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The Gordon County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints from citizens who’ve received calls from a male posing as a Gordon County deputy sheriff attempting to collect bogus “fees’ The caller has threatened the person answering the phone with an arrest and/or a warrant. The scam caller has used names such as “Deputy Marshall” and “Deputy Davis”, and has targeted both individuals and businesses. These calls are BOGUS. The Sheriff’s Office does NOT solicit or collect fines or fees by telephone. Our investigations into these complaints have revealed that the calls originate in foreign countries, or from (untraceable) ‘ghost’ phones. If you receive such a call, do not engage in conversation, just HANG UP.

Two Calhoun residents were caught with over 2 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Adairsville around 2:00 Wednesday morning. Adairsville Police saw a suspicious vehicle with a broken windshield parked at two different businesses in Adairsville. The vehicle was observed parked at Patty's Truck Stop for about an hour and later seen at the QT on Hwy 140. Officers performed a traffic stop in the McDonald's parking lot. The driver, Adam Hall, 39, Victory Dr., Calhoun, was wanted for parole violation. Front seat passenger and owner of the vehicle, Shannia Lau, 36, Cash Rd., Calhoun, was asked by officers for permission to search the vehicle. She refused. The Calhoun Police K-9 arrived and performed a free air sniff. The K-9 alerted officers of narcotics. A search revealed a backpack in the rear seat with over 2 1/2 pounds of meth in various containers, over 4 ounces of marijuana, several hundred Schedule I, II, III and IV pills, several digital scales, glass smoking pipes and over $8,000 cash. Hall and Lau face numerous charges including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of schedule I, II, III and IV. Adairsville Police said this is one of the largest methamphetamine seizure in Adairsville history.
Around 4:00 pm WEdnesday afternoon, Gordon COunty Deputies arrested 51 year-old William Jefferson Castle of a New Town Loop address in Calhoun. He is being held in the Gordon COunty Jail on felony charges of Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threats and Acts. Also arrested at the same time for a felony parole violation was 41 year-old Drena Anne Erwin of Calhoun. Details surrounding their arrest have not been released.
Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized 685 Georgia high schools as 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Schools. The schools are in six categories based on 2017 AP courses and exams. Several of those were local schools and included: AP Challenge Schools: GORDON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL; MODEL HIGH SCHOOL; PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL; ROCKMART HIGH SCHOOL; AP Access and Support: DALTON HIGH SCHOOL; MURRAY COUNTY HIGH; SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD HIGH SCHOOL; AP Merit Schools: CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL; AP STEM Schools: ADAIRSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL; ARMUCHEE HIGH SCHOOL; CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL; CARTERSVILLE HIGH; CASS HIGH SCHOOL; CHEROKEE HIGH SCHOOL; COAHULLA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL; COOSA HIGH SCHOOL; DALTON HIGH SCHOOL; MODEL HIGH SCHOOL; NORTHWEST WHITFIELD HIGH SCHOOL; PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL; RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL; RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL; ROME HIGH SCHOOL; SEQUOYAH HIGH SCHOOL; SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL; WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL; and WOODSTOCK HIGH SCHOOL. AP STEM Achievement Schools which are schools testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses with at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), on Wednesday, voted for and the House passed the Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 5444) and the 21st Century IRS Act (H.R. 5445), legislation to reform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and improve taxpayer protections. Specifically, H.R. 5444 requires the IRS to submit a plan to Congress to restructure the agency to increase efficiency, improve cybersecurity and better serve taxpayers. It also requires the IRS to develop a comprehensive strategy for customer service, create an independent appeals process to improve dispute resolution, and reform enforcement tools so taxpayer assets are never seized without proper notice. H.R. 5445 requires the IRS to develop an online portal that would make it easier for taxpayers to file certain forms; maintain partnerships with the private sector and other public sector organizations aimed at fighting tax refund fraud; and initiate a plan to directly accept credit and debit card payments for taxes
There will be a Church Safety and Security Summit this Friday and Saturday, April 20 - 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Meadowdale Baptist Church, 1811 Rome Road SW, Calhoun, GA 30701. There is a $10.00 Registration fee for materials. The purpose is to equip church leaders, members and volunteers, minimize your liability, safety and security measures. CEU credits are available for attorneys, nurses, social workers, counselors, law enforcement and others. To Register, call 706-65-5683 - Churches are asked to please sponsor your members as a group if possible.

