2014
12.17

A wreck around 7 PM Saturday night claimed the life of 66-year-old Daniel Ellis Jeter of Ringgold. The accident occurred at the notorious intersection of highway 27 and GA 151 near the Walker/Chattooga line.

December 13 Wreck / Hwy 27 & GA 151

GSP investigators say the deadly wreck was caused by a LaFayette woman, Ashley Romans, who ran the stop sign on 151 and t-boned Jeter’s car. Jeter’s vehicle also hit another car, but its occupants were relatively unharmed.

Romans is expected to face charges from the accident.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

More stupid kids stealing from their families:

    Tim BrumlowWQCH Radio, 12/13/14: “ANOTHER CASE OF THEFT FROM A RELATIVE NETTED AN ARREST THIS WEEK. POLICE CHARGED 17 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY LEVI BRUMNLOW [sic] WITH THEFT BY TAKING IN THE CASE.
    “ON NOVEMBER 22nd, A RELATIVE REPORTED THAT THE YOUNG MAN WAS DOING SOME WORK AT HER HOUSE ON MOORE AVENUE. WHEN SHE RETURNED, HER PURSE WAS MISSING.
    “SHE TOLD POLICE SHE WENT TO ANOTHER RELATIVE’S RESIDENCE WHERE BRUMNLOW WAS STAYING AND CONFRONTED HIM, BUT HE DENIED STEALING THE PURSE. WHEN HE LEFT THE ROOM, SHE SAID SHE LOOKED IN HIS ROOM AND FOUND HER PURSE UNDER HIS BED. IT CONTAINED PRESCRIPTIONS, CHECKS AND A DEBIT CARD.
    “POLICE OBTAINED AN ARREST WARRANT AND PICKED BRUMNLOW UP, ON MONDAY.”   Tiny Facebook

Christy Sharp, who was in the news recently for stealing a car, got herself arrested again 12/7 for drug possession.

Christy Sharp

Sharp was commenting on LU Facebook over the weekend, making fun of a Linwood neighbor arrested for.. drugs.   Tiny Facebook

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2014
12.13

Tuesday Bi-Lo’s corporate parent gave Stocking Full of Love a check for $2,500 – despite warnings that the Sheriff’s Office-based organization isn’t a legitimate nonprofit and misuses a portion of the funding it receives.

Stocking Full of Love Bi-Lo Donation / Wilson & Coker

All the honest, legitimate charities in Walker County they could give to, and they pick one that isn’t honest OR legitimate.

Does SFL actually buy toys for kids? Yes, and they gave out quite a few today.

But the organization could help more if its leaders, Sheriff Wilson, Deputy Coker, and others, didn’t take money off the top for their own purposes. They also lie when asked if SFL is a legitimate tax-deductible charity, and Coker has in the past made threats against those who attempted to find out where the money actually goes.

Stocking Full of Love Check 940

If you can’t give the Sheriff $20 for a kid to get a Christmas present and trust that all $20 goes to the kids, why is he still Sheriff? Talk about having a low standard.

(BUT Bi-Lo is covered now if they decide to open a gambling operation inside any of their Walker County stores.)   Tiny Facebook

Speaking of law enforcement Christmas charities..

Shop With a Cop at Walmart 2014

Shop With a Cop shopping, this morning at Walmart.

(For those asking about signing up for Christmas help for their kids now: you’re too late. Christmas tends to come at the same time every year, maybe buy a calendar and mark it for 2015 so you ask ahead of time.)   Tiny Facebook

Also today: teams from all of Walker County’s elementary and middle schools have met at Saddle Ridge for a day of Lego robot competition.

Lego Robot Competition Preview

First annual event started at 8:30 AM and lasts until 4 this afternoon.

Students use Lego robots to learn math and programming; This robotics and programming type stuff, on a much higher level, is what GA School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods is proposing as an alternate to math requirements for high school graduation.   Tiny Facebook

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2014
12.11

Two idiots driving around with no brake lights got pulled over last week. LPD found the vehicle’s tag didn’t match the vehicle it was on, and both yahoos allegedly had a ton of drugs on their persons.

Arrested were Rodney Cameron Wyatt Jr., age 17, and LaFayette’s favorite criminal, Chance Ellison.

Chance Ellison

Ellison is a good boy who’s previously been involved, or allegedly involved, in arson, drugs, burglary, and rape. Mr. Wyatt is apparently new on the adult criminal scene, but will become a pro quickly if he continues to associate with Ellison and the kinds of drugs police say they were caught with.   Tiny Facebook

Summer: County is broke, we need to raise taxes.
Fall: Taxes go up, bills mailed out.
Next year: County spends millions on new buildings.
Rinse, repeat.

Here’s a quick drive-around of the county’s new office building:

Remember, this will cost Walker County taxpayers $60,000 a year for the next fifteen years. The original stated purpose of this massive facility is to make space for two new tax assessors.

(Can we start referring to those as “bribe-thru windows” now, or should we wait until the building is open?)   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Shortly after 11 Monday night Erlanger LifeForce was called to a field off Lake Howard Rd, responding to an accident involving a pickup truck.

