Arrest Report - Wednesday - July 17, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday, July 17, 2024:

Georgia's Tax Revenues Up In June

The State of Georgia’s net tax collections in June approached a total of $3.03 billion, for an increase of $185.4 million or 6.5 percent compared to FY 2023, when net tax collections totaled $2.84 billion for the month.

Year-to-date, net tax revenue totaled almost $32.95 billion, for a decrease of $182.2 million or 0.5 percent compared to FY 2023, during which the state’s motor fuel excise tax was suspended for more than half the fiscal year, until January 10, 2023. Net of motor fuel tax changes, net revenues for the year-ended June 30 were down 3.4 percent from fiscal year 2023.

The changes within the following tax categories help to further explain June’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections approached $1.33 billion, for an increase of $36.4 million or 2.8 percent compared to last year when Individual Tax collections totaled $1.29 billion.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

• Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $64.5 million or 39.6 percent
• Individual Withholding payments were down $47.2 million or 4 percent from the previous year
• Individual Income Tax Estimated payments increased by $9.1 million or 6.3 percent over FY 2023
• All other Individual Tax categories, including Return payments, were up a combined $10 million

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled $1.55 billion for June, for an increase of $43.9 million or 2.9 percent compared to June 2023. Net Sales and Use Tax increased by $5.3 million or 0.7 percent compared to last year, when net sales tax totaled $751.3 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $791.6 million, for an increase of $41.9 million or 5.6 percent, while Sales Tax refunds decreased by $3.3 million or 43.1 percent compared to FY 2023.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections for the month totaled $537.4 million, for an increase of $128.5 million or 31.4 percent compared to June FY 2023.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net increase:

• Corporate Income Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were down $161.6 million or 91.5 percent from FY 2023
• Corporate Tax Estimated payments decreased by $60.1 million or 13.9 percent from the previous year
• Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $1.1 million or 2.8 percent over last fiscal year
• All other Corporate Tax types, including Tax Assessment payments, were up a combined $25.9 million

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections increased by nearly $9 million or 4.7 percent compared to FY 2023.

Motor Vehicle – Tag & Title Fees: Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees for June decreased by $2.1 million or 6 percent while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections increased by roughly $1 million or 1.3 percent over last year.

$30 May Mammogram Campaign Achieves Positive Results

AdventHealth’s $30 May Mammogram Campaign brought in a total of 1,068 residents for mammograms within AdventHealth’s Georgia market, 329 of which were part of the 30 promotion. The others were covered by insurance.

The individual hospitals numbers are:

· AdventHealth Gordon did 655 mammograms, 234 of which were the $30 promotion.

· AdventHealth Murray did 125 mammograms, 24 of which were for the $30 promotion.

· AdventHealth Redmond did 288 mammograms, 71 of which were for the $30 promotion.

Annual mammograms are the top-recommended screening for women because it allows the earliest possible detection of issues before symptoms are experienced. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, and one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. Having an annual mammogram could be lifesaving.

AdventHealth will be conducting their annual Pink Porch Mammogram campaign again in October for breast cancer awareness. For more information on how to schedule a mammogram appointment, please visit

Atrium Health Floyd Athletic Trainers Get Students Ready

Area high school students received guidance Monday from Atrium Health Floyd’s certified athletic trainers, preparing them to help care for local athletes during the upcoming school year.

The athletic trainer students will help Floyd’s ATCs provide care for athletes at various schools.

“Our high school student athletic trainers do so much to assist us throughout the year at each of our schools, so we wanted to give back by furthering their knowledge and preparing them to help us even more effectively this upcoming school year,” said Athletic trainer Andrea Mendence.

The training event took place at Rome High School’s indoor practice field. The 25 students were divided into groups that rotated through stations where they learned how to respond to a variety of issues.

Bo Bradshaw, who provides care at Armuchee High School, showed the students how to respond if an athlete gets overheated, which can happen easily when Georgia’s prep football season opens in August.

Bradshaw also demonstrated how to set up an ice bath and take vital signs.

Hope Horne, athletic trainer at Rockmart High School, taught students how to bandage injuries. Another station showed students how to safely place an injured athlete on a spine board.

Athletic trainer Chad Wilson, a Rome High alum who cares of athletes there, said the high school students could be well on their way to a future career path.

