Around 2:00 a.m., material that had been brought to the landfill Tuesday flared up in the Construction and Demolition section, where building waste such as lumber, glass and brick is disposed.
Firefighters with Walker County Fire Rescue used about 35,000 gallons of water to contain the blaze, which covered about a fourth of an acre. Landfill and Public Works crews also smothered the area with dirt to further combat hot spots.
Crews will continue to monitor this area in case the fire rekindles. A cause for the fire remains undetermined.
Georgia EPD has been advised of the incident and is monitoring the situation.
On June 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., explore what it’s like to take a peaceful journey aboard a touring kayak at Lee & Gordon’s Mills. Battlefield Outdoors will provide demonstration kayaks to give beginners a taste of what it’s like to go paddling on the creek.
Visitors are encouraged to picnic with family and friends onsite during Kayak Day, which is a free community event. Participants are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water, a dry or ziplock bag and a towel.
The Lee & Gordon’s Mills launch site is part of the South Chickamauga Creek Blueway, which runs from Chickamauga to Fort Oglethorpe en route to the Tennessee Riverpark, near Chattanooga State Community College.
Interest in recreational kayaking has more than doubled over the past decade, according to The Outdoor Foundation’s 2018 Outdoor Participation Report. Kayak Day aims to build on that growth, by eliminating some of the apprehension associated with learning how to safely maneuver this outdoor activity.
The Walker Rocks Outdoor Series continues on July 13th with a Trivia Scavenger Hunt at Lula Lake on Lookout Mountain. Admission will be free, but pre-registration will be required due to limited space.
Rock Spring, GA – A proposal to refinance a series of revenue bonds could result in over two-million dollars in savings to Walker County taxpayers.
The Walker County Development Authority (WCDA) issued the Series 2015 bonds on behalf of Walker County Government, in order to fund the completion of infrastructure and dirt work at the Walker County Industrial Park.
Four years ago, WCDA issued the bonds contingent on the county being financially obligated for all fees, interest and payments. WCDA also made obtaining over $17.5 million in Series 2015 bonds contingent upon receiving a rate not to exceed 7.5%. This year, based on Walker County’s improved financial conditions, WCDA proposes to refinance the remaining balance of the bonds contingent upon receiving a rate not to exceed 4.9%.
As part of the refinancing process, Walker County expects to receive an upgraded credit rating, due to the same improvements in the county’s balance sheet and financial outlook that would allow the lower interest rate cap.
“One of the top priorities of my administration has been to get our financial house in order. Restoring Walker County’s credit rating makes lower rates like this possible for existing debt,” said Commissioner Shannon Whitfield. “The latest audit shows our balance sheet in a much stronger position than in 2015. This allows us to turn yet another page in our shared journey together toward freedom from crippling county debt. We are thrilled this will save the taxpayers of Walker County millions of dollars.”
WCDA approved the bond resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, June 11th. Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will review the proposal at his meeting on Thursday, June 13th. Once the bonding agency has received final interest rate terms, both government entities will make a decision on whether to move forward with the refinancing proposal.
Gary Moore works Monday through Friday, cleaning bathrooms and break areas at Roper Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Appliances, a Haier Company.
Gary loves his job with I H Services and he’s liked by his co-workers, who bring him cake on special occasions and check on him when he’s sick. “I’ve got a bunch of friends, they all miss me when I’m not here,” said Moore. “When I was out, they all sent me $360.”
You wouldn’t know it by his job performance, but Gary has a disability. “We have about 40 others in our program who are out there working in the community, living full, rich lives feeling that they are contributing to their world,” explained Rebecca Clark, Supported Employment Coordinator for Kaleidoscope, a program of Lookout Mountain Community Services. Clark works with area employers to educate them on how hiring someone with a disability not only benefits the community, but also makes business sense.
“Many times in the past, people with disabilities were thought to be unable to hold jobs and when given the opportunity, we see they can make very important and valuable contributions to the workplace,” said Clark.
