Residents Along Railroad Asked To Spruce Up For Santa Train
Starting this Saturday, December 7th and continuing each week through December 22nd, over a thousand visitors will ride into Summerville on the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s “Summerville Santa Special.” Residents along the Chattooga & Chickamauga Railroad are being encouraged to clean up along the tracks and decorate for the Santa Special.
Businesses and residents are “encouraged to help our community shine by showing your Christmas spirit and decorating. Putting smiles on the faces of children and a pleasant view along the trip will make this holiday season a special time that families will cherish for years to come”, according to a press release.
The train rides will be leaving from the Summerville Depot and tickets are available at Summerville City Hall or from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s website. There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the Depot as well.
Chattooga Extension Welcomes New County Agent
For the first time in almost two decades, the Chattooga County Extension Office now has two extension agents. Zach White has been named a 4-H Extension Agent working at the Chattooga County Extension Office.
White is a native of Chattooga County and earned his B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. He spent time in the classroom with fourth and fifth graders teaching reading and writing.
White grew up in the 4-H program in Chattooga County and has long been an active community member. In his new role as 4-H Agent, White says that he is hoping to provide opportunities for the youth of Chattooga County like he was given when he was involved in Chattooga County’s 4-H program. His goal is to integrate more technology into the current program.
Chattooga County has a large and active 4-H program with students in every school in both the Trion City and Chattooga County School Systems.
Rep. Tom Graves Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2020
Congressman Tom Graves who represents Chattooga County and most of Northwest Georgia in the United States Congress announced today that he will not be seeking reelection in 2020. The Congressman cited family reasons as the factor that led to him deciding not seek another term. He has served in Congress since 2010. You can read his letter to his constituents below:
Friends and fellow Georgians,
The holidays are a time of reflection for each of us. Today, I’d like to share a few of my thoughts from last week as we all paused to give thanks.
My first real public service experience was watching my wife, Julie, lead a pro-life effort many years ago. It was inspiring to witness a community band together and cause real change.
Soon after, I found the courage to overcome my fears and run for office. I did so grounded in the creed my parents shared with me: Dream Big. Work Hard. Achieve Much.
I was motivated to push through the tough days of campaigning and the hardest days in office by my kids, Josephine, John and Janey.
The whole of my service was built upon the contributions of countless people; sacrifices of my family, late nights and long days from dozens of dedicated staff members, friendship of my colleagues, generosity of supporters and encouragement from constituents.
Looking back on my years in the Georgia House and now nearly a decade in Congress, I am filled with gratitude. My record is a testament to the collective effort of many talented and special people. The opportunities afforded to me – a North Georgia country boy from a single wide trailer – were far beyond my wildest dreams.
Serving the country I love so much, and representing the community I hold so dear, is an honor that won’t be replicated. To my constituents, both past and present, thank you for your vote of confidence and trust. What an incredible privilege it has been to represent you in Congress.
As we all do, I’m entering a new season in life. An exciting season. So, the time has come for me to pass the baton. Now it’s my turn to cheer, support and sacrifice for those who have done the same for me over the last two decades. With Julie near retirement and my kids now suddenly adults, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020, and instead, join my family in their new and unique journeys.
I’m excited to spend the next year focused on the Committee on the Modernization of Congress. Working to improve Congress for all Americans, and all who will serve after me, seems like the perfect way to close this chapter and say, “thank you.”
May God bless you, and this great and glorious cause we call America.
Arrest Report - Thursday - December 5, 2019
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, December 5, 2019:
CHI Mobile Lung Unit Coming To Chattooga Library
CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will be at the Chattooga County Library in Summerville on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The low-dose CT scan shows a 3-D image of your lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular x-rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage, before there are any symptoms. This is when lung cancer is most curable. The whole process takes less than ten minutes and there is no need to do anything special to prepare for the screening.
The low-dose CT lung cancer scan has been shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Factors that put you at high risk of developing lung cancer include:
- Age 50 or greater
- Smoking history
- Family history of cancer
- Exposure to cancer causing agents (asbestos, diesel fumes, Radon, coal smoke, soot, etc.)
Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. Grant funds are available for eligible uninsured and under-insured people to have the low-dose lung CT screening.
If you feel you are at risk, call us at (423) 495-LUNG (5864) to discuss if a lung screening is right for you, or to schedule an appointment.
The Chattooga County Library is located at 360 Farrar Drive in Summerville.