The Georgia State Patrol says that a 4-year-old involved in a Monday crash on Tibbs Bridge Road is still alive. In an earlier release, GSP said the child had died. Tuesday afternoon, they said they misidentified the child, and he is still living. The child was flown to a hospital in Chattanooga, but his condition is not known at this time. The GSP said a black Honda Accord was traveling east when it struck a silver Lexus IS350 traveling west. The two vehicles were navigating a curve when they collided near the centerline of the roadway. The 4-year-old boy was the only passenger in the Accord. Both drivers were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident.

A Kingston man was booked into the Bartow County Jail Monday night and charged with rape strongarm. Jail records indicate Troy Wayne Tanner, of a Martin Circle address, was arrested for the felony that allegedly occurred on Friday. No other details have been made available while the Bartow County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation.

Gordon County Deputies and State Troopers were called to a residence in the 2600 block of Rock Creek Road Wednesday night after it was reported that a man had been shot in the chest. The person killed was identified as David Tucker, age 44,of Calhoun. In an update, the Gordon County Sheriff's Office said that Tucker was shot and killed at the home of a relative where he’d appeared uninvited, and threatened another family member. They added that, according to statements from witnesses that were corroborated by physical evidence at the scene, Tucker was shot as he was attempting to burn the occupied home. Detectives said their investigation indicated that the act was in self defense and defense of a third party, and no charges have been filed.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating the theft of a purse that was accidentally dropped at the North Glenwood Avenue McDonald’s parking lot on April 4th at approximately 11:00 am. The purse, which contained cash and also bank and ID cards, was picked up by a black male and a white female, who were recorded on store surveillance. The pair drove away in a 90’s model Honda Accord that was dark in color with black rims. Anyoen with information should call Dalton Police. The suspects' pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page.

38 year-old Hassan Shareef Rashad, is in jail after Rome police said he attacked a 2 year-old that died. Police added that a 5 year-old child witnessed the attack at the Dodd Blvd. apartment. Rashad is in the Floyd County Jail charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and driving on a suspended license in addition to charges of cruelty to children and murder.

Former Rome Police Officer Ernest Edward Cox, has pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana, bribery and violation of oath of office. The Rome Police Department contacted the GBI in October 2016 after receiving information about alleged corruption. In March of 2017, the GBI concluded a six-month investigation resulting in the arrest of the 39 year-old, who had worked for the Rome Police Department for 15 years prior to his arrest. Sentencing is scheduled for next week.

The Gordon County Sheriff's Office is warning the public, yet again, about phone scams in our area. Chief Deputy Robert Paris said,“It is becoming increasingly common for our citizens to receive ‘scam’ telephone calls soliciting personal information, money, or other data. Our investigations have revealed that the majority of these bogus calls originate in foreign countries. If you receive such a call, DO NOT give the caller any personal or financial information. Do not answer automated questions, and especially do NOT send money to any unknown parties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not collect taxes by telephone. No legitimate law enforcement organizations solicit funds by telephone, and no sheriff solicits fees or fines for alleged jury duty, or any other reason, by telephone. If you receive such a call, simply HANG UP.”

The American Red Cross is getting ready to hold donation events in our area. Upcoming blood donation opportunities include 4/30/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Calhoun, 205 East Line Street; and 5/3/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., SMA Martial Arts, 256 Highway 53. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

Drivers can expect higher gas prices this spring. Motorists are paying 16 cents more than one month ago and 30 cents more than
last year. AAA said pump prices will get more expensive this week, due to rising geopolitical tensions in the middle east. The conflict in Syria sent crude prices to their highest point in more than three years, and as a result, motorists are about to feel the pain at the pump. The national average price for gasoline is the highest in more than two years. Sunday’s average of $2.71 is the highest since July 2015. Georgia gas prices are the most expensive since last September, when prices were recovering from Hurricane Irma. Sunday’s average of $2.64 is 6 cents more than last week, and 35 cent more than last year. Visit for today’s state average price. The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.67), Brunswick ($2.66), and Savannah ($2.66). The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Augusta-Aiken ($2.54), Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.54), and Warner Robins ($2.55). In Calhoun gas prices range from the lowest at $2.52 per gallon to the most expensive price of $2.67.

