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UPDATE:   THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO A SUSPICIOUS DEATH, REPORTED MONDAY NIGHT AT A RESIDENCE NEAR SUMMERVILLE.
    AT 10 PM MONDAY, RENEE LANHAM OF A BUTLER DAIRY ROAD ADDRESS REPORTED HER HUSBAND, EDWARD EARL “EDDIE” LANHAM, HAD BEEN FOUND DECEASED IN THEIR RESIDENCE.  THE GBI IS ASSISTING IN THE INVESTIGATION.
    THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE DEATH TO CALL (706) 857 3411 AND ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATOR.

*   LAW OFFICERS SEARCHED FOR A MAN WHO SHOT OUT A CAR WINDOW IN THE GOODY’S PARKING LOT ON PEARL DRIVE IN LAFAYETTE.  IT WAS REPORTED AT AROUND 2 PM MONDAY.
    THE MAN WAS DESCRIBED AS 6’ 1” TALL WITH RED HAIR, WEARING A GREEN MOSSY OAK T-SHIRT.  OFFICERS WERE SEARCHING IN WOODS NEAR THE SCENE.  THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES.

*   HEAVY EQUIPMENT PULLED DOWN THE REMAINS OF THE LADEAN SHOP IN ROSSVILLE MONDAY NIGHT.
    PART OF THE STRUCTURE HAD FALLEN INTO HIGHWAY 27, LEAVING AN UNSIGHTLY SHELL OF A BUILDING STANDING FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  THE BRICK STRUCTURE WAS LAST USED AS A BINGO HALL… AND CITY OF ROSSVILLE OFFICIALS HAD TRIED TO GET THE OWNER TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE. 
    ON ROSSVILLE’S SOCIAL MEDIA, A POST STATED:  “WHILE WE ARE SAD TO SEE A PIECE OF OUR HISTORY COME DOWN, WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS SITE… IT’S TIME TO REBUILD OUR CITY, PARCEL BY PARCEL.   THE CITY OF ROSSVILLE AND ITS CITIZENS WILL NO LONG STAND FOR NEGLIGENT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS THAT STIFLE GROWTH”.

*   LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING PARADE IS SET FOR THURSDAY, SEPT. 28th AT 5:30 PM… LEAVING THIS YEAR FROM THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL.
    IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE A FLOAT, VEHICLE OR WALKERS IN THE PARADE, BE SURE TO FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE.   NO FOUR-WHEELERS, GO-CARTS OR HORSES WILL BE ALLOWED.   THROWING CANDY FROM FLOATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
    FOLLOWING THE PARADE, THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY PEP RALLY AT JOE STOCK PARK.

*   LAFAYETTE CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID WORKERS HAVE STARTED INSTALLING THE NEW 110-FOOT DOCK AT QUEEN CITY LAKE.
    LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR WORK ON THE FLOATING DOCK SEGMENTS.   WHEN THOSE ARE IN THE WATER AND ATTACHED TO THE PILINGS, THE STRUCTURE WILL HAVE TO BE “DECKED”.
    THE NEW DOCK IS BEING INSTALLED NEXT TO THE BOAT LAUNCH RAMP NEAR THE DAM, ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE.

*   A JUVENILE WAS CHARGED AFTER WITNESSES SAY HE STARTED A BRUSH FIRE ON CHURCH STREET, OFF OF SOUTH CHATTANOOGA. 
    THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WALKER STATE FIREMEN FOUGHT THE BLAZE FOR TWO HOURS, AFTER IT SPREAD DOWN THE RAILROAD TRACKS TO THE AIRPORT RUNWAY.  
    “PLAYING WITH MATCHES” WAS LISTED AS THE CAUSE OF THE RUN-AWAY BRUSH FIRE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES IS LOOKING FOR “SECRET SANTAS” TO MAKE CHRISTMAS BETTER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN THEY SERVE.
    YOU’LL GET A “WISH LIST” TO SHOP BY… OR YOU CAN MAKE A CASH CONTRIBUTION AND DFCS VOLUNTEERS WILL DO THE SHOPPING.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT JENNIFER MCDONALD AT (423) 413 2360.

*   ALL GOOD SCORES IN LAST WEEK’S WALKER COUNTY RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS.   WENDYS AND THE STATION HOUSE IN LAFAYETTE BOTH SCORED AN “A”… AND TOKI ON THE SQUARE SCORED AN 80, NARROWLY MAKING A “B”.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE CHARGED THREE MEN WITH METH POSSESSION FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP ON A PICKUP TRUCK AT HILLSDALE AND NORTH CHATTANOOGA STREETS, THURSDAY NIGHT.
    THE OFFICER SAID THE TRUCK MADE A TURN WITHOUT USING A TURN SIGNAL… AND ALSO HAD A BLOWN BRAKE LIGHT.
    33 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER BRIAN PENCE HAD A .22 REVOLVER IN THE TRUCK, WHICH IS ILLEGAL FOR A CONVICTED FELON.   POLICE ALSO FOUND AN OPEN BEER, METH, A GLASS PIPE AND SCALES IN THE VEHICLE.  AT THE JAIL, A SEARCH TURNED UP A BAGGIE WITH METH IN PENCE’S SOCK.   THE REPORT SAID IT APPEARED THE MAN HAD CHEWED ON THE BAGGIE AND POSSIBLY HAD EATEN SOME OF THE DRUG INSIDE.  HE WAS ADDITIONALLY CHARGED WITH CROSSING THE GUARD LINE WITH INTOXICANTS.
    THE DRIVER, JEFFREY TYLER CHANDLER, 24… WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND THE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.
    PASSENGER CASEY ADAM BAKER, 24… WAS CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION.

