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BREAKING NEWS:   THE DADE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE BODY FOUND IN A VAN SUBMERGED IN A CLOUDLAND SWIMMING POOL - IS THAT OF THE OWNER, 73 YEAR OLD FREDDIE WOOTEN.
    THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, POLICE IN LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, DADE, WALKER AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES SEARCHED FOR THE MISSING RESIDENT... WHO DROVE AWAY FROM FROM HIS LULA LAKE ROAD HOME FRIDAY NIGHT - AND DIDN’T RETURN.
    ON SUNDAY NIGHT, CHATTOOGA COUNTY AUTHORITIES FOUND WOOTEN’S VAN SUBMERGED IN THE IN-GROUND POOL AT A HOME ON BROW ROAD IN CLOUDLAND… WHICH IS LOCATED SOUTH OF HIS HOME ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, ALONG HIGHWAY 157. 
    THE GBI ASSISTED CHATTOOGA AND DADE COUNTIES IN THE INVESTIGATION... AND WOOTEN'S BODY WAS TAKEN TO THE CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY.  FOUL PLAY IS NOT INDICATED ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS... AND FAMILY MEMBERS SAY MR. WOOTEN HAD BEEN ILL AND DISORIENTED OVER THE PAST WEEK.
   
*   THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A KITCHEN FIRE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON FORTUNE STREET IN LINWOOD.  NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE RENTAL HOME… AND THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE ESTIMATE OF DAMAGE.  

*    DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY THURSDAY… CITY OF LAFAYETTE GARBAGE COLLECTION WILL BE CHANGED TO TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.  THE NORMAL THURSDAY COLLECTION WILL BE PICKED UP ON WEDNESDAY.

*    WHAT HAD BEEN HELD AS A RATHER “CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET”… WAS REVEALED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY MONDAY:   AUDIA INTERNATIONAL WILL EMPLOY AROUND 150 WORKERS WHEN PRODUCTION BEGINS NEXT YEAR.  THOSE EMPLOYEES WILL EARN A HIGHER-THAN-AVERAGE WAGE FOR THIS AREA, ACCORDING TO STATE OFFICIALS.
    THE NEWS CAME OUT AS WALKER COUNTY WAS AWARDED “DEAL OF THE YEAR” BY THE GEORGIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION, FOR LANDING THE AUDIA PLANT.
        THE NEW AUDIA PLANT SIZE HAS ALREADY BEEN DOUBLED SINCE THE PROJECT BEGAN… IT WILL COVER OVER 280-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET… WITH 54-MILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN THE PROJECT.  AUDIA IS AN INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIER TO THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.  THE WALKER COUNTY PLANT IS SLATED TO OPEN IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2015.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS THAT THE STATE’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED TO 7.7 PERCENT IN OCTOBER… DOWN FROM 7.9 THE MONTH BEFORE.
    LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK BUTLER SAID THE RATE DECLINED AS THE STATE SAW “EXTREMELY STRONG JOB GROWTH” IN OCTOBER.
    AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT RELEASED FIGURES ON NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN AREA COUNTIES.
    HERE IN WALKER… FIRST TIME CLAIMS DROPPED FROM 286 IN SEPTEMBER, TO 239 IN OCTOBER.  THAT’S DOWN BY 47.
    CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES HAD SLIGHTLY HIGHER NEW CLAIMS FIGURES… AND IN WHITFIELD COUNTY, THEY WERE UP BY 181 OVER THE MONTH.  

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT IS DOING SOME “POWER SWAPPING” AMONG SUBSTATIONS… BUT WANTS THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT OUTAGES ARE NOT EXPECTED.
    THE CHANGE-OVER IS NECESSARY DUE TO AN UPGRADE BEING DONE BY GEORGIA POWER COMPANY.
    THAT’S CAUSING THE LAFAYETTE ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT TO SWITCH THE LOAD FROM THE SHATTUCK INDUSTRIAL SUBSTATION, TO THE SLEEPY HOLLOW SUBSTATION, TEMPORARILY.
    THEY DO CAUTION THAT IF AN OUTAGE IS EXPERIENCED DURING THIS TIME… IT MAY TAKE LONGER THAN USUAL TO RETURN POWER SERVICE BECAUSE ADDITIONAL CIRCUITS WILL HAVE TO BE CHECKED.   THE POWER SUBSTATION SWAP WILL BE IN PLACE FROM NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 1st.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE REPORT A PURSE SNATCHING FROM A VEHICLE, AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT.  IT HAPPENED FRIDAY NIGHT AROUND 6:40 PM, AT THE DARI DIP ON WEST VILLANOW STREET.
    A CUSTOMER PARKED AND ENTERED THE RESTAURANT FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, LEAVING THE CAR DOOR UNLOCKED.
    WHEN THEY RETURNED, A PURSE HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE VEHICLE.

*   THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DRUG TASK FORCE PUT A METH LAB OUT OF OPERATION, AT A ROSSVILLE APARTMENT COMPLEX LAST WEEK.
    THEY CONDUCTED A SEARCH AT 811 CHICKAMAUGA AVENUE, APARTMENT “K”… AFTER RECEIVING A TIP PRODUCED THROUGH AN EARLIER INVESTIGATION.
    33 YEAR OLD KRISTY LYNN DETRE AND 30 YEAR OLD CHARLES THOMAS DETRE WERE ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF MANUFACTURE AND POSSESSION OF METH.
    TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE VALUED THE LAB AND METH RECOVERED AT $1,200.

*   THE GEORGIA SUPREME COURT HAS UPHELD THE 2009 MURDER CONVICTION OF FORMER LAFAYETTE POLICE OFFICER, SAM PARKER.
    PARKER WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, THERESA… A WALKER COUNTY 9-1-1 DISPATCHER.
    AT THE TIME OF HIS CONVICTION, MRS. PARKER’S BODY HAD NOT BEEN FOUND.  HER REMAINS WERE LOCATED IN RURAL CHATTOOGA COUNTY A YEAR LATER.
    PARKER’S ATTORNEY HAD APPEALED ON THE BASIS OF TWO ALLEGED ERRORS IN THE WALKER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TRIAL.   THE SUPREME COURT THREW THOSE OBJECTIONS OUT… AND LET THE MURDER CONVICTION STAND.  THE COURT WROTE:  “WE FIND NO ABUSE OF DISCRETION IN THE TRIAL COURT’S ADMISSION OF EVIDENCE”.
    PARKER IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE IN THE GEORGIA PRISON SYSTEM.

*   THE MARSH HOUSE IN LAFAYETTE, WILL HOLD AN ORIENTATION FOR VOLUNTEERS INTERESTED IN ASSISTING WITH CANDLELIGHT TOURS… TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER.
    ACTORS OF ALL AGES ARE NEEDED, PLUS HOSTESSES FOR THE FOUR EVENING TOUR DATES.
    THE ORIENTATION WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th AT 6:30 PM… AT THE WELCOME CENTER ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARSH HOUSE.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL JENNIE CHANDLER AT 423 994 8485.

*   JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS YEAR’S “REINDEER RUN”… SPONSORED BY THE LAFAYETTE OPTIMIST CLUB.
    THE EVENT IS SET FOR 8 AM ON  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6… STARTING FROM JOE STOCK PARK.   THE MORNING RUNS WILL INCLUDE A 5-K AND A 1 MILE FUN RUN.   PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT OPTIMIST PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE LOCAL “SHOP WITH A COP” CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.
    SIGN UP BY NEXT MONDAY TO GET THE DISCOUNT RATE… FIND THEM ONLINE HERE... OR CALL RACE COORDINATOR AJAYE BROWN AT 706 996 8788.

*   THE LOCAL EMPTY STOCKING FUND IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE AT CHRISTMAS.  APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE WALKER COUNTY DFCS OFFICE IN ROCK SPRING… AT THE LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE… THE WALKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN LAFAYETTE… AND SCHOOLS IN THE WALKER COUNTY SYSTEM.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th.  ELIGIBILITY IS BASED ON INCOME GUIDELINES… AND ACCEPTANCE LETTERS WILL BE MAILED TO APPROVED APPLICANTS.
    EMPTY STOCKING HELPED OVER 670 FAMILIES FROM WALKER COUNTY LAST YEAR… AND THE NON-PROFIT CHARITY IS NOW IN IT’S 41st YEAR OF OPERATION.  DR. TODD GADDIS, PASTOR OF FIRST BAPTIST - LAFAYETTE, IS THIS YEAR’S CHAIRMAN.
    TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION CHECKS MAY BE MADE TO “EMPTY STOCKING FUND” AND MAILED TO GEORGE GILBERT, TREASURER, AT P.O. BOX 1149, LAFAYETTE.

*   APPLICATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS HELP THROUGH THE WALKER COUNTY STOCKING FULL OF LOVE, WILL BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.
    FAMILIES CAN SIGN UP AT THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE… THE DFACS OFFICE AT ROCK SPRING… OR AT THE ROSSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  

*   ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR THIS YEAR’S CITY OF LAFAYETTE CHRISTMAS PARADE.
    THE PARADE WILL START AT 6 PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th… AND THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS”.
    CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE “BEST DECORATED” FLOATS, IN THREE CATEGORIES:  CHURCH, INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS.  
    SANTA WILL BE ON THE CITY FIRE TRUCK - AND SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED ON OTHER FLOATS.   NO ATV’S WILL BE ALLOWED… ALL MOTORCYCLE RIDERS MUST WEAR HELMETS AND ALL DRIVERS MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.
    THE CUTOFF DATE FOR ENTRIES IS DECEMBER 1st.   FIND THE ENTRY FORM ON THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WEBSITE… OR CALL THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 706 639 1590.

*   MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS WILL PRESENT:  CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE… WITH GAITHER VOCAL BAND FAVORITE, GUY PENROD.  THE EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS SET FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th AT 7 PM… IN THE SHOWBARN AT MOUNTAIN COVE.  TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY, STARTING AT $20.   A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE ON DUKE STREET IN LAFAYETTE.  TICKETS HERE:

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS TAKING REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL.   IT’S FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5 TO 12… THE COST IS $50 PER PLAYER.   TO SIGN UP FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL, CONTACT THE PARK REC CENTER AT 706 639 1590.   THE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 25th.

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