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14-year maintenance veteran played a key role in repair efforts that lasted till 3 in the morning. For his efforts, he’s been named Whitfield County Employee of the Month for March.



Whitfield County Director of Communications


Billy Crowe

Working in the maintenance department at the Whitfield County Jail isn’t a 9-to-5 job.

Billy Crowe knows that first hand, but he’s not complaining.

In fact, on March 29, a backhoe operator hit one of the main power lines at the jail while working on a drainage problem, causing all of the power to be lost at the correctional center except for what the backup generator could provide.

The accident happened at 1:10 p.m.

Crowe and his partner responded quickly to the scene and determined what would be needed to make the repairs and restore power.  A local industrial supply house agreed to stay open late to make sure all of the parts would be available, and a local electrical contractor was called in to use his expertise in this type of problem to oversee the repairs.

A local industrial supply house agreed to stay open late to make sure all of the parts would be available, and a local electrical contractor was called in to use his expertise in this type of problem to oversee the repairs.

The work began by having to cut the destroyed 225-amp circuit breaker out of the switch box and then pulling out the old wire and replacing it with new wire. This process took a considerable amount of time.

“Billy was on the end of the wire feeding it into the conduit,” said Lt. Emmit Tate of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. “This is the important end of the wire because whoever feeds it into the conduit has to insure that the wire does not get skinned as it goes in. Billy fed all 360 feet of this wire into the conduit by himself. An officer had an inmate work crew out feeding Billy the wire as Billy fed it into the conduit. This was a tedious,  hard, and very exhausting job, but it was done without complaint.”

In fact, it was very late before any of the maintenance personnel got anything to eat for an evening meal, according to Tate.

Their efforts paid off when power was restored at 3 a.m., nearly 14 hours after the accident.

“By approximately 3:30, tools had been put up, doors locked up, and the generator had shut itself down,” Tate said. “The maintenance crew was then back at the jail by 8 a.m. for the beginning of their work shift.”

Throughout the month of March, Crowe also replaced all of the vent fan motors in the housing areas of the jail and is now working on the same in the rest of the jail.

“Billy is also on call every other week, which is more often than most county employees,” Tate said. “Billy is very good natured and gets along well with his co-workers.”

For those efforts, Tate successfully nominated Crowe for Whitfield County Employee of the Month for March. To help local residents get to know him better, Crowe filled out the following fun questionnaire.

Name: Billy Crowe

Job title: Maintenance

Time with the county: 14 years

Where I went to high school: Cedar Valley

My role as a county employee: Maintenance tech at Whitfield County Correctional Center

What keeps my job interesting: The people I work with

What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job: Knowing it’s all done

Where I grew up: Whitfield County

Family: Wife Sherry Crowe, son Brian Crowe

After work, I enjoy: Spending time with my family and working on lawn mowers.

Favorite TV show: Westerns/Lonesome Dove

Favorite meal: Steak and potato

Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: Longhorn

Favorite Whitfield County event: Parade

You can pick anyone from any time in history to have dinner with – who would you pick? Johnny Cash and John Wayne

I’m most proud of: My son, Brian

Cats or dogs? Dogs (we have eight)

Cake or pie? Cheesecake/pineapple upside down cake

Favorite car? ’55 Chevy

Early riser or sleep-in? Both

Favorite vacation ever? Pigeon Forge with family

If I’ve learned one thing, it’s: Work hard

Who has had the most impact on my life: Steve Adams, Granny and Grandpa

If I could have two wishes, they would be: Be rich and live forever

You’d be surprised to learn that I: Enjoy hiking.

The best advice I ever got: To work hard at all I do.

Anything else you’d like to say: I enjoy working for Whitfield County!


Rep. Broadrick Commends Whitfield County Businesses for Successful Year of Trade

Rep Bruce Broadrick

ATLANTA – State Representative Bruce Broadrick (R-Dalton) today commended Whitfield County businesses for a successful year of trade and commerce following the release of Fiscal Year 2016 cargo data distributed by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA).

