Indians At Home Tonight in Playoff Basketball Action

The Chattooga Indians will be tipping off this evening at 6:00 PM at Chattooga High School in post-season action, all Indian fans are being encouraged to attend.

Chattooga will  be hosting fourth-seeded Monticello this evening as they look to follow up from their win over Rockmart last Saturday.

The doors will open at 4:30 this afternoon and Indian fans are being encouraged to wear red and come cheer the Indians to victory.



Calhoun Man Arrested for Biting Juvenile

Calhoun Man Arrested After Biting Juvenile

Calhoun Police arrested 53-year old Gary Rea Patterson of Calhoun, Georgia in connection with an assault on a sixteen- year old juvenile earlier this week.

Detectives began an investigation into the matter, after receiving information that Patterson physically attacked a 16-year old male. While interviewing the 16-year old victim, detectives were shown a large bite mark on his chest, which was still visible weeks after the incident occurred.

Patterson is charged with cruelty to children first degree and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree.

Rome Man Shoots Grandson in the Foot

A 69-year old Rome man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot his grandson in the foot with a pistol.

According to Floyd County Jail records, Andrew Louieal Mayes, of an East 15th Street address, is charged with aggravated assault.

The shooting occurred at a location on Walnut Avenue, according to the report.


Man Identified Shoplifting Cooker at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart in Trion reported a shoplifting incident on Thursday of this week, and say they know who the suspect is.

The incident was caught on video tape and a Wal-Mart loss prevention associate was able to identify the suspect who was seen picking up a Ninja Multi Cooker and leaving the store without paying for the item.

The man’s identity was given to the sheriff’s department, who also reviewed the footage.

The investigation is continuing into the incident.

GA DOT: Mega-Load Moving From North GA Saturday Night

A mega load is scheduled to begin a trip from the Tennessee State line in Catoosa County to the city of Midland in Muscogee County at 8:p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

The 245-foot long, 16-foot-9-inch wide and 13-foot-6-inch tall rig mega load will leave the Ringgold Welcome Center at 8 p.m. It is scheduled to travel south on I-75, I-285, I-85 and US 80. It is expected to reach its destination in Midland, Georgia at 3:30 Sunday morning.

Two Georgia State Patrol officers with blue lights and marked cars will accompany the load to pace traffic when so warranted by the traffic control movement plan. Night traffic on Saturday night in this part of the North Georgia region will be impacted, slowed or even stopped at some points due to the excessive size of this 650,000 pound extremely oversized load. Normal travel speed is 45 mph but it slows to 5 mph when crossing certain bridge structures. Narrow bridge locations will require escorts to restrict the passing of other vehicles, while the permit vehicle is crossing.


Woman Reports Break-In



A woman reported her home being broken into after seeing a strange vehicle at her residence early Friday morning.

According to a report from the sheriff’s department, the woman pulled up at her home shortly after midnight on Friday morning and a white SUV pulled up in her driveway.  The woman left her residence on Trion-Teloga Road and drove to Taco Bell and then back home again.

When she arrived back at her house, she went to her front door and observed that it was damaged.  The door pushed open without her having to unlock it.  The woman turned on lights in the residence but didn’t find anything missing.

The complainant called 911 and a deputy arrived on the scene and observed the damage to the door.  The deputy walked through the residence with the woman and she said nothing was missing.

The case in still under investigation.

Arrest Report - Friday - February 16, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, February 16, 2018:

Chattooga BOE Meeting: Supt. Lenderman Answers Questions

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At Thursday evening’s Chattooga County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman told the board of education and those in attendance that the school system is in better financial shape, and defended the four-day school week.

Lenderman said that instruction time for students has actually increased since the Chattooga County School System went to the four-day school week.   Lenderman said, “It is not how long you stay in school, but how long a student is in class receiving instruction…in fact we are in the class room far more hours for instructional training.”  Lenderman says that along with the increased instructional time, the four-day week saves the county school system around three-quarters of a million dollars a year.  Lenderman added, “Why would you want to give our students less instructional time with a five day schedule and spend three-quarters of a million dollars more?”

