Arrest Report - Wednesday October 21, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday October 21, 2020:

Cedar Bluff Man Sentenced For Sexual Abuse Of A Child

A Cherokee County, Alabama man, indicted back in December of 2018 on the charges of Sexual Abuse of a Child under the age of 12 and Sodomy 1st Degree, will be heading to prison, following a plea agreement to lesser included charges of two counts of the Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child under the age 12.

On Monday, in the courtroom of Judge Andrew Hairston, 53 year old Timothy Lyn Culver of Cedar Bluff was sentenced to serve a “split-sentence” of five years incarceration in the state penitentiary with 18 months to serve on each count for a total of 36 months – that followed by five years probation on each count, for a total of ten years, with those sentences running consecutively.

Culver was additionally ordered to pay court costs.

He was booked in at the Cherokee County Detention Center around 11:30 Monday morning to await transport to prison.

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Area Football Games Postponed Due To COVID-19

The Pepperell High at Gordon Central High football game previously scheduled for this Friday, October 23, 2020, has been postponed to Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m. due to members of the GCHS football team having to quarantine because of direct exposure to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Armuchee High’s football game vs. B.E.S.T. Academy previously scheduled for Friday has been canceled due to members of the AHS football team being quarantined because of direct exposure to COVID-19.

Floyd County Schools say a separate announcement will be made if a make-up game date is finalized.

The Chattooga Indians will be returning to the field this Friday at home to take on Coosa after the Indians were quarantined for two weeks due to COVID-19 exposure.


NFPA Urges Caution With Halloween Decorations

As families find creative ways to celebrate Halloween in response to COVID-19, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to keep fire safety in mind, particularly when decorating with candles and electrical lighting.

“Because typical Halloween activities like trick-or-treating may be curtailed or even canceled in some communities, we suspect an even bigger focus on Halloween decorating in and around homes this year,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “We urge everyone to carefully consider fire safety to ensure that celebrations remain festively spooky, not hazardous.”
According to NFPA, candles are among the leading causes of U.S. home fires. NFPA’s latest U.S. Home Candle Fires report shows that an annual average of 7,610  home fires are started by candles, resulting in 81 deaths, 677 injuries and $278 million in direct property damage. In addition, an average of 770 home fires started when decorations ignited. These fires caused an average of two civilian deaths, 20 civilian injuries, and $11.1 million in direct property damage per year.
NFPA offers these reminders to make sure everyone’s Halloween celebrations don’t go from “boo” to “boo-hoo”:
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • When using electrical lighting to decorate your home, make sure it is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
For families still planning to attend Halloween parties or go trick-or-treating:
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric that could come in contact with open flames or other heat sources.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes.
Visit the NFPA Halloween safety page for more resources of how to stay safe. Frightfully fun activities for kids can be found on NFPA’s Sparky the Fire Dog® homepage.
For release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the this NFPA press room.
As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.

Town Of Trion Approves Paving Bids & Sets Meeting Times

The Town of Tion held a called meeting on Monday evening of this week.  The council approved a bid to pave the Trion Town Hall parking lot and the Pavilion at the Track Field parking lot.

The bid for the Town Hall parking lot was $39,860 and the bid for the Pavilion parking lot was $14,600.  The paving will be paid for out of SPLOST Funds.

The council also set the regular monthly meeting dates for November and December.  November’s meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19th and December’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15th.


Early Voting Continues To Be Heavy In Chattooga County

Early voting continues to be heavy in Chattooga County, with large numbers of voters casting their ballots at the Chattooga County Registrars Office.

Registrar Sheena Weaver told WZQZ News that as of mid-day on Wednesday, 2,420 people had voted early.  Her office has received 1,391 absentee ballots by mail.

Early voting takes place weekdays from 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Saturday early voting will take place this weekend from 9 AM until 4 PM at the Registrar Office.

Truck Stolen On Hemphill Road

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a vehicle that happened on Hemphill Road.

The theft was reported on Sunday when Jimmy Ward told a responding deputy that he had been working on a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.  Ward told the deputy that he was in the process of swapping the engine out on the truck.

