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Local Company Investing $5 million With Expansion, Creating 104 Jobs

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that high-end carpet producer Try-Con Tufters will expand its commercial manufacturing operations in Chattooga County, investing $5 million in a new 109,000 square-foot facility and creating 104 additional jobs. “Try-Con Tufters has been a first-rate employer in Chattooga County for fifteen years, and we’re glad that…

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Jefferson’s Donates Dollars To Waitresses

  Do you remember all those colorful dollars stuck everywhere inside the Summerville Jefferson’s Restaurant? Most of them are gone. They’ve been donated to the waitresses to help them out during this coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants have been closed and waitresses aren’t getting the tips to support themselves. Owner Beth Kingsolver decided to remove the colorful…

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Sen. Jeff Mullis Supports Law Enforcement Safety

  ATLANTA – Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) is partnering with Sen. Randy Robertson (R – Cataula), a retired Deputy Sheriff, to support classifying any contraction of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and all first responders as occurring in the line of duty. “First responders…

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AMI Cemetery Committee Asking For Donations

  The AMI Cemetery Committee is requesting donations for the upkeep and mowing of the AMI Cemetery in Menlo. Anyone wishing to make a donation, send to Sue Gilley at P.O. Box 25, Menlo, GA 30731.

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Lowest Bid For New City Trail Is $111,700

  The City of Summerville is looking to spend $111,700 to extend its walking trail. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs gave the city $120,720 to complete the project that extends the walking trail from the Summerville Depot and into J.R. “Dick” Dowdy Park. The city must decide between two bids. Exceller Construction out of…

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State Senate Recongizes Retiring Judge Jon Payne

  The Georgia General Assembly recognized retiring Chattooga County Probate Judge Jon Payne. State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) passed the resolution recognizing Payne just before close of session. Payne, 71, first won office in 1974, taking over from temporary Probate Judge Lann Cordle, who was serving out the unexpired term of Paul Weems. Weens died…

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State Recognizes Earl Parris For Years Of Public Service

  State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) passed a resolution commending Earl H. Parris for years of service as a Summerville councilman. Last October, Parris said he would not seek re-election citing family and business priorities. Parris’ first trip on the council was back in the 1990s where he served two years. Then he was elected…

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Robert Baker

Local Historian Dies April 15, 2020 Mr. Robert Spence Baker, 90, Stockbridge, died April 15, 2020. Mr. Baker was retired from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a member of First Baptist Church Jonesboro and Historian of the Chattooga County Historical Society. His parents, Joel and Bonnie Baker and son, Lindsay Baker died earlier. Surviving…

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Marlene Yvonne Bennett

Retired Nurse Dies April 11, 2020 Marlene Williams Bennett, 77, Ringgold, died on April 11 at her home. She was a life-long resident of the North Georgia area and was a Baptist. Prior to her retirement, she was a nurse. Ms. Bennett was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Rockettes from The…

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Charles Brown, Jr.

LaFayette Resident Dies April 10, 2020 Charles “Charlie” Eugene Brown, Jr., 59, LaFayette, died April 10, 2020. In addition to his parents, Charles Eugene Brown, Sr., and Shirley Ann Dye Brown, his brother, Curtis Brown died earlier. Surviving are his wife, Tracy Brown; son, Justin Brown; grandchildren, Brentley and Kyson Brown; step-daughter, Sierra Hood and…

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Marshall Buffington

Mohawk Retiree Dies April 19, 2020 Marshall Dale Buffington, Sr., 75, Welcome Hill Community, died Sunday at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Buffington was born in Trenton on Dec. 28, 1944, son of the late Willis “Ted” Buffington and Janie Mae Raines Buffington. He was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. He…

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Roger Cothran

History Buff Dies April 15, 2020 Roger Dale Cothran, 54, Summerville, died April 15 at the Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs following an extended illness. Mr. Cothran was born in Rome on Jan. 24, 1966, son of the late Curtis Leon Cothran and Linda Faye Walker Cothran. He was a member of the…

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Terry Hughes

USPS Retiree Dies April 14, 2020 Terry Ray Hughes, 46, Ocala, Fla., (formerly of Trion), died April 14. Mr. Hughes was born March 25, 1974, in Rome, son of Jimmy Ray Hughes and Teresa Ann Tucker Hix. He was Baptist and he was retired from the United States Postal Service. Mr. Hughes had also served…

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Dennis Tucker

Best Retiree Dies April 7, 2020 Dennis Lesley “Tubbins” Tucker, 73, Menlo, died April 7 at Floyd Medical Center, Rome. Mr. Tucker was born July 10, 1946, in Menlo, son of the late Roy Lesley and Cora Isabelle Spraggins Tucker. He was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church and he had worked as a bus…

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