Chattooga County Sees Fewer New Cases Of COVID

Some good news over the past week.  The number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Chattooga County was down.  According to the status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Chattooga County saw 48 new COVID cases over the previous week.  There were no COVID deaths reported last week in Chattooga County. Statewide, there were 138 confirmed deaths reported Monday for a total of 22,112. Georgia saw 6,609 new cases in Monday’s report.

Car Trailer Stolen From Property

A car hauler trailer has been reported as stolen, according to reports from the Chattooga County Sheriffs Office.

On September 14th, Officers spoke with complainant, Glen Sage regarding a missing car hauler trailer. Sage stated that he had recently purchased property on Maddox Lake Drive that also had a Big Tex car Hauler trailer. When Sage went to the property to perform some maintenance, he noticed that the trailer was missing. Sage did state that he had all the paperwork on the trailer, but it was at his residence in Tyrone, Georgia. Deputies did tell Sage that when he obtained all the paperwork, that all the information would be entered into GCIS and a report would be made.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - September 28, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, September 28, 2021:

Returned Cabinet Leads To Theft Investigation

A request to return some cabinets to Marvins in Summerville has lead to a theft investigation, when the return money never made it back.

On September 13th, Susan Weaver came to the Chattooga County Sheriffs Office to file a complaint. Weaver states that she asked Kara Mayes to return a “Lazy Susan” style cabinet to Marvins in Summerville. Weaver stated that Mayes was to return with a refund, but she had not returned it. The refund was estimated to be around $211. The incident was turned over to investigations.

DUI Driver Strikes Mailbox And Flees

One impaired driver had a bad night, first striking a mailbox and fleeing, then arguing with some others and striking their house, to finally getting picked up for a DUI.

On September 11th, Chattooga County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to an address on Highway 114 regarding a damaged mailbox and a fleeing driver. Arriving on scene, Deputies spoke with the neighbors who had called in the complaint and stated that the homeowner of the damaged mailbox was out of town. Deputies observed the broken mailbox lying in the ditch along with a passenger side mirror from the offending car. Some research showed that the mirror belong to a 2010-2015 Jeep Patriot.

About an hour later Deputies were asked to come to the Chattooga County Jail in reference to an arrest that had just been made with a vehicle matching the description of the one that had struck the mailbox on Highway 114. Officers had arrested Alison Mitchell on suspicion of DUI and had her vehicle towed by Gills towing. A further inspection of Mitchells car showed a missing passenger side mirror and some blue paint that matched the color of the mailbox. Due to Mitchells intoxicated state, no interview was performed, but she was issued a citation for Failure to notify owner upon striking a fixture.


Georgia Extension Offering Food Plot Webinar

It’s that time of year when deer hunters are busy planting food plots, and the Georgia Extension Service is offering a free webinar for hunters with a UGA Horticulturalist.

Bob Westerfield is a faculty member in the UGA Horticulture Department. He serves as the department Extension coordinator and a state vegetable/fruit specialist. Bob lives on a small farm in Lamar County, Georgia, where he raises livestock and manages his land for whitetails and wild turkeys.
Bob is an avid bowhunter, preferring to use traditional equipment in the form of a longbow and primitive black powder rifle. Bob was also a former contributor for the Quality Whitetails magazine.
Food Plot Webinar October 7, 2021 12:00-1:00
Soil Sampling Planting Early Season versus Late Season
Designing Food Plots for Success
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Sum-Nelly This Weekend At Dowdy Park

Sum – Nelly is a celebration of deep heritage that allows artists, quilters, musicians, food vendors, locals, and visitors to gather to celebrate the beginning of fall and the event will be taking place this weekend at Dowdy Park. Last year, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With over 100 vendor booths there will be something for all interests. Admission is free.

For more information contact Summerville Main Street (706) 859-0900 Ext 1337 or the Summerville Recreation Department at (706) 859-0910.

Chattooga High School Names August Teacher Of The Month

August Teacher of the Month was Mrs.Karen Appelbaum. Indian Lore Staff caught up with Mrs. Appelbaum to learn a little more about her. Mrs. Appelbaum grew up in Peekskill, N.Y., moving to Georgia in 1993. She married to Dr. Jeff Appelbaum in 1991 and moved to Chattooga County in 1997. They have two children, Max and Brooke. Max is a student at the University of Georgia and Brooke is a student at Berry College. She also stated she has “too many cats! But we love them.”