Georgia's Open Burning Ban is in effect from May 1 through September 30 each year. The GA E.P.D. imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Ga. E.P.D. identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. If you need to burn leaves or your garden area until the end of April call 1-877-OK2-BURN for a burn permit.

During its regular monthly meeting for April on Monday evening, 04/09/18, the Gordon County Board of Education approved all schools in the district to participate in the USDA Provision 2 program as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This program will provide every student in the district access to breakfast at no cost to families, regardless of income. The district meets the criteria put forth by the USDA to participate in the program, and these meals will become available beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

Calhoun Police Captain Tony Pyle will take over as the new Chief of Police for the City of Calhoun effective July 1st. Current Chief Garry Moss announced his retirement earlier this year after 28 years in law enforcement and at the helm of the City's Police Department. Moss, who is also a veteran, sat down with Kickin 103.5 Topix host Judy Peterson, and told her how he plans to spend his well earned retirement - working around his property and a lot of bass fishing! Captain Tony Pyle also talked with Kickin 103.5's Judy Peterson and Dwayne Jackson about his new appointment, which takes effect July 1st. You can hear part of the conversation Friday and Saturday morning at 7am on the news, and Sunday morning after the 7am news catch the complete interview on Kickin 103.5's Topix! Captain Pyle issued the following statement: “First and foremost I would like to thank God for this blessing. I know without Him, this could have never been possible. I would like to thank Mayor Palmer, the City Council and everyone involved for the opportunity to lead one of the finest police departments in the State of Georgia. I also have to thank the dedicated Chiefs for whom I have worked throughout my 27 years, from Willie Mitchel to Therrell Goswick, and our current Chief, Garry Moss. My appointment sends a powerful message, from to the newest rookie on up to our most experienced supervisors, that you can aspire to lead this organization. I started as a patrolman and came up through the ranks, and now every Calhoun Police Officer can see a path in their career that could lead to the Chief’s Office. I would like for the citizens of Calhoun to know that I am a big proponent of community policing, and it will be the mission of my officers and me to continue to work with and for the populace of Calhoun in an effort to keep our community a safe place to live and work”. -Captain Tony Pyle

Polaris is recalling more than 16,000 recreational off highway vehicles due to fuel leak and fire hazards. The recall involves all model years 2015-2017 youth RZR 170 ROV models. Polaris has received more than 100 reports of cracked fuel tank necks and 28 reports of burning, smoking and melted or shorted wires, including four reports of fires; no injuries have been reported. Consumers should stop using the recalled ROV's and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair.

Georgia ranked in a new study to find the most stressed states in the U.S. The study by WalletHub ranked Georgia as the 12th most stressed state in the country. Ga. received a total score of 46.67 scoring a 24 for work related stress, 11 for money related stress 12 for family related stress and 14 for safety related stress. Leading the Most Stressed States list is Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia.

The Ga. General Assembly approved House Bill 673, which would require drivers to use hands free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. The bill if signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal would prohibit holding or supporting with any part of the body, a wireless lecommunications device or stand alone electronic device. Writing sending or reading any text based communication. Reaching for a device if it means you're no longer seated, or properly restrained by a seat belt or watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle

In light of recent tragedies at schools around the nation, and even right here in Northwest Georgia, out of concern for residents, Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston is taking positive, proactive measures to protect students and citizens in Calhoun and Gordon County. By submitting requests in an open letter for funding from the County Board of Eduacation, his office is calling for two dozen more officers for the express purpose of being on every school campus to make certain that our community doesn't have to endure a horrible event like so many other towns and cities have been facing recently. In the letter, Sheriff Ralston is estimating the cost to hire, equip and properly train those new deputies would be just over $2.3 million dollars, and he is proposing that video surveillance systems be added to or those alredy in existence to be upgraded in every classroom in every school to monitor critical locations in real time. Sheriff Ralston closed his letter by remaining open to any ideas or suggestions from others that could help keep our community and our kids safe.

