Arrest Report - Saturday - June 23, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Water Theft Reported By City Of Summerville

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Three Summerville residents were charged with stealing water from the City of Summerville this week, according to reports from the Summerville Police Department.

Officers say that the City of Summerville Water Department reported the theft at 159 Alexander Street in Summerville.  Water Department employees say that the three adults charged had stolen a water meter in the box that was supplying water to the residence.

Those charged were twenty-four-year-old Tyler Lee Gordy, thirty-three-year-old Misty M. Bryant and fifty-four-year-old Mary Ruth Bryant.

The three were cited with diversion of services.



Car Stolen In Georgia Turns Up In Cherokee County, Alabama

Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department Investigators say that they have recovered two stolen cars this week, in two separate and unrelated incidents.

One of those vehicles was stolen from Paulding County, Georgia.  That car was recovered from a location on County Road 472 near the Whorton Community in Cherokee County.

The second vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Spark was recovered on Cedar Bluff Road in Centre.  The 2000 GMC Van was stolen from Jefferson County, Alabama.  Thirty-five-year-old Paul Lamar Shields was taken into custody in connection with that incident and charged with receiving stolen property.


Golf Tournament Fundraiser In August For Santa In Uniform

Santa in Uniform has announced a fund-raiser golf tournament coming up in August.

The golf tournament will be held at the Trion Golf Course on August 4th

Please join us August 4, 2018 for the Santa In Uniform Golf Tournament to raise money for Christmas for the kids of Chattooga County. If you’d like to donate, sponsor, or play please contact Robbie (706) 506-1475, Trey (706) 859-1717 or Cindy (706) 506-9515.

Kindergarten Registration For Leroy Massey Elementary School

If you have a child that is ready for kindergarten and will be attending Leroy Massey Elementary School, here is all the information you need about Kindergarten Registration which will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018:

AgGeorgia Farm Credit to Offer Free Financial Training for Local Farmers

Northwest Georgia farmers have an opportunity to attend a free, nationally award-winning financial training workshop in August.

The program, AGAware®, has been developed with the purpose of promoting the next generation of farmers by educating them in the many aspects of running a successful agricultural operation.  AgGeorgia will be hosting the AGAware workshop Friday, August 10th at the Thornton Recreation Center in Rome.  This is the fourth year AgGeorgia has offered the program, with another class being held in July in Hull.

The program is tailored for young, beginning, small, and/or minority farmers.  Young farmers are defined as those 35 years of age or younger; beginning farmers are defined as those having 10 years or less of experience; and small farmers are defined as those having annual gross agricultural sales of $250,000 or less.

Topics covered in the program include: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Family Finance & Family Budgeting, Risk Management, Accrual Income, Applying for Financing and Preparing a Business Plan with bonus video topics on Record Keeping, Marketing, and Technology available for continued education. The AGAware educational program is certified for FSA Direct Borrower Training Credit.

The free training is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and a free lunch is provided. 

August 10

Thornton Recreation Center

102 North Floyd Park Rd

Rome, GA 30165

Those who would like to attend can register at

Elm Street Resident Says Alarm Company Notified Her Of Attempted Burglar

An Elm Street, Summerville resident told Summerville Police this week that someone tried to break into her house.

According to a police report, Carrie Nicholson of an Elm Street address told a responding officer that her alarm company called to tell her that someone had tried to break into her residence.  Ms. Nicholson’s back door was damaged during the burglary attempt.

A police officer who responded said that the back door to the house had been either kicked or pushed forcefully.  According to the officer, the trim around the door was damaged.

Police say that the Ms. Nicholson did have a security camera at the house.  The attempted burglary is under investigation by the Summerville Police Department.



Battlefield Farmers Market "Kids Day" Tomorrow

The Battlefield Farmers Market in Rock Spring will be having “Kids Day” coming up tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd.

“Kids Day” will feature educational programs about the importance of honey bees and other pollinators.

The Battlefield Farmers Market is located just behind the Walker County Civic Center off of Highway 27 in Rock Spring.  The market is open Wednesdays from 3 to 6 PM and on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon.

Sheriff's Office Releases Report On Suspect Charged With Rape

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office released the incident report about a man being arrested on charges of rape and false imprisonment.  The incident occurred last week on Fish Hatchery Road. WZQZ-AM1180 received the report on Friday morning, June 22, 2018.

According to the report, the victim told responding officers that she was traveling home to Indiana from Florida and got lost and wound up in Chattooga County.  The victim said that George Walter Presley came up to her at a gas station and told her she needed air in her tire and to follow him and he would help her.  The victim said Presley first took her to “canyon falls” and told her he had a flashlight with a taser in it and would harm her if she didn’t do as he said.