Man Travels To Floyd County To Meet Child For Sex
A thirty-three-year-old Cartersville man was booked into the Floyd County Jail Monday on charges of aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child, obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and use of a computer service to entice a child.
According to jail records, Steven Paige Creech contacted a person who he believed to be a child on the internet and engaged in a graphic conversation.
He asked the child to send him nude pictures and to meet up for sex.
Creech then traveled to Floyd County to meet the child at an agreed-upon location, according to the warrant.
Creech was also found in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, according to police, resulting in an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Vote For Best Downtown Christmas Decorations
The City of Summerville is asking for people to vote for their favorite decorations at downtown businesses and offices.
According to a post on Facebook from the City of Summerville: Please vote for your favorite Downtown Business Christmas Decor’ . You may only vote once by liking the photo of your favorite. Voting ends at midnight on December 6. Trophies will be awarded on December 12 (during Christmas in the Park) at 7:05 p.m. following the lighting of the tree .
You can find a link to the Facebook page here to cast your vote.
President Carter Released From Hospital On Wednesday
A spokeswoman for Jimmy Carter says the former U.S. president has been discharged from a hospital after being treated for a urinary tract infection.
Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo says the 95-year-old was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Congileo said Monday that Carter was already feeling better following his treatment.
Carter has overcome several health challenges in recent years, including melanoma cancer on his brain. The former President fell earlier this year while getting ready to go turkey hunting. Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, told WZQZ News that his grandfather had gone back into the house to get his cane when he fell. The former President had two more falls since then and was admitted to Emory University Hospital to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding internally from the fall.
The former President was back at home in Plains as of Wednesday afternoon.
Farewell Speech: Isakson Calls On U.S. Senate To Be More Bipartisan
As Georgia’s Senior U.S. Senator bade farewell to Congress this week, he called on his colleagues to be more biapartisan and to “sit down, get it out in the open and talk about it.”
Isakson didn’t mince words when he said that “there’s something missing in this place”, speaking of bipartisanship. Isakson was well known for his bipartisan approach to legislation and commanded respect from both sides of the aisle.
In his farewell statements, Senator McConnell thanked several of his Congressional colleagues, but he saved the highest praise for Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat who represents a large portion of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
“John is one of my real heroes in life,” Isakson said of Lewis, “I watched what he went through to make us see the light.” Lewis is a well known civil rights leader and was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lewis praised Isakson on the floor of the House recently and the two embraced each other, with Lewis calling Isakson his “brother.”
Isakson is one of the few Republican politicians in Georgia who was first elected as a Republican and didn’t switch parties. He is the only person in Georgia history to save in the Georgia House, the Georgia Senate, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.
Blood Assurance Asking For Donors
Blood Assurance, which has a donation center in Fort Oglethorpe, is critically low on several blood types, especially B-negative.
O-negative and O-positive are also in critical need due to high usage and traumas in the Blood Assurance service area. All other blood types except AB-positive are also in need.
“We have been struggling to keep B-negative blood on our shelf for the last couple of weeks and recent traumas have negatively impacted our supply of O,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “We are seeing a low donor turnout recently, which is not unusual for the week after Thanksgiving, but we are hoping that people will get into the spirit of giving and come see us during this time of critical need.”
Blood Assurance is asking for anyone who can to donate whole blood and double red cells at this time.
USPS Stamp To Raise Money For Veterans
The United States Postal Service has unveiled a “Healing PTSD” stamp to raise money for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for the National Center for PTSD.
The stamp is semi-postal, meaning it was designed to fund a cause of public interest.
The stamps will be sold for 65 cents, 10 cents more than a standard stamp. They went on sale in post offices nationwide on Dec. 2 and are also available online.
According to Military.com, the Healing PTSD stamp is the third military themed stamp from the USPS. The first was one supporting military dogs which was issued on Aug. 1, 2019 and the other was a Purple Heart Forever stamp issued on Oct. 4. Neither of those were part of a fundraiser.
Arrest Report - Wednesday - December 4, 2019
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, December 4, 2019:
Summerville Police Called About Missing Trailer
Summerville Police were called to a Church Street address last week concerning a missing trailer.
The responding officer met with Brenda Williamson who state she loaned a 8×20 utility trailer to her brother. Her brother then loaned the trailer to a man from Rome. Ms. Williamson said that neither she, nor her brother had been able to locate the man – or the trailer.
Summerville Police were able to contact someone in Rome who said that the man who had the trailer had been living with them, but they had not seen him a few days.
