Shannon Whitfield’s money and insider support dominated the commissioner race, with 72% of the vote, in a year with record turnout.

Whitfield - They Bought It

Whitfield did best in Mountain precinct and received the least support from voters in Kensington, but his percentage of the vote didn’t dip below 63% in any precinct.

Scrappy independent outsider Perry Lamb finished the race in second, ahead of last-place loser incumbent Bebe Heiskell. Heiskell didn’t get more than 19% support in any voting precinct in the county, and even her normal area of strength – nursing home absentee ballots – went to Whitfield 3 to 1.

Perry Lamb’s strongest support came from Kensington and LaFayette where he got nearly a quarter of the vote, but still a disappointingly low result considering he lives right here in town on Bradley Avenue.

ARMUCHEE VALLEY 574 (72.66%) 145 (18.35%) 71 (8.99%) 790
CENTER POST 887 (71.53%) 244 (19.68%) 109 (8.79%) 1,240
CHATT VALLEY 2,807 (76.07%) 452 (12.25%) 431 (11.68%) 3,690
CHICKAMAUGA 3,076 (75.97%) 421 (10.40%) 552 (13.63%) 4,049
FAIRVIEW 1,130 (76.40%) 153 (10.34%) 196 (13.25%) 1,479
FAIRYLAND 633 (74.73%) 53 (6.26%) 161 (19.01%) 847
KENSINGTON 562 (63.72%) 186 (21.09%) 134 (15.19%) 882
LAFAYETTE 2,208 (66.19%) 810 (24.28%) 318 (9.53%) 3,336
MOUNTAIN 569 (78.37%) 86 (11.85%) 71 (9.78%) 726
ROCK SPRING 2,757 (73.36%) 601 (15.99%) 400 (10.64%) 3,758
ROSSVILLE 2,158 (71.29%) 352 (11.63%) 517 (17.08%) 3,027
TOTALS 17,361 (72.87%) 3,503 (14.70%) 2,960 (12.42%) 23,824

Voter turnout set a record, both in early voting (13,000+ ballots cast) and overall turnout. 24,509 of the county’s 32,951 registered active voters clicked the button for at least one candidate or issue on the ballot.

(Not every voter participated in the commissioner race. Overall turnout of 24,509 is greater than the 23,824 who cast a ballot for commissioner. 23,939 cast a ballot for president. Presumably some voters showed up and just voted for commissioner, and others only voted for president.)

Shannon Whitfield RaceCongratulations to Team Whitfield for their overwhelming election victory.

Congrats also to Whitfield’s corporate donors, who will profit from his administration at taxpayer expense.

Congratulations to the Walker County Republican Party, which ignores Whitfield’s ethical shortcomings (as it ignored Heiskell’s for 16 years) in return for keeping control over the commissioner office.

Congratulations to Bobby Teems, who (as during the campaign) will direct Whitfield’s words and actions while he’s in office.

Congratulations to Whitfield Oil Company, now guaranteed another “generation” of profits on the backs of county citizens.

Congratulations to Bebe Heiskell and her entourage who now will avoid prosecution for their misdeeds since Whitfield has already vowed not to conduct an independent investigative audit that would uncover abuses.

Congratulations to opponents of a multi-member commission government, who will never again have to worry about that concept becoming a reality in Walker County.

Congratulations to those, like Ales Campell and Mike Cameron, who were once allied with we malcontents who fought to turn the county around, who sold out their values and souls for a promised piece of the action on Whitfield’s fake advisory boards.

And deepest sympathies to the Walker County voters who have once again been led down the wrong road like sheep to the slaughter, smiling all the way.

Hope you enjoy another generation of broken, corrupt local government.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Perry Lamb concedes to Whitfield after running a clean race.

Better to lose with your head held high than win through shenanigans.   Tiny Facebook

This dry summer has resulted in more woods fires than normal, to say the least.

