The Chatsworth City Council commended police chief Josh Etheridge for city being named in the top ten safest cities in Georgia.
According to Safewise, an internet security company, Chatsworth had the fewest total property crimes in the state at 24 and placed ninth overall.
Etheridge said the accolades belong to the officers as well as the community.
“It’s the officers who get the credit. They are out there every single day,” he said. “We’re fortunate to work in Chatsworth.”
To see his full comments, watch here.
“It’s a big honor for us,” said K.W. Gong, mayor of Chatsworth.
The council also approved Etheridge’s recommendations on changing several stop signs. The move came after a recommendation from resident Zach Hall, who brought the original proposal to the council at the March 2, 2020 meeting. Read the original story here.
The council approved changes to signage at Lake Shore Drive and South Fifth Avenue and Meir Street and South Fifth Avenue. Etheridge recommended that the signage remain as is at Meir Street and South Fourth Avenue due to more traffic and the stop sign in question is on a hill crest.
The changes include removing the stop sign on the eastbound side of Lake Shore Drive since there isn’t a stop sign on the westbound side.
“It’s a reasonable request,” Etheridge said, adding he was neutral on it. “It doesn’t make sense to have (a stop sign) in one direction but not the other.”
The second change will happen at Meir Street and South Fifth Avenue. Meir Street dead-ends on the west side of South Fifth Avenue. There is no stop sign on Meir Street at the intersection. The only stop sign is at north Fifth Avenue. The recommendation is to move the stop sign from north Fifth Avenue to Meir Street.
“I completely agree with it,” said Etheridge. “There is no device requiring a stop if they make a left turn. It’s a liability.”
In other Chatsworth news, the council:
Approved allowing the street department to continue working four day weeks. They decided in February to try it for 90-days. For the original story, read here.
Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute lease agreements with the Georgia Municipal Association or GMA for the purchase of a Ford F-150 for the street department and another one for the purchase of police vehicles.
Approved appointing Mitchel Smith as Chairman of the Chatsworth Housing Authority Board.
To view the complete meeting, visit our YouTube channel here.
Several Murray County businesses have made the decision to remain closed after Governor Brian Kemp eased restrictions on businesses amid the Coronavirus pandemic. It comes down to how meeting guidelines the government provided and how their businesses provide services, they said.
Read about Kemp’s decision to reopen Georgia here.
For Thadd Trammell, owner, operator,and sometimes janitor of the popular eatery Southern Munch, it wasn’t a hard decision.
“We have such a small dining area that if we had one party of six come in, we couldn’t sit anyone else,” he said. “It just makes sense to stick to take out and drive through right now.”
The restaurant is open from 11-3 Tuesday through Friday, and Sunday from 12-3. They do offer dinner hours on Thursday and Friday.
“I’d rather be safe than sorry, so we’re playing it by ear,” said Trammell. For take out information, visit Southern Munch here.
For Wes O’Dell, owner of J&W Sports Apparel in Chatsworth, the pandemic forced him to change what he was doing and it made his businesses more
“I’ve been here for more than a year and people didn’t know it,” he said. “I started offering masks with replaceable filters and now people know me.”
Those masks are made with team affiliations, from high school through professional level.
Still, he has big plans for when stores are allowed to re-open. Prior to the shut down, J&W Sports Apparel was making a name for itself by bringing in professional athletes for autographs and food from Southern Munch. Some names include former Braves closer John Rocker, Otis Nixon, and others. For more information on who is coming next and online ordering, visit J&W’s Facebook page here.
“This virus tried to beat us done, we’re going to beat it,” said O’Dell.
For Robert Leamon, owner of Christ Centered Martial Arts, which has dojos in Dalton and Chatsworth, the excitement that they could re-open was quickly replaced by the challenge of the guidelines.
“Because of how much room we have and how many students we have, it just wouldn’t be right to only have a select few attend in order to meet the six-feet apart guidelines,” he said. The dojos have a combined membership of about 170 and classes sometimes have 20-30 students of all ages.
