Football Friday - Trion & Chattooga Games To Be Streamed On WZQZ

It is Friday and that means another installment of Football Friday tonight on WZQZ!  Both Trion and Chattooga football games will be streamed live on WZQZ’s Facebook page.

The Chattooga Indians evened the record on the year at 1-1 last week with a 28-14 victory at home over Pickens.  The Indians will hit the road tonight travelling to Sonoraville to take on the 1-0 Phoenix who defeated Model two weeks ago 20-14.

Speaking of Model, the Trion Bulldogs will go on the road for the second week in a row to Shannon to take on the 1-1 Model Blue Devils.  The Bulldogs lost their season opener last week in a 4OT thriller at Coosa 51-45.  Model opened the season with a 20-14 loss to Sonoraville but rebounded last week with a 21-20 win on the road at Lafayette.

The Chattooga vs Model game will be the radio game tonight and will be broadcast live on AM 1180 and 99.1 FM.  Both the Trion and Chattooga games will be streamed live on the WZQZ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Chattooga.County.Radio .  The Trion game will have a live video stream as both WZQZ and Sky21 TV will be working in conjunction for all Trion games this year.

The pregame show will begin at 7pm with kickoff to follow at 7:30pm.

Commissioner Candidate Blake Elsberry Backs Out Of Debate

Earlier this week, the Chattooga County Farm Bureau announced that they would not be holding the forum for candidates this year because one of the candidates for commissioner backed out of the event.

The Young Chattooga County Farm Bureau was putting together the event and had planned to broadcast the forum as a Facebook Live event.  They were planning to bring in an impartial moderator from the Georgia Farm Monitor, one of the nation’s leading agricultural television and radio programs.  WZQZ Radio was going to broadcast audio from the event as the radio station has done in previous election years for over a decade.

Commissioner Candidate Blake Elsberry announced that he would not be participating.  On his campaign Facebook Page, Mr. Elsberry said that the he was not participating because WZQZ Radio was a “host” of the event and he felt that would be a conflict of interest because of Jimmy Holbrook’s affiliation with the radio station.  Chattooga County Farm Bureau members clarified that at no time was WZQZ considered or asked to be a host.  The radio station was simply going to air the audio of the event so that more people could hear from both candidates, as had been done in the past.

Elsberry commented on his Facebook Page, “Unfortunately, there were too many issues and not enough time to iron them out. I look forward to answering all the public’s questions on October 2nd”.  Mr. Elsberry was referring to a debate that will be sponsored by local television station, SKY 21 TV.

Commissioner Candidate Jimmy Holbrook commented, “The forums sponsored by the Chattooga County Farm Bureau have a long history in our county. To insinuate that the forums would not be fair to one candidate or the other seems to call in question the integrity of the most preeminent farmer’s organization in the state. At no time was the radio station asked to be a “host”, or claimed to be a “host” of the event…. If it were up to me, my opponent and I would debate every week from now until the election.”

SKY 21 Televsion is asking for questions to be submitted for the October 2nd debate.  Dan Little with SKY 21 says that the questions can be submitted anonymously.  You can e-mail questions for the commissioner and probate judge candidates to : sky21viewers@gmail.com

Arrest Report - Thursday September 17, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday September 17, 2020:

Parade To Honor Staff Sgt. Leo Lanier - WWII POW

Leo Lanier, Chattooga County’s last living prisoner of war, will be honored with a community parade on NATIONAL POW/MIA DAY, Friday, September 18, 2020 in Summerville, GA at 12 noon.

Sgt. Lanier served in the US Army Air Corps from 1942-1945 when his plane was shot down near Berlin, and he was transported to a prisoner of war camp. Sgt. Lanier , his family, Brigadier General Richard D. Wilson, Chaplain Major Jon A. Pirtle of the Georgia National Guard, along with local VFW and American Legion Commanders will view the parade from a reserved section on the steps of the Chattooga County Courthouse. Members of the Georgia National Guard’s 108th Cavalry in Calhoun will be at the courthouse at 9:30 am to display a US Army Humvee with a mounted 50 caliber gun. Command Sergeant Major Ballinger and Major Carroll, along with the crew will be on site throughout the morning to answer questions from the public. Humvees were military vehicles used in the Iraq War and Afghanistan.

The Chattooga High School Band will perform at the courthouse from 11:30 until the parade begins at 12 noon. The Trion High School band will provide patriotic music while leading the parade of marchers and vehicles. Friends, veterans, businesses, and groups are all encouraged to participate in the parade to show appreciation for Sgt. Lanier’s service. Those planning to walk/march in the parade are asked to meet at 11:30 am at the intersection of First Street and Commerce Street. Parking will be available behind the Brothers Insurance Group building and nearby Willow Springs Park. Those driving vehicles are asked to meet at 11:30 am at 10900 Commerce Street in the north parking lot next to Fit Pit and Purple Tiger. West Washington Street will be blocked from Cox Street to the red light beside the courthouse to provide more space for the public to social distance while viewing the parade.