Presley is then believed to have taken the victim to his residence on Filter Plant Road.  The victim says that Presley kept her, along with her dog, in a back bedroom while she was there.  On Thursday morning, June 14, Presley allowed the victim to go outside to smoke.  It was at that point that the victim ran to a neighbor’s house and got help.  The neighbor told responding deputies that Presley came onto their screened in porch and the neighbor ordered Presley to leave.  Presley got into his vehicle and left and was later captured in LaFayette.

Deputies took the victim to the Sexual Assault Center in Rome for treatment.

Presley, a convicted felon who had served time for child-rape, was arrested and charged with rape and false imprisonment.

Chance For Thunderstorms Friday Afternoon & Evening

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia says that Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia has a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and into the evening hours.  Some of those storms could produce lightning, high winds and there is the possibility for hail associated with these storms. Forecasters say we have an “enhanced” chance for thunderstorms with the possibility some could become severe. Daytime heating could produce strong storms but the good news it looks like the storms will be quick moving which will lessen the chance for any flash-flooding.  The best window for thunderstorms this afternoon looks to be between 3 PM and 7 PM.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Georgia Ag Commissioner Announces Chattooga County Campaign Chair

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Yesterday, Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black announced campaign chairs in each of Georgia’s 159 counties.  Black is a Republican running for re-election for his third term as Ag Commissioner.

The Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture is the head of the state’s Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes Georgia’s agriculture industry.  Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture administers a variety of programs which all have a primary goal – to maintain the state’s viable farm industry and protect the consuming public.

Gary Black is the current commissioner who was elected first elected in 2010. He won re-election in 2014. Before becoming commissioner, black co-managed the Georgia Food Industry Partnership for 13 years. He also served as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and field representative in the Georgia Farm Bureau. Black attended the University of Georgia.

Black named Gore area resident Jamey Dawson as his campaign chair in Chattooga County.  Dawson is a timber and agricultural producer that was also a one-time Republican candidate for sheriff in Chattooga County.

Black will be facing opposition from Democrat Fred Swann in the November election.  Swann is a district chair with the Democratic Party of Georgia.  Swann says that he hopes to strengthen agricultural communities, address food insecurity and protect consumers.  Swann was born and raised in Middle Georgia. He attended Mercer University and Wesleyan College.

Summerville Woman Arrested At Redmond Hospital

A Summerville woman was arrested at Redmond Regional Medical Center this week after she allegedly caused a disturbance.

According to Floyd County Police, twenty-nine-year-old Morgan Nichole Worley was arrested after she got angry and began to curse hospital staff.  Police say that Worley then threw here food tray and other items at hospital staff.

Worley was booked into the Floyd County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct.

Unemployment Drops Across Georgia - Chattooga Unemployment Down

It was good news once again as the new unemployment numbers were released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

Unemployment continues to decrease across the state and across Northwest Georgia.  Chattooga County’s unemployment numbers for the month of May continued the downward trend – in fact Chattooga County now has one of the lowest unemployment figures in almost two decades.  According to the latest numbers, Chattooga County’s unemployment rate stands at 3.3%.

In the Northwest Georgia Region there are only two counties with unemployment rates of 4% or more.  Whitfield County’s unemployment rate is at 4.0% and Murray County is at 4.4%.

Other unemployment rates from the region:

Dade County – 3.1%

Walker County – 3.4.%

Floyd County – 3.6%

Catoosa County – 3.0 %

Gordon County – 3.4%

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said on Thursday, “Georgia’s employment numbers remain strong. Across the state, the unemployment rate either remained steady or dropped.”



Summerville Women Say Car Hit Early Thursday Morning

Summerville Police are investigating an incident that happened early Thursday morning on Sixth Avenue, when two women say that the car they were in was hit by something, causing damage.

The woman said that they were in a silver, 2011 Nissa Altima when they heard a loud noise.  The women told police officers that it sounded like a firework had gone off near the back of the car.  The women said that they didn’t know what made the noise, but did say that they saw a slender, black man running from the area.

Officers searched the area and found a piece of cinder block with glass embedded in the block.

The car the women were in had the back glass shattered and a large dent in the roof of the vehicle.

Officers asked the women if they had any idea who might have done the damage, and if anyone was upset with them.  Both women told police that they had no idea who might have damaged the vehicle.



Public Health Officials Urge Precaution Against Insect-Borne Disease

The combination of warm weather, people getting outside to enjoy it, and rising insect populations brings potential for insect-borne diseases, also called vector-borne diseases 1. The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District offers these precautions, so residents can protect themselves, their families, neighbors, and pets.

“We encourage our residents to get outside and be active,” says Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the Northwest Health District, “but we don’t want the fun to end with a disease that could have been prevented. With warm weather and summer travel rapidly approaching, we are vulnerable to diseases from both ticks and mosquitos. Protecting ourselves from these threats is important.”