Officers advised Ms. Williams on what legal steps to take in order to retrieve the trailer, according to the report from the Summerville Police Department.
GNTC’s 2019 Fall Commencement Ceremony
Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine-county service area will exit the Dalton Convention Center on Thursday, Dec. 5, armed with the technical training needed to kick start their careers.
The 2019 Fall Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
After students, administrators and faculty march into place during Processional, the Pledge of Allegiance will be conducted by Susan Bowman, instructor of Health Information Technology at GNTC. Invocation will be led by Troy Peco, instructor and director of Automotive Technology at GNTC.
Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce Brandon Neighbors, the 2019 GNTC Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership Winner, as the keynote commencement speaker for the evening.
Neighbors was the director of Youth Ministry at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 2013-17, and was an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, 2002-10. He also attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering in 2002. As a U.S. Marine, Neighbors was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2009 and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 2010.
Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans, Phi Beta Lambda members, SkillsUSA members, Student Government Association members and dual enrollment high school students will also be led by Phillips.
Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, will present graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Listed are graduates that are participating in the 2019 Fall Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Alicia L. Aguirre, Accounting
Lorayna R. Alan, Marketing
Heather Gayle Allen, Adult Echocardiography
Anna Lavonne Anthony, Business Technology
Taylor Arasmith, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Brianna Armstrong, Radiologic Technology
Emanuel J. Arroyo Flores, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Rachel Megan Bailey, Radiologic Technology
Guadalupe B. Balbino-Rosillo, Medical Assisting
Bruce Ryan Banks, Construction Management
Megan L. Bauer, Business Management
Christine E. Betty, Health Information Management Technology
Spencer Brody Bolden, Criminal Justice
Savannah Brooke Bone, Medical Assisting
Teresa Hale Botts, Business Technology
Amanda J. Bray, Business Management
Jonathan W. Brooker, Computer Support Specialist
Laura Brown, Early Childhood Care and Education
Taylor E. Bryson, Industrial Systems Technology
Kristie Lynn Campbell, Adult Echocardiography
Hannah C. Cauthen, Vascular
Shanon Bellamy Chance, Accounting
Gretchen F. Chandler, Business Management
Magdaleno Chavez Nunez, Accounting
Sandra M. Clark, Health Information Management Technology
Kasey Laine Cluck, Surgical Technology
Lauren E. Collins, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Misty B. Collins, Early Childhood Care and Education
Samanatha A. Collins, Business Management
Abiram Contreras, Electronics Technology
Jenifer Cornejo, Accounting
Cassie Crump, Radiologic Technology
Christina Cuevas, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Kaitlin L. Cunningham, Vascular
Aimee L. Dean, Surgical Technology
Christina Gayle DeSalvo, Surgical Technology
Oseas J. Diego, Business Management
Amber M. Dockery, Radiologic Technology
Autumn N. Donaldson, Medical Assisting
Kaytlynn I. Dondanville, Radiologic Technology
Cornelia O. Egede, Health Information Management Technology
Christopher L. Elrod, Industrial Systems Technology
Michael N. Embola, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Jennifer LeighAnn Floyd, Business Technology
Sedric V. Floyd , Culinary Arts
Kira Fox, Radiologic Technology
Ashley Renee’ Franklin, Early Childhood Care and Education
Michael S. Goodwin, Computer Support Specialist
Randall Alan Goodwin, Paramedicine
Brittany Nichol Graham, Criminal Justice
Zackary Graham, Automotive Technology
Laurie Green, Networking Specialist
Trisha Lynn Gribble, Health Information Management Technology
Jaweah L. Hamilton, Early Childhood Care and Education
Niki Nicole Hammock, Business Technology
Kirstin N. Harris, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Heather L. Hawkins, Medical Assisting
Brenton J. Hill, Surgical Technology
Lara D. Holmes, Accounting
Steven Andrew Howington, Business Management
Morgan A. Hughes, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Wanda Denise Hulsey, Business Technology
Cierra Jachimiak, Business Management
Thaley S. Jackson, Criminal Justice
Cindy Jacobo, Criminal Justice
Jose J. Jacobo, Industrial Systems Technology
