Arrest Report - Thursday October 29, 2020 Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday October 29, 2020: Storm Report From Sheriff Mark Schrader : Lots of debris in the roadways this morning along with standing water in many places. Please urge drivers to slow down and allow extra time for travel this morning. There are trees down across multiple roadways. From Commissioner Winters: Chattooga County Government will work on a two hour delay Thursday Multiple power outages are being reported around the area. Anheuser - Busch Expanding In Northwest Georgia Anheuser-Busch has announced that as part of its commitment to supporting the safe and strong recovery of the U.S. economy, it is increasing its investment in its Cartersville brewery from $85 million to $150 million. The investment, which was originally announced in January, will support new brewing capabilities, the creation of a new can line, and will generate new efficiencies in the brewing process as the company continues to lead in meeting evolving consumer demand. The expansion of the brewery reaffirms the brewer’s commitment to local jobs during a time of economic uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. For over twenty-seven years, Anheuser-Busch has been a positive presence in our city, and a committed partner in providing quality jobs and making our community a better place. This expansion is just the latest example of that,” said Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “We are thankful for their investment in this project which ensures the continuation of a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship between Anheuser-Busch and Cartersville.” “Anheuser-Busch is a great example of positive corporate citizenship, and we appreciate their long-term commitment to northwest Georgia. The company’s continued investment in their Cartersville advanced manufacturing operations is a testament to the skilled workforce, competitive business climate and community support that enables our existing industries to grow and continue to be successful in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We congratulate our economic development partners in Cartersville and Bartow County and Anheuser-Busch on this expansion.” “Thank you to Anheuser-Busch for their commitment to our community. Their investment in our economy – especially in a time of crisis – is a sign of their leadership and dedication to Cartersville,” said Georgia State Representative Mitchell Scoggins (R-Cartersville). “We are proud to have them in our community.” Additional investments in its more than 100 facilities across the U.S. are just one part of the brewer’s commitment to supporting the economic recovery. Anheuser-Busch also donated over $2 million in partnership with the U.S. Bartenders Guild, the James Beard Foundation, and others to support out-of-work bar and restaurant workers. The brewer also joined the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Revival Campaign as the exclusive beer partner to support safe and successful re-openings across the country, and through Stella Artois, committed $2.25 million to the ServSafe Dining Commitment. “As a leading employer we have been using our unique capabilities, reach and relationships to support our communities and our country throughout this crisis,” said Cesar Vargas, Anheuser-Busch Chief External Affairs Officer. “That includes continuing to invest in and expand our manufacturing facilities and create jobs across the U.S.” “We are deeply committed to the Cartersville community, and we are pleased to move forward with our plans to expand our brewery and create new brewing capabilities,” said Kevin Fahrenkrog, senior general manager of the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery. “In this time of uncertainty, we’re proud to invest in local manufacturing jobs and strengthen the U.S. beer industry.” The Cartersville brewery employs more than 500 people and contributes more than $400 million annually to Georgia’s economy. Opened in 1993, the Cartersville brewery brews more than 20 Anheuser-Busch beer brands and is the original producer of emergency drinking water for the company’s disaster relief program — with the brewery team starring in Budweiser’s 2018 Super Bowl Commercial highlighting the program. Cartersville was also the first Anheuser-Busch brewery to be certified organic by USDA in order to brew and package Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. WBHF Probate Court Closed November 3rd & 4th Chattooga County Probate Judge Becky Duke says that the Probate Judge’s Office will be closed next Tuesday, Election Day (November 3rd) and the next day, Wednesday, November 4th. Judge Duke says that the office will reopen on Thursday, November 5th. Judge Duke added, “I would like to thank everyone for their patience with us throughout this election period.” Information About Summerville's Christmas Parade The City of Summerville Christmas Parade will look a little different this year! With earlier city-sponsored special events put on hold this year due to COVID-19, officials were determined to think outside of the box concerning the annual Christmas parade and come up with a safe solution. In order to safely hold its annual Christmas Parade during the Coronavirus Pandemic, the city will be taking a different approach. Instead of the usual format, Summerville will host a “reverse parade,” with stationary floats and displays. The set-up will be similar to a drive-through holiday lights display and will allow for spacing between parade entrants, allowing those looking for Christmas cheer to simply drive-through and enjoy the scenery from the safety of their vehicle. In addition, while driving through the reverse parade, sounds of the season may be enjoyed on 99.1 FM Real Country WZQZ. The event is scheduled for