Woods Fire / Wells Lane Villanow - November 10 2016

In October, the state responded to 200 times as many wildfires as the monthly average across five years.

Monday there were 28 new forest fires in Georgia. 19 were reported on Sunday. One blaze in Cohutta has now burned 10,000 acres. Tennessee is also battling a number of large fires, including one in Harrison that required an evacuation.

Another wildfire was called in Thursday for Walker County, this one on Wells Lane off 136 in Villanow. That fire only burned about an acre of land but created a lot of black smoke because of trash and tires on the property.

The National Forestry Service has banned fires of all kinds, including grilling, from all of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

But fires aren’t just being caused by flames or cigarettes – hot vehicle exhausts, sparks from equipment – anything hot enough can start a forest fire in these conditions.

Maybe hold off on wearing corduroy pants until we get some rain.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Carl Todd BrowningEric Shon Burke was recently arrested in Walker with drugs and stolen property from Alabama, but a suspected partner in crime – Carl Todd Browning [depicted] – is still on the run.

Both are allegedly involved in a multi-state theft ring.

If you see Mr. Browning or know where he is, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 706 638-1909.   Tiny Facebook

Amendment 1, the state’s school takeover amendment, is dead.

The measure was rejected by a wide majority of Georgia voters, even as the state’s other three proposed Constitutional Amendments were approved.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, which supplies gasoline to much of the east coast, reopened Sunday morning.

Fuel supplies should be back to normal all over the country.   Tiny Facebook

Hoyt Williams

World War II veteran Hoyt Williams, who works for Walmart in Trion, turned 93 this week.

Yesterday he was flown to Walmart’s HQ in Arkansas to be recognized for his service to the country, as part of the retailer’s Veterans Day commemoration.

Williams served as an army engineer in WW II, both in Europe and Japan.

The onetime mayor of Trion has worked for Walmart for 29 years and is still a full time employee.

Sounds like he’s most deserving of recognition.   Tiny Facebook

Cops called out for a domestic violence complaint leave with the woman in custody for victimizing a man.


Is this a “man bites dog” type story?

Plus: Walker arrests, October 27-November 2.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

New LaFayette Library

LaFayette library is adding a Lego Robotics course, set to begin in January.

Registration for teens/tweens runs through December 19th but there’s only room for nine kids to participate.   Tiny Facebook

Turner Family Adoption / GA DFCS

Congrats to the Turner family for completing multiple adoptions back in September.

(We’ve had this marked to share forever and just never got around to it.)   Tiny Facebook

Serpentfoot in 2015

Serpentfoot is back in the news, trying again to get her name changed to a long string of words.

The octogenarian from Chattooga County was previously denied two attempts to adopt names containing 36 and 68 different words; now she’s in another court asking for a name 101 words long.

If she’s somehow successful this time, hopefully she’ll then run for office so we can see her names on a campaign sign.   Tiny Facebook

Feeling down in the dumps lately?

Maybe it’s because of the time change.

(Or just the election. Who knows.)   Tiny Facebook

More of LaFayette’s past, from Picnooga:

Navy Sailor In 1910s - Picnooga

Navy sailor in LaFayette, about 100 years back.   Tiny Facebook

Have you ever been hassled, harassed, or outright stalked while out of the south for having a southern accent?