Elizabeth Kaitlin Jager, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Haley V. Johnson, Radiologic Technology
Kacidie Megan Jones, Vascular
Zackary C. Jones, Business Management
Melanie Kellogg, Early Childhood Care and Education
Leslie E. Kendrick, Health Information Management Technology
Daniel L. King, Precision Machining and Manufacturing
Susan Denese Kirby, Business Management
Kayla M. Lambert, Adult Echocardiography
Hannah Elizabeth Larson, Medical Assisting
William Zackary Leath, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Emily J. Lolchoki, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Christian Jordan Lopez, Criminal Justice
Gabriel Lopez, Construction Management
Maria S. Lopez , Early Childhood Care and Education
Edwin Josue Luna, Industrial Systems Technology
Samuel Maldonado, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Laura Ann Milardo, Vascular
Samantha N. Miller, Business Management
James Leroy Miner, Vascular
Marisela Minjarez, Business Management
Nancy Judith Miranda, Automotive Technology
Kevin Elliott Moreau, Adult Echocardiography
Jose J. Moreno, Industrial Systems Technology
Leslie Mote, Adult Echocardiography
Antavia Ragine Moten, Early Childhood Care and Education
Keetra L. Murphy, Surgical Technology
Jessica Nabors, Accounting
Priscilla A. Neelley, Business Management
Angel Nicholson, Accounting
Bennett E. Niedrach, Vascular
Jessica S. Norman, Adult Echocardiography
Gonzalo Nunez Jr., Electronics Technology
Erica Michelle Owens, Early Childhood Care and Education
Jason Loredo Paez, Construction Management
Joel Paez, Construction Management
Mitchell C. Parker, Drafting Technology
Morgan Pass, Medical Assisting
Samantha Patrick, Radiologic Technology
Lacy R. Paul, Business Technology
Eric Perez, Drafting Technology
Angela Traci Perkins, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Dewayne H. Perkins, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Amber Phillips, Early Childhood Care and Education
Leticia Pineda, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Ricky Austin Pope, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
David J. Powers, Vascular
Sarah Price, Medical Assisting
Guadalupe A. Ramirez, Industrial Systems Technology
Sarah G. Redding, Business Technology
Shawn Reeves, Industrial Systems Technology
Ana Reluzco, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Erika Reyes Nunez, Accounting
Kristen Carolyn Ridley, Medical Assisting
Wendy L. Robbins, Business Management
Toni Ashley Rogers, Early Childhood Care and Education
Jimmy Ruiz, Accounting
Destiny J. Runyan, Surgical Technology
Hali R. Sangphim, Accounting
Angel Seabolt, Surgical Technology
Arturo Segura, Precision Machining and Manufacturing
Nicholas T. Shelow, Radiologic Technology
Alton Simon, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Hannah Grace Smith, Medical Assisting
Kaylee L. Smith, Medical Assisting
George A. Soto, Construction Management
Lucretia Claudette Stalling, Business Management
Misty Leigh Stiles, Business Management
Georgia L. Summey, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Pamela T. Tallent, Social Work Assistant
Kristy Lynn Tate, Business Technology
Margaret Taylor, Social Work Assistant
Hunter J. Thomason, Surgical Technology
Abigail Angeles Trejo, Radiologic Technology
Amalia Trejo, Accounting
Amber Paige Trollinger, Business Management
Kaylee A. Tucker, Radiologic Technology
Andres Viscarras, Industrial Systems Technology
Lindsay K. Webb, Business Management
Douglas Glen Williams, Electronics Technology
Elizabeth Victoria Zeller, Business Technology
Francisco Andrade, Air Conditioning Technology
Natalie M. Andrews, Culinary Arts
Emma Appiah, Practical Nursing
Martha Isabel Avila, Practical Nursing
Austin Lowell Banks, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Katie Renee Bearden, EMS Professions
Jana Scott Birdseye, Lactation Consultant
Mary E. Bullard, Business Technology
Yoselen Carranza Camacho, Medical Assisting
Jasmine A. Cooke, Early Childhood Care and Education
Jessica D. Cooper, Cosmetology
Estrellita Cruz Cornejo, Medical Assisting
Beverly Davis, Health Information Management Coding
Nahomy S. Diaz Villanueva, Cosmetology
Lori D. Dotson, Lactation Consultant
Kimberly Dawn Evans, Lactation Consultant
Jessica E. Fincher, Medical Assisting
Vanessa Garcia, Medical Assisting
Keysa N. Garrett, Medical Assisting
Christy Romans Germany-Davis, Business Technology
Faith G. Gichaara, Practical Nursing
MaKenzie Keonna Golder, Surgical Technology
Velvie N. Groves, Cosmetology
Christopher Lee Guffey, Air Conditioning Technology
Kala Nicole Gunter, Surgical Technology
Marisela Guzman Reyes, EMS Professions
Nancy Eileen Habif, Lactation Consultant
Teresa Flowers Hall, Medical Assisting
Amber N. Harrison, Business Technology
Lisa Hix, Early Childhood Care and Education
Christopher C. Holloway, Electrical Systems Technology