Please follow CDC guidelines of wearing masks and observing social distancing. Event Planners have used caution to provide extra care to protect Sgt. Lanier and all participating.

Sgt. Lanier served two tours of duty during WWII. He was a Ball Turrent and Waist Gunner on board B-17 “Flying Fortress” Bombers. During his first tour of duty with the Eighth Air Force 303rd Bomb Group, popularly known as “Hell’s Angels”, he flew 21 missions to Germany, 4 missions to France, and 1 mission to Karbonn, Norway from his base in Molesworth, England. After Sgt. Lanier’s 26 missions, he returned home on furlough and was assigned as a training instructor in July 1944 at Drew Field in Tampa, FL. Before he completed his tour, he and his two buddies decided to reenlist. He boarded the Queen Elizabeth on February 28, 1945 for his second trip across the Atlantic to a war zone. He was assigned to the 486th Bomb Group operating out of a Royal Air Force Base in Sudbury, England. On the 7th mission of his second tour, his plane was heavily damaged by enemy gunfire over Brandenburg, Germany near Berlin. The pilot ordered the crew of 10 to bail out.

Leo and his two buddies were the last to leave the plane, and their parachutes landed them within a half mile of each other. As Sgt. Lanier floated down, three P-51 German Fighters circled around them. German ground troops quickly surrounded them and started a march of several days journey to a prison camp. Sgt. Lanier said “We were glad the military found us because German civilians would have shot us on sight”. Along the way to the prison camp, a group of Nazi SS stormtroopers arrived to track down the Americans and kill them. Their German guards quickly helped them hide in a railroad box car. Sgt. Lanier said “Darkness saved our lives. We could hear the SS officers outside looking for us. “ Finally the group arrived at Stalag 3-A Camp in Luckenwalde, Germany. The prison mostly held Russian soldiers with many dead or starving.

Months later when front line fighting shifted, on April 30, 1945 Russian tanks crashed through barbed wire and liberated the prisoners in Stalag 3. The next day, Sgt. Lanier and his buddies set out to search for American Forces. They were able to get food and spend some nights in Russian military camps. After wandering for days, they were able to find the Elbe River and American Troops. Sgt. Lanier was placed on C-57 aircraft to Rheims, France and stayed at the American camp “Lucky Strike”. He says, “They had good food and milkshakes made with eggs – as many as you could drink.” Leo traveled to Le Havre, France and boarded the USS General Putney for his last voyage across the Atlantic ocean. They docked at Newport News, VA where he had the first steak he’d had in years.

Sgt. Lanier received his final discharge October 10, 1945. Thirty days later, he married the girl of his dreams, Reita Thomas. They will celebrate their 75th anniversary on November 9 of this year. Leo will be 98 years young on January 14, 2021. After the war, he and Reita settled near Trion where Leo was employed at Trion Mills. Later, he was employed by the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier in Chattooga County and retired after many years of service. For his service, including 33 missions over enemy territory, Sgt. Lanier was awarded: WWII Victory Medal; Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; European Theatre Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars; Distinguished Flying Cross; Presidential Unit Citation from President Roosevelt and the POW Medal.

For more information, please contact: Odell Anderson 706-397-2394 706-859-2194 © Barbara Reece 706-862-2657 706-857-8478 © barbarareece11@gmail.com

Search Of Vehicle Yields Drugs

A forty-one-year-old Summerville man was arrested recently after a traffic stop. 

A Summerville Police officer observed a vehicle with no tag lights on Highway 114 near Jim’s Restaurant.  The officer followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  The driver pulled into the Circle K on the Lyerly Highway.

When the officer began speaking with the driver, identified as John Dallas Ivey, he noticed that the driver was “moving around a lot.”  When the officer asked for Ivey’s license, he told the officer he didn’t have one.

A search of the man’s vehicle turned up two syringes with a brown substance.  When asked by the officer what was in the syringes, Mr. Ivey replied that he didn’t know but he thought it was “just water.”

Officers also found a set of scales, $501 in cash and empty zip-lock bags with suspected methamphetamine residue.

Ivey was arrested and charged with driving without a valid license, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.

Flash Flood Watch For North Georgia

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for much of north and central Georgia through Friday. As the remnants of Hurricane Sally move across the Deep South, very heavy rainfall is likely for much of the outlook area, especially within the outer rain-bands. Runoff associated with the heavy rains could produce flash flooding and river flooding.

In addition to heavy rainfall, the outer rain-bands associated with Sally will contain stronger winds gusts capable of producing downed trees and power lines. A couple of brief weak tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

A Wind Advisory may be needed for much of north and central Georgia Outside of the rain-bands, sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are possible.

