GA DOT Cautions About Black Ice

From Georgia DOT: With winter weather and some expected accumulation of snow on roadways this afternoon and evening in north Georgia, GDOT crews are treating roads as necessary and will continue to monitor roadways, overpasses and bridges throughout the evening and into the morning for hotspot areas and the potential need for treatment to areas as temperatures drop heading into Friday morning.

As cold rain continues to fall over much of north and central Georgia this evening, there is a concern that overnight freezing of residual water (or slush) will result in a transparent coating of ice on the roadways. This coating is known as black ice. Temperatures could dip below freezing as far south as Atlanta. Georgia DOT warns motorist to drive slowly and use caution, especially during the morning commute.

How to Drive on Black Ice
The first reaction when hitting black ice is to remain calm. The general rule is to do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice. Avoid braking or pump the brakes and try to keep the steering wheel straight. Do not put your car in neutral, that is a myth.

If you do start to slide, remove your foot from the accelerator, and avoid slamming on the brakes. Steer away from the skid and don’t oversteer.

WZQZ Weather Related Closings, Delays & Cancellations

Chattooga & Gordon County Mohawk Workers – Call 706-624-2500 – Mohawk Inclement Weather Hotline

For Friday, February 21, 2020:

Chattooga County Schools – Closed (12 month employees report at 10 AM if conditions are safe)

Trion Schools will make a decision about Friday classes by 5:30 AM on Friday.

Tiny Treasures & Tots in Menlo – Delayed Opening until 9 AM on Friday

Chattooga County Senior Center – Closed Friday

Floyd County Schools – Closed

Rome City Schools – Closed

Walker County Schools – Closed



Justin Brown Stepping Down From Head Coach Position At Trion

Word came Thursday afternoon that Trion’s Head Football Coach, Justin Brown, is stepping down from his position.

Trion High School Principal Bryan Edge released the following statement:

“On behalf of the administration and athletic department of Trion City Schools, we would like to sincerely thank Coach Justin Brown for his 12 years of dedicated service to the school system as both a coach and teacher. Coach Brown has served as our head football coach for the past eight seasons and has attained a tremendous amount of success on the football field. Coach Brown has served his Alma Mater well and has decided that the timing is right for him to step away from his duties as the head football coach at Trion High School in order to pursue other opportunities and endeavors. Trion City Schools and the community appreciate Coach Brown’s hard work and dedication to the Bulldog Football Program and we all wish him good luck and success in the next phase of his life and career.”

Theft Of Money From Toy Machines At Store's Entrance Reported

A vendor called the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department to Walmart in Trion on Wednesday of this week to report a theft. 

Ralph Dale services the toy “claw machines” located at the entrances to the local Walmart store.  Mr. Dale told the responding deputy that someone had stolen $74 from one machine and $55 from another for a total of $129.  The vendor has toy machines located at each entrance to the store.

Mr. Dale told the deputy that the Trion Walmart was the eighth store on his route to be hit by thieves.

The incident has been turned over to an investigator.

LEPC Meeting Next Month

The quarterly meeting of the Chattooga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be at the Chattooga County Civic Center on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.  All current members and elected officials are encouraged to attend.  Guest speaker will be Dave Nadler, National Weather Service, about severe weather planning.

Arrest Report - Thursday February 20, 2020

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

Commissioner Signs "2A Sanctuary" Resolution

On Tuesday of this week, Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters signed a resolution that was submitted by Chattooga County’s “2A Sanctuary Group.”  The group had gathered signatures on a petition, asking the commissioner to declare Chattooga County a “2A Sanctuary.”  You can read the wording of the resolution below.

The “2A Sanctuary” Group maintains a Facebook Page with 1,546 members.  The resolution says that Chattooga County Government will not authorize county resources to enforce any Federal or state laws that “violate the true meaning” of the United States Constitution or the Georgia Constitution in regards to Second Amendment rights.

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader was on hand for the signing that took place at the Commissioner’s Office.

Search For Missing Hiker In North Georgia

Authorities in Georgia have been searching for a hiker who went missing at least four days ago along a feeder route to the Appalachian Trail.

Eddie Noonkester began a “thru-hike” Friday onto the Appalachian Approach Trail in northern Georgia, news outlets reported.

Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services said Monday they were searching for Noonkester who had “since become disoriented and may be suffering from a medical emergency.”

The agency said Noonkester may have wandered off the trail and toward the surrounding National Forest property. It didn’t elaborate on its information.

On Tuesday, officials were still searching for Noonkester. A Facebook post from the agency said the last known whereabouts of Noonkester was on difficult terrain.

Authorities urged anyone with information or wanting to volunteer with the search effort to contact them.

A “thru-hike” is an end-to-end backpacking trip on a long distance trail like the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Approach Trail is an 8-mile (13-kilometer) approach beginning the 78-mile (125-kilometer) Georgia portion of the Appalachian.


