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Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies were involved in a short chase Sunday that started at about 4:45 pm on McDaniel Station Road and ended five minutes later at S&Z Grocery on Hwy 53 near Plainville. That, we're told, is where the suspect ditched their vehicle and fled on foot, evading capture by Deputies, who searched the area for about four hours, but did not locate the suspect, according to officals.

Gordon County Deputies arrested several people on drug related charges over the weekend. Late Saturday night around 11:00 pm, Ashley Nicole Buttery, age 24 of Sugar Valley was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession; 31 year-old Martin Westly Buttery of Calhoun and 22 year-old Pricilla Roase Wilson of Adairsville were each charged with manufacturing meth and transactions in drug related objects. Wilson was also charged with purchase and possession. In an unrelated incident, 27 year-old Jade Nicole Rowe of Calhoun was arrested and charged by Gordon County Deputies with several traffic offenses and distributing Xanax.

Sunday Calhoun Polcie arrested two men for Theft by Receiving, according to jail records. 47 year-old Sidney Lamar Sims and 48 year-old Robert Mitchell Parker, both of Calhoun, have been in the Gordon County Jail since Saturday afternoon around 2:00 pm. They remain there pending bond proceedings. Sims faces a couple of misdemeanor charges in addtion to the felony theft charge.

Cohutta police say a man was arrested Saturday afternoon for a serious injury crash at the Cohutta Food Mart. The driver of a red truck hit a car, then ran into the fuel island pumps at the food mart, and then hit another car next to the island. There was a passenger in the truck that had to be rescued. The other drivers were also injured. The driver of the red truck was arrested for DUI and reckless driving. He was taken to the Whitfield County Detention Center. Charges are pending. No names have been released.

Tavare Quinshad Watson, 19 of Gainesville, is out of the Floyd County Jail on bond after he was accused of stealing thousands from Shorer University. Watson, a student a Shorter, allegedly obtained funds from the school and knowingly converted the money to his own use, in violation of his legal obligation to the school, according to reports. He has been charged with Felony Theft by Conversion.

A Cartersville resident has been charged with six counts of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons and residents by the Bartow County Sheriff's Office. Billy Todd Henson, Camden Woods Dr., Cartersville, was booked into the Bartow County Jail, Friday night. Jail records indicate Henson committed the felonies from October, 2016 through August 2017.

On Friday, August 25, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m. an officer with the Adairsville Police Department was performing routine patrol and observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a cul de sac In Barnsley Village subdivision. The officer observed two people inside the vehicle so he got out with them to further investigate. The male subject, identified later as Joseph Frank Williamson, age 30, of a Calhoun address was sitting in the driver’s seat and a female juvenile passenger, age 15, was sitting in the passenger seat. The officer asked Williamson what they were doing parked here and he stated they were just talking and that he was friends with the juvenile’s mother. The officer asked the juvenile female for her I.D. and she stated she left it at home. When the officer asked her age she first stated she was 18. The officer kept talking with her and she then stated she was 16, then finally revealed she was in fact 15. The officer asked if her mother knew she was with Williamson and she stated no. The officer then contacted the mother of the juvenile, who was at work, and the mother confirmed that the juvenile was not allowed to be with Williamson and also advised the officer that she had told Williamson to stay away from her daughter. The officer then contacted the on-call detective and Williamson was brought to the Police Department for further questioning. During the interview, it was discovered that Williamson and the juvenile had been having sexual relations for over a year. A later search of Williamson’s phone revealed explicit photographs and text messages between Williamson and the juvenile. During questioning Williamson stated the sexual activities took place at his residence located in Calhoun. Williamson was then placed under arrest and transported to the Bartow County Jail. Williamson was subsequently charged by Adairsville Police Department with 75 counts of Child Pornography, 1 count of Enticing A Child For Indecent Purposes, 1 count of Contributing To The Delinquency Of A Minor, and 1 count of Interference With Custody.
Captain T. Pyle with the Calhoun Police Department was notified and stated he would have his on-call detective follow-up with the Adairsville detective. More charges pending in Calhoun.

The City of Calhoun Road Department, through a contract bid awarded to Bartow Paving, have started working on the Peters Street/East May Roundabout Project. The intersection will be closed for approximately three weeks. Calhoun Police are asking motorist to avoid the intersection of Peter’s Street and May Street, which is currently under construction. Detours have been setup on Peter’s Street at Linda Lane and Circle Drive, however you cannot turn onto May Street from Peter’s Street. May Street can be accessed from Wall Street, but drivers are unable to crossover or turn onto Peter’s Street at its intersection with May Street. Motorists are urged to find an alternate route, if possible.

