Trion to Hold 2 Public Meetings on Tax Increase

Property owners in the Town of Trion will want to take note of two public meetings that are being held today at Trion Town Hall.  Mayor Larry Stansell and the Trion Town Council have tentatively adopted the same millage rate from last year, which will result in an increase of property taxes of 3.28%.

All concerned citizens are invited to the Public Hearings on the tax increase that will be held today at Trion Town Hall, located at 1220 Pine Street in Trion.  The first meeting will take place at 10 AM and the second meeting will be held this afternoon at 5 PM.

The millage rate will be set by the Trion Town Council next Friday, December 13th at 6 PM at the Trion Town Hall.

Coach Charles Hammon Resigns

Chattooga High School head football Coach Charles Hammon has announced that he is resigning from the team.

Hammon has lead the Indians since 2014 and finishes his tenure with a record of 37-30.

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Zach White Named 4-H Extension Agent

For the first time in almost two decades, the Chattooga County Extension Office now has two extension agents.  Zach White has been named a 4-H Extension Agent working at the Chattooga County Extension Office.

White is a native of Chattooga County and earned his B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia.  He spent time in the classroom with fourth and fifth graders teaching reading and writing.

White grew up in the 4-H program in Chattooga County and has long been an active community member.  In his new role as 4-H Agent, White says that he is hoping to provide opportunities for the youth of Chattooga County like he was given when he was involved in Chattooga County’s 4-H program.   His goal is to integrate more technology into the current program.

Chattooga County has a large and active 4-H program with students in every school in both the Trion City and Chattooga County School Systems.

 

Members of Street Gang Arrested in Habersham Co., GA

A several month-long illegal drug and criminal street gang investigation conducted by the ARDEO ended with two search warrants being executed at two residences in Habersham County, GA. Multiple arrests were made from Tennessee and Georgia for various drug charges, Racketeering Influence Corruption Organization Act (RICO), Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and firearm charges. Multiple firearms, illegal narcotics, and drug objects were seized at both residences. Some of the individuals within the case are associates and/or members of the criminal street gang, “Aryan Brotherhood.” The “Aryan Brotherhood” is a dangerous criminal organization that is involved in violence, firearms, and transportation of illegal narcotics. The investigation continues, more people and charges are expected to come. Assisting Agencies include the Baldwin Police Department, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community Supervision, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force.

Congressman Graves Announces Plan to Retire

Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves has announced that he will call it quits following the expiration of his current term.

Graves has served six-terms as congressman.

Graves said that he wants to spend more time with his soon to be retired wife and his children.

Graves, 49, is a senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and is the top Republican on a panel established by majority Democrats to reform the operations of Congress.

U. S. Senator Isakson Bids Congress Farewell, Asks Colleagues to Be Bipartisan

As Georgia’s Senior U.S. Senator bade farewell to Congress this week, he called on his colleagues to be more bipartisan and to “sit down, get it out in the open and talk about it.”

Isakson didn’t mince words when he said that “there’s something missing in this place”, speaking of bipartisanship.  Isakson was well known for his bipartisan approach to legislation and commanded respect from both sides of the aisle.

In his farewell statements, Senator McConnell thanked several of his Congressional colleagues, but he saved the highest praise for Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat who represents a large portion of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

“John is one of my real heroes in life,” Isakson said of Lewis, “I watched what he went through to make us see the light.”  Lewis is a well known civil rights leader and was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Lewis praised Isakson on the floor of the House recently and the two embraced each other, with Lewis calling Isakson his “brother.”

Isakson is one of the few Republican politicians in Georgia who was first elected as a Republican and didn’t switch parties.  He is the only person in Georgia history to serve in the Georgia House, the Georgia Senate, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.

Everyone Invited to Cloudland Canyon Potluck Holiday Party

Everyone is invited to the annual Friends of Cloudland Canyon Potluck Holiday Party! Join us on Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., in the Group Shelter at Cloudland Canyon State Park for good food, door prizes and great fellowship. If you have never visited Cloudland Canyon, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the park, the staff and the volunteers – we would love to meet you!  Friends of Cloudland Canyon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the park with trail maintenance, event sponsorship, and fundraising. For more information, visit  or like Us on Facebook at  Contact Dena Abell,  to let her know the number attending and the side dish you can bring.  Hope to see you there!

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Fatal Fire in Gordon County, GA

Around 8:15 A.M on the morning of November 29, the Gordon County Fire Department responded to a residential fire located on the corner of Oakman Road and Hanes Road.

After arriving on scene, emergency personnel discovered the body of Charles Vice, 69, of Oakman, Georgia, nearby the structure.

“The home was completely destroyed by the blaze. The body of the deceased was turned over to the local Coroner’s Office for transport to the GBI Crime Lab, where an autopsy is set to be performed,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.

“The cause and origin of this tragic event are still being investigated.” Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are assisting the Gordon County Fire Department and the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.

In 2019, Georgia fires have claimed the lives of 85 individuals.

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