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Restaurant inspections for Walker and Catoosa

Thirty-one locations received perfect scores in Walker and Catoosa counties for inspections conducted during the second half of August.

There were no failures. But several facilities received less-than-satisfactory scores.

Rossville's "Rolling in the Dough-Nut" received a score of 83 after the inspector observed food being held at incorrect temperatures and stored improperly.

Zaxby's on Battlefield Parkway received a score of 88 when an employee was seen switching between raw animal product and ready-to-eat food without washing hands or changing gloves.

Also receiving a score of 88 was Station House in LaFayette, due to expired sauces and food containers without lids.

Walker County

Tree Top Hideaway

576 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone

Inspection date: Aug. 15

Score: 100

Gilbert Elementary

87 South Burnt Mill Road

Inspection date: Aug. 15

Score: 100

LaFayette Middle School

419 Roadrunner Blvd., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 19

Score: 100

Subway (LaFayette)

108 North Main St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 19

Score: 100

American Legion

540 Park City Road, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 20

Score: 96

Inspector's notes: Observed can opener with excess build up (4 points)

La Familia Mexican Restaurant

516 Chickamauga Avenue, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 21

Score: 90

Inspector's notes: Observed sugar/spice mix bowl with lid off (4 points). Observed sanitizer buckets without sanitizer due to sanitizer mixer was empty (4 points). Observed food container missing common name of ingredients (3 points). Observed previous inspection and food permit not displayed (1 point).

Chickamauga Elementary

210 Cresent Avenue, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 21

Score: 100

Gordon Lee Middle/High School

105 Lee Circle, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 21

Score: 100

Cherokee Ridge Elementary

2423 Johnson Road, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 21

Score: 100

Pasture Plate (Mobile Unit)

5142 West Highway 136 Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

Pasture Plate Base of Operation

5142 West Highway 136, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

El Trio Mexican Restaurant

2078 North Main St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 98

Inspector's notes: Observed a broken water line near the sanitizer dispenser at the 3 compartment sink. Water was flowing into the floor in places (2 points).

Hidden Hollow Resort

463 Hidden Hollow Lane, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 23

Score: 100

Wanda's Restaurant

20 Pin Oak Drive, Rock Spring

Inspection date: Aug. 23

Score: 91

Inspector's notes: Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Walkin cooler items were 46 degrees near the door. Beans, beef were at 46 degrees (9 points).

Los Charros Taqueriay Restaurante

8019 North Highway 27

Inspection date: Aug. 26

Score: 96

Inspector's notes: Observed an area of the front food prep section of the kitchen missing a large light. This is the area of the ice machine and the drink dispenser (1 point). Observed a large gap at the bottom right side rear door of the kitchen (3 points).

The Cottage

467 Long Hollow Road, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 26

Score: 93

Inspector's notes: Observed milk and food container not date marked (4 points). Observed bottle drinks and water melons stored on the floor in dry storage (3 points).

Rossville Elementary

1250 Wilson Road, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 26

Score: 100

Pizza Hut Delivery/Express Chickamauga

55 Highway 813, Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 26

Score: 97

Inspector's notes: Observed hand sink drain clogged with debris (2 points). Observed deep fryer hood vent with build up (1 point).

Station House Chaisimple LLC

123 North Chattanooga St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 88

Inspector's notes: Observed several food containers without lids or sauce bottles without lids (4 points). Observed several tcs foods without date marks (4 points). Observed bottles of sauces expired (3 points). Observed cooler gaskets, cooler doors, deep fryer, and food containers with build up on the outside surfaces (1 point).

Saddle Ridge Elementary/Middle

9858 North Highway 27, Rock Spring

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 100

Trading Post Smokehouse BBQ

11016 Highway 157, Rising Fawn

Inspection date: Aug. 28

Score: 100

Candlelight Forest

9862 Highway 193

Inspection date: Aug. 28

Score: 100

City of LaFayette Fountain

638 South Main St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 28

Score: 100

Snack Shack

923 Schmitt Road, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 28

Score: 100

Rick Buff's Hog Heaven

1105 LaFayette Road, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 28

Score: 100

Shuford's Smokehouse

505 West 9th St., Chickamauga

Inspection date: Aug. 29

Score: 100

South Walker Head Start

3 Probasco St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 29

Score: 100

Pie Slingers Pizzeria

56 Fieldstone Village Drive, Suite A., Rock Spring

Inspection date: Aug. 30

Score: 99

Inspector's notes: Observed several shelves in the main kitchen/front food service area holding single service items less than 6" off the concrete floor (1 point).

