Author: Trena Howell

Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Summerville March 7 – April 18

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit: Crossroads: Change in Rural America, will be in Summerville from March 7- April 18, 2020. This Exhibit will be located at 119 East Washington Street, inside the Historic Summerville Depot. In the six week span, based on the attendance that other sites have experienced, there will be anywhere from   4,500—7,620 visitors frequenting this site; Summerville is one of six sites selected for this Exhibit in Georgia.
Summerville Main Street Director Susan Locklear says, “We want to “dress-up” for company in our county and especially in our downtown, putting our best face on display. As we look throughout our community, each of us can see a need for improvements; little changes can make a big difference. This event has potential for growing your business and encouraging others to locate here as well.”
To give you more information on this exhibit and to answer any questions that you may have on special events planned around the exhibit, there will be a meeting in the Summerville City Hall Council Room on Tuesday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be served.

8 Confirmed Dead After Massive Fire in Scottsboro, AL

Crews were called to the park around 12:40 a.m. Monday.  Authorities say B-Dock was destroyed. The fire started on the shore side of the dock, creating problems for the fire crews and people trying to escape.

In a news conference, Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said eight people were killed. Seven people were taken to Highlands Medical Center, treated, and released. 35 boats were destroyed.

Necklaus said any potential chemical spill has been contained and search efforts are ongoing. He said the search could take multiple days as they check every vessel for missing people. Once they’re finished, ALEA and ATF will take over the investigation.

The destroyed boats sunk in their berths or floated into Lake Guntersville. 19 agencies from all across the state, regional area, and local, are on the scene, including multiple dive teams.

The Jackson County Emergency Management Agency asked the public to avoid all land and water areas around Jackson County Park until further notice.

Menlo Woman Arrested for Shoplifting

A Menlo woman was arrested over the weekend for shoplifting at Wal-Mart after she allegedly switched prices on a small kitchen appliance and a cat-dish.

Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter that was in the parking lot.  When the responding deputy arrived they spoke to a Wal-Mart employee who said that a female had changed the label on a Kitchen Aid food chopper so it would scan at a lower price. She further advised that the female had also held a small cat-dish label over a larger feeder so it would scan at a lower price. These two items totaled $56.85.

The incident was caught on video by Wal-Mart surveillance.

Twenty-seven-year-old Hannah Elrod of an Edison Street, Menlo address was arrested on charges of theft by shoplifting and transported to the Chattooga County Jail on Sunday.

Information About Trion City Schools Lockdown on Monday

Trion City Schools went on lockdown of its campus on Monday at approximately 12 noon when a sixth-grade student was found to have an unloaded pistol in his backpack. The Trion Police and The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Dept. were called and responded with the sheriff and deputies and the school system’s resource officer. The law enforcement officers searched lockers, interviewed students, and had deputies stationed in the hallways.

The student with the unloaded weapon was arrested.

Trion Police Chief David Gilleland said, “Trion City Schools followed their school system safety protocol as a precautionary measure. The school system was taken off of lockdown by 1 PM.”

Trion City School Superintendent Phil Williams stated, “We appreciate the quick response by the Trion Police Department and the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department. The student is being turned over to juvenile justice and the investigation is continuing with both the Trion Police Department and the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.”

Incident at CHS Basketball Game – Police Called

Summerville Police responded to an incident at Chattooga High School on Tuesday evening of this week involving a student who was being unruly, but an Adairsville man ended up going to jail after “involving himself” in the situation, according to police.

Officers responded to the high school during a basketball game and when they arrived they found the fifteen-year-old juvenile being unruly and disruptive.  Summerville Police officers, along with the school resource officer and a Chattooga County deputy were able to get the situation under control.  A Summerville Police officer said, “I grabbed the juvenile by his shirt and told him to just calm down and stop – and he complied.”

It was at that point that twenty-three-year-old Zachery Michael Daum got out of his parked pickup truck and became “involved” in the situation.  Officers say that Daum was “disrespectful and uncooperative.  Officers say that Daum intentionally “turned his music up” in a apparent attempt to disregard what the officers were saying.  Daum refused to give officers his identification and refused to exit his vehicle when first directed to do so by officers.

According to the report from the police department, “After several commands to exit the vehicle, Mr. Daum eventually exited the vehicle.  Mr. Daum was being very disrespectful and was breaching and disturbing the peace with his actions.

Baum was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken the Chattooga County Jail.  The juvenile was given a ride home by police.

18 Year Old Arrested for Cruelty to Child

Tristen Cole White, 18 of Rome, was arrested this week after he allegedly beat up an 11 year-old child at Fairview Baptist Church.

Reports said that the White used his class ring to hit the child in the head. The victim suffered a concussion and had to get stitches.

White is charged with cruelty to children.

Tips to Avoid Census Scams

Tips to Avoid Census Scams:

  • Never give out your social security number. Census takers will never ask for your social security number, bank account number, credit card number, money or donations.
  • Census takers will never contact you on behalf of a political party. If someone calls on behalf of a political party that claims to be from the census, hang up.
  • Make sure you respond to the census through, the official website. Your regional Census Bureau may also be able to help.
  • If something sounds suspicious, confirm it by calling the government agency directly or checking the government agency’s website. Don’t click on any links in an unexpected email. Instead, type the official URL into your browser or do a web search to find the right website. Call a trusted phone number other than one provided by the caller to verify the caller’s identity.
  • Don’t click, download, or open anything that comes from an anonymous sender. This is likely an attempt to gain access to your personal information or install malware on your computer.
  • Check BBB Scam Tracker for local reports of imposters in your area.

Gang Member Arrested in LaFayette, GA

Last week, LaFayette Police arrested an admitted gang member on multiple charges.  The thirty-six-year-old LaFayette man is no stranger to run-ins with the law and has been arrested before in Chattooga County.
Thirty-six-year-old Justin Brock Rackley was arrested by LaFayette Police and charged with drug and assault charges.  LaFayette Police say that they found knives, methamphetamine and syringes on Rackley when he was arrested.
Rackley was charged in a stabbing incident at the Menlo Barn Dance in Chattooga County back in 2011.  At the time, Rackley was charged with stabbing an Alabama man who was considered to be an “innocent bystander” during an altercation at the Barn Dance.
Rackley is held in the Walker County Jail on the current charges stemming from the arrest last week by LaFayette Police.