Arrest Report - Thursday April 15, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday April 15th, 2021:

Stolen Medication Leads To Report

Reported stolen methadone lead to one very upset Chattooga County man this past Sunday.

Chattooga County Deputies met with Kenny Brown on Tinney Road in Trion on Sunday regarding some stolen medication.

Brown states that he has a black lockbox that contains 25 bottles of methadone that he keeps locked and with him at all times. Around 7pm Brown went to the store with the locked box in his truck. When he entered the store he placed his jacket over the box and exited the vehicle. He thought no more about the box until about 3am the following morning when he went out to retrieve the box.

The box containing the methadone was no longer in the truck nor in his residence. Brown stated that the only other person who knew about the box was a person who had worked for him for several years. While the truck was locked up, a broken glass that had tape on it, made it easy to gain access to the inside.

Deputies noted that Brown was very upset over the missing box as he was worried he would get sick if he didn’t get his medication that he has taken for the past 15 years.

A report was placed on file and the information forwarded to the Drug Agents with the Sheriffs Department.

Resident Scammed Over The Internet

A local woman reported that she was the victim of a scam to Chattooga County Sheriff Deputies over the weekend.

Rebecca Groce reported to Deputies that she had received a phone call from someone identifying himself as James Wilson who told her that she needed to call a specific phone number regarding the Amazon app on her laptop. Groce stated that she called the number and after giving information about her Acer laptop, she was told the person on the other end of the line was going to take control of her computer to remove the Amazon app.

When Groce tried to use the laptop sometime later, it was no longer working. She took the laptop to the computer repair shop in Summerville.

Chamber Of Commerce Raising The Curtain On The Tooga

The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce along with the Commissioners officer are inviting everyone to participate in helping Raise the Curtain on the Tooga, a fundraising effort to revamp the Chattooga Theater. The Chamber and the Commissioners officer are spearheading a campaign to raise funds to renovate the old Chattooga Theater, which hasn’t been used since the last production of the Chattooga Curtain Call group in 2019.

The new Tooga Theater will be a multi purpose indoor facility with events ranging from movie nights, to weddings, plays, and business meetings with a host of other public and private events. It will also serve as the new headquarters for the Chattooga Chamber, as its’ centralized location makes it ideal industry and tourism meeting place.

There are different levels of ways to give, starting with the Take a Seat  level where you donate in honor of someone and a plaque will be placed on a seat with their name. This donation is $300. Other donations range from $500 to $10,o00. All donations are tax deductible and can mailed be to the Commissioners office.

Wallet Stolen From Local Restaurant

A local resident has reported that her wallet was stolen while she was visiting a local restaurant.

Last Saturday, Deputies met with Lejean Messer regarding a missing wallet. Messer stated that she was paying for her food at the China Buffet in town and after exiting the restaurant she noticed that her purse felt lighter. She checked her purse and noticed that her burgundy wallet was no longer in her purse.

Messer then turned around and retraced her steps back toward the building. Messer stated that as she was headed back in she passed a female with pink hair exiting the restaurant quickly with something concealed in her hand. The unknown female entered a truck with two males and left.

Messer stated that she and the other female were both in the restaurant at the same time and in fact were the only two people in there. Messer was advised to cancel any cards and contact her bank in regards to her checks.

Stolen Phone Returned To Owner

A lost, then stolen cell phone was returned to the rightful owner after Chattooga County Deputies sent a text to it.

Last Sunday, Betty Mosteller reported that she had lost her cell phone at the Murphys gas station in Trion. Mosteller stated that she had dropped it but did not realize it until sometime later.

When Mosteller returned to the gas station to look for the missing phone, another individual told her that they had witnessed a male picking up the phone and appeared to have turned it in to the clerk.

After discovering that the phone had not been turned in, Deputies got creative and sent a text to the missing phone stating that it needed to be returned or a warrant would be issued. Several hours later the missing phone was returned to Murphys gas station by an unknown male. Deputies retrieved the phone and returned it to Mosteller.

Northwest Georgia Felons Arrested In Mississippi

Two wanted felons from Northwest Georgia were arrested in Mississippi following a traffic stop in Biloxi.

According to reports from the Biloxi, Mississippi Police Department, officers stopped a 2011 Chrysler 200 that was displaying a tag that was believed to be stolen.  When officers stopped the vehicle, the male driver ran from the vehicle and jumped into a nearby body of water.  Police used boats to apprehend the suspect who was identified as twenty-five-year-old Shannon Reeves from Rome.

A female passenger in the vehicle was identified as twenty-seven-year-old Mackenzie Joyane Tucker of Summerville.

Both Reeves and Tucker were arrested after officers found drug paraphernalia and  “multiple sets of burglary tools”, according to Biloxi Police.

