Chattooga County

Not too late to get a flu shot

Not too late to get a flu shot

December 1, 2021–11:40 a.m. STAFF REPORTS According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reduced population immunity due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in a possibly severe flu season this year. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District said it’s not too late to…

Inmate sentenced for running a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme from state prison

Inmate sentenced for running a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme from state prison

December 1st, 2021 U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia Damon Thomas Young, a/k/a Morgan Sylvia, has been sentenced for his fraud scheme to steal heavy equipment worth nearly $3 million from various dealers while serving a 20-year state sentence as an inmate with the Georgia Department of Corrections. According to U.S. Attorney Erskine, the…

Dr. Gary Voccio talks about the Omicron variant

Dr. Gary Voccio talks about the Omicron variant

November 30, 2021–10:23 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Over the last few days, we have been hearing about a new COVID-19 variant. The Omicron variant was first detected on November 9 in Botswana in Africa, according to Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District. “Then a very astute physician…

Wednesday is World AIDS Day

Wednesday is World AIDS Day

November 30, 2021–9:18 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Wednesday is World AIDS Day and the Floyd County Health Department will be offering free testing, information and other resources. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District said there has been a disturbing trend regarding HIV infections. “The last data that…

Georgia gas prices down slightly

Georgia gas prices down slightly

November 30, 2021–7:17 a.m. AAA SOUTH There is a little relief at the pump. Georgia gas prices decreased slightly, with motorists now paying an average price of $3.22 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. That is two is 2 cents less than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and $1.26 more than this time last year. According to…

Black Friday shopping tips

Black Friday shopping tips

November 25, 2021–9:20 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It is anticipated that there will be more shoppers this year than last year. Remembering a few safety tips will help make your quest for the perfect present more enjoyable. If you are…

Salvation Army looking for volunteers to ring bells

Salvation Army looking for volunteers to ring bells

November 25, 2021–9:17 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Every Christmas Season, at kettle stands all over the world; volunteers ring the Bells of Hope for The Salvation Army. Volunteers are being sought to help ring those bells this holiday season. Many businesses, organizations, families, and churches have found it to be a wonderful way to get involved…

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Public health officials fear post-holiday COVID-19 spike

November 25, 2021–9:09 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Public health officials are fearful that we could see another spike in COVID-19 cases as we did following the holidays last year. Some countries in Europe are already seeing an increase as colder weather sets in and more people are spending time indoors. “Historically we have seen a spike…

Trion fire determined to be intentionally set

Trion fire determined to be intentionally set

Georgia Office of Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Chattooga County fire was intentionally set. The fire occurred at approximately 7:21 a.m. on October 30th at Mount Vernon Mills in Trion. The fire caused several million dollars worth of damage to the…

DOT to suspended lane closures for holiday weekend

DOT to suspended lane closures for holiday weekend

November 23, 2021–12:05 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures on Georgia interstates and state routes from Wednesday morning until Sunday evening. These statewide lane closure restrictions will help to reduce traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday. While construction related lane closures will be suspended, the department reminds…

Roads are expected to be busy this holiday weekend

Roads are expected to be busy this holiday weekend

November 22, 2021–7:10 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Based on travel volume data following Labor Day Weekend 2021, it is predicted that Thanksgiving travel volumes will return to pre-pandemic levels this year. If you do need to travel this holiday, please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving travel forecast for metro Atlanta interstates:  Heavy congestion on…

Atrium Health Floyd looks to build freestanding emergency department in Chattooga County

Atrium Health Floyd looks to build freestanding emergency department in Chattooga County

November 22, 2021–6:36 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Atrium Health Floyd plans to establish northwest Georgia’s first freestanding emergency department in Chattooga County, bringing a new level of 24/7 emergency care to residents of Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, and surrounding communities. Working with the Chattooga County Commissioner’s office and through discussion with state elected officials, Atrium Health Floyd…

Gas prices expected to remain elevated during the holidays

Gas prices expected to remain elevated during the holidays

November 22, 2021–8:51 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are slightly lower than a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.24 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.  Monday’s state average is a penny less than a week ago, but 4 cents more than last month and $1.29 more than this time last year. There…

Reward offered in Mt. Vernon Mills fire

Reward offered in Mt. Vernon Mills fire

November 18, 2021–2:11 p.m. WZQZ RADIO A reward is being offered for information regarding a fire at Mount Vernon Mills in Trion last month. The Trion Fire Department responded to the multi-alarm fire on the morning of October 30. Nineteen fire departments from Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, with approximately 100 firefighters, assisted. Fire Chief Justin…

Buchanan nominated for US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

Buchanan nominated for US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

November 15, 2021–8:54 p.m. STAFF REPORTS President Joe Biden has nominated Ryan K. Buchanan for the job of US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Buchanan is currently an Assistant United States Attorney for the office, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Buchanan has served as the Deputy Chief of the Violent Crime…

Gas prices hold steady

Gas prices hold steady

November 15, 2021–10:39 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices remain unchanged this week as motorists continue to pay an average price of $3.25 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.  Monday’s state average is 15 cents more than last month and $1.28 more than this time last year. Although gas prices have managed to remain stable for the past few weeks,…

Rome man sentenced for armed robberies at multiple pharmacies

Rome man sentenced for armed robberies at multiple pharmacies

November 12th, 2021 – 10:30 AM Staff Reports – According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia, 28-year-old Rome man, Anthony Lavell Williams Jr, has been sentenced for perpetrating a string of armed robberies that took place in Chattooga county,  as well as Carroll, Catoosa, Cobb, and Hall Counties.  During these robberies, Williams…

Max Cleland dies at 79

Max Cleland dies at 79

November 9, 2021–3:25 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Former US Senator Max Cleland has died. Cleland passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Atlanta.  He was 79. In addition to serving in the US Senate from 1997 to 2003, Cleland was Georgia’s Secretary of State from 1982 to 1996. He also served in the Veteran’s Administration under…

Gas prices remain elevated

Gas prices remain elevated

November 8, 2021–6:15 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices remain elevated as we head toward the holidays. Motorists continue to pay an average price of $3.25 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.  Monday’s state average is 22 cents more than last month and $1.33 more than this time last year. AAA anticipates pump prices will remain elevated through…

PUBLICHEALTH

COVID vaccine recommended for children 5-11

November 3, 2021–7:39 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will offer Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccine to children 5-11 years old. Vaccination will begin…

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