“I applaud Whitfield County’s business community for an abundant year of trade through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick,” said Rep. Broadrick. “Many of our community’s leading companies have moved massive amounts of cargo containing a variety of valuable commodities into and out of the state this past year, and I’m proud of Whitfield County’s great contributions in maintaining Georgia’s reputation as the No. 1 state in the country for business.”

According to cargo data collected by the U.S. Commerce Department via the Port Import Export Reporting Service, Whitfield County exported 1,033 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) and imported 12,897 TEUs during Fiscal Year 2016 at Brunswick and Savannah’s public and private terminals. A TEU is a unit commonly used within the maritime and transport industries to describe and measure a cargo container’s size and carrying capacity.

GPA and Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals, including the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, employ more than 369,000 personnel statewide and annually generate $84.1 billion in revenue, $20.4 billion in income and $2.3 billion in state and local taxes. GPA’s ports and terminals serve as international trade gateways for the United States’ agriculture and production industries.

For more information on GPA, please click here.

Representative Bruce Broadrick represents the citizens of District 4, which includes portions of Whitfield County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2012, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Vice Chairman of the Game, Fish, & Parks Committee.  He also serves as the Secretary of the Industry & Labor committee and is a member of the Health & Human Services and Intragovernmental Coordination committees.

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Jaudon Named Dalton State Athletic Director

Jon Jaudon

DALTON– (April 10)–Nine months after being brought on board to shepherd Dalton State’s athletic program through a period of transition and reorganization, Jon Jaudon has been named the permanent athletic director.

“I am delighted to announce that Jon Jaudon has agreed to join us in this new capacity as director of our athletic program,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, president of Dalton State. “We have a maturing program that has already achieved remarkable success, and I cannot think of a better individual to lead it at this stage in its lifecycle.

“During his interim time here Jon was able to reorganize our assets into a program that is positioned for long-term success and financial sustainability,” she said. “He is a valued member of our team, and I hope everyone will join me in supporting Jon as he settles in to his expanded role leading our program.”

Jaudon joined Dalton State as interim athletic director last July with an impressive resume of athletic management and administrative experience, including 16 years as associate athletics director for administration at Virginia Tech.

Jaudon brought to Dalton State experience in university relations, department leadership, strategic planning, financial affairs, student-athlete life, compliance and risk management, leadership development, athletic program administration, academic services, Title IX and gender equity, facility planning and construction, business operations, human resources, and athletic development. At various times in his tenure at Virginia Tech, he oversaw baseball, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, wrestling and men’s and women’s teams in soccer, swimming, and diving.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., Jaudon previously worked at the University of Texas where he served as assistant athletics director for academic services and academic counselor for the football and men’s basketball teams. He has also served as an academic counselor at the University of Florida and as assistant baseball coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Florida in 1983, and a Master of Arts in education with emphasis in sports administration in 1985, also from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Dalton.

“I want to thank Dr. Venable for demonstrating her faith and trust in me to lead our athletics department,” said Jaudon. “We have developed a trusting, respectful relationship over the last nine months, and it is that foundation that has led me to accept this position permanently. I look forward to being a part of the leadership team that will shepherd the vision she has set before us to be a first choice destination college. I am energized each day to contribute to Dalton State College through the platform of intercollegiate athletics.

“There is much to do,” he continued. “Realizing all that this college and athletics department can be is a team effort. I envision so many wonderful experiences ahead for this college and community. I am humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the Dalton State experience.”

“We are proud of our program’s success to this point, and we look forward to next season when we will once again put forward a roster of strong teams that can compete for championships,” Venable said.

Dalton State sponsors seven athletic teams including men’s basketball, women’s cross country and track, and men’s and women’s teams in soccer, and golf. The College is an NAIA school and a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Todd Pangle Named Dalton Fire Chief

By Bruce Frazier:

The Dalton Public Safety Commission voted unanimously to confirm Todd Pangle as the Dalton Fire Chief at their monthly meeting this morning. Pangle has served the fire department nearly 20 years and has been the Deputy Fire Chief since March 2015. He was one of three candidates to replace Chief Bruce Satterfield, who is retiring at the end of April.

