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*   A TEEN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AN ATV ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT IN LAFAYETTE, SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
    THE 14 YEAR OLD BOY LOST CONTROL ON UNEVEN GROUND, FELL OFF THE ‘SIDE-BY-SIDE’ VEHICLE AND IT THEN ROLLED OVER ON TOP OF HIM, ACCORDING TO LAFAYETTE POLICE.  HE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET… AND FAMILY AT THE SCENE PERFORMED CPR UNTIL MEDICS ARRIVED.
    IT HAPPENED ON FOSTER BOULEVARD NEAR THE POST OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE.  LIFEFORCE LANDED ON THE 27 BYPASS TO TAKE THE INJURED VICTIM TO ERLANGER.

*   THE GBI IS LOOKING INTO A REPORT THAT “INAPPROPRIATE PICTURES” WERE SENT TO STUDENTS AT GORDON LEE HIGH SCHOOL, BY A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER.
    MELODY DAY OF THE CHICKAMAUGA CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM SAID THE INCIDENT HAS BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION THIS WEEK - BUT THE FEMALE SUBSTITUTE… WHO HAS NOT BEEN NAMED… IS NOT CHARGED WITH A CRIME AT THIS POINT.

*   THE POPULATION IS GROWING IN THE CHATTANOOGA METRO… BUT WALKER AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES ARE BUCKING THAT TREND.
    IN 2016, STATISTICS SHOW THAT WALKER COUNTY LOST 157 CITIZENS… WHILE CHATTOOGA LOST 540.   FOR BOTH, THAT’S A DECLINE IN POPULATION OF ZERO-POINT-2-PERCENT.
    DADE, CATOOSA AND WHITFIELD COUNTIES ALL RECORDED GAINS IN POPULATION LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WILL HOST THE CHAMBER’S “ONE-WALKER” LUNCHEON MEETING THIS MONTH… ON TUESDAY, MARCH 28th.   IT STARTS AT 11:30 AM AT THE GOLF COURSE CLUBHOUSE.  GET RESERVATIONS AT THE CHAMBER’S WEBSITE BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

*   AFTER TWO MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL AND REHAB… RECOVERING FIRE CHIEF MATTHEW MANN GOT TO GO HOME, THURSDAY.
    THE DRIVER WHO CROSSED THE CENTER AND HIT THE CHIEF’S VEHICLE HEAD-ON BACK IN JANUARY, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DUI AND OTHER OFFENSES.  THE WRECK HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 27 NEAR ROCK SPRING.
    AS HIS RECOVERY PROGRESSES, CHIEF MANN PLANS TO BE “BACK TO WORK” AT THE WALKER STATE PRISON FIRE DEPARTMENT, IN A FEW MONTHS.

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE MADE MORE ARRESTS IN THE ROSSVILLE AREA ON WEDNESDAY.
    THEY FOUND METH AND DIGITAL SCALES AT ONE RESIDENCE… AND ARRESTED A FATHER AND SON… 52 YEAR OLD JOHN STEPHENSON DOLLAR AND 30 YEAR OLD JOHN STEVENSON FLORES… BOTH CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION.
    AT ANOTHER ROSSVILLE RESIDENCE, THEY FOUND METH PACKAGED FOR RESALE… AND ARRESTED 43 YEAR OLD RICHARD DEAN CLARK ON DRUG AND FIREARM POSSESSION CHARGES.

*   LOCAL LEGISLATION CALLING FOR A VOTE ON A MULTI-MEMBER BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR WALKER COUNTY HAS BEEN DRAFTED.  SB 292, AS OFFERED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS… CALLS FOR A LOCAL VOTE ON THE ISSUE IN NOVEMBER, 2018.
    IF APPROVED BY VOTERS, THE 1939 ACT PROVIDING WALKER COUNTY A SOLE COMMISSIONER WILL BE STRUCK DOWN… AND A NEW COMMISSION WILL BE FORMED.
    NEXT YEAR’S BALLOT WILL ASK “YES OR NO… SHALL THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF WALKER COUNTY BE CHANGED FROM A SOLE COMMISSIONER TO A FIVE MEMBER BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WITH THE CHAIRPERSON ELECTED AT-LARGE… AND FOUR COMMISSIONERS ELECTED BY DISTRICT?”
    IF APPROVED BY VOTERS, THE FIRST BOARD MEMBERS WOULD THEN BE ELECTED IN NOVEMBER, 2020.  DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS WILL BE PART-TIME WITH A SALARY OF $12-THOUSAND PER YEAR.  FOUR NEW DISTRICTS WILL BE FORMED AND THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS MUST LIVE IN THEIR HOME DISTRICT TO QUALIFY.
    THE CHAIRPERSON WILL BE FULL-TIME AT THE HIGHEST PAY-LEVEL OF ANY COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIAL… AND WILL BE ELECTED BY VOTERS COUNTY-WIDE. 
    THE LOCAL LEGISLATION CALLING FOR THE VOTE, IS EXPECTED TO PASS DURING THIS SESSION OF THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

