Several Elected Positions Up For Grabs In Chattooga
Friday, 19 January 2018 15:16
Another election is on the horizon for Chattooga County voters.
This year voters will not only pick a new governor and other state officeholders, but they will have some local decisions to make.
Three judges and three Chattooga County Board of Education members will have to seek re-election this year if they want to keep their posts. Qualifying starts March 5 and ends at noon on March 9, according to County Election Clerk Teresa Pope.
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Local Attorney Announces She Will Seek Superior Court Post
Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:27

HISE WILL RUN AGAINST

INCUMBENT RALPH VAN PELT JR.


LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN JUDICIAL DISTRICT– Melissa Gifford Hise, a native of Walker County, Georgia, has announced her candidacy for Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. This non-partisan election will take place on May 22, 2018 during primary elections.
Working at the Palmour Law Firm as well as serving as an associate Magistrate Judge has provided working experience within the court system; however, it is her work with the successful Four Points program that uniquely qualifies Hise for the judiciary. Founded by Hise in 1996, Four Points was the first supervised visitation program in the state to provide services to both private custody cases as well as cases in the juvenile court system. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program first operated under the Four Points umbrella before CASA became a stand-alone program.
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Beware: Fake Rental Houses Hit Market
Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:48

These two listings are part of a rental house scam
Homeowner Was Unaware They Existed Online

Beware of using the internet to find rental houses, according to Summerville businessman James Tidmore.

A scam artist used photographs of Tidmore's house and posted them online claiming it's for rent. Melinda Stinson, of Summerville, spotted the listing on a website called "housesforrent.ws." The listing said the house is located at 116 Jakeville Avenue and can be rented for $300 a month.

Stinson called the telephone number on the listing and talked with a man named, "John."

"Miss Stinson advised that John told her he was out of state and she could send him the money for the

deposit through Walmart. Miss Stinson became suspicious so she went to look at the house," Chattooga County Deputy Nicole Sprague reported.

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Mohawk honors Chattooga County employees at annual Silver Circle Banquet
Thursday, 18 January 2018 09:58

Six local employees recognized for reaching 25 years of service milestone in 2017

 Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, has been fortunate to employ thousands of men and women across the United States and around the world whose talent and dedication has helped them build lasting and fulfilling careers with the company. 
 Each year in Northwest Georgia where about half of the company’s 21,000 U.S. employees work, Mohawk celebrates the contributions of individuals with 25 or more years of service. Silver Circle banquets are held throughout the region at the end of the year to recognize this exceptional group’s contributions and commitment to the company. 
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Winters Wants To Lower Property Taxes; Local Voters Must Approve
Monday, 15 January 2018 15:31
A plan to lower Chattooga County property taxes will need voter approval this year, according to Commissioner Jason Winters.
Instead of relying on property taxes, the commissioner wants to create an additional one-percent sales tax. If approved by a voter referendum, it would increase the local sales tax rate to eight percent.
"This is something that needs to be put on the ballot," Winters said. "During the tax hearings, one of the common things you hear is people asking why we are not doing more sales tax initiatives instead of depending on property taxes."
Winters cannot enact a new sales tax alone. He will need voter approval this spring. Tentatively, the commissioner wants the question placed on the May 22 general primary ballot.
"This is something left up to county residents," Winters said.
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Alcohol Related Questions To Appear On 2018 Ballot
Monday, 15 January 2018 15:30
Placing alcohol related questions on the ballot will continue to be a theme into 2018, according to Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters.
Now that Summerville, Trion and Lyerly voters have overwhelming supported various alcohol issues, the commissioner plans to seek countywide approval, too.
Those alcohol related questions include:
* Should alcohol be served on Sundays?
* Can businesses sell liquor?
* Can restaurants sell alcohol by the drink?
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