Wreck on Lake Howard Rd December 8

Per those on the scene, a green Ford Ranger with a single occupant ended up on its top. The occupant of the vehicle had to be cut free; family members he was “banged up a little” and is doing fine.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

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2014
12.08

Commissioner Heiskell says she’s finalizing a deal to pay $60,000 a year in RENT for the closed Covenant Bank building in Rock Spring.

Covenant Bank Building Interior

Lease arrangement, which will last fifteen years and eventually give the county ownership in the distressed property, would more than cover the annual salary of a deputy or fire fighter, or allow each county library branch to hire one new employee.

    WQCH Radio, 12/05/14: “COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID WEDNESDAY, IT APPEARS THE WAY HAS BEEN CLEARED FOR WALKER COUNTY TO LEASE-PURCHASE THE FORMER STEARNS BANK BUILDING AT ROCK SPRING.
    “THE COUNTY PLANS TO MOVE THE TAX COMMISSIONER, PLANNING AND ZONING AND TAX ASSESSORS OFFICES OUT OF ANNEX 3, THE FORMER KITCHENS CLINIC ON SOUTH MAIN IN LAFAYETTE, TO THE EMPTY STEARNS BANK BUILDING. DUE TO RECURRING MOLD AND DAMPNESS PROBLEMS, HEISKELL SAID THE PRESENT LOCATION IS ‘NOT SAFE FOR THE EMPLOYEES’ AND THEY ARE ANXIOUS TO MOVE TO THE MORE MODERN AND CENTRALLY-LOCATED OFFICE SPACE.
    “HEISKELL SAID STEARNS HAS AGREED TO 15 YEARS OF LEASE-PURCHASE PAYMENTS FROM THE COUNTY, AT A RATE OF $4 PER SQUARE FOOT. ‘THAT’S A GREAT DEAL’, HEISKELL SAID. THE AGREEMENT HAS NOT YET BEEN FORMALLY ACCEPTED BY THE COUNTY. ‘WE’LL DO THAT IN A PUBLIC MEETING’, SHE SAID.
    “HEISKELL TOLD WQCH NEWS THAT THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN THE KITCHENS CLINIC ANNEX BUILDING, AND SHE SAID ‘IF THEY REQUEST IT, I’LL BE GLAD TO GIVE IT TO THEM.. THEY CAN FIX IT UP OVER TIME’.”

That $60,000 annual figure comes from Heiskell’s statement of $4 per square foot. Normally that’s an annual rate, and the building is 15,000 sqf per news reports from the time it was built, which works out to $60k a year – or $900,000 over the fifteen years.

One good thing about it: if you go in that mansion to pay your taxes, there won’t be any doubt in your mind why they had to go up.   Tiny Facebook

A federal judge has postponed the January foreclosure of Hutcheson until a court appeal filed by Hutcheson from another case is completed. That appeal could take months, or years.

Hutcheson Aerial View

Eventually the appeal will fail and foreclosure will move forward – even the hospital’s CEO says it only “buys them time” not delays the inevitable. (A little more time for him to continue running the ship aground while still being paid.)

If foreclosure is delayed indefinitely, no bank or business will ever lend Hutcheson another dime again because they’ll have no guarantee – or even a good chance – of getting their money back.

Meanwhile Hutcheson is reopening its OBGYN/maternity/pediatric services that closed a year ago. But they shut down the walk-in urgent care clinic on Battlefield Parkway.

The only consistency Hutcheson leadership can claim is consistency in bad decision-making.   Tiny Facebook

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2014
12.05

Monday at 10 AM LaFayette’s expanded Duke Street library reopened to the public, receiving almost universally rave reviews.

New Library Interior

The opening took place more than three years after the library closed and relocated to a closed grocery store on North Main; that temporary site for a while risked becoming the library’s permanent home when renovations shut down for over six months because of county budget shenanigans. (Ultimately library renovations became a political pawn and were only finished after the Sole Commissioner got her SPLOST tax renewed and finally delivered funds promised from a previous SPLOST cycle.)

Opponents of library renovation, and of library funding in general, have claimed the service is only used by the homeless and has no purpose in the Internet age, but on Monday over 800 items were checked out – mostly by people who have jobs, pay taxes, and live in houses.

Current library hours are Mon 10-6, Tue 10-5, Thu 10-7, and Fri 10-4.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Ringgold woman, 43-year-old Christine Evelyn Baughman, arrested for abusing her 11-year-old son. The boy, who was allegedly beaten -beyond spanked- with a belt, was adopted from the Ukraine a year ago along with a brother. Both boys have been taken into care while authorities investigate.

Dr. Henry & Christine Baughman

Baughman and her pediatrician husband, Dr. Henry Baughman, are owners and employees of Promise Pediatrics in Ringgold.

Lawyers representing the couple released a statement denying the abuse. Per their press release, Ms. Baughman “..wants to assure the community that she is innocent of these allegations that have been made against her.”   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

It’s that time of year… Another day, another house fire.

December 4 Broomtown Rd House Fire

Home destroyed yesterday at 2482 E. Broomtown. No injuries reported.   Tiny Facebook

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