Arrest Made for Neglect of Elderly Family Member

A Chattooga County couple was arrested in connection with a shocking case of neglect towards an elderly family member.

A Williams Shortcut Road, Trion couple has been charged after their landlord called the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department because he suspected that an elderly woman was not receiving the care that she needed.  The landlord told a responding deputy that the house had the water shut off.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, he talked with the brother of the man who lived at the residence.  The brother told the deputy that the couple had borrowed his car and he was there to look after the elderly woman while they were gone.  When the deputy entered the house, sacks of trash were everywhere and there was a strong odor of dog feces throughout the house.

When the deputy entered the room where the elderly lady was staying, he observed roaches crawling around the woman.  The deputy said there was so much dog feces on the floor, he found it difficult to keep his footing.

While the deputy was speaking to the woman, the couple who were in charge of caring for her came home.  After questioning the elderly woman, the deputy placed Mary Odell and Erby Odell under arrest for cruelty to an elderly person.

The deputy stated, “The whole time I was there from I noticed that neither Mr. Odell or his wife Mary Odell was worried about (the elderly woman); they were more worried about their dogs and  if they were going to jail, what they were going to do about the animals.”

The elderly lady was taken by Redmond EMS for medical treatment.


Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that an inmate that was transported to the state prison system from the Chattooga County Jail tested positive for COVID-19.

The sheriff said that the inmate population at the Chattooga County Jail has been made aware of the situation.

Sheriff Schrader told local media, “Currently we are following our medical providers recommendations for our inmate population.  As of this time, no inmates have symptoms that are similar to those seen with the COVID illness.  We will continue to monitor, isolate and follow our (medical) providers recommendations.”


Family Asks for Birthday Cards for Veteran

One of Chattooga County’s last remaining World War II Veteran’s is about to celebrate his 96th birthday and his family is asking the community to send cards.

Mr. Billy Locklear is Chattooga County’s last surviving veteran of the Battle of Saipan. He served in the United States Marine Corps and received the Purple Heart and many other medals. Mr. Locklear served between 1943 and 1945, which included fighting at the Battle of Saipan in June 1944.

Mr. Locklear’s family says, “Due to continued risk of infection, we are asking everyone to send cards, notes, and best wishes to him.”

Cards can be sent to:

Billy Locklear
4177 Hair Lake Road
Summerville, Ga 30747

Chattooga County Schools Need Substitute Teachers

Students will return to school this week.  Both local school systems will start the 2021-2022 school year this Thursday, August 5th.  With the beginning of the school year, the county school system is putting out the call for substitute teachers.

With a shortage of workers in a crowded labor market, the Chattooga County School System is offering bonuses for substitutes and para-professionals.  According to the school system, you can find out more about those bonuses when you submit an application for the job.

The job does offer flexible hours and could be ideal for some workers.  But you will need some training.  Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and completion of the state mandated Substitute Teacher Training through NW GA RESA or hold a valid Georgia Teaching Certificate or Paraprofessional License.

For more information about the jobs available, you can contact Dawn Campbell, HR Director for the Chattooga County Board of Education at706-895-3043.

Walker County Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Drug Trafficking

A Walker County man was sentenced to 30 years for drug trafficking in the Chickamauga Battlefield.
The National Park Service made the arrest in December, 2020.  The ranger found evidence of drug trafficking inside the vehicle… including almost six ounces of meth, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, baggies, a magnetic hidden compartment, and a handgun.
37-year-old Jeffery Whitmire, a Walker County resident, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
As part of his plea deal, Whitmire was sentenced to 30 years in prison.  He will be required to serve 10 years behind bars, at which point he may serve the remaining 20 years on probation.
Whitmire will also be required to pay 370-thousand dollars in fines and restitution.


4 Inmates Stabbed at Hays Prison

Four inmates were stabbed during a fight at Hays State Prison, last Friday.
Makeshift knives were used during the altercation… and one inmate was seriously injured by a puncture wound to the head.
The Dept. of Corrections did not immediately identify those involved.  Hays State Prison is in the Pennville community of Chattooga County.


Fair Pageant Returning This Year

The Ms. Chattooga County Fair Pageant is returning to the fair this year after a year off due to the fair being postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fair Pageant is coordinated by Rachel Groce and this year the Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 2 PM.  Once again, the pageant will be held at Chattooga High School.

The entry fee for the pageant is $40 with additional categories $10 each.  Checks should be made payable to the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair.   Those wishing to enter will need to contact Rachel Groce at 770-547-47866 Applications will be accepted by email, or may be turned in at the office at Chattooga High School beginning August 9th. You may also bring your application and payment to the non-official rehearsal at Chattooga High School’s cafeteria on Sunday, August 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00. This is the last opportunity to enter the pageant.

No late applications will be accepted.  To request an application to be emailed to you, please contact Rachel Groce at (770) 547-4866 or .

Trophies will be awarded and all contestants will receive free admission to the fair.

Providence Ministries Opening Thrift Store in Summerville

On Thursday, Providence Ministries announced that they will be opening a new thrift store in Chattooga County at the old Bi-Lo Building in Summerville.

The location in Summerville will be the fifth thrift store operated by the ministry based in Dalton. Providence Ministries operates thrift stores in Dalton, Calhoun and Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia and also has a location in Chattanooga, TN.

The ministry operates homes for troubled youth, crisis pregnancy centers and has programs for men and women struggling with addiction.