Mr. Wayne Rosson, Obit. (M)

Mr. Wayne Rosson, age 67, of Summerville, GA, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

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Man Arrested After Vehicle Chase In County

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Earlier today local Law Enforcement were involved in a car chase that ended with the suspects arrest.

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Georgia Power Distributes 8,000 Energy Efficiency Kits

Georgia Power today announced a recent distribution of 8,000 energy efficiency kits from the company’s Energy Efficiency Program to income-qualified customers across the state.

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Summerville Man Arrested For Fake Drugs In Rome

A Summerville man was arrested in Rome this week after police say he was found with fake methamphetamine.

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Chattooga County Schools Reminds Students And Staff To Remain Germ-Free

Chattooga County Schools would like to remind Students and Staff, as school starts back next week, about the importance of stopping the spread.

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Georgia Troopers Urge Safe Driving New Year’s Holiday Weekend

The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) encourage motorists to exercise safe driving habits during the  New Year’s holiday travel period.  In an effort to reduce the number of crashes on Georgia roadways, State troopers and MCCD officers will be on high visibility patrols on interstates and state roads.

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City Of Summerville Announces Holiday Closing

The City of Summerville has announced their New Years Holiday hours.

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GDOT Suspends Lane Closures For New Year’s Holiday

To ease the stresses of the holiday season the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily-traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations for the New Year’s holiday from 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, until 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. The statewide lane restrictions allow reduced traffic congestion during the winter holidays.

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Commissioner, Probate Judge, Others Sworn In Today

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New Commissioner, Blake Elsberry, Probate Judge, Gary Woods, and Sheriff Schrader were sworn in to their respective offices today.

Probate Judge Woods was sworn in by Judge Graham, chief judge of the Superior Court for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. Commission Blake Elsberry was sworn in by Associate Probate Judge, Becky Duke. Sheriff Schrader experienced an unusual swearing in ceremony this year, as he was sworn in via a Zoom video. This is due to Covid precautions.

With the to new officials now sworn in, Chattooga County will see a savings of about $70,000 in wages. Elected Constitutional Officers salaries are set by Georgia law and local referendums. Probate Judge Woods salary will  decrease significantly from former Probate Judge, Jon Paynes salary. Judge Paynes’ salary, prior to his retirement annoucement was slightly over $109,000 per year. Judge Woods salary will start at $65,205.38 per year. Judge Payne significant salary was due to longevity raises, as he was in office for 45 years.

New Commissioner Elsberry, will also see a decrease in salary compared to his predecessor. Elsberrys’ salary will start at $88,808.84 per year, as compared to former Commissioner Winters salary of $114,802.61. The Commissioner salary is set in a different way. The sole County Commissioners salary is set at 5% above the highest salary of all elected constitutional officers. Currently that officer is Sheriff Schrader at $84,579.85. Formerly, that was again, Judge Payne.

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