#FakeNews is being spread by a Facebook page claiming to be the city of Calhoun, Gordon County. (In the fine print they say that the page is a "satire".) Here is a link to the REAL City of Calhoun's Facebook page: We first reported this story to you back in late February, when the fake facebook page claimed that Calhoun's GEM Theatre was showing a "free Spansih language with English captions" version of the new movie "Black Panther". We hate to say we told you so, so rather we informed you thusly, because now the satirical page has claimed that venemous snakes are lurking beneath the Gordon County Courthouse sewer, and after that post was shared more than 170,000 times, it propmted area residents to call Mayor Jimmy Palmer's office. Here is a link to the REAL City of Calhoun's Facebook page: /

The following candidates have qualified to run for the 2018 General Primary/Nonpartisan Election in Gordon County: Chad Steward, Incumbent Republican will have to defend his seat on the board against Arthene Bressler, Democrat, for County Commission District 2; Becky Hood, Incumbent Republican, qualified for County Commission District 4; Charlie Walraven, Incumbent Republican, runs unopposed for County Board of Education Post 1; Dana Stewart, Incumbent Republican, and challenger Allen Dutch, Democrat, will face off for County Board of Education Post 3; For County Board of Education Post 5, Incumbent Republican Nan Barnette is challenged by Republican Kacee Smith; and Republican Eddie T. Hall is taking on Incumbent Republican Larry Massey, Jr. for County Board of Education Post 7 at large. Deadline to register to vote is April 24th. The General Primary will be held May 22; Runoff Elections on July 24 and the General Election, which will include the race for Georgia Governor, on November 6th.

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For information about Family Connection Gordon County Contact Roberta Charbonneau at 706-602-5139 or email

The Calhoun Recycling Center recently received an Environmental Protection Division ( EPD) grant for $5000 to sponsor a four day tire amnesty clean up at no cost to the City or the resident. The City's event will coincide with Earth Day, on Friday, April 20th from 8am to 5pm and Saturday, April 21st from 8am to 1pm, and again the following weekend, April 27th and 28th, at the same times. Residents can dispose of up to 10 car tires free of charge. Tires from dealers, tires with rims and tractor tires will not be accepted. No dealers allowed. For more information on the City of Calhoun's tire recycling event, call recycling coordinator Judy Peterson at 770 881 2710.

Among the hundreds of tons of trash removed annually from state, county, and city roadways within Gordon County by inmate work crews are hundreds of unlawfully dumped automobile tires. These crews work daily cleaning trash from along the roadways and other public property. In the last 12 months alone, inmate crews picked up over 74,000 lbs of trash from over 340 miles on over 435 roadways. This trash included over 400 automobile tires. “Dumping automobile tires in any unauthorized location is illegal. One of the most common complaints I hear from citizens is about littering. We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone illegally littering, particularly dumping tires, and I would ask that anyone who sees or suspects any such activity to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office. Help me keep our community safe and clean.", said Sheriff Ralston.

The Gordon County Board of Education has approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. You can view the system's approved calendars here.

The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the mini-grant, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Safe Kids Dalton, Calhoun Fire Department and Gordon EMS provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Calhoun and Gordon County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the Calhoun Gordon County car seat program, contact Calhoun Police at 706-629-1234, County Fire at 706-629-8851, GSP at 706-624-1477 or Calhoun Fire Department at 706-629-2244. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-679-0500.

The internet can be a highly dangerous place, especially for impressionable tweens and teens. The internet is crawling with predators, and if your child comes into contact with one, their life could be in danger. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s computer, cell phone and tablet. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internet safety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful:,, and

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