Stan Smith Honored by Summerville City Council

A twenty-five-year veteran of the Summerville Fire Department was honored by officials at Monday evening’s Summerville City Council meeting.

Stanley Smith has served with the Summerville Fire Department for over two decades and recently retired.  He was serving as Captain of the fire department at the time of his retirement.

Fire Chief Robbie Lathem praised Smith for his leadership skills and calm demeanor when responding to fire calls.

Smith was presented with a plaque honoring his twenty-five years with the fire department at Monday night’s meeting.

Pamphlets to Explain New Tethering Ordinance Being Prepared by City of Summerville

The Summerville City Council recently adopted amendments to the animal control ordinance for city residents.  Those new rule say that animals can only be tethered on approved tethering systems and also go further in providing penalties for neglect of animals.

The changes that were adopted include banning tethering of domestic animals to a stationary object.  Animals can be on a runner or “trolley system” under the new ordinance, although there are limitations and restrictions. The new provision is intended to prevent domestic animals from being left alone and tied and/or chained in a yard. It is also to protect the safety and improve the welfare of the animal.

Pamphlets are being made that will explain some of the key provisions of the new ordinance and hopefully answer any questions about the changes.  The pamphlets will be available at Summerville City Hall and other locations around the area once completed.


Chattooga to Welcome Lookout Mountain CASA

The Chattooga Chamber of Commerce will officially welcome Lookout Mountain CASA into the Chamber and community, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on the steps of the courthouse, 10035 Commerce Street, Summerville, GA. Monday, June 10, 2019 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.
Lookout Mountain CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are specially trained people who are assigned by a judge to advocate for the well-being of Georgia’s abused and neglected children in foster care.

Wanted Man Captured

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force captured a wanted man early on Thursday morning.

Drug Task Force Commander Dwayne Brown said that his agents teamed up with the LaFayette Police Department to capture Jerry “Blake” Wallin.  Brown said that Wallin has been on the run for six months and was able to elude capture, until this morning.

Wallin was arrested on charges of probation violation Thursday morning.  He also received new charges of possession of a Schedule IV drug and marijuana possession.  While agents were arresting Wallin, they also arrested his girlfriend, April Patterson on charges of hindering apprehension and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

Wallin and Patterson have been booked into the Walker County Jail.


Man Sought for Murder in Rome Has Turned Himself In

A man being sought by Rome Police on felony murder charges has turned himself in.

Wallace Chambers Jr, who was wanted for the murder of a 74 year old man, has turned himself in Tuesday Evening. The murder took place on May 30th, when Chambers and the victim had a verbal altercation on Hardy Avenue.

Chambers is 46 years old, he has charges for felony murder and aggravated assault.



Alabama Requires Back Seat Passengers to Wear Seat Belts

Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring back seat passengers in vehicles to wear seat belts. Alabama’s seat belt law currently applies only to front seat passengers.

The House of Representatives approved the bill by Democratic Senator David Burkette of Montgomery, requiring all passengers to wear seat belts.

The bill says failure for a back seat passenger to wear a seat belt would be a secondary violation. That means a ticket could be written only if the vehicle is stopped for another reason.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 76-17. It had previously passed the Senate and goes to Governor Kay Ivey, who could sign the bill into law.

The bill is named after Roderic Deshaun Scott, who died in an accident on Interstate 65 between Montgomery and Birmingham in 2016. Scott was a student and standout basketball player at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery. Scott and two other teens were in the back of a vehicle not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle. Scott died from his injuries.

The bill is aimed to raise awareness and save lives.

Stan Smith Retires from Summerville Fire Department

A twenty-five-year veteran of the Summerville Fire Department has retired as of May 30th.  The Summerville Fire Department says, “Captain Stanley Smith is officially retired from Summerville Fire after 25 years of service to the city and county, he was a very valuable officer to the department and will be greatly missed.”