Author: Trena Howell

Teen Arrested on Multiple Charges Including Discharging a Firearm

Darrius Eugene Haywood, 18 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he went to a home in the Swan Lake community and discharged a firearm twice in the air while placing others in fear of their safety.

Police said that they later found Haywood hiding and refused to comply with commands and attempted to flee the scene.

After being captured he was found in possession of marijuana, scales, and cash to go along with the firearm.   Police added that the firearm had its identification removed.

Haywood is charged with reckless conduct, Criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, escape, felony obstruction, possession/distribution of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Possession of marijuana, discharging a firearm on the property of another, discharge of a firearm near a public Street.

Rome Teen Arrested After Shooting Gun near Road, Found with Drugs

Expect Delays Friday, July 30 on I-75 Southbound Lane

Georgia Department of Transportation –

Weather permitting, GDOT Maintenance crews will repair a handrail Friday damaged in a wreck earlier this week. The repairs will shut down the left southbound lane of I-75 on the bridge over Joe Stella Drive, south of Exit 283/Allatoona Road. Motorists should expect delays in the area during the repairs.

WHEN: Friday, July 30 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

WHERE: The left southbound lane of I-75 will be closed at milepost 281, south of Exit 283/Allatoona Road. Motorists should expect delays.

No Lock Down Planned for Georgia

“Georgia will not lock down or impose statewide mask mandates.”  Those were the words from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp this week.  The governor went on to say that, as the first state in the U.S. to reopen last year, people here know how to protect themselves and their families.

He cites the efforts of and vaccines created by Operation Warp Speed as reasons for his decision, noting nearly all new hospitalizations have been people who were unvaccinated.

“My family, myself, and other state leaders have all rolled up their sleeves and gotten their shot. I encourage all Georgians who have concerns or questions to talk to a medical provider and get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he wrote.

He concludes by saying the biggest obstacle in returning to normalcy is “mixed messages” from Washington D.C.

“Georgians know the risks and they know these safe, effective vaccines are our greatest tool to defeat COVID-19,” Kemp said.

Providence Ministries Opening Thrift Store in Summerville

On Thursday, Providence Ministries announced that they will be opening a new thrift store in Chattooga County at the old Bi-Lo Building in Summerville.

The location in Summerville will be the fifth thrift store operated by the ministry based in Dalton. Providence Ministries operates thrift stores in Dalton, Calhoun and Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia and also has a location in Chattanooga, TN.

The ministry operates homes for troubled youth, crisis pregnancy centers and has programs for men and women struggling with addiction.

Heat Advisory for Most of Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the state including Chattooga County for today.

In addition, an Excessive Heat Watch will be in effect for Saturday.

For the Heat Advisory Friday, heat index values up to 108 are expected.

For the Excessive Heat Watch Saturday, there will be dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 110 possible.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Domestic Dispute Leads to Man’s Arrest

Shane Artavious Williams, 37 of Silver Creek, was arrested this week after reports said that during a domestic dispute he chased another person before flattening the tires on their van.

Police added that Williams then proceeded to strike the victim in the face.

The incident occurred at a home on Woodruff Street.

Williams is charged with simple assault, simple battery and criminal trespass.

Silver Creek Man Chases and Strikes Victim in Face, Slashes Tires

Man Arrested After Reaching Into Woman’s Bra and Taking Cigarettes

Darriel David Hooker, 47 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he pushed a woman in the back before reaching into her bra and taking her cigarettes.

The victim reported that Hooker caused her back pain in the attack.

Reports added that Hooker also allegedly broke a luggage rack off of the victim’s van.

Hooker is charged with simple battery and criminal trespass.

Hooker Arrested After Taking Cigarettes from Woman’s BRa, Shoving Her

Arrest Made for Running Over 6 Mailboxes

Rebecca Jill Buffington, 42 of Rome, was arrested this week after she allegedly struck six mailboxes while driving down the 6200 block of Big Texas Valley Road.

Buffington is charged with failure to maintain Lane and Duty upon striking a fixture.

Rome Woman Arrested after Running Over 6 Mailboxes