Atrium Health Floyd provides a certified athletic trainer to each of the high schools in Floyd County Schools, Polk County Schools, Rome City Schools, Unity Christian School, Trion City Schools, Chattooga County Schools as well as Darlington School, Cass High School, Adairsville High School and Woodland High School.

Raffensperger Enlists Veterans To Serve As Poll Workers

Yesterday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Vet the Vote announced their partnership encouraging veterans and military families across the state to serve as poll workers. Vet the Vote is a nonprofit initiative that recruits veterans and military family members to serve their communities again as poll workers. As part of the partnership, Secretary Raffensberger and Vet the Vote will host events for veterans and military families in Paulding County and in Muscogee County, on July 16 and 17 respectively.

Vet the Vote provides Georgia’s veterans the opportunity to continue to serve their country and local communities by helping to run and administer elections. Attendees at the event will get a firsthand look at how elections in Paulding and Muscogee County are run and they will hear from Georgia’s election officials, many of whom are veterans or military family members themselves, about the process.

“Georgia is blessed with one of the largest and most active veteran communities in the country,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Our veterans have always stepped up to serve their communities from starting and growing businesses to supporting civic and charitable efforts across the state. Today we are asking Georgia’s veterans and military families to take this leadership and put it towards service at the polls. There’s no one better equipped to serve their communities and to ensure our elections continue to be secure and accessible.”

Dan Vallone, Director, Vet the Vote: “On behalf of Vet the Vote, I’m thrilled to launch this partnership and to encourage veterans and military families to serve their communities, and the state of Georgia, again as poll workers. As an Army veteran who was twice stationed here in Georgia, I know the deep connections that run between veterans and their communities. Those connections are what make Georgia’s veterans uniquely positioned to serve as poll workers. I’m excited to help lift up this opportunity for veterans and military family members across the state.”

The July 16 event will be held at the Paulding County Elections Office and the July 17 event will be held at the National Infantry Museum outside of Fort Moore. Media and the public are encouraged to attend.

Friendship Week Leads Up To Friendship Festival

Summerville, Georgia has the designation as the “Friendship Capital of the World” and coming up one week from this Saturday, on July 27th, the annual Friendship Festival will take place at Dowdy Park in downtown Summerville.  The festival will run from 10 AM until 3 PM and will feature kids activities, music, food and craft vendors and the arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Passenger Train at the historic Summerville Depot.  Leading up to the Friendship Festival, Summerville Main Street is encouraging area residents to take part in Friendship Week activities.  Each day will be designated as a way to show friendship in the Friendship Capital of the World.

Two Women Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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Two women were arrested on Monday in Summerville after one of the women cursed at a juvenile.  According to four witnesses, fifty-one-year-old Michelle Smith was cursing at the male child which caused an altercation with the child’s mother, identified as thirty-two-year-old Tonya Caldwell. According to Summerville Police, Caldwell got into a physical altercation with Smith after Smith was heard cursing the child.  Both women were arrested and taken to the Chattooga County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct.

Back To School Bash Tomorrow At CHS

Chattooga Family Connection is preparing to host its Annual Back to School Bash tomorrow. The event will take place from 4 PM – 6 PM inside the main gym at Chattooga High School. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to come together and prepare for the upcoming school year.

One of the event’s highlights is the distribution of school bags to the children present. In addition to the essential school supplies, there will be free snow cones for the kids, courtesy of Treatz & More by Veronica. And that’s not all – delicious Boston Butt and hot dogs will be available for all attendees.

Families can also look forward to capturing the excitement of the new school year with FREE back-to-school pictures, thanks to the talented Kayla Crider, who will be on-site to capture those precious moments.

While this year’s event won’t feature on-site haircuts, there will still be plenty of valuable resources available. Various organizations, including the Georgia Regional Commission, Summerville Rec Department, and the Northwest GA Cancer Coalition, will be present, offering vital information and services. There will be something for everyone, from career guidance to health services and community support.

Chattooga Family Connection’s Annual Back to School Bash promises to be an enriching and enjoyable event for families across the community. It’s an excellent opportunity to come together, celebrate the upcoming school year, and access valuable resources.

Children must be present to receive the free school supplies.

