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Restaurant inspections
Inspections for Walker, Catoosa counties for April 24 to May 1

Walker County restaurants did well for the week of April 24 to May 1, with four perfect scores and four scores between 90 and 100. There was one Walker County establishment that scored between 70 and 80.

In Catoosa County, five restaurants earned a perfect score, while seven others earned between 90 and 99.

Walker County

Chuck Wagon Concessions

395 Dixon Springs Road, LaFayette

Inspection date: April 24

Score: 100

Key West Pool

221 West Main Street, LaFayette

Inspection date: April 24

Score: 78

Inspector notes: Observed a large damaged/dented section of the front fence allowing for a much larger gap than 4". Free chlorine level was well above 10 ppm. Too high to read accurately. Handrails were very wobbly during the inspection. Observed No Log/Record at the facility for chemical readings, even though chlorine reading was too high.

Majestic Manor

67 Pin Oak Drive, Rock Spring

Inspection date: April 24

Score: 98

Inspector notes: Observed oven door hinge still in disrepair.

Cafe 7

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 100

Mary and Martha's

Personal Care

616 Mohawk St,. Rossville

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 95

Inspector notes: No proper chemical test kit provided for measuring the concentration of the sanitizer solution used for wiping cloths.

Darr's Catering

801 McFarland Avenue, Rossville

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 96

Inspector notes: The PIC could not provide documentation or otherwise satisfactorily demonstrate during the inspection, that all food employees and conditional employees are informed of their responsibility to report to management information about their health and activities as it relates to diseases that are transmissible through food. Establishment does not have established procedures for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events that involve the discharge of vomitus or fecal matter onto surfaces in the food establishment.

Farm to Fork

8139 N. Hwy. 27, Rock Spring

Inspection date: April 29

Score: 100

Los Potros

201 Lee Avenue, Chickamauga

Inspection date: April 30

Score: 91

Inspection notes: Observed diced tomatoes stored in top of prep cooler at 48 F.

Parkside Operations, LLC D/B/A The Center For Advanced Rehab at Parkside

110 Park City Road, Rossville

Inspection date: May 1

Score: 100

Catoosa County

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

1417 Dietz Road, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: April 24

Score: 100

Box Enterprises D/B/A Tropical Sno

2336 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: April 27

Score: 97

Inspector notes: Observed ants in the facility.

Guthrie's Restaurant

67 Poplar Springs Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: April 24

Score: 95

Inspector notes: Observed 2 scoops that were single service articles with no handle being stored in food. Observed build-up of dust on the fan covers of the walk-in cooler.

Brainerd Motorsports Park

745 Scruggs Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 94

Inspector notes: Observed employees drink (tumbler with straw) in grill prep area. Observed ice scoop not stored in an approved manner. Observed inside portions of reach-in cooler not clean to sight or touch.


6456 Alabama Hwy., Ringgold

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 95

Inspector notes: Observed plastic cambro pans severely scorched so that they no longer can be properly cleaned and sanitized. Observed three compartment sink needing more caulking between sink and wall. Observed coving coming off from mop sink causing water to become trapped between the sink and the floor. Observed handles and doors of reach in coolers with dried food debris buildup. Also observed food splatter on main serving line equipment.


15703 Alabama Hwy., Ringgold

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 95

Inspection notes: Observed paper towel dispenser with no paper towels. Observed build-up of bread crumbs on bun toaster.

Roller Coaster Skateworld

2706 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: April 26

Score: 96

Inspector notes: Observed TCS foods being held over 24 hours (opened hot dog pack) not date marked. Observed marinara in refrigerator with open date 4/8.

Boyd's Speedway

1481 Scruggs Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: April 27

Score: 100

Las Fiesta D/B/A Fiesta Mexicana

110 Kristen Road, Ringgold

Inspection date: April 29

Score: 100

Holiday Trav-L RV Park Swimming Pool

1623 S Mack Smith Road, Rossville

Inspection date: April 29

Score: 100

American Legion

5956 41 Hwy., Ringgold

Inspection date: April 29

Score: 100

Waffle House

909 Battlefield Pkwy., Fort Oglethorpe

Inspection date: April 30

Score: 91

Inspector notes: Observed improper storage of TCS foods vertically in reach in cooler next to grill, bacon was stored under chicken.


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.

County Elections Office prepares for transition to a Board of Commissioners

The first Board of Commissioners election in Walker County doesn't take place until 2020, but the staff at the Elections Office is already hard at work making sure every voter is placed in the correct district.

"We are working with the GIS for Walker County and trying to get each street in each district, so we have every street in every district, so we can put that into our system," Danielle Montgomery, director of Elections, said. "And that way, if someone looks up on their 'My Voter Page' they can see what district they are in. It is a long and tedious process."

