp@chattoogasschools.org
Resource/Tech Help Mon-Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM Appointment Link resourcetechhelp@chattoogaschools.org

Arrest Report - Monday January 24, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday January 25, 2021:

Chattooga County Schools To Return To In Person Classrooms Today

Chattooga County School Superintendent Jared Hosmer, would like to remind everyone that all Chattooga County Schools will resume in person learning today, Monday January 25th.

This is a reminder that Chattooga County Schools will be resuming face to face instruction on 1/25/2021.  Please continue to communicate with your home school if someone in your household is awaiting test results for COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.  We encourage everyone to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.  Masks are available in the front office of every school.  Thank you for your continued communication and support as we fight to slow the spread together

WALKER COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE

There is a new number for Walker County residents to call to submit their information to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning Monday, January 25th, the Walker County COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 706-670-1234, will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Through a partnership with the Walker County Health Department, the new hotline will serve as ground zero for eligible residents to sign-up for the COVID-19 vaccine, which remains in extremely short supply. Currently in Georgia, the vaccine is only available to healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care residents and adults 65+ and their caregivers.
When someone calls the hotline, a team member will document that person’s contact information and eligibility. Then, when additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine become available locally, those who submitted their information via the hotline will be contacted directly to schedule a vaccination appointment at the Walker County Health Department.

Due to high demand and supply dynamics that change daily, hotline workers cannot provide a timetable for when an appointment may become available.

Individuals who previously submitted their contact information through the Northwest Georgia DPH online portal are already on the waitlist and do not need to call the hotline. In addition, those who have already received their first dose of the vaccine will be contacted directly to schedule an appointment for their second dose and do not need to call the hotline.

 

Trion Pre-K Registration Began January 19th

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The Trion City School System would like to remind everyone that Pre-K registration for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year is underway.

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year began on January 19th and is ongoing. You may stop by the Trion Elementary School Office Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. to pick up a registration packet. Upcoming students must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2021. To register you must bring the childs Birth Certificate, proof of Georgia Residency, and a photo identification of the parent or legal guardian. Also need is a copy of the childs social security card, copy of the Eye/Ear/Dental/Nutrition record (Form 3300), and Immunization record (Form 3231).

For more information please call Trion Elementary School at 706-734-2991.

Trion City School Tuition To Remain The Same

In the first Board Meeting of the New Year, the Trion Board of Education decided to continue with the current tuition rate, and not increase it.

Presently Trion Schools tuition rate is $150 per child with a cap of $450 per family. This is for any student in the Trion City School System that live outside the Trion city limits.

Superintendent Phil Williams also announced that Trion City Schools are offering Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) beginning on January 19th, 2021. The classes will be held each Tuesday night and will meet until May 11th, 2021. The classes will be held at the Trion Library who has agreed to extended hours for this. Funds for these classes have been provided by Title III and the Library System. The teachers will be Katherine Navarro and Gisel Canogo. So far 6 adults have already signed up.

The next board meeting will be held on February 8th at 6p.m.

Georgia DPH Asks For Patience With COVID Vaccine Scheduling

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Northwest Health District is asking for the publics patience and understanding with the COVID-19 vaccine scheduling.

On the website the Department of Public Health has issued a statement regarding the COVID-19 vaccine schedule and the difficulties with it. The vaccine has a short life span and must be used soon after arrival to the Health Department. Shipments are still slow and sporadic, making scheduling more difficult. You can read the full statement below.

Our county health departments are giving COVID-19 immunizations by appointment only and can only schedule appointments for the amount of vaccine received and available at any given time. Our vaccine supply remains erratic and inadequate to meet demand. Please understand you may get through to us only to be told we are not making appointments at that time in which case you will have to call back later. We know this is frustrating. It’s frustrating for us, too. You can find contact information and locations for our ten county health departments by selecting a county above.

DPH Northwest Health District Weekly Drive Up COVID Test Sites

**UPDATE: Chattooga County Health Department is no longer doing COVID-19 Testing. There are no plans to resume testing in the immediate future.**

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Northwest Health District has released the weekly COVID Drive up test site schedule. This is for the week of January 25th, 2021.

Chattooga County Health Department is still offering free testing, however an appointment is needed. There is no drive up site. You can contact the Chattooga County Health Department at (706) 857-3471 to schedule the appointment.

Summerville Woman Arrested For Theft

A 61 year-old Summerville woman, Tina Cain Ball, was arrested in Rome this week after reports said she illegally entered a property and proceeded to steal numerous items.

Reports said that Ball was arrested at the Pincrest Motel on Martha Berry Blvd after she allegedly stole luggage, clothing, and jewelry valued at less than $1,500.

Ball is charged with theft by taking and criminal trespass.

CVN Coosa Valley News

Arrest Report - Sunday - January 24, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, January 24, 2021:

Trion Wrestling Wins Area Section Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

Trion High School Wrestling team has punched their ticket to State on Saturday  with an 84-0 win.

Per the Trion Wrestling Facebook page:

Our boys punched their ticket to the GHSA Class A State Dual Championships! They defeated Athens Christian 84-0 to earn the right to defend their State Championship Title. The States 8 best Class A teams will be at Trion High School next Saturday to battle it out for the title. The teams looking to claim the GHSA Class A Dual State Title will be Trion-Commerce-Mt. Pisgah-Social Circle-Irwin Co.-Landmark Christian-Screven Co.-St. Anne Pacelli. This looks to be a great tournament with some talented wrestlers.

Structure Fire On Little Sand Mountain Destroys Home

A residential fire Saturday resulted in a total loss of a home.Per the Gore Fire Department Facebook page:

Gore fire department, station 3, Subligna, station 8 and Hays station 4 , Redmond EMS and Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatch to a residential structure fire on Little Sand Mountain Rd. Upon arrival fire crews attempted an aggressive interior attack but due to the advanced nature of the fire, type of building construction, and a damaged fire hydrant, progress was slow and crews were forced out of the structure and to an exterior attack.

The structure was a total loss.

A fire service investigation determined the cause was and electrical short in a wall cavity in the kitchen area.

One occupant was permanently  displaced but no injuries were noted.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Cosponsors the Protection of Women And Girls in Sports Act

 This week, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took a stand for women and girls in America by originally cosponsoring Rep. Greg Steube’s Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act to prohibit men from unfairly competing against women in sports.
This legislation would enact Title IX protection to recognize the sex of athletes at birth and stop the dangerous trend of biological males infiltrating women’s sports to achieve a competitive advantage.

Congresswoman Greene issued the following statement:
“As a former competitive athlete and a mother to a daughter who is a D1 collegiate athlete, I staunchly oppose biological males in girls/women’s sports, locker rooms, and bathrooms.
This completely violates women’s rights in every way. Women’s sports should be women’s sports.”
You can read the full legislative text here.

 

Hit And Run Results In Vehicle Damage

On January 21st Summerville Police Officers responded to a call of a hit and run.
Mary Carter was traveling down Martin St when a silver car traveling at a high rate of speed, in the opposite direction, entered her lane and hit her vehicle. The other car did not stop, and despite a search of the area, no other vehicle was found. Officers did observe damage to Mrs. Carter’s vehicle. A report has been filed and is still active.