Woman Charged: "Unacceptable to use illegal drugs during a pregnancy"
Monday, 20 November 2017 17:12

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver announced the arrest of Ciji N. White, 33, of Cedar Bluff on charges of chemical endangerment involving a death, a class A felony. According to Sheriff Shaver, the case was presented to a grand jury earlier this month by Chief Investigator Josh Summerford and as a result, the grand jury indicted the suspect.

Grand Jury Asks For New Jail
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:33
“We, the members of the grand jury, recommend immediate construction of a new jail,” according to a Chattooga County presentment to the superior court on Nov. 6.
That’s the recommendation from grand jurors after they toured the county jail. That facility is “unacceptable due to its age, limited size and general condition,” according to the presentment.
This isn’t a new revelation to Sheriff Mark Schrader, who inherited the aging structured which was renovated in the early 1980s.
Board Asks To Plant More Trees In Downtown
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:27
Downtown Summerville’s landscape could change if the city’s tree board gets their way.
The tree board wants the city to buy and plant 32 trees along Commerce Street. The tree board is part of the city’s effort to stay a Tree City USA member.
“If you stand on one end of our town and look down from one end to the other, I hate to say it. But it's bleak. It needs some softening up. There is nothing better than landscaping and trees to do that,” Tree Board member Richard Lindsay told the city council Monday night at its regular monthly meeting.
Years ago the downtown had many trees. That changed in the 1950s when city officials thought Summerville would look better without them, Lindsay said.
Farm-City Week To Be Celebrated Nov. 17-23
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:25
Here are some things Georgia farmers are thankful for: rich soil, access to water and a climate favorable for a long growing season.
Here’s another one, equally important: The folks in town. Bankers, lawyers, trucking companies, food processors, and the list goes on and on, ending with consumers. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest economic sector and that status depends on the cooperation between farmers in the state’s rural areas and their partners in town. 
Deputy Kenneth Martin Resigns Due To Incident
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:19
Within a span of two weeks, Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader has fired or allowed three of his employees to resign.
Deputy Kenneth Martin resigned Monday. The sheriff just started an administrative review of the deputy's behavior during a Trion domestic squabble Sunday.
Deputy Martin and his wife, Megan, allegedly got into a domestic squabble around 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
“Megan stated that her husband, Kenneth Martin, was drinking heavily during the day and they began to argue. [Megan] stated that at one point she was sitting on a padded stool and Kenneth was sitting in a chair when they argued,” Trion Police Officer George Egbert reported.
80' Bridge To Be Constructed In Dowdy Park
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:16
Plans to construct an 80-foot wooden bridge along the creek in J.R. "Dick" Dowdy Park will happen, according to Summerville City officials.
The city is looking to extend its walking trail that stretches near Willow Spring Park on First Street to the city's train depot on East Washington Street. To help with that effort, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs gave the city $120,720 to complete the project. 
End-Of The Year Planning Crucial To Business Success
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:14
Staff Writer
Smart year-end planning can make a difference to individuals and to small business owners.
That’s the message delivered at the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday by Richard Montanaro, area director of the Small Business Development Center in Rome. 
Montanaro urged local business owners and would-be business owners to take advantage of the many services offered by the Small Business Department Center.
“You’re paying for it,” Montanaro joked.
The SBDC is funded by the government.
Montanaro offered a range of suggestions on how business owners can save money by smart management at the end of the year.
Among his suggestions:
Breakfast With Santa Is Coming
Monday, 13 November 2017 15:08
On December 2nd, Chattooga County 4-H will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa event. Current 4-H students will serve as Santa’s elves and help serve a pancake and sausage breakfast plate to guests visiting Candyland and the North Pole. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will be read to all the children attending. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance and pictures can be taken with the dynamic Christmas duo. Tickets for this limited seating event are only $5 and two seating times are available, one at 8:30 am and the other at 10:30 am. Come join us for this fun-filled family event! Tickets can be purchased at the P&P Country Store, Farm Bureau, or the Chattooga County Extension/4-H Office. Call 706-857-0744 for more information. 





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