Apparently “Dialect Stalking” is a real thing now.   Tiny Facebook

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  1. Please, do not imply that Walker County’s outgoing Commissioner, Mrs. Bebe Heiskell, has been involved in any illegal activities during her tenure as Walker County’s sole Commissioner for multiple terms without giving a full accounting of precisely why such allegations were made, in a public format. When lies are told and no proof has been given, the LIE remains in the mind(s) of the citizens, NOT THE TRUTH!
    An honest public servant who accompliahed everything that actsMrs. Heiskell DID accomplish deserves better than for a voter, or voters who has knowledge of wrongful actions to state facts of what these implied illegal actions were before the publisher’s of this statement were unprofessional enough to put this in writing!
    Any county which operates with a single commissioner having full access to very large amounts of money, coming through the commissioner’s office from local, state and federal funds can indeed be tempted to be overly generous to his or her friends. This is one of the reasons that Mrs. Heiskell wanted, and was in favor of a Board of Commisoner’s.
    I have spoken with several people who were unhappy with Mrs. Heiskell because she said “NO” to some of their frivilous requests, thus putting her at odds with them because she had the power to indulge their requests but opted not to do so because, as she once stated, “this is the County’s money, not a slush fund for the proverbial “good ol’ boys.” Regarding Mr Whitfield’s vested business interests in Walker County, I have heard some asking what he will do with them before he takes office. I must confess that I was under the impression that the owner of Whitfield Oil had to legally divest himself of any and all personal business interests in Walker County prior to even being able to serve as the top governing county officer, and control its’ money, before taking office. A local landowner said that having the power over the money was why he wanted the job in the first place.
    I most certainly do not know if this is factual or not. It is not wise to lend creedence to such gossip.I have only one question for our new commissioner. Walker County is not a tiny county. There is a large part of Walker County situated on the east side of Taylor’s Ridge, encompassing an area from there to Whitfield County to the North, to Gordon County to the East, and to Dade County to the South.
    When Mrs Heiskell took office, there were 2 (TWO) Walker County Sheriffs Deputys to cover this entire area!!! She stated that she wanted to see hired the number of new Deputys corresponding to the population of this land area, and the calls for officer response in it. As of four years ago, perhaps even closer to 2016 than that, there were still TWO Deputys. My question is: ” How many Sheriff’s Deputys NOW cover this area ? I was told that more were to be hired when the new East Armuchee Community Center located approximately 1.5 miles from the intersection of Hwy 136 and Hwy 201 in Villanow, was completed. The last time I conversed with one of the Deputys, he said more were badly needed, and NO, that large, expensive building did not have any deputys stationed there, because, you guessed correctly, no other officers had been hired. IF there are no more than two Deputys now, that is a crying shame, and I would love to hear a logical reason for this, from the new commisioner. If more officers were needed, as confirmed by a deputy when I last spoke with one of them about the matter, why have more not been hired? Please, do not insult me by stating that the county cannot afford them. Based upon their meager pay, that would indicate a terribly poor county, and that is not an acceptable answer. The roads around Villanow are reminiscent of a race track, quite often. Thanks for your answer.

    Most Respectfully,
    Debra G. Palmer

  2. Every County has its resident Idiots, who manifest their presence usually in defence of things they do not understand, supporting people they “think are nice” and have no clue as to the poloticians honesty or motivations.
    Apparently Walker County has more than its share….and has now elected “more of the same \, just with with a different name”.

  3. Sorry to be so full of misspelled words in my earlier message. Spell check in this prison is not as effective as on the outside!
    But still beats your place on “Straight Intestine” Road!
    Tell Bebe we got a cell ready for her!

  4. I hate the time change! It is depressing!

  5. Walker Counties Finest have won again. Let me give you a tax lesson on our retired probate judge, that gets a pension from walker county. She spends her money in chattooga county. I have taken several pictures of the rude couple shopping at wal-mart in trion at least twice weekly. Their buggy is always full. So why don’t she put that money in the county she was so proud of. Funny

  6. She goes to the church on south 151 that wears the rubber bands around their wrist. (We flip it, if we talk about people.) I wonder how many blisters she has. The church caters to the crooks and rich of walker county. They don’t do anything for their community. I know families that are in great need in their community. But you won’t catch nobody from that church that will help.The only thing they will do is talk about them and put them down. The baptist association needs to investigate some of these churches. I think that church needs to be closed. Even their preacher quit one time because they were wrong doings going on. I don’t know how they got him back, I guess they promised him a piece of their pie. It turned me against churches and God. Because if God lets people like this take over the churches, I don’t want nothing to do with God. He teaches HATE.