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Hufstetler Introduces Bill To Protect Vulnerable From Scammers

Yesterday, State Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) held a press conference along with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to introduce Senate Bill 84. SB 84 would provide for financial protections, delay in disbursements and liability protections for elder and disabled adults who may be victims of financial exploitation. This bill would protect citizens who are mentally or physically disabled and citizens 65 and over.

Scams against elderly citizens have been on the rise in recent years and two of the most prevalent areas of scamming are health insurance/and the IRS. Scammers will target older citizens posing as insurance or tax representatives to try and convince them to give up their personal or financial information.

“This bill will give financial institutions a tool to be preemptive instead of waiting until after the fact when the money may be gone,” Said Sen. Hufstetler. “It will ensure that financial advisers have the tools to stop scammers from exploiting our senior citizens. Other states have laws already in place to help their senior citizens and it is time for Georgia to do what they can to help its senior citizens.”

Raffensperger also added that legislation is needed to protect senior citizens, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID pandemic helped to spur on the rapid increase as we saw many people isolated from their support systems and under a tremendous financial strain and worry along with a fast adoption of banking technology,” said Raffensperger. “We are here to provide new advanced tools to prevent vulnerable seniors from becoming victims in the first place.”

Read the full text of the legislation here

Arrest Report - Tuesday - February 7, 2023

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, February 7, 2023:

Grief Support Group Coming To Chattooga County

Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Heyman Hospice Care will sponsor a free support group in Summerville that will last six weeks.

The Journey Through Grief support group will meet at Fairway Recreation Center, 81 Senior Drive, on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting Feb. 23. The last class will take place on March 30.

The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for people who have suffered a loss to meet with others who have experienced a similar loss.

“Support groups offer a safe environment for people to talk about their thoughts and feelings,” said Patsy Wade, one of the facilitators of the group and bereavement coordinator at Heyman Hospice Care. “These groups are also designed to provide validation regarding emotions and feelings experienced. To grieve is both natural and normal.”

Wade is a lifelong resident of Chattooga County. She is a Shorter College graduate, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC and an active member of Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Chattooga County.

Co-facilitator Marsha Atkins, a volunteer with Atrium Health Floyd, is a retired social worker/ bereavement coordinator. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, She was born and raised in Chattooga County, Atkins graduated from Chattooga High School. She has more than 30 years of experience working with support groups, with an emphasis on grief care.

“I hope the group helps people understand the grief process while also finding healthy ways of learning to cope with the loss of a loved one,” Atkins said. “Whether the loss is a death, loss of home, divorce or other form of loss, the grieving process can be painful.”

Wade and Atkins will provide resources as needed for those who may need additional help and support beyond the support group setting.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Preregistration is requested but not required. For additional information, please contact the Heyman Hospice office at 706-509-3200 to register.

Georgia Gas Price Averages Decline Over The Past Week

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Georgia gas prices declined at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia drivers are now paying an average price of $3.34 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline (subject to change overnight). Monday’s state average is 5 cents less than a week ago, 52 cents more than a month ago, and 10 cents more than this time last year. It now costs $50.10 to fill a 15-gallon tank of regular gasoline. Drivers are now paying almost $2.00 more to fill up at the pump compared to a year ago.

“Georgians finally felt relief at the pumps this weekend,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. “Despite rising gas demand across the U.S. and recently elevated oil prices, the growth in total supply has helped to limit pump price increases.”

National Average Dips Lower as Supply Expands

Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has decreased by 3 cents to $3.47. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, gas demand rose from 8.14 to 8.49 million barrels a day last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2.6 million barrels to 234.6 million barrels. At the close of last Wednesday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by $2.46 to settle at $76.41. Crude prices fell last week after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased interest rates and signaled that more increases are possible. As a result, the market believes oil demand could be less than expected this year, pulling prices down.

Area gas price averages – Chattooga ($3.19), Floyd ($3.30), Walker ($3.25), Gordon ($3.29), DeKalb, AL ($3.22), Cherokee, AL ($3.04).

Friends Of Local State Park Mark Namesake's 103rd Birthday

The Friends of James H. Sloppy Floyd State Park recently marked what would have been the 103rd birthday of the state park’s namesake with a post on social media.  Many younger Chattooga County residents are familiar with the state park, but have no idea where the park got it’s unique name.

