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Walker sheriff seeks information in case of man found dead in Flintstone ditch

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is seeking help to learn the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found Tuesday afternoon in Flintstone.

A USPS mail carrier found the body of a 68-year-old Calvin Ray Carnes Jan. 4 in a ditch around 1 p.m. near 803 Ga. 193, Walker Sheriff Steve Wilson said in a news release later that day.

Investigators were not able to identify Carnes, who was found fully-clothed, until the next morning. The WCSO detectives and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) investigators processed the crime scene. Investigators are working to determine the manner and cause of Carnes’ death, Wilson said.

The sheriff said Carnes’ body will be transported by the coroner to the GBI crime laboratory in Decatur.

Anyone who may have seen Carnes walking along the Ga. 193 area between Ga. 2 and the Tennessee state line from Sunday, Jan. 2, through Tuesday, Jan. 4, is asked to contact Detective Zach Simpson at 706-638-1909 extension 1270 or to leave a tip at www.walkerso.com.


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Governor visits LaFayette manufacturer to celebrate announced expansion

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp touted the resiliency of Georgians in responding to the pandemic as the reason the state and manufacturers like Roper Corp. are faring so well.

Kemp, speaking Jan. 7. during a visit to Roper Corp. in LaFayette, commended Georgians for not being “too scared to work” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor and several state and local officials were on hand to celebrate last month’s announcement that GE Appliances, Roper’s parent company, will invest $118 million to boost production capacity, advance manufacturing technology and add more than 600 jobs at the range manufacturer. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

“Protecting livelihoods meant just as much as protecting lives” during the pandemic, he said, adding that his administration wanted to make sure the state’s current and future workforce will have economic opportunity and prosperity.

He asserted that “this great victory” happened because state government allowed manufacturers to control their own destinies, rather than taking a top-down approach and shutting them down during the pandemic, he said.

Roper President Lois Crandell said the plant is hiring and offers competitive pay and benefits, including offering benefits on the first day of employment; Roper recently increased the wage $1 per hour. Kemp shared that an employee could earn the same pay at Roper without commuting to Chattanooga.

Roper is working with local educators to ensure students will be prepared for the increasing technological sophistication of manufacturing equipment when they enter the workforce, Crandell said. STEM education is one component of that strategy.

The state will allocate more money into its budget for working with the university system, technical college system and K-12 education to get robotics, medical and other technology training into schools to enhance workforce development, Kemp said.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division partnered with Walker County Development Authority, the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority, Georgia Quick Start and North Georgia EMC on the project.

Roper is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Appliances, a Haier company and one of the largest employers in northwest Georgia, according to GE. GE Appliances has contributed more than $2.4 billion to Georgia’s Gross Domestic Procuct (GDP), and the company and its affiliates employ more than 2,400 people in Georgia. Roper, at 1507 Broomtown Road in LaFayette, currently employs 2,000 people and produces cooktops, free-standing ranges and wall ovens under the Monogram, Café, GE Profile, GE, Haier and Hotpoint brands.

New opportunities at the facility will include supervisory and management positions and careers in production and assembly. To apply for open positions, go to https://ropercorp.com/work-with-us/.


Former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was memorialized in a service Thursday in Atlanta. Local, state, and federal elected officials packed Peachtree Road United Methodist Church to pay tribute to the late leader.


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Four pedestrians hospitalized after hit-and-run accident on Chattanooga Valley Road

The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) is seeking help to find the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night, Jan. 5, that sent four people to the hospital.

About 8 p.m. two women and two female juveniles were walking along Chattanooga Valley Road near the intersection with Happy Valley Road when they were struck by a vehicle, GSP Cpl. Jamie Mitchell said. The adults were transported to Erlanger Health System and the juveniles to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga. Mitchell did not have any information Thursday afternoon, Jan. 6, on their condition.

No cameras from nearby businesses captured the incident, no eyewitnesses have yet been located, and investigators have no information on the color, year or make of vehicle involved, Mitchell said.

The GSP is asking anyone who was in the area around the time of the accident if they saw a vehicle northbound on Chattanooga Valley Road with only one headlight or showing damage to the front passenger side headlight and grill area to provide additional information to assist with the investigation, he said.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation, he said.