Mrs. Appelbaum attended college at Binghamton University, State University of NY. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and the English Language and German Literature and Language. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature. She
attended the University of Alabama to earn her Education Specialist degree in Secondary English Education.

Her teaching career began at Chattahoochee Technical College in 1996. She then taught as an adjunct professor for Floyd College and Northwestern Technical College. From 2004-2008, Mrs. Appelbaum taught full-time for Northwestern Technical College dual enrollment at Lakeview/Fort Oglethorpe High School and Lafayette High School. In the Spring of 2010, Mrs. Appelbaum joined the faculty here at Chattooga. She states, “I love my Chattooga Family!” She began teaching the Dual Enrollment courses here in 2013.

When asked about her hobbies, she stated, “Does grading count?” She has taught swimming lessons since 1988 and still loves swimming. She enjoys traveling. She loved the trips taken to Europe with CHS students and currently enjoys visiting the many caverns in the tristate area. Mrs. Appelbaum loves a good book!

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Search For WWII Veterans In Chattooga County

Odell Anderson & Barbara Massey Reece with Chattooga County WWII Veteran Hoyt Williams in 2020

Veterans in Chattooga County have two good friends and advocates who are always looking out to honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.  Mrs. Odell Anderson, who moved back to her family’s farm in Subligna after retirement, and former State Representative Barbara Massey Reece of Menlo, work tirelessly to make sure that local veterans receive recognition for their service.

While State Representative, Barbara Reece was known in Atlanta for being a spokesperson for veteran’s issues.  While serving as a state legislator in 2010, Reece stood on the floor of the Georgia House in support of a resolution to honor Vietnam War veterans.  Reece said at the time, “Georgia’s Vietnam Veterans patriotically served this great nation.  They deserve our upmost respect and appreciation. It’s an honor to recognize these fine veterans for their selfless service and courageous acts.”  Also, while serving in the General Assembly, Reece organized veterans events for constituents in Chattooga and Floyd Counties.

Odell Anderson has worked alongside Reece and has advocated for veterans in our area at the local, state and national level.  She worked closely with former Georgia United States Senator Johnny Isakson, serving as his veterans affairs’ liaison.  In 2016, Anderson was recognized for her tireless work for veterans by receiving an honorary commission from then-Governor Nathan Deal as a Lt. Colonel of the State of Georgia.

Last week, WZQZ News spoke with Ms. Anderson who said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult to hold events for our county’s veterans.  But, she and Barbara Reece are still actively working on ways to honor local veterans.  Anderson said that she was not certain when or if a veteran’s celebration could be held this year due to the pandemic.  She added, “There are ten World War II veterans, that we know of, that are still living today in Chattooga County. We want to make sure that we honor all of the veterans of the ‘Greatest Generation.'”

Ms. Anderson said that some World War II veterans may have moved into the county to receive care in their later years that she and Ms. Reece are not aware of.

If you know of a World War II veteran that lives in Chattooga County that has not been contacted by Ms. Anderson or Ms. Reece in the past, we would ask that you pass their contact information along to us here at WZQZ by emailing: so that we can forward that information to our local veterans advocates.

Trion Mayor Says County Not Providing Adequate Services

Trion Mayor Larry Stansell indicated that the county government is not living up to its end of the bargain when it comes to animal control services in the Town of Trion.

The town contracts with Chattooga County Animal Control to provide animal control services within the town limits.  According to The Summerville News, Mayor Stansell responded to a question about animal control from a resident by saying, “The county is experiencing some difficulties in dealing with the agreed amount of services.”

Stansell said that the town pays the county over $10,000 per year to provide animal control services.

GNTC Foundatin Awards Over $25,000 In Fall Scholarships

Between $250 and $1,000 were awarded to each student to assist in paying for the fall semester at GNTC. This is the largest amount of funding and largest number of students receiving scholarship awards for a single semester at GNTC, according to Lauretta Hannon, director of the GNTC Foundation.