Dari Dip

302 West Villanow St., LaFayette

Inspection date: Aug. 30

Score: 100

Catoosa County

Zaxby's (Battlefield Parkway)

2541 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 15

Score: 88

Inspector's notes: Observed food employee go from prepping raw animal product to working with ready to eat foods without washing hands (9 points). Observed food product with an improper label (3 points).

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Pool

2120 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 15

Score: 96

Inspector's notes: Observed no 2-inch tile with a contrast of color between pool stairs and the background. (4 points).

CHI Memorial (Georgia)

100 Gross Crescent Circle, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 19

Score: 100

Pizza Hut Delivery

1919 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 19

Score: 100

Subway (Cloud Springs Road)

4257 Cloud Springs Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: Aug. 20

Score: 90

Inspector's notes: Observed employee beverage in a single service cup with no lid or straw (4 points). Observed food container without a label with the common name (3 points). Observed employee actively prepping and serving food with bracelet (3 points).

Trinity Services Group Inc. (Catoosa County Jail)

5842 Highway 41, Ringgold

Inspection date: Aug. 21

Score: 99

Inspector's notes: Observed single-service articles being reused (1 point).

Lake Winnie Waterpark (Winnie 500 Slide)

1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

Lake Winnie Waterpark (Waterworks)

1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

Lake Winnie Waterpark (Sprayground)

1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

Lake Winnie Waterpark (Kiddie pool)

1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

Lake Winnie Waterpark (River/Slides)

1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 100

City of Fort Oglethorpe Wading Pool

19 Norris St., Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 22

Score: 96

Inspector's notes: Observed cyanuric acid concentration above the maximum allowed concentration (4 points).

Rollin' in the Doughnuts

400 Direct Connection Drive, Rossville

Inspection date: Aug. 23

Score: 83

Inspector's notes: Observed food being held above 41 degrees Fahrenheit (9 points). Observed no approved system for potable water. Although the food vendor booth has an approved potable water tank, it does not have permission to use the approved source of potable water in the facility to fill the tank (3 points). Observed food not being stored at least 6 inches off of the floor (3 points). Observed no approved method of conveyance for wastewater from 3-compartment sinks and hand-washing sink to an approved wastewater disposal system at the food vendor booth (2 points).

City of Fort Oglethorpe (Swimming Pool)

19 Norris St., Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 23

Score: 100

Battlefield Elementary School

1101 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 26

Score: 100

Farm to Fork Concessions

745 Scruggs Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 100

Firehouse Subs

882 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 99

Inspector's notes: Observed broken door handle on reach-in stand-up cooler (1 point).

Tiger Creek Elementary

134 Rhea McClanahan Drive, Ringgold

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 99

Inspector's notes: Observed debris build-up on the inside of the light covers in ceiling. Also observed dust debris build-up on vent covers in ceiling by walk-in cooler and freezer (1 point).

Ringgold Primary and Elementary Schools

322 Evitt Lane, Ringgold

Inspection date: Aug. 27

Score: 100

Compiled by reporter Jordan Mooney

EXPLANATION OF GRADE/SCORE

A: Food safety excellence with a numerical score of 90 to 100.

B: Satisfactory compliance with a numerical score of 80 to 89.

C: Marginal compliance with a numerical score of 70 to 79.

U: Unsatisfactory compliance with a numerical score of 69 or less.


Man charged with rape, aggravated sodomy

John Brent Trammell

A 51-year-old Chattanooga man, John Brent Trammell, has been arrested and booked at the Walker County jail on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, incest and exploitation of a disabled person, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Trammell is alleged to have committed the crimes at a LaFayette, Ga., residence on July 4.

The victim's age and sex are not being released in order to protect the victim's identity.

Trammell is being held without bond. A bond hearing will be scheduled in Walker County Superior Court at a later date.


Rotary Club launches fund drive for Dorian victims

The LaFayette Rotary Club is spearheading a fund drive to assist the people of the Bahamas following the devastation left there by Hurricane Dorian.

The Bahamian people are in urgent need of medical care, housing, food, and other services. Following a natural disaster like Hurricane Dorian, your contribution ensures that we can deliver supplies, provide health care, and support rebuilding efforts. By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.

LaFayette Rotary Club President Julie Carter says, "I believe that there is no better place than The Rotary Foundation to contribute your funds.

This way your donation will go exactly where you intended. Your donations will be going through The

Rotary Foundation and managed by Rotary International and then to local Rotarians on the ground in the Bahamas.

