Bodies of 3 Persons Found Dead Have Been Transported to Crime Lab for Autopsy

LaFayette Public Safety Director Stacey Meeks said that the three bodies found at a North Chattanooga Street home Sunday, will be transported to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.  Meeks said they are on a waiting list and transport should take place in about a week.    The initial indications are that all three victims were suffering from a COVID infection.  In addition, Meeks said there is some evidence that carbon monoxide poisoning may have been a contributing factor.  The small home was heavily sealed with plastic against the winter weather and the family used a kerosene heater.
“The house was sealed air-tight with heavy plastic”, Meeks said.  “Some of the family members also had health conditions that may have contributed”.
As for the man found outside the home, Meeks said they believe he may have gone outside the start the truck… however, the keys were still inside the home.  They think he slipped and fell because the truck was parked on an incline.
The deceased were identified as Wanda Lee Sweet, 55… Thomas Lebron Sweet, 33… and Larry Lebron Sweet, 57.
Chief Meeks said he believes the autopsies will provide some answers in the tragic multiple-death investigation.


Recovery Meetings Being Held in LaFayette

The Haven Ministry in LaFayette is again hosting recovery meetings each week:
All recovery meets Mondays at 6 p.m.
Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting are Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are Saturdays at 5 p.m.
The Haven is off West Main at Chestnut.


Walker County Attraction Garners Attention

Walker County Based Attraction Garners Global Attention

The following information was contributed by McLemore

One of Walker County’s newest tourist attractions continues to garner accolades in the world of golf. Links Magazine just named McLemore’s 18th hole a “Top 10 Finishing Hole” in the worldThe honor comes just five months after being named to the “Best Finishing Hole Since 2000” by Golf Digest.

McLemore joins Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach, CA), the Old Course at St. Andrews (St. Andrews, Scotland), Kapalua Plantation Course (Lahaina, Maui, HI), Shadow Creek (Las Vegas NV), Harbour Town (Hilton Head Island, SC), Pine Valley (Pine Valley, NJ), Winged Foot’s West Course (Mamaroneck, NY), Oakmont (Oakmont, PA) and Diamante Dunes (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico).

The Old Course at St. Andrews was built in 1873 providing the foundation for the legendary history of the game and for courses around the world. Over the years, courses on the list were built from 1903 to 2010 with McLemore being the newest course, opening in 2019.  McLemore’s design by golf architects Rees Jones and Bill Bergin not only pays respect to the game of golf but also to the history and reverence they have for the area.

In describing McLemore’s 18th hole, writer Joe Passov from Links Magazine notes, “The slightly elevated putting surface slopes from right to left and back to front and is positioned on the horizon, fantasy calendar-style.  From the left edge of the green, it’s a 1,200-foot plunge to the floor of McLemore Cove.  If you crave living on the edge, McLemore will provide golf’s ultimate finishing hole.”

McLemore’s Executive Vice President Charlie Rymer, PGA said, “The McLemore experience is one that is drawing golfers to the area as a ‘must play’ or ‘bucket list’ course.  And with the most recent accolades these golfers will be coming from near and far.  We believe McLemore provides one of the most stunning golf course vistas in the world and we’re pleased to share it with members, guests and friends.”

McLemore President and CEO Duane Horton said, “To join such a prestigious group is truly humbling to all of us.  We are proud of the work done by course designers Rees Jones and Bill Bergin as well as the landscape architectural team at Hart-Howerton led by Roland Aberg.  Together, we’re building something that’s truly unique and this latest accolade truly makes all of us feel ‘above the clouds’.”

Slated for completion in late 2023, McLemore recently broke ground on a 245-room lodge, conference center and spa along the eastern edge of Lookout Mountain to compliment the golf course. The Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton will employ over 300 full-time employees providing a boost to the local economy and attracting tourists to Walker County and the State of Georgia from around the world.

The five-star lodge, conference center and spa will offer multi-level dining and entertainment terraces, infinity edge pools and spas, as well as spaces that blend the building with the landscape, including a large outdoor events venue. The completed facility will provide banquet and meeting space for corporate events and weddings, as well as on-site lodging for golfers, families and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Walker Newsletter/joelegge

Women Arrested for Fight In Walmart Parking Lot

LaFayette Police made two arrests following a “fight in progress call” to the Walmart parking lot, Tuesday afternoon.
Video showed two women walking toward the store when another female backed out of her parking spot and came close to hitting them.
Moments later, a fight broke out between the driver, 45 year old Dana Kimberly McCrackin… and one of the pedestrians, 23 year old Kelsey Diane Johnson… both of LaFayette.
Witnesses reported that McCrackin was choking Johnson before bystanders broke up the fight.
McCrackin was charged with aggravated assault and simple battery.  Johnson was charged with battery in the case.


