Arrest Report - Sunday - May 16, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, May 16, 2021:

AMI Cemetery Seeking Donations

The AMI Cemetery Committee is asking for donations for the upkeep of the cemetery on Jamestown Road in Menlo.  The cemetery committee says that donations can be sent to Sue Gilley at PO Box 25, Menlo, Georgia 30731.  The cemetery committee also asks that family members refrain from using glass containers at the cemetery.

Chattooga Schools Weekly COVID Report

The Chattooga County School System released their weekly COVID report on Friday of last week.  According to the report, there were two positive cases at Chattooga High School with fourteen students in quarantine.  Leroy Massey reported no COVID cases and had three students in quarantine.  Lyerly Elementary had one positive COVID case and four students in quarantine.  Menlo Elementary had one positive COVID case and forty-four students in quarantine.  Summerville Middle School reported no positive cases and seven students in quarantine.

Georgia DDS Urges Drivers To "Share The Road"

As May welcomes in warmer weather and the motorcycle riding season begins to peak, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) wants to remind all motorists that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the message is to “Share The Road.”

DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore encourages motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings and use caution at all times. “The best way to celebrate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is to always wear a helmet and to support all-rider laws to ensure fellow riders do the same,” said Commissioner Moore. He also reminds all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclist who may be difficult to see.  “Safety on our roadways is a shared responsibility,” he added.

Georgia is one of 19 states and the District of Columbia that has a universal helmet law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets. Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated helmets to be 37% more effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists.

GMSP promotes motorcycle safety awareness as a year-round effort. May brings special attention to the “Share The Road” campaign as a call-to-action to motorcyclists and drivers of safety issues that directly impact the motorcycle community.

In addition to promoting motorcycle safety awareness, GMSP encourages motorcyclists to take rider education courses, whether you are a first-time rider or an experienced rider. “The DDS GMSP rider education courses are a good way to hone your skills whether you are a beginner or have many miles experience,” said Commissioner Moore.

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Man Charged With Statutory Rape

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A Rome man was held without bond Friday morning after he was arrested at the Economy Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard on felony child molestation charges, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Mark Vince Sullins, 50, is also charged felony statutory rape and sexual battery involving an incident with a 13-year-old that took place on May 2.

Fulton County Checking With Floyd County On Congresswoman's Homestead Exemption

An investigative report by an Atlanta journalist turned up information that Congresswoman Marjorie Greene and her husband have filed Homestead Exemption on two different homes; one in Fulton County and the other in Floyd County.

Congresswoman Greene bought a house in Rome – Floyd County when she was running for office, but still owns her residence in Fulton County.

After the report surfaced, the Fulton County Board of Assessors issued this statement:

“The property owners (the Greene’s) filed for homestead exemption in Fulton County in May of 2019 and it became effective for the 2020 tax year. Per GA law, you can only have one homestead exemption. In this case, Fulton County will consult with Floyd County to confirm and determine in which county the exemption is not valid.”

Congresswoman Greene’s office issued a statement saying the report was a “pathetic smear” when asked about the homestead exemptions.

Town Of Trion Seeks Bids For New Roof On Town Hall

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The Town of Trion is advertising for bids for a new roof for Trion Town Hall.   The town will be taking bids until June 1, 2021.   According to the bid advertisement, the work will not just be a new exterior roof but will also include new ceiling insulation and ceiling tiles and lighting.  Copies of the bid documents are available at Trion Town Hall at 1220 Pine Street in Trion during normal business hours.

Gore Fire Department Says "No" To County Dumpsters

An idea to put a county convenience center – dump site – at Gore Fire Hall was struck down by the Gore Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors last week.

The Gore Fire Department posted the following statement about the vote:

At a called meeting of the department Board of Directors last Monday night, a 5-1 vote against allowing the county to utilize department property for dumpster locations was cast. As far as the daytime staffing that was an integral part of this proposal, that also will be negated and modified a different direction. We will continue to look at different options in an effort to provide the best services available with resources at our disposal.
Fire Chief John King had floated the idea about the convenience center as a way to help keep volunteer fire-men on call at the fire department and to man the dumpsters for the county.
Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Elsberry has not give any indication that there are any other possibilities for a convenience center on the east side of Taylor’s Ridge.  The county’s convenience center in Menlo also was closed this spring.

Trion City Schools Weekly COVID Report

The Trion City School System released their weekly COVID report on Friday of last week.  According to the report, there was one positive case at Trion Middle School; two cases at Trion High School for a total of three cases district-wide.

Arrest Report - Saturday - May 15, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, May 15, 2021:

Saturday Events Planned

Rubber ducks, classic cars, food galore, crafts, and big hats are a few of the sights to be seen this Saturday during the Downtown Ducky Derby. This free public event is set to run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on East Washington Street down to the Summerville Depot.