for December 5 from 6 until 8 p.m. The parade route will begin on University Street along Dowdy Park, turning north onto East Washington Street. The route will extend to West Washington Street, allowing vehicles to loop around at the Summerville United Methodist Church and return back down East Washington Street to exit on Economy Street. Santa has been made aware of the changes and will be located at the end of the parade route, as always, excited to wave to all the children riding by. The theme for this year’s event is “Christmas Comes To Town.” Churches, businesses, organizations, and residents wishing to participate this year are asked to decorate according to the theme, which may also include The Twelve Days of Christmas. Trophies will be awarded by the Summerville Recreation Department for the top 3 float entries and prize monies in the amount of $250.00 for 1st Place, $100.00 for 2nd Place, and $75.00 for 3rd Place will be awarded by Summerville Main Street. Entrants must provide their own power (if needed). Electrical access will not be available. Floats are encouraged to participate, as always, but so are displays and live nativities. Please make note that entries will be limited this year to 50, due to limited space. For more information on the parade, visit www.summervillega.org Applications and rules will be available on the City’s website, or may be picked up at the Summerville Recreation Department. Registration cost is $25. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, November 30 at 12 noon. For additional information contact the Summerville Recreation Department at 706-859-0910 or Summerville Main Street at 706-859-0900. Over 40% Of Chattooga's Voters Have Cast Their Ballots With slightly more than 1 week to go, 42% of active voters in Chattooga County have already cast ballots. This is a significant surge from past years and is part of the record early turnout that Georgia has seen so far ahead of the November elections. “The record turnout is a testament to the hard work our state and local elections officials are putting in to uphold election access for Georgia voters,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “We are setting records every hour. Adjusting to a new voting system or turning on a dime to accommodate a surge in absentee by mail voting would be enough to challenge even the most seasoned elections officials. Doing so with the added complications of COVID-19 has made this effort truly Herculean.” So far, 5,968 of Chattooga County’s 14,170 registered voters have already turned out to vote early, representing 42% of the total registered votes in the county. This significant early turnout number tracks with the record turnout seen across Georgia and throughout the country. Of the 5,968 ballots cast in Chattooga County so far, 1,608 absentee by mail ballots have been returned by mail or through the more than 200 absentee ballot dropboxes that have been installed across the state. The drop boxes were first allowed following a rule passed by the State Election Board, which is chaired by Secretary Raffensperger, earlier this year at the request of county elections officials. Much of the surge in early voting has come from record early, in-person voting. In Chattooga County so far, 4,360 voters have cast ballots early, in-person. Wise Staffing Hiring For Roper Today At Trion Rec Department Wise Staffing Group will be hosting a job fair for Roper today, at the Trion Recreation Center from 11 AM until 2:30 PM. This will be for temporary and permanent jobs. Applications and interviews could start as early as Friday. Peak "Deer Rut Season" - Motorists Beware Georgia wildlife officials are warning drivers to watch out for deer on and near the roads during this time. This is peak deer activity season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Motorists should be alert and pay close attention to roadsides as we are nearing the annual peak time of year for deer movement,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. “Keep in mind that deer often travel in groups, so if a deer crosses the road ahead of you there is a good chance that another will follow. In many cases, that second deer is the one hit as the driver assumes the danger has passed and fails to slow down.” There are two main reasons why drivers may see more deer along roads in the fall: Mating Season – Deer mating season occurs between October and late December, depending on location. Male deer go into “rut” and begin actively searching for mates. This behavior results in an increase in deer movement, bringing them across roadways. Time Changes – As we begin to “fall back” for daylight savings time, our days become shorter and nights become longer. Rush hour for most commuters tends to fall during the same hours in which white-tailed deer are most active – dawn and dusk. Following are some tips and information to help avoid potential collisions: Deer Are Unpredictable: Always remember deer are wild and, therefore, can be unpredictable. A deer calmly standing on the side of a road may bolt into or across the road rather than away from it when startled by a vehicle. One Deer Usually Means More: Always take caution and slow down when a deer crosses the road in front of you. Deer usually travel in groups, so it is likely that others will follow. Time of Day: As deer are most active at dawn and dusk, they are typically seen along roads during the early morning and late evening – the same times most people are commuting to and from work. Time of Year: While deer-car collisions can occur at any time of year, the fall breeding season is a peak time for such accidents. During the fall breeding season, deer movement increases and this often brings them in contact with roadways that cross their natural habitats. Road shoulders generally provide beneficial food