Truck Fire Investigation Is Underway On 337 Incident
Monday, 11 December 2017 12:08
A truck fire on Dec. 4 in a rural part of the county is being investigated, according to Chattooga County Sheriff's reports.
A gray full size Dodge Ram pickup was reported burning in a driveway of a residence at 5689 Highway 337, Menlo. 
The fire was spotted by an off-duty deputy, John Smith, around 1:14 p.m., according to reports. The off-duty deputy said there was a white male at the truck.
"[Deputy Smith] stated he asked the male subject if he had called 911 yet and he said not yet. [Deputy Smith] stated the male subject was taking items from the truck and putting them into a white car with a white male driver. [Deputy Smith] stated both male subjects left the scene prior to my arrival. [Deputy Smith] pointed out there was a new looking, empty red gas jug in the front yard," Deputy David King reported.
An investigator was called and the tag on the vehicle was checked. It came back registered to a homemade utility trailer registered to a man in Trion. 
The incident is still under investigation.
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Resident Wants State Or City To Pay For His Tire
Monday, 11 December 2017 12:07

A Chattooga County resident is complaining about a storm drain that damaged his automobile tire on Nov. 18.
Jerry Crowe said he was turning onto Jones Street from Highway 48 when his tire was punctured by a metal cover. The storm drain sits at an angle between the city street and state highway.
"It just ruined a good tire," Crowe said.
He went to the City of Summerville to tell them about the accident while driving his 1996 Nissan pickup.
"The DOT said they do not own it. The City of Summerville said the DOT owned it," Crowe said. "I barely caught the edge of the metal."
Crowe is hoping either the state or city would pay for his tire.
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Man Drives On Railroad Tracks To Avoid Cops
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:36
A 25-year-old man tried driving his white diesel truck down the railroad tracks to flee cops on Nov. 30, according to Summerville Police reports.
Officer David Westbrooks was told to respond to a crash on Highland Avenue at the Cruz Through Convenience Street around 9:24 p.m. Andi Barrett said a white diesel pickup truck struck her vehicle and left. 
As Barrett was telling Officer Westbrooks about the crash, the white diesel pickup drove back down the road in front of them. The officer tried motioning for the driver to stop, but did not.
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Trion To Add Two Paid Truck Drivers For Fires
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:34
The Trion Fire Department will no longer operate exclusively on volunteer help.
Historically, Mount Vernon Mills Inc., allowed its laborers to volunteer on the fire department. Now mill officials said it is time for change.
"We've come to the point at Mount Vernon that beginning on Dec. 15, due to personnel moves, people retiring and people changing shifts and things going on, we are not going to be able to fill the night shifts on second or third shift," said Gary Branton, vice president of manufacturing at the mill.
Two part-time fire truck drivers will be hired to fill these shifts. The mill and town agreed to split the cost of salaries.
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Lyerly OKs Road Paving
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:33
By JIMMY ESPY
Staff Writer
Paving work on sections of Williams Street and Cemetery Road in Lyerly could begin as early as next week.
The Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously to accept the winning bid submitted by Randy Patty Construction, of Summerville, which will be paid for by a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
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Man Awakened With Hip, House On Fire On Monday
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:16
A 29-year-old Trion man awoke to his hip burning along with his Mountain View home Monday afternoon.
Ronnie Lamar Haney II, of 110 Hill Street, awoke just before 1 p.m. and discovered not only was the living room on fire, but somehow his right hip was too, according to a Chattooga County Sheriff's report.
"Mr. Haney advised that he was asleep on the couch and was awakened by his right side, upper outer hip was burning. I did notice Mr. Haney's pants appeared to have been burned and melted in the area he was complaining of," Deputy Nick Robinson reported.
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