Two Dead, Another Transported to Hospital in Holland Shooting

9:43 AM – Chattooga County School Superintendent Jared Hosmer says that Chattooga High School, Lyerly Elementary School and Summerville Middle School are on “Code Yellow” which means a higher alert that normal due to the shooting situation in Holland.

9:38 AM – Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that law enforcement is currently investigating a triple shooting on Highway 100 past the Holland Community.  According to Sheriff Schrader, two people are dead and one person has been transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The sheriff said that they are still trying to determine if there were additional persons involved in the shooting.  The shooting happened at a residence near the Floyd County line.

UPDATE: Sheriff Mark Schrader says that they are still processing details and working on the shooting in Holland.  – “We can confirm that two people are deceased and one has been transported to an area hospital.  We will update when we can. People in the Holland area should use caution if they see anyone on foot.  At this time we are unsure if there are additional persons involved.”

Body Identified

THE BODY FOUND ON A RURAL CATOOSA COUNTY ROADSIDE LAST WEEKEND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.  SHE WAS 38 YEAR OLD BRANDI JANE ELLIOT FROM BIRCHWOOD, TENNESSEE.
AN INITIAL AUTOPSY FOUND NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY… BUT SHERIFF GARY SISK SAYS THE DEATH INVESTIGATION IS STILL ACTIVE.  HIS DEPARTMENT IS WAITING FOR A TOXICOLOGY REPORT FROM THE STATE CRIME LAB.

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More Information on Vaping and Health

  • One vaping session can result in changes in blood flow.
  • Researchers worry vaping can lead to hardening of arteries over time.
  • Vaping remains most popular with young people under 30.

Vaping is on the rise with teens — roughly 1 in 3 high school students say they vaped in 2018. The habit is putting them at risk for health consequences, and now, new research shows that nicotine might not be the only thing to blame.

A report published today in the journal Radiology has found that non-nicotine vaping can harm your lungs even after just one use of an e-cigarette.

In the study, published on Aug. 20, 31 nonsmoking participants between the ages of 18 and 35 vaped the equivalent to one conventional cigarette. The solution in the e-cigarette liquid contained propylene glycol, glycerol, and flavoring, but no nicotine.

Researchers conducted MRI exams before and after the vaping experiment to see how it affected the participants’ vascular systems. The MRIs showed that participants experienced a reduction in blood flow in the femoral artery (a large artery in the thigh) after just one vaping session.

Overall, the results showed that e-cigarettes may pose a risk to vascular functions and the lining of blood vessels in young, healthy nonsmokers, even if the liquid they vape doesn’t contain nicotine.

Vapor from e-cigarettes is often thought of as a less harmful alternative to cigarette smoke, especially among young people. A 2018 survey of around 44,500 adolescents found that teens think of e-cigarettes as one of the lowest risk drugs.

The liquid solution in e-cigarettes typically contains a mix of solvents, flavorings, and additives. When these chemicals are heated and inhaled, it may cause damage to the respiratory tract and blood vessels, noted Alessandra Caporale, PhD, one of the researchers, in a press release.

The latest findings echo previous research that has shown a connection between nicotine-free vaping and health consequences. A 2018 in vitro study found that exposure to e-juice flavoring compounds may trigger an inflammatory response in white blood cells.

Another study from 2018 found that the urine of 16-year-olds who used e-cigarettes contained higher levels of carcinogenic compounds than that of participants who didn’t smoke or vape.

More research is needed before conclusions on the long-term effects of vaping can be drawn, but early findings have experts concerned about the use of e-cigarettes.

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Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Before Ethics Commission

A former Georgia insurance commissioner is finally having his day before the state ethics commission.

John Oxendine’s case has been sitting on a desk waiting to be heard for about 10 years now.

The complaint was filed against him back in 2009. There is a long list of allegations. He’s accused of taking more campaign contributions than allowed from a Georgia insurance company, that he illegally took campaign money for his personal use, and that he never returned around a half million dollars of money given to his failed campaign for Governor.

Some charges have been dismissed, others have been amended.

Oxendine was first elected Insurance Commissioner in 1994 and became the first Republican to serve in that post.  He left office in 2010.