Reeves and Tucker also both had outstanding felony warrants from Georgia for Grand Larceny.


AAA: Double Trouble Behind The Wheel

With 4/20 rapidly approaching, AAA is issuing a warning about the dangers of driving impaired. New AAA research suggests that users of both alcohol and marijuana (not necessarily at the same time) are often some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to the research, drivers who consumed marijuana and alcohol within a 30 day period were more likely to engage in risky behavior like speeding, texting, intentionally running red lights, and aggressive driving.

“Regardless of whether marijuana is legal or prescribed, driving under the influence of the drug is illegal and extremely dangerous,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although some drivers think marijuana makes them a better driver, research shows it can inhibit concentration, slow reaction times, and cloud judgment. That judgement is even more compromised by a marijuana user who also drinks alcohol. It’s important that drivers know the risk that comes with these two drugs and never drive impaired.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found that drivers who use both marijuana and alcohol were significantly more prone to driving under the influence of alcohol (Table 1) versus those who only drink alcohol but do not use marijuana. These motorists identified as someone who consumed alcohol and used marijuana in the past 30 days, and in some cases, they may have used both at the same time. They also engage in various other dangerous driving behaviors far more than drivers who consume either just alcohol or abstain from either drinking alcohol or using marijuana.

Driving Habits of Marijuana and Alcohol Users vs. Users of Alcohol only

Compared to alcohol-only users, drivers who admitted to using both drugs were more likely to report such behaviors as:

  • Speeding on residential streets (55%) vs. alcohol-only (35%)
  • Aggressive driving (52%) vs. alcohol-only (28%)
  • Intentional red-light running (48%) vs alcohol-only (32%)
  • Texting while driving (40%) vs. alcohol-only (21%)

Unsurprisingly, the study found drivers who neither drink alcohol nor use marijuana were considerably less likely to engage in the sorts of risky driving behaviors examined. This Foundation research was published in January 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Record. (See abstract)

Drug Use by the Numbers

Previous research suggests that users who drive high are at least twice as likely to be involved in a crash.

According to government data, alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the United States – 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 43.5 million reported using marijuana in the past year.  As of today, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And in 2021, 15 state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills.

AAA is committed to educating the public about the dangers of substance-impaired driving. Through AAA Foundation research, AAA is working to improve understanding of the topic and work collaboratively with safety stakeholders to reduce the impact of substance-impaired driving-related crashes.

AAA Analysis of Self-Reported Driving Behaviors

Table 1. Prevalence of Self-Reported Impaired Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older.


No Alcohol or Marijuana Use

Alcohol Use Only

Marijuana Use Only

Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use

Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137
DUI*—Alcohol N/A 14% N/A 39%
DUI—Marijuana N/A N/A 37% 52%
DUI—Prescription Drugs 4% 4% 14% 25%
Riding w/ intoxicated driver 5% 12% 13% 37%
Drowsy driving 21% 25% 22% 35%

Note: Percentages include responses of “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”

* DUI refers to self-reported driving under the influence, not being charged with a DUI by law enforcement


Table 2. Prevalence of Self-Reported Risky Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older.


No Alcohol or Marijuana Use

Alcohol Use Only

Marijuana Use Only

Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use

Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137
Read text b 24% 30% 31% 53%
Type/send text b 16% 21% 24% 40%
Speed—highway b 34% 43% 46% 55%
Speed—residential b 28% 35% 46% 55%
Running a red light a 28% 32% 38% 48%
Aggressive driving a 21% 28% 41% 52%
Drive w/o seatbelt b 11% 11% 16% 18%

a Percentages include responses of “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”

b Percentages include responses of “just once,” “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”


Arrest Report - Wednesday April 14, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday April 14th, 2021:

Georgia Highlands College Hosting Virtual Career Fair Featuring More Than 20 Employers

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Georgia Highlands College’s (GHC) upcoming Spring Virtual Career Fair will feature more than 20 local employers with career options in healthcare, finance and more. The event is free and open to the public and available via Zoom on April 15.

While the event will be held virtually, Director of Student Support Services Angie Wheelus said the career fair will feature various rooms and remain similar to an in-person format.

“If the participant wants to have someone review their resume, or practice their interview skills, they can choose the ‘Resume Doctor’ or ‘Mock Interview’ room before meeting our visiting employers,” Wheelus said. “When ready, participants can meet with employers individually in breakout sessions and prepare for their interviews.”

When a participant joins the Spring Virtual Career Fair in Zoom, they will be welcomed by several members of GHC’s Student Support Services team to introduce the event. Participants are encouraged to turn on their camera and dress professionally, as participation in the career fair could lead to a job offer.