*   THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS BOOMING RIGHT NOW, IN WALKER COUNTY.
    DELIVERY OF A GIGANTIC STEEL PRESS WAS MADE TO ROPER CORPORATION RECENTLY… AND ANOTHER PRESS WILL SOON BE DELIVERED TO UNIQUE FABRICATING IN LAFAYETTE.   BOTH INDUSTRIES ARE CURRENTLY HIRING.
    THE ROPER PRESS WAS BROUGHT UP IN SECTIONS FROM THE PORT OF SAVANNAH, ACCORDING TO THE STATE D.O.T.   THE LOW SPEED MOVEMENTS WERE MADE AT NIGHT TO AVOID TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES.
    “ROPER IS WELL ABOVE 1,600 EMPLOYEES AND IS HIRING CONTINUOUSLY”, ACCORDING TO DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR, LARRY BROOKS.   “THE GROWTH IN HOUSING STARTS IS PERFECT FOR THEIR BUSINESS… PROVIDING NEW HOMES WITH KITCHEN RANGES”.
    ON ANOTHER PROJECT, PLASTICS MAKER AUDIA INTERNATIONAL HAS ASKED THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO SPEAK TO STATE TRANSPORTATION LEADERS ABOUT THEIR NEED FOR TWO NEW RAILROAD SPURS TO SERVICE THE PLANT IN THE NOBLE INDUSTRIAL PARK.   AUDIA REPORTEDLY HAS A NEW PRODUCTION LINE GOING IN, AS WELL… ACCORDING TO BROOKS.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY TAG OFFICE WAS SECOND IN THE STATE, IN A RECENT COMPETITION TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF WILDLIFE PLATES.
    ACCORDING TO CHIEF DEPUTY TAX COMMISSIONER KAREN WALKER, A “CELEBRATING WILDLIFE DAY” WILL BE HELD AT THE TAX OFFICE IN ROCK SPRING ON THURSDAY, APRIL 6th FROM 11 AM UNTIL 2 PM.
    REAL ANIMALS THAT ARE FEATURED ON THE GEORGIA WILDLIFE PLATES WILL BE THERE, COURTESY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILDLIFE RESOURCE DIVISION… INCLUDING A BALD EAGLE, GOPHER TORTOISE, AN OWL, AN INDIGO SNAKE AND A HAWK.   CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY WELCOMED TO SEE THE ANIMALS LIVE AND ‘CLOSE UP’. 
    THAT’S “CELEBRATING WILDLIFE DAY” AT THE TAX OFFICE IN ROCK SPRING… ON THURSDAY, APRIL 6th FROM 11 AM UNTIL 2 PM.

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE MADE ARRESTS IN LAFAYETTE AND ROSSVILLE ON MONDAY.
    27 YEAR OLD GEORGE AUTHUR LINK WAS ARRESTED AT A BRADLEY AVENUE RESIDENCE IN LAFAYETTE, AFTER A PAROLE VISIT.   DTF OFFICERS CHARGED HIM WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, USE OF A PHONE IN THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY AND FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION.
    IN ROSSVILLE, THREE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS FROM CHATTANOOGA WERE ARRESTED AT A HOUSE ON LINER STREET.   THE DRUG TASK FORCE PARTICIPATED IN THE RAID, ALONG WITH FEDERAL AGENTS AND CHATTANOOGA POLICE.  THEY RECOVERED A LARGE QUANTITY OF “MOLLY”… WHICH IS STREET SLANG FOR POWDERED AMPHETAMINE.   TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THAT DRUG IS A RARE FIND IN THIS AREA.
    IN ADDITION TO THE AMPHETAMINE COUNT… SEVERAL OTHER CHARGES WERE LEVELED AGAINST 21 YEAR OLD MONIQUE ANN CAL.   TWO OTHERS WERE ARRESTED AT THE RESIDENCE… XAVIER MONTRELL HARRIS WAS CHARGED WITH MARIJUANA POSSESSION BY THE TASK FORCE… AND ORLANDO ARTEZ WATKINS WAS PICKED UP BY CHATTANOOGA POLICE AS A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE THERE.   DOYLE SAID ALL THREE ARE GANG MEMBERS FROM CHATTANOOGA.   HE ADDED “IT’S PRETTY COMMON THESE DAYS TO FIND CRIMINALS FROM CHATTANOOGA ‘HIDING OUT’ IN THE ROSSVILLE AREA”.

*   LAFAYETTE’S RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING ADULT PROGRAMS IN KICKBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND ULTIMATE FRISBEE.   REGISTRATION RANGES FROM $100 TO $150 PER TEAM… AND THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 10th.   STOP BY THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ADULT KICKBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND ULTIMATE FRISBEE.   THEIR NUMBER IS 706 639 1590.

*   APRIL 22nd IS “EARTH DAY”… AND LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCILMAN CHRIS DAVIS ENCOURAGED FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO PROMOTE A CITY-WIDE CLEANUP DAY IN EACH WARD.
    DAVIS SAID HE HAS ALREADY TALKED TO SOME CHURCHES IN HIS WARD… AND SAID “PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT IT”.   VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT CITY HALL WITH THEIR WILLINGNESS TO VOLUNTEER FOR ROADSIDE AND OTHER CLEANUP PROJECTS IN LAFAYETTE, ON “EARTH DAY”… SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd.

*   THE GEORGIA STATE VETERINARIAN HAS ISSUED A “STOP MOVEMENT” ORDER FOR ALL POULTRY AND FOWL, DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF BIRD FLU IN ALABAMA AND TENNESSEE.
    THE ORDER MEANS NO POULTRY OR FOWL CAN BE SOLD AT FLEA MARKETS… AND ALL POULTRY SHOWS HAVE BEEN PUT “ON HOLD”.
    THOSE WITH BACKYARD CHICKENS OR OTHER FOWL SHOULD USE BIO-SECURITY.   THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE SUDDEN DEATH OF POULTRY OR FOWL SHOULD CONTACT THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AT (855) 491-1432.

*   APPLICATIONS FOR WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL’S PRE-K PROGRAM WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 31st… FOR THIS YEAR’S PRE-K LOTTERY DRAWING ON APRIL 19th.
    APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND THE A.E.C. STARTING MARCH 1st.   CHILDREN MUST BE RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND HAVE A BIRTH DATE BETWEEN SEPT. 2, 2012 AND SEPT. 1, 2013.


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