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Seasonal Burn Ban Delayed until June 1st for Walker County

LaFayette, GA - The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has agreed to temporarily modify the seasonal burn ban for Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga and four other counties. Burning of trees, brush and stumps will now be allowed through May 31, 2020. The move follows requests from Walker County Government, State Senator Jeff Mullis and others for … Continue reading Seasonal Burn Ban Delayed until June 1st for Walker County

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Walker County Businesses Affected by April 12-13 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding

This release come from the Small Business Administration: Washington, D.C. - SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza released the following information following the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Tennessee affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on April 12 - 13, 2020. While the disaster declaration covers Bradley and Hamilton … Continue reading SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Walker County Businesses Affected by April 12-13 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding

DPH Explains Recent Spike in Walker County COVID-19 Cases

LaFayette, GA - The Georgia Department of Public Health provided a detailed explanation as to why the number of COVID-19 cases spiked in Walker County last week and then leveled off. DPH confirmed serologic-only antibody testing numbers were included in the state's data. Serologic testing uses a finger-prick blood sample to test for a previous … Continue reading DPH Explains Recent Spike in Walker County COVID-19 Cases

Kemp Issues Guidance for Restaurants to Resume Dine-in Services

Atlanta, GA - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order late Thursday targeted at "Reviving a Healthy Georgia." The latest Order includes information about how businesses, such as restaurants with dine-in services, can resume operations on Monday, April 27th, in addition to previously issued guidelines for businesses that were allowed to reopen on Friday, … Continue reading Kemp Issues Guidance for Restaurants to Resume Dine-in Services

Walker County to Resume Some Local Government Operations Over the Next Two Weeks

LaFayette, GA - As the state of Georgia makes plans to reopen when Governor Brian Kemp's Shelter in Place order expires April 30th, Walker County Government will resume some county operations that had previously been suspended due to COVID-19. The following changes were announced today, during a Facebook Live community update. Animal Control - On-call … Continue reading Walker County to Resume Some Local Government Operations Over the Next Two Weeks

Walker County to Reopen Fairview Fire Station as 24/7/365 Operation on August 20th

Rossville, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield announced the next phase to enhance public safety and fire protection in the county today. Whitfield unveiled plans to reopen Station 7 in the Fairview community as a 24/7/365 operation. “We have had a need for an additional fire station in northern Walker County for a long … Continue reading Walker County to Reopen Fairview Fire Station as 24/7/365 Operation on August 20th

Breaking Down Governor Brian Kemp’s COVID-19 “Minimum Operations” Executive Order

Atlanta, GA - Earlier this week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an Executive Order to relax restrictions placed on certain businesses as part of the COVID-19 health crisis. The Order is clear that requirements are statewide and that local governments cannot make them more or less restrictive. Under the Order, the following businesses are allowed … Continue reading Breaking Down Governor Brian Kemp’s COVID-19 “Minimum Operations” Executive Order

Free COVID-19 Testing for the Public Now Available in Walker County

LaFayette, GA - Any northwest Georgian with symptoms of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, may receive free testing provided by public health at one of four sites in Bartow, Floyd, Paulding, and Walker counties. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath. Call 706-802-5329, 706-802-5885, 706-802-5886 or 706-802-5888 from 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday … Continue reading Free COVID-19 Testing for the Public Now Available in Walker County

Welcome Home Mr. Rhodes!

Chickamauga, GA - Four months after suffering critical burns in a fire that destroyed his Worthington Gap Road home, Rickey Rhodes has been reunited with his family.  Rhodes was greeted by family, friends and first responders upon his arrival in Walker County this afternoon. Rhodes had been hospitalized at Vanderbilt Medical Center since December 11, … Continue reading Welcome Home Mr. Rhodes!

Connecting Walker County Storm Victims with Volunteer Organizations

Trion, GA - Now that power has been restored to main lines in the Highway 151/Halls Valley/Ramey Road area and the roads cleared and reopened, it is now safe for Walker County Emergency Management to assist with volunteer organizations wanting to help storm victims. If you are a storm victim and need assistance or a … Continue reading Connecting Walker County Storm Victims with Volunteer Organizations