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Walker County Sheriff's Office report: Dec. 27, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

The following information concerning recent arrests was provided by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

♦ McCormick, Steven Alan, 29, 302 Glenn St., LaFayette, Ga., driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense)

♦ McDaniel II, Roy L., 51, 313 Eagle Landing Drive, Flintstone, Ga., aggravated assault (family violence act)

♦ Hudgens, Caleb Alexander, 27, 315 Tarvin Road, Rock Spring, Ga., simple assault (family violence), criminal trespass (damage to property under $500)

♦ Whitecotton, Justin Michael, 26, 48 Second St., Flintstone, Ga., simple assault (family violence)

♦ Gilbert, Andrew Edmondson, 29, 563 Sleepy Hollow Road, LaFayette, Ga., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Holland, Shakara Ray, 42, 136 Kiras Way, LaFayette, Ga., driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense), no insurance

♦ Hurt, Chad Franklin, 29, 408 Dogwood Circle, LaFayette, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Booker, Khadijah Gaynale, 42, 1048 Washington St. #8, Atlanta, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Miller, Zackary Tyler, 23, 507 Marlow Drive, Hixson, Tenn., theft by taking (felony) (motor vehicle)

♦ Taylor, Rodney Dewayne, 52, 229 W. Highway 136, LaFayette, Ga., purchase, possess, manufacture, distribute or sale marijuana

♦ Williams, Deion Marsalias, 29, 632 Morgan Trace, Ellenwood, Ga., hold for other agency

♦ Holbert, Danny Nicholas, 31, 852 Ponderosa Drive, Soddy Daisy, Tenn., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Wallin, Tammy Louise, 50, 4 Jones St., LaFayette, Ga., possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance

♦ Sweet, Elizabeth Necole, 37, 5 Fortune St., LaFayette, Ga., possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a Schedule III, IV or V controlled substance with intent to distribute

♦ Brackett, Hannah Le-ann, 23, 115 Chickamauga Ave., Rossville, Ga., willful obstruction of law enforcement officers (misdemeanor)

♦ Viruet, Zach Elias, 26, 92 St. Victor’s Lane, Ringgold, Ga., reckless conduct

♦ Higginbotham, Abigail Denise, 24, 3925 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, Tenn., willful obstruction of law enforcement officers (misdemeanor)

♦ Chastain, Stephen Paul, 50, 1700 Strawberry Lane, (no city listed), Ga., no insurance, driving while license suspended or revoked (third offense within five years)

♦ Johnson, Rebecca Lee, 42, 110 Chambers St., Rossville, Ga., possession and use of drug-related objects, concealing identity of vehicle, no insurance, possession of methamphetamine, driving while license suspended or revoked (felony) (fourth or subsequent offense)

♦ Burnham, Joshua Eugene, 36, 26 Ellis Road #8, Rossville, Ga., hold for court only

♦ Wells, Edie Jean, 46, 2023 Gainesville Highway, Alton, Ga., possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of drug-related objects, parole violation

♦ Godfrey, Sean Russell, 46, 49 Fortune St., LaFayette, Ga., possession of methamphetamine, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, parole violation

♦ Hummel, Amanda Irene, 38, 10 Dogwood Road, Murphy, N.C., criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor, criminal trespass (damage to property under $500)

♦ Wilcox, Cody Lee, 33, 4283 Happy Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., criminal trespass (trespassing on property), criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor

♦ Uvalle, Victor Santos, 59, 224 Chattanooga Ave., Dalton, Ga., possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of methamphetamine, driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense)

♦ Synder, Daniel Alex, 33, 68 S. River Trail, Martin, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Wallin Jr., Terry Don, 40, 116 First St., Rossville, Ga., simple battery (family violence)

♦ Walker, Avery Jameson Nash, 23, 169 Burgess Hollow Road, LaFayette, Ga., possession of methamphetamine

♦ Younce Sr., Tommy Derwin, 3652 S. Highway 341, Chickamauga, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Floyd, Jordan Ray, 75, 7 Crabtree Road, Rossville, Ga., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Day, Brandon Paul, 31, 205 N. Spring St., Rossville, Ga., possession of a Schedule II controlled substance

♦ Tomlinson, Adam Wayne, 43, 322 Camp Jordan Road B, East Ridge, Tenn., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Coggins, Johnny Andrew, 44, 448 Hardwick Road, Chatsworth, Ga., probation violation (misdemeanor), failure to appear (felony)

