Arrest Report - Thursday May 6, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday May 6, 2021:

National Day Of Prayer Observances In Chattooga County Today

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In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution by Congress in order to declare a “National Day of Prayer.”  Every President since President Truman has continued to observe the tradition.   Today, the National Day of Prayer will be observed by people of all faiths across the country.  Here in Chattooga County, there are plans for local observances as well.

Prayer services are planned at various schools around Chattooga County as students are encouraged to gather and pray around the flag poles in front of the buildings.  Those services will be student-led and will take place before school starts today.

Then, between Noon and 1 PM, residents are encouraged to park and pray at the Chattooga County Courthouse.  Organizers for the National Day of Prayer observance locally say this will be a “drive-in and drive-out” event.

This evening, at 6:30 PM, local ministers will gather with the public at the Trade Day grounds to hold a service to observe the National Day of Prayer.

This year’s theme is “Lord, pour out your Love, Life and Liberty.”

Sheriff Issues Warning About Scam

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that scammers are calling and using his name in attempts to scam people out of their money.

The sheriff says that people in the community have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be “Mark Schrader” and then saying that they are calling about “fraudulent activity on your account.”  The sheriff says that this is a scam and you should not talk with the caller if they contact you.

Sheriff Schrader stated, “If you get a call from 706.857.3411 and the person says he is Mark Schrader and that you’ve had fraudulent activity on your account and that I’m coming to arrest you unless you pay it on the phone……IT IS A SCAM….please hang up on him.”

The sheriff, nor anyone from his department or another law enforcement agency will never call and say that they are going to “arrest someone if they don’t pay.”

GNTC Nursing Student Achieves Goal

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) healthcare students have navigated a global pandemic during the past year. For graduating students like Amanda Blackwell, the rise of COVID-19 has shown her what being a nurse and working in healthcare is all about.

Blackwell was one of 15 GNTC students who volunteered to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga on January 4.

“I administered dose one of the vaccine at the hospital,” Blackwell said. “It was an eye opening experience.”

It was her first clinical rotation and first time being face-to-face with patients since the pandemic began. Blackwell administered vaccines to healthcare workers at the hospital as well as adults over the age of 65 who volunteer at the hospital.

“Each student vaccinated over 50 patients,” she said. “Memorial made a huge deal out of it and let everyone who got vaccinated ring a bell.”

The 40-year-old GNTC student will receive an associate degree in Nursing this month, completing a 22-year journey to become a nurse.

Blackwell said she was attending Dalton State College in 1999 when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.

“My plans to be a nurse had to be put on hold,” she said. “I changed course and went to school to be a cosmetologist.”

Blackwell rented a space to cut and style hair for 10 years before opening Alchemy Salon in Fort Oglethorpe. When her third child started pre-K, Blackwell enrolled in GNTC’s Nursing program.

“Finishing my Nursing degree was always the plan,” she said. “I don’t think I would have ever forgiven myself if I didn’t go back and finish what I started.”

Now, Blackwell is working two days a week in the salon and two days a week in Labor and Delivery at Erlanger Health System. After graduation, she plans to work three 12-hour shifts a week at the hospital and one day in the salon.

“One of the benefits of owning your own salon is setting your own hours,” she said. “Both of my jobs are about caring for people and I think the two professions go hand-in-hand. At the end of the day we are servants of others.”

Lauren Elsberry, instructor of Associate Degree Nursing at GNTC, said her students have remained on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, completing their clinical rotations while also volunteering to administer vaccines.

“Amanda is a phenomenal student who helped administer one of the first vaccines in our area,” said Elsberry. “This year was a challenging time for all students, but despite everything Amanda and her classmates really seemed to shine.”

For Blackwell, the pandemic showed her the true meaning of being a nurse. She said her instructors were great examples and a tremendous resource to her and her classmates.

“Our instructors made sure they did everything they could to get our program completed on time,” Blackwell said. “I really loved being a part of the program.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held in Rome at the Floyd County Campus as a drive-thru ceremony on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Spring semester GNTC graduates from all six campuses are invited to attend the ceremony.

Trion BOE Called Meeting This Evening

The Trion City Board of Education will be having a called meeting this evening.  The meeting will be held at the Board Office, located at 239 Simmons Street in Trion.  The meeting will get underway at 6 PM and the public is welcomed to attend.

Teloga VFD Announces New Firefighter

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On Wednesday, the Teloga Volunteer Fire Department announced that one of their own has recently completed his official certification from the State of Georgia.  The fire department issued this statement:

Congratulations to Teloga’s newest firefighter, Joe Croy

After excelling in training and testing, today Joe received his official certification from the State of Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training as a firefighter. He has been a member of the station for over 2 years as the Corona virus interrupted his training plans when the academy shut down.