Michael Ivester, Electrical Systems Technology
Teresa D. Keef, Business Healthcare Technology
Brooke Elizabeth Kerns, Surgical Technology
Heath T. Kilgore, Air Conditioning Technology
Tara Yvonne Langston, Medical Assisting
Christy Lynn Leatherwood, Computer Support Specialist
Celest Latrece Lee, Medical Assisting
Deidra Long, Business Technology
Karina Stefany Lopez Valle, Medical Assisting
Katrina J. Martin, Lactation Consultant
Kyara Lashay Massey, Practical Nursing
Precious Markee Mathis, Medical Assisting
Amy M. McKinnie, Early Childhood Care and Education
Zachary McLemore, Air Conditioning Technology
Megan D. Mitchell, Practical Nursing
Santos Mondragon DeLeon, Industrial Systems Technology
George News, Air Conditioning Technology
Alaina Suzanne Nicholson, Cosmetology
Hali Dale Patterson, Cosmetology
Jasmine D. Poindexter, Practical Nursing
River Pruett, Surgical Technology
Andrea Henderson Quinn, Medical Assisting
Moises Ramirez Sanchez, Auto Collision Repair
Abbie Kristen Rasure, Cosmetology
Bella K. Resendiz Munoz, Medical Assisting
Laura Reyes Nunez, Cosmetology
Nathan Daniel Rittweger, CNC Technology
Rigoberto Ruiz, Auto Collision Repair
Bianca D. Sanchez, Medical Assisting
Stephen Seals, EMS Professions
Federico Sebastian-Pascual, Electrical Systems Technology
Ebony Latoya Smith, Cosmetology
Lacey Cheyenne Smith, Medical Assisting
Ginger Renee Sparks, Cosmetology
Cassie Stalvey, Cosmetology
Leona E. Steelman, Business Technology
William C. Stiles, Electrical Systems Technology
Destiny Nikole Thomas, Practical Nursing
Shelly L. Upchurch, Business Technology
John C. Valle Galdamez, Automotive Technology
Sheree Vallejo, Medical Assisting
Nicomedes Nathaniel Vera, Welding and Joining Technology
Celine Verdier, Cosmetology
Italia C. Whaley, Business Technology
Melynda Shattuck Wilson, Lactation Consultant
Damisha Shaniece Winters, Medical Assisting
Technical Certificate of Credit
Jordan Casey Adams, Cosmetology for Licensure
Alexis Ashworth, Medical Front Office Assistant
Carlos C. Carter, Commercial Truck Driving
Faith Watson Corkren, Construction Manager
Alexis B. Crawford, Microsoft Word Application Professional
Courtney Davis, Cosmetology for Licensure
Stachia Davis, Medical Front Office Assistant
Evelyn Guadalupe Gonzalez, Health Care Assistant
Emma Lee Hardin, Human Resource Management Specialist
Kayla Ivey Harris, Cosmetology for Licensure
Ashley C. Hawkins, Cosmetology for Licensure
Kimberly Hicks Human, Resource Management Specialist
Yolonda Leola Hollifield, Cosmetology for Licensure
James S. Hudson, Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder
Adrea D. Jackson, Medical Front Office Assistant
Kaitlyn Emily Jones, Cosmetology for Licensure
Katherine Kimbrough, Medical Front Office Assistant
Carmen Lopez-Martinez, Cosmetology for Licensure
Rosa Lucas, Cosmetology for Licensure
Breanna Luke, Administrative Support Assistant
Maria D. Mandujano, Cosmetology for Licensure
Tara Leighanna Matthews, Cosmetology for Licensure
Ginger A. McDuffie, Cosmetology for Licensure
Ta’Tianna S. Moore, Medical Front Office Assistant
Karlee Nikol Patterson, Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician
Laura Olivia Patterson, Cosmetology for Licensure
Abigail G. Penny, Healthcare Office Assistant
Noemi Yesenia Poroj, Cosmetology for Licensure
Kelsi D’nae Summerlin, Human Resource Management Specialist
Lindsey H. Tidwell, Medical Coding
Rebecca Vergara, Human Resource Management Specialist
Ailsa Renee Webb, Cosmetology for Licensure
Cordelia Denenge’ Wells, Health Care Science
Summerville Santa Special Starts Saturday
All aboard The Summerville Santa Special! Summerville Main Street invites passengers to experience an enchanting 75 minute train excursion that departs from the Historic Summerville Depot each weekend in December, beginning December 7 through December 22. Rides depart 4 times daily on Saturdays and 3 times daily on Sundays. Passengers will be transported to “Santa’s Workshop” in Trion to pick up Santa inside an enclosed, climate controlled train car on the festively decorated Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train and hosted by Santa’s elves. While on board, families will enjoy Christmas caroling, storytelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, light refreshments, and of course, visit with Santa. Every child will receive a special memento, and those young and young at heart, will spend special time with the North Pole’s jolliest elf himself, Santa, as he walks through each train car visiting and posing with the kids for photos. Tickets are available for purchase at Summerville City Hall, by phone at (706) 859-0900, on line at tvrail.com. Walk up tickets will be available, but limited. The cost for the train excursion is $19 per person and under age 2 are free.
