GNTC Hosts Career Day in Dalton

High school students from across the northwest Georgia region and members of the community will get a chance to explore various industrial careers and skilled trades when Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) holds its second Industrial Career Day of the year on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Approximately 800 regional high school students and members of the community attended GNTC’s first Industrial Career Day of the year on the Floyd County Campus in Rome on Sept. 13. The second Industrial Career Day in Dalton was added due to popular demand.

The activities for the Oct. 18 Industrial Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at GNTC’s new state-of-the-art Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion. The industrial labs are housed side by side in Industrial Row. This provides a centralized location with access to the industrial labs on the Dalton campus. Additional industrial programs from other GNTC campuses and vendors will set up displays and activities in Industrial Row and other sections of the Whitfield Murray Campus Expansion.

The event is free and open to the public. T-shirts will be distributed, while supplies last, and snacks will be provided.

Industrial program directors will be on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There will be demonstrations, simulators and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers also will be present to speak with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.

Featured GNTC industrial programs will include Air Conditioning Technology, Automation Engineering Technology, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, CNC Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Flooring Production Operator and Technician, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Precision Machining and Manufacturing and Welding and Joining Technology.

“Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Depot

Step back in time on Sunday to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot coming up this Sunday. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live Bluegrass and Gospel music by Chip Rowland. The meal will be served by Sweet P’s At The Tavern at the cost of $8.00 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6.00 for a 4 vegetable plate. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.

An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Other vendors will be on site for those wishing to shop. This event will operate from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

Governor Kemp Announces BALL Corporation Coming to Rome

Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that Ball Corporation, a provider of aluminum packaging for beverages, personal care, and household products, will expand its operations in Rome. The company will build a new aluminum cups manufacturing plant, creating more than 180 new jobs and investing more than $200 million in the project.

“As the Top State for Business six years in a row, Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and this expansion is indicative of that unrivaled success,” said Governor Kemp. “I am thrilled to see another member of the Georgia Made family expand operations, and I am confident our top notch workforce in the region will pay huge dividends for Ball Corporation in the years to come.”

This new plant will manufacture aluminum cups, and serve the growing demand for innovative, sustainable beverage packaging in the U.S. market. It is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The new facility will be adjacent to Ball’s existing aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant in Rome, representing a significant expansion of their footprint in the region. Founded in 1880, the company employs more than 17,500 people worldwide and has annual sales of $11.6 billion.

“Floyd County is excited to see one of our local industries expand,” said Scotty Hancock, chairman of the Floyd County Commission. “We look forward to the growth of quality jobs and significant investment back into the community.”

“We are immensely proud of the success that Ball Corporation is seeing in Floyd County,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The company’s growth is a testament to Georgia’s booming manufacturing industry. I want to thank Ball for their continued investment in our state and all of our local and statewide economic development partners for their work to make this announcement possible.”

Chattooga BOE Meeting at 6 PM, Oct. 17

The Chattooga County Board of Education will hold their monthly work session coming up this evening at 6 PM.

On the agenda tonight, Kenny Adkins from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia is expected to be on hand to present the Chattooga High School welding program with its Industry Certification.  Jeff Owings, instructor for the program will accept the certification and be honored by the board.  Also, the board will be recognizing Lisa Hughes for her role in strengthening Chattooga High School’s workforce development efforts.

The board is also expected to consider Superintendent Jared Hosmer’s recommendation to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Federal Funds and to consider the superintendents recommendation that the board call for a renewal of the five-year Education Sales Tax and for additional General Obligation Bonds.  The purpose of the bonds will be for previously incurred debt and to build and equip a new Menlo School.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Remains of Missing Man Reportedly Found

The remains of an Etowah County man reported missing last month – have reportedly been found.

Johnny Lee Rhodes was reported missing September 8th, however Etowah County Sheriff’s Office officials received information that he had been seen October 1st, being dropped off at a residence on Bristow Cove Road.

Investigators – with the assistance of cadaver dogs from a private entity in St. Clair County, as well as cadaver dogs from Montgomery and Jefferson County, searched a nearby wooded area with no findings.

On Monday of this week (October 14th), a resident of the 4400 block of Bristow Cove Road, notified the Sheriff’s Office that a dog had brought to their property what could possibly be human bones.  Upon inspection, it was determined that one of those arm bones contained a surgical steel plate matching Rhodes’ medical history.