Todd Pangle rose through the ranks of the Dalton Fire Department beginning in July of 1997. He has served the agency in every firefighting capacity while working his way up the ladder from recruit candidate to battalion chief. That’s one reason his outgoing chief said that “well-rounded” would be the best way to describe him.

“Todd is a very detailed person,” Chief Bruce Satterfield said. “He’s very meticulous about how he goes about his daily job.”

“He has a very good respect and rapport with the personnel of the department,” Satterfield continued. “He brings a lot of experience to the table. He’s been a tremendous asset to me upstairs as the deputy chief since 2015, and he’s just a ton of help with his knowledge and so forth… I’m a thorough believer that he is the person to take the department further with my departure.”

The search for the next fire chief began in January after Chief Satterfield announced his impending retirement. Three internal candidates qualified in February to apply for the position. Those three candidates were Pangle, Damion Epps, and Chris Cantrell. Interviews with the candidates reportedly left commissioners impressed by all three.

“We had three outstanding candidates for the position,” said Bill Weaver, the chairman of the Public Safety Commission. “I think the feeling was that Todd had some experiences that the others have not had, and that those experiences pushed him over the top as the commission deliberated and discussed the candidates before them.”

“I sensed a deep commitment to the future of the fire department and to the importance of having outstanding staff and that he would work hard to continue the traditions that had been set within the fire department for many, many years,” Weaver continued.

Pangle said that the chance to become fire chief is exciting, but also a little daunting as he works to keep the department moving forward.

“I think that’s where a lot of my fear comes from, not seeing the department regress in any way but seeing the department move forward in every aspect,” Pangle said. “I feel like we’ve got one of the best departments around and to maintain that and not only maintain but to continue to push forward puts a lot of pressure on me, and that’s what I hope to see.”

Todd Pangle attended Chattanooga State and Dalton State. He is married to Belinda Pangle and the couple has one child, son Preston Pangle who is studying at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Pangle will continue as deputy chief until April 28th when Chief Satterfield steps aside and retires.

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like,” Pangle said of becoming fire chief. “There’s a sense of relief but also a sense of pressure, just in realizing what lies ahead and the responsibility that I’ll have.”

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Dalton Police Arrests 7 In Online Prostitution Sting

By Bruce Frazier:

The Dalton Police Department arrested 7 potential “Johns” in a prostitution sting on Tuesday night. In recent months, Dalton detectives have received complaints of prostitutes operating in the area and have been investigating. The department conducted a similar operation on February 22nd that resulted in the arrest of 8 people.

An undercover officer posed as a prostitute for the operation. Investigators placed an ad online and the suspects agreed to meet with the officer at a hotel in Dalton. Arrested in the operation were:

  • Keeon Jerome Almon 38 years old                 6 Luminosa Terrace, Rome, GA
  • Russell Brunni 53 years old                 1201 Calhoun Ave, Rome, GA
  • John Alan Deere 69 years old                 2206 Flagstick Drive, Matthews, NC
  • Brandon Karl Gokey 29 year old                  50 Church Street, Rockmart, GA
  • Jeffery Oliver 53 years old                 12 Cordoe Drive, Rome, GA
  • Shawn Regan Taylor 53 years old                 3008 Highland Circle, Rocky Face, GA
  • Kevin Timothy Yount 42 years old                 1805 Shadow Lane, Dalton, GA

Each arrestee was charged with one count of misdemeanor pandering against a person 18 years of age or older. Kevin Yount was also charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a schedule 4 drug.

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Outdoor Water Use Limits Eased In Whitfield and Murray Counties

From Dalton Utilities:

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced it will ease outdoor water use requirements in 86 counties, including several counties in upper North Georgia counties including Whitfield and Murray, but not in those north Georgia communities dependent on the Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier for water supply.

