Helen Gertrude “Trudy” (Rogers) Gallman

Helen Gertrude “Trudy” (Rogers) Gallman, Age 78, passed on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the Oaks PCH in Fairmount. She was born on October 7, 1941, to her late parents, George Dewey and Jewel (Sisson) Rogers in Cherry Log, GA.  Trudy was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Ga. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Gallman, daughter, Cindy Hill Vogelsong, sisters, Edna, Bonnie, Ellen, and Mildred, brothers, C.B., J.D. Charles and Ralph Rogers.

Private family services were held on Monday April 6, 2020, from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddy Hensley officiating. Interment was in the Sardis Cemetery in Chatsworth, GA.

Trudy is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Stacy Lynn Hill of Woodstock, GA, Summer and Skyler Pittman of Rome, GA, granddaughter, Cody and Paul Schaeffer of Canton, GA, great grandchildren, Jordyn and Harlyn Schaeffer, sisters, Judy R. Beaver of Ellijay, GA, Barbara and Jim McVey of Ellijay, GA, Betty and Tom Chastain of Cherry Log, GA, brother and sister-in-law, George Clint and Clara Rogers of Blue Ridge, GA, special niece and nephew, Nanci and Freddie Scoggins of Calhoun, GA, several nieces and nephews and special companion, Brody.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s association or to Compassus Hospice of Calhoun in memory of Mrs. Gallman. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sylvia Jean Posey

Mrs. Sylvia Jean Posey, age 76, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Mrs. Posey was born May 9, 1943, in Murray County, the daughter of the late J.B. and Maggie West Shoemaker. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Her parents; husband, Howard Posey; son, Tony Posey; daughter, Michelle Posey and son, Randall Posey preceded her in death.

Survivors include sons, Kenneth Posey, Chatsworth, Billy Posey, Chatsworth, Jimmy Posey, Plainville; daughter, Linda Posey, Ellijay; brothers, Bobby, Johnny, Donald and Danny Shoemaker all of Chatsworth; sisters, Carolyn Ridley and Brenda Dyer both of Chatsworth; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Wright officiating. Pallbearers were Trey Posey, Matthew Posey, Brandon Posey, Kenneth Posey, Jonathan Townsend and Austin Posey. Interment was in the Mountaintown Baptist Church cemetery.

 Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jerry Floyd Hulett

Mr. Jerry Floyd Hulett, age 71, of Crandall, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2020, at Quinton Memorial.

Jerry loved the Lord and was a member of Boanerges Baptist Church which he loved along with his church family; he enjoyed watching the Georgia Bulldogs, drinking Coke-Cola and good eating.

Mr. Hulett was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Floyd L. Hulett & Delores Mary Hulett; brother, James Hulett, grandparents, Arville & Mary Baxter, and Thomas & Suzanne Hulett.

Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold & Lynn Hulett, Randy & Vickie Hulett, Mickey Hulett –all of Crandall; Jerry also loved his special nieces and nephews, Joy Brewster, Angie Flood, Daryl, Randy, Jr., Mark, Matt, Marshall, Mitchell and Michael Hulett; great nieces nephews; special aunts, Rosine Dalton, and Marie Faith; special papaw Jack Dalton; special cousins, Cathy Dalton Headrick, Donnie Vick, Melissa Rogers, Gary Beavers, Timmy Faith, and Wayne and Ricky Baxter.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mr. Hulett were held Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. David Disney, Rev. Lamar Beason and Rev. Rocky Green officiating. Interment followed in the Fairy Valley Cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Due to the Coronavirus, the family understands visitors not being able to attend the services for Jerry. No hard feelings will be had on the part of the Hulett family.

Anyone unable to attend the service can watch a live stream video of the service on Randy Hulett’s Facebook page.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.


Gov. Kemp asking for health-care supplies to battle coronavirus  

By Dave Williams
Bureau Chief
Caipitol Beat News Service

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp called on Georgia businesses Tuesday to step up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and help by providing, producing, distributing or storing critical health-care supplies.
Specifically, the governor is asking for hospital beds, ventilators, surgical masks, N-95 masks or their equivalent, face shields, nitrile or latex-free gloves of various sizes, safety goggles, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray, sanitizing wipes, hair covers, no-touch thermometers (regular if no-touch are not available), air purifying machines, negative pressure machines, sanitation units, shoe covers and Tyvek suits.
Those are the kinds of supplies that are running short around the world as the pandemic worsens, particularly in areas hardest hit by the virus.
“As our state’s hardworking health-care workers and first responders stand on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, it is our job to come together as Georgians and arm them with the necessary resources to keep them safe and effective,” Kemp said. “I ask all Georgia businesses who are able to support us in the fight against this global pandemic.”
Kemp’s request came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose to 1,026, and the number of deaths increased to 32.
Businesses able to provide assistance and resources with factories already up and running, or facilities that can be repurposed for needed health-care supplies are asked to complete an informational form online at www.georgia.org/covid19response. The form is only for the purposes of collecting information and does not represent a commitment by the state to make a purchase.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development has been working to identify manufacturers and distributors across the state who have in their inventories, or could produce, distribute or store critical health-care supplies that are in short supply now or are likely to be in the coming weeks.
“We could not be more grateful for the dedication our medical workers, first responders, and partners have shown during this challenging time,” said Pat Wilson, the state’s commissioner of economic development. “They consistently continue to make Georgians’ health and safety their No.-1 priority.
“As we fight COVID-19 and its expanded consequences together, we thank our Georgia businesses who have stepped up to help our state and pledge the continued full support of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.”

