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*   A TRION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TRANSPORTED BY LIFEFORCE, FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
    THE VICTIM WAS TRAPPED UNDER THE VEHICLE AFTER BEING EJECTED… AND LIFEFORCE LANDED AT THE TRION TRACK TO PICK HIM UP.  HE WAS TAKEN TO ERLANGER FOR TREATMENT.

*   THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DRUG TASK FORCE CONTINUED TO “CHIP AWAY” AT A NORTH GEORGIA METH DISTRIBUTION RING… WITH THREE ARRESTS LAST THURSDAY.
    COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED ON EAST TURNIPSEED ROAD… A HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE ROCK SPRING BAPTIST CHURCH.
    AGENTS FOUND 13-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND ABOUT 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DRUGS, INCLUDING METH, MARIJUANA AND “MOLLY”… A COMBINATION DRUG.   THEY ALSO RECOVERED FIREARMS AT THE RESIDENCE.
    38 YEAR OLD TRAVIS VAN ADKINS AND 29 YEAR OLD MORGAN LEIGH BEARD WERE CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING IN METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND POSSESSION OF FIREARMS IN THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY.   49 YEAR OLD ALLISON MICHELLE ELLIS WAS CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION.

*   WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS DOMINATED THE “VEX” COMPETITION IN COVINGTON, GEORGIA OVER THE WEEKEND.   “VEX” IS THE ROBOTICS COMPETITION THAT FOCUSES ON STEM SKILLS… SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH.
    LAFAYETTE’S GILBERT ELEMENTARY WON SIX OF EIGHT AWARDS IN THE ELEMENTARY COMPETITION, INCLUDING THE EXCELLENCE AWARD.          TEAMS FROM SADDLE RIDGE AND CHATTANOOGA VALLEY MIDDLE COMBINED FOR FOUR OF THE EIGHT AWARDS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION, INCLUDING THE EXCELLENCE AWARD WON BY CHATTANOOGA VALLEY.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE CONTINUES TO CONCENTRATE ON REPLACING FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE… AND THIS MONTH, THEY STARTED ON THE PLAN TO REPLACE A LEAKY TERRA COTTA SEWER MAIN.   
    THE LINE FOLLOWS SPRING CREEK FROM WEST VILLANOW STREET TO THE DOGWOOD CIRCLE SUBDIVISION.   CAMERAS PUT THROUGH THE LINE HAVE MADE-KNOWN THAT FACT THAT THE MAIN HAS SERIOUS WATER INFILTRATION… WHICH RESULTS IN THE WASTEWATER PLANT EXCEEDING ITS CAPACITY IN WET WEATHER.
    THE COUNCIL AUTHORIZED ENGINEER JOHN SWEITZER TO BEGIN THE PLANS TO REPLACE THE SEWER PIPE WITH A LARGER MAIN.  THE ENGINEERING COST IS 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS.   CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID THE CITY WILL PURSUE A GEFA LOAN TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT… AND ADDED THAT WHEN THE SEWER LINE IS REPLACED, IT WILL OPEN THE POTENTIAL FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT THAT COULD NOT PRESENTLY BE SUPPORTED.
    THE COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED A ROOF-PATCHING JOB ON THE REAR PORTION OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING… USED BY THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.   THE LEAKING SECTION OF ROOF IN THE FORMER COCA COLA BUILDING IS NEARLY FLAT… AND WILL BE REPAIRED AT A BID COST OF $8,850.

*   A STEEL SCULPTURE WAS INSTALLED IN FRONT OF THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY LAST WEEK.   THE 10 1/2 FOOT TALL WORK WAS DONATED BY CHATTANOOGA ARTIST JOHN HENRY.
    DIRECTOR LECIA EUBANKS SAID “AS A PUBLIC LIBRARY, WE STRIVE TO BE THE CENTER FOR LITERACY AND LOCAL COMMUNITY ART… WE ARE APPRECIATIVE TO BE THE HOME OF SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS PIECE”. 
    HENRY’S WORK IS DISPLAYED INTERNATIONALLY IN MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC PARKS.