“Because of the social distance, wearing masks, gloves, and screening everyone that comes in, it would make it very hard, if not impossible to have martial arts classes,” he continued.
He said his phone started blowing up with students asking about coming back to class after Kemp’s speech and he was all for it until he prayed about it and felt now wasn’t the time. Since temporarily closing, he’s has posted some class work on Facebook and is allowing students to keep track of what they are doing for class credit. Visit their page here.
“At first, we asked them to video what they were doing, but we were getting too many videos, so now it’s on the honor system,” he said. “Not every business is the same, so what works for one may not work for the other.”
Two tornadoes touched down around Ga. Highway 225 and Ga. Highway 286 in Chatsworth near Bagley Middle School and North Murray High School around 10:30 p.m. Ga. Highway 225 north of Central is blocked.
Seven people are confirmed dead and 23 injuries.
Gov. Brian Kemp is en route to the area and expected to speak.
Murray County EMA is asking people to stay home and practice social distancing.
We will update as news comes available.
Helen Marie McDonald, 75, of Ringgold, Georgia passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
She was the daughter of the late Amos and Nellie Davis and was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Willard and Thurman Davis and two sisters, Louise Summey and Arlene Rymer.
Helen retired from Shaw Industries and enjoyed traveling and reading. Her greatest love was her family.
She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.
Survivors include her husband, Joel McDonald, daughter, Angela Cruse (Tim), all of Ringgold, GA, two grandchildren, Kimberly McNeese (Bobby), T. J. Cruse (Jessica), two great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Addison, three sisters, Juanita Parker, Geneva Smith, Linda Loughridge, brother, Hubert Davis, all of Chatsworth, GA, brother-in-law, Morris McDonald, of Cleveland, TN, sister-in-law, Mildred White, of Colorado and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2020, in the chapel of Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, 2362 Highway 76, Chatsworth, GA 30705, with Rev. Crafton Dover officiating. Burial will follow in Murray Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Shawn Chapman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org
Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com
Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Raymond Russell Ramsey, Jr. age 83 of Rocky Face, passed away Wednesday, February 27th 2020 at his home.
Mr. Ramsey was a graduate of West Point Military Academy and he retired from the United States Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Eric Ramsey.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ramsey; sons, Raymond Russell Ramsey III and James (Melissa) Marr; granddaughters, Kalea, McKenna, and Karah Marr; daughter, Julie Marr; granddaughters, Destinee Kamran and Presley Marr; special niece and nephew, Kay and Jim Wrinkle; and other relatives.
Military honors will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 6th 2020 from the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Friday, March 6th 2020.
Jones Funeral Home of Tunnel Hill is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
To send flowers to Raymond’s family, please visit our floral section.
Mr. John M. “Dink” Nicholson, 71 of Chatsworth, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Redmond Hospital.
John was a member of Welcome Valley Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in the yard and loved and cherished his time with the grandbabies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary Jane Nicholson; brothers, George Nicholson, Marshall Nicholson, and Wayne Nicholson; sisters, Clare Jones, Lois Nicholson.
Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara Nicholson of Chatsworth; step-daughters and spouse, Amanda Williams of Rome, Sonya and David Martin of Chatsworth, Katrina Williams of Chatsworth; brother, Richard Nicholson of Chatsworth, sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Leonard Keener of Chatsworth, Fannie and Gene Hooker of Dalton, Frances Lawson of Oneida, TN; grandchildren, Ada, Robert, Valerie; extended family also survives.
A memorial reception will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Peeples Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. John M. “Dink” Nicholson.
Mr. Loyd R.A. Nolan age 96, of Chatsworth, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Chatsworth Healthcare Center.
