Local News

February 12, 2014

Whitfield accepts emergency grants

Whitfield County will be better prepared for future emergencies thanks to two state grants.

The Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on Monday to accept:

• A $43,160 Homeland Security grant. The grant will be used to buy specified equipment for emergency management, including an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), trailer , emergency response lights, radios and a siren for the ATV, various radio equipment, an emergency lighting system, satellite phones, a generator and fire extinguishers.

• Accept a $10,000 grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for equipment and training for local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. Participants in the CERT program get training in disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations and basic first aid, and search and rescue.

Whitfield County Emergency Management Director Claude Craig said the ATV and associated equipment will give the county greater capability to respond to sites that aren’t accessible by roads.

“That could be something weather related or a medical emergency or a hazmat (hazardous materials) situation or anything like that,” he said.

Board members also voted 4-0 to:

• Buy 10 new full-size, all-wheel-drive patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office from Brooker Ford for $241,450.

• Spend $25,000 of federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funds to purchase a computer system for the sheriff’s office from Techfriends of Jonesboro, Ark. The kiosk is  essentially a computer terminal housed in a protective container.

“This will allow us to set up visitations over the Internet,” said sheriff’s office Maj. John Gibson. “It will cut down on moving inmates from the cell block. They can’t have contact visitations anyway. They are talking through a piece of plexiglass. It will also allow us to do all the documentation that we normally do, such as requests for medical appointments. Any communication an inmate has will go through this kiosk system.”

Gibson said the kiosk will save the sheriff’s office the expense of printing out many forms and protect inmates and officers by reducing the need to remove inmates from their cells.

Text Only
Local News
  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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