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Coronavirus prompts Georgia school officials to drop final tests, other rules

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Georgia school officials took steps Thursday to scrap final exams and relax a wide range of other accountability rules for the state’s nearly two million public-school students who have been out of class since last week due to the impacts of coronavirus. The action Thursday came…

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Ralston throws cold water on teacher pay raise, income tax cut, citing coronavirus

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA -Georgia House Speaker David Ralston cast serious doubts Friday that the state will be able to afford either a teacher pay raise or an income tax cut because of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact. The $28.1 billion fiscal 2021 state budget the House passed this…

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Virus Watch: Cases in Georgia climb past 2,000

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – More than 2,000 Georgians have tested positive for coronavirus, the state Department of Public Health reported Friday. As of noon, there were 2,001 confirmed cases in Georgia and 64 deaths from the virus. Among those testing positive for COVID-29, 566 were hospitalized. Broken down…

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From Sole Commisisoner Jason Winters In an effort to update the public on how Chattooga County is monitoring  COVID-19 and to track our social distancing measures Chattooga County will be using the following data points to help determine future measures : Georgia Department of Public Health Confirmed Case Count release daily at 12:00 PM and…

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Detour Alert: Mountain View Road

A contractor replacing water lines in the Mountain View community will have the roadway closed tomorrow near Watson Road, according to Chattooga County Public Works Director Joe Reed. This will create a detour around parts of Mountain View Road on Saturday. The detour is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Traffic will be…

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Levee Construction Could Start By Summer 2022

Planning for additional levees in Trion is underway and construction could start as early as the summer of 2022, according to local officials. Federal, state and local officials met in Trion last month to discuss options of reducing the flooding caused by the Chattooga River and its 172 square-mile watershed. “We’ve been very, very lucky,” Trion…

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Kemp Closes K-12 Public Schools Through April 24

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping…

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Rodney William Brown

Rodney William Brown, age 58, of LaFayette passed away Friday, March 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Brown and Doris Bowling Brown; and brother, J.W. Brown. He is survived by his sons, Jason (Cassie) Brown of Hawaii and Nathan (Blakely) Brown of Summerville; several grandchildren; brothers, Roy Lee (Merita)…

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Nancy Joyce Watts

Nancy Joyce Watts, age 65 of Lafayette, Georgia passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Erlanger Medical Center. Mrs. Watts was born in Hampton, Virginia on August 22, 1954, daughter of the late Curtis Olga Scearce and Madie Marie Cook Scearce. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Roper Corporation. Mrs. Watts is…

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Jimmy Allen Trammell

 Jimmy Allen Trammell, age 51 of Summerville, GA passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Trammell was born in Summerville, Georgia on June 16, 1968, son of the late Billy Hoyt Trammell and Rose Nell McGraw Trammell. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, enjoyed working on small engines,…

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G.F. Timmerman

Mr. G.F. Timmerman, age 81 of Trion, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Redmond Medical Center. Mr. Timmerman was born on February 6, 1939, son of the late Goody Frank Timmerman and Fannie Louise Sexton Timmerman. He was a veteran of The United States Navy, and formerly owned and operated the Timmerman T.V. Service…

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Kathryn Blalock Vernon

Kathryn Blalock Vernon, age 91, of Lyerly, GA, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Oakview Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Vernon was born November 12, 1928, in Broomtown, AL, daughter of the late Calvin and Lula Don Hartline Blalock.  She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Broomtown. …

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Oralia Jacobo Ramirez

Mrs. Oralia Jacobo Ramirez, age 34, of Trion, GA, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at her residence. Mrs. Ramirez was born July 19, 1985, in Concepcion Tutuapa, Guatemala, daughter of Eulalio-Jacobo Domingo and Martina Ramirez-Perez.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Ebenezer Evangelical Church. Mrs. Ramirez is survived by her husband, Isaac…

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Shelia Ann Jones

Shelia Ann Jones, age 69, of LaFayette passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was a member of LaFayette Church of Christ and retired from Roper Corp. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.G. “Buddy” Dunn and Flossie Ivey Dunn; and sister, Frances Cannon.   She is survived by her loving husband of…

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