Chicken Houses Burn

Several fire departments were called to the scene of multiple chicken houses being on fire at a location on County Road 75 just after midnight Sunday.

The Cedar Bluff, Tucker’s Chapel and Gaylesville Departments responded to the scene and found at least three chicken houses heavily engulfed in flames.

Additional units from Sand Rock and Broomtown Fire Departments were requested to provide assistance with tanker trucks. The Cherokee County Emergency Agency also responded to provide support for a rehab station.

Firefighters remained on scene for around four hours.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

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Rescue of 4 Persons at Little River Canyon Park on Wednesday

Four people were rescued from the waters at the Little River Canyon Mouth Park on County Road 275 just off of Highway 273 late Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly before noon to a report of a female subject a two children being sucked into the water and stuck on a tree. Rescue workers arrived and actually located four subjects in the water.

Crews from the National Park Service, Alabama Marine Police, Cherokee County Rescue Squad, Tucker’s Chapel Firefighters and Floyd EMS responded to the scene.

Just after 1:00 p.m., medics reported that all four individuals were safely rescued from the water.

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Fatal Shooting in Cherokee County, AL

An investigation into a fatal shooting in the Round Mountain area of Cherokee County is underway.

Officers were called to the residence on County Road 662 at around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in response to a report of a domestic incident resulting in one person apparently being stabbed and another shot and killed.

Sheriff Jeff Shaver said, “This tragic incident was part of a domestic dispute and is very sad for the family.”

According to information obtained by WEIS Radio, two children were present in the home when the altercation and shooting took place.

According to Chief Deputy Josh Summerford, the case is under investigation by the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit and the Coroner’s Office. The case will be presented by the District Attorney’s Office to a Cherokee County Grand Jury.

The Cherokee County Coroners Office, Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Cherokee County Deputies/Investigators, Leesburg Police, Centre Police and Cedar Bluff Police all responded to the scene.

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Barn Struck by Lightning in Cherokee County, AL; Destroyed

A strong thunderstorm that barreled through Cherokee County on Sunday afternoon brought with it a significant amount of cloud to ground lightning – leaving in its wake a structure that was destroyed on County Road 129.

According to reports, at approximately 3:25 a barn was struck by lightning, causing it to catch fire.  The barn was considered a total loss, fortunately there were no injuries associated with the incident.

Broomtown firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to the scene.

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Dates Set for World’s Longest Yard Sale

The World’s Longest Yard Sale will return to northeast Alabama from August 5 through August 8, 2021.

Also known as the “127 Yard Sale,” the event spans almost 700 miles from Gadsden, Ala. through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, before ending in Addison, Mich. The majority of the route follows Highway 127, but the Alabama section is situated along Lookout Mountain Parkway.

More than 1,000 vendors are expected in Alabama alone.

To learn more about the World’s Longest Yard Sale, visit 127yardsale.com.

Stolen Georgia Vehicles Recovered in Alabama

Troopers within the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division and Special Agents within ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) assisted in the recovery of three stolen vehicles from a dealership in Georgia after a short highspeed pursuit in Jefferson County.

ALEA Troopers assigned to the Birmingham Highway Patrol Post attempted to stop a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat for speeding on Interstate 59 southbound near the 135 mile marker at approximately 6:13 a.m. Thursday, July 15. The driver of the Hellcat, failed to stop and
continued on Interstate 59, where a short high-speed pursuit ensued before the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a curve, ultimately disabling the vehicle. The unidentified driver then fled on foot.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the disabled Hellcat was stolen from a dealership in Perry, Ga., along with two additional 2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcats. Troopers in conjunction with ALEA’s SBI and officers from the Perry Police Department in Georgia were able to locate the two additional stolen vehicles within the Ross Bridge Community in Hoover.

Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing.

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Georgia Resident Says He Was Denied Service at Motel in Centre, AL

WEIS Radio News has been following a developing story concerning an incident that has surfaced via a video that was posted to social media over the Fourth of July weekend in Centre.

Scott East said his family had planned a trip several weeks ago to the Pirate’s Bay Water Park in Cherokee County to include making reservations at the a local motel. East, a resident of Georgia and wheelchair bound, says he booked a room at the Weiss Lake Lodge in Centre several days in advance of his family’s vacation to Weiss Lake, but when he arrived to check into his room, he was denied accommodations because of him being in a wheelchair.

Scott told us that his only issue is making the wrong right.

We attempted to speak to the owners of the motel on Wednesday afternoon, but were unable to reach anybody for comment. According to media outlets that spoke with management, they claim that they were not notified in advance they that East needed an ADA compliant room and say that they tried to communicate that the ADA room was not clean and available at the time they were trying to check in.

East told us that he and his family were able to find accommodations at the Bay Springs Country Inn and were able to enjoy their vacation at Pirate’s Bay Water Park and had high praise for tourism on Weiss Lake.

The establishment claims that the female clerk in question is no longer employed with the business.

East contacted us late Wednesday afternoon and informed us that the management at the motel had asked him to remove the video from social media, to which he declined.

East says that he has contacted an attorney concerning the incident.

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