“We congratulate and salute these outstanding students. Their academic excellence, work ethic, and community involvement represent what this college is about,” said Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC. “Thanks to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, they are one step closer to graduating and making a difference in the workforce.”

The 2021 GNTC Foundation Fall Scholarships and their recipients are:

The B.J. Pharr Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Shuff of the Floyd County Campus.

Walker County Campus student Willie Cantrell received the Diesel Equipment Technology Scholarship.

Jason Harrod of the Walker County Campus received a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

The Gene Haas Scholarship was awarded to Makenzey Roseberry, Floyd County Campus, and Christian Stafford, Whitfield Murray Campus.

The GNTC Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Steffany Adams, Catoosa County Campus; Latice Allen, Floyd County Campus; Kaylee Beard, Walker County Campus; Madeline Burgan, Walker County Campus; Jessica Cagle, Walker County Campus; Hunter Chambers, Catoosa County Campus; Hiden Cherrico, Floyd County Campus; Steffany Cranfield, Walker County Campus; Taylor Curtis, Walker County Campus; Maira Federico, Walker County Campus; Sabrina Garcia, Catoosa County Campus; Barandi Goodson, Floyd County Campus; Ashley Gravitt, Walker County Campus; Jarred Harrison, Gordon County Campus; Christina Hollifield; Walker County Campus; Stephen Jones; Floyd County Campus; Tachelle Lawson, Floyd County Campus; Crysta Nicholson, Floyd County Campus; Ana Keslie Ramon Fernandez, Floyd County Campus; Margarita Rangel, Walker County Campus; Diego Reyes, Floyd County Campus; William Rutledge, Walker County Campus; Tobey Shirley, Catoosa County Campus; Anna Smith, Gordon County Campus; Demetria Staley, Walker County Campus; Ashley Standridge, Walker County Campus; Melanie Stanley, Floyd County Campus; Angela Tooley, Walker County Campus; Cynthia Villarreal, Walker County Campus; Alexia Waits, Floyd County Campus; Cassandra Williams, Floyd County Campus; and Haley Wilson, Walker County Campus.

Sabina Chilel, Polk County Campus, and Tucker Mobbs, Floyd County Campus, received the Judge Dan Peace Winn Scholarship.

The Judy Hodge Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Karan Trippy of the Whitfield Murray Campus.

The Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Eric Davenport, Gordon County Campus, and Isaac Torres, Floyd County Campus.

Shelby Jones of the Gordon County Campus received the Patrick D. Doyle Scholarship.

Floyd County Campus student Anna Lively was awarded the Public Safety Scholarship.

The Rabbit Valley Farmers Market Scholarship was awarded to Kobe McLendon of the Floyd County Campus.

The Rome Home Builders Association awarded scholarships to Andrew Fednander, Floyd County Campus, and Jessica Heifner, Gordon County Campus.

Whitfield Murray Campus students Johnny Bautista Reynosa, Jose Cruz, Maynor Puac and Vallie C. White received the Roman Open Charities Scholarship.

Synvous awarded scholarships to Jennifer Bailey, Walker County Campus; Kayla Bower, Floyd County Campus; Barandi Goodson, Floyd County Campus; and Brittany Letner, Whitfield Murray Campus.

Lacey Jackson of the Walker County Campus received the Charles and Donna Estes Scholarship and Jessica Heifner of the Gordon County Campus received the Wayne Ledford Craftsman Scholarship.

The GNTC Foundation Board of Trustees are Valerie Brown, Whitfield County; Phil Burkhalter, Floyd County; Linda Case (vice chair), Dade County; Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Gary McConnell, Chattooga County; Craig McDaniel, Floyd County; Sherrie Patterson (chair), Murray County; Damon Raines, Walker County; Becky Redd, Gordon County; Mitch Sanford, Whitfield County; Wil Stiles, Catoosa County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Scott Tucker, Floyd County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; and Doris White, Walker County.

The GNTC Foundation offers 20 scholarships and students are encouraged to apply each semester.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma or a certificate in business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,820 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,591 students and an additional enrollment of 3,229 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Georgia Sees Spike In ACA Signups

Data from federal health officials show Georgia experienced a dramatic increase in the number of people signing up for health care coverage during a special enrollment window for the Affordable Care Act.