It could take several months for Montgomery and her team to complete this task. Meanwhile, voters with questions about which district they are in can contact the Elections office for verification.

"We have some maps," Montgomery said, "and we'd be glad to answer any questions or emails about what district they are in, because we can see it, but we haven't gotten it into the system where they can see it."

As for those wanting to run for office, Montgomery said there are some important steps to consider before moving forward.

"You need to fill out a Declaration of Intent,' she said. "It's also known as a DOI, before you can accept money. So, no business cards, no signs or anything until you've completed this Declaration of Intent."

Forms can be obtained from the Elections Office on the bottom floor of the courthouse in LaFayette. For more information, call 706-638-4349 or email the Elections Office at


Four district commissioners and an at-large chairperson will be on the ballot. Party qualifying takes place in 2020 from March 2-6, with the primary scheduled for May 19. Those wanting to run as an Independent should contact the Elections Office to learn more about that process. "It's a little bit more in-depth than running under a party system," Walker County Elections Director Danielle Montgomery said. The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The inaugural group of district commissioners and board chair will takes office on Jan. 1, 2021.

Georgia abortion bill signed into law

Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law on May 7 HB 481, the "Living Infant Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act," popularly known as the "Heartbeat Bill." It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

HB 481 defines an unborn child with a detectable heartbeat as a "natural person" with the right to life, except under certain circumstances.

Introducing the new law, HB 481 states: "The General Assembly of Georgia makes the following findings: In the founding of the United States of America, the State of Georgia and the several states affirmed that: 'We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among men.'"

The bill goes on to cite the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that "protects(s) the fundamental rights of particular classes of persons who had not previously been recognized under law." Quoting the amendment, HB 481 says: "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

"Modern medical science, not available decades ago," says HB 481, "demonstrates that unborn children are a class of living, distinct persons and more expansive state recognition of unborn children as persons did not exist when Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and Roe v. Wade (1973) established abortion related precedents; The State of Georgia, applying reasoned judgment to the full

body of modern medical science, recognizes the benefits of providing full legal recognition to an unborn child above the minimum requirements of federal law."

HB 481 prohibits abortion if there is a "detectable human heartbeat." Some exceptions apply. "No abortion is authorized or shall be performed if an unborn child has been determined in accordance with Code Section 31-9B-2 to have a detectable human heartbeat except when: A physician determines, in reasonable medical judgment, that a medical emergency exists; the probable gestational age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or less and the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest in which an official police report has been filed... (or) a physician determines, in reasonable medical judgment, that the pregnancy is medically futile."

Under HB 481, women must be informed by abortion providers at least 24 hours before an abortion if there is a detectable human heartbeat.

The law provides for a woman on whom an abortion is performed in violation of the applicable Georgia Code to recover damages under a civil action suit.

The law also states that a "court may impose on the father of an unborn child ... direct medical and pregnancy related expenses of the mother of the unborn child."

Governing magazine reported in April that some members of the film industry were threatening to boycott Georgia if the "Heartbeat Bill" passed. Georgia provides tax and other incentives to filmmakers and has become a go-to place to film movies (part of "Avengers: Endgame" was filmed in Georgia). Georgia District 53 Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga said at a recent speaking engagement that neither he nor the governor were concerned about losing film industry business. "The governor is not going to com promise on something this important because people are threatening boycotts. Georgia supports the film industry's work in our state and we support the right to life."


Finster Fest returns to Paradise Garden in Summerville

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden hosts its annual Finster Fest art and music extravaganza again on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, in Summerville, Ga.

Finster Fest will feature more than 60 artists, live music, barbecue and other southern fare, a children's art activity area, and, of course, the chance to tour Howard Finster's famous folk art environment.

Finster Fest will feature nationally recognized self-taught artists, including Missionary Mary Proctor (Florida), Michael Banks (Alabama), Peter Loose (Georgia), Eric Legge (Georgia), Jim Kopp (Wyoming) C.M. and Grace Kelly Laster (Kentucky).

Nationally noted artists making their Finster Fest debut this year include Marshal Bevins (Louisiana), Tony Dodson (Ohio), and Deron Braxton Harris (Alabama).

Performances will be held in various parts of Paradise Garden, featuring music by Roger Alan Wade (Chattanooga), Parker Gispert of the Whigs (Nashville), Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin (Athens, Ga.), Thayer Sarrano (Los Angeles), Robinella (Knoxville), Georgia Crackers (Atlanta), and Little Mazarn (Austin, Texas), to name a few.

Proceeds from Finster Fest benefit the nonprofit Paradise Garden Foundation, which operates and continues restoration of Howard Finster's two-acre plus attraction.


The Howard Finster Fest will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, in Summerville, Ga. Hours for the family-friendly festival are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $5, with free parking at the Walmart on U.S. 27 just north of the Garden, with complimentary shuttle provided. Handicap parking is available on site.