Kemp Extends COVID-19 Executive Order

On September 15, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 09.15.20.01, extending current COVID-19 restrictions and issuing guidance for long-term care facility visitation. The new Executive Order takes effect on September 16 at 12:00 AM and runs through September 30 at 11:59 PM.

Under Executive Order 09.15.20, there are no changes to the mandatory restrictions in place for the operation of businesses, including food establishments, bars, cinemas, bowling alleys, salons, barbers, cosmetologists, amusement parks, live performance and event venues, childcare facilities, etc. The local option for requiring face coverings, subject to specific criteria, remains in place.

The shelter in place provisions for people who live in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile remain in place. The Order also continues to include a large gathering ban of fifty (50) persons unless social distancing is maintained.

The Order adds new language to clearly authorize community and state ombudsmen to perform inspections at long-term care facilities and – subject to specific criteria and restrictions outlined by the Department of Public Health – allow long-term care facilities to conduct in-person visitation in accordance with the DPH Administrative Order titled “Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance.

Alabama Man Arrested In Lyerly After Traffic Stop

An Alabama man was arrested in Lyerly after a traffic stop by a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to the report from the sheriff’s office, a deputy was sitting near the intersection of Alpine Avenue and Highway 114 when he saw a pickup truck with a broken windshield pull onto the highway.  The deputy said that the broken windshield was obstructing the driver’s view.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop at the Lyerly Pure Stop.  The deputy recognized that the driver had a warrant for probation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cody Wayne Aycock of Gaylesville, Alabama was arrested and charged with probation violation for possession of meth, windshield requirement violation, driving without a valid license and expired tag.

Fence Damage Reported To Sheriff's Office

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According to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, a property owner in Trion reported damage to an electric fence.  A responding deputy spoke with Frank Bandy of Bandy Dairy Road who said he was out checking his cows when he found the damage to the fence.  The damage was estimated around $300.  The responding deputy said that the damage could have come from an accident that had happened in the area.

 

Injured Summerville Worker Returns To Work

Summerville Public Works Director Terry Tinnie told WZQZ News that a worker that was injured on the job earlier this week was back to work the next day.

The accident happened on Filter Plant Road where the city is laying water line to supply the city’s filter plant with water from two wells being dug off of Highway 48.  According to Tinnie, the worker was injured when a ditch-bank collapsed and pinned the worker between the dirt and a pipe.

The worker was taken for evaluation, but didn’t have any broken bones or permanent injuries.  Tinnie said that the worker was back on the job the next day and was “sore and bruised up” but otherwise okay.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park To Commemorate Battle Of Chickamauga Virtually

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The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites visitors to join park staff as they commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the programs will be hosted online.  They are scheduled to be conducted on the park’s Facebook page and YouTube page from Sept. 18 – 20.

In addition to ranger-led virtual programs scheduled throughout the days, Park Historian Jim Ogden will present more in-depth programs daily at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m.  These virtual programs, lasting approximately 45 minutes, will focus on the respective day’s actions and will be followed by a live Q&A session after the program concludes. 

Kids are invited to participate with a ranger in hands-on activities presented daily at noon. These activities will be administered through the park’s Facebook and YouTube pages as well.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.

Arrest Report - Wednesday September 16, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday September 16, 2020:

 

Three COVID-19 Deaths At Oakview

Three residents at  Oakview Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Summerville have died from COVID-19, and nearly 100 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Of the 98 who were infected, 72 residents have recovered, according to Monday’s long-term-care facility report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Oakview was reported on July 18, when an employee tested positive.

More than a month later, 34 residents tested positive on Aug. 25.

As of Monday afternoon, 46 employees had tested positive throughout the pandemic. Some of those employees have recovered and have returned to work.

The state reports that 158 tests have been administered in the facility that now has 106 residents.

Compiled Sources

Georgia State University President Stepping Down

The president of Georgia’s largest public university is stepping down from the post at the end of June.

Georgia State University President Mark Becker made the announcement Tuesday, saying he would take leave to research and write.

Becker’s tenure at Georgia State has drawn national notice for the university’s success in helping more students complete their degrees. In a 10-year period, the university’s graduation rate increased by 22 percent. That push has benefited the school’s minority enrollment, with the university coming first in recent years among nonprofit institutions for the number of degrees awarded to African American students.

Becker also oversaw a merger with the former Georgia Perimeter College in 2016. The addition of what had been the state’s largest community college vaulted Georgia State to tops statewide in enrollment with more than 50,000 students. Under Becker’s leadership, Georgia State has expanded throughout downtown Atlanta and also started a top-level football team, taking over the former Turner Field in 2017 after the Atlanta Braves baseball team relocated to suburban Cobb County.