Qualifying for the November General Municipal Election has ended. The following names will appear on the ballot in November: Calhoun: City Council Post 3: Matt Barton (I); George R. Crowley; City Council Post 4: Ray Mitchell Denmon; Alvin Long; Ed Moyer; City School Board Post 1: Andy Baxter; City School Board Post 2: Rhoda Wahsingotn (I); City School Board Post 3: D. David Scoggins (I) Town of Resaca: Council Post 3: Michael Austin; Randy Barrin; Mitch Reed; Town Council Post 4: Sandra R. Adams (I); City of Plainville: City Council Post 3: James R. Miller (I); City Council Post 4: Frances Fossett (I); City of Fairmount: City Council Post 1: Steve Fain (I); City Council Post 3: Jim Dodd (I). You will also be asked this November to decide if there should be term limits on the office of Mayor of Calhoun (to be limited to two consecutive terms) and for the City Council (members to be limited to three consecutive terms). There's also a non-binding referendum asking if the number of city council members should be increased from four to six. Early voting will begin and absentee ballots will be available at the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office on Monday, October 16.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Gordon County Emergency Management are encouraging residents to take action for emergency preparedness nationwide in honor of National Preparedness Month this September. The month-long initiative is to increase awareness and inspire citizens of Georgia to be prepared for any natural and man-made disaster. Gordon County will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations, each hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
Read more at http://gordoncounty.org/national-preparedness-month-2017/.

The 7th Annual Ceremony to Commemorate the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims will be held Monday, September 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn, 24 Liberty Drive, Cartersville, starting at 7 p.m. The event give us all the opportunity to remember those lost to homicide, and honor their memories. Senior Assis tant District Attorney Sharon Fox will speak at the event. Gordon Central High School's Jr. ROTC will present colors. The Victim Assistance Unit is a division of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

The 24th annual Unity Run for United Way of Gordon County is set for Tuesday, Sept. 26 with a 1-K Race at 5 p.m.and a 5-K race at 6:30 p.m., beginning at Gordon Central and finishing in Historic Downtown Calhoun. For more information call United Way of Gordon County at (706) 602-5548.

The Family Resource Center of Gordon County (Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County, Inc.) is sponsoring the 5th Annual Election for Junior Mayor of Calhoun-Gordon County. The election is open to all 8th -11th graders in Gordon County. The candidate will gather votes by campaigning for $1 donations per vote. The winner will be the candidate that collects the most votes (dollars). All funds raised with this election will go directly to sustain programs at the Family Resource Center of Gordon County.

Calhoun High School will celebrate Homecoming this week through Friday. The theme this year is "Lights, Camera, Action!" The Calhoun High School Yellow Jacket Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm in Historic Downtown Calhoun. The Yellow Jackets Homecoming Game against the Haralson County Rebels will be broadcast live on Kickin 103.5 Friday night beginning at 7:00 pm.

The Calhoun City Council recently approved a motion for the Rivers to Ridge Trail Master Plan and implementation strategy after being approved by the Gordon County Board of Commissioners. The joint venture between the City and County will bring a proposed 8.7 miles of greenway trails to Gordon County. The Rivers to Ridge Master Plan is divided into seven segments and from beginning to end would take the public from an area around Wal-Mart in Calhoun, to the Calhoun Recreation Department, through downtown to Red Bud Road and on to the area of the new Gordon Hospital Trail to Gordon Central High School, then finally from the High School to New Echota. A Blueway System was also proposed, utilizing local river waterways, so the public can canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

During a called meeting on August 24, 2017, the Gordon County Board of Education selected Lawrence G. Massey, Jr. to fill the unexpired term of the vacant Post 7 position. Massey, who is a former naval aviator from the United States Marine Corp holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State in Business Management. His school-related experience stems from his time as a substitute teacher with the Gordon County school district, service on school PTOs and Local School Governance Team, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the First United Methodist Church of Calhoun’s Preschool. Additionally, he was a volunteer firefighter and first responder and has served as an instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. Ten people applied for the position.

Calhoun Police remind you to "Look Before You Lock!" On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside a vehicle. This is a number the Calhoun Police Department would like to see drastically reduced, if not completely eliminated. Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a vehicle can get above 100 degrees. At those temperatures, kids are at a high risk of dehydration, heat stroke, seizures and even death. Our memory sometimes needs visual reminders, so the Calhoun Police Department would like to offer these tips. Place one of your shoes in the backseat with the child so you must grab it before leaving your vehicle, or place the child’s diaper bag or backpack in the front seat as a reminder the child is still in the vehicle.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said his Office has received reports of an individual posing as a deputy sheriff telling citizens that they have missed jury duty, and must send money for a fine via wire/internet services. Sheriff Ralston says this is absolutely bogus, and that his staff - or any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. NEVER collects fines, and certainly never solicits any type of funds by telephone. This fictitious caller may even use a familiar sounding name, Ralston said. DO NOT SEND MONEY to such callers by any means or under any circumstances. Anyone who misses jury duty would be visited by a uniformed deputy sheriff in a clearly marked vehicle, and no fines are collected by deputies. The criminals orchestrating these scams use untraceable cellphones, and are often located outside the United States. If you receive any such suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to verify the identity of the caller. BEWARE of all internet and telephone scams and do NOT release any personal or financial account information to anyone.

Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held recently. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. n addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve capabilities each year with each renewal of the Storm Ready designation. This 2017 renewal marks the 5th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County.
Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:
Teriyaki Chef - Red Bud Rd - 71...Denny's - Resaca Beach Blvd - 80... Krystal - Hwy 53 E - 80...Little Caesar's - W Belmont Dr - 83...El Rayos - S Piedmont St - 85...Bojangle's - Hwy 53 - 86...Copper Creek Grill - Millers Ferry Rd - 95

Georgia Power officials said that plans are underway to close its last 27 business offices in the state by this October, including Rome’s office at 800 Broad Street, due to nearly 70 percent of all payments now coming from electronic means. About 200 employees statewide will be affected, and approximately 100 of those will be out of a job, according to the company.

Georgia Power issued a warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" trying to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone. The scam artists are known to pose as Ga.Power employees asking customers to provide credit card information or purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number to avoid disconnection. Customers should be reminded to be cautious and never provide personal information such as a credit card or social security number to an unverified person.

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a few companies are poking around the state looking for the next natural gas "play." An Oklahoma-based company that leased 7,500 acres of land in Whitfield County has two test wellsalready in place and they say they plan another. In Floyd County, near Cave Spring, a Texas oil conglomerate plans a well. At least three other companies have recently researched the Conasauga shale field, a swath of land that runs from Alabama across Georgia and into Tennessee. Georgia joins Tennessee and North Carolina as Southern states newly popular with wildcatters and major gas and oil companies.

Now through Sept. 30, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's open burning ban is in effect for 54 Georgia counties, prohibiting citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris during the months of May through September. Counties in our area included in the ban are: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Floyd, Forsyth, Gordon, Haralson, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens, Polk and Walker counties. The DNR's Mountain District Office in Cartersville has more information by calling 770-387-4900 or online at http://epd.georgia.gov/air/. And with the burn ban in place, we are also reminded of how hot summertime can get in Georgia. Authorities also need the public to remember to not leave children or pets in a hot, unattended car. They also want you to remember if you're going to be outside in the heat for a long time, to take breaks in the shade and stay hydrated. Also be sure to check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone. If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center. Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls,
just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.
GA Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a phony email circulating that purports to be from the “Department of Consumer Affairs.” The email, which allegedly targets attorneys, says that a complaint has been filed against the recipient’s company and urges recipients to click on a link to view the complaint. This email is NOT from the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity. It is a fake email. Clicking on the link or attachment provided may allow the scammer to install malware on your computer. The scam has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.

What Else Is Happening?

Public health officials have confirmed two cases of West Nile virus. One nonfatal case in Floyd County and a second fatal case in Catoosa County. In Georgia there have been at least 20 cases so far this year with at least three West Nile related deaths. The most effective way to avoid West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites. Use insect repellents, wear long sleeves and pants from dark through dawn when mosquitoes are most active, install or repair screens, Tip n' Toss standing water from flowerpots, gutters, discarded tires, etc. and use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking.

Calhoun Police, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network, will conduct a free car seat check on Tuesday, September 19th from 9:00 am til Noon in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot on West Belmont Drive. To insure a proper fit, please bring your child, and expect each check to last about half an hour. Calhoun Police want to make certain all children in our community are safe when they are in vehicles.

The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril program is seeking nominations for the 2018 list of Places in Peril. The program wants to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The top ten designees are selected in the fall. Nomination forms are available at www.georgiatrust.org.

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 2017 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 injury@dph.ga.gov 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: safekids.com, webmd.com, kids.usa.gov and kidshealth.org.

For Local School Events
Calhoun City Schools - www.calhounschools.org
Gordon County Schools -
www.gcbe.org
Georgia Cumberland Academy -
www.gcasda.org

Help Build A Home for a Desrving Family
Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is searching for talented volunteers to build a new home. Anyone interested is invited to call 706-625-9929 for more information.

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Find out how you can save a life. Go to www.bloodassurance.org or www.redcrossblood.org

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