A Mistletoe Market will be presented each weekend during the train excursions. Hours of operation for the market will be Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Extended hours will be allowed on Sunday, December 22. Food, craft, and specialty vendors will be on hand for shopping and eating pleasures. Visitors will find the depot festively decorated for the Christmas season, with plenty of photo opportunities. A photographer will be on site to capture special family moments. Carriage rides will be offered each weekend departing from the depot beginning on December 8 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Special times are scheduled for Mrs. Claus reading stories and decorating cookies with youth, and appearances by The Grinch are scheduled each weekend. Special performances are scheduled for the kick off weekend of December 7-8. The Southern Style Sweetheart Cloggers will perform a special Christmas Clogging on the street at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Performances by the Horizon Baptist Church Hand bell Choir are scheduled for Sunday, December 8 at 1:15p.m. and 3:15 p.m. As always, admission to the depot is free and the Turntable Trolley free golf cart shuttles will be running
The Chattooga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will hold their quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 12th at 8:30 a.m.at the Chattooga County Civic Center. All members or their representative and elected officials are invited to attend. A light breakfast will be served. Brent Newton, Safety and Training Coordinator and Matt Farmer from NGEMC will be presenting.
Fewer Fatalities In 2019 Thanksgiving Travel Period
This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6PM on Wednesday, November 27th and ended at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 1st.
Statewide, Georgia state troopers investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 214 injuries and nine fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 325 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Troopers, MCCD Officers and Capitol Police Officer issued 11,735 citations and 16,259 warnings.
Local agencies reporting the other three traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Clayton Co. PD, South Fulton PD, and Henry Co. PD.
Over Thanksgiving 2018: Statewide, 15 fatalities. Troopers investigated 610 traffic crashes that resulted in 242 injuries and 10 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 339 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 11,523 citations and 17,046 warnings were issued.
Leadership Chattooga Finishes Last Session For The Year
Deer Still Active - Car vs. Deer Accidents Reported
While we are getting towards the end of the deer mating season, deer continue to be active and when that happens, there is an increase in deer vs. motor vehicle accidents.
One was reported on Sunday, shortly after 11 PM, to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene where Aubrey Smith and hit a deer while traveling east on Highway 100 near the Floyd County line.
Ms. Smith told the responding deputy that she tried hitting her brakes but was unable to avoid striking the deer. The impact was enough that the air bags were deployed on the 2006 Land Rover she was driving. The deer struck the driver side bumper and grill area of the vehicle.
There were no injuries reported from the accident.
Another accident with a deer happened last Friday, shortly before midnight, when Angela Langston was traveling north on Highway 27 at North Ridge Estates. A deer entered the roadway from her driver side and struck her vehicle in the middle of her front bumper and grill area causing the grill of the vehicle to shatter and made a dent in the hood.
Winter Weather Preparedness Week
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia is reminding residents that this is Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Northwest Georgia and Northeast Georgia see more winter weather than any other part of the state. The National Weather Service wants people to be aware of the terms that are used when winter weather is imminent. Know the difference between a outlook, watch, advisory, and warning. The National Weather Service has prepared a chart to help you understand the different terms ranging from a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” to a “Blizzard Warning” – and yes, the National Weather Service has issued a “Blizzard Warning” before – in 1993. Review the chart below and become familiar with the terms used during winter weather events in Georgia.