Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day Event Returns April 27th for Walker County Residents

Chickamauga, GA – Walker County residents will have a chance to participate in a community clean-up effort next week, as the county’s popular Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day returns. On Saturday, April 27th, the Walker County Landfill will accept tires free of charge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The community removed 6,741 tires during last year’s Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day event, an 18% increase over 2017. Tires were sent to an approved recycling center and turned into industrial fuel or rubber mulch for landscaping and playground applications.

During the amnesty event, car and light truck tires with wheel sizes 20 inches or less will be accepted, as well as ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tires. Tires must be dismounted from wheels and free of mud and debris. Tires with rims and large truck, tractor or heavy equipment tires are not eligible for amnesty.

Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day is only for residents, not for commercial businesses. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or current utility bill, will be required to dispose of tires for free during the amnesty event. Those participating will also be required to unload their own tires and adhere to a limit of 25 tires per vehicle.

Residents unable to transport tires to the landfill should contact one of Walker County’s approved amnesty partners. The City of Rossville, Chattanooga Valley Lions Club and Wilson Road Neighborhood Group are among those participating. Specific contact information can be found at walkercountyga.gov/tires.

Properly disposing of scrap tires helps eliminate mosquito breeding sites. The wet spring has provided mosquitoes with plenty of locations to lay their eggs. A female mosquito only needs an inch of standing water to lay a batch of over 100 eggs. More mosquitoes this summer could hasten the spread of West Nile Virus.

Earth Day Adoption Event at Walker County Animal Shelter

Chickamauga, GA – “Reduce, Rehome, Relove.”  That’s the mantra this Earth Day at the Walker County Animal Shelter.

The Shelter staff will host a special Earth Day Adoption event on Saturday, April 20th.  Reduced adoption rates will be available for dogs ($45) and cats ($20) during the event and includes spay/neuter, rabies and core vaccination.  Those interested in adopting can save an additional $5 by donating recyclable items like newspaper, toilet paper and paper towel tubes and old t-shirts.

A number of activities will add to the excitement of adopting a pet.  Drop by the shelter to learn how to make homemade treats at the nature’s kitchen station, turn trash into treasure at the toy recycling station or discover all the ways you can help out by volunteering.

The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga.  Earth Day Adoption event hours run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

March 21st is Down Syndrome Day in Walker County

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield issued a proclamation recently designating March 21, 2019 as “Down Syndrome Day” in Walker County.

Residents are encouraged to wear brightly colored socks and share pictures of those socks on social media with the hashtag #LotsOfSocks joining a global effort to get the world talking about Down syndrome.

March 21st has been selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which results in an individual having Down syndrome

Each year, one in every 691 children are born with Down syndrome in the United States, representing approximately 6,000 births nationwide and 90 to 100 births in Georgia

While research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life of those affected, more investigation is needed into the causes and treatment of Down syndrome

People with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in educational, occupational, social and recreational circles in our community.

The citizens of Walker County are urged to support efforts enabling people with Down syndrome to live productive lives and achieve their potential.

“My Furry Valentine” Speed Petting Event Coming to Walker County

Chickamauga, GA – Find a valentine for all seasons during the Walker County Animal Shelter‘s My Furry Valentine event on Saturday, February 9th.

The shelter will be offering speed petting, giving visitors a chance to flip through a photo album and select a potential valentine. The staff will then hook you up with four of your furry favorites.  You’ll then spend four minutes together, in hopes of making a match.

Adoption fees will be reduced during this event to $10 for cats and $20 for dogs.  The price includes spay/neuter, rabies and core vaccination.  Those making a match during this event will also receive a new pet owner starter pack, which includes toys, food, a leash and collar.

Human and doggy snacks will be available at the shelter during My Furry Valentine, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga.

Walker Fire Rescue & American Red Cross Plan Smoke Alarm Blitz

Rossville, GA – Walker County Fire Rescue and the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia will be going door to door on February 2nd to improve fire safety in the Chattanooga Valley community.  Teams will be canvassing the Dry Valley Road area to install smoke alarms at no charge, conduct a home safety survey and identify potential hazards in the home.

