CHS vs. Armuchee Softball Game Rescheduled

The Chattooga Varsity Softball game at Armuchee has been canceled for today and rescheduled for tomorrow, August 7th at 5 PM.  The game will be played tomorrow in Armuchee.

Special Weather Statement


At 302 PM EDT...a strong thunderstorm was near Rome...moving north at
10 mph.

  HAZARD...Up to 40 mph wind...frequent cloud to ground lightning
           and heavy rain.

  IMPACT...Expect minor damage to tree limbs and blowing around of
           light...unsecured objects. Heavy rain may cause temporary
           street flooding especially in poor drainage areas.

Some locations in the path of this storm include
Rome, Summerville, Shannon, Menlo, Cloudland, Berryton, Tidings,
Armuchee and James H. Floyd State Park.


People outdoors should seek shelter immediately. If you can hear are close enough to be struck by lightning. Motorists
should slow down and be prepared for possible loss of control due to


GDA Releases New Online Tool For Unsolicited Chinese Seed Packets

Given the large quantity of inquiries regarding unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has developed an online resource for reporting and instructing on proper disposal of the seeds.

“Thankfully, our seed lab has not found anything nefarious in the mysterious packets so far, but that does not mean we should let our guard down,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black says.  “I urge anyone who receives a package, that they do not remember ordering, to treat it with care and caution.  And most importantly, do not plant, throw away or flush the seeds.”

Georgia residents who have received these unsolicited seeds are encouraged to visit to complete and submit a form and ship seed and packaging materials to USDA.  Recipients looking to destroy the seeds, even those that have already been planted, can follow the directions in the proper disposal document.

Seeds from unknown origins have the potential to be invasive or carry seedborne pathogens that can have the potential to cause disease in either seeds or the developing plants.



GHSA Cancels Preseason Football Scrimmage

The Georgia High School Association canceled preseason football scrimmage games Thursday but left alone the regular-season schedule, which remains set to begin the week of Sept. 4.

Scrimmage football games typically are allowed between schools up to two weeks before their first games. They would have been played the weeks of Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

The GHSA also moved competitive cheerleading to winter and one-act play tentatively to spring.

GHSA executive director Robin Hines made the announcements in an email to member schools and the board of trustees around noon. They came after his weekly Wednesday meeting with the GHSA’s sports -medicine advisory council and address concerns expressed last week from Georgia Department of Health chairman Dr. Kathleen Toomey, who specifically cited football, cheerleading, chorus and band as higher-risk school activities.

The GHSA does not manage chorus or band, but one-act play sometimes involves singers and a chorus.

Read more in the AJC HERE

Arrest Report - Thursday - August 6, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, August 6, 2020:

Four Chattooga 4-H Students Place In Top 3 In State Project Achievement

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Congratulations to four Chattooga County 4-H youth who competed at State Project Achievement. Each of them placed within the top 3 of their category and one is now a Master 4-H student.

Each competitor spent months curating a portfolio, researching their project area, and perfecting their presentation and interview skills. This year’s competition was different and this all had to be completed virtually.

They adapted, and all of their hard work paid off.

Tori Blalock – 2nd Place, Food Lab: Dairy Foods

Brecklyn Brown – 1st Place, Food Safety & Preservation

Olivia Dalrymple – 3rd Place, Safety

Lydia Pence – 2nd Place, Poultry

Breckly Brown is also now a Master 4-H’r

Governor Signs Three Bills Sponsored By Sen. Hufstetler

Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp signed three bills sponsored by State Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) who represents a portion of Floyd and Chattooga Counties in the Georgia Senate.

The first bill, SB 321, increases the scope of practice for both PAs (physician Assistants) and APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses).  Senator Hufstetler aid, “It in a sense marries the two professions in that they will be equal in Georgia. Too often they have fought against each other. This will increase access to healthcare in rural Georgia and eliminate some of the bureaucracy.”

The second bill sponsored by Sen. Hufstetler and signed by the governor, eliminates managed care groups from steering all of the pharmacy business from the local pharmacies to the out of state pharmacy they own.

The third bill  signed  yesterday will require full audits of the tax credits paid out to the movie industry.  Sen. Hufstetler said, “Georgia gives more breaks than any other state and these hundreds of millions in breaks should be fully audited every year.”

Authorities Investigating Body Found In Alabama Parking Lot

Authorities in neighboring DeKalb County, Alabama confirmed that a body was recovered from the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville on Tuesday. According to witnesses, the deceased was found inside a vehicle near the Christian Thift Store

Very little information is being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Authorities say that a cause of death has not been determined and foul play is not suspected.

We will provide additional details as more information is released.

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DDS Committed To Reducing Human Trafficking

For several years, the Georgia Department of Driver Services has been committed to reducing human trafficking in the transportation industry. The agency has established a strong education and outreach program backed by federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp made human trafficking one of her top initiatives and endorsed House Bill 823, which passed during the most recent legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. This legislation ensures anyone convicted of trafficking other persons for labor or sexual servitude while using a commercial motor vehicle will receive a lifetime commercial driver’s license (CDL) disqualification.

“This is an important step in reducing the exploitation of human life by members of the transportation community,” said Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “It will also improve highway safety as these drivers will be taken off the road never to operate a commercial vehicle again.”

Visit DDS Online Services at this link or the download the free mobile app DDS 2 GO to initiate many transactions, including a change of address or license/ID card renewal without visiting in person.

Squirrel Season Opens August 15

Ready to get into the woods for some hunting? Squirrel hunting season provides the first opportunity of the year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Beginning August 15, 2020, and lasting through February 28, 2021, hunters can pursue both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter.

“Hunting squirrel is fun, doesn’t cost a lot to get started, and is part of a significant cultural hunting tradition in Georgia,” said Alan Isler, chief of the Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Section.  “And, the pursuit of squirrels often involves more action, making it a perfect opportunity to engage energetic youth or someone new to hunting.”

Georgia’s wildlife management areas (WMA) offer access to nearly one million acres of hunting opportunity, and squirrel hunting is allowed on WMAs at specified times during the statewide squirrel season ( Hunters are advised to check the current hunting regulations for specific WMA dates and info (

The two species

Both gray and fox squirrels can be found throughout Georgia. The gray squirrel, abundant in both rural and urban areas is the most common species. Though mostly associated with hardwood forests, grays also can be found in mixed pine/hardwood forests. Predominantly gray, with white under parts, gray squirrels appear more slender-bodied than fox squirrels, weighing anywhere from 12 ounces to 1.5 pounds.

Fox squirrels have several color phases, varying from silver-gray with a predominantly black head, to solid black, to a light buff or brown color tinged with reddish-yellow. Generally larger than grays, fox squirrels range in weight from one pound to nearly three, and are more closely associated with mature pine and mixed pine/hardwood habitats, and especially in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.

For more information on the 2020-2021 squirrel hunting season, or other hunting seasons, visit To renew or purchase a hunting license, visit



World's Longest Yard Sale Starts Today

The World’s Longest Yard Sale begins this Thursday, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The event that spans Highway 127 – and includes a portion of Highway 27 in our area – starts in Michigan and ends in Alabama.

Organizers are advising  sellers and shoppers to use caution with face masks and social distancing.  They also say, bring your own hand sanitizer and avoid touching items for sale unnecessarily.

The event runs August 6th through the 9th.  Motorists on Highway 27 should also exercise caution because of distracted drivers and sudden traffic stops.

Becky Duke Sworn In As Associate Probate Judge

Chattooga County Probate Judge Jon Payne signed an order yesterday appointing long-time Chattooga County Probate Court employee Becky Duke as Associate Probate Judge of Chattooga County.  The order will allow Mrs. Duke to fulfill the obligations of the Probate Judge while Judge Payne is hospitalized.

State Court Judge Jon Dennis administered the oath of office to Mrs. Duke this morning at the Chattooga County Courthouse.

Judge Payne is currently in ICU in  a Rome hospital after contracting COVID-19.

You can see the order from Judge Payne and the acceptance by Commissioner Jason Winters and the oath that Mrs. Duke took below:

Murder Suspect Captured

A Cherokee County, Georgia murder suspect was captured in Northwest Georgia this week after Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader requested help from other law enforcement in the area in locating the suspect.  Read a press release from the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force below:

Chattooga GOP Meeting Canceled

The Chattooga County Republican Party meeting for August has been cancelled due to closure of county buildings.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - August 5, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, August 5, 2020:

Trion Schools Update On COVID-19 Case

Trion City Schools released a statement this week concerning a case of COVID-19 within the football program at Trion High School. 

According to Trion City School officials, “The infected person started showing symptoms following a scheduled outside workout activity. This person was not within 6 feet of any individual continuously for more than 15 minutes as required by the CDC recommendations nor was he present in the locker rooms or other indoor facilities that day. Therefore, we do not feel that any of our athletes are at a high risk of being infected. However, we will follow necessary procedures to keep our other athletes and staff as safe as possible.”

The infected individual is required to be quarantined for 14 days OR until proof of a negative test can be provided.

School officials say, “Over the next 14 days TCS will be monitoring each individual on the team very closely. There will be increased temperature checks along with more stringent cleaning procedures.”

Those procedures include:

    • Everyone will be temperature screened
    • Hand sanitizer will be required to be used
    • All equipment will be sanitized at the end of each use
    • Masks are recommended but not required to be worn in indoor facilities like locker rooms
    • Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to strictly whenever possible
    • Locker rooms and equipment will be fogged daily using a sanitizing fogger

Television Debates Scheduled To Be Rebroadcast

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SKY 21 Television in Summerville says that they will be rebroadcasting the debates between Republican hopefuls in the upcoming days.

A computer glitch on Monday evening prevented the debates from being aired at their scheduled time.

Here is the broadcast schedule to watch the debates between Republican candidates for Chattooga County Commissioner and Chattooga County Probate Judge:

Wednesday, August 5 @ 6 AM,  1 PM,  8 PM

Firday, August 7 @  6 AM,  1 PM,  6 PM

Saturday, August 8 @ 2 PM, 7 PM

Sunday, August 9 @ 1 PM, 8 PM

Monday, August 10 @ 10 PM

Tuesday, August 11 @ 6 AM


Summerville Woman Arrested After Yelling Obscenities At Police Officer

A Chattooga County woman was arrested in Floyd County this week after she allegedly yelled obscenities at two people and threatened bodily harm.  One of the people she was yelling at was a police officer.

Reports indicate that twenty-seven-year-old Tamara Lynn Winn of Summerville “caused a scene” when she made a threat to hit the two individuals and then starting cursing at them.

The incident took place at a location in Lindale.

Winn is charged with seven counts possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

New Law Allows Home Delivery Of Alcohol

Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that allows restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores make home deliveries of beer, wine and distilled spirits in Georgia.

But that doesn’t mean you can call up your local convenience store and order beer delivered to your house just yet.  The new law requires local legislation to be passed before stores can legally deliver to your door.

“This new law represents the balance of safe, convenient delivery while maintaining the rights for local governments to decide what is best for their community,” said Martin Smith, executive director of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association. “We want to thank Governor Kemp and the Georgia legislature for setting a high standard for the safe delivery of alcohol in our state.”

"Not Looking Good" For Coosa Valley Fair

Last week the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair made the difficult decision to cancel the fair for 2020.  It looks like another area fair might also be canceled.

The Coosa Valley Fair has been going on for over 70 years and is run by the Exchange Club of Rome, Georgia.  All members of the Rome Exchange Club are voting members of the association, but the day to day management and planning is left in the hands of an elected Coosa Valley Fair Board of Directors.

Coosa Valley Fair Board of Directors President JP Cooper told the Rome News-Tribune this week, “Quite honestly it’s not looking good” when asked about this year’s event.

A decision on this year’s Coosa Valley Fair is expected when the board meets next Tuesday.