Arrest Report - Wednesday January 22, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, January 21, 2020:

AAA Urges Georgia Motorists To Protect First Responders

AAA-The Auto Club Group urges all motorists to slow down and move over for first responders, tow service operators, utility workers, and road crews working alongside multi-lane roadways. AAA announces the start of an ongoing Slow Down, Move Over campaign aimed at highlighting the Move Over law designed to reduce deaths and injuries on Georgia’s roadways.

“AAA roadside service providers will respond to over 30 million calls for help this year alone; delivering safety, security and peace of mind to our members. Their lives are on the line every time they respond to a call, said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We’re asking for the public’s support to protect all of the first responders who come to the rescue of motorists. Slow down, move over as the lives of our highway heroes are on your shoulders.”

Georgia’s Move Over law says motorists travelling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder must move-over one lane when first responders, tow service operators, utility workers, and road crews are stopped on the side of the highway and operating in an official capacity. The law is meant to keep officers and traffic violators safe from crashes with passing vehicles.

To protect roadside workers and improve highway safety, AAA offers these precautionary tips:

  • Always remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on the task of driving.
  • Maintain a visual lead of everything going on 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. This gives you time to see problems ahead and change lanes and adjust speed accordingly.
  • Emergencies can occur anywhere on the road. When you see flashing lights, slow down and prepare well in advance to change lanes. Allow others to merge into your lane when necessary.
  • Don’t follow semi-trucks or other large vehicles too closely. If a truck moves into a left-hand lane, don’t speed around the right side. They are changing lanes for a reason; be prepared to change lanes yourself.
  • When road conditions are slick, don’t make sudden lane changes which can cause an uncontrollable skid. Change lanes early and move over gradually.
  • If you are unable to move over, slow down to a safe speed taking into consideration that you are approaching a workspace where pedestrians are present.

Floyd Donates $100,000 To Anti-Smoking, Anti-Vaping Effort

Floyd has pledged $100,000 to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance – $50,000 from the Floyd Healthcare Foundation – in an effort to stem tobacco use and the rising tide of vaping among youth in northwest Georgia.

The alliance is working to provide anti-vaping and anti-smoking education in grades four through 12 in Floyd County, Rome City, Polk County and Chattooga County schools over the next three years, said Dr. P.J. Lynn, GHFA board president.

The goal is to reach approximately 20,000 students over the next three years, Dr. Lynn said. A Floyd Family Medicine Residency graduate, Dr. Lynn currently works in the Emergency Department at Floyd Medical Center and as a faculty member for the Floyd Residency Program.

While anti-smoking programs in schools aren’t new, the focus on vaping has been sparked by an increase in use among school-age kids. While smoking tobacco products has steadily declined among school-age children, the use of e-cigarettes has increased, Dr. Lynn said.

“We know that some kids who might have never smoked otherwise start vaping at a young age,” he said. “We also know that vaping marketers are targeting a younger audience.”

The money provided by Floyd will pay for training of nurses, athletic trainers and community volunteers to provide the educational program to students, as well as for all the supplies needed for each educational session.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the e-cigarette aerosol that users inhale from vaping devices can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

· Nicotine

· Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

· Flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease

· Volatile organic compounds

· Cancer-causing chemicals

· Heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead

Chattooga Republicans Announce Upcoming Meeting

Chattooga County Republicans have announced their meeting for next month and on the agenda are several candidates for local offices in Chattooga County.

According to the press release, local Republicans will be hearing from Mr. Clayton Fuller, who is running for United States Congress. Fuller has served in the United States Air Force, working as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer.  He has also worked in the office of Second-Lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice-President Mike Pence.  Fuller is a resident of Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Several running for county-wide offices are scheduled to speak as well.  Magistrate Judge Tracy Maddux, who has served five terms as a Democrat is switching parties this election and plans to run as a Republican.  No other candidates from either party have announced any intentions to run against Maddux.

Two local residents say they are running for County Commissioner – Paula Arden and Chris Woodall – both are scheduled to speak to the local Republican Party.

Also, Chad Dodd who is a candidate for the Chattooga County Board of Education is scheduled to speak.  Dodd would be running for the seat currently held by John Agnew.  Agnew has not publicly made any announcements about his intentions for 2020.

The monthly meeting of the Chattooga County Republican Party will held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6 PM.

"Living The Dream" Event For Black History Month

The A.C. Carter Consolidated School Alumni Scholarship Committee will present a day of education, art, food, fellowship, music, and fun entitled ”Living The Dream” coming up next month to kick-off Black History Month in Chattooga County.

This free public event is scheduled for on Saturday, February 1 at the Chattooga County Civic Center as a celebration to kick off Black History Month. Event hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Activities will be offered throughout the day, lending opportunities to learn about the history of Black History Month,culture, music, art, famous firsts by black Americans and locals,and milestones in black history. Scheduled attractions for the day include: exhibits, African drum interactive activity, slide show presentations, and spiritual singing by a variety of choirs that is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and run through 5:00 p.m. .

