Bills Go Unpaid; Records Not Filed At City of Summerville
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:24
Missing money at Summerville City Hall isn't the only accounting problem, according to council members and a hired CPA.
Bills are not being paid on time. Paperwork isn't being filed and records are incomplete, officials said.
"There is no oversight on the total accounting system," an auditor hired to look at the City of Summerville's finances declared.
Auditor Chrysan Thomas, a local CPA, said new policies are needed to keep the city's financial integrity. For example, thousands of dollars went missing from several police department accounts, including a fund from a police-sponsored charity called Santa in Uniform.
"In the police department, I think you all are aware of what was going on…The problem there was one person was responsible for the deposits, the withdrawals, receiving the bank statements and reconciling the bank statements. She also gave the information to your bookkeeper to enter those transactions into the general ledger. So, there was no direct oversight. That is where that kind of bleed over from the Santa in Uniform to the city's [accounts]," CPA Thomas said.
That is just one area, according to councilmen. Some of the city's bills have gone unpaid.
"I would like to see them get paid quickly, not 30, 45 or 60 days afterward. I would like to see payments being made on time," Councilman Earl Parris said.
Paying a mechanic shop is one delinquent bill cited by councilmen during their regular council meeting Monday night.
"Are we up-to-date on it right now?" Councilman David Ford asked.
"Have we had a problem with them not being paid?" Councilman Buddy Windle also asked.
"I know it was paid in December. They were paid $13,000 where they missed a payment," Public Works Superintendent Terry Tinney said.
"Somebody told me it took six months [to get paid]," Councilman Windle said.
"He should have been paid the first month of his contract, which was either April or May. Then he was paid $13,000 in December," Tinney said.
"Why would we miss a payment on anything when we've got the money?" Councilman Joe Money Jr. said.
Alcohol Sales Make Little Impact In Town Of Trion
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:22
Staff Writer
When Trion Council members voted in August of 2015 to approve the sale of beer and wine in the town, raising revenue was one of the main goals cited. More than two years later the town is seeing little in the way of tax money.
“It has been disappointing so far,” said Mayor Larry Stansell, who supported the ordinance approved unanimously by council. “At this point we only have two businesses selling alcohol, Tor Taco and the golf course.
The new ordinance has also been plagued by bureaucratic problems.
The town should be receiving tax revenue from a convenience store at Mountain View intersection. That property was supposed to be annexed into the town last year which would have allowed Trion to collect the beer and wine excise tax. But the annexation didn’t go through (see related story in this issue) and so the tax revenues – estimated at several thousand dollars -- will continue to go the county until Dec. 31.
Also, after passing the ordinance the town did little to follow up on the details.
Betty Brady Appointed To Board Of Assessors
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:18
A Summerville real estate agent was appointed to the Chattooga County Board of Assessors recently, according to county records. 
Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters appointed Betty Brady, of Summerville, on Feb. 21 to the board. She fills the unexpired term of Gwen Crabtree who resigned on Feb. 7. Brady’s term ends on March 8, 2021.
“Ms. Brady brings a tremendous knowledge of real estate and will be an asset to this board,” Winters said. 
DOT Plans To Widen U.S. 27 To Gore Intersection
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:15
Staff Writer
What had been an $8 to $10 million plan to build a Summerville Bypass has mushroomed into a much larger Department of Transportation proposal that includes the four-laning of U.S. 27 from the southern city limits of Summerville to the Gore-Subligna Road and John Jones Road intersection at Gore.
The Summerville Bypass, which will link U.S. Hwy. 27 to Ga. Hwy. 48 (Menlo Highway) remains part of the plan.
‘The bypass project is very much alive but now it has been combined with the new project,” said Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters.
Winters said the State Department of Transportation has completed surveying for the overall project, which would include the widening of U.S. 27 across Taylor Ridge and an additional lane across the existing bridge over the Chattooga River.
Cost estimates for the complete project, which will cover five to six miles, are about $30 million.
Microquake Strikes North Of Trion
Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:58

A micro-earthquake struck in the middle of the woods just north of the Walker and Chattooga County line around 9:54 a.m. this morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.






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* Sloppy Floyd Park
March 31 @ noon
* North S'ville Baptist Church
March 24 @ 11a.m.
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April 1 @ 7 a.m. 
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