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Healthy Foundations, Peach State Health Plan announce new partnership

Peach State Health Plan has announced a new partnership with Healthy Foundations to assist in the development of the Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village, currently under development in Walker County.

This new partnership includes a $25,000 donation from Peach State Health Plan to be used for the construction of an outdoor sports and recreation pavilion on the planned community village campus.

“The donation from Peach State Health Plan will help us complete our vision for an integrated health center dedicated to improving the greater health of the Northwest Georgia,” said Delaine Hunter, founder and chief executive officer of Healthy Foundations . “Treating the behavioral health of our residents has long shown to improve the overall health of the community. Generous partners like Peach State will help ensure we meet the standard of service we desire for our community.”

The Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village is a 374-acre property being developed as a hub for integrated healthcare services in Northwest Georgia. The community village campus will offer a variety of low-cost behavioral and healthcare services in critical areas such as housing, addiction care, behavioral health care, foster care and adoption services, youth development, workforce development and veteran services.

Behavioral health has long been tied to overall physical health. Significant shortages in resources to these critical areas, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have created a need that cannot currently be met. The Healthy Foundation Community Resource Village will supply Northwest Georgia with the behavioral health support services and programs needed.

“Projects like the Community Resource Village are a perfect example of Peach State Health Plan’s mission to improve health outcomes around the state by improving access to quality, affordable healthcare services and programs,” said Wade Rakes, chief executive officer of Peach State Health Plan. “We are very excited to give this donation knowing the sports pavilion will have an incredible impact in Northwest Georgia.”

Invited guests and project partners participated July 15 in the check presentation at the Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village Development Site (780 S. Burnt Mill Road, LaFayette).


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Lookout Mountain hotel bond issue approved

The Walker County Development Authority July 8 approved a $100 million bond issue for a hotel on Lookout Mountain, overlooking McLemore Cove.

The McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, Curio Collection by Hilton, is the latest development at McLemore, a Scenic Land Co. community atop Lookout Mountain, which in 2020 opened its golf course, short course, clubhouse and The Creag, a restaurant that is open to the public and McLemore residents; every house placed on the market last year sold, and houses under construction were under contract, Scenic Land Co. President Duane Horton said in a news release earlier this year.

According to county officials, the county and taxpayers have no liability for the bonds, but the county will collect no property taxes from the hotel for the first five years and 10% for the next 25 years. The tax incentives will expire after 30 years.

“Scenic Land Company must employ a minimum of 180 full-time workers each year and invest $100 million in the project in order to receive the full incentive amount,” said Joe Legge, Walker County public relations director.

Legge said the county estimates more than $1 million in sales and other tax revenue will be created directly from this project each year.

“The incentives apply only to the new development pieces from the project,” said Walker County Economic and Community Development Director Robert Wardlaw, who is the development authority’s executive director. “All pieces that were already there are excluded 100% from the incentive and will continue (being subject to) regular property taxes even as property values increase.”

Horton plans to close on the bonds Aug. 9 and to start construction on the hotel about that time.

The hotel will be a Hilton’s Curio Collection of hotels. The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga is also a Hilton Curio Collection property.

The 245-room hotel is expected to open in December 2023 after construction is completed in the fall. It will create 292 new jobs, as well as 1,900 construction jobs with an expected payroll of $66 million.

The McLemore development is at the site of the former Canyon Ridge and Taqueta Falls golf course communities.


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Two Walker County men charged with murder

Two Walker County men have been charged with killing a Rossville man during a vehicle chase and shooting spree early Friday morning, July 16.

According to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office:

David Randy McKee and David Shane Bennett, both of 1840 Old Chattanooga Valley Road in Flintstone, have been charged with the murder of Clay Castleberry.

On Friday Emergency 911 received a call that someone had been shot.

An investigation determined that Castleberry had been picked up walking on Old Chattanooga Valley Road about 3 a.m.

This vehicle was then chased by another vehicle while shots were fired at the vehicle Clay was riding in.

Clay was killed during this incident, and his body was later found on Pace Road in Chickamauga.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.


This architectural rendering is the design for the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union’s Chickamauga branch.


Restaurant inspections for Walker and Catoosa counties for July 1-15, 2021 (copy)

During July 1-15, 2021, the health department conducted inspections at 20 food services in Walker and Catoosa counties: seven earned a perfect score of 100, nine earned a score in the 90s (A), and four earned a score in the 80s (B).

WALKER COUNTY

CREAG

32 CLUBHOUSE LN RISING FAWN

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Asparagus puree, various sauces, cheeses held between 47-52 degrees. PIC to keep lids closed and turn off larger warming lamp near the prep cooler top areas. The warmer is causing severe temperature fluctuations. (9 pts)

MCLEMORE CLUB-TURN GRILL

21 STANDING BEAR LANE RISING FAWN

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed hot potentially hazardous food received at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot dogs were held on the rolling cooker between 117-128 degrees; PIC threw them away and made proper adjustments to the cooker. (9 pts)

TOKI SUSHI INC.