Supt. Lenderman also said that despite increased expenses for the local system in teacher retirement and money spent on more computers and buses for the system, the county school system has been able to decrease the millage rate for the past several years, and says that he will recommend that the millage rate be decreased again in 2018.

The superintendent added, “Since 2009, we have not taken out a tax anticipation note – as others have…” to fund the operations of the school system.



Four-Wheeler Reported Stolen on Austin Avenue

A Chattooga County man reported the theft of a four-wheeler to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department early Thursday morning.

A deputy was called to Austin Avenue where he spoke with the complainant, Randy Blackwell.  Mr. Blackwell told the deputy that his army-green 2014 Polaris 570 Sportsman ATV had been stolen from his carport.

Mr. Blackwell said that he had just put a new battery in the ATV and the last time he saw it was on Sunday or Monday of this week.  The four-wheeler was parked in a carport behind Mr. Blackwell’s house.

The case is currently under investigation.


Indians to Host Monticello At Home Tomorrow

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The Chattooga Indians are coming off the win of their second-straight Region 7AA title and will advance into playoff action this Saturday.

Chattooga’s second region title in a row came after the Indians win over Rockmart last week.  The Indians were able to hold off Rockmart and were led in scoring by Malachi Mack and Devin Price with 16 points apiece.  Jattorian Williams scored 13 points and Jamarious Mosteller scored 10 to take the Indians to victory.

Tomorrow, the Chattooga Indians, who are 23-3 on the season, will host 8-AA Number 4 Seed Monticello, with tip-off at 6 PM.

Everyone is encouraged to get out and support the Chattooga Indians tomorrow evening.



Man Accuses Neighbor's Dog of Stealing His Driveway Lights

Summerville Police were called on a complaint about a dog stealing some lights from a Scoggins Street address.

The complainant told a responding officer that the neighbor’s dog has come onto his property and pulled up some lights from the side of his driveway.

The officer and the complainant spoke with the neighbor about the incident.  A juvenile neighbor interpreted for the officer and her mother, as the neighbor didn’t speak English.  The neighbor said that she had no knowledge of the dog stealing the complainant’s lights and that they were welcome to search the property for the lights.

According to the report, no lights were found and the complainant was advised to take up the issue in magistrate court.

Trion Resident Arrested in Lafayette

A Trion resident was arrested after being charged with shoplifting in Walker County earlier this week.

According to reports, thirty-year-old Shannon Phil Trammell was taken to the Walker County Jail after being charged with shoplifting at the Lafayette Wal-Mart.

Law enforcement says that Trammell took a $200 Drone from the shelf at Wal-Mart and went to the self-checkout.  Instead of scanning the drone, Trammell is alleged to have scanned an item worth $2.5o, paying for that item, and then exiting the store without paying for the drone.

Trammell was subsequently arrested and charged with shoplifting and was booked into the Walker County Jail.

Man Threatens to "Kill Everyone" at Rome Applebees on Valentines Day

A 29-year old Calhoun man was arrested on Valentine’s Day after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman and everyone in the Applebee’s restaurant in Rome.

According to Floyd County Jail records, Matthew Robert Carver also refused to sit in the police patrol car and began kicking at officers, striking three of them.
One of the officers was struck in the face.
After being restrained, Carver began cursing at a female officer and asked her for oral sex.
Carver is charged with terroristic threats and acts, disorderly conduct, felony and misdemeanor obstruction of officers, and solicitation of sodomy.

Woman Upset with Neighbors Driving in Her Yard

A  Walnut Avenue, Summerville woman called police last week, upset that her neighbors were driving across her property.

According to the report from the Summerville Police Department, the complainant said that she had her property surveyed and had stakes driven up on her property line, but her neighbors continue to drive across her property.

The woman said that her neighbors constantly harass her about the property line in question.