♦ Clark, Lora Elizabeth, 36, 601 James St. #34, Rossville, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Cutts, Allen Justin, 33, 14 Old Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., failure to appear (misdemeanor)

♦ Brewer, Sondra Dee, 55, 251 McDonald Drive, Rossville, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Medley III, Roger, 23, 51 Orchard Ave. area, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., terroristic acts, pedestrian under the influence

♦ Ellis Jr., Thomas Isiah, 55, 2626 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Smith, Leigh Ann, 49, 2626 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., false report of a crime

♦ Hunt, Marcus Jeffrey, 23, 110 Summit St., Rossville, Ga., obstructing or hindering persons making emergency phone calls, cruelty to children (third degree), battery

♦ Frashier, Linsay Annette, 42, 2030 Dunwoody Road, LaFayette, Ga., probation violation (felony), probation violation (misdemeanor), theft by shoplifting (misdemeanor)

♦ McCormick, David Lee, 34, 310 Glenn St., LaFayette, Ga., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Moreland, Lateef Hashim, 44, 800 Walker Ave., Ringgold, Ga., simple battery (family violence)

♦ Duncan, Misty Nicole, 37, 187 Ardiss Loop, Ringgold, Ga., possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance

♦ Wood, Harley Logan, 19, failure to appear (misdemeanor), driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, no insurance, possession of methamphetamine, taillight/lenses required vehicles manufactured prior Jan. 1, 1954

♦ Lively, Dakoda Aron Steven, 28, 50 Saratoga Way C5, (no city listed), Ga., failure to appear (felony)

♦ Gentry, Amber Michelle, 33, 1638 Crabtree Road, Hixson, Tenn., possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance

♦ Cochran, Tyler O’Neil, 36, 7002 S. Highway 27, LaFayette, Ga., drugs to be kept in original container (x3), possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (x3), improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, driving under the influence of drugs

♦ Wallin, Timothy James, 44, 881 Cook Road, LaFayette, Ga., probation violation (felony)

♦ Bradley, Charles Dylan, 19, 195 Honeysuckle Road, Rock Spring, Ga., simple assault (family violence), criminal trespass (damage to property under $500)

♦ Crawford, Dakota Ashton, 25, 3699 N. Highway 27, LaFayette, Ga., too fast for conditions, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, driving under the influence of drugs

♦ Pittman, James Claude, 47, 3794 Halls Valley Road, Trion, Ga., failure to appear (misdemeanor) (x2)

♦ Adams, Jemere Deshon, 32, 707 Richardson St., Rossville, Ga., driving under the influence of alcohol

♦ Ward, Leslie Thomas, 48, 203 W. Main St. #215, LaFayette, Ga., disorderly conduct

♦ Mendez, Herber Ramos, 43, 2504 Kirby Ave., Chattanooga, Tenn., open container violation beer/ale/proter/stout/other similar beverages, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving wrong side of road, driving without a valid license, expired license plate

♦ Millican, Austin Tyler, 26, 787 Boss Road, Chickamauga, Ga., hold for other agency, probation violation (misdemeanor)

♦ Gasaway, Joshua Cory, 30, 301 Cleo Drive, Chickamauga, Ga., probation violation (misdemeanor)

♦ Duncan, Brent Anthony, 42, 726 Roberta Drive, Rossville, Ga., failure to appear (misdemeanor)

♦ Ward, Leslie Thomas, 48, 203 W. Main St. #215, LaFayette, Ga., disorderly conduct

♦ Jenkins, Carla Jean, 43, 1006 Logan Ave., Rossville, Ga., possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (x3), possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding

♦ Ramirez, Elias Jaime Contreras, 22, 2435 S. Highway 341, Chickamauga, Ga., speeding, driving without a valid license (misdemeanor)

♦ Benjamin, Megan Marie, 229 W. Highway 136, LaFayette, Ga., purchase, possess, manufacture, distribute or sale marijuana

♦ Aguilar, Heliazar Elias, 39, 3901 Fifth Ave., Chickamauga, Ga., improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense)

♦ Bankstone, Cheyenne Nicole, 35, 32 J Ellis Court, Chickamauga, Ga., hold for court only, failure to appear (misdemeanor)


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