Mr. Nolan was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Allen Nolan and Ora Gray Nolan; brother, Jimmy J. Nolan; sisters, Lorean Greeson, Louise Carter, and Juanita Awtry; mother-in-law, Lillie Mae Hensley and father-in-law, William Roosevelt Hensley.
Survivors include wife, Inez Nolan of Chatsworth; son, Lamar Nolan (Wilma) of Chatsworth; daughter, Janice Cochran (Jerry) of Crandall; grandchildren, Michelle Kilgore and Heather Hallman; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ashley Kilgore; step-grandchildren, Teresa Davis, Leeann Bentley, and Faith Brown; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mr. Nolan will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Boynton officiating. Interment will follow in the Berean Baptist Church Cemetery in Ellijay, GA.
The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Ranger, GA 30734.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.
Jessie Ruth Gallman Keener, age 84 of Chatsworth, passed away Saturday, February 22nd 2020 in Hamilton Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Henson, Davis Wiley, and Denton Keener; parents, Tom and Ella Lou Weaver Gallman; and sister Ruby Gallman Silvers.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth Wiley; adopted daughter, Tonya McIntosh; sisters, Will Dee Stahr and Beverly Bryson; niece, Amy Byson; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Jessie Ruth Keener will be 4:00 pm Monday, February 24th 2020 from the Chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth with Rev. Larry Wood officiating. Burial will be in Fairy Valley Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Monday, February 24th 2020.
Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth is in charge of funeral arrangements.
To send flowers to Jessie’s family, please visit our floral section.
Wilma Jean McEntire age 83, of Crandall, passed away on February 25, 2020, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. McEntire is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Laurie Lewis and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Raymond Eugene McEntire: children and spouses, Elaine and Clay Ryals of Chatsworth, David and Ingrid McEntire of Saluda, NC, Wanda and Phil Stafford of Crandall, Gail and Scott Westmoreland of Chatsworth Joe and Kim McEntire of Crandall: several grandchildren and great-grandchildren nieces and nephews also survive. Brother, Ernest Lewis of Cleveland Tn.
Services for Mrs. McEntire will be Friday, February 28, 2020, at 1 PM in the chapel of Shawn Chapman Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Tomblin and Rev. Marvin Carr officiating. Interment will be at Sumach Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 5 PM to 9 PM
Arrangments made with integrity by Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Crematory and Monuments www.shawnchapmanfh.com
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Mr. Robert E. Mize, age 78, of Chatsworth, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020, at his residence.
Mr. Mize is preceded in death by his father, Robert A.Mize: mother, Evelyn Mize: brother, Larry Rampley: grandchild, Joel Bluford Horton III.
He was survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Mize: children and spouses, Shane and Denise Mize of Calhoun, Sean and Dana Mize of Acworth, Shannon and Anessa Mize of Rockmart, Shea and Lisha Mize of Carterville, Shad Mize of Cartersville, Shevin Mize and Bridgett Brockwell of Taylorsville, Derek and Cynthia Bartley of Chatsworth, Chris and Ashley Horton of Dalton: 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild: sisters, Agnes Mize of Rome, Kathy Green of Cave Spring: brother, Terry Tidwell of Key West, Fl: several nieces and nephews also survive, special friends, Leon and Shirley Sisson of Rome; and Hardee’s Think Tank.
Mr. Mize was a proud Mason, Pastmaster of Lindale Lodge 455, Pastmaster of Chatsworth Lodge 664, member of Yaarab Shrine of Atlanta, Past President of South Eastern Shrine Hillbilly Association Past President Pastmaster Association.
Memorial service will be Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 2 PM at Holly Creek Baptist Church. Rev.Danny Cochran will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers make donations to The Shiners Hospital P.O. box 1525 Ranson, WV. 25438 or shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Arrangements made with integrity by Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Crematory and Monuments. www.shawnchapmanfh.com
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Gladys Smith of Rocky Face, Georgia passed away on Feb 18, 2020.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm Friday, February 21st 2020. Burial will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens South.