“Attending a virtual event like a Career Fair can be intimidating, but we want to encourage our students, alumni and the general public to come meet with these local employers who are interested in adding to their workforce,” Wheelus said.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 15, from 10AM to 2PM. It will be hosted via Zoom at The passcode is: 587574

For more information, visit GHC’s Online Career Center at or email Megan Conner at

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Announces Photo Contest

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has announced that she will be holding a photo contest to hang the winning photos in her office in Washington, DC.

Congresswoman Greene will be featuring twelve photos, one from each county in the 14h Congressional District.
Those twelve counties include Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.
If you would like to participate, please send in photos you have taken from your county, identify where the photo was taken, include your first and last name and the city in which you reside. The contest is open to every regardless of age or political affiliation.
“I would love nothing more than for the walls of my office to feature beautiful scenes from around Northwest Georgia!  So get busy taking photographs from around your county (or ones you’ve taken in the past) and send them in just as soon as you can!”

DPH Follows FDA & CDC Pausing J&J Vaccinations In Georgia

Following the guidance and recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is pausing J&J (Janssen) vaccinations in Georgia until further notice

The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot occurring in women aged 18-48 about a week after vaccination.

None of the six cases are in individuals vaccinated in Georgia and are unrelated to the reactions reported last week at the Cumming Fairgrounds site.

DPH and District Health Departments are working to provide Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals with previously scheduled appointments for the J&J vaccine.

In some cases, this may require rescheduling, and we ask for patience while scheduling arrangements and adjustments are made.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, but out of an abundance of caution DPH will temporarily stop the administration of the J&J vaccine while scientists review the data around these cases. More than 124,000 doses of J&J vaccine have been safely administered in Georgia.

Individuals who have received the J&J vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care providers.

DPH urges all health care providers to be aware of the potential for these adverse events and plan for appropriate treatment required with these types of blood clots.

Vaccination remains one of our best tools for stopping the spread of COVID-19, along with basic prevention measures – wearing a mask, distancing from others, avoiding large gatherings and frequent hand washing.

DPH will continue to monitor the situation with J&J vaccines and provide additional information as it becomes available

Young Farmers April Meetings

The Chattooga County Young Farmers have two meetings planned for April.

Young Farmers Coordinator Lauren Jarrett says that the regular April meeting will be held on a Tuesday this month, instead of the normal Thursday meeting time.  The meeting will be Tuesday, April 20th at 7 PM at the Chattooga County Ag Center.  Terry Chandler will be talking about grazing strategies and improving profitability with cattle.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Ms. Jarrett at or call 706.252.4266  by Friday, April 17th. The meal that night will be  $7  for Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Slaw, Baked Beans, Chips and Dessert.

Then, on Tuesday, April 27th, the Chattooga County Young Farmers will host a Poultry Growers Meeting for Chattooga County poultry producers.  The topic will be “Hot Weather Preparation Tips” and will be presented by Auburn University.  There is no cost to attend the meeting and is open to all poultry producers in Chattooga County.  The meal will be provided by Jimmy Holbrook with WZQZ Radio and Equipment Outlet.  If you plan to attend, please contact Ms. Jarrett by April 23rd.

I-75 Paving In Bartow County On Wednesday

WHAT: Weather permitting, GDOT Maintenance crews will be resurfacing a portion of I-75 in Adairsville Wednesday. The work will close two right southbound lanes, and motorists should expect delays during that time.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Two right lanes of I-75 southbound will be closed near milepost 302.

  • Advisory:  Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit, or download the Georgia 511 app. Our maintenance team members who repair roads and bridges and our project teams who oversee construction projects are continuing their essential work, while following sanitary work practices prescribed by health agencies to protect themselves and the public from the coronavirus, as are most state DOTs in the U.S.

Trion Veterans Committee Meeting

The Town of Trion’s Veterans Committee will have a meeting in the Town Hall Conference Room on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:00p.m. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Trion Town Hall Office for additional information.

Tax Commissioner Says Mobile Home Online Search Is Down

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton said on Tuesday afternoon that her office is experiencing an issue with its website.

From Tax Commissioner Hampton:

Online search capability for mobile home bills/payments is not available at this time.  I have notified my website host and hope to have the problem resolved soon.  Meanwhile, please call the office to find your total or verify if your bill has been paid.  Real property bills are not affected.

Thank you for your patience!

Joy Cooper Hampton
Chattooga County  Tax Commissioner
(706) 857-0702 telephone
(706) 857-0748 fax

Summerville’s Spring Market Planned For Saturday, April 17

Summerville Main Street is proud to host the 5th Annual Spring Market in Summerville’s Dowdy Park on Saturday, April 17. Market hours are 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and will include arts, crafts, retail, and food vendors.

