Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene To Host Virtual Town Hall Wednesday

Congressional Representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene will be host a “Teletown Hall” meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 27th, and the public is invited to join in.

Rep. Greene will host the virtual meeting starting at 7:05 pm. Attendees will have to register online prior to the meeting. You can register here. 

Representative Greene looks forward to hearing from the public.

 

Missing Paperwork Leads To Charge Of Theft

Missing paperwork has lead to an active warrant with a charge of theft by taking according to reports from the Summerville Police Department.

On Thursday, October 21st, Officers met with Kimberly Mcrae, who stated that the accordion file of paperwork stored in her car was missing.  Mcrae stated the file was kept in the pouch behind her drivers seat and it was now missing after letting Robert Wofford drive her car. Mcrae was unable to give a better description of the paperwork except to say it was important business papers.

Officers traveled to Woffords house where they were informed that Wofford was not at home, having traveled to Cartersville to pickup his car. This case is still active.

Foul Language Results In Disorderly Conduct Arrest

The use of foul and vulgar language lead to the arrest of one Chattooga County woman over the weekend.

The 23 year old woman was arrested this past Saturday for disorderly conduct after having the law called on her three times in the same day. According to the citation report, Officers stated that Rachel Nicole McDougald was walking down West Washington Street, being loud and boisterous while using the foul and vulgar language. Officers placed McDougald under arrest due to her disturbing the peaceful tranquility of the public.

Santa Appearing In Summerville This Year

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Judge Jon Dennis said on Monday that he spoke with Santa and confirmed that the jolly old elf will make his first appearance in Summerville the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Judge Dennis said, “I have spoken to Santa who hopes to make appearances on his sleigh on East Washington the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 10 am until 1 pm, as well as the first two Sundays in December from 1 pm till 4 pm. Depending on many variables, Santa will most likely be masked, though I doubt anyone will confuse him with the Caped Crusader.”
Judge Dennis added that there will also be a Facebook Live event with Santa on a date to be determined.  Feel free to bring your camera (along with your four-footed and two-footed children).
As has always been the case, these visits are free. Should anyone wish to donate either food for our Chattooga County Foodbank (or other places where food can be delivered to those in need) or new gifts for our county’s children, one may do so by placing these items in one of the two sleighs.  However, gifts of any sort are not expected, and they most assuredly are not required.

Last Week Of Early Voting For Municipal Elections

Voters in Summerville, Menlo and Trion have been casting early votes for the upcoming municipal elections.  This week is your last chance to vote early in advance of the November 2nd elections.

Voters in Summerville, Menlo and Trion all have contested mayoral and city council seats on the ballot.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

So far, turnout for early voting in the local municipal elections has been very lite.

Floyd County Man Charged With Concealing His Wife's Death

A Silver Creek man has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with concealing the death of another.

According to the warrant, sixty-nine-year-old James William Whitaker hindered the discovery of a deceased woman who was in his Harris Road residence for three days.

After a relative called 911 to ask for a welfare check, Whitaker refused to allow first responders into the home.

Once authorities gained entry, the body was located at the entryway, partially covered by multiple fabrics.

Whitaker was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

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GNN Wins 3 Gabby Awards

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters held their annual GABCON convention in Atlanta this past weekend and GNN won 3 awards at Saturday night’s GABBY Awards event.

The GABBY Award for Best Team Political Coverage – 2020 Elections

The Merit Award for Best Feature Story – Atlanta Protests

The Merit Award for Best Sports Program – GNN Masters Reports

GNN is the largest radio news network in the United States and has station members from almost every county in Georgia.  WZQZ has been an affiliate of the Georgia News Network for over 14 years.

Georgia Gas Prices Continue To Rise

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Georgia gas prices continue to raise. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.24 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 9 cents more than a week ago, 25 cents more than last month and $1.26 more than this time last year.

It now costs motorists $48.60 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $11.70 more than what motorists paid in January of 2020 when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.

“Crude oil continues to remain elevated, and pump prices are following suit because crude oil accounts for more than half of the price of a gallon of gas.” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. “Regrettably, we can’t predict when Georgians will see relief at the pump.”

NATIONAL AVERAGE CONTINUES ASCENT AS CRUDE PRICES REMAIN ELEVATED

Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 7 cents to $3.38. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 5.4 million barrels to 217.7 million barrels last week. However, gasoline demand increased from 9.19 million barrels a day to 9.63 million barrels a day. With the US economy recovering from the depths of the pandemic, demand for gas has gone up, but supply is tight. Higher demand coupled with a decline in stocks, alongside elevated crude prices, has put upward market pressure on pump prices. Pump prices will likely rise as long as crude prices remain high — above $80 per barrel.

REGIONAL PRICES

Atlanta– $3.24

Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Savannah ($3.30), Brunswick ($3.28), and Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($3.26).

Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($3.12), Dalton ($3.17), and Augusta-Aiken ($3.18).