Finster Exhibit At Paradise Gardens Coming In March

“Summerville Collects: Local Treasures by Howard Finster,” is an exhibit of Finster’s work that will be on display March 7-31 at Paradise Garden in Summerville.

An opening reception will take place March 7 from 2-4 p.m.

The exhibit celebrates local collections of Finster’s work. As Finster developed his art through the 80s, there were several local families who collected and championed the artist.

At the opening reception, guests can meet the families and see these rare works, some which have never been on public display before. Traditional “old time” music will be provided by Joseph Evans and Russell Cook.

Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free for Paradise Garden members and Chattooga County residents. Non-member admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. Kids 12-and under enter free. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Paradise Garden Foundation to operate and restore the Garden.

Trailer Reported Stolen At Cloudland Construction Site

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a trailer from a Cloudland construction site earlier this month.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, a responding deputy went to Riverhaven Lane at Cloudland to speak with the complainant who advised the deputy that someone had stolen a black “box trailer” from the construction site at the East Fork of Little River, where a contractor is building a new bridge over the river.

A temporary bridge is in place at the site, and a construction lot is set up near the temporary bridge where equipment is stored and office trailers are located.

After the deputy spoke with Jason Thompson at the construction site, Mr. Thompson received word from one of his employees that the trailer was located at the Crossroads Market convenience store.

When the deputy arrived at Crossroads Market and spoke with an employee, they discovered that the trailer had been left at the store sometime after the store had closed the previous evening.  The clerk said that the trailer was at the store when she arrived for work that morning.

Mr. Thompson told the clerk that he would send someone to retrieve the stolen trailer.

Damage To Property Reported On West Summerville Church Road

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A Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call on West Summerville Church Road recently after a complainant said that someone had broken a window in the house that he rents.

When the deputy arrived, he spoke with Jacob Caldwell who said that someone had thrown a piece of an air conditioner unit through a window of the house and broke the window.  The cost of the damage was unknown at the time of the report.

The responding deputy noted that there have been ongoing incidents between Caldwell and other individuals for several days prior to the reported incident.

The deputy also explained to Caldwell on magistrate court procedures to seek compensation for the damage.

Summerville Man Arrested For Traveling To Rome To Have Sex With A Minor

A Chattooga County man was arrested in Floyd County this week after authorities there say that he traveled to Rome to have sex with someone he believed to be under the age of sixteen-years-old.

Twenty-nine-year-old Patrick Stewart Little was arrested on Monday of this week and booked into the Floyd County Jail on child molestation charges and also obscene internet contact with a child.  Additionally, Little was charged with the use of a computer to entice a child to commit and illegal act.

Further details of the arrest have not been released by Floyd County law enforcement.



Arrest Report - Wednesday February 19, 2020

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

Summerville Man Arrested In Floyd County

A forty-one-year-old Summerville man was arrested earlier this month on drug charges in Floyd County.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Jeremy Lee Headrick, of 1643 Ben Mosley Drive, was charged with felony meth possession, felony possession of dangerous drugs and two misdemeanor counts of obstruction after being found with meth and several unknown pills during his apprehension at 84 Hatfield Road.

Headrick was booked into the Floyd County Jail without bond.

Skeletal Remains Found In Walker County

Human skeletal remains were found in Walker County in a wooded area off South Highway 27, LaFayette.   The body was found by a man and his son while they were hunting Monday morning, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Sheriff Wilson posted the following statement on Tuesday:

The remains are believed to be those of a Walker County man missing since September 30, 2019.

Robert “Robbie” Sisson III, age 30 of LaFayette… was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 2019 by a friend.  It was reported by a witness that Sisson left a residence in the 4000 block of South Highway 27 on September 30 at dusk, walking in a southerly direction toward the wood line.  It was also reported that Sisson was insulin dependent and had left without his medication.

The remains have been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab by the Coroner.  The crime lab scientist will work to make a positive identification on the remains and will determine the manner and cause of death, according to the Sheriff.


CHS Celebrates Recent Victories With Ice Cream

The entire Chattooga High School student body celebrated recent victories by Chattooga’s wrestlers and basketball teams with a ‘Victory is Sweet’ ice cream party on Tuesday.

But there were more successes besides the State Champion Indian Wrestling team and Chattooga Indian Basketball wins.  This past week the CHS FCCLA STAR Event Participants won Region Titles.  Plus, the CHS FFA Dairy Show Team represented well at the Dairy Show held last weekend at the Chattooga County Ag Center.

Future victories were recognized as well as the CHS SKILLS USA region winners will compete at state and several Chattooga High School Band members recently were chosen to represent CHS in the Shorter Honor Band. Our fall sports, Cross Country, Volleyball, football, Softball, and Competition Cheerleading team members found great success during their seasons.

You can see more pictures from yesterday at Chattooga High School on the Chattooga High School Yearbook Facebook Page

Georgia Woman Jailed In Alabama On Fugitive From Justice Charges

A Rome woman is back in Cherokee County (Alabama) after being arrested in Floyd County, Georgia over the weekend on an active Fugitive from Justice warrant.