Checks should be made payable to the Rotary Foundation and marked for Bahamas Assistance.

They may be given to any member of the LaFayette Rotary Club or dropped off at The Bank of LaFayette, Chapman Jewelry, Hammond Jones or Sallie McGinnis State Farm.

As this need is immediate, donations will be accepted through Sunday, Sept. 15.


TAKING STOCK
Change behind 'double doors of doom' at 6th Cavalry Museum

Behind the "double doors of doom" at the 6th Cavalry Museum is a large storage area that holds all manner of items people have been donating from the time the museum moved to Fort Oglethorpe from Fort Meade in Maryland.

Chris McKeever, the museum's director since 2003, says she started calling the doors "the double doors of doom" after she had them installed to discourage visitors from poking through a disorganized and undocumented collection of uniforms, photographs, articles and equipment. "I didn't even know what was there myself," she says.

Background

Around 1980, some Fort Oglethorpe fellows who were retired from the U.S. 6th Cavalry took a trip to Fort Meade in Maryland and visited a small museum dedicated to the 6th Cavalry. They learned the Army was planning to put the museum to rest. The men talked the Army into letting them take possession of the museum, but they needed a place for it.

Enter the City of Fort Oglethorpe and then-mayor John Norris. The city had a tiny building on Barnhardt Circle they were willing to dedicate to the museum. There was no second story to it as there is today and the first story was less than half the size it is now. The museum moved in.

An addition was built onto the first floor as the museum needed more space and people donated more items. In the early 1990s, the state of Georgia gave the city $10,000 to add a second floor to the museum.

McKeever was hired to run the museum in 2003 and the donations of items just kept pouring in. The double doors of doom went up. McKeever photographed the museum on both sides of the doors and sent the pictures out to companies that inventory just such collections. "The lowest bid we got was $38,000," she says. "That's far more than we could afford."

Time passed and the museum expanded its programs, improved displays and networked with schools, the community and other museums, but the piles behind the doors of doom remained and grew.

A new dawn

Then recently, Mike Criscillis was visiting the museum. Criscillis and his wife Shirley run a museum design company called Caswell Partners. They were already friends of the 6th Cavalry. "It was because of Mike and Shirley we ended up with the 'History Unearthed' exhibit," says McKeever.

McKeever opened the double doors of doom to Criscillis. "Mike took one look and said 'this can't continue.'"

August 9-11 were set as organization days. Criscillis and his wife had written an Excel program for just such purposes. They came and the museum's board of directors came and together they sorted through thousands of items, identified them and recorded them in the program.

"Every item got a description," says McKeever, "including whether it was authentic or a reproduction, what material it was made of and what year it was from if we could tell. The military knowledge of Mike and board member Joe Barkley helped a lot."

Also on hand to help were Karen Barkley, John Facey, Richard Groves, Nicole Hill, Greg Jackson, Sherry Kitts and Kyle Russell.

McKeever says the work days were full of surprises. Workers found 28 "Ike jackets" – short military jackets named after Dwight Eisenhower.

There were wool sleeping bags made by Peerless Woolen Mills, a 10th Mountain Division pair of boots that McKeever says look like they're from outer space.

"We found a full WAC uniform: skirt, blouse, insignia, overcoat and purse," says McKeever.

There were 400 picture frames still in their original packaging.

The museum donated most of them to the art department at Ridgeland High School.

McKeever says the museum may be able to trade some of the Ike jackets for items they'd like from other museums and may sell some of them.

"There was a lot of stuff that was just junk," says McKeever, "and

we threw that away. We installed $2,000 worth of closet-organizer style shelving. We bought out Lowe's and Home Depot on the shelving."

McKeever says that not only did the Criscillises head up the work day and lend their expertise, they purchased a lot of the equipment the museum needed to get organized.

"We put in air-tight plastic containers and we had to upgrade our laptop to Office 365 to manage the Excel program."

Another work day is planned for September.

The step after that, says McKeever, is to contact colleges with museum programs and see if students would like to intern at the museum by organizing hundreds of photographs, newspaper articles and other printed items.

"We need to get them organized by era, assigned a number, scanned into the computer and turned into an eventual virtual museum tour."

"All the stuff behind the doors of doom was a good problem to have," says McKeever. "There were a lot of gems in all of it. We just needed the right people to come along to help get it inventoried so we could move forward with it.

"That happened with Mike and Shirley and our board members who worked so hard."

MORE INFORMATION

The 6th Cavalry Museum is at 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of some holiday periods. More information: 6thcavalrymuseum.org or 706-861-2860.