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Mullis To Propose Hate Crime Bill
Friday, 29 July 2016 13:41
A local legislator wants to make assaulting a police officer a hate crime.
Chattooga County's State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) said he wanted to make shooting a law enforcement officer a hate crime.
"If they are going to shoot a police officer, then nobody is safe," Sen. Mullis said.
Violence against law enforcement officials increased during July. So far this year, 69 law enforcement officers in the United States have died in the line of duty. Nineteen of those deaths occurred in July. Many of those deaths occurred by thugs targeting police officers.
"In Mayberry America, like Chattooga County, we don't have that problem. But in Metro Atlanta, they don't understand that," Sen. Mullis said. 
Details of the law are being formed. The state senator wants advice from law enforcement officials.
"We want to make it a realistic law," Sen. Mullis said.
Watch Out For New Speed Change As School Year Begins Next Week
Friday, 29 July 2016 13:39
Motorists beware. There is a new school zone in Chattooga County and deputies will soon be watching for violators.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has turned the new Highway 100 entrance into Chattooga High School into a school zone and drivers are expected to slow down. Deputies will be running radar to catch speeders, Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said.
"After school starts, we will be sitting in school zones running [radar]," the sheriff said.
Chattooga students return to school next Thursday, Aug. 4. The next day, Trion City School children go back to school. However, teachers at both school systems return to work Monday morning.