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*       THE “WHEELS ARE TURNING” ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITES OF TWO INDUSTRIES BEING BUILT IN THE LAFAYETTE AREA.
    UNIQUE FABRICATING IN NORTH LAFAYETTE IS EXPANDING WITH A NEW PLANT JUST ACROSS FROM THEIR PRESENT SITE, ON WEST MCCARTER ROAD.   THE 9-MILLION DOLLAR ADDITION WILL EMPLOY 75 PEOPLE WHEN IT OPENS NEXT SPRING, ACCORDING TO DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR, LARRY BROOKS.   UNIQUE MAKES PLASTIC PARTS FOR SEVERAL MAJOR AUTO MANUFACTURERS.
    THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WILL BE BUILDING A NEW WATER LINE TO SERVE THE PLANT… ADDING PRESSURE FOR THE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM.   CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID LAFAYETTE IS LOOKING FOR GRANTS TO COVER THE 26-THOUSAND DOLLAR COST OF THE LINE… BUT ADDED THAT THE WORK WILL BE DONE WHETHER THE GRANT IS SECURED, OR NOT. 
    THE “BIG PANS” ARE MOVING DIRT AT THE WALKER COUNTY BUSINESS PARK AT NOBLE.   BROOKS SAID THEY’RE PREPARING THE ENTRY ROAD AND GETTING READY TO INSTALL SEWER LINES, TO SERVE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL… THE PARK’S FIRST PLANT.  BROOKS SAID HE AND AUDIA OFFICIALS WILL BE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA THIS WEEK, TO FINALIZE PLANS FOR RAILROAD SERVICE TO THE NEW PLANT.   BROOKS SAID AUDIA HOPES TO BEGIN WORK ON THEIR BUILDING BY DECEMBER 1st.   AUDIA IS AN INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIER TO THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.
    HE ADDED THAT “GEORGIA TREND MAGAZINE” WAS IN WALKER COUNTY LAST WEEK, PREPARING AN ARTICLE ON THE AUDIA EXPANSION INTO GEORGIA.

*   SOMEONE APPARENTLY DIDN’T WANT THE IRON MAN BICYCLE COMPETITION IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.   OVER 30 OF THE COMPETITORS SUFFERED FLAT TIRES ON THEIR BIKES… AS PRANKSTERS PUT TACKS AND OIL ON A SECTION OF RURAL HIGHWAY.   NO ONE WAS HURT.      
    FIRST RESPONDERS CLEANED UP THE TACKS AND OIL AFTER THE DISCOVERY, ON SUNDAY MORNING.
    AROUND 2,500 RIDERS PARTICIPATED IN THE IRON MAN BIKE CHALLENGE… WHICH TRAVELED OVER A LOOPED COURSE THROUGH WALKER COUNTY.

*   TUESDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO MAKE A NOMINATION FOR THE ANNUAL WALKER COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.  CONTACT THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER WITH QUESTIONS AT 375-7702.

*    THE UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE LAFAYETTE COURSE.  SIGN UP BY CALLING 423-752-0325.

*   FOLLOWING A QUIET PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY, COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL ACCEPTED THE 2015 COUNTY BUDGET… AS-ADVERTISED… AT 22.5-MILLION DOLLARS.
    COUNTY FINANCES CAUSED A STIR WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT A 3-MIL INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR OPERATING COUNTY GOVERNMENT OVER THE NEXT YEAR.   HEISKELL SAID SHE “HAD NO CHOICE”.
    IN OTHER BUSINESS THURSDAY, THE COMMISSIONER REFUSED TO ACCEPT A BID FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER AT CEDAR GROVE… SAYING THE BIDS WERE “TOO HIGH”.   HEISKELL SAID SHE MAY RE-DESIGN THE PROJECT… RENOVATING THE EXISTING FIRE HALL ON THE SITE INSTEAD OF INCLUDING IT IN THE NEW STRUCTURE.   THAT WOULD CUT THE SQUARE-FOOTAGE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR CEDAR GROVE… PRESUMABLY CUTTING THE COST.   LOW BIDS FOR THE ORIGINAL PLAN WERE IN THE 1.8-MILLION DOLLAR RANGE.   THE CENTER WILL BE BUILT USING ‘SPLOST’ SALES TAX REVENUE.
    THE COMMISSIONER ALSO SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO CONTINUE TRANSPORT OF SENIOR CITIZENS TO THEIR ACTIVITY CENTERS IN LAFAYETTE, CHICKAMAUGA AND ROSSVILLE.   THE COUNTY GETS $5.75 EACH WAY FOR THE SENIOR PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE… FROM THE STATE DHR, DIVISION OF AGING SERVICES.  
    AND WHILE THE FINAL TALLY HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETED… COMMISSIONER HEISKELL SAID WALKER COUNTY MAY HAVE CLEARED AS MUCH AS 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE FIRST COUNTY FAIR IN DECADES… HELD RECENTLY AT MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS.   SHE SAID PAID ADMISSION WAS OVER 52-THOUSAND DOLLARS AFTER EXPENSES… AND SPONSORSHIPS TOTALED NEARLY ANOTHER 50-THOUSAND.