Elderly Trion Woman Charged After Walmart Parking Lot Incident

An eighty-five-year-old Trion woman was charged after video footage showed her vehicle hitting a pedestrian in the parking lot of Walmart in Trion of last week. 

According to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, the pedestrian was walking into the store with her family and moved to the side to get out of the path of the vehicle driven by Mami Hartline.  The sheriff’s department maintains that video footage from Walmart surveillance shows Hartline swerving towards the family and striking a young female with the mirror of her vehicle.  After striking the pedestrian, the footage shows Hartline’s vehicle slow down and words were exchanged between the victim’s family members.  Hartline then parked the vehicle and went inside and started grocery shopping.

The victim’s family reported the incident to Walmart security who called the sheriff’s office.  When a deputy arrived he tracked down Hartline who was still grocery shopping.  While speaking with Hartline, she claimed the victim and her family were “in the middle of the road” and then just started yelling and cussing.  The deputy showed Hartline the video and Hartline said, “Well what if she reached out and slapped my mirror? I didn’t hit her”.

Hartline continued to argue with deputies throughout the interview and never admitted to any wrongdoing.

The deputy said the video footage clearly shows Hartline swerving towards the family and that is the duty of drivers to yield to pedestrians. Mrs. Hartline then reportedly told the Walmart security employee, “Well it’s not the first time I’ve hit a colored girl”.

The arresting deputy and a supervisor noted in their report that Hartline “either struck her intentionally or at the very least attempted to scare them and hit them in that process”.

Hartline was charged with simple battery and booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - July 16, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, July 16, 2024:

Well Known Pastor, Revival Preacher & Trion Native Passes Away

A well known pastor, revival leader and a native of Trion passed away at his home in Attalla, Alabama on Sunday.  Rev. Jimmy Bailey pastored in Tennessee and in Summerville early in his ministry, but for the past fifty-seven years, he had been the pastor at Reed Memorial Baptist Church in Attalla.

Rev. Bailey served in the U.S. Navy and worked at the cotton mill in Trion before entering the ministry.  He held the record for the longest weekly radio broadcast in Alabama history.  Bailey ran revivals all over the country but always came back to preach at his church on Sunday.  He frequently preached revival services in Chattooga County and the surrounding area.  The ninty-one-year-old pastor had told his congregation that this past Sunday would be his last sermon as pastor.

Visitation for Rev. Bailey will be this evening from 5 PM until 7 PM (Alabama Time) at Reed Memorial Baptist Church, 616 8th Avenue Southwest in Attalla.

Rev. Kevin Norton from Mountain View Baptist Church in Trion will be one of the ministers that officiates at Rev. Bailey’s funeral tomorrow at 11 AM at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel in Attalla.




Summerville Rec State Championship Parade This Evening

A parade will be held this evening to honor the 8 and Under Baseball and 8 and Under Softball State Champions.  Both teams from the Summerville Recreation Department, along with other teams that had success as the regional and state level will be in the parade that will start at CVS Pharmacy and travel up Commerce Street (Highway 27) to Favor Street, just past O’Reilly Auto Parts.  Spectators should line up on the northbound sidewalks between the Summerville Post Office and Jefferson’s Restaurant.  Staging for the parade will take place on Economy Street at the old Goody Barn location.  Everyone is asked to come out and show support for our local state champion teams.   The parade will get underway at 6:30 PM.

There's Hope For The Hungry Tomorrow At South Summerville Baptist Church

Those in need of groceries can go by South Summerville Baptist Church tomorrow from 10 AM until 1 PM and get a free box of groceries.  There’s Hope for the Hungry will be distributing the food in the parking lot at South Summerville.  No ID is required, and food must be picked up in person.  There is no charge and no questions asked.  There’s Hope For the Hungry distributes free food throughout North Georgia in collaboration with local churches.  So far this year, 32,429 people that make up 11,100 families have been fed by the ministry.  That also includes 8,986 children and 6,897 senior adults.  Over 225,000 lbs have been given away just in 2024.  If you or someone you know needs some help with groceries, be sure to go by South Summerville Baptist Church tomorrow, Wednesday July 17th.  The church is located on Highway 48 (the Menlo Highway) in Summerville, just past Mason Funeral Home.

Armuchee Woman Accused Of Setting A House On Fire

An Armuchee woman has been charged in connection with a fire that occurred back on March 31 on East Second Avenue in Lindale in Floyd County.

According to an arrest warrant:

41-year-old Linda Ann Barnes threatened to light the victim’s residence on fire and used kerosene to do so.

She was also cursing in the roadway before fleeing the scene.

The fire caused damage to two vehicles on the property, as well as power lines.

Barnes is charged with 1st-degree arson, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, terroristic threats and acts, disorderly conduct, and 2nd-degree criminal damage to property.


Summerville Police Arrest Man On Drug Related Warrants

On Sunday, Summerville Police arrested a McGinnis Circle man on several felony drug warrants.  Police went to the residence of fifty-two-year-old  Billy Ray Hill and found him sitting in a chair on the front porch.  Hill admitted to officers that he had drugs inside the house and gave police voluntary consent to search the residence.

Inside, police found suspected methamphetamine and drug related objects.  Hill told police he rarely uses meth but keeps in order to trade it to women for sexual favors.

Hill was arrested and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on nine different drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Twisted Ankle Race Coming To Sloppy Floyd State Park In September

The annual Twisted ankle Trail Races will be held at Sloppy Floyd State Park on September 7, 2024. Three race distances are offered with a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10 Mile race, and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) for every level of experience. The race has been held since 2005, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park. Runners are encouraged to sign up online at or at Sloppy Floyd State Park at the park office. For more information, visit

Water Safety Saves Lives

Summer is here! And you know what that means. Pool time! But along with plenty of time in the pool also means there is an increased risk of water-related accidents. Drowning is the leading cause of death from an injury in children ages 1 to 4 years old and the third leading cause of unintentional injury death in kids and adolescents 5 to 19 years old.  AdventHealth Redmond’s Dr. Bethany Jackson offers some thoughts on summer pool safety.

“Keeping toddlers and children safe around bodies of water is an important topic because we know that drowning is a very common thing that happens in the summer to kids under the age of five,” said Dr. Bethany Jackson, AdventHealth Medical Group pediatrician.

There are many ways to ensure everyone has fun at the pool this summer while also staying safe.

Parents should take into consideration how certain colors appear in water when purchasing bathing suits for their children. They should choose high-contrast colors like red or orange, which are easiest to see in the water. In comparison, colors such as blue or green are naturally much more difficult to spot in water.

When swimming, an adult with swim skills should be within arm’s length and have constant eyes and attention on the children. This person should not be distracted by a phone, socializing, doing chores or drinking alcohol.

A specific adult should be assigned to this duty, and it should be clearly communicated. “Many times, the story you hear is someone thought someone else was watching the child,” Dr. Jackson said. It’s also always a good idea for pool owners, adults, teens and older children to learn CPR.

All pool owners should install a 4-foot fence on all sides of the pool, with a self-closing, self-latching gate, that separates the pool from the house and the rest of the yard. Pool alarms and weight-bearing pool covers can help add layers of protection but should only be used secondary to fencing.

Every pool owner also needs to always have the proper rescue equipment approved by the U.S. Coast Guard poolside.

Poolside Rescue Equipment

· Phone

· Buoys

· Life jackets

· Reach tool (shepherd’s crook)

Parents should enroll their children in swim lessons as early as they see fit. Not all children are ready to learn to swim at the same age. However, there is strong evidence that swim lessons for children as young as 1 to 4 years old will greatly reduce their risk of drowning. It should be noted swim lessons do not drown-proof a child, kids should always swim only when supervised by an adult.

“Also in the kids 15 to 18, the older kids, when they go to lakes, they are at risk for drowning as well,” Dr. Jackson said. Older children and adolescents tend to find themselves unintentionally in trouble around natural bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and oceans.

The second highest group at risk for drowning are teens ages 15 to 19. This can come from a number of contributing factors like overestimating their skills, being impulsive, partaking in risk-taking behaviors and substance or alcohol use.

To help combat such factors, always choose sites with designated swimming areas and lifeguards. Even for strong swimmers, you should take into consideration weather, tides, waves and water currents.

Everyone should also know what to do if caught in a rip current. If you find yourself in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore to swim out of the current or tread water until safely free of the current. Never try to swim against the current. Trying to swim against a rip current can spell disaster even for strong adult swimmers.