Barbecue pork plates with slaw, baked beans, a dessert and drink for $10.00 or a pork sandwich combo with chips and drink will be offered at the cost of $6.00 throughout the day. Meals will be served on site to eat in or for carry out. Proceeds will help fund the 2020 A.C. Carter Consolidated School Alumni Scholarship.

For more information on this event contact Janice Foster at (706) 859-7933 or Mr. J.R. Hoskins at (706) 857-7450

Judge House Announces Reelection Bid

Judge Brian House, a Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Circuit, has announced he will be seeking re-election in the non- partisan election in 2020. He has served as Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit since Jan. 1, 2009. The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit is composed of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.

House said he considers it his honor to work as a judge and wants to continue to work hard to provide accessibility and dependability to the office of superior court judge. House lives in Catoosa County with his wife Jama and their daughter Brianna.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties.

Man Reports Damage To House On Givens Street

A Summerville man reported damage to a house on Givens Street to the Summerville Police Department.

According to a report from the police department, Charlie Barton told a responding officer that he had an arrangement with a family member regarding the house at 191 Givens Street. Barton said that under the rent-to-own agreement, the family member was supposed to pay monthly rent and eventually own the house.  The problem is the family member moved off owing Barton about $2,500 in back rent.

But that wasn’t all – Barton told the responding officer that the family member had also damaged the interior and exterior of the residence.  The report from the police department didn’t specify what type of damage was done or how much it would cost to repair.

Barton received a police report to take to magistrate court to seek compensation for the back-rent and damages.

Floyd Home Care Of Summerville Named "Top Agency"

Floyd HomeCare of Summerville today announced that it has been named a top agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Floyd HomeCare of Summerville, a local provider of home health services in Summerville, is part of LHC Group, a national provider of in-home healthcare services operating in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

“HomeCare Elite status is one of the in-home healthcare industry’s most respected and meaningful indicators of excellence, and we congratulate our team members at Floyd HomeCare of Summerville for achieving this distinction,” said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO. “Every day they deliver high-quality, compassionate, and efficient care to patients and families in their community. Their unwavering dedication to service is the reason LHC Group continues to lead our industry as the in-home care provider of choice for patients and our hospital partners around the nation.”

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group.

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2019 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at

Alabama Woman-Georgia Man Arrested For Drugs In Floyd County

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A Floyd County man and a Cherokee County, Alabama woman were arrested on Sunday and charged with being in possession of methamphetamine in Floyd County.

According to jail reports – Jeffery DeWayne Redden age 44 of 191 Wade Street in Rome and Mary Elizabeth Butts, age 37 of 499 Keener Drive in Leesburg, were both arrested on Broad Street, after police learned Butts had an active warrant in Cherokee County for a Probation Violation.

Following the traffic stop a search of the vehicle the two were in turned up a glass pipe with residue, a clear plastic tube with a “white crystal substance”, and a grinder with residue.  Both were taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession and use of drug related objects.

They remained in the Floyd County Jail on Monday without bond.

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CHS Rising Freshmen Night Wednesday January 29th

Parents of current ChattoogaCounty Schools 8th-grade students should mark their calendars for Rising Freshmen Night at CHS. The event will be held Wednesday, January 29th, at 6pm in the CHS cafeteria. The event will allow parents and students to meet 9th-grade teachers, learn about the curriculum and tour the school. For more information contact CHS Counselor Mrs. Barbara Wallace at 706-857-2402.





Arrest Report - Tuesday January 21, 2020

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, January 21, 2020:

Suspects Returned From Alabama To Floyd County Jail

Two men involved in a police chase that began in Rome and ended in Cherokee County, Alabama in October are now back in Floyd County to face numerous charges.

According to Floyd County Jail records, thirty-nine-year-old John Thomas Duvall Jr. and forty-five-year-old Bradley Keith Land, both of Rome, threw a 9 mm handgun and methamphetamine out of the vehicle during the attempted traffic stop on Drummond Drive.

Charges against the two men include abandonment of dangerous drugs, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, among others.

Both Duvall and Land have been jailed in Alabama since they were caught in the Newberry’s Crossroads community after striking the rear end of a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.


Rising Freshman Night At CHS

If you have a student that will be a Freshman next year at Chattooga High School, you want to mark your calendars for an event that will be held on Wednesday, January 29th at Chattooga High School.  “Rising Freshman Night” is for parents and guardians as well as students.  Your incoming Freshman will be able to meet the teachers, review the curriculum and hear from CHS Principal Emily Mobbs.  Plus, there will be a tour of the campus.  The event will take place at 6 PM.  You can see all the information below:

Town Of Trion Veterans Committee Meeting

The Town of Trion’s Veterans Committee will have a meeting in the Town Hall Conference Room this evening at 6 PM. Mayor Larry Stansell says, “If you have any questions or comments, please contact me or the Town Hall Office and we will get the information you request.”