*    THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A 24.3-MILLION DOLLAR BALANCED BUDGET, AT A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING WEDNESDAY EVENING.  THE BUDGET MEETING WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE NEW BUDGET IN-PLACE AS THE NEW FISCAL YEAR STARTS ON OCTOBER 1st.
    MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD CALLED IT ANOTHER “FLAT TIRE” BUDGET… BUT ADDED THAT A FEW CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ITEMS WERE ADDED.   COUNCILMAN BEACHER GARMANY THEN ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT “IF THE MONEY DOESN’T COME IN, THE BUDGETED IMPROVEMENTS WILL NOT BE MADE”.
    THE FISCAL 2015 BUDGET IS ACTUALLY AROUND 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS LOWER THAN THE 2014 SPENDING PLAN.  
    AS IN YEARS PAST, REVENUES FROM THE ELECTRIC, GAS AND WATER DEPARTMENTS WILL SUPPLEMENT AREAS THAT TYPICALLY LOSE MONEY… INCLUDING:
    THE GOLF COURSE, EXPECTED TO LOSE ALMOST 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS… THE BARWICK-LAFAYETTE AIRPORT, PROJECTED TO LOSE 84-THOUSAND… AND GARBAGE SERVICE, WHICH COULD LOSE OVER 61-THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE COMING YEAR.
    OUTSIDE OF “RECOUPED” EXPENSES, SUCH AS THE COST OF ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS… THE CITY’S LARGEST DEPARTMENTAL EXPENSE IS POLICE, COURT AND ANIMAL CONTROL… WITH A COMBINED BUDGET OF 1.7-MILLION DOLLARS.   ADMINISTRATION COST IS NEXT, AT 820-THOUSAND.
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID HE’LL BE WATCHING THE COST OF ELECTRICITY CLOSELY, OVER THE COMING MONTHS.  HE’S EXPECTING THE CITY’S WHOLESALE COST FOR ELECTRICITY TO CLIMB SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FISCAL 2015.  
    IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL APPROVED PURCHASE OF A 2013 CHEVY MALIBU FROM JACKSON CHEVROLET AT A COST OF $14,500.   THAT VEHICLE WILL BE DRIVEN BY DDA DIRECTOR AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPER, MATTHEW WILLIAMS.   THE CITY’S SUV HE HAD BEEN DRIVING, STOPPED RUNNING DUE TO TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS.
    THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO BACK PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTERS’ PLAN TO DEVELOP A SLIDING-SCALE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC AT GILBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.   COUNCIL AGREED TO PROVIDE A “LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION” FOR THE PROJECT… AS THE HEALTH CARE AGENCY SEEKS A 650-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT FOR THE PROJECT.  FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED, THE CLINIC WOULD CHARGE A FEE OF $25 FOR ANY SERVICES RENDERED.   REPRESENTATIVES OF PRIMARY HEALTH TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS IS VERY COMPETITIVE… BUT IF ONE IS AWARDED, IT IS LIKELY TO BE RENEWED IN EACH SUCCEEDING YEAR OF OPERATION.

*   A SHOOTING DEATH IN RINGGOLD LAST FRIDAY… FIRST REPORTED AS AN INTRUDER WHO WAS SHOT INSIDE A HOME… IS NOW BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A CALCULATED CASE OF MURDER.
    30 YEAR OLD NATALIA ROBERTS OF LAFAYETTE WAS SHOT AND KILLED INSIDE THE HOME ON SMOKETREE CIRCLE IN RINGGOLD… WHILE THE OWNER WAS AWAY AT WORK.  HE DID NOT KNOW THE SHOOTING VICTIM… BUT WAS A FORMER BOYFRIEND OF THE ALLEGED FEMALE SHOOTER, WHO OCCASIONALLY STAYED AT HIS HOME. 
    THE CATOOSA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NOW SAYS ROBERTS AND HER TWO CHILDREN WERE LURED THERE… AND SHE WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY 37 YEAR OLD CATHERINE GOINS, OF HIXSON, TENNESSEE.
    GOINS REPORTEDLY WANTED MS. ROBERTS’ CHILDREN.  THE MOTHER WAS DRAWN TO THE RINGGOLD RESIDENCE WITH “A PROMISE TO GIVE HER CLOTHES FOR HER CHILDREN”… ACCORDING TO SHERIFF GARY SISK.  THE TWO WOMEN HAD JUST MET ON THE MORNING OF THE SHOOTING.  AFTER THE MOTHER WAS KILLED, GOINS REPORTEDLY TOOK THE KIDS AND FLED IN HER CAR.  THE CHILDREN WERE UNHARMED. 
    GOINS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MALICE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, TEMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARMS DURING COMMISSION OF A CRIME.  INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE GOINS WAS FAKING A PREGNANCY TO “GET A BOYFRIEND BACK”.  SHE APPARENTLY WANTED TO CONVINCE THE MAN THAT HE WAS THE FATHER OF THE 3-WEEK OLD BABY SHE HAD TAKEN FROM THE SLAIN MOTHER.

*   THE DIXIE GROUP OF CHATTANOOGA HAS PURCHASED A CHICKAMAUGA CARPET-MAKING BUSINESS.
    BURTCO ENTERPRISES IS A PROVIDER OF TAPISTRON CYP SOFT FLOORCOVERING AND OTHER RELATED CARPET PRODUCTS FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY.  THE COMPANY WAS STARTED IN 1978. 
    THE DIXIE GROUP WILL REPORTEDLY HIRE MOST OF BURTCO’S EMPLOYEES TO CONTINUE THE TUFTING OPERATION, LOCATED AT 601 LEE AVENUE IN CHICKAMAUGA.

*   CITIZENS HAVE A SHORT TIME LEFT TO REGISTER - TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR’S NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.
    THERE ARE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT FEDERAL AND STATE RACES… PLUS A LOCAL SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES REFERENDUM IN WALKER COUNTY.
    REGISTER AT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE, ROOM 110 AT THE WALKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.   THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th.
    ADVANCE VOTING WILL OPEN THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, OCTOBER 13th.

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