Category: Local

Woman Wrecks Car; Found DUI of Drug

Emily Rose Clark, 27 of Taylorsville, was arrested this week after reports said she was found in possession of marijuana after being in an accident in which she was found DUI of the drug.

Reports said that the wreck occurred on Chuilio Road near Druid Road on January 20th.

Officers went on to say that a search of her vehicle led them to find a marijuana blunt cigarette.

Clark is charged with DUI and possession of marijuana

Taylorsville Woman Charged with Drug Possession After Wreck


New COVID Case Numbers Have Dropped in Walker County

New COVID-19 cases in Walker County have dropped sharply in the past couple of weeks.   There were 127 new cases in the post-holiday on January 6th… but that dropped to 19 new cases on January 21st.
The positive test rate has also dropped to 10.5 percent in Walker.
However, deaths continue to pop up in the area… 4 were reported since our last check:
1 in Walker County, for a total of 63.
1 in Chattooga County, total now 51.
And 2 in Whitfield County… total there, 159.


Extra Support Available to Chattooga Virtual Learning Students

Chattooga County School System would like to let parents and students know about extra support available to them at this time for Virtual Learning.


Chief Academic Officer, Michelle Heile said.” We want to make sure our virtual parents and students are aware of this extra support available to them. “
Below are the emails the students can access to request an appointment for additional help with schoolwork.  Teachers have offered to work these days and times to add this extra layer of support for our virtual students.
K-5 Mon.-Thur. 4:00 – 7:00 PM ELA
6-8 ELA Mon. 4:00 – 7:00 PM  MATH Tue. & Thur. 4:00 – 7:00 PM
9-12 ELA Mon.- Thur. 5:00 – 8:00 PM MATH Mon.- Wed. 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Resource/Tech Help Mon-Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM Appointment Link

Four Teenagers Seriously Injured in Car Wreck; Driver Was DUI

A 19 year-old Rockmart woman, Alyssa Jackson, has been charged with DUI after a wreck that sent her and three others, including a juvenile boy,to the hospital with serious injuries.

Reports said that just after 2 am Sunday morning Jackson was driving her Nissan Sentra south on Shiflett Road when her car left the shoulder and went down an embankment, flipped numerous times and landed on the hood.  The vehicle came to a stop near a driveway at 6390 Rockmart Road.

The front seat passenger, Malorie Bradford, 19 of Rockmart, was sent to a local hospital with serious injuries. She is listed in stable condition as of Monday.

A backseat passenger, Aaron Tanner, was taken to Floyd Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition Monday.

Reports went on to say that a 16 year-old male juvenile was airlifted to Scottish Rite hospital in Atlanta with life threatening injuries.

Both males were ejected.

Jackson has been treated and released from Floyd Medical Center.

Jackson was charged with DUI.  Additional charges are pending.

High Speed Chase in Stolen Car Ends With Crash Into A Home

A high speed chase in a stolen car ended on Sunday when a car driven by Jasmine Marie Gonzales, 20 of Lindale, crashed into a home.

Reports said that when officers initiated a traffic stop Gonzales fled the scene, in the process running numerous stop signs in a residential neighborhood at Perkins Street and Calhoun Avenue. She then proceeded to drive at speeds of 101 mph in a 55 zone before ignoring a red light on Calhoun Ave at Ga 1 loop.

The chase continued on Calhoun Road where she crossed over double lines before turning on East Hermitage Road.

Police stated that Gonzalez then ran the vehicle into the home, causing over $500 in damages.

She is accused of tying to hide the identity of the stolen car by changing out its license plate and using black and blue spray paint to cover the silver color.

A search of the car led police to recover a cigar wrapper containing suspected marijuana, a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine, a digital scale, syringe, and three white oval pills believed to be Alprazolam.

A passenger in the car, Joseph William Wells Tapp, 27 of Rome, was also taken into custody.

Both are charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree.

Gonzales is additionally charged with attempting to elude police, two stop sign violations, speeding, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to maintain lane, failure to use turn signal, concealing the identity of a motor vehicle, an additional count of criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree, possession of a controlled substance and drugs not in original container.

High Speed Chase Ends with Car Going Through Home

Two Inmates Charged In Brutal Beating of Another Inmate

Two inmates at the Floyd County Jail, Toby Keith Jackson, 25 of Silver Creek, and William Dewayne Vessell, 37 of Rome, are facing additional charges after they violent attacked another inmate.

Reports said that the two men repeatedly hit and kicked the other inmate for appx 56 seconds before being broken up.

Reports added that the victim sustained substantial swelling to his left jaw and cheek as well as abrasions to his back and neck.

Police went on to state that Johnson was found in possession of three sprinkler heads that had been busted in the jail prior to this altercation.

Both are charged with battery and unlawful acts in a penal institution.

Johnson is additionally charged with interference with government property.

Floyd County Jail Inmates Charged in Brutal Beatdown on Another

Little Texas Valley Road To Be Closed Jan. 26-27

Little Texas Valley Road at number 1629 (near the intersection of Lavender Road) will be closed to through traffic from January 26th 8:00 a.m. to January 27th 4:30 p.m. to replace a failed cross drain.

Please use Big Texas Valley Road to Texas Valley Road as a bypass to avoid the work zone while work is in progress. Thank you all for helping us to get the word out.

Contact Floyd County Public Works with any questions – 706-236-2495.


Crappie Tournament Coming to Weiss Lake in March

Crappie USA Travels to Weiss Lake
Participants will compete in amateur and pro divisions
for a Guaranteed Payout of $10,000 at Centre, AL

Louisville, KY – January 24, 2021 – Crappie USA celebrates its 25th Anniversary of providing competitive fishing to crappie anglers in 2021. Anglers will travel from across the country to join the competition on Weiss Lake at Centre, AL for the March 20, 2021 event.

Presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, 2021 anglers will be vying for a guaranteed $10,000 payout for one-day events and $20,000 for two-day events. The three two-day events are rescheduled from 2020 because of COVID-19 and will be phased out when completed.

Anglers may also compete in the $50,000 points race and an opportunity to qualify for the Regional Championships and the 2021 Crappie USA Classic. The Regional Championships will all feature a $25,000 payback and the Classic will be highlighted by a $165,000 payback.

Anglers fishing the event will be testing their crappie fishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store. This event is a Region 1 qualifier in the new CUSA regional competition.

Alabama’s Weiss Lake is on the Coosa River in northeastern Alabama. The 30,200-acre lake is owned and operated by the Alabama Power Company. Fed by the Coosa River, Chattooga River, and Little River, it offers over 447 miles of shoreline and shallow flats, large coves, under-water drop offs and deep channels. It is well known for a good population of crappie including an occasional black nose.

The lake lends itself to various styles of fishing. So, whether you like to long line, push, or vertical jig you will catch fish on Weiss.

Regional Competition

The 2021 Regional Competition is based on four regions with five or six qualifying events in each region. Each region will have its own championship and points will be tabulated both regionally and nationally. Visit the CUSA website for complete scheduling.

How to Enter

Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 years old. Early registration can be accomplished on the CUSA website at Teams may also enter by calling (502) 384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Entry fees vary by length of tournament. All fees are posted on the website linked above. Late entries are subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Participating anglers must be a member of the American Crappie Association (ACA).

Sign up at where the various levels of membership are available. Each membership will include a subscription to the Crappie Digest, the official publication of Crappie USA, and one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Coronavirus Response

Anglers will sign up at registration, be given a copy of guidelines for social distancing, be given a copy of the rules, and be given their weigh-in voucher. At that point, they will leave the registration site.

At the weigh-in, social distancing will be maintained in the weigh-in line and only a few teams at a time will be allowed to be in the line. Other anglers can wait in vehicles and boats. All staff will be wearing facemasks and we encourage all anglers and spectators to do the same.

Registration and Seminar

Late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 801 Cedar Bluff Rd, Centre, AL, 256-927-8455.

Late Sign-in begins at 5:00 pm and runs to 7:00 pm. A National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing accompanies the seminar starting at 7:00 pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. Those not fishing the event are encouraged to attend this meeting and meet some of the region’s top crappie anglers. Social distancing rules will apply.

The Weigh-In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held at Boat Ramp, Riverside Street, Leesburg, AL. Fishing hours are 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and all anglers are required to be in line by 4:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in with social distancing rules in effect.

Tournament Host and Lodging Site

The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Centre, Alabama welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guests to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions. For more information on the area visit the website at or call (256)927-8455.

Lodging is provided by:

[1] Bay Springs Country Inn & Marina, 130 County Rd 112, Centre, AL, 256-927-3618

[2] Cowan Creek Resort, 5360 County Rd 22, Centre, AL, 256-475-3950

The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.

Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”

A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Boat Ramp, Riverside Street, Leesburg, AL. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo is Saturday morning at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing, and win some prizes. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually at the CUSA Classic. To date more than $379,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded.

The Classic Championship

The CUSA Classic Championship will be held October 14th – 16th at Lake Hartwell, SC at Anderson, SC. The 2021 Crappie USA Classic presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s features a guaranteed payout of $165,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Talon, Lake Master Maps, Gamma, B’n’M Poles, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine, Jenko Fishing, Big Bite Baits, Crappie Magnet, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, JR Madd Breading, Freaky Franks Tackle, EZ Drift, Allegro Marinades, Pro Controll, Bubba Blade, Flambeau, and Smooth Moves Seats.

For more information on the Classic and other CUSA events visit the website at and Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page