Area average gas prices – Chattooga ($3.19), Walker ($3.12), Floyd ($3.18), Gordon ($3.20), DeKalb, AL ($3.16), Cherokee, AL ($3.06)

DPH: 50% Of Georgia Fully Vaccinated As Of Monday

As of Monday, October 25th, 50% of all Georgians (5,154,793) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC considers individuals fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a 2-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (J&J). More than 56% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeing consistent declines in the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths over the past two weeks.

“Having 50% of Georgians fully vaccinated is a positive step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “However, COVID-19 continues to spread in Georgia, particularly in areas of low vaccination rates, causing severe illness and death – deaths that are preventable.”

Commissioner Toomey urges all eligible Georgians to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives. Individuals who remain unvaccinated leave themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities – vulnerable to infection.

As of last week, all three COVID vaccines – Pfizer, J&J and Moderna – have been given EUA for booster doses for some individuals. Third doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to nearly 120-thousand Georgians.

For information about COVID vaccines or to schedule a vaccination appointment visit dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

Jim Aaron Awarded "Ronald" Award

Jim Aaron Awarded Prestigious Ronald Award

Jim Aaron, owner/operator of numerous McDonald’s across Georgia and Tennessee has been awarded the prestigious Ronald Award.

The Ronald Award is given out to the top 1 percent of owner/operators in the US who have made outstanding contributions to strengthening the McDonald’s brand image and serving their customers and local communities.

In all, Aaron owns eight McDonald’s, including Armuchee, East Rome and Summerville.

Aaron is a strong community advocate and sponsors local high school athletics, including both Trion and Chattooga Schools.

Law Enforcement Searching For Suspected Arsonist

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has added 61-year old Donald Eric Luallen to its top 10 “Most Wanted” list.

Luallen is wanted on charges of 1st-degree arson, 2nd-degree criminal damage to property, and failure to appear.

He is accused of setting a fire that completely destroyed a 5,900 square foot residential structure on Craton Road in Silver Creek back on February 10 of 2019.

The structure, valued at half a million dollars, belonged to Regions Bank, which had taken ownership in April of 2018.

If you know of Luallen’s whereabouts call 911, the anonymous crime line at 706-236-5000, or the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division at 706-236-2466.

 

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Arrest Summary - October 22-25, 2021

Here is an arrest summary for Friday, October 22 – Monday, October 25, 2021 from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.  Please note: WZQZ publishes every arrest report provided by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.  Friday and Saturday we did not receive any arrest reports from the sheriff’s office.

CHS Weekly Athletic Calendar

The Chattooga Indians athletic calendar is packed this week. The Lady Indians Softball will be playing in the Elite 8 in Columbus on Thursday.   Tickets for the event are only available online. (GHSA Pass holders will be admitted entry as normal. All other tickets will be sold digitally via GoFan .  All fans are encouraged to purchase GoFan tickets in advance.  According to GHSA, all games are streamed live on the NFHS Network (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ghsa).  Subscription is required to view on this platform. )

Also, this Friday is Senior night for CHS football.  A retirement of Senorise Perry’s #32 Jersey will begin at 6:45 with Senior Night ceremony to follow.

See the complete athletic schedule below:

SOFTBALL

DATE           OPPONENT                      LOCATION                   TIME

10/28             Jeff Davis (Elite 8 Rd 1)   Colombus, GA                11:00 am

Remaining games reflected on tourn. bracket 

COMPETITION CHEER

DATE      LOCATION           EVENT                                             TIME

10/30        Dalton HS              Spooks and Spirits Cheer Comp.    11:00 am

CROSS COUNTRY

DATE          LOCATION          EVENT                  TIME

10/26            GA Highlands       Region Meet           4:00 pm

FOOTBALL

DATE          OPPONENT              LOCATION            TEAM         TIME

10/25            Ft. Payne                    Home                       JV                 6:00

10/29            Pepperell                    Home                       Varsity          7:30 pm

Sheriff Asks For Public's Help In Identifying Cigarette Thief

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from a Gore-area convenience store and gas station.

According to Sheriff Mark Schrader, the theft happened on Sunday, October 17 around 3 AM, when someone broke inside the 76 Convenience Store in Gore and stole over $10,000 worth of cigarettes.

The sheriff says that the the thief cut the lock off the door of the gas station with a saw.  In addition to stealing the cigarettes, the thief also took the shelves that the cigarettes were stored on.  The thief was wearing a blue sweatshirt and a face-mask.

Sheriff Schrader says anyone with any information is asked to call the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Local Schools Superintendents Talk About Graduation Rate

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2020 graduation rate numbers last week.  The numbers show that the state-wide graduation rate has not changed much overall.  WZQZ News spoke with both local school systems about the numbers locally.

Georgia’s high-school graduation rate did not change significantly from 2020 to 2021 – the 2021 rate is 83.7 %, compared to 83.8 % in 2020. Georgia’s graduation rate has increased by 14 percentage points since 2012.