Four people died in two unrelated fire incidents on Dry Valley Road last year.  Fire investigators did not find working smoke alarms in either home.

“Our greatest obstacle with our free smoke alarm program is getting people to sign up,” said Chief Blake Hodge.  “In my 25 year career, I have not worked a residential structure fire that resulted in serious injury or death, when there were operating smoke alarms present.  Smoke alarms save lives!”

Walker County launched a public service campaign last year that resulted in firefighters installing 228 smoke alarms.  Only 21 smoke alarms were installed in 2017.  “With over 68,000 residents, it’s important to diversify our communication efforts and approach, so this information gets to all our citizens,” added Chief Hodge.  “We hope by adding this one-day blitz, we can increase participation.”

Volunteer opportunities are available for community members who would like to be part of this home fire preparedness campaign.  To learn more or to register, contact the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia at 706-728-3424 or email Carla Maton at carla.maton@redcross.org.

Any Walker County resident in need of free smoke alarms should contact Walker County Fire Rescue at 706-539-1255.

Eighth Community Forum Added to February Calendar

Lookout Mountain, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield added an additional community forum to next month’s calendar.  This brings the number of public outreach events in February to eight.

The additional community forum will take place at the Mountain Pleasant Community Center, 5270 GA-157 in Rising Fawn, on Monday, February 25th.

All eight forums will take place in different communities across the county, so residents can attend the one that is most convenient for them.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature a brief introduction, but the majority of each event will consist of public comment and discussion about what’s working well today, along with goals and opportunities for the future.

Community forums will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday, February 4 at Cedar Grove Community Center (5395 W Cove Road, Chickamauga)
  • Tuesday, February 5 at Rossville Civic Center (400 McFarland Avenue, Rossville)
  • Monday, February 11 at Armuchee Valley Community Center (11471 GA-136, LaFayette)
  • Monday, February 18 at LaFayette-Walker County Library (305 S Duke Street, LaFayette)
  • Tuesday, February 19 at Center Post Community Center (8125 GA-337, LaFayette)
  • Thursday, February 21 at Fairyland Elementary School (1306 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain)
  • Monday, February 25 at Mountain Pleasant Community Center (5270 GA-157, Rising Fawn)
  • Tuesday, February 26 at Chickamauga Civic Center (1817 Lee Clarkson Road, Chickamauga)

 

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Walker County Extension Plans Egg, Chicken & Beef Events in February

LaFayette, GA – February will be a busy month for Extension Agents in Walker County.  The local UGA Extension office will play host to several classes and demonstrations for those interested in learning more about the growing and marketing process of chickens and cattle.

The events begin on February 12th with a Meat Fabrication Demonstration at the Walker County Ag Center on the Civic Center Campus.  Hailey Robinson will explain the different cuts of beef for wholesale and retail and show those in attendance how to cut those portions.  The cost for this class is $15.  This demonstration is part of a larger series of classes on Marketing Your Beef Locally.  For more information, call 706-278-8207.

On February 13th at the Walker County Ag Center, the Georgia Department of Agriculture will present an Egg Candling Class.  If you have a backyard flock and want to sell your eggs, you need an egg candling certificate.  This class will put you on that path.

Egg Candling is the process of examining an egg with light in a dark room to detect germ development.  This class is free and will be held four times: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  To register, call 770-535-5955.

In the case of these classes, the egg comes before the chicken.  Walker County Extension will host a Backyard Flock Management Class on February 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Ag Center.  The class will review poultry breeds, feeds, needs, housing and other items of interest to be successful.  Call 706-638-2548 to register.

Whitfield to Hold Seven Community Forums in Walker County in February

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield invites residents to share their ideas to start the New Year.  Whitfield will host a series of community forums in February to discuss what’s working well today, along with goals and opportunities for the future.