Investigators combed the wooded area until 10:00 that night without finding anything else.

Early the following morning, Etowah County investigators and members of the Jacksonville State University Department of Forensic Science returned to the location and continued to process the scene, recovering a majority of the human bones believed to belong to Rhodes – including a skull, several long bones, and a breast plate.  In addition, investigators located a phone in the same wooded area believed to belong to Rhodes.

Two persons of interest are currently in custody at the Etowah County Detention Center, as the Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation.

6 Vaping Products Disguised As Everyday Items

  • There’s a range of vaping products companies are selling online that are designed to look like everyday items. Teens are using these to hide their vaping from parents and teachers.
  • More than 1,200 vaping-associated lung injury cases have been reported in the United States. Fifteen percent of those cases involved children under 18 years of age.
  • There have been 26 confirmed deaths due to these injuries.

Teens are currently using a wide range of devices that allow them to vape undetected, right under the noses of parents and teachers.

Often, these vaping products are disguised to look like common household objects such as watches, writing pens, and even clothes.

Here are some of the more common stealth vaping devices currently being used:

Hooded sweatshirts are a staple in most teen wardrobes so it probably won’t arouse suspicion when your teen shows up at breakfast one morning wearing a new one, but it should.

Vape hoodies are a popular way to hide vape pens, allowing teens to vape anywhere, even in class, without being detected.

To use it, all they have to do is insert a vape pen in the end of one of the hoodie’s specially designed tubed drawstrings. Then pen is then slid into a discreet chest pocket, and users inhale through a mouthpiece on the other end of the drawstring. This allows the plume of vapor emitted from the pen to be concealed inside the drawstring’s tube.

These days backpacks are more than just a way to carry books and laptops to and from school. They can also conceal teen vaping.

Vaping backpacks generally contain a pouch to hold the vaping device with concealed tubing and a mouthpiece in the shoulder strap allowing it to be pulled out for use as desired and then tucked discreetly away.

With smartphones being found in the hands of most teens these days, you may not even think twice about them getting a new phone case, but be aware that their latest accessory could also disguise a vaping habit.

Vaping phone cases fit over a smartphone just like a normal case, but with a big difference: You can attach an atomizer to it and vape e-liquids.

While many vape pens are called “pens” simply because their size and shape closely resemble a pen, there are also vape pens that are purposely designed to look like pens in order to hide their true function.

In fact, there are even vape pens on the market that have been cleverly designed to actually function as a writing implement. All the user has to do is unscrew the top of the pen, insert a cartridge and then vape through the top of the pen.

While they may look like a smart watch at first glance, and even tell you the time and date, a press of a button allows the user to remove a pod from the watchband which can be used as a vape.

Devices like the Juul brand of e-cigarette, which closely resembles a USB drive, have become a very popular option for teens to hide their vaping.

All they need to do is toss it in their backpack, and unsuspecting parents are none the wiser that the device isn’t a USB drive with data needed for homework.

Blood Drive at THS Today, Oct. 16

A Red Cross Blood Drive is being held today at Trion High School.

Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are needed to ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see

The American Red Cross blood drive in Trion will be today from 9 AM until 2 PM at Trion High School

Suspects In Armed Robbery in LaFayette Are Now In Custody

LaFayette Police say that all four suspects in an armed robbery last week are now in custody.

LaFayette Police have identified the robbers as Mathew Avery Asbeury, 19; Kameron Gage Shropshire, 17; Quintavious Knox, 17; and Larell Dashon Hampton, 18. Charges in the warrants include armed robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, battery, and criminal trespassing.

LaFayette Police say that a couple were arguing in their car when the four suspects approached them, one of them with a gun.  The male victim told police that the youth with the gun demanded his wallet, and when he first refused, all four began beating him, striking him repeatedly until he finally handed over his wallet.  They teens then attempted to take the keys to the vehicle.  The female victim said that during the altercation, one of the teens held the gun to her head and said “I’ll empty the clip on you.”

As the teens left the scene, they reportedly hit the passenger-side window and shattered the glass.

The couple called Walker 911 as soon as the teens had left.