Tick-borne Diseases

Several varieties of ticks in Northwest Georgia carry bacteria that can be transmitted through a tick bite. It is important to recognize these general symptoms and seek medical attention as soon as possible:

* Fever and chills;

* Aches, pains, and fatigue, sometimes joint pain;

* Rash, sometimes in unusual shapes like a “bull’s eye,” or spots that may appear elsewhere on the body, or an ulcer at the bite site;

* Some people will not develop rashes, but most do;

* Rashes can occur within hours or up to 30 days after the tick bite.

Prevent tick-borne diseases 1 by using insect repellent, avoid getting off trails and roads, and checking your entire body for ticks as soon as possible after being outdoors. Check children, gear, and pets thoroughly. If you should find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic – the key is to remove the tick as soon as possible.

More in-depth descriptions, pictures, and information about which types of ticks live in Northwest Georgia can be found at 1.

Mosquito-borne Diseases

Overall, mosquito-borne illnesses in Georgia are rare, but they do occur. The greatest risk statewide is for West Nile virus 1, which can cause fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, and in rare cases even death.

Although the Zika virus 2 is currently not established in our local area, two major concerns are contracting the illness while traveling to an affected region 1 of the world, and the risk to the unborn babies of pregnant women. The virus is known to cause birth defects such as microcephaly 1, and also brain damage, seizures, or problems with vision and hearing.

Zika virus is also transmitted through sexual fluids for up to 8 weeks by infected women and up to 6 months by infected men. Condoms should be worn during these time frames, even within monogamous relationships. The virus can also cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome 1 in anyone.

To prevent mosquito bites 1, use insect repellent, wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and eliminate standing water on your property – Tip ‘n Toss 2.


While not a vector-borne disease, three intestinal parasites 1 found locally that are of concern this time of year are Giardia 1, Cryptosporidium 1, and Cyclosporiasis 1.

Giardia may produce vomiting, chills, headache, or fever, while “Crypto” can cause watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and headaches. Watery diarrhea is the most common symptom of Cyclosporiasis. All can be prevented by filtering or boiling untreated water and avoid getting untreated water in your mouth and nose while swimming.

If you have symptoms of any of these vector-borne or parasitic diseases, check with your healthcare provider.

For more information, contact the Environmental Health office at your local health department. Find contact information here:

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, various pages accessed May 2018. 2 Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District,, various pages accessed May 2018

Fight In Menlo Sends Two Men To Jail

Two men wound up in the Chattooga County Jail after a fight in Menlo on Wednesday of this week.

According to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to Ralph Chamlee Drive in Menlo late Wednesday night in reference to a fight.  When deputies arrived, they found a woman in the roadway who told deputies that she had gotten into an argument with Jamie Ray Tucker.  The woman said a short time later Ricky Ladon Boyd got into a fight with Tucker.

When deputies spoke with Mr. Boyd, he said that Tucker and the woman had been arguing and he tried to get them to quiet down.  Boyd says that Tucker “slapped him out of a chair” and that’s when the fight started.

Mr. Tucker told deputies that Boyd had tried to hit him with a chair and instead hit Tucker’s sister, who is Boyd’s wife. According to Tucker, that’s when the fight started.

Deputies said that both Tucker and Boyd were under the influence of alcohol.

Both men were taken to the Chattooga County Jail on charges of affray – or fighting.





Information About Upcoming Chattooga County Tax Sale

Earlier this month, Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton announced the second tax sale of the year that she says will be held in July. Hampton says that the sale is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and will include twenty-two properties.  She says most of the properties are vacant or abandoned properties.  The sale will begin at 10 AM at the courthouse in Summerville. Below you will find all the information about next month’s tax sale.

Life In Prison For Convicted Child Rapist In Walker County

A Walker County man was convicted on twenty-seven separate counts of child-sex crimes earlier this month in Walker County Superior Court.  Ollie Lester Grimes will now be facing life in prison.

Grimes was sentenced in Walker County Superior Court this week and received nine consecutive life sentences for child rape and child pornography.  Prosecutors say that the crimes were committed over a period of years.  Two of Grimes’ victims were girls less than ten years old and his youngest victim was three years old.

It only took a Walker County Jury less than twenty minutes to convict Grimes at his trial earlier this month.




Police Search For Dirt Bike Rider In Summerville

Summerville Police are looking for someone who was traveling on Ramey Street on Wednesday night with a small child on a dirt bike.

Police say that the received complaints about the incident around 9:30 PM on Wednesday.  Witnesses in the area said that a man on a dirt bike had a small child on the back and was “racing up and down” the street.  Neither the bike rider, nor the child had helmets on.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the dirt bike.