All children and adolescents should be required to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets whenever they are in or on a watercraft, and all adults should also model this behavior. Additionally, small children and non-swimmers should wear life jackets whenever near water or swimming.

Always be sure life jackets are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, not all life jackets meet safety requirements. Floaties or other air-filled swimming aids should also not be used in place of life jackets. These items can deflate and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Pools aren’t the only water trouble source in the home. Parents should also be on the lookout for any water hazards around the home, most often found in the bathroom.

Children ages 0-4 years old have the highest rates of drowning, with infants and toddlers 12 to 36 months are at the highest risk for drowning. Infants most often drown in bathtubs, while toddlers and preschool-aged children most commonly drown in swimming pools.

Water Hazards Around the Home for Young Children

· Bathtubs, pools, spas, wading pools, buckets or any open standing water

· Bath seats can tip over or children may slip out and drown in only a few inches of water

· Toilet locks can be helpful in preventing toilet drownings

Never leave children unattended or in the care of another child in the bathroom or around standing water. A supervising adult should always be present.

Water is a great source of fun, but you have to respect it and learn proper water safety so you and your children can enjoy fun in the water for many years to come.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson, call AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics at Shorter Avenue at 706-368-8575.

Commissioner's Office Closed On Wednesday

Funeral services will be held at Alpine Community Church in Menlo tomorrow for Martha Tucker, the longtime Clerk of Chattooga County who passed away on Sunday. 

On Monday, Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Elsberry said that his office and other county government departments will be closed tomorrow in honor of Mrs. Tucker.  Commissioner Elsberry said that “Martha leaves behind a legacy of civil service that will stand as an example for years to come of what it truly means to be dedicated to the community you serve”.  Mrs. Tucker served as county clerk for thirty-four years.  She began working in county government under Commissioner Jim Parker and also worked for Commissioner Mike Dawson, Commissioner Jason Winters and current Commissioner Blake Elsberry.

Additionally, Chattooga County Probate Judge Gary Woods says that his office will close early on Wednesday so that staff can attend Mrs. Tucker’s funeral.  The Chattooga County Probate Office will close at 11 AM tomorrow and reopen on Thursday morning.

A reminder, the Chattooga County Tax Office is always closed on Wednesdays.

Georgia Gas Prices Continue To Climb

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The Georgia gas price average increased at the pumps compared to a week ago. Georgians are paying an average price of $3.39 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline (subject to change overnight). Monday’s state average was 7 cents more than a week ago,10 cents more than a month ago, and 11 cents more than this time last year. It costs drivers an average price of $50.85 to fill a 15-gallon tank of regular gasoline. Georgians are now paying almost $2.00 more to fill up at the pump compared to a year ago.

“Fuel prices across the nation have edged higher in the last week, spurred on by the steady climb in oil prices,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. At present, much like the unpredictable nature of the wind itself, we can anticipate possible fluctuations with prices at the pumps slightly climbing upwards. However, as we steer closer towards August and the height of the hurricane season, there is a threat that gas prices could swell momentarily if a turbulent storm were to strike in an unfortunate location.”

AAA continues to encourage drivers to take advantage of the money-saving gas tips listed below.


Despite a Hurricane and Record Holiday Travel, Gas Prices Barely Budge

Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 2 cents to $3.52 (subject to change overnight). The slight nudge higher came despite Hurricane Beryl smacking into the coast of Texas, a record number of July 4th car travelers, and oil costs hovering above $80 per barrel.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dipped from 9.42 million barrels a day to 9.39 last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks fell from 231.7 to 229.7 million barrels, while gasoline production increased last week, averaging 10.3 million barrels daily. Tepid gasoline demand and waffling oil costs may lead to some short-term stability in pump prices.

Regional Prices:

The most expensive Georgia metro markets – are Atlanta ($3.43), Savannah ($3.42), and Athens ($3.41).

The least expensive Georgia metro markets – are Warner Robins ($3.27), Dalton ($3.26), and Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($3.23).

Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($3.24), Walker ($3.20), Floyd ($3.31), Gordon ($3.33), DeKalb, AL ($3.14), Cherokee, AL ($3.13).

There's Hope for the Hungry at South Summerville Baptist Church Wednesday June 17th

There’s Hope for the Hungry will be at South Summerville Baptist Church Wednesday June 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Food must be picked up in person.