plants both during extremely dry times of the year and following a long, hard winter. Deer are attracted to these plants in late-winter, early spring and late summer. Georgia’s deer rut map is an excellent tool for motorists to determine local peaks in deer movement. Drivers should be especially wary of deer during these time periods. Minimize Damage: If it is too late to avoid a collision, drivers are advised to slow down as much as possible to minimize damage – resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer, as this may cause further damage, sending drivers off the road or causing a collision with another vehicle. EPA Calls for Nominations for the 2021 Presidents Environmental Student & Teacher Awards The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is now accepting applications for the 2021 President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). “Environmental education is paramount to providing students with the skills and tools they need to be the next generation of Americans caring for our nation’s air, water and land,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Success in the environmental education program hinges on teachers’ ability to employ modern approaches to this important field of study. EPA remains committed to supporting America’s teachers and students to promote environmental stewardship – both now and in the future.” Established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, PEYA recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects from Kindergarten through 12th grade by promoting environmental awareness and encouraging community involvement. Also established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, PIAEE recognizes outstanding K-12 grade educators who integrate environmental, place-based experiential learning into school curricula and school facility management across the country. The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with EPA, administers the PIAEE awards program. Additional Information on the 2020 Awards EPA is seeking 2020 PEYA and PIAEE award applications for projects on a variety of environmental topics, including (but not limited to): Reducing food waste and loss and excess food recovery efforts. Reducing contributions to ocean and marine litter. Solutions in recycling. Using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to teach environmental education. Environmental sustainability. Sustainable agricultural practices. Healthy school environments. For the PEYA awards, EPA will select up to two winners in each of the agency’s 10 Regions – one regional winner for grades K-5 and one regional winner for grades 6-12. The winning projects will be highlighted on EPA’s website. All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. And, if the sponsor is not a teacher, the project must have a teacher as a co-sponsor. The application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PEYA page. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive the PIAEE award. Teachers will receive a presidential plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Winning teachers’ local education agencies will also receive awards of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Next year’s winners will be highlighted on EPA’s website. The application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PIAEE page. Applications for both awards programs are due no later than February 19, 2021. For more information on the youth awards (PEYA), please contact: PEYA@epa.gov. For more information on the teacher awards (PIAEE), please contact: PIAEE@epa.gov. Early Voting Ends Tomorrow At 5 PM If you want to cast your ballot in advance of the November 3rd General Election, you have today and tomorrow to get to the Chattooga County Registrars Office and cast your vote. Remember, when you go to vote, you need to bring a picture ID and be sure that you have no campaign paraphernalia; this includes hats, caps, bumper stickers, shirts or anything with any logo that supports a political candidate. All voters vote early at the Chattooga County Registrars Office regardless of what precinct they live in. If you choose to wait until Election Day to cast your ballot, you need to remember that some polling places are different than they were in 2016 or 2018, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. When you vote on Election Day, you must vote at your local precinct’s location. On Election Day, there is NO voting at the Registrars Office. The following polling places will be used on Election Day. • The Lawrence Center, 71 Edison Street, Menlo, GA 30731 to hold the electors for the precincts of Alpine and Cloudland; • Lyerly Fire Department, 6086 Georgia Highway 114, Lyerly, GA 30730 to hold the electors for the precincts of Coldwater, Lyerly, Dirtseller and Seminole; • Subligna Baptist Church, 35 Subligna Church Rd, Summerville, GA 30747 to hold the electors for the precinct of Subligna; and • Trion Recreation Department, 90 Dalton Street, Trion, GA 30753 to hold the electors for the precincts of Pennville, Teloga and Trion. The polling locations for electors in the precincts of Dirttown, Haywood and Summerville shall remain as previously scheduled, to-wit: • Gore Fire Hall, 9 Gore Fire Hall Road, Summerville, GA 30747 to hold the electors for the precinct of Dirttown; • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 4868 Haywood Valley Road, Armuchee, GA 30105 to hold the electors for the precinct of Haywood; and • Chattooga County Civic Center, 44 Highway 48, Summerville, GA 30747 to hold the electors for the precinct of Summerville. Chattooga Young Farmers "Whole Hog Raffle" Tickets Still Available Chattooga County Young Farmers still have tickets available for their “whole hog raffle”. The tickets are only $5 each and the winner will get a whole