The responding officer advised the woman to take up the matter in magistrate court.


One Man Killed, One Seriously Injured in Accident

One man was killed, another seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on Blacks Bluff Road Thursday morning.

According to Trooper Lee Bowden with the Georgia State Patrol, a 2008 GMC Acadia, driven by 22-year old Corey Boyd of Summerville, was traveling east. He was negotiating a curve to the left near George Road and drifted into the westbound lane, striking a 2007 Chevy Silverado head-on. Boyd was partially ejected. A passerby was attempting CPR when authorities arrived on the scene. However, Boyd did not survive. The driver of the Chevy, 68-year old Verdon Hogue of Adairsville, was entrapped and had to be extricated. Bowden said he was conscious and in stable condition. The Georgia State Patrol was dispatched to the scene at 7:59 a.m. Thursday.

Arrest Report - Thursday - February 15, 2018

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

Georgia Attorney General Warns About Prison-Phone Scams

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Attorney General Chris Carr and Commissioner of the Department of Corrections Greg Dozier are warning Georgians to be on the lookout for phone scams that may be a result of illicit use of contraband cell phones by inmates in Georgia prisons.

Georgia’ prison officials say that they have seized more than 1,400 contraband cell phones from Georgia’s prisons and the Commissioner of Corrections says that the prisoners are getting bolder.

Yesterday, Attorney General Carr said that Georgians should be aware of the scams being perpetrated by prisoners via the illegal cell phones.

Some of the most common scams include prisoners impersonating law enforcement officers and attempting to scam money from unsuspecting individuals.  Also, jury duty and bill collecting scams seem to be favorites for felons behind bars.

The Georgia Department of Corrections says that gangs often use scams as a way to fund their criminal activity. It is also important to keep in mind that scams are not just done by gang members. Lone wolves who talk fast and have no gang ties also use scams to prey on credulous people and make quick money.

If you get a suspicious call asking for money from someone who says that they are with law enforcement, or that attempt to have you pay money in connection with a jury duty scam or bill collection scam, you should report it to local law enforcement.

Read more here from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr

Grant Allows New Swings at Sloppy Floyd State Park

The Tillotson-Menlo Charitable Foundation awarded the Friends of Sloppy Floyd $5,000 to purchase four swings for the park. The first of the four, located in front of the park office, is now in service, with the other three sets scheduled for installation in the near term. The Friends of Sloppy Floyd Park say that they are extremely grateful to the Tillotson-Menlo Foundation for helping them to get the swings at the park.

Couple Steals Items from Woman's Purse

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a theft case after a man gave a couple a ride and items were stolen from his vehicle.

According to a report from the sheriff’s department, the incident happened on Monday of this week when a Chattooga County man says that he was approached by a woman asking for a ride to the DFCS office in Summerville.  The complainant agreed to give the woman and a man with her, a ride to the DFCS office.

After dropping the couple off at BB&T Bank, across from the DFCS Office, the complainant went to pick up his wife and son to take his son to a dentist appointment.

When the man’s wife got in the vehicle and checked her purse, she discovered her wallet and a camera missing.

The case is under investigation.


Dixie Dye Looking Outside Walker County for New Facility

Dixie Dye has made statements saying that they are looking to expand, and are looking outside their present location in Walker County to do so.  Just where they might go is still not known.

The company said that they are looking to expand their operations to build a new extrusion plant to make fibers used in bath rugs and area rugs.  The new facility could employ up to 100 people.

Trion is making a bid for the new facility at their industrial park.  The Trion Town Council voted last month to create a new Economic Development Authority to offer incentives.  While Trion Mayor Larry Stansell has not named the company, citing confidentiality, the company admits that they are looking at the site in Trion’s industrial park as a possibility for the new plant.

Dixie Dye also has made statements saying that they are looking at a site in Cherokee County, Alabama and Hamilton County, Tennessee.

The company is expected to make a decision within the next 60 to 90 days.