Publics Help Needed in Finding Missing Person


The search continues for a missing Polk County woman.

According to the Polk County Police Department, 83-year old Barbara McCray was last seen Saturday at her residence on Dugdown Road in Buchanan.

She was wearing a pink shirt, grey shorts, and grey Nike tennis shoes.

McCray has early-onset dementia.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Polk County E-911 at (770) 748-3400 or Detective Bowman at (678) 246-5107.

GNTC Announces Mohawk Sponsorship of Industrial Systems Tech Lab

Georgia Northwestern Technical College –

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is proud to announce its partnership with Mohawk Industries through the company’s recent sponsorship of the Industrial Systems Technology program lab on the Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC) in Dalton.

The Mohawk Industrial Systems Lab will give GNTC students hands-on experience with the same equipment used daily by industrial systems technicians and other professionals in the field of advanced manufacturing.

“GNTC graduates have a great foundation and can fit into a lot of jobs we have at our facilities,” said Linda McEntire, director of technical training at Mohawk. “When applicants come from this program, they can go straight into our workforce without a lot of additional training. They can hit the ground running or have a much smaller learning curve for some of our specialized roles.”

The demand for these roles is high, McEntire added. “As Mohawk continues to invest in advancing technology and equipment, skilled multi-craft technicians are needed to handle the different roles and work opportunities offered in our growing industry.”

“These students are so well equipped to come into these jobs and be successful,” said Sherrie Patterson, chair of the GNTC Foundation Trustees.

During the GNTC Foundation’s 2020 Year-End Giving Campaign, Mohawk Industries helped contribute to the $90,000 in scholarship funds raised during the campaign. The GNTC Foundation coordinated sponsorship in appreciation of the company’s continued support of the college.

“Mohawk is a great partner of GNTC and employer of our students,” said GNTC President Dr. Heidi Popham. “Our industrial partnerships are fundamental to the workforce development success we see in our communities.  We could not have accomplished what we have this past year without our valued partnerships.”

North Georgia Healthcare Center Agrees to Settle in Opioid Prescription Complaint

North Georgia Healthcare Center and CEO Delaine Hunter have agreed to pay $130,000 to settle allegations from the Department of Justice in an opioid prescription complaint.
Prosecutors claimed that a former physician at the facility in Ringgold, Dr. Gary Smith, prescribed opioids when they weren’t needed and without medical review.
“Medical professionals are trusted to prescribe controlled substances in compliance with the law and in a manner that protects the health and safety of their patients,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.
North Georgia Healthcare was accused of violating the False Claims Act for more than six years by allowing the prescriptions.
This settlement resolves a federal lawsuit brought against North Georgia Healthcare Center, filed by a former employee who acted as a whistleblower.
Delaine Hunter is also the CEO and Founder of Healthy Foundations… a non-profit preparing to build a multi-purpose resident and recovery campus just outside LaFayette on Burnt Mill Road.



Calhoun Man Charged As Part of Shooting Investigation


A Calhoun man has been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with a deadly shooting in West Rome that occurred back on May 17.

According to Floyd County Jail records, 31-year old Blake Marquese Pugh knowingly damaged or removed evidence, specifically a firearm and other contraband, from the crime scene on Fay Street.

That’s where 26-year old Jasper Jermaine Brewster was found shot to death in the doorway of the home.

Witnesses on that day also reported seeing Pugh brandishing a firearm during an altercation, resulting in an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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.

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.

Human Remains Identified As Missing Man for Last 7 Years

Human remains found in Catoosa County have been identified as a man who’d been missing for seven years.
Noah Brandon Davis was 24 when he went missing from East Ridge, Tennessee.  The cause of his death is still a mystery.  Sheriff Gary Sisk says it’s an ongoing investigation… already involving over 100-thousand hours of work across multiple agencies.
The body was located in a remote and undeveloped area off Battlefield Parkway.