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Clerk of Court Announces Real Estate Website

The Chattooga County Clerk of Superior Court, Kim Windle James, and real estate vendor, Kofile, are please to announce the recent launching of their search website.  The website will allow users to search real estate documents such as deeds, liens and plats.  As of this date the range is as follows:

Good From – Through Dates
DEED: 1/1/1990 8/20/2019
LIEN: 1/12/2004 8/15/2019
PLAT: 1/8/2004 8/16/2019

There are four options of subscription.  Once you have subscribed you are allowed to print an unlimited amount of images for the duration of your subscription at no additional cost. You may subscribe by going to gasearch.kofile.us     

As always, it is an honor to serve as Chattooga County’s Clerk of Superior Court.

GBI Has Completed Autopsy on Woman’s Body Found Near Ringgold

THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CRIME LAB HAS COMPLETED AN AUTOPSY ON THE WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED BESIDE A RURAL ROAD NEAR RINGGOLD OVER THE WEEKEND… BUT THE CATOOSA SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT STILL DOESN’T KNOW HER IDENTITY.    THE AUTOPSY REVEALED NO TRAUMA OR SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY… BUT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR A TOXICOLOGY REPORT.
THE WOMAN WAS 35 TO 45 YEAR OF AGE… 5 FEET 8 INCHES TALL AND AROUND 140 POUNDS.  SHE HAD BROWN HAIR BLEACHED BLONDE… AND TEETH HAD BEEN REMOVED FOR DENTURES.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT THE CATOOSA SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT (706) 935 2424.

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Warning About Teens Smoking ECigs/Vaping

Health officials are warning about possible dangers to teenagers from electronic cigarettes.  A rash of young people was recently rushed to the hospital after suffering from breathing problems, seizures, and severe lung damage after using the products.

E-Cigs burst onto the scene about ten years ago and quickly became so popular among young people, the US Surgeon General calls teen vaping an epidemic.

The user sucks on a mouthpiece, which heats flavored liquid nicotine that becomes vaporized and inhaled. Initially, manufacturers claimed E-Cigs were designed to help adults quit smoking. However, what ended up happening is teenagers, many who never smoke regular cigarettes were enticed by the sweet flavors like watermelon and bubble-gum as well as the cartoonish packaging resembling candy wrappers, not to mention the addictive nicotine.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

That includes four cases in Minnesota, up to twelve in Wisconsin, six in Illinois, and at least one in Florida.

Eighteen-year-old Chance Ammirata was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

“It felt like I was having a heart attack! It was insanely scary,” he said.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

That includes four cases in Minnesota, up to twelve in Wisconsin, six in Illinois, and at least one in Florida.

Eighteen-year-old Chance Ammirata was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

“It felt like I was having a heart attack! It was insanely scary,” he said.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

Chance says his doctors told him he had a condition made worse by vaping. Now on Instagram he declares, “Nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies,” adding, “How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop!?”

Another teen, Dylan Nelson, was placed in a medically-induced coma after vaping, according to his brother.

“Trauma he caused to his lungs is significant,” he said.

Doctors say these acute, aggressive lung injuries appear to be caused by E-Cigs, although it’s not yet confirmed.

“We recognize that it is not a result of infection like viruses or bacteria,” said Dr. Emily Chapman, Children’s Minnesota chief medical officer. “It looks more similar to injury from inhalation of some kind of a caustic substance. The body is actually reacting to something that’s been exposed to or deposited along the lining of the lung.”

Research shows teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes. And the continued use of nicotine can make other drugs such as cocaine more pleasurable.
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Employment Scams Were Riskiest Scams of 2018

Employment scams were the riskiest scams in 2018, according to the latest report from the Better Business Bureau, Tech-Savvy Scammers Work to Con More Victims: 2018 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report(BBB.org/RiskReport). Employment scams had more instances and higher losses than in previous years when it ranked the third riskiest. The report is based on data supplied by consumers to BBB Scam TrackerSM (BBB.org/ScamTracker) and is based on the BBB Risk Index, a unique algorithm that calculates exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss to offer a more accurate assessment of scam risk.

“This was a surprise,” said Melissa Lanning Trumpower, executive director of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, which produced the report. “It’s the first time since we began this report three years ago that one scam dominated across so many demographic subgroups. It was the riskiest scam in three of the six age groups, and for both men and women. It was also the riskiest scam for military families and veterans, and students.”

The ten riskiest scams of 2018 were: employment, online purchase, fake checks/money orders, home improvement, advance fee loans, romance, tech support, investment, travel/vacation, and government grant.

To report a scam, go to BBB.org/ScamTracker.

To learn more about different scam types, go to BBB.org/ScamTips.

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