Man Drives On Railroad Tracks To Avoid Cops
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:36
A 25-year-old man tried driving his white diesel truck down the railroad tracks to flee cops on Nov. 30, according to Summerville Police reports.
Officer David Westbrooks was told to respond to a crash on Highland Avenue at the Cruz Through Convenience Street around 9:24 p.m. Andi Barrett said a white diesel pickup truck struck her vehicle and left. 
As Barrett was telling Officer Westbrooks about the crash, the white diesel pickup drove back down the road in front of them. The officer tried motioning for the driver to stop, but did not.
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Trion To Add Two Paid Truck Drivers For Fires
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:34
The Trion Fire Department will no longer operate exclusively on volunteer help.
Historically, Mount Vernon Mills Inc., allowed its laborers to volunteer on the fire department. Now mill officials said it is time for change.
"We've come to the point at Mount Vernon that beginning on Dec. 15, due to personnel moves, people retiring and people changing shifts and things going on, we are not going to be able to fill the night shifts on second or third shift," said Gary Branton, vice president of manufacturing at the mill.
Two part-time fire truck drivers will be hired to fill these shifts. The mill and town agreed to split the cost of salaries.
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Lyerly OKs Road Paving
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:33
By JIMMY ESPY
Staff Writer
Paving work on sections of Williams Street and Cemetery Road in Lyerly could begin as early as next week.
The Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously to accept the winning bid submitted by Randy Patty Construction, of Summerville, which will be paid for by a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
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Man Awakened With Hip, House On Fire On Monday
Friday, 08 December 2017 09:16
A 29-year-old Trion man awoke to his hip burning along with his Mountain View home Monday afternoon.
Ronnie Lamar Haney II, of 110 Hill Street, awoke just before 1 p.m. and discovered not only was the living room on fire, but somehow his right hip was too, according to a Chattooga County Sheriff's report.
"Mr. Haney advised that he was asleep on the couch and was awakened by his right side, upper outer hip was burning. I did notice Mr. Haney's pants appeared to have been burned and melted in the area he was complaining of," Deputy Nick Robinson reported.
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Friday, 08 December 2017 09:01

By GENE ESPY
Editor
Georgia Forestry Commission employees Dean Cornett and Carnell Bryant spoke to the Summerville-Trion Optimist Club on Friday.
Cornett told the Optimists he was a Ranger 3 in charge of the Chattooga County office. He began his career in 2001. Carnell Bryant is a Ranger 1 and has been there for about two years.
He said that most people think they deal with trees and fires and that was it.
“We do a lot more,” Cornett said. “Our primary job is to fight fires in this county but we also assist in fighting fires all the way across the country.”
He said they have gone as far north as Michigan, as far west as Washington and Alaska.
“Wherever we are needed, we go,” Cornett added.
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The Pigeons Have Returned
Friday, 08 December 2017 08:56
Bird feces were all over the steps and concrete sidewalk leading into the main entrance of the Chattooga County Courthouse recently. As shown, stepping in bird poop is unavoidable for those with business inside the courthouse. Over the years, the county has tried deterring birds from gathering on the courthouse roof and columns. A mesh wire was placed around the columns in one effort to keep birds away.
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Investigator Charged With Striking City Worker
Monday, 04 December 2017 10:35
An investigator with the Georgia prison system is accused of striking a City of Summerville employee with a vehicle on Highland Avenue recently, according to Interim Police Chief Harold Tucker.
Blake Lamar Edwards, 28, of Rome, allegedly struck the city worker who was directing traffic around a construction zone on Nov. 21, according to Summerville Police reports.
City worker Nathan Major spotted Edwards in a brown SUV heading toward the worksite and lunged to the shoulder of the roadway. However, Major was struck on the left arm by the passenger side mirror. 
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