The forums will take place in seven different communities across the county, so residents can attend the one that is most convenient for them.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature a brief introduction, but the majority of each event will consist of public comment and discussion.

“Over the past two years, community input has led to enhancements in fire protection, updates to ordinances regulating animals and alcohol, safety upgrades on Nickajack Road, clean-up of blighted property and our annual tire amnesty day, among other improvements,” said Whitfield.  “I look forward to hearing about the topics important to folks in Walker County and their thoughts on how we can improve county services.”

Community forums will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday, February 4 at Cedar Grove Community Center (5395 W Cove Road, Chickamauga)
  • Tuesday, February 5 at Rossville Civic Center (400 McFarland Avenue, Rossville)
  • Monday, February 11 at Armuchee Valley Community Center (11471 GA-136, LaFayette)
  • Monday, February 18 at LaFayette-Walker County Library (305 S Duke Street, LaFayette)
  • Tuesday, February 19 at Center Post Community Center (8125 GA-337, LaFayette)
  • Thursday, February 21 at Fairyland Elementary School (1306 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain)
  • Tuesday, February 26 at Chickamauga Civic Center (1817 Lee Clarkson Road, Chickamauga)

Walker County Animal Shelter Plans Christmas Adoption Event

Chickamauga, GA – Frodo, Bixby, Baxter and nearly 80 other dogs and cats at the Walker County Animal Shelter hope they’ll be part of a Christmas to remember.

Families thinking about adding a pet as a holiday gift are encouraged to drop by the shelter this Saturday for a special Christmas Adoption Event between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In addition to extended hours, the shelter will offer discounted adoption pricing on Saturday, December 15.  Dogs will be $25, while cats will be $15.  Regular adoption fees run $65 for dogs and $30 for cats.  Animals adopted from the Walker County Animal Shelter will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies at no additional charge.

Community members are encouraged to drop by the shelter throughout the day for a host of fun activities, including police K9 demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and pictures with Santa from Noon until 4:00 p.m.  Visitors are also invited to tour the shelter during the event, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and register for a host of door prizes.

Visitors who aren’t sure if they want to adopt, but know they want to help the pet population, can bring a donation with them.  The shelter always needs bleach, blankets, puppy food, canned foot, treats and toys.

The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road near Chickamauga.  For more information, call 706-375-2100 or visit us on facebook.

Walker County & City of LaFayette Recognized for Tourism Efforts

Cartersville, GA – Walker County’s growing reputation as an outdoor adventure destination just received a boost from regional travel industry professionals.  Northwest Georgia’s Historic High Country Travel Association (HHCTA) recognized Walker Rocks with the 2018 Award for Association Excellence for Best Marketing Campaign.

Walker Rocks, a partnership between the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and Walker County Government, highlights the scenic and stunning destinations available in the county for rock climbing, caving, kayaking, hiking, biking and other outdoor experiences.  The campaign launched with the creation of videos highlighting local attractions, a start-up grant competition to encourage business growth in the tourism industry and the introduction of walkerrocks.com and several social media platforms, among other efforts.

“It’s thrilling to know that others in the region are taking note of what we have to offer here in Walker County,” said Lacey Wilson, President of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.  “The Chamber is proud to be part of the collaborative team working to showcase and share the assets of this community with the rest of the world.”

Robert Wardlaw, Economic & Community Development Director for Walker County Government, said “This validates the valuable role tourism plays in our community.  Six months in and we’re already seeing an increase in sales tax revenue and a boost in occupancy at area accommodations.”  Wardlaw added, “Walker Rocks is fun, but Walker Rocks is also an economic initiative to help bring equity to our tax base, which in turn helps our citizens.”

HHCTA, which is comprised of travel industry professionals from a 17-county area, also honored one of Walker County’s cities for its tourism efforts.  HHCTA named the City of LaFayette’s Honeybee Festival as Best Event and LaFayette Mayor Andy Arnold as Tourism Advocate of the Year.