As Gary’s supervisor, Ciara Norman knows that first hand. “He seasoned, of course he knows the routes and the ways way better than anybody else, but he knows how to interact with everyone here a little better.”
Kaleidoscope provides support along the way to clients and employers too. Everyone in the program has a job coach who works to match the job seeker’s abilities and interests with potential positions. Once hired, Kaleidoscope assists with pre-employment paperwork, provides training and coaching on job responsibilities, and helps both parties understand the impact of changes at work, like new duties or a supervisor switch.
Darlene Cannon, Job Coach, said “To help make that transition to where they are able to communicate together so she knows how Gary works and why he does his job the way he does his job.”
Gary has been on the job for nearly 18 years… and says he’d be bored if he wasn’t working. “I enjoy it, because I’m used to doing it at home.”
For more information on becoming a client or business partner, contact Kaleidoscope at 706-375-2142.
Rock Spring, GA – Over Memorial Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Revenue, Walker County, as well as every other counties across the state installed a new state-of-the-art system, Georgia Driver Record and Integrated Vehicle Enterprise System (DRIVES) to upgrade and modernize the vehicle registration and titling functions.
Now that the statewide system upgrade has been successfully completed, Walker
County, in conjunction with the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division, has launched a new web services portal to enable Georgia residents to complete more vehicle services online. Customers are now able to complete a number of services online including tag renewal notification, registration replacement, registration cancellation, pre-applications for title and registration, change of address, insurance fine payments, rental car registration and renewal, leasing company registration and renewal and dealer renewal.
Throughout the entire state, county tag offices are using the new system and are encouraging customers to visit the new online portal to see which online services are available for their county. “Georgia DRIVES is allowing Walker County residents to conduct their vehicle related business with the county at their convenience. While we love seeing our customers, we are happy that they now have more options to
self-serve when it comes to vehicle titling and registration,” said Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner.
Chickamauga, GA – Walker County welcomes over 3,800 athletes to the area for this Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 event.
A majority of the 56-mile bicycle portion of the triathlon will once again trek through Walker County. Cyclists will enter Walker County on Highway 193, where a new “Walker County Welcomes You” sign will greet them.
Athletes will soak in some incredible views as they travel about 18 miles south before cutting across Andrews Lane to get to Hog Jowl Road. They will then pedal another 12 miles up Cove Road/Highway 341 until reaching downtown Chickamauga, where family, friends and other spectators will line the streets and sidewalks to greet them.
After leaving Chickamauga by way of Chickamauga Road, IRONMAN competitors will reconnect with Highway 193 and navigate back into Chattanooga.
The race begins with the swimming portion at 6:50 a.m. The first athlete is expected to reach the finish line by 10:30 a.m. Spectators wanting to watch the bicycle portion from downtown Chickamauga should be in place prior to 10:00 a.m. to see the first group ride through.
Rock Spring, GA – The Walker County Tax Commissioner offices in Rock Spring and Rossville will close to the public at Noon on Thursday, May 23rd and not reopen until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28th. The closure is necessary to install Georgia DRIVES, a new state-mandated vehicle registration and titling system.
Every resident with a birthday in late May and early June should process their vehicle transactions on or before May 20th to avoid any issues, as some vehicle services will be reduced after that date in preparation for the system upgrade.
“Every employee in our office has been working diligently to learn this new system,” said Carolyn Walker, Tax Commissioner. “We won’t be as fast as we have been with the old system for a while, until we have everything committed to memory. We appreciate your support and patience during this transition.”
This system upgrade will impact all local tag offices in Georgia, not just Walker County. Statewide, all county tag offices will be unable to process vehicle transactions during the upgrade.
Georgia DRIVES will modernize the data input system for tags and titles, provide agencies with interconnectivity and improve the customer experience by expanding the ability for mobile, Internet and kiosk transactions.