*   WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD SAID THAT ERLANGER APPEARS TO BE TAKING WALKER COUNTY TO COURT, IN ORDER TO ADD LEGAL FEES TO THE PAY-BACK OF A LOAN GUARANTEE.  AT LAST THURSDAY’S COMMISSIONER’S MEETING, WHITFIELD SAID THEY WANT A JURY TRIAL, CLAIMING $180,000 IN LEGAL FEES AND COSTS TO PURSUE DEBT COLLECTION FROM WALKER COUNTY.
    "I HAVE NO DESIRE TO FIGHT OR LITIGATE WITH ERLANGER", WHITFIELD SAID.   "THEY ARE SEEKING A PAYMENT OF A MILLION DOLLARS PER QUARTER... WE OFFERED $625,000 PER QUARTER, WHICH THEY REFUSED".
     AS FAR AS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CHATTANOOGA HOSPITAL, THE COMMISSIONER SAID "THERE'S NO INDICATION WE'RE GETTING ANYWHERE".
    ERLANGER COULD DEMAND AN ADDITIONAL OF 7 MILLS TO THE WALKER COUNTY PROPERTY TAX, IN ORDER TO SPEED REPAYMENT.   WHITFIELD SAID IF THAT HAPPENS, IT WOULD NEARLY DOUBLE THE CURRENT 9.8 MILL TAX RATE FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT SENT THREE ELECTRIC LINEMEN TO HELP WITH RECOVERY FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRMA.  CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID THE CITY ELECTRIC WORKERS WERE IN WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA, AS OF FRIDAY.  A TREE TRIMMING CONTRACTOR HIRED BY LAFAYETTE TO CLEAR LIMBS AWAY FROM UTILITY LINES, WAS ALSO CALLED AWAY AFTER THE STORM.
    THE TROPICAL STORM POSTPONED A COUPLE OF MAJOR CITY PROJECTS:
    PAVING OF DUKE STREET FROM WARTHEN TO VILLANOW, HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK.
    AND THE TRANSFER OF ELECTRIC LINES TO A NEW IRON POLE ON EAST VILLANOW, WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF THE ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR.   THAT COMPANY HAD THE CREW SET THE NEW IRON POLE… BUT WORKERS WERE CALLED-AWAY TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE RECOVERY BEFORE THE LINES COULD BE TRANSFERRED.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1997 AND 1998 WILL HAVE A 20-YEAR REUNION ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 14th.  IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE GOLF COURSE CLUBHOUSE, STARTING AT 6 PM.   MEMBERS OF THE CLASSES OF ’97 AND ’98 CAN GET MORE INFORMATION BY EMAILING:
“LAFAYETTE20YEARREUNION@GMAIL.COM”.

*   THIS WEDNESDAY AT NOON IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD”… CONTACT THE CHAMBER FOR DETAILS.

*   THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HAS BUSINESS LOANS AVAILABLE IN WALKER, DADE AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES, DUE TO DROUGHT DAMAGE LAST YEAR.  TO SEE IF YOUR BUSINESS, SMALL AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE OR NON-PROFIT IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN, CALL 800-659-2955.  THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS OCTOBER 23rd.

*   THE STEEL IS GOING UP ON A NEW INDUSTRIAL BUILDING ON WEST MCCARTER ROAD.
    JOHN KIKER COMPANY RECEIVED A 5-MILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FROM THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE, FOR ERECTION OF THE NEW AND LARGER INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WHERE QUALITY CARPET CUSHION ONCE STOOD.
    ACCORDING TO THE WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR UNIQUE FABRICATING IS AMONG THOSE CONSIDERING A LEASE OF THE NEW BUILDING, WHEN IT IS COMPLETED.   THE AUTHORITY REPORTS THAT UNIQUE NEEDS ROOM TO EXPAND BEYOND THEIR TWO EXISTING PLANTS ON MCCARTER ROAD IN LAFAYETTE.   UNIQUE MAKES PARTS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.

*   THE EXTENSION SERVICE, COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE AND THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER WILL SPONSOR THE COUNTY’S FIRST “AG FESTIVAL” ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY AG CENTER, BEHIND THE CIVIC CENTER AT ROCK SPRING.
    THE AG FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE LIVESTOCK SHOWINGS… LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC… INFLATABLES AND A PETTING ZOO… QUILTING, CANNING AND WILDFLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATIONS… AND MORE.  VENDORS WILL ALSO BE WELCOME.
    MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS AVAILABLE… ABOUT THE FIRST “WALKER COUNTY AG FESTIVAL”, ON SEPTEMBER 30th.

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