THS Locker and Parking Rentals Next Thursday, July 25

Trion High School students will have the opportunity to rent lockers and obtain parking spaces coming up next Thursday, July 25th.

The cost for the lockers will be $25 each and parking permits are $30.   All fines, fees, tuition must be paid in order to rent lockers or parking spaces.

Seniors can rent lockers and get parking permits starting at 8:30 AM and going until 9:30.  Juniors will have their opportunity from 9:30 AM until 11 AM; sophomores from 11 AM until Noon.  Freshman will be able to rent lockers and get parking permits from 1:30 – 2:30 PM next Thursday.

Student who are purchasing parking permits must bring a valid driver’s license, insurance card, tag number and make and model of the vehicle.

Trion High School says no permits will be sold without all the information.


Georgia Added 20,000 Plus Jobs in June

Georgia added more than 20,000 jobs in June, pushing the state to a new record high, state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said on Thursday.

Butler also noted that preliminary numbers showed year-over-year gains in employment and workforce. At the same time, claims for unemployment insurance were near record lows.

“The numbers for June are very impressive,” Butler said. “We set yet another record for jobs, passing 4.6 million. Fewer people filed unemployment claims and our number of employed residents is climbing. There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.”

Nationally, the unemployment rate inched up 0.1 percent points in June to reach 3.7 percent. Georgia’s rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.7 percent. A year ago, Georgia’s unemployment rate sat at 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia added 20,200 jobs in June, pushing the total to 4.61 million jobs – a new record for the state. That number is up more than 80,000 from the same time last year.

GNTC Establishes Patrick D. Doyle Law Enforcement Scholarship

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently established the Patrick D. Doyle Law Enforcement Scholarship to reward academic achievement and provide aid to Basic Law Enforcement students.

The scholarship honors the memory of drug task force commander Patrick Doyle who passed away at the age of 47 after a nine year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Dacia and son PJ. Doyle was considered a model peace officer in the northwest Georgia region by his peers and the community.

The scholarship awards $500 to one Basic Law Enforcement student per semester. Funds can be used for tuition, books, testing fees and program supplies.

The goal of the scholarship is to raise $7500 to support the fund for five years. If the goal is exceeded, more scholarships per semester will be offered. The scholarship is currently funded for the upcoming fall semester.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be enrolled full-time and either be in their third semester of the Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) program or be enrolled in the Criminal Justice program after completing the BLE certificate program. They also must be in good standing with the college and Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council. A student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be considered for the scholarship.

Originally from Carrolton, Doyle attended West Georgia College and in 1996 moved to Walker County to become a detention officer at the Sheriff’s Office. In 1997 he became a certified police officer for the LaFayette Police Department. Doyle became a task force agent for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task force in 2003 and was promoted to task force commander in 2012.

Doyle returned to college and earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

An active member of the community, Doyle was very involved with his church, the Boy Scouts, 4-H, the Future Farmers of America and PJ’s ball games.

Man Flees Scene of Accident

A two car accident on Highway 27 near Peach State Credit Union left two people with injuries on Thursday afternoon.  One man fled from the scene of the accident and was later apprehended by law enforcement.

The accident happened around 3 PM.  The two occupants were transported by Redmond EMS to a Rome hospital.

Edward Ray Brand of Trion fled from the scene of the accident on foot.

Brand was not the driver of either vehicle.  He was apprehended a short time later by law enforcement.  Officers discovered that Brand was wanted on a warrant out of Bartow County.

Brand was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and giving a false name, address or birth date to a law enforcement officer and booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

Face App Warning

The #FaceAppChallenge has been trending on social media as users share photos that show how they might look in ten, fifteen, or twenty years. The trend started when FaceApp released a filter that uses artificial intelligence to alter your photos by making you look younger or older.

FaceApp was created by developers at Wireless Lab based in St. Petersburg, Russia and is one of the most downloaded apps in the world. Despite its immense popularity, security experts are warning that people using the app are giving the company that created it unlimited access to their camera rolls.

The terms and conditions that users must agree to in order to use the app give the company the right to modify, reproduce, and publish any of the images you manipulate using their software.

“You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you,” the terms state.

Even if you uninstall the app, the company can still use your photos. What makes FaceApp different from other photo editors is that it uploads your photo to the cloud, where it is edited before being downloaded back to your phone.

Ariel Hochstadt, a Security Expert from the vpnMentor blog, told the Daily Mail that the company could easily identify you, and connect your photo with other information they may have about you.

“They also know who this image is, with the huge DB they created of FB accounts and faces, and the data they have on that person is both private and accurate to the name, city and other details found on FB,” he said.

Business Technology expert Steve Sammartino is worried that giving companies access to your photos is a risk because facial recognition technology is being used to identify people when they open their phones and could be used to gain access to banking websites or to use your credit cards in the future.

“If you start using that willy nilly, in the future when we’re using our face to access things, like our money and credit cards, then what we’ve done is we’ve handed the keys to others.”