Nina Michelle Herman, 26, of a South Hughes Street, Rome address was taken into custody Sunday and booked in at the Floyd County Jail.

She was brought back to Cherokee County Monday, where she was booked into jail just after 11:00am.

Herman is wanted locally for Failure to Appear on a prior charge of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.  No bond is listed.

Hays Prison Inmate Wants New Trial

A Newton County man, who is a prisoner at Hays State Prison in Trion, and his wife have filed motions for new trials, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Both Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell  were convicted of killing their baby Caliyah in May 2019.  The two contend that there is no evidence they killed their child.  In his motion filed Monday, McNabb says prosecutors were unable to prove he killed baby Caliyah and that his prior attorney was ineffective during the trial.

In her motion for a new trial, filed in late January, Bell also says prosecutors did not prove she was responsible for Caliyah’s death.

A jury deliberated about an hour before convicting both McNabb and Bell following a joint trial. McNabb was sentenced to life in prison without parole, Bell to 30 years with 15 to serve.

McNabb is currently an inmate at Hays State Prison in Trion, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Bell is currently serving at Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville. A relative has custody of the couple’s older daughter.

Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cooking Demo At Library

A free cooking demo will be held at the Chattooga County Library coming up on Thursday, February 27th.

The free cooking demo will feature information about healthy eating from a registered dietitian and adults and children are welcome to attend.

The event is sponsored by Primary Care.

For more information, please call 706-857-2553.

Underwood Announces Candidacy For Congress

Ethan Underwood, a successful property rights attorney who previously served as Chairman of Forsyth County Republican Party and 2nd Vice Chair of the 9th Congressional District Republican Party, has announced his campaign for U.S. Congress. Current GA-09 Representative Doug Collins recently announced his decision to run for U.S. Senate.
“I am running for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 9th District because we need a battle-ready Republican leader who can make decisions and take action day-one on the issues that are in the best interest of our district and our state,” said Underwood. “While Washington, DC is embroiled in a hostile, philosophical fight, Northeast Georgia communities care about problems and solutions in real life. I will work relentlessly to clear the path for our citizens to make a living and pursue happiness.”

Biography of Ethan Underwood

Ethan has family roots in Northeast Georgia that date back to the 1830’s. Growing up in Ringgold, and later just over the border in TN, Ethan settled in north Forsyth County in 2003 where he has pursued his legal career and continues to rear his family of four with his wife, Tiffany, of 22 years. The Underwood family attends Mountain Lake Church.

Ethan’s parents met in high school and took turns supporting each other as they each pursued higher education and became the first in their families to finish college. His father served in the U.S. Air Force and then spent his career as a pharmaceutical representative. His mother ultimately earned her Masters Degree and became a biology teacher. His parents set a true example for Ethan and his brother, instilling a strong work ethic and the importance of conservative, family values.

During high school, Ethan had a teacher who encouraged his interest in government and connected him with a political campaign as a volunteer at age 15. Since then, Ethan has worked to elect conservative candidates at all levels of government.

In college at UT-Chattanooga, Ethan met and married his wife, Tiffany. With the addition of their son to the Underwood family, Ethan and Tiffany moved to Knoxville.  Living in a modular home in a floodplain, Tiffany took a job as middle school teacher while Ethan completed the JD-MBA program at UT-Knoxville with a J.D. concentration in business transactions and an M.B.A. concentration in finance.

Their daughter Elise was born during this time and she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. As Ethan completed law school and sought a full-time job in Georgia, he and his family were also navigating the healthcare system with Elise facing open-heart surgery. Following their move to Georgia, Elise underwent chemotherapy treatments for AML-leukemia at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. With a strong faith and family support system, Ethan and Tiffany took charge of their new journey and thankfully, Elise has been cancer-free for 15 years. For this reason, Ethan is passionate about making certain Georgians have access to quality, privately-funded healthcare options – and fighting against a single-payer healthcare system.

Ethan and his family settled in Forsyth County and welcomed two more daughters, Amelia and Charlotte.  As supporters of educational choice, Ethan and Tiffany know that a one-size-fits-all educational system does not work for all children, and have worked with public, private, and homeschooling options for their children’s needs. Their girls are still in school, and recently, their son, Gabriel, completed a term in the U.S. Army.

Ethan has spent the last 17 years as a lawyer with a focus on representing private property owners in land use, condemnation, and tax appeal cases. As a partner at Miles, Hansford & Tallant, LLC in Forsyth County, his success has come from being an advocate for private property owners as they navigate the political process and government systems. Ethan is active in the community, having served on numerous boards for local civic and charitable organizations, including the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, the Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., and Rewarding Minds, Inc. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.

A proven conservative, Ethan served as Chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party from 2009-2013, and 2nd Vice Chair of the 9th Congressional District Republican Party until April 2015.  He is currently a member of the GOP State Committee.