The complainant said when he went to bed on Saturday night, the truck was parked beside his house, but when he woke up Sunday morning the truck was not there.

Ward told the deputy that he had left the keys in the ignition.

The responding deputy reported the truck as stolen and listed it with the GCIC registry.


Lt. Governor Visits Mount Vernon Mills

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan with Mount Vernon’s Bill Sabo

Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was in Chattooga County on Tuesday to visit Mount Vernon Mills in Trion.

The Lt. Governor spoke with officials at Mount Vernon Mills as the mill is celebrating its 175th year in operation here in Chattooga County.

Trion Mayor Larry Stansell told WZQZ News that the Town of Trion was excited to have the Lt. Governor visit and listen to concerns about the operations at the mill.

COVID-19 slowed down production at the mill and they are now operating with a reduced number of employees.

The Lt. Governor was joined by local officials as they toured the facility to learn more about what the state government can do to help support the oldest, continually operating denim mill in the United States.

LaFayette Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

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A high speed chase out of Fort Payne ended at the Georgia State Line on Tuesday morning.

According to DeKalb County, Alabama Sheriff Nick Welden, the chase began around 9 AM when law enforcement was notified about a vehicle connected with a burglary at a business in Fort Payne.

Shortly after this notice, a patrol deputy made contact with the suspect vehicle in Fort Payne and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The subject fled in the vehicle leading several units on a pursuit up I-59 , AL HWY 117, AL HWY 40 and AL HWY 75 through several towns at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit ended safely at the Georgia State Line with the assistance of the Dade County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was identified as Ethan Miller from Lafayette, GA.

Miller is currently in the Dade County Detention Center.

Library Looking For Assistant

The Chattooga County Library is looking for a Library Assistant to work in the Children’s Department at the Summerville Branch.  It is a part-time position, 29 hours per week.  The assistant would conduct children and youth programs for the library and assist with public service activities.  You can see more details below:

Summerville Branch Library
Library Assistant – Children’s Department
29 hour part time position
* Plans, directs, and conducts children’s and youth programs for the library system including outreach and branch services;
* Acts as an advocate for children in library/community relations;
* Presents annual goals and objectives for children’s and youth programs;
* Presents quarterly progress reports to the Branch Manager on accomplishments and program goals and objectives;
* Promotes utilization and support of the children’s and youth programs including publicity;
* Keeps the Branch Manager informed on current library trends in children’s and youth services; and
* Assists with public service activities

Please send resumes to Amelia Blackmon at by October 23, 2020.

Arrest Report - Tuesday October 20, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday October 20, 2020:


Georgia Power Disconnects On The Rise

The number of Georgia Power customers who have had their service disconnected for nonpayment is rising steadily since the state Public Service Commission lifted a pandemic-driven temporary moratorium on disconnections in July.

In a document filed with the PSC this week, Georgia Power reported pulling the plug on 26,504 customers last month, up from 24,929 in August and 15,223 in July.

The company also reported that in September, 364 customers failed to comply with a pay-by-installment plan Georgia Power has been offering ratepayers. That represented a significant increase from the 40 failed installment plans the previous month, while only one installment plan failed in July.

Under Georgia Power’s delayed-payment plan, customers who sign up for the program will be able to pay past-due balances through March with no late fees.

Georgia Gas Prices Hold Steady At The Pump

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Georgia gas prices continue to hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago. The state average price for gasoline is $2.00 per gallon, yet drivers in some Georgia cities are finding prices below $1.90 a gallon.

It now costs motorists $30.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $11.10 less than what motorists paid in April of 2019, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.74 per gallon.

“Pump prices continue to trend lower than what Georgians paid this time last year,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As demand declines gas prices will likely continue to drop due to fewer road trips taken in the fall.”


Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has decreased by 2 cents to $2.17. In the new weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased from 8.90 million barrels a day to 8.58 million barrels a day. Low demand, even as total domestic stocks decreased by 1.6 million barrels to 225.1 million barrels last week, has helped pump prices decrease.


