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Thursday 04/24/2014
Escaped convicted rapist caught after chase through Cave Spring into Polk County
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 8:59 am

The pursuit of an escaped Floyd County rapist — headed up by federal marshals and involving several local law enforcement agencies — ended with the man’s arrest in Polk County on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday 04/23/2014
Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, April 24
Posted: April 23, 2014

The Family Care Center at 1014 West Main St. includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

Cherokee County Arrest Report Thursday, April 24
Posted: April 23, 2014

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Anniston Ala. police release 911 call transcript from Tuesday fatal shooting
Posted: April 23, 2014

ANNISTON, Alabama -- Anniston Police released new details today from its investigation of a fatal shooting Tuesday involving police officers firing on a man with a pellet gun.

Tuesday 04/22/2014
Things to do in Cherokee County Wednesday, April 23
Posted: April 22, 2014

The Family Care Center at 1014 West Main St. includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

Cherokee County Arrest Report Wednesday, April 23
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Mr. Danny C. Allen
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 9:51 am

Mr. Danny C. Allen, 70 of Piedmont, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Floyd Medical Center. Mr. Allen was a native of Floyd County.

Mrs. Frances Earline Boone
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mrs. Frances Earline Boone, 74 of Centre, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Cherokee Health and Rehab. Mrs. Boone was a native of Cherokee County, and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Thomas Ronald Gayler "Tommy"
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mr. Thomas Ronald Gayler, “Tommy” to all who knew and loved him, 55, of Cedar Bluff passed away unexpectedly April 16, 2014. He was legendary throughout Northwest Georgia. He first began working at JD Hill funeral home where he was required to wear a suit even when mowing the grass. He then entered the paramedic program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham at the young age of 17. After completing the program he went on to work for Tri-County EMS where he worked with some awesome folks who became life long friends. From there he went south to Douglas County where he worked as a Paramedic, Firefighter and Educator. He was one of the first medics hired to work at Douglas General Hospital Emergency Department. He studied at West Georgia College and Floyd College to obtain his Associate Degree and become a Registered Nurse. He worked for many years at Redmond Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department; first as a medic, then staff nurse and educator. He then went on to fly as a flight nurse for Emory Life Net air ambulance service. He progressed from flight nurse to educator, and then became the program director for Lifenet in Georgia. He flew with a great bunch of people; nurses, medics, pilots and mechanics. He was also privileged to participate in rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina. Tommy also had many great adventures to foreign countries flying fixed wing medical transport. From South America, Italy, Egypt and even Russia and China just to name a few. The China trip was quite an adventure if you ever have heard the story. He finally came back to earth from flying and became the Director of the Emergency Department at Redmond Regional Hospital. He worked with a wonderful group of nurses and support staff and has many friends throughout the hospital. Tommy, however, wanted to spend more time with his family and stepped down as director. He became a contract worker for Floyd Medical Center, helping with the transition to electronic medical records. He went on to work PRN at FMC in the Emergency Department. If his wife was lucky enough, some nights he got to work there with her. He also did some shifts in CCU at Floyd. He got the opportunity to travel as a contract nurse helping hospitals transition to electronic medical records with the company Training Wheel. Tommy finally decided it was time to slow down and spend more time at home; enjoy the lake, his friends and family. Tommy had been hired at Polk Medical Center in the Emergency Department. He truly enjoyed working with the staff there.

Mrs. Edna Mae Barnes
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mrs. Edna Mae Barnes, 75 of Centre, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Barnes was a native of Cherokee County, and was a member of Calcedonia Baptist Church.

Mr. Thomas Ronald Gayler "Tommy"
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mr. Thomas Ronald Gayler, “Tommy” to all who knew and loved him, 55, of Cedar Bluff passed away unexpectedly April 16, 2014. He was legendary throughout Northwest Georgia. He first began working at JD Hill funeral home where he was required to wear a suit even when mowing the grass. He then entered the paramedic program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham at the young age of 17. After completing the program he went on to work for Tri-County EMS where he worked with some awesome folks who became life long friends. From there he went south to Douglas County where he worked as a Paramedic, Firefighter and Educator. He was one of the first medics hired to work at Douglas General Hospital Emergency Department. He studied at West Georgia College and Floyd College to obtain his Associate Degree and become a Registered Nurse. He worked for many years at Redmond Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department; first as a medic, then staff nurse and educator. He then went on to fly as a flight nurse for Emory Life Net air ambulance service. He progressed from flight nurse to educator, and then became the program director for Lifenet in Georgia. He flew with a great bunch of people; nurses, medics, pilots and mechanics. He was also privileged to participate in rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina. Tommy also had many great adventures to foreign countries flying fixed wing medical transport. From South America, Italy, Egypt and even Russia and China just to name a few. The China trip was quite an adventure if you ever have heard the story. He finally came back to earth from flying and became the Director of the Emergency Department at Redmond Regional Hospital. He worked with a wonderful group of nurses and support staff and has many friends throughout the hospital. Tommy, however, wanted to spend more time with his family and stepped down as director. He became a contract worker for Floyd Medical Center, helping with the transition to electronic medical records. He went on to work PRN at FMC in the Emergency Department. If his wife was lucky enough, some nights he got to work there with her. He also did some shifts in CCU at Floyd. He got the opportunity to travel as a contract nurse helping hospitals transition to electronic medical records with the company Training Wheel. Tommy finally decided it was time to slow down and spend more time at home; enjoy the lake, his friends and family. Tommy had been hired at Polk Medical Center in the Emergency Department. He truly enjoyed working with the staff there.

Mrs. Elsie S. Pruitt
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mrs. Elsie S. Pruitt, 84, of Cave Spring, passed away Friday evening, April 18, 2014, in a Rome nursing facility following an extended illness. Mrs. Pruitt was the Dietician at the Cave Spring School for a number of years, and later she held the same position at the Georgia School for the Deaf where she retired. Mrs. Pruitt was a member of the Pine Bower Baptist Church.

Earth Day 2014: Northwest Georgia environment officials see positive signals, also signs of public apathy
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 12:25 pm

As America marks the 45th observance of Earth Day today, professionals who deal with the great outdoors on a daily basis say we are giving mixed signals about concern for the planet.

Drug take back event set for May 3
Posted: April 22, 2014

Experts estimate that as many as 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the U.S. annually. Up to a third of those go unused.

Accused anti-government plotter: Search warrant flawed, statement should be suppressed
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 8:28 am

One of the men accused of planning domestic terror attacks has challenged the legality of a search warrant used at his home, claiming the warrant failed to list his address and instead named a street three miles away.

Monday 04/21/2014
Things to do in Cherokee County Tuesday, April 22
Posted: April 21, 2014

Fall Storytime Programs have resumed at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cherokee County Public Library.

Cherokee County Arrest Report Tuesday, April 22
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

Board of Education will ask Commission for one cent sales tax referendum
Posted: April 21, 2014

The Cherokee County Board of Education, during its Tuesday, April 15 meeting, approved requesting from the Cherokee County Commission for a referendum to consider continuation of the one cent sales tax currently in place to benefit Cherokee County Schools.

County Commission proclaims April National Community College Month
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 3:26 pm

The Cherokee County Commission met with all members present on Monday, April, 14, 2014 at 9 a.m. for a planning session.

Republican candidate McKinney wants to take confusion out of government
Posted: April 21, 2014

Republican Candidate for Alabama Secretary of State Reese McKinney addressed the recent Cherokee County Republican Party Breakfast held at The Onion Patch Restaurant in Centre.

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