Georgia Scores Top Spot in Competitive Economic Rankings

Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that the state earned the No. 1 spot in Site Selection’s annual Prosperity Cup rankings for successful investment recruitment in 2023. Criteria for this national award include the total values of new and expanded facilities in the state, business-climate attractiveness, and workforce readiness.

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GBI Arrests 7 Gang Members

A multi-agency gang investigation has led to the arrests of 7 criminal street gang (CSG) members and associates on multiple charges, including Violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act, Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of Controlled Substances with Intent to Distribute. 

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JSU Board Member Randy Owen Surprises Fort Payne High School Students

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Students in Fort Payne got a special surprise when a country music legend showed up at their high school. Jacksonville State University Trustee Randy Owen, best known for being the lead singer of the band Alabama, made an appearance at the annual scholarship awards program on Tuesday. He helped college leaders present more than $767,000 in scholarships to 24 students. JSU says that money represents merit awards, leadership scholarships, and Army ROTC scholarships. In addition to serving on the JSU Board of Trustees, Randy Owen was also a key factor in the completion of JSU’s Little River Canyon Center, a green facility that houses the Little River Field School and the National Park Service.

Summerville McDonald’s Hosting Hiring Event At Dowdy Park

Your Summerville McDonald’s is hosting a Kick Off to Summer hiring event at Dowdy Park on Saturday, June 8th from 3 PM – 5 PM.  Summerville McDonald’s owner Jim Arron, along with leaders and staff will be on hand with music, games, refreshments and more.  Job seekers can get to know the people at the local McDonald’s and visit with the team.  Applications will be ready and there will be a raffle with a tote bag of McDonald’s goodies.  All proceeds from the Raffle go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity to help families and children in need.

Trion Basketball Camp June 24-27

The Trion Bulldogs are offering a summer basketball camp coming up June 24th, 26th and 27th from 6- 8 PM.  The camp is for students kindergarten through 8th grade.  The camp will encourage boys and girls to find a love for the game and help increase the number of players in the Trion community.  They will offer a week of game development, skill enhancement and fun for the participants.  All proceeds will go towards funding the Trion Basketball program for the upcoming 2024-2025 season.  Registration can be done ahead of time, or the first day of camp.  For more information, contact


Berry College Student Receives Fullbright Grant

A Berry College education and Spanish student has received a Fulbright grant for the 2024-25 academic year.

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Arrest Report – Saturday – May 18, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, May 18, 2024:

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NW GA Area Agency On Aging Quarterly Meeting

The Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 AM Tuesday, May 21, in the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission headquarters, 1 Jackson Hill Drive in Rome. The meeting is public. Designated by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the Area Agency on Aging coordinates programs and services designed to assist older Georgians in their desire to live in the community instead of a long-term facility.  The agency serves fifteen counties in Northwest Georgia including Chattooga and neighboring counties.

Chattooga Chamber May Meeting

Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce

The Chattooga Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting for May on the last Tuesday of the month – May 28th.   The monthly luncheon’s theme is mental health awareness in recognition of May being Mental Awareness Month.  Heather Rosener from BridgeHealth (formerly Lookout Mountain Community Services) will be one of the guest speakers.

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Trion Fire Department Fourth Annual Community Day Today

The Trion Fire Department is inviting everyone out for their Fourth Annual Trion Fire Department Community Day today at the Trion Veterans Memorial Park.  The event gets underway this morning at 10 AM and lasts until 3 PM.  There will be inflatables, games, vendors, fire and safety demonstrations, free smoke alarms and food.  Also, local first responders will be participating in a live vehicle accident reenactment.  LifeForce will be on hand for the event today.  There will also be live music with Chip Rowland.  The Trion Fire Department will be selling Boston Butt plates for $10 each.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the Trion Fire Department Community Day happening today at the Pavilion Area of Trion Veterans Park on Simmons Street in Trion.