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Gordon County Sheriff's Detectives and the Cororner's Office are investigating after a man was found deceased in his Johnson Road home Sunday. Deputy Coroner bo Nicholson said that 70 year-old Robert Michael Rainey appeared to have died from natural causes, and detectives don't suspect any foul play. Post Mortem exams are underway.

Sheriff Mitch Ralston welcomed the newest member of his staff this week. Lolli, a gentle 13month-old Labrador Retriever. Lolli has been extensively trained and certified in detecting drugs and narcotics, as well as tracking. On Sunday afternoon (August 20), Lolli was on routine patrol with her handler (deputy sheriff) for her first time when they responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Slate Mine Road near Fairmount. The suspect had fled from the scene on foot so Lolli was deployed to track. Within minutes, ‘Lolli’ led the deputies to the suspect who’d ran into a densely wooded area. The suspect, identified as one Joseph Fabian Revette, age 26, of 457 Old Dixie Highway, Adairsville, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.

The City of Calhoun Road Department, through a contract bid awarded to Bartow Paving, have started work on the Peters Street/East May Roundabout Project. The intersection will be closed for approximately three weeks, during which time traffic will be rerouted onto Circle Drive and Linda Lane. This includes all business, residential and school traffic. Please avoid the area and obey all detour signs during this improvement project.

Calhoun City Council Post #4 representative David Hammond announced at the last council meeting he will not seek re-election in November. Hammond cited his support of implementing term limits to the City Council and Mayor of Calhoun as his reason for not seeking to hold his seat. Qualifying for Council Posts #3 and #4, as well as City School Board Posts 1,2 and 3 is underway. Early voting will begin and absentee ballots will be available at the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office on Monday, October 16.

At around 2:30 Monday afternoon, three people were arrested by Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies. According to Gordon County Jail records Ashley Erin Cole, age33, was charged with a probation violation, and 17 year-old Ashley Lynn Hackney along with 19 year-old Darian Blake Kimsey, both charged with Theft by Deception and taking. Hackney and Kimsey's bonds were set at $5000 each. All suspects address were listed as different house numbers on Bethesda Church Road in Calhoun. No word from detectives if the incidents are related.

A 75 year old Adairsville woman who was reported missing in Gordon County died in a one car crash in Centre, Alabama, Saturday around 6 p.m. A vehicle driven by Mary Helen Johnson drove through the intersection of the Bypass and West Main Street before slamming into several cars parked on a car lot. Johnson was transported by ambulance to Cherokee Medical Center where she died. She was reported missing earlier Saturday after she left her home and had not returned. She suffered from dimentia. Officials said Johnson suffered a medical episode prior to the crash.

Bartow Co. Coroner Joel Guyton said the body of Gerardo Soto , Jr., 22, Chicago, Illinois, has been identified as the swimmer who drowned at Red Top Mountain State Park, Sunday. According to the Ga. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Soto's body was found just before noon Monday near the park's swimming area using sector scan sonar. Soto was swimming at the beach early Sunday afternoon when he went under water and never resurfaced.

Calhoun City & Gordon County Government News

The Calhoun City Council recently approved a motion for the Rivers to Ridge Trail Master Plan and implementation strategy after being approved by the Gordon County Board of Commissioners. The joint venture between the City and County will bring a proposed 8.7 miles of greenway trails to Gordon County. The Rivers to Ridge Master Plan is divided into seven segments and from beginning to end would take the public from an area around Wal-Mart in Calhoun, to the Calhoun Recreation Department, through downtown to Red Bud Road and on to the area of the new Gordon Hospital Trail to Gordon Central High School, then finally from the High School to New Echota. A Blueway System was also proposed, utilizing local river waterways, so the public can canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

Calhoun Police remind you to "Look Before You Lock!" On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside a vehicle. This is a number the Calhoun Police Department would like to see drastically reduced, if not completely eliminated. Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a vehicle can get above 100 degrees. At those temperatures, kids are at a high risk of dehydration, heat stroke, seizures and even death. Our memory sometimes needs visual reminders, so the Calhoun Police Department would like to offer these tips. Place one of your shoes in the backseat with the child so you must grab it before leaving your vehicle, or place the child’s diaper bag or backpack in the front seat as a reminder the child is still in the vehicle.

The Calhoun Police Department is participating in the Governors Office of Highway Safety National Mobilization, which is part of 2017 One Hundred Days of Summer HEAT now through September 3. Officers will be setting up safety check points looking for un-restrained drivers and passengers. Chief Moss encourages all drivers and passengers to buckle up and be safe this summer. Calhoun Police will join the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s “OPERATION ZERO-TOLERANCE sobriety checkpoint program – the nation wide law enforcement crackdown on alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working in partnership with more than 350 law enforcement agencies across the state implementing the program.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said his Office has received reports of an individual posing as a deputy sheriff telling citizens that they have missed jury duty, and must send money for a fine via wire/internet services. Sheriff Ralston says this is absolutely bogus, and that his staff - or any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. NEVER collects fines, and certainly never solicits any type of funds by telephone. This fictitious caller may even use a familiar sounding name, Ralston said. DO NOT SEND MONEY to such callers by any means or under any circumstances. Anyone who misses jury duty would be visited by a uniformed deputy sheriff in a clearly marked vehicle, and no fines are collected by deputies. The criminals orchestrating these scams use untraceable cellphones, and are often located outside the United States. If you receive any such suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to verify the identity of the caller. BEWARE of all internet and telephone scams and do NOT release any personal or financial account information to anyone.

Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held recently. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. n addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve capabilities each year with each renewal of the Storm Ready designation. This 2017 renewal marks the 5th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County.
Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:
Teriyaki Chef - Red Bud Rd - 71...Denny's - Resaca Beach Blvd - 80... Krystal - Hwy 53 E - 80...Little Caesar's - W Belmont Dr - 83...El Rayos - S Piedmont St - 85...Bojangle's - Hwy 53 - 86...Copper Creek Grill - Millers Ferry Rd - 95

Hunting season dates have been released for the State of Georgia. Archery Deer Season will open September 9th, primitive weapons opens October 14th and firearms deer season opens October 21st. The first dove season opens September 2nd. Squirrel season open August 15th. Turkey hunters will have to wait until March 24, 2018, to take a gobbler. Georgia's hunting and fishing licenses have been restructured with increased fees this year. Find out more @ http://georgiawildlife.com/

Georgia Power officials said that plans are underway to close its last 27 business offices in the state by this October, including Rome’s office at 800 Broad Street, due to nearly 70 percent of all payments now coming from electronic means. About 200 employees statewide will be affected, and approximately 100 of those will be out of a job, according to the company.

Georgia Power issued a warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" trying to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone. The scam artists are known to pose as Ga.Power employees asking customers to provide credit card information or purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number to avoid disconnection. Customers should be reminded to be cautious and never provide personal information such as a credit card or social security number to an unverified person.

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a few companies are poking around the state looking for the next natural gas "play." An Oklahoma-based company that leased 7,500 acres of land in Whitfield County has two test wellsalready in place and they say they plan another. In Floyd County, near Cave Spring, a Texas oil conglomerate plans a well. At least three other companies have recently researched the Conasauga shale field, a swath of land that runs from Alabama across Georgia and into Tennessee. Georgia joins Tennessee and North Carolina as Southern states newly popular with wildcatters and major gas and oil companies.

Sears, Kmart Stores in Northwest GA Closing Soon...Sears is closing 72 more stores, in addition to the more than 180 that have already been announced this year. The company released a list internally of the closing stores, which includes 16 Sears stores, 49 Kmart stores, and seven auto centers. Three stores in Georgia are on the list: Sears # 2615 in Dalton will close, along with K-Mart Store # 3083 in Ft. Oglethorpe and Calhoun K-Mart Store #9625. Most of the stores will close in September.

Now through Sept. 30, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's open burning ban is in effect for 54 Georgia counties, prohibiting citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris during the months of May through September. Counties in our area included in the ban are: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Floyd, Forsyth, Gordon, Haralson, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens, Polk and Walker counties. The DNR's Mountain District Office in Cartersville has more information by calling 770-387-4900 or online at http://epd.georgia.gov/air/. And with the burn ban in place, we are also reminded of how hot summertime can get in Georgia. Authorities also need the public to remember to not leave children or pets in a hot, unattended car. They also want you to remember if you're going to be outside in the heat for a long time, to take breaks in the shade and stay hydrated. Also be sure to check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone. If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center. Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls,
just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.
GA Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a phony email circulating that purports to be from the “Department of Consumer Affairs.” The email, which allegedly targets attorneys, says that a complaint has been filed against the recipient’s company and urges recipients to click on a link to view the complaint. This email is NOT from the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity. It is a fake email. Clicking on the link or attachment provided may allow the scammer to install malware on your computer. The scam has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.

What Else Is Happening?

The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril program is seeking nominations for the 2018 list of Places in Peril. The program wants to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The top ten designees are selected in the fall. Nomination forms are available at www.georgiatrust.org.

The Gordon County Board of Education has approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. You can view the system's approved calendars here.

The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2017 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the mini-grant, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Safe Kids Dalton, Calhoun Fire Department and Gordon EMS provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Calhoun and Gordon County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the Calhoun Gordon County car seat program, contact Calhoun Police at 706-629-1234, County Fire at 706-629-8851, GSP at 706-624-1477 or Calhoun Fire Department at 706-629-2244. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at injury@dph.ga.gov or by calling 404-679-0500.

The internet can be a highly dangerous place, especially for impressionable tweens and teens. The internet is crawling with predators, and if your child comes into contact with one, their life could be in danger. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s computer, cell phone and tablet. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internet safety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful: safekids.com, webmd.com, kids.usa.gov and kidshealth.org.

For Local School Events
Calhoun City Schools - www.calhounschools.org
Gordon County Schools -
www.gcbe.org
Georgia Cumberland Academy -
www.gcasda.org

Help Build A Home for a Desrving Family
Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is searching for talented volunteers to build a new home. Anyone interested is invited to call 706-625-9929 for more information.

+ Save A Life: Give Blood +
Find out how you can save a life. Go to www.bloodassurance.org or www.redcrossblood.org

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