GNN / Compiled Sources

Downtown Summerville Scavenger Hunt Set For Friday, September 18

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Summerville Main Street invites the public to participate in a Scavenger Hunt that will take place in downtown Summerville on Friday, September 18 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This fun and educational activity will include the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the National Portrait Gallery’s Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence poster exhibition, currently on display in the windows of 10 downtown Summerville businesses. In addition, Sidewalk Sales in celebration of POW Day and Women’s Voting Rights are scheduled for the day.

Scavenger Hunt forms may be picked up Friday at the following 10 businesses displaying the poster exhibition: Blissful Daze (formally Duff’s Flowers & Gifts), DIRT, Jefferson’s, Los MaGuey, Merle Norman/GaGa’s Boutique, Morris Jewelers, Thatcher’s Barbeque & Grille, The Fix Health Bar, The Furniture Shoppe and The Ruby Slippers. To play, participates must fill in all the blanks on the form correctly. This can easily be achieved by visiting the windows of all 10 businesses listed above. Completed forms should be turned in to The Coral Cactus Boutique by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18 to be entered for drawings for prizes of $100 and $50, sponsored by Summerville Main Street. The drawings will be held at 4:45 p.m. inside The Coral Cactus Boutique. All answers on the form must be correct in order to win a prize. Winners will be announced on site. Participants do not have to be present to win.

BBB Scam Alert: Photo Album Phishing Scheme

Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you. A new scam appears to be an email from Google, informing you that someone has shared a photo album with you. But it’s really a phishing scheme that’s after your password.

How the Scam Works

You get an email or text message that appears to come from Google Photo. Someone is sharing an album of photos with you. To view the photos, you just need to click the link. The message looks so real! It may use a convincing URL, which has been created by Google’s goo.gl URL shortener to appear to be an official Google domain name. The message also seems to come from the email noreply-photos@google.com.

The catch? There is no photo album. It’s a phishing con. When you click the “View Photo” link, it will open in your web browser and prompt you to log into your Google account. If you enter your information, you are giving scammers your username and password. Con artists can now access your email account as well as any other accounts that use the same login information.

How to Protect Yourself from Phishing

Follow these tips to protect yourself from this and other online phishing scams.

  • Never click on links in unsolicited messages. Phishing scams direct you to websites that look official, but these sites may be infected with malware. If you don’t know and trust the person who sent you the message, don’t click on any links.
  • Be careful with shortened links. Con artists often use link shorteners, such as Bit.ly or Goo.gl, to disguise scam links. Be extra cautious when following one of these links because you can’t tell where it leads.
  • If it seems strange, it may be a scam. Be wary of any message that comes from a friend but seems out of character. (For example, an old work acquaintance who contacts you out of the blue.) It may have originated from their account, but they could be victims, too.
  • Don’t fall for “urgent” scams.  Scammers like to cause alarm to create urgency. You might get a message that indicates you’re in a compromising video, your password is being reset, your account is in danger of deactivation, or some other dire situation that needs immediate attention. If it seems unlikely, watch out.

 

For more information:

Read more about common phishing scams and how to avoid them at BBB.org/PhishingScam.

If you’ve been a victim of this or another phishing scam, be sure to report it at BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your report can help others to spot a scam before it’s too late.

LaFayette Cancels "Scare On The Square"

The City of LaFayette announced yesterday that it was canceling a Halloween tradition for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the post on social media, the “Scare on the Square” will be canceled, but the city says that will not affect traditional Halloween trick-or-treating inside the city limits.

Lyerly Civic Club Selling Quilt Raffle Tickets

The Lyerly Civic Club is selling $1 raffle tickets for a Christmas Quilt that was made by Carolyn Johnston.  The Lyerly Civic Club says that all of the proceeds of the raffle will go to the Lyerly Civic Club Scholarship Fund.  The Lyerly Civic Club gives scholarships to graduation seniors from Lyerly.  Tickets for the quilt can be purchased at Lyerly Town Hall or from Lyerly Civic Club members.  The drawing will be held on September 26, 2020.

State Lists Chattooga County As "High Transmission Area"

According to information from the Georgia Department of Public Health that was released this week, Chattooga County is one of three counties in Northwest Georgia listed as a “high transmission area” for coronavirus.

The Department of Public Health classifies any county that has over 100 new cases per 100,000 population per two week period as a high transmission area. Chattooga, Floyd County and Bartow County all made that list.

The Rome News Tribune reported, “Public health officials have also stated their concern of a possible spike in cases and hospitalizations after Labor Day — like the ones seen in previous holiday weekends in Georgia. Those spikes led to increased hospitalizations. It also led to the deadliest month locally — August accounted for the death of 17 Floyd County residents. So far, 39 COVID-19 positive locals have died from the disease.”

As of Tuesday, Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical center housed 45 COVID-19 positive patients. That number has been dropping slowly, an encouraging sign.

Arrest Report - Tuesday September 15, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday September 15, 2020: