THS Locker and Parking Rentals Next Thursday, July 25

Trion High School students will have the opportunity to rent lockers and obtain parking spaces coming up next Thursday, July 25th.

The cost for the lockers will be $25 each and parking permits are $30.   All fines, fees, tuition must be paid in order to rent lockers or parking spaces.

Seniors can rent lockers and get parking permits starting at 8:30 AM and going until 9:30.  Juniors will have their opportunity from 9:30 AM until 11 AM; sophomores from 11 AM until Noon.  Freshman will be able to rent lockers and get parking permits from 1:30 – 2:30 PM next Thursday.

Student who are purchasing parking permits must bring a valid driver’s license, insurance card, tag number and make and model of the vehicle.

Trion High School says no permits will be sold without all the information.

 

Man Flees Scene of Accident

A two car accident on Highway 27 near Peach State Credit Union left two people with injuries on Thursday afternoon.  One man fled from the scene of the accident and was later apprehended by law enforcement.

The accident happened around 3 PM.  The two occupants were transported by Redmond EMS to a Rome hospital.

Edward Ray Brand of Trion fled from the scene of the accident on foot.

Brand was not the driver of either vehicle.  He was apprehended a short time later by law enforcement.  Officers discovered that Brand was wanted on a warrant out of Bartow County.

Brand was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and giving a false name, address or birth date to a law enforcement officer and booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

Chattooga BOE Meeting

The Chattooga County Board of Education will hold their regular monthly meeting coming up this evening, and it will be the first meeting with new board member Eddie Elsberry.  The board will be considering options to address a budget deficit.

The board will have to decide if they want to cut spending further, dip into the system’s $4.6 million reserve or – raise property taxes.  Exact figures on how much revenue the school system will receive from property taxes won’t be known until August.

The board is facing a budget shortfall of around $500,000.  The board of education has already cut over half-a-million dollars from the budget after they discovered they were facing a deficit of about $1.09 million.

The board was split last month with a 2-2 vote on purchasing a new reading program for the county’s elementary schools.  They could revisit that vote this evening and have a different outcome with a new voting member.

Main Street Wingfest & Chicken Wing Cook-Off, July 20

On Saturday, July 20 Summerville Main Street will host a Wingfest & Chicken Wing Cook-Off. The event will include a chicken wing cook-off, awarding winners with cash prizes, a “People’s Choice” wing tasting, on site vendors and entertainment, and arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train. Festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. and close out at 3 p.m.  at the Summerville Depot.

Plant Hammond to Close

The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan which includes the closing of Plant Hammond.

It was announced in January that the company was seeking to retire all four coal units at the plant in Coosa and another at Plant McIntosh, reducing the company’s coal-fired generation capacity to approximately half of what it was in 2005.

The IRP also includes battery energy storage, 72 percent more renewable generation by 2024 and environmental plans.

The company will continue to invest in diverse energy resources to deliver clean, safe, reliable energy at rates that are well below the national average

  • Own and operate 80 MW of battery energy storage systems, which will help position Georgia as a leader in storage in the Southeast. Battery energy storage systems are critical to growing and maximizing the value of renewable energy and this will provide the company the opportunity to demonstrate the deployment, integration and operation of storage to gain valuable insight into how to maximize the value of storage for customers.
  • Add 2,260 MW of new renewable (solar, wind or biomass) generation to the company’s energy mix, which is already one of the largest voluntary renewable portfolios in the country. With this addition, Georgia Power will continue as a leader in solar energy production and grow its renewable generation by more than 72 percent to 5,390 MW* by 2024 and increase the company’s total renewable capacity to 22 percent of its already diverse portfolio.
  • Continue making capital investments to ensure high reliability of the system and help ensure the company meets all state and federal environmental compliance regulations.  Georgia Power will move forward with five hydro investment projects including projects at Terrora, Tugalo, Bartletts Ferry, Nacoochee and Oliver generating facilities. The company will also continue with its environmental compliance strategy, which includes comprehensive plans to safely close all 29 ash ponds while protecting water quality every step of the way and complying with all state and federal requirements.
  • Retire five coal-fired units, four at Plant Hammond near Rome, Georgia, and one at Plant McIntosh near Rincon, Georgia, reducing the company’s coal-fired generation capacity to approximately half of what it was in 2005. The company also will not renew its operating licenses for the Estatoah, Langdale and Riverview hydro dams. 
  • The plan also includes energy efficiency targets 15 percent more than those approved in previous IRPs, while adding new, innovative energy-saving programs for both residential and commercial customers. New energy efficiency programs for customers approved in this plan, include:
    • Income-Qualified program to provide greater financial assistance to income-qualified households that are historically under-represented in energy efficiency program participation. The program will provide the opportunity to help contribute and raise funds for customers in need of home weatherization assistance or home energy efficiency improvements.
    • Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency pilot program designed to help up to 500 income-eligible residents save an estimated 20 percent of their household electric energy. This program will allow Georgia Power to cover the upfront costs of installation for eligible energy efficiency upgrades. The customer will repay the cost of the upgrades and installation through their utility electric bills via a Commission-approved tariff. The pilot program will be submitted for PSC approval by April 1, 2020, once PSC staff and the company come to an agreement on program details.

    Additionally, the company is expanding assistance to income-qualified customers by increasing the annual funding for the HopeWorks low-income weatherization program by more than 60 percent.

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New Special Interest License Plates Available

The State of Georgia has rolled out several new special interest license plates this year

Tax Commissioner Hampton said some of the new tag designs include Atlanta United Soccer, Georgia Beekeepers, Support Agriculture, Georgia Forestry, Georgia DNR and others.  Hampton said that the tags cost $80 initially and then $55 to renew each year after that.  Hampton said, “One good thing about these tags is a portion of the funds will go either to the sponsoring organization or to a non-profit.”  Anywhere from $10 to $25 will go to the charity or cause associated with the tag.

The specialty tags are not in stock at the Chattooga County Tag Office, but they will be mailed to you.

For more information you can go by the Chattooga County Tax Commissioner’s Office located on East Washington Street behind the Chattooga County Courthouse.

August 7 Will Be First Day of School for Walker Students

IN WALKER COUNTY, THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS JUST THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY.  THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS IN COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7th.
GEORGIA DOES NOT HAVE A “BACK TO SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY” THIS YEAR… BUT TENNESSEE STORES WILL SELL MOST SCHOOL ITEMS SALES-TAX-FREE, STARTING THE WEEKEND OF JULY 26th.

 

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