American Red Cross Blood Drive Today In Trion

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

O so needed:

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Give Blood Today:

There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive today at the Trion Recreation Department at 90 Dalton Street in Trion from 2 PM – 7 PM.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Georgia Gas Prices Continue To Fall

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Georgia gas prices continue to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.40 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a week ago, 2 cents more than last month, and 30 cents more than this time last year.

It now costs $36.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $5.10 less than what motorists paid in April of 2019, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.74 per gallon.

“A healthy and growing level of domestic gasoline stocks alongside decreasing demand are two factors helping to minimize gas price fluctuations,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “This is a welcome relief to Georgia motorists.”

Stock Growth and Low Demand Push National Average Down

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.55 per gallon, which is 3 cents less than last week, and 31 cents more than a year ago. Last week, gas demand hit 8.56 million barrels, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The current rate of demand is in line with last year’s rate seen in mid-January, a time that typically brings lower demand due to winter weather. EIA’s data also revealed that total domestic stocks of gasoline grew by 6.7 million barrels last week, bringing the total to 258.3 million barrels. Growing stocks — amid lower demand — have helped ease pump prices, lowering the national average. The trend is likely to continue through the weekend.

Regional Prices:

Atlanta ($2.41)

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets –Brunswick ($2.52), Savannah ($2.47), and Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.46).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.30), Rome ($2.31), and Dalton ($2.32).
  • Area average gas prices – Chattooga ($2.33), Walker ($2.30), Floyd ($2.31), Gordon ($2.31), DeKalb, Alabama ($2.31), Cherokee, Alabama ($2.22)

Affordable Microchips Available For Your Pets

My Kids Have Paws mobile unit will be in Chattooga County tomorrow, offering low-cost veterinary services. You need an appointment for spays and neuters, but vaccines are available for your pets on a walk-in basis.  Also, My Kids Have Paws can microchip your pet.  Lost pets are a big problem in our area and a microchip can help solve that problem of lost pets.

You can get your pet “microchiped” for only $10 and don’t need an appointment.  My Kids Have Paws will be parked at Grateful Paws at 5871 Trion-Teloga Road tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22nd.

You can find out more by visiting  My Kids Have Paws Facebook Page.

Northwest Georgia Corn & Soybean Production Meeting Scheduled

Agriculture is a driving force in our state’s economy, and all of Georgia’s 159 counties have agricultural producers that make agriculture the largest industry in our state.  Farm-gate values are the dollar amounts put on agricultural products, and here in Chattooga County our farm-gate values exceed $38 million.  The largest segment of agriculture in Chattooga County is beef cattle, followed by poultry, but row crops such as corn and soybeans are also a major contributor to the county’s farm-gate values.  Around 1,554 acres of corn are grown in Chattooga County and 1,198 acres of soybeans are planted.

A Northwest Georgia area corn and soybean production meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd  from 9:30 AM – 2 PM at the Olim Tatum Agricultural Building, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.

Bartow County Extension will host UGA specialists presenting topics including: corn and soybean plant disease management, weed management, insect pest management and agronomic practices. Pesticide credits will also be offered.

Pre-registration (lunch included) is due to Bartow County Extension by January 30the. There is no cost for the update.

To register or for more information contact Bartow Extension at 770-387-5142 or

Work At Sewer Treatment Plant Nearing Completion

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Back on January 3rd, Summerville Public Works Director Terry Tinney was called to the scene of a sinkhole that developed on Red Oak Road in Summerville near the Summerville Wastewater Treatment Plant.  It turns out, the sinkhole was caused by a collapsed 30-inch sewer line.  Tinney says that the old metal pipe had corroded and collapsed, causing a major problem for the City of Summerville.

The collapsed sewer line and manholes near the sewer line all had to be prepared, but quick thinking by Tinney saved the City of Summerville from a costly sewage spill.  Summerville City Manager Janice Galloway commended Tinney and his crew for being able to divert the sewage from the collapsed pipe to the wastewater treatment plant.  All of this problem is coming with a hefty price-tag for the city.

Terry Tinney told WZQZ News on Monday that he hasn’t added up how much the problem is going to cost the city, but at last count the bill was well over $170,000 – and that doesn’t include the overtime pay for city employees who manned the temporary pumps 24-hours a day.

The good news is the work is wrapping up at the site.  Tinney told WZQZ News on Monday, “It’s about 95% complete.  We just have some clean up left to do and we will have it complete.” Tinney said Red Oak Road off of Highway 100 will be reopened today, which means there will be access to the Chattooga County Animal Shelter.

The Animal Shelter has been closed for over two weeks and has been operating out of the offices of Chattooga County Public Works on Stockade Road until the repairs could be completed on Red Oak Road.

Arrest Report - Monday - January 20, 2020

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