Trion City Schools Supt. Dr. Phil Williams told WZQZ News, “We are excited at TCS about our 98.7% graduation rate. All teachers, para-pros, administrators, all other support staff, the Board of Education members, from pre-k to the 12 grade are to be commended. We also thank our parents and students for making education a priority in their home. Focusing on the needs of each student each and everyday is what we do at TCS. We will continue push our students and provide a rigorous and relevant education so each can become a useful, successful adult. Our goal is for 100% of our students to graduate, and we will do everything in our power to reach that goal.”

Chattooga County School Supt. Jared Hosmer said, “The Chattooga High School graduation rate was 79.6% for the 2020-2021 school year. While we are very disappointed in last year’s graduation rate, we are taking steps to diminish the factors we have identified as barriers to a higher graduation rate.”

 

County To Give Giant Christmas Tree To Summerville Main Street

Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Eslberry announced last week that the county has purchased a 17′ tall Christmas Tree that will be erected in front of the Chattooga County Courthouse this Christmas season.

The commissioner says that the artificial pre-lit Christmas tree cost the county $7,969 and that the tree will be donated to Summerville Main Street, who will be responsible for maintaining the tree and will assist in the decoration of the tree.  Summerville Main Street Director Susan Locklear says that the city will be fencing off an area in front of the tree in front of the courthouse and that Santa will light the tree at the annual Summerville Christmas celebration.

The tree was manufactured by Wintergreen Corporation, based in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Sloppy Floyd Haunted Hayrides Continue Halloween Weekend

If you’re looking for something fun to do this coming Halloween weekend, you might want to check out the haunted hayrides at Sloppy Floyd State Park. 

The Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park are providing the hayrides and all the money raised will go to help the many projects that the Friends of Sloppy Floyd do to help out our local state park throughout the year.

This past weekend, the weather cooperated and provided two beautiful fall days for people to take advantage of the haunted hayrides.  The Friends of Sloppy Floyd say that barring any rainy or stormy weather this weekend, they will be offering the rides once again.

The rides are $5 for adults and $3 for children and children under the age of four are free.  There is also a $5 parking pass required.

GBI Director Visits Northwest Georgia

The Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in Northwest Georgia last week.  Vic Reynolds is a native of Northwest Georgia and former Floyd County police officer.  He has also served as a chief magistrate judge, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He was elected as Cobb’s District Attorney in 2012 and was appointed the top job at the GBI by Governor Kemp in 2019.

Reynolds visited the Exchange Club of Rome on Friday to discuss what the state agency is doing to combat illegal street gangs.

The Rome News Tribune reported that under Reynolds, the bureau developed the first ever statewide GBI-driven gang task force, which focuses on large scale RICO cases involving hundreds of gang members. The group now works all of north Georgia and recently expanded into central Georgia to combat high numbers of reported drive-by shootings and aggravated assaults.

Reynolds also touched on the newly implemented statewide gang database The database has a plethora of intelligence about well-known gangs and their members. Phase II of the project is expected to roll out in early 2022 and will allow local police agencies to access information about gangs.

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Food Insecurity Real Issue In Chattooga County

Most of us are used to three meals a day and plenty of snacks in between, but a sizable portion of Chattooga County’s population is considered “food insecure”, meaning there are many who struggle to know where their next meal is coming from.  Unfortunately, many of those are children.

Feeding America says that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in food insecurity in Chattooga County.  In 2019, an estimated 15% of the population here in Chattooga County were considered food insecure.  That number rose to an estimated 18% in 2020.  Numbers have not been released yet for 2021.

Of the number of people considered to be food insecure, 53% are below the SNAP threshold of 130% poverty.  Those numbers are alarming to many who may not realize that there are over 3,700 people in our county who struggle to find daily nutrition.

There are many organizations in Chattooga County that are working to bridge the gap and make sure that there is food for those in need.  Several area churches provide monthly free food distributions.  Many of those churches are affiliated with There’s Hope for the Hungry.   A program at Chattooga High School provides meal backpacks for students that need food over the weekend when school breakfast and lunch are not available. Also, CRC of Chattooga County provides regular food distributions.

Feeding America says that it would take around $1.8 million in resources each year to make sure that everyone in Chattooga County has enough to eat.

CRC of Chattooga County says that one in five children in Chattooga County are in need of food.  If you would like to donate to CRC and help with their mission, you can find out more here.

DPH Predicts Mild Flu Season This Year

Health officials in Northwest Georgia are tracking flu numbers so far this year. They say one factor that has a big impact is how many people get a flu shot.

“It’s three on our scale of one to 13,” said Georgia Health Department Public Information Office Logan Boss. “So far, there have been no influenza-related deaths, no reports of influenza hospitalizations.”

“We want to see people in all ten of our NW GA counties immunized against flu,” said Boss. “Getting a flu shot is the single best way to prevent getting the flu.”He stressed getting immunized is especially important for children not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as a way to keep their immune system healthy. “Right now, any child over six months of age can get a flu shot and in fact, it’s recommended anyone over six months of age gets a flu shot,” said Boss.
Boss says that flu shots are available now at the Chattooga County Health Department.