To send flowers to Gladys’ family, please visit our floral section.
Alan Paul Maddox, age 57 of Rocky Face, passed away Friday, February 21st 2020 at his home.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Paul Maddox; brother, Keith Maddox; and uncles, Benjamin and Herschel Maddox.
He is survived by his son, Nathan Maddox; mother, Nellie Hayes; brothers, Victor Maddox and Frank Hayes; sisters, Christy McDaniel and Kay Brewton.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Alan Paul Maddox will be 2:00 pm Monday, February 24th 2020 from the Chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Tunnel Hill with Glenn Howell officiating. Burial will be in Mill Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm Monday, February 24th 2020.
To send flowers to Alan’s family, please visit our floral section.
Ms. Judy Divonna Lowe age 62 of Crandall, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020 at Hamilton Medical Center.
Judy was a member of Little County Church; she enjoyed fishing, shopping, and eating.
Ms. Lowe was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary K. Watson.
Survivors include a daughter, Penny Watson of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lewis and Brenda Watson of Crandall, George and Angela Watson of Blue Ridge and David Watson; sisters, Novella Cross, Linda Lambert, and Mary Rose Cook –all of Murray Co., Evelyn Brock of Dalton, and Shirley Green of Ringgold; several nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from the Watson Family Cemetery with Bro. Lewis Watson, Bro. Doug Hawkins, and Bro. Mike Law officiating.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the graveside service.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.
Glynn “Bud” Boydston, II passed away in Bremen, GA on February 14, 2020. He is now free from pain and the worries of this earthly life.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Peeples Funeral Home in Chatsworth, GA. Bud will be laid to rest at Andersonville National Cemetery at a later date.
Born July 30, 1951, Bud graduated from Dougherty High School in Albany, GA in 1969. He lived mainly around the Murray and Whitfield County area but did spend some time in Florida and Kentucky. He loved spending time with his family, playing and watching golf, and kayaking in Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. He loved telling stories to those he loved that would brighten their day. Bud was quick with his wit and loved making people smile.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Glynn M. Boydston and Inez Tauzin Boydston; and his brothers: John M. Boydston and Timothy P. Boydston.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Glynn M. Boydston, III and Ginny Brewer-Boydston; his sisters: Mary Thrower and her husband Bob of Bonaire, Elaine DiBenedetto and her husband Savy of Houston, TX, Sue A. Dobos and her husband Michael of Perry, and Nadine A. Boydston of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth, GA is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Joshua Chase Allen, 27 of Chatsworth, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Hamilton Medical Center.
Joshua enjoyed skateboarding and spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Tammy Allen; great-grandparents, Clay and Lena Witherow.
Survivors include his sisters, Brooke Klein of Chatsworth, Chyanne Adams of Hiawassee, GA; ; nephews, Eli and Nathan of Chatsworth; grandparents, Richard and Patricia Williams of Chatsworth, David Allen of Dalton; aunts and uncles, Angie and Marshall Smith of Chatsworth, Suzzette and Michael Rose of Rome, Brandon Williams of Chatsworth, Ashley and Missy Williams of Calhoun; also survived by numerous loved cousins, lifelong friends, and extended family.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Allen will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Chasteen officiating. Interment will follow in the West Hill Cemetery in Dalton, GA.
The family will receive friends Friday from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with final expenses.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Joshua Chase Allen.
Veda Pangle Harris, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Westbury Health and Rehabilitation in McDonough.
Veda was preceded in death by her husband, William “Billy” Harris, and parents, Tom and Deecie Cleghorn Pangle.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Barbara Harris; daughter and son-in-law, Celia and Kevan Anderson; sisters, Kathryn Holcombe and Myra Cole; niece, Kathy Valdivieso; nephew, Mark Baker; several great-nieces and nephew; sister-in-law, Joyce Mitchell; and brother-in-law, George Mitchell.
Private family services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
The family will receive friends at Peeples Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.