Between February 15 and August 15, a little more than 147,000 people in the state selected an ACA health plan.

That’s according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was released on Sept. 15.

During the same period last year, about 41,000 people in Georgia signed up.

Other states that use the platform also saw spikes in new enrollees as the Biden administration expanded ACA tax credits and the COVID pandemic surged again.


Rate Hike & Slower Service Promised By USPS

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Starting October 1st, it could take longer for mail to make it to its destination, via the U.S. Postal Service.  On that date, service standards will change for first class mail and packages, which means a longer delivery time for somewhere in the neighborhood of 30% of the company’s volume.

After the first of the month any letters, parcels and magazine subscriptions sent from longer distances could take up to five days to arrive instead of two or three.

Most first-class mail – or roughly 61% – and almost all periodicals – or 93% – will be unaffected – meanwhile the standard for single-piece first-class mail traveling within a local area will continue to be two days.

The changes are all part of the financial restructuring plan designed to help the USPS dig out of debt (around $160 billion in total).

That plan also includes reducing post office hours, and raising prices, which includes postage hikes during the peak holiday season.


Lyerly Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Alabama Prison

Charles Owen Lang, 58, of Lyerly, Georgia, was sentenced to 35 years in prison pursuant to guilty pleas entered before Circuit Judge Jeremy Taylor on September 10, 2021. Lang was before the court on two Manslaughter and two Assault First Degree charges.
“Lang was sentenced to 20 years in each of the Manslaughter convictions, while he received two 15 year sentences in the two Assault convictions,” District Attorney Mike O’Dell stated.

According to O’Dell, the charges stemmed from a December 7, 2018, automobile wreck involving Lang’s 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 and the four victims’ Subaru Outback.

Investigators on the scene found Lang was traveling at what was described by witnesses as “excessive speed” and had failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of West Main Street and Chestnut Bypass. Lang’s vehicle proceeded to strike the Subaru Outback as it attempted to turn onto Chestnut Bypass. Witnesses, along with law enforcement on the scene, all reported a “strong odor of alcohol” on Lang at the scene. Lang also apparently attempted to re-start his vehicle and flee the scene.

“Lang was given, and failed, the field sobriety test at the scene,” O’Dell pointed out. “He was transported to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office where he was administered an additional breath test and the results demonstrated a blood alcohol level of .20, which is more than twice the legal limit. A blood sample was taken from Lang and submitted to the Department of Forensic Sciences for further toxicological testing. Those tests indicated both hydrocodone and marijuana in his system as well.”

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of drugs and both opened and unopened bottles of liquor.
“Tragically, as is so often the case, the innocent victims of these DUI wrecks are the ones who die,” O’Dell said. “Jerry Cox, 82, died at the scene, while his wife, Patricia Cox, 81, was transported to the hospital but subsequently died at the hospital. Their granddaughter, Rachel Cox, 31, and her husband, Darryl Michael Howell, 35, were very seriously injured and were transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia.”

“Both Ms. Cox and Mr. Howell spoke to the court at the time of the pleas, giving heart-wrenching Victim Impact Statements,” O’Dell stated. “The impact of Lang’s crimes upon this entire family has been, and continues to be, absolutely devastating. My heart breaks for the loss they have suffered and for the ongoing medical issues they will continue to deal with for a very long time.”
Court records indicate that after serving his Alabama sentences, Lang will be transferred to Georgia to serve a 10 year sentence for a drug conviction.

“On behalf of the family, I want to thank those involved in bringing Mr. Lang to justice,” O’Dell said. “First, all the law enforcement officers did an excellent job in putting this case together for us to go forward with prosecution. Second, I want to say a special ‘thank you’ to Deputy District Attorney Summer McWhorter Summerford who handled the bulk of this prosecution. Her dedication and professionalism in the prosecution of this matter made it possible for the victims and their family to gain some semblance of closure and make Lang accountable for his heinous crimes.”