At the close of last Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by 8 cents to settle at $40.96. Domestic crude prices fell as market concern increased regarding an increase in coronavirus infections worldwide, which could lower crude demand as nations impose new restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. The drop in prices occurred despite EIA’s new weekly report showing that total domestic crude inventories dropped by 3.8 million barrels to 489.1 million barrels last week. If demand concerns persist, crude prices could continue to decline — alongside pump prices.


Atlanta ($2.00)

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Brunswick ($2.09), Savannah ($2.08) and Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.02).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($1.90), Albany ($1.94) and Rome ($1.95).
  • Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($1.91), Walker ($1.87), Floyd ($1.93), Gordon ($1.96), Dekalb, AL ($1.90), Cherokee, AL ($1.87)

Chattooga Library Board Meeting

The Chattooga County Library Board of Trustees will hold their next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020. This meeting will start at 5:00 P.M. and will be held at the Summerville Library, 360 Farrar Drive, Summerville, GA

Murder Suspect Believed To Be In Floyd County

Jimmy Brian Blackmon

A man accused of killing his wife and fleeing his residence in Rockmart on Sunday night was last seen in Floyd County, according to Polk County Police.

Jimmy Brian Blackmon, 118 Rice Rd., left in a black 2015 GMC Sierra after allegedly shooting Ginger Blackmon, who died at the scene.

Chief Kenny Dodd said Monday afternoon that Floyd County Police found the vehicle at the Walmart in East Rome off of U.S. 411 a few hours after the incident.

Police later determined that Blackmon was picked up at the store by his son and dropped off on foot at Ga. 101 and Pleasant Valley Road in Southern Floyd County.

Dodd said the son, Corey Brian Blackmon, 21, was arrested and charged with obstructing law enforcement officers when it was discovered he initially lied to police when questioned about his father’s whereabouts.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail and later released on $1,400 bond.

Jimmy Blackmon is presumed to be armed and dangerous. If anyone comes into contact with him, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

Rome News Tribune

Walker County Woman Arrested For Burglary In Floyd County

A Walker County woman was arrested in Floyd County after being accused of staying in a home for an extended period of time while the owner was away.

According to Floyd County Police reports, twenty-three-year-old Kinsey Nicole Money was found staying in a residence on Cave Spring Road back in June of this year.

Money was arrested and booked into the Floyd County Jail on first degree burglary charges.


Vehicle Struck At Fit Pit

Summerville Police were called to the Fit Pit Gym recently after a complainant reported that their car had been struck by another vehicle in the parking lot.

When police arrived, they spoke with Annie Pollard of Trion who said that a dark colored car had struck her Chevrolet Tahoe. Police reports indicated that there was “functional damage” to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The incident was turned over to an investigator.

Arrest Report - Monday October 19, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday October 19, 2020:

Early Voting Continues This Week - Large Number Have Already Voted

Early voting continues this week at the Chattooga County Registrar Office in Summerville.  A large number of Chattooga County voters have already cast their ballots.

According to Chattooga County Registrar Sheena Weaver, 1906 Chattooga County voters cast their ballots between Monday and Friday of last week. Here is the breakdown by day:

M: 394
T: 365
W: 367
T: 353
F: 427

If you want to vote early, you can go by the Registrars Office, located just south of the Chattooga County Courthouse Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM until 5 PM.  This Saturday will be Saturday Voting for the General Election.  The Chattooga County Registrars Office will be open from 9 AM until 4 PM, Saturday, October 24th.

The Registrars Office is the only location to vote early.

Be sure to bring a picture ID when you come to vote.

Wings Over North Georgia Event

The US Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the eighth annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show on Oct. 24-25, in Rome.  To provide a safe environment for air show attendees, this year’s event will utilize a drive-in format for the air show, offering spectators the perfect mix of social distancing while watching some of the top military and civilian aviation performers.

Russell Regional Airport will be transformed to a giant drive-in style parking lot for the two-day event.  There will be a limited number of tickets that must be purchased in advance.  Tickets will not be sold onsite during show days.
Airport parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Opening ceremonies will kick-off each day around 12:30 p.m.
For information on tickets, event FAQs, and a complete list of performers, visit “WINGSOVERNORTHGEORGIA.COM”.