Volunteer for COVID-19 response

ATLANTA —  The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.
Medical volunteers may be used to answer medical questions coming into the COVID-19 hotline, or assist at test specimen collection sites. Nonmedical volunteers may be used in administrative roles at either the call-center or test collection sites, or provide interpretation or other skills as needed.
To volunteer, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-responds and click on the “Register Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes. Prospective volunteers will be asked for their name, address, contact information and occupation type. In order to be eligible for some assignments, responders are encouraged to complete a profile summary, which includes skills and certifications, training, medical history, emergency contact and deployment preferences
Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.
All Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the following guidance:
Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

New insurance rules set

ATLANTA — Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King has released a new directive to Georgia’s insurance industry announcing additional protections for Georgia consumers and businesses negatively impacted by the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
The directive instructs property and casualty insurers not to cancel any commercial policies for non-payment, particularly those dealing with business interruption or business income coverage, for the next 60 days. It also calls on health insurers to refrain from canceling policies for non-payment until further notice.
“The COVID-19 virus is increasingly having a direct financial impact on many families and businesses across our state,” said King. “(The) directive ensures that no one in Georgia loses critical insurance coverage for non-payment due to these circumstances beyond their control.”
The directive also alerts insurers that the Commissioner’s Office is halting all in-person, onsite exams, audits and licensing requirements, while temporarily suspending all non-federal filing deadlines and applicable late filing fees until business operations return to normal. Additionally, the commissioner will offer immediate and expedited review for any insurance products that are critical due to the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects.

Health Department limits services

North GA – In order to protect our clients, health department staff, residents and communities and to better shift our focus on our coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response, the North Georgia Health District is limiting services to only the most crucial public health services.

At all public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties, these are the services that are currently offered until further notice:

  • Birth Control
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Immunizations for children 5 years of age and under
  • Tdap vaccinations
  • Hepatitis A vaccinations
  • Medicaid enrollment for women’s health and pregnancy
  • WIC vouchers

Protective measures in place at our county health departments, include:

  • Residents are urged to make an appointment for services.
  • Visitors will be screened at health department entrances for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or cough, or if they have tested positive for the virus.
  • To help limit the number of people entering the health department and maintain social distancing, adult clients are asked to enter the health department alone, instructing any other adults or older teens who may be accompanying them to remain outside or in their vehicle.
  • Children who are clients are to be accompanied by one adult.

These measures are in place for the safety of our clients, health department staff, residents and communities.

Local county health departments in North Georgia may be reached at the following numbers:

  • Cherokee: Canton (770) 345-7371 Woodstock: (770) 928-0133
  • Fannin (706) 632-3023
  • Gilmer (706) 635-4363
  • Murray (706) 695-4585
  • Pickens (706) 253-2821
  • Whitfield (706) 279-9600

We regret this inconvenience to the public, but it is part of the North Georgia Health District effort to protect our communities as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For easy access to the latest COVID-19 updates and recommendations from both the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), log onto our COVID-19 Information for North Georgians web page at http://bit.ly/COVID19-Updates-NorthGA.

Food bank needs donations

CHATTANOOGA – The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is preparing for a possible 30% increase in the need for our services during the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate an additional cost of up to $100,000 every month to cover the growing need caused by coronavirus and the economic impact that will follow. If major food donors like manufacturers or grocers are unable to continue donating food to us, costs could grow to $400,000 monthly
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank has launched Operation Feed Our Neighbors to address this critical need, but can only do so with the community’s support.
Empty store shelves may be a very familiar sight for the 1 in 8 people overall – including 1 in 5 children – who face hunger in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. But stocking up isn’t possible for them when putting food on the table is a daily struggle.
Who needs help?
* For thousands of children, the free and reduced meals they receive at school may be the only food they can count on. With school out, they may not know where their next meal will come from.
* Parents who have to miss work to care for children out of school may be putting their paychecks and ability to buy food at risk.
* Seniors at highest risk from coronavirus are being told to prepare supplies to stay at home, but they may be already struggling to balance the cost of food with medicine, utilities, rent and other necessities.
* Still more people face unsure futures as businesses are closing or significantly reducing services.
* We are now serving people who have not needed our services in the past.
In this time of uncertainty, gifts of money and time will put nutritious food into the hands of those who need it.
Every $1 helps provide 4 meals. Of every dollar donated, 95 cents goes straight to food and programs. Volunteers provide essential support.
As the community supports each other by practicing safe health habits, we need help to feed the children, families and seniors who most need us during this time.