The North Georgia Cruisers will host a Classic Car Cruise-In on East Washington Street that will extend to include the Historic Couey House. The Cruisers will have concessions on site, with proceeds benefiting their Christmas Outreach program. Classic and custom car and truck owners are invited to display their vehicles for a day of fun and excitement.

Also today, the Trion Fire Department is asking residents to come out and enjoy the first annual “Community Day”, scheduled for Saturday, May 15th from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Trion Track Field.

There will be activities including a children’s fire simulation, fire and safety prevention, face painting and live gospel music.

Also, the fire department will be selling smoked chicken plates for $8 starting at 11:30 AM.  You can pre-order plates by contacting Aaron Woods at 706-766-4983.

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Governor & Labor Commissioner Announce Recovery Plan

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler this week announced Georgia’s plan for reemployment and economic recovery.

To address workforce shortages and boost a full economic recovery, state labor officials plan to end Georgia’s participation in federal pandemic unemployment programs, effective Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Over the next several weeks, state officials will provide resources for job search support, education and training opportunities, childcare and transportation services, and safe workplace initiatives for workers, families, and employers.

In accordance with Commissioner Butler’s recommendations, effective Saturday, June 26, Georgia will no longer participate in the following federal programs:

• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides for an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify, such as the self-employed, gig workers, and part-time workers
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides for an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted
• Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings

All payments under any of these federal programs will be processed and issued to eligible claimants through June 26, 2021. Once Georgia opts out of the federal programs, the Department of Labor (GDOL) will continue offering regular state unemployment insurance benefits to eligible Georgians. The maximum weekly benefit in the state is $365.

Wallet Lost At Circle K Gas Station

A lost wallet at a Circle K gas station, was later returned with almost everything missing.

According to reports from the Summerville Police Department, Jacquarious Watters reported that he had lost his wallet at the north end Circle K gas station. He had last seen it around 11pm when he got gas from pump #7. The next day the wallet was turned in to the jail, however the only thing in there was his identification. Mr. Watters stated that when he lost the wallet it had his identification, several credit cards, a debit card, and his social security card in it.

A report was placed on file.

Summerville City Council Called Meeting On Monday

The Summerville City Council will hold a called meeting on Monday of next week.  Local residents will be able to access the meeting remotely, or can attend in person.

The council is expected to discuss the purchase of an odorant for the city’s natural gas system.  Also, they will discuss a paving bid and discuss the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget.

The meeting will get underway at 5:30 PM at Summerville City Hall.

Sheriff Warns About "Prop" Money

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Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that people need to be on the lookout for a certain kind of “funny money.”

Sheriff Schrader said, “If you are selling items this summer, be on the lookout for people paying with “prop” money or money that is used for motion pictures. The motion picture money looks similar to US currency but is marked “motion picture use only” or “prop money”. People often get in a hurry and don’t pay attention and then they end up being being out or their property and the money.”

Local Woman Reports Her Tires Slashed On Her Vehicle

A local woman believes her ex-boyfriend slashed two of her car tires, according to reports from the Summerville Police Department.

Officers responded to a Bittings Ave address where they met with complainant Tamara Adams, who told Officers that she believes her ex-boyfriend identified as Jack Robinson slashed or popped both of her passenger side tires. When asked why Adams believed it may have been Jack Robinson, she stated he had recently been at the house in an attempt to see the children. Robinson had also been at the home the previous night outstanding for several minutes before Adams realized he was outside. Adams had also received a vaguely threatening text prior to this in which Robinson stated that “he was going to get his one”.

Officers did observe the two passenger tires being completely flat. Tamara Adams also provided Officers with receipts showing the cost of the four tires as being $583. A report was placed on file about the incident.

Work On Taylor's Ridge Next Week

Weather permitting, crews will continue to repair the roadway at Taylor Ridge on Highway 27. The work next week will require a lane closure with traffic being led by a pilot car.
WHEN: Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day.

WHERE: The southbound lane of Highway 27 at Taylor Ridge will be closed. Traffic will be paced in each direction through the area with a pilot car.

Lowry's 4-L Rodeo Tonight And Saturday Night

Lowry’s 4-L Rodeo is back this year and it kicks off tonight. The rodeo will be tonight, Friday May 14th, and Saturday May 16th. Gates will open at 6pm both nights and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for 12+ at the gate. Ages 6-11 are $10 at the gate with 5 and under getting in free. Lowry’s invites everyone to come out and enjoy the fun.

Arrest Report - Friday - May 14, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, May 14, 2021:

Trion Splash Pad To Open Next Week

The splash pad at the Trion Recreation Department will open on Monday, May 17th.  According to the Trion Recreation Department, the hours of operation will be from 10 AM until 9 PM – 7 days per week.  Parents are reminded that they are responsible for supervising their children.