According to Lori McDaniel of Dalton Utilities, “Whitfield and Murray have been moved to Non-Drought status which means many restrictions on what type of outdoor water use have been removed.  Please note that outdoor water use is still limited to after 4 pm and before 10 a.m. per the state’s drought management plan.”

“Winter rains have brought needed relief to much of the state, but Lake Lanier, the Chattahoochee River and smaller streams in the region have been slow to recover,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “As a result, the Level 2 Drought Response will remain in place in the upper Chattahoochee River Basin, including most metropolitan Atlanta counties.”

Those 12 counties that will continue in Level 2 Drought Response are: Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties.

“Lake Lanier is slow to refill, because it is a large reservoir fed by relatively small streams,” added EPD Director Dunn.  “In comparison, lakes West Point and Walter F. George downstream from Atlanta are smaller lakes located in larger drainage areas.”

During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.  Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.  Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

Prohibited outdoor water uses under a Level 2 Drought Response include:

  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks.
  • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains.
  • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety.
  • Non-commercial washing of vehicles.
  • Non-commercial pressure washing.
  • Fundraising car washes.

A total of 55 counties have been removed from the Levels 1 and 2 Drought Response in place since last November and designated non-drought.  Water systems in these counties are not responsible for any drought response actions, but must follow the non-drought schedule for landscape watering, which is after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. any day of the week.  Any Georgia county not listed by name in this news release must follow the non-drought schedule.

In addition, improving drought conditions have resulted in 31 counties being upgraded from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response.

Those 43 counties assigned a Level 1 Drought Response are: Athens-Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Dawson, Elbert, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Gordon, Greene, Haralson, Harris, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Pickens, Pike, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Talbot, Taliaferro, Troup, Upson, Walton and Wilkes counties.

A Level 1 Drought Response requires that public water systems implement a public information campaign that includes, at a minimum, public notice regarding drought conditions and drought-specific public service messages in one or more of the following ways: newspaper advertisements, bill inserts, website homepage, social media, and notices in public libraries.

The following activities are allowed under both Level 1 and Level 2 Drought Responses:

  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day and hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
  • General landscape watering may be done after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. on the designated days.

More water conservation information is available at

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Dalton Police Arrests 8 In Prostitution Sting

By Bruce Fraizer:

The Dalton Police Department arrested 8 potential “Johns” in a prostitution sting on Wednesday night. In recent months, Dalton detectives have received complaints of prostitutes operating in the area and have been investigating.

An undercover officer posed as a prostitute for the operation. Investigators placed an ad online and the suspects agreed to meet with the officer at an apartment in Dalton. Arrested in the operation were: 27 year old Banner Anibal Tomas-Bail of 105 Cambron Drive in Dalton, 28 year old Oscar Holliday of 2170 Arbordale Place in Dalton, 33 year old Joseph Brandt of 606 Fargo Drive in Fort Oglethorpe, 63 year old Muhammed Rasheed of 3679 Bouldercrest Road in Ellenwood, Ga, 28 year old Kyle Michael Chadwick of Britney Drive in Chatsworth, 41 year old Mark John Gibson of 3646 Costa Lane in Tunnel Hill, 59 year old Stacey Gene Hill of 6201 Regency Court in Chattanooga, and 39 year old Miguel Jarquin-Ordaz of 806 Brentwood Drive in Dalton. Each arrestee was charged with one count of misdemeanor pandering against a person 18 years of age or older.

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Dee Goodwin Named Dalton State’s Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Coach

Dee Goodwin

DALTON, Ga. – Former All-SOCON runner and Dalton native Dee Goodwin has been named Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country coach at Dalton State.

“I look forward to developing young student-athletes and building on the success of the coaches that began cross country and track at Dalton State,” Goodwin said in a statement. “My goal is to bring quality athletes into the program and win conference championships.”

A 1986 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High, Goodwin comes with an accomplished background. At UTC, she was a 4-time All-SOCON performer in cross country and won the 1987 10,000