James H. “Sloppy” Floyd was a native of Trion and grew up in Chattooga County.  It is said that Coach Whitey Urban gave him the nickname “Sloppy”.  After graduating from high school, Floyd attended Middle Georgia Junior College and enlisted in the United States Army Airforce in World War II.  Floyd served the nation in the Pacific Theater during the war.

When he returned home, Floyd ran for State Representative in 1953.  For the next twenty-one years, Floyd never lost a Democratic Primary or General Election.  He quickly became one of the most powerful legislators in the Georgia General Assembly and served as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.  He was still serving in that post when he passed away in 1974.  His funeral at Trion First Baptist Church was attended by future President Jimmy Carter and future Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller.

Floyd was honored with the “Sloppy Floyd Veterans Memorial Building” being named after him.  The building sits in close proximity to the Gold Dome in Atlanta. Floyd was also honored by having the state park located in Chattooga County named in his honor.

Floyd would have turned 103 on February 4th.

More about James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park



Chattooga Chamber "Heart Health Luncheon"

The Chattooga County Chamber will host their annual “Heart Health Luncheon” this month.  The annual event is sponsored by Advent Health Redmond and will take place at the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce located on Highway 48 in Summerville coming up on Tuesday, February 21st at Noon.  The public is welcome to attend. Riley Benter RN, BSN and Director of Outpatient Cardiovascular Services at Advent Health Redmond will be the keynote speaker. The meal is catered and reservations are required.  You can find a link to RSVP HERE

Man Charged With Public Intoxication At Circle K

A forty-two-year-old man was arrested at the Circle K on Commerce Street shortly after 1 AM on Monday morning and charged with public intoxication.  Summerville Police responded to the Circle K and found the man inside the store.  Police say that Moises Villana was unsteady on his feet and visibly intoxicated.  Police say that they could smell alcohol on the man’s breath and his eyes were bloodshot.  Villana was arrested and taken to the Chattooga County Jail.  Police say that Villana’s automobile was parked outside the store.

Songfarmers Of Summerville Monthly Meeting This Saturday

Musicians and singers and those that enjoy country, bluegrass, gospel and old-time music are invited to an event that will be held from 1 PM – 4 PM this Saturday, February 11th at the Fairway Recreation Center in Summerville.

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.

There will be a vendor on sight with food and drinks.

The family event is held each second Saturday of the month.  March through October, the events are being held at Dowdy Park.  Then, during the colder months, the event is held at Fairway Recreation Center from 1 PM until 4 PM November- February.

Find out more about the group and the event by visiting Songfarmers of Summerville on Facebook.

Lookout Mountain CASA Receives Generous Donation

Lookout Mountain CASA, Inc. Executive Director, Jeff Rowlls recently accepted a generous donation from the Jewell Foundation, Corky Jewell, former Chairman of Hutcheson Medical Center, presented the check to Lookout Mountain CASA.  Lookout Mountain CASA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteers to children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with
dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving home. Lookout Mountain CASA, Inc. serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties. In these four counties, there are over 330 children in foster care many of which are in need of a CASA volunteer. Lookout Mountain CASA, Inc. is always in need of caring adults to serve as volunteers.

Summerville Woman Charged With Shoplifting At Dollar General

A twenty-seven-year-old Summerville woman was arrested on Sunday after she allegedly “skip scanned” several items at the Dollar General Store located on Commerce Street in Summerville.  Police say that Haley Nicole Nichols was caught on surveillance video skip scanning some press-on nails, nail glue and other cosmetic items.  The store manager called police and showed them the video of Nichols scanning some items, and failing to scan other items.  Police traveled to the suspects home and questioned her about the incident.  The suspect produce the receipt from Dollar General that confirmed the store manager’s allegations. Nichols was charged with theft by shoplifting.

Arrest Report - Monday - February 6, 2023

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, February 6, 2023:

Fatal Mobile Home Fire In Cherokee County, Alabama

Multiple fire departments responded to a fatal mobile home fire on Highway 9 in Cherokee County, Alabama last Friday night.  The fire was on Highway 9, just south of the Centre city limits.  Fire departments from Centre, Spring Creek and Ellisville responded to the fire around midnight Friday and remained on the scene until 5 AM on Saturday morning.  Cherokee County Coroner Paul McDonald identified the victim as James C. McKinney of Centre.  The fire is under investigation by the Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office and the fire marshal.


