Update on Fatal Crash in Trion

Hometown Headlines in Rome reported on Sunday afternoon that the Georgia State Patrol released some information on a fatal crash that happened in Trion on Saturday afternoon:

From the Georgia State Patrol: On Saturday, at approximately 2 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol investigated a fatal crash that occurred on U.S. 27 at West Oak Street in Chattooga County.  A 2000 Chrysler Sebring was traveling north and was attempting to turn left onto West Oak Street from the center turn lane.

The Sebring failed to yield to the 2010 Ford F 150 that was traveling south in the right lane of U.S. 27.   A 9-year-old female in the Sebring sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

City of Rome Receives Grant

During their 3rd Annual Fall Conference, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that the City of Rome had received a $600,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  This grant will support Rome’s River District Revitalization project, which will upgrade water and sewer infrastructure within the River District to stimulate private investment and redevelopment within the Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone. These funds will be administered through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).

The City of Rome takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for citizens and for those visiting Rome, Georgia. The city values strong employment, leading education, public safety, supportive culture, and community recreation. Rome welcomes residents and visitors year-round to enjoy activities in the heart of the community, including the Forum River Center and downtown.


Johns Mountain Overlook Road is CLOSED

Johns Mountain Overlook Road is closed indefinitely from vandalism, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Saturday.

The U.S. Forest Service is asking people to find alternative destinations to view the Fall foliage until repairs can be made.

“When senseless damage like this vandalism and destruction of public facilities occurs, it takes away from our capacity to make progress addressing other critical maintenance needs,” U.S. Forest Service wrote in the Facebook post.

Officials say maintaining boat ramps, campgrounds, trails, and the roads to access them is challenging. They are asking you to help keep public lands clean and healthy.


CHS and THS Football Teams Suffer Losses

It was a disappointing night for both local high schools as they wrapped up their regular-season play.  Trion dropped to Mt. Paran 27-7 and the Chattooga Indians were defeated by Pepperell 29-12.

Pepperell got revenge for last year’s defeat by the Chattooga Indians on Friday night and secured their spot as the No. 2 seed in Region 7-AA.  The Dragons put 26 points on the board by half-time last night, but the Indians rallied in the second half thanks to a wildcat offense led by Lashaun Lester, who took the majority of the snaps.  The tactic worked to a point with the Indians avoiding the shutout with a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters. A fourth-quarter field goal by Ryan Hurst were the only points scored by the Dragons in the second half, but they were able to hold off Chattooga for the win.  Pepperell will take on Heard County next Friday night in Region Play.  The Indians will be on the road to take on the top 5AA team in the state, Callaway.

The Bulldogs went down on the road last night 27-7 to Mt. Paran’s Christian Eagles.  Trion didn’t get a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs got behind with some penalties and Mt. Paran brought some tough defense.  Trion falls to 5-5 overall on the season and will have to wait for the new Power Rankings come out to see if they will make the playoffs.  They went into last night’s game ranked 21st and have to be in the top 24 to make post-season play.


Veteran’s Day Events

Several Veterans Day events will take place over the next several days and the public is invited to attend to honor the men and women from our area who have served in the armed forces. Today at 11 AM, the Summerville Veterans Committee will host a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Dowdy Park in downtown Summerville.  At 1 PM, the Town of Trion will have their annual ceremony honoring veterans.  That service will be held at the Trion Veterans Memorial located at the track field.  Mr. Hoyt Williams, who is celebrating his 96th birthday today, will serve as the keynote speaker.  Mr. Williams is a WWII veteran, well known for his many years in retail business in Chattooga County.

On Monday, Menlo Elementary School will have its annual Veterans Day service at the gymnasium at 9:30 AM.

Arsonist in Church Fire Arrested

Investigators have charged a suspect in connection with two structure fires that occurred this week.

Investigator Leigha Blake arrested 61-year-old Allen Keith Garner of Centre, with first-degree arson and second-degree arson.

Garner is charged with setting fire to his own home earlier this week while an individual was inside the residence.

Fortunately, the person was able to escape the residence without injury.

Garner is also charged with setting fire to Ebenezer United Methodist Church early Wednesday morning where the church sustained the loss of their fellowship hall.

According to Sheriff Shaver, Sheriff’s Office investigators and the State Fire Marshal’s Office worked the cases together to quickly charge the suspect for the crime.

Garner is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $45,000 Bond.

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Summerville City Council Meeting Monday, Nov. 11

The Summerville City Council will hold its regular November meeting coming up on Monday evening, November 11th at 5 PM at Summerville City Hall.

The council is expected to hear from the city’s auditor about the annual audit.  Also the council is expected to approve Christmas bonuses for city employees.  The council will be considering a $100 bonus for part-time employees and a $300 bonus for full-time employees.

The council meeting will take place in the council meeting room and the public is invited to attend.

Senior Night at CHS

Senior Night will be held this coming up Friday, November 8 for Chattooga High School football players and cheer leaders.

The game will be between CHS and Pepperell.

Festivities get underway at 7 PM.