Joe stuck with us and maintains one of the highest training and call attendance percentages in the department.

Trion Fire Department Announces "Community Day"

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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.

Rome Woman Charged With Vehicular Homicide

A Rome woman has been charged with felony 1st-degree vehicular homicide in connection with a deadly wreck that occurred on March 4.

According to the arrest warrants, 49-year old Michelle Cantu crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic on North Avenue at Wolf Drive and struck another vehicle.

A passenger in Cantu’s car, 37-year old Hector Guzman, was fatally injured.

Cantu was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the wreck, according to the warrants.

Cantu was also charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failure to maintain a lane.


City Of Summerville Issues Statement About Pending Legal Action

The City of Summerville issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon concerning legal action in Federal Court.  In the city’s prepared statement the City of Summerville says that they do not believe that “Summerville’s water customers should be burdened with the added costs of construction of filtration systems and added operational costs that are incurred in making the water safe.”

The city’s statement goes on to say that they are NOT making any legal claims against the Town of Trion, Mount Vernon Mills or any landowners where dangerous chemicals might have been spread that wound up in the city’s water supply at Raccoon Creek.  The city also says that they have retained legal council and will not be making further statements on the matter.  You can see the complete statement below:

In January of 2020, test results for perfluoroalkyl chemicals, also referred to
as “forever chemicals” (PFOS/PFOA), were discovered in the City of Summerville’s
drinking water supply. In consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection
Division (“EPD”), Summerville issued a Health Advisory to its customers that the
amounts of PFOS/PFOA found in the water were in excess of the United States
Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Health Advisory limit. Thereafter, the
City sought to provide alternative drinking water sources for its customers.
Immediate steps were taken to determine water treatment options for the Raccoon
Creek Treatment Plant to address the situation.

The City has now installed Granular Activated Carbon (“GAC”) filters at the
Raccoon Creek water treatment plant to bring levels of PFAS/PFOS below the EPA
Health Advisory limits. The installation of GAC filters has been expensive, and it
is also expensive to periodically replace the GAC filters, which must be done to
ensure that the PFAS/PFOS pollution does not break through. Additional long-term
solutions are being considered and evaluated to address the problem and find a
permanent solution.

While the City of Summerville’s water is safe to drink, we do not believe
Summerville’s water customers should be burdened with the added costs of

construction of filtration systems and added operational costs that are incurred in
making the water safe.

A lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Georgia identified as Earl Parris, Jr., et al. v. 3M Company, et al. The
City of Summerville, through its Mayor and City Council, has retained legal counsel
to intervene in the federal court case to assert legal claims on behalf of the City for
its past, present, and future costs of treating the water supply to remove the harmful
chemicals present in Raccoon Creek and to hold the manufacturers that made these
chemicals accountable.

The City of Summerville is not making any legal claims against the Town of
Trion, Mt. Vernon Mills, or landowners whose property has been damaged by the
application of the chemicals. A copy of the City’s Motion to Intervene, as well as
the City’s proposed lawsuit, will be available for viewing on the City’s website. As
with all pending litigation, the City will have no further comment on its efforts to
pursue these legal claims

Arrest Report - Wednesday May 5, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday May 5, 2021:

Henry's BBQ Temporarily Closed

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Local restaurants are having a hard time finding enough employees.  That problem, combined with a  medical procedure has prompted the temporary closing of one local restaurant.  Henry’s BBQ in Summerville announced on social media this week that the restaurant would close until further notice.  Owner Darlene Henry posted, ” Please forgive us and watch Facebook for a reopening date. We are unsure at this time what day we will be back. Thank you for your business, we truly appreciate each and every one of our customers.”

Work Underway On Highway 117 In Alabama

The signs in downtown Summerville diverting commercial traffic off Highway 48 will be in place a few more weeks, but work has started on repairing Highway 117 between Mentone and Valley Head, Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announces work is now underway on an project to repair damages from a landslide on the side of Lookout Mountain that shut down Highway 117.

Wright Brothers Construction is the contractor on the $1,369,500 project to excavate a 300-foot-long section of the mountainside highway and construct a rock buttress.  Loose material will be removed and replaced with a more stable rock fill.

The section of highway has been closed to traffic since early April; ALDOT anticipates re-opening the road in early June, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

After that road re-opens to traffic – a second phase of work is scheduled to take place which is estimated to take about 45 days, requiring single-lane closures from time to time.


