County Extends Credit Line; Tax Hike Possible This Year
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:20
County May Face Property Tax Rise
The extension of the county's borrowing power may signal an upcoming property tax hike later this year, according to Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters.
Southeast First National Bank, of Summerville, increased the county's credit line from $2.5 million to $4 million. This line of credit, called a tax anticipation note, must be paid off by year's end when property taxes are collected.
"I hope we don't have to borrow that much. This gives us the ability to borrow that much, but I hope we don't have to," Commissioner Winters said. "This will be our highest tax anticipation note we've seen."
Admittedly, Winters said the county may have to increase property taxes this year. He blames rising employee health care costs and growing expenses at the jail and sheriff's office.
While the county is facing a 10-percent hike in insurance premiums, that is not the main drain on the county's budget. It's funding sheriff and jail operations that have increased, according to Winters.
Resident Has ‘Collector’s Mentality’ With Finding Arrowheads, Fossils
Friday, 23 June 2017 09:13
Summerville resident Robert Rosson admittedly has a collector’s mentality. Rosson began hunting and collecting arrowheads found around the county when he was around the age of 16 years old.
Over the years, that collector’s mentality has grown to include hunting and collecting all types of fossils to his newest enjoyment – metal detecting.
Rosson, when asked whether he liked finding arrowheads, fossils or metal detecting better, said that he enjoyed all of them the same.
“I had seen arrowheads and it got me interested in trying to find them,” he said. “It was just something I enjoyed doing.”
The fun was getting out and looking for them, Rosson explained.
Sometimes, he and a friend would go down to what was called the Selman bottoms along the Chattooga River and hunt for them, especially when the land had been freshly plowed.
“We would come out with a pocketful at a time,” Rosson said. “Right now, I couldn’t tell you where to find them because of moving around all these years.”
Free Admission, Gospel Music Planned For Sunday At The Fair
Friday, 23 June 2017 08:58
Staff Writer
Thanks to the Town of Trion anyone who attends the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair on Sunday, Aug. 27 will get in free. Trion Town Council agreed to pay $3,000 to sponsor the Sunday event, which will spotlight local gospel music performers.
The fair is scheduled to run from Thursday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 27. Normally fair visitors are charged $5 to get in the midway. 
“Thanks to the Town of Trion people will get into the fair for free and get the chance to hear some really good gospel music,” said Larry Howard, who serves on the fair organizing committee.
Gail Rush, who has helped put together the fifth Sunday gospel music shows in recent years, is helping with the fair event.
“We’re looking for local choirs, soloists and quartets who want to perform,” said Rush. We’re trying to get everyone involved.”
Fair Fills Out Musical Lineup
Friday, 23 June 2017 08:57
Staff Writer
Armuchee-based South of Heaven will be the opening act on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair in Summerville. The quintet will open for fair headliners The Kentucky Headhunters.
South of Heaven plays a mixture of southern rock, country and classic rock. The band, which won the North Georgia Battle of Bands competition in Gainesville last summer, plays regularly around Northwest Georgia.
The opening act on Friday night will be Little Known Letter, an alternative rock band from Rome.
Little Known Letter will open for country singer James Otto.
Fair officials announced this week that singer-songwriter J. Scott Thompson will perform on Thursday night. 
Sunday at the fair will focus on gospel music with a multiple local choirs, groups and individual performers expected to take the stage.
Fireworks, Festivals, and More Highlight Summerville July 1
Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:59

 Saturday, July 1, Summerville will present a taste of good old-fashioned Americana! The city’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes 2 separate events on Saturday, with lots of food, fun, games, a train arrival, music, and, of course, the fabulous fireworks finale. Summerville Main Street will kick off the day at the Summerville Depot with “Stars and Stripes At The Depot/Patriotic Picnic” and the City of Summerville will end the day with a bang at the “Celebrate Independence Festival and Fireworks Show”.

The “Stars and Stripes At The Depot” Patriotic Picnic and Balloon Release festivities are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and run through 2:30 p.m. This event will be highlighted by the arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train and the turning of the majestic steam engine on the Summerville Turntable. Event goers are invited to participate in a patriotic balloon release to be held at the railroad turntable site during the turning of the steam engine. Vendors will be on hand, and “Good Ol Uncle Sam” will be visiting with attendees for photo opportunities throughout the day. There will be a Fried Apple Pie Contest open to the public, which will lend lots of fun in the spirit of competition.






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