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.

Beware of COVID-19 scams

ATLANTA – Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging Georgians to remain vigilant and only rely on trusted sources when it comes to information concerning COVID-19.  Various scams already have been discovered that are designed solely to deceive and disrupt local, state and federal responses to the pandemic. Scammers continue to monitor the headlines looking for ways to steal money and/or personally identifiable information from Americans.

“Criminals continue to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak – trying to  steal, deceive and disrupt,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We often see fraudsters use texts, and unfortunately, they are at it once again. If you or anyone you know receives one of these texts, please immediately contact our office or law enforcement so we can better protect Georgians during this difficult time.”

At this time, the legislation aiming to provide Americans with money to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak is still in draft form. Reports that checks are currently available are false – Congress is still debating this issue. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. If passed, the government will not text you nor ask you to pay anything up front to get this money, and the government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. If you spot one of these scams, please contact our office or notify the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Again, DO NOT respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. We join the Federal Trade Commission in reiterating the following tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
  • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

For information on COVID-19, see the following resources:

  • What You Should Know – How COVID-19 Spreads, Symptoms, etc. (here)
  • Updates from Governor Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force (here)
  • How Is Georgia Responding to COVID-19 (here)
  • Situation Summary (here)
  • Avoid Scams (here) or (here)
  • Preventing COVID-10 Spread in Communities (here)
  • Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
  • Healthcare Professionals (here)
  • Resources for Healthcare Facilities (here)
  • Resources for Health Departments (here)
  • Laboratories (here)
  • Communication Resources (here)

To file a complaint with the Georgia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division:

  • CALL: 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area
  • CALL: 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area
  • To report suspected scams online, visit consumer.ga.gov.

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.

Library reopening postponed

The reopening of the Murray County Public library has been put off until early April, according to Librarian Dianne Davis.
The library has been closed since January so materials can be moved from the temporary site at 100 N.Third Avenue in Chatsworth to the recently remodeled facility on Old Dalton Ellijay Road.
Davis said the regional library board voted on Thursday to close all libraries in the region until April because of the coronavirus.

Murray Arts Council hosts local artists show

Murray Arts Council (MAC) will hold its first Local Artists Show on Feb. 28-29 and March 1. On exhibit will be over 70 original artworks and crafts created by local artists.

The local artists show will be at Murray Arts Council,  at 120 N. Third Avenue in Chatsworth. Exhibit hours Fri., Feb. 28 from 6 to 8pm, Sat., Feb. 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sun., March 1 from 1 to 4 pm.  Admission is free. Murray Arts Council, a nonprofit arts agency serving Chatsworth and Murray County, is located across Hwy 411 (or Third Avenue) from the Chatsworth Courthouse.

 “A part of our mission is to spotlight the talent of local artists,” said MAC President Lori McDaniel. “For this first show, we contacted some of the artists that we already knew about.  Our hope is that many other local artists will come to the show so we can meet them and become aware of their work, as well.”

The exhibit will feature approximately 70 artworks by local artists.  Painter Michael Thompson will be the featured artist in the lobby area. Michael is a long time oil painter and has taught oil painting classes in Chatsworth, Dalton and Calhoun. Other artists whose work will be featured in the show include: Sara Bethea, Mike Clark, George Greyham, Mayelli Diaz, Jessica Wyatt, Beka Carpio, Ariel Southers, Bob Caspar and Kathi Caspar.

“We are also thrilled to have on display art by the two area high school art teachers, Ashli Solinger of Murray High and Kristi Sitton of North Murray,” said Art Committee Co-Chair Julie Sane.  “It has been wonderful seeing this show come together and meeting our local artists. Some of the artists will be present at the exhibit to talk to visitors about their artworks.”

“I’m excited at the prospect of future shows,” said Art Co-Chair Jessica Whealy. “We are really hoping other artists will come to the show and make themselves known to MAC. We would really like to make this an annual event to showcase all of our local talent.”

For additional information, please visit our Facesbook page, @murraycountyartscouncil or email us at murrayartscouncil.gmail.com.  Our webpage is currently under construction.

Luncheon to honor community ‘champions’

Family Connection is about bringing our community together, whether it is public agencies, individuals, businesses or students, to benefit our families. Murray County Family Connections Community Champion Awards recognizes those who strive to make life better for the families in Murray County.
Nominations will be accepted for a community leader, a community business and a student community leader from each of the three high schools.
Nomination deadline – February 28
Community Champions Award Luncheon – March 11 at noon at the Cloer Barn Venue located at South 411. The cost will be $15 per person. Please RSVP by March 6.
Email nominations to murraycfcp@gmail.com
Mail nominations to Murray County Family Connections P.O. Box 1648 Chatsworth, GA 30705
For more information contact Pam Bishop @ 706-483-2684

Chamber welcomes nominations

Do you know a business, businessperson or community member

who should be recognized?

Nominate them for this prestigious honor that recognizes the best Business, Businessman, Businesswoman & Humanitarian in town.

The winners will be announced at the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber Annual Meeting & Banquet on March 10th.

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Businesses must be a member of the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Current and past financial performance
  • Innovation in product or service offered
  • Must be involved in the development and growth of our community
  • Nominees not receiving the award are eligible for re-nomination next year

Please submit nominations no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday,

February 28, 2020.

Email nominations to densmore@murraycountychamber.org

or mail to 126 N. 3rd Avenue-Chatsworth