White Nationalist Found With Knife In Cell

White HAte Group Terrorist Found with Large Knife after Destroying Cell at Floyd County Jail

An inmate who was being housed for being part of a terrorist white nationalist gang at the Floyd County Jail, Luke Austin Lane, 22 of Silver Creek, is now facing additional charges after he was found with a weapon.

Reports said that Lane was found in possession of a 5 to 6 inch sharpened metal knife like object.

He is also accused of defacing his jail cell by painting gang related symbols and signs on it. Reports added that he also allegedly destroyed a mattress by stabbing it.

He was charged with two counts interference with government property and unlawful possession of a weapon by a jail inmate.


Funeral Services Set For 8-Year-Old Car Crash Victim

Funeral plans were announced on Tuesday for eight-year-old Sara Elizabeth English who died in a Walker County car accident last week.

English has family ties to Chattooga County and the obituary lists her residence as being Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Lyerly, Georgia.

Cody A. Gann, age 29, has been officially charged by the Georgia State Patrol with serious injury by vehicle, DUI drugs – driving under the influence of drugs, improper lane change, failure to maintain lane, driving wrong side of the road, failure to exercise due care when using cell phone/radio, and homicide by vehicle 1st degree in connection with the accident that claimed the girl’s life.

You can see the complete obituary for Sara English HERE

Summerville Woman Arrested In Tennessee On Drug Charges

A Summerville woman was arrested over the weekend in Tennessee on drug possession charges.  According to docket records from the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, thirty-five-year-old Laura Irene Elsayed Mohamed of a Maplewood Apartments address was arrested by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies after suspected drugs were found in her possession. Mohamed was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Suspicious Activity Call Ends With No Body Happy

Summerville Police responded to a call of suspicious activity last week, and ended the call with no one in a good mood.

Tabatha Harris reported to Officers that 2 unknown people had been seen entering her 7th Ave residence. When Officers arrived on scene they met with Harris, and two others identified as Ledelphiia Wiggins and John Martin. Tabatha Harris stated that she rented the residence on 7th Ave but is currently staying at a Senior Dr. address. After leaving the house on 7th Ave, Harris received a call stating that two people had entered the home.

Ledelphiia Wiggins and John Martin both stated that they had called the out of town landlord for the 7th Ave residence after being informed that the door to the residence was open, and agreed to check it out for the landlord. While both Wiggins and Martin stated that the door to the home was open when they arrived, Harris was certain that she had secured the door. Officers on scene found it difficult to get much information out of anyone, as both parties were arguing.

The landlord was contacted and stated that permission was given to Wiggins and Martin to check the residence. This upset Harris, who asked Officers if a call needed to be placed to Captain Harold Tucker and Judge Tracy Maddux about the situation. When the Officer asked Mr. Martin to calm head, Martin told the officer to go ahead and shot him in the back of the head, he knows this is what he wants to do.

The issue was resolved with no arrests and a report was placed on file.

Car Windshield Damaged With Suspected BB Gun

Summerville City Police responded to a call about a damaged windshield last week.

According the reports, Roberto Silva told Officers that while he was working on his car, he noticed that someone had damaged his windshield in two spots. It appeared to Mr. Silva that the windshield had been shot with a BB gun.

Officers noted 2 areas of damage on the windshield. A report of the incident was placed on file.

Georgia Gas Prices Continue To Hold Steady

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Georgia gas prices have held steady for the past month. The state average is $2.70 per gallon.

It now costs motorists $40.50 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $3.60 more than what motorists paid in January of 2020 when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.

According to AAA, both demand and supply have steadily increased nationally in the past five weeks, but weekly gasoline supply in Georgia is trending less substantial.

It’s possible the state average could increase in the coming weeks as summer approaches and more drivers take to the roads.

Chattooga County gas prices are currently averaging $2.65 per gallon.

Teloga VFD Announces Retirements

The Teloga Fire Department recently announced the retirement of Fire Chief Sammy Lee and Assistant Fire Chief Tony Wright.  According to a release by the department, the two will continue to serve on the board of the Teloga Fire Department.  Both Lee and Wright were founding members of the Teloga Fire Department and have been serving the community since 1987.  You can read the complete statement below:


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Body Of Missing Rome Woman Discovered Tuesday

The body of a missing 39 year-old Rome woman, Shanah Garrison, was found deceased on Tuesday.

Floyd County Police said that Garrison left home a few days ago without her service dog and with only a few clothes.

According to Floyd County Deputy Coroner Connie Chandler, Garrison was found behind a home in the 100 block of Blacks Bluff Road.

She added that foul play is not suspected.

The body will be sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.