This year’s market will feature a special Pet Appreciation Day addition on East Washington Street. The 2021 Spring Market offers a variety of items including farmhouse décor, signs, wreaths, vintage items, accessories and apparel, handcrafted items, jewelry, soaps, candles, children’s items, and much more. Taste buds will be tempted by the many different foods and homemade desserts on site. In addition, mini train rides for adults and children will be offered and chair weaving demonstrations will be held throughout the event. Admission is free.

Country Couture Pet Fashion Show & Pet Awareness Day Activities

An added bonus to the day will be a Pet Awareness/Appreciation Event on East Washington Street kicking off at 10:00 a.m. The Chattooga County Animal Shelter will begin registration at 10:00 a.m. for the Country Couture Pet Fashion Show, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The Fashion Show will be held in the Open Air Venue and is free to the public. Registration to participate in the show will be a $5 minimum donation to the Chattooga County Animal Shelter at the time of registration. Pets attending must be escorted on a leash or lead. Pet escorts will be responsible for their pet’s discharge. Compassionate Paws, the local affiliate of Nationwide Pet Partners, Inc. will participate by offering a “Read With Me” program, allowing youth to read to dogs in fenced areas set up on East Washington Street between the hours of 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lectures by Compassionate Paws are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. in Dowdy Park and

immediately following the Pet Fashion Show inside the Open Air Venue. The public is encouraged to enjoy this portion of Spring Market with their pets and children.

Event goers may want to bring a lawn chair to enjoy a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Scheduled entertainment for Dowdy Park will be as follows:

Music by Butch Reeves – 10:45 – 12:00 noon

Martial Arts Demonstration by Seo’s Martial Arts at 12 noon – 12: 15 p.m.

The Rock City 4 Barbershop Quartet (Dixie District Super Senior Quartet Champions) – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Music by Butch Reeves – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This is a rain or shine event. Following CDC guidelines on social distancing and masks is highly encouraged for public safety during this event. For more information on this event contact Summerville Main Street at (706) 859-0900 ext 1337

Mullis Issues Statement On 2021 Legislative Session

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On Monday, April 12, Georgia Sen. Jeff Mullis, a Republican from Chickamauga, released the following prepared statement. Mullis represents Senate District 53, which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County. He is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee

This legislative session was one of — if not the most important — of our lifetimes. We needed to address election security, curb the power of government during a pandemic, protect our Second Amendment, and provide relief to the hard-working citizens of Georgia. On November 5, 2020,
I was among the first elected officials in the state of Georgia to boldly promise election security reform. Now that the legislative session has concluded, I am proud to say we delivered on that promise and many more.
“I proudly: Introduced 12 separate bills to secure our elections, many of which were combined into the final election reform bill that was passed and signed into law.”
“Led the fight for and passed SB 202 election reform bill.”
“Supported HB (House Bill) 218 that safeguards and protects our Second Amendment rights from government overreach.”
“Supported HB 593 that further cut taxes in the State of Georgia.”
“Led the fight for SB (Senate Bill) 255 that creates a program to support and attract small and large retail business to Georgia by making us more competitive with Tennessee and Alabama along our borders.”
“Strongly opposed any mandated government vaccination or ‘vaccination passports.’
“Refused to bow down to Major League Baseball, Hollywood liberals, and other socialist groups that are trying to hurt our state.”
“I was proud to keep my promises, but our job is far from over. While we accomplished much, we still have more work to do on election security and sending a clear message that the State of Georgia will not back down on securing the voting process, no matter how upset liberals from New York or California may get.”
“I look forward to continuing to fight for the best interest of the hardworking folks of the 53rd District and the great State of Georgia.”

Cherokee Co. Sheriff Opens Substation At Cloudland VFD

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According to Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff Jeff Shaver, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cloudland Fire Department have partnered to open another Sheriff’s Office substation, which will be located inside the new Cloudland Fire Department building on County Road 66,  just across the state line from Chattooga County.

The Cloudland Volunteer Fire Department holds the distinction of being both a Chattooga County, Georgia and a Cherokee County, Alabama volunteer fire department.

According to Sheriff Shaver, ne of the greatest challenges for any Sheriff’s Office, both in rural and urban counties, is ensuring a strong law enforcement presence in every community of a county because of the geographic distance between each community. The opening of this substation will allow the Sheriff’s Office to have a greater presence in the Cloudland community.
Sheriff Shaver stated, “We appreciate Chief Cavin and the Cloudland Fire Department for graciously opening up their facility to us to offer an office for deputies to stop to do paperwork and at times meet with people for reports or other matters.”
The Cloudland substation marks the third Sheriff’s substation in Cherokee County. Sheriff’s substations were added in Gaylesville and Sand Rock in recent years and, according to Sheriff Shaver, the Sheriff’s Office is working to add additional substations in the near future.

Arrest Report - Tuesday April 13, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday April 13th, 2021: