Local News

February 22, 2014

Restaurant report card — Whitfield County



2101 E. Walnut Ave.

Current score: 92

Current grade: A

Previous score: 91

Previous grade: A

Comments: Slicer has not been washed, rinsed and sanitized and the four-hour mark has passed. All equipment used with potentially hazardous food must be properly cleaned and sanitized every four hours. Improper cooling methods were observed. Baked potatoes were stored in tightly closed containers. They have another 30 minutes at this moment and are now cooling properly. Container lids were removed to release heat. Do not cover food that is actively cooling. Cooling must be occur at specific intervals. 135 degrees to 71 degrees (two hours), 71 degrees to 41 degrees (four hours). Corrected on site. Employee observed wearing gloves to sweep and the other did not wash hands between glove change. Wash hands between glove change and only wear them to handle ready-to-eat foods.

Ridgewood Nursing

Center, 1110 Burleyson Drive

Current score: 92

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Sanitizer concentration was too weak in cloth bucket solution. Maintain at 200 ppm QAC. Corrected on site. Use-by date on turkey has passed. Discarded. Check date daily and dispose of properly. Corrected on site.

Starbucks at Kroger,

1365 W. Walnut Ave.

Current score: 91

Current grade: A

Previous score: 91

Previous grade: A

Comments: Half and half on counter was out of temperature and timer was not started; no time recorded. Time must be recorded for potentially hazardous not under temperature control. Corrected on site.

Taqueria El Rey, 1701 E. Morris St.

Current score: 91

Current grade: A

Previous score: 64

Previous grade: U

Comments: Multiple containers of cooked meat did not have date mark. One container was past its use-by date by one day. All ready-to-eat food that is potentially hazardous must be date marked with a use-by date of seven days maximum, with day one being day food was cooked/opened. Food employee was observed wearing watch. Jewelry is not allowed on wrists or fingers except  a solid band ring. Gloves were being worn for cleaning and handling spatulas. Only wear gloves when touching ready-to-eat foods. Hole in wall and separation is allowing air in via a direct opening to outside. Repair hole and seat separation so that there is no gap that may allow dust or pests into kitchen from outside. Water heater may not have capacity. Will follow up to see if repair or replacement is needed.

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