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

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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.

Freedom first, 


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

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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

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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, 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 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

LEPC Meeting

The Chattooga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will  hold their quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 12th at 8:30 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

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 12 deaths, according to the Georgia State Patrol.  That’s down from 15 fatalities in 2018.

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

Leadership Chattooga 2019 finished up their last session on November 21st.

They began the day as one large group, then split up into two teams: Hoodlums and C-TESTS.
Each team had a list of items or things to do around the county. Photos or videos were the proof of completing a task, and many of those were posted on Facebook. The Hoodlums started off strong, choosing to start in downtown Summerville, but the C-TESTS won the challenge 83-72.
Keeping the same teams, after lunching at the Civic Center, the group headed to Rome’s Colosseum Escape Rooms. The Hoodlums nearly mastered the more-difficult The Blind Pig room while the C-TESTS were seconds away from escaping the Rome Room.
Cindy Rivers with the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce says, “The relationships this class has formed with each other, with their instructors, and with the community, which they may have called home for a long time,..these relationships, and the skills they have learned to build on these relationships, will help the Leadership Chattooga Class of 2019 lead, follow, listen, collaborate, serve and thrive as better citizens of Chattooga County.”
Spots are available for the Leadership Chattooga 2020 class.  For more information contact Cindy Rivers with the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce.

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.