Local News

June 11, 2013

Dollar General gets go-ahead to build

A Dollar General store planned for Dug Gap Road got the go-ahead Monday night as the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners agreed to rezone the property to allow construction.

In a 4-0 vote, commissioners approved the request with some provisions: the building can’t be more than 9,200 square feet, at least three sides must be brick, and if anything else goes there, it must fall within some more stringent requirements for commercial buildings that were in place before commissioners approved the more lenient classification.

Commissioner Lynn Laughter said she struggled with the decision on the property at 1902 Dug Gap Road, especially since the county’s planning commission recommended that the board deny the request. The property in its current state is just “a hodgepodge of buildings that look awful,” she said. Laughter said the land creates stormwater drainage issues for surrounding areas, and Dollar General moving in will address that as well as the fact the spot is an eyesore.

“I honestly believe the property will look so much better with a Dollar General than it does now,” she said.

Phillip Croy, whose daughter lives adjacent to the property, said he’s concerned more about what the zoning designation means for the area’s future.

“It can lead to creeping commercialism,” he said.

In another zoning request, commissioners unanimously denied a petition to rezone about an acre on Antioch Road from residential rural to general commercial. At a public hearing in May, the property owner said he had operated a vehicle repair shop for 10 years and wanted to expand it.

Neighbor Teresa Darnell said after the meeting she believed the building would have created a disturbance.

“I am so glad (for the decision),” she said.

Commissioners also approved rezoning about 104 acres near Christian Heritage School on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that will allow a new high school building to be built there.

Chairman Mike Babb, who votes only to break ties, was absent from the meeting.

Text Only
Local News
  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014

  • Former chamber location 2 mlh.jpg Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton

    On a recent day, McClellan Creek flowed gently through Harlan Godfrey Civitan Park. But some park goers who live near the area say that even a mild rain can turn the creek into a torrent that eats away at their property.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Civil War anniversary: The Battle of Crow Valley, May 9-12, 1864

    The Atlanta Campaign began during the first two weeks of May 1864 in and around Dalton. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s strategy was to target two of his armies, about 80,000 men, against Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee at Dalton. Then, while Johnston’s attention was diverted by these forces, he would secretly send his third army, about 25,000 troops under Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, in a flanking movement to the southwest through Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s goal was to break Johnston’s railroad supply line some 15 miles south at Resaca and trap Johnston’s Confederates in Dalton.

    July 26, 2014

  • New church being  built mlh.jpg Church construction continues

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Avans.jpg Three arrested in arson plot to claim insurance money

    Three people have been arrested for their role in a fire at a Chatsworth home as part of an insurance scam to collect money, officials said.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Investigation into MFG chemical accident continues

    An investigation is still ongoing after a MFG Chemical employee was injured earlier this month at a plant on Kimberly Park Drive.

    July 25, 2014

  • Judge sets $100,000 bond for Cohutta man accused of incest, molestation

    A Cohutta man charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and child molestation was granted a $100,000 bond over the prosecutor’s objection on Friday.

    July 25, 2014