Atlanta Men Arrested in LaFayette Trying To Get Fake Prescriptions Filled

Two men from Atlanta were arrested by LaFayette Police as one attempted to pick up a fraudulent prescription from a local pharmacy.
Medi-Thrift notified police that they believed a scam was in progress.  They got an order for promethazine-codeine syrup, but when they called the issuing Doctor’s office to confirm, found the order was a fake.  It was an ongoing problem, they found… and is the subject of a Federal DEA investigation.
When arrested while trying to pick up the prescription in LaFayette, the suspect said the syrup is worth $1,000 on the street in Atlanta.  Several other fake prescriptions to be filled at other Georgia pharmacies were found in the vehicle, along with two guns.
Police arrested 23 year old Austin Draper and 24 year old Jacob Thompson on charges including fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.


Have You Seen This Teen?

From the Walker County Sheriff’s Facebook page:
Missing Person—
Mathew Dunn age 16 was last seen Friday January 7,2022 at his residence in Chickamauga GA. If you know the whereabouts of Mathew please contact Detective Becky Beason 706-638-1909 ext 1253 or email or 706-375-7810

LaFayette Police Dept. Looking for Male Shown in Pictures

From LaFayette Police Dept. Facebook page:
The LaFayette Police Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying the male shown in the pictures. On 12/23/2021 the suspect was caught on video committing a theft inside the LaFayette Wal-Mart. Anyone with information is asked to contact LaFayette Police Department Detective Mullis at 706-639-1540. The police department is asking that anyone who would like to post information to please do so in a private message.
Once the suspect is identified the post is subject to being taken down or deleted from the police department’s page.

Roper Expanding; Creating 646 New Jobs

GE Appliances, a Haier company, will invest $118 million to expand manufacturing operations at its Roper Corporation plant in Walker County, creating 646 new jobs.

“Roper Corporation has been a fixture of the Walker County community for five decades, so it is a pleasure to see GE Appliances invest in the Peach State in this way and continue to emphasize doing business with a leading Georgia-based supplier,” said Governor Kemp. “This announcement is a testament to our strong logistics infrastructure, which is supported by the Appalachian Regional Port, and to our strong talent pipeline in northwest Georgia.”

Scheduled for completion in 2024, the expansion will increase the company’s production capacity, provide for the addition of advanced manufacturing technology, and boost employment to 2,600 in Walker County. The LaFayette plant produces cooktops, free-standing ranges and wall ovens under the Monogram®, Café™, GE Profile™, GE®, Haier and Hotpoint brands.

“This decision didn’t happen overnight,” said Walker County Economic Development Director Robert Wardlaw. “Over the past couple of years, our team has focused on removing obstacles that hinder job growth, including housing and transportation. We have an amazing relationship with the folks at Roper and GE Appliances and I’m thankful for their willingness to partner with us on solutions.”

Along with increasing housing opportunities, Walker County launched a new transit route in 2021 specifically for Roper’s workforce. The route provides Roper employees on first shift with reliable transportation to and from the plant, with direct pick-up and drop-off locations in Rossville, Chickamauga and LaFayette.

“Roper Corporation has also been a valuable corporate citizen for many decades,” said Walker County Board of Commissioners Chairman Shannon Whitfield. “We admire their commitment to community outreach and are grateful for their continued desire to grow locally. This expansion will provide opportunities to strengthen our workforce, and the community as a whole.”

Roper employees regularly volunteer with local community organizations. In addition, the company has donated generators, flashlights, cell phone chargers and coolers to tornado victims and appliances and critical supplies to healthcare workers, firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers.

“Roper Corporation is a key member of our community and I’m thrilled to see them continue to grow,” said LaFayette Mayor Andy Arnold, who also serves as Chair of the Walker County Development Authority. “I’m also grateful for the partnership with Senator Jeff Mullis, the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority and the state of Georgia that helps local industry thrive by being responsive to their needs.”

Roper Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Appliances, a Haier company. Click here to apply for an open position.

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