Spring Sports Signup Ends February 18th

Spring sports registration is going on through February 18th for local Recreation Departments.   County residents pay a $25 registration fee at either the Summerville or Trion Recreation Departments.  The age control date for spring sports is September 1, 2023.  A copy of the child’s birth certificate needs to be on file.  If you need more information, you can contact the Trion Recreation Department at 706-734-2011 or the Summerville Recreation Department at 706-859-0910.

Go Fund Me Account Set Up For Deceased Menlo Woman's Children

The family of a Menlo woman who died from a suspected fentanyl overdose last week in Walker County has set up a Go Fund Me account to help the woman’s two daughters, one who has special needs.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the fatal overdose that left three people dead last Monday.  Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson told WZQZ News that a family member went to check and found the three adults dead at a Chickamauga home.  They were identified as fifty-five-year-old Kevin Leroy Walker, seventy-year-old Donald Ray Wallin and thirty-seven-year-old Carla Joan Quillen.

The family says, “My family experienced the loss of my little sister yesterday morning. This is devastating to us all. My sister was a sweet beautiful soul. She has 2 daughter that loved her dearly. The youngest is special needs and was her moms best friend. She did not have life insurance. No family should ever have to do through what we’re trying to survive. We need money to help cover her funeral expenses and memorial. If anyone could please help just a little, our family we be forever grateful”.

The Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health has asked the GBI to investigate the latest round of deadly fentanyl here in Northwest Georgia.

You can find a link to the Go Fund Me site HERE

Martin Street Man Charged After Domestic Incident

Summerville Police arrested a Martin Street man last week after he got into a verbal and physical altercation with his girlfriend.  Police were called to the scene of the incident and said that when they arrived Steven Lee McGaugh was screaming at the woman.  According to the police report, McGaugh “kept on being irate during the investigation”.  Police also said that McGaugh could be heard screaming outside the residence by neighbors.  McGaugh was arrested on disorderly conduct charges and booked into the Chattooga County Jail shortly after 9 PM last Wednesday.

Deadly Weekend Shooting In Rome

A fifty-six-year-old Aragon man is dead following a shooting on Reservoir Street in Rome Saturday.

According to the Rome Police Department:

At around 7:36 p.m., a “shots fired” call was reported outside an apartment complex located at Park Homes.

The victim was found outside the building and had suffered a gunshot wound.

The man was transported to Atrium Floyd Health Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The body will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The incident remains under investigation currently by the Rome Police Department to determine the cause of the altercation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rome Police Department Criminal Investigation Division or Investigator Kyle York at (706).238-5127 or


Rep. Greene Blames Fentanyl Deaths On Border Security

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene is blaming the lack of border security with Mexico for the fentanyl deaths that happened in Walker County last week.  Those three deaths included a woman from Chattooga County.

Rep. Greene said in her weekly media release, “This week, three Americans in Georgia’s 14th District died because of the fentanyl pouring in from our open southern border.”

Historical Society Looking For High School Annuals

The Chattooga County Historical Society is helping the Chattooga County Public Library build a complete set of all annuals from schools located in Chattooga County.  The yearbooks will be placed in the Georgia Reference Room at the library in Summerville.  The Chattooga County Historical Society says that they have a good start on the collection, but still have missing years.  They need annuals from the 1950’s for Summerville High School and annuals from 1985 and beyond for Chattooga High School.  Also, they need annuals from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and a few of the 1980’s for Trion High School.  If you have annuals that you can donate, you are asked to take them by the Chattooga County Library, located at 360 Farrar Drive in Summerville.  The library is open from 9 AM – 6 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 AM – 8 PM on Thursday, 10 AM -2 PM on Saturday and is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

GBI Identifies New Jersey Man In Officer Involved Shooting In Gordon County

Over the weekend, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified a New Jersey man as the one who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Calhoun late last week. 

The GBI was called in to investigate the fatal officer involved shooting, which is standard procedure.  The GBI says that twenty-one-year-old Daniel Tang of River Edge, New Jersey was found in a building supply business around 2 AM by a Calhoun Police Officer.   Additional Calhoun Officers and Gordon County Sheriff Deputies arrived at the location. The officers and deputies entered the business and saw a man armed with a gun in the office area of the business.  The officers gave the man verbal commands to drop the weapon for several minutes.  The man pointed a rifle at the officers.  Calhoun PD officers fired their weapons at the man, shooting him.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The GBI investigation is ongoing and when completed will be turned over the Gordon County District Attorney.