*   EVERY NIGHT FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS… LOCAL FAMILIES CAN ENJOY FREE ATTRACTIONS IN LAFAYETTE:   THE “AMAZING CHRISTMAS” LIGHT AND MUSIC SHOWS AT JOE STOCK PARK RUN FROM 6 - 10 PM NIGHTLY… AND THE FREE MODEL TRAIN CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT INSIDE JOHN B. GORDON HALL IS OPEN FROM 6 - 9 PM.

*   THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY WILL HOST AN EIGHT-PANEL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION FROM ATLANTA’S MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM.
    IT HIGHLIGHTS 15 TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTIONS OF ART FROM EGYPT, THE NEAR EAST, GREECE, ROME, AFRICA, THE AMERICAS AND ASIA.
    THE PHOTO EXHIBITION WILL BE AT THE LIBRARY FROM DECEMBER 16th THROUGH JANUARY 5th… AT 305 SOUTH DUKE STREET IN LAFAYETTE.

*   A LAFAYETTE POLICE DETECTIVE REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION FOLLOWING THE ARREST OF A MAN WHO WAS WANTED ON DRUG AND THEFT CHARGES.
    POLICE WERE INVESTIGATING A THEFT THAT OCCURRED EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN THEY WERE NOTIFIED THAT THEIR SUSPECT HAD JUST LEFT ON HIS BICYCLE.   THEY SPOTTED 32 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER B. DENTON ON HIS BIKE AND MADE THE ARREST AT THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH STEELE AND CHATTANOOGA STREETS.
    DENTON TRIED TO FLEE, BUT WAS TAKEN TO THE GROUND.   HE CONTINUED TO RESIST… AND DETECTIVE BILLY MULLIS CAME AWAY WITH AN INJURED HAND.
    A BAGGIE OF METH WAS FOUND ON THE SUSPECT, ALONG WITH A STOLEN I-PAD, WHICH WAS RETURNED TO THE OWNER.
    DENTON WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH, THEFT BY RECEIVING AND OBSTRUCTION… IN ADDITION TO THE OUTSTANDING WARRANTS.

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE MADE THREE ARRESTS IN WALKER COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY…
    OFFICERS HAPPENED UPON A SUSPECT WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS… ON HAPPY VALLEY ROAD NORTH OF RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL.  36 YEAR OLD WESLEY CECIL SPARKS HAD SEVERAL BAGS OF METH PACKAGED FOR RESALE AND NUMEROUS PILLS.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.  THE PILLS ARE STILL BEING IDENTIFIED.
    48 YEAR OLD DENNIS WILLIAM BRYSON WAS ARRESTED ON EAST SHERRY DRIVE IN ROSSVILLE AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.
    AND IN LAFAYETTE… COMPLAINTS LED TO THE ARREST OF 41 YEAR OLD CHIP CHRISTOPHER BROOM AT THE APARTMENTS, LOCATED AT 307 SOUTH MAIN.   HE WAS FOUND WITH A PIPE CONTAINING METH RESIDUE… AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION.

*   COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD CONFIRMED THAT THE COUNTY’S EMPLOYEE MEDICAL CLINIC WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH… BUT HE WASN’T READY TO NAME THE COUNTY’S NEW SERVICE PROVIDER.
    FOUR DAYS EARLIER, THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL NAMED CHI-MEMORIAL AS THEIR NEW EMPLOYEE CLINIC PROVIDER… AND THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY PARTNERED WITH THE COUNTY IN THE EMPLOYEE CLINIC LOCATED IN THE NORTH END OF THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE.
    WHITFIELD SAID THE NEW PROVIDER FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES WILL BE NAMED AS SOON AS A FEW MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT.  IT’S LIKELY THE COUNTY WITH GO WITH CHI-MEMORIAL AS WELL.   THAT WILL GIVE EMPLOYEES OF BOTH THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE ACCESS TO MEDICAL SERVICES AT THE MEMORIAL CLINICS IN LAFAYETTE AND CHICKAMAUGA… WITH MORE HOURS AND MORE SERVICES AVAILABLE THAN THE COUNTY CLINIC WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE.

*   WALKER COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE UNTIL WEDNESDAY TO PAY THE ANNUAL TAX BILL WITHOUT PENALTY.  
    AFTER THE DUE DATE, DECEMBER 20th, INTEREST ACCRUES AT ONE-PERCENT PER MONTH… AND A PENALTY OF 10-PERCENT WILL APPLY TO ALL TAXES THAT ARE NOT PAID WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE DEADLINE.   THERE IS ONE EXCEPTION:   HOMESTEADED PROPERTY WITH A TAX BILL OF LESS THAN $500 DOES NOT RECEIVE THE 90-DAY PENALTY.
    YOU MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE TO REDUCE YOUR TAX BILL THROUGH EXEMPTIONS:  THE MOST COMMON ARE THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR REAL ESTATE… AND THERE’S THE FREEPORT EXEMPTION FOR BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY.  CONTACT THE TAX OFFICE AT ROCK SPRING FOR DETAILS.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS GETTING READY TO MAKE TWO BIG MOVES… INVOLVING THE CENTRAL OFFICE AND THE TRANSPORTATION FACILITY.
    FACILITIES MANAGER CHRIS JONES SAID THE BUS BARN WILL BE FIRST.  THE SCHOOL BOARD RECENTLY APPROVED THE CONTRACT TO BUILD THE NEW FACILITY ON OPEN LAND ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE A.E.C - THE FORMER OSBURN SCHOOL AT CHICKAMAUGA.  J & J CONSTRUCTION WON THE BID AT 2.95-MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD THE NEW BUS SERVICING FACILITY.  JONES SAID CONSTRUCTION COULD BEGIN WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.
    HE ADDED THAT THE OLD BUS SERVICE FACILITY WAS “TOO SMALL FOR THEIR FLEET”… AND IS LANDLOCKED WITH NO ROOM TO EXPAND.   IT’S LOCATED ACROSS FROM SHAW’S S.I. PLANT ON HIGHWAY 27.
    THE NEW CENTRAL OFFICE, TO BE LOCATED IN THE OLD LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS, IS A LITTLE FARTHER AWAY.   JONES SAID CONSTRUCTION THERE COULD BEGIN IN THE SPRING.   HE SPENT MONDAY WITH ARCHITECTS ON THE PROJECT, FINALIZING PLANS FOR THE LAYOUT OF THE CENTRAL OFFICE… WHICH WILL BE MOVED FROM THE PRESENT LOCATION NEXT TO THE COURTHOUSE ON DUKE STREET.  THE NEXT STEP IN THAT PROCESS WILL BE AN ARCHITECT’S ESTIMATE OF THE COST AND TIME-LINE OF REBUILDING THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL.   “PEOPLE IN LAFAYETTE HAVE A SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT TO THE BUILDINGS… AND WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO PRESERVE AND USE THEM”, JONES SAID.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO APPROVE THE REQUIRED ZONING CHANGE THAT WOULD ALLOW A LOCAL INDUSTRY TO PURCHASE THE FORMER K-MART BUILDING.   THE SALE AGREEMENT WAS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BY THE WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY… BUT WQCH NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE’S LEGAL COUNCIL BELIEVES A REZONE OF THE COMMERCIAL K-MART PROPERTY TO INDUSTRIAL, FOR THE PROPOSED BUYER… COULD CONSTITUTE A “SPOT ZONE”.  SPOT ZONING IS DEFINED AS PLACING OF A SMALL AREA OF LAND IN A DIFFERENT ZONE FROM THAT OF NEIGHBORING PROPERTY.
    A SOURCE SAID THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD DISCUSS THE PROBLEM DURING LAST NIGHT’S EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL, WHICH IS NOT OPEN TO THE MEDIA.   THE MATTER WILL MOST LIKELY BE SENT TO THE CITY’S ZONING COMMISSION FOR THEIR RECOMMENDATION… THEN COME BACK TO THE CITY COUNCIL FOR A VOTE IN A FUTURE PUBLIC MEETING.
    SYNTEC INDUSTRIES… WHICH ALREADY OPERATES A LARGE MANUFACTURING PLANT ON PROBASCO STREET… HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN BUYING THE FORMER K-MART FOR WAREHOUSING AND LATER, FOR MORE PRODUCTION SPACE.   WE WILL BE FOLLOWING THIS STORY WITH UPDATES AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

*    IF YOU’RE WONDERING ABOUT THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM’S CHRISTMAS BREAK… SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FROM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20th THROUGH THE WEEK ENDING FRIDAY, JANUARY 5th.   CLASSES WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, JANUARY 8th.

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