116 W LAFAYETTE SQ LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Observed front service cooler for sushi above 41 degrees; CA: PIC to use stronger cooler until the old unit is replaced (next week). (9 pts)

RAFAEL’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

150 PEARL DR LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-02-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Observed open cup and a drink bottle on a food prep table. Had PIC instruct employees to drink out of single service cup with lids and straws only and store below food prep areas. (4 pts)

Observed raw chicken over noodles and Alfredo sauce in 2-door cooler. Had PIC move raw meats below ready-to-eat foods. (9 pts)

WENDY’S

12706 HWY 27 CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 100

KRYSTAL

2354 N MAIN ST LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 92

Inspector’s notes

Observed shake dispenser with buildup; PIC cleaned immediately. Clean these at least every shift. (4 pts)

Observed bathroom facility not clean. PIC to clean immediately. (1 pt)

Observed live flies in kitchen. PIC to strengthen fly control during summer months. (3 pts)

HARDEE’S

813 N MAIN ST LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 94

Inspector’s notes

Observed flour container without the lid. Had PIC store all foods with tight-fitting lids. (4 pts)

Observed accumulation of build-up on cooking equipment in the kitchen. Had PIC implement a cleaning schedule for the facility with sign-off sheet. (1 pt)

Observed floors and walls with buildup in main kitchen prep area. CA: PIC will have floors walls and ceilings cleaned to be clean to sight and touch. (1 pt)

SUBWAY

8175 HWY 27 ROCK SPRING

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 92

Points: 4

Inspector’s notes

No certified food manager for establishment. Observed no one on staff or listed at the store at time of inspection; CA: Obtain new certification within 30 days. (4 pts)

Points: 4

Observed dirty microwave, particularly on the inside in the upper portion over the top of foods being prepared. CA: PIC cleaned microwave during inspection. (4 pts)

CAFE 7

1400 PATTEN RD LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

PRIMETIME VIDEO

122 GORDON ST CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.CA: PIC adjusted thermostat and will monitor the cooler; if temperature is not moving downward, professional assistance will be needed. (9 pts)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

1730 WOOD NYMPH TRL LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

THE DINNER BELL

3258 CHATTANOOGA VALLEY RD FLINTSTONE

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 100

LOS CHARROS TAQUERIA Y RESTAURANTE

8019 N HWY 27 ROCK SPRING

Inspection date: 07-09-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Observed hand sink filled with food contact equipment during inspection; no paper towels present at the time. Corrected on site. (4 pts)

Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut tomatoes, cheese, guacamole, chicken were held between 45-55 degrees. 2 prep coolers are not operating well right now, a technician has been scheduled; CA: Ice is being used to hold temps down as much as possible, plus items are being labeled and discarded before 4 hrs. (9 pts)

CROSSROADS

9157 W HWY 136 CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-14-2021

Score: 96

Inspector’s notes: Icemaker with excess build-up. Had PIC clean and sanitize ice maker. (4 pts)

CATOOSA COUNTY

SUBWAY

6993 NASHVILLE ST RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

DOMINO’S

95 POPLAR SPRINGS RD RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 100

WAFFLE HOUSE

909 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Observed open drinks sitting on tabletops/food prep surface. CA: PIC discarded drinks. Employees may only drink out of a single service cup with a lid and a straw and must be kept stored in a location approved by the health authority away from food for service or clean utensils. This is a repeat inspection and will require a risk control plan. (4 pts)

Observed coffee pot being stored in the main hand washing sink in the kitchen. CA: The handwashing sink may not be used for anything other than washing hands. Employee removed coffee pot from hand washing sink. This is a repeat violation and will require a risk control plan. (4 pts)

Observed the faucet on the handwashing sink not working the way it is designed to work. It was also very loose on the sink. CA: PIC will ensure the sink gets repaired. (4 pts)

Observed rust and food debris on shelves in reach-in cooler. CA: PIC will have selves cleaned and repainted so that there is no rusting on the shelves. (1 pt)

DEL TACO

526 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FT. OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-13-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes

Observed bucket of sanitizer stored over sugar on shelf. Observed bucket of sanitizer stored directly on floor. /CA: Sanitizer buckets must be kept off the floor and not over food or next to food. (4 pts)

Observed hand washing sink had separated from the caulk between sink and wall. CA: PIC will have the sink caulked. (1 pt)

Observed food splatter on walls in the preparation room and on walls under three-compartment sink. CA: PIC will have walls cleaned. (1 pt)

Observed the back door being left open allowing flies in the facility. CA: PIC closed door. The door must be kept closed except during deliveries and removing garbage. (3 pt)

DOGWOOD BIBLE CAMP CAFETERIA (seasonal)

5296 DOGWOOD VALLEY RD TUNNEL HILL

Inspection date: 07-13-2021

Score: 100

EL MATADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2233 LAFAYETTE RD FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-14-2021

Score: 85

Inspector’s notes

Observed raw animal products not properly stored vertically by minimum internal cook temperature. Observed raw chicken stored directly over raw shrimp in reach-in cooler, observed open packaging of raw chicken stored directly over ready-to-eat French fries in reach-in freezer, observed raw chicken stored over raw beef in walk-in cooler. CA — CFSM rearranged reach-in cooler, reach-in freezer, and walk-in cooler so that raw animal products were protected from cross-contamination by being stored vertically by minimum internal cook temperature. (9 pts)

Observed multiple food items not stored 6 inches off of the floor in walk-in cooler and freezer. CA — CFSM moved all food off of the floor so that it was at least 6 inches off the floor. (3 pts)

Observed exterior door not protected from pests. Daylight coming from bottom of the door. CA — CFSM stated they would have the weather-stripping replaced. (3 pts)


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