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Arrest Report - Monday - September 27, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, September 27, 2021:

Chattooga Athletics Weekly Schedule

Senior Night for CHS Softball Monday, September 27th/Event before game

Senior Night for CHS Volleyball Tuesday, September 28th/Event After 1st Match


DATE           OPPONENT             LOCATION                   TIME

9/27               Gordon Central        Home (Senior Night)     5:30 pm

9/28               Pepperell                   Home (Pink Out)           5:30 pm

9/30               Dade                          Home                               5:30 pm


DATE      OPPONENT                        LOCATION               TEAMS       TIME

9/28          Gordon Central/Murray    Home (Senior Night)     V                  5:00/7:00

9/30          LFO/Ridgeland                   LFO                                   V                  5:00/6:00


DATE      LOCATION                          EVENT                                 TIME

10/2          Central HS/Carrolton          Central Cheer Classic              11:00 am


DATE          LOCATION          EVENT                  TIME

9/28              Calhoun                 Unity Run (5k)      6:30pm

9/30              LaFayette                                              5:30 pm


DATE          OPPONENT              LOCATION              TIME

10/1              Gordon Central         Gordon Central            7:30 pm

Red Cross Blood Drive Scheduled Next Month In Chattooga County

According to The Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day, The Red Cross needs roughly 12,500 blood donations for patients needing blood at about 2500 hospitals and transfusion centers across the nation.

You don’t need a special reason to give blood.  You just need your own reason.  Maybe you were asked by a friend or relative, or maybe you believe it’s the right thing to do.  Whatever your reason, the need for blood donors is constant, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  You’ll also feel great knowing you’ve helped change a life.

A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for next month in Chattooga County.  The blood drive will be held at the Chattooga County Civic Center, located on Highway 48.  The blood drive will be held from 2 PM until 7 PM on Tuesday, October 19th.

You can schedule your blood donation here.

It's Not To Early To Pay Your Property Taxes

It’s not to early to start paying your 2021 Chattooga County property tax bills.  That’s the word from Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton. 

The Chattooga County Property Assessment was certified by the state late last week.  That’s the final step that the tax commissioner needs to begin collecting yearly property taxes.  Hampton told WZQZ News last Friday, “This has been the smoothest year we’ve had yet, and I want to sincerely thank the Chattooga County Tax Assessor’s office for all their hard work in making this happen.”

Tax bills aren’t due until December 1st, but Tax Commissioner Hampton says that Chattooga County residents can begin paying their taxes now. You can pay your property taxes online or you can use your smart phone.  Hampton says, “we can now send a link to your smart phone or email address, and the prompts can be followed to make your payments from anywhere.  You’ll also receive a receipt immediately after making your payment on your device or email (whichever you give to us at the time).”

Payments can be made online at, by mail or in person at 120 Cox Street, Summerville, GA 30747.  There is also a drop-box located at the Tax Commissioner’s Office, allowing you to drop off tax payments 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

COVID Booster Shots Available For Some Georgia Residents Starting Today

Starting today, COVID booster shots will be available for some Georgia residents.   The Chattooga County Health Department will be following guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health in administering the booster shots.

According to a press release from the Northwest Georgia Public Health District,  the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) will be used for COVID vaccine booster shots.

The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster dose, and the above recommendations will only apply to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series.

DPH will begin administering booster doses at health department vaccination locations on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. DPH currently has adequate inventory of the Pfizer vaccine and will work to ensure accessibility to booster doses statewide.

DPH continues to stress the importance of vaccination for all Georgians aged 12 and older. Vaccination is our best tool to protect lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state. To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to

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

Chattooga County Records More Deaths Than Births In 2020

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With the exception of three counties, all counties in Northwest Georgia recorded more deaths than births last year, that according to numbers from OASIS, Georgia’s Online Analytical Statistical Information System.  According to the numbers, Chattooga County had a net loss of 127 people last year.

Overall in Northwest Georgia, heart disease was the number-one cause of death, with COVID-19 a close second.

But in Chattooga County last year, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death.  The numbers show a total of 385 deaths last year in the county, with 258 births being recorded.  There were 36 deaths linked to COVID-19, and heart disease accounted for 33 deaths.  COPD took 30 people, Alzheimer’s took 28, cancer accounted for 20 deaths and stroke was the sixth-place killer with 7 victims.