About the Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Founded in 1972, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s mission is to lead a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. In its 20-county service area in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia, 1 in 8 people, including 1 in 5 children, are food insecure. Annually, the Food Bank distributes more than 13 million meals through its network of partner agencies to serve children, families, seniors, veterans and others who are facing hunger. The Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief umbrella nonprofit organization in the U.S. For more information about the Food Bank or to how to get involved, visit chattfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Georgia gas prices plunge

Georgia gas prices have fallen 9.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.07/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 stations. Gas prices in Georgia are 17.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 32.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Georgia is priced at $1.69/g today while the most expensive is $2.80/g, a difference of $1.11/g. The lowest price in the state today is $1.69/g while the highest is $2.80/g, a difference of $1.11/g. The cheapest price in the entire country today stands at $0.57/g while the most expensive is $4.99/g, a difference of $4.42/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 14.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.22/g today. The national average is down 21.2 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 32.9 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Georgia and the national average going back five years:

March 16, 2019: $2.39/g (U.S. Average: $2.54/g)

March 16, 2018: $2.39/g (U.S. Average: $2.53/g)

March 16, 2017: $2.17/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)

March 16, 2016: $1.88/g (U.S. Average: $1.96/g)

March 16, 2015: $2.26/g (U.S. Average: $2.42/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Augusta- $2.01/g, down 10.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.11/g.

Macon- $2.06/g, down 12.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.19/g.

Atlanta- $2.03/g, down 12.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.15/g.

“It’s coming true- gas prices are plummeting in every town, city and state with the national average seeing one of its biggest weekly declines in the last decade,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “The number of stations selling gasoline under $2/gal has risen to nearly 40,000, up from 15,000 a week ago, while retail prices have collapsed to as low as $1.24/gallon in Oklahoma City last week, with more price drops coming for nearly every station in the week ahead as they continue to pass along the lower replacement cost. The root cause continues to be coronavirus related, since demand for oil slumped globally, inducing the current price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia as they both raise output, causing oil prices to crash through the floor. Such a large decline at this time of year is mind-blowing, as gas prices have risen in all but one year in the last ten during the spring. All good things may not last forever, however, as rumors swirl that Russia and Saudi Arabia are holding high level talks to reign in the collapse in oil prices, which could eventually end the party at the pump.”

Turkey season starts Saturday

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Gobble. Cluck. Purr. Georgia turkey hunters are practicing their best turkey calls as they get ready for the statewide turkey hunting season opening Saturday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“We saw an uptick in reproduction in 2018, so that could mean a better number of 2-year-old birds in the woods this year,” explains Emily Rushton, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator. “We also had a higher than average jake harvest in 2019, nine percent of the total harvest, which typically means a better harvest the following spring.”

What can hunters expect across state regions this spring? Harvest in the Ridge and Valley region of the state could be up, as 2018 was a phenomenal reproductive year. The Blue Ridge Mountain region also saw a jump in poults per hen, indicating promise of a good harvest.  The other regions of the state, the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, had increases of varying levels, suggesting a fair to good harvest in these areas. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from Mar. 21 through May 15 – one of the longest seasons in the nation – to harvest their bird(s).

Cedar Creek and Cedar Creek-Little River WMA Hunters, take note! The 2020 turkey season will run April 4-May 15 on these properties. This is two weeks later than the statewide opening date. This difference is due to ongoing research between the University of Georgia and WRD, who are investigating the timing of hunting pressure and its effects on gobbler behavior and reproductive success. Through this research, biologists and others hope to gain insight to the reasons for an apparent population decline in order to help improve turkey populations and hunter success at Cedar Creek WMA and statewide.

Georgia Game Check: All turkey hunters must report their harvest using Georgia Game Check. Turkeys can be reported on the Outdoors GA app (www.georgiawildlife.com/outdoors-ga-app), which now works whether you have cell service or not, at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661. App users, if you have not used the app since deer season or before, make sure you have the latest version. More information at www.georgiawildlife.com/HarvestRecordGeorgiaGameCheck.

Hunters age 16 years or older (including those accompanying youth or others) will need a hunting license and a big game license, unless hunting on their own private land.  Get your license at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, at a retail license vendor or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

With many pursuing wild turkeys on private land, hunters are reminded to obtain landowner permission before hunting.

Conservation of the Wild Turkey in Georgia

The restoration of the wild turkey is one of Georgia’s great conservation success stories.  Currently, the bird population hovers around 250,000-300,000 statewide, but as recently as 1973, the wild turkey population was as low as 17,000. Intensive restoration efforts, such as the restocking of wild birds and establishment of biologically sound hunting seasons facilitated the recovery of wild turkeys in every county. This successful effort resulted from cooperative partnerships between private landowners, hunters, conservation organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Wildlife Resources Division. The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has donated more than $6,000,000 since 1985 for projects that benefit wild turkey and other wildlife. The NWTF works in partnership with the Wildlife Resources Division and other land management agencies on habitat enhancement, hunter access, wild turkey research and education. The NWTF has a vital initiati