hog, complete with processing. The hog raffle will be held in conjunction with the Chattooga County FFA – 4-H Pig Show next month. Students received their pigs in July and have raised them for auction. Normally, the first pig-show preview is held during the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair, but the show had to be held separately this year due to COVID-19 cancelling the Fair. The Pig Show and Whole Hog Raffle will be held on Monday, November 9th. Tickets for the raffle are available from Young Farmer Members, or you can purchase them at Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply in Lyerly or The Ruby Slipper in Summerville. Guffin & Eleam Statement On Impending Storm For customers of Guffin and Eleam, Inc.: If you have damage from upcoming storm you can contact Butch Eleam at email@example.com, or his cell at 706-844-5442 or call the office number 706-857-3494 and listen to the prompts and you can be transferred to one of our associates. You should take photos of the damage and if you need to make any temporary repairs to prevent further damage please do so. We appreciate your business and please be safe. Allen W. Eleam (Butch) Guffin & Eleam, Inc P O Box 340 Summerville, GA 30747 PH 706-857-3494 CELL 706-844-5442 Fax 706-857-1714 firstname.lastname@example.org Georgia Power Urges Preparation For Tropical Storm Zeta As the Gulf Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Zeta, Georgia Power is actively monitoring the storm and coordinating with its sister power companies, emergency partners, including GEMA and the Mutual Assistance Network which consists of dozens of utilities from around the country. With each request for assistance, the company ensures that it has sufficient coverage to respond to any potential local service interruptions. Due to already saturated soil and possible high winds, Zeta is likely to bring down trees that could cause outages. Customers are encouraged to use this time to prepare and keep safety in mind when threatened with possible dangerous conditions and storm damage. Georgia Power continues to monitor the changing weather around the clock. Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe weather and offers the following storm tips: Before a Storm: Stay aware and check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Turn off air conditioners as power surges can overload them and charge cell phones in case you lose power. During a Storm: Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity – appliances, metal objects and water. After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off of power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage. Tools You Can Use to Prepare for Severe Weather Year-round Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message. Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938. Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times. Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go. @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more. Emergency Plan and Kit – Visit the Georgia Power storm page for information on how to build a family emergency plan and emergency supply kit. Storm Response Pandemic Preparations Georgia Power constantly monitors changing weather conditions and is prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather while taking proactive actions including special “distancing” and other precautions to help protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus. In addition, the company’s comprehensive pandemic plans help ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy customers expect and deserve. In the field, the power restoration process includes these key steps: Assessing Conditions – Responding crews – or in major storms, damage assessment teams – work to identify trouble spots and the resources needed to fix them, which could involve coming onto customers’ property. Crews will employ appropriate distancing efforts and customers are asked to keep children and pets indoors and maintain safe distances from crew members as well. Making Repairs – Georgia Power crews focus on repairs that return power to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time. Ways you can help keep workers safe while they work in the field: If you see utility crews, please stay back a minimum of six feet – much more if they are working. Please, no cookies or treats for workers during this time. Give a wave or thumbs up to workers you see. They’ll understand your gratitude as they work to keep the lights on. Don’t touch utility trucks or equipment. Electric providers are operating under modified conditions to keep workers safe, which includes additional cleaning and sanitation of tools and equipment. Trion Schools Cancelled For Thursday Trion City School Superintendent Phil Williams announced that Trion Schools will be closed for students on Thursday due to the anticipated tropical storm. Williams said, “Due to the National Weather Service issuing a Tropical Storm Warning for Chattooga County, Trion City Schools will be closed for students tomorrow, October 29. Teachers and staff are expected to report at 10 AM if weather conditions are favorable. An announcement will be made bat 8 AM Thursday morning regarding teachers reporting at 10 AM. Stay tuned to the weather and be safe.” Chattooga Schools Announce "Virtual Learning Day" For Thursday Due To Weather Forecast Chattooga County School Supt. Jared Hosmer has made the decision to have a “virtual learning day” for Thursday in light of the Tropical Storm Warning that is in place for Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia. In a release Wednesday afternoon, Supt. Hosmer stated: Due to the forecasted bad weather for tomorrow, Chattooga County Schools will enact a “Virtual School Day” for all students and staff on October 29, 2020. Please refer to the Virtual Handbook Reference Guide that was provided at the beginning of this school year to all students. Please see the attached letter concerning short term closures. All after school activities for tomorrow, October 29, 2020, will be determined by 1:00 pm tomorrow. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. Country Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Passes Away Billy Joe Shaver, the outlaw country music pioneer who wrote some of the genre’s greatest songs, died Wednesday in Waco, Texas, after suffering a stroke. He was 81. Connie Nelson, a friend of Shaver’s, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone. Shaver’s hard-lived career classics included “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” and “Live Forever.” He wrote ten out of the 11 songs on Waylon Jennings’ 1973 outlaw country breakthrough Honky Tonk Heroes; Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley all recorded his songs; and in 2010, Willie Nelson called him “the greatest living songwriter.” Shaver lived the outlaw lifestyle that others only sang about. In 2007, he was charged with shooting a man in the face at a bar near his home in Waco. The trial drew friends including Nelson and the actor Robert Duvall in support of Shaver, who was ultimately found not guilty and went on to turn the ordeal into a song, “Wacko From Waco.” Born in Coriscana, Texas, on August 16th, 1939, Shaver was raised by his mother, Victory, and would later leave town to find a job working at a honky-tonk in Waco. He would often accompany his mother to her job at the local nightclub, where he became exposed to country music. In the early Sixties, Shaver moved to Houston, and frequented a club called the Old Quarter where he met Townes Van Zandt. They became drinking buddies, and their friendship led him to Nashville. He scored an apprenticeship for Harlan Howard, and then a job working for Bobby Bare. Read more from Rolling Stone here Tropical Storm Warning For Chattooga County & North Georgia A tropical storm warning has been issued for Georgia as Hurricane Zeta strengthens in the Gulf Wednesday morning. Zeta is now a Category 1 Hurricane. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected in parts of north Georgia, including Chattooga and surrounding counties. Zeta made landfall in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Monday evening as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It briefly weakened to a tropical storm but regained Category 1 strength Wednesday morning as it surged through the Gulf of Mexico toward the U.S., according to forecasters. The latest path shows Zeta will likely hit Georgia on Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph are possible early Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. There is also the risk of flooding and possible weak tornadoes. A flash flood watch went into effect at 8 a.m. for all of North Georgia. The watch expires Thursday evening. This is a developing weather situation. WZQZ News will bring you the latest from the National Weather Service and the Georgia News Network. Arrest Report - Wednesday October 28, 2020 Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday October 28, 2020: Veterans Service To Be Held In Trion A small Veterans Service will be held on November 5, 2020 at the Trion Veterans Memorial. The event will take place at noon. The Trion Veterans Committee says that the service will be for the family members of the flags and pavers that have been added this year. GHC Announces "No Application Fee" & Virtual Enrollment Applicants to Georgia Highlands College (GHC) now have an opportunity to receive an immediate admissions decision for the spring, summer or fall 2021 semester by registering for an Instant Decision Day. Instant Decision Day not only expedites the process for enrollment, but it also helps applicants save money by waiving the college’s application fee. The events are all virtual, and participants can register at decision.highlands.edu “Instant Decision Day helps applicants reduce the entire admissions process to one day rather than having to spread the application process over a course of weeks and/or months. We want to assist our students in any way, shape or form that we can,” Director of Admissions Maggie Schuyler said. “We are simplifying the admissions process and giving everyone more hands-on assistance.” Applicants can participate in one of three virtual Instant Decision Days on the following dates: Register by Monday, Nov. 2, for an Instant Decision Day on Wednesday, Nov. 4 Register by Monday, Nov. 9, for an Instant Decision Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 Register by Monday, Nov. 16, for an Instant Decision Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18 Applicants should request their high school transcripts via their high school guidance counselor to be sent to GHC Admissions. If they have attended another college or university, then they should request their transcripts from the institution’s Registrar’s Office to be sent to GHC Admissions. All transcripts should be sent via an electronic transcript issuing services such as eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or GAFutures. “To expedite the process, Georgia Highlands College recommends applicants submit their required documentation electronically,” Schuyler said. In addition, future students can meet with an admissions counselor via the GHC Virtual Hub (virtualservices.highlands.edu), Monday through Friday. They may also schedule a personalized on-campus tour at any GHC campus location in Rome, Cartersville, Dallas, Douglasville or Marietta by filling out an online form (visit.highlands.ed). Head over to decision.highlands.edu for more information and to register for the next Instant Decision Day virtual event at GHC.