Arrest Report – Friday – March 24, 2023

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, March 24, 2023:

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Prescribed Burn Monday On Taylor’s Ridge

Monday, March 20th, GA Forestry will be conducting a prescribed burn along the Southside of Taylor’s Ridge.

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Tanker Driven By Summerville Man Hit In Rome

One man is being treated in a local hospital after an early morning wreck Friday morning near Aldi’s on Turner McCall Blvd.

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Council Hires Surratt As City Manager

On Monday evening, in a 3-2 vote, the Summerville City Council voted to hire interim city manager Andrea Surratt to the position of Summerville City Manager. Councilmen Ford, Money and Martin voted in favor.

Fatal Accident In Gordon County Friday Morning


The Georgia State Patrol has reported that a fatal accident took place in Gordon County on Friday morning:

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Georgia House Passes Budget

With broad bipartisan support, the Georgia House of Representatives passed a $32.5 billion fiscal 2024 state budget.  The vote was 167-1 and will now move to the Georgia Senate.  The budget increases state spending by $2.2 billion over the 2023 Fiscal Year Budget.  State Rep. Eddie Lumsden says that the House version of the budget has over $51 million in additional funds for mental health programs in the Peach State.  Also, law enforcement and teachers will be seeing a $2,000 yearly raise.  Also, the House version of the budget would increase HOPE coverage of student tuition from the current 90% to 95% and redirect the remaining 5% to the Zell Miller Scholarship program, the component of HOPE that goes to students with high school grade-point averages of at least 3.5, and to health benefits for public pre-kindergarten teachers.

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Corrections Office Arrested

A  correctional officer was arrested on charges of bringing contraband into Hays State Prison.  The Georgia Department of Corrections launched an investigation into illegal activity by the employee, who was arrested on Thursday of this week. According to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader, the suspect was employed at Hays State Prison in Trion.  Michael James Ward has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.  Additionally, he was charged with violation of oath by a public officer and crossing guard lines with drugs. Ward was arrested by the Georgia Department of Corrections on Thursday at 5:17 PM, according to arrest reports.

Georgia EMA Director Charged With Fraud

Peach County Fire Chief/EMA Director Jeff Doles has been arrested and charged with six counts of financial transaction card fraud and six counts of theft by taking (fiduciary theft).

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Georgia Fishing Forecasts Provide Great Info for Anglers

Want to better ensure your fishing success at your local waterway? No need to consult a crystal ball to get the fishing outlook, just check the updated Georgia Fishing Forecasts!

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Songfarmers Meeting Today

Songfarmers of Summerville is a group of musicians and singers who wish to help thing better for their community through music.  The events are held each month and participants bring their own lawn chair and sit in a a circle and each participant takes turns doing their songs.  The event is being held today from 1 PM – 4 PM at Fairway Recreation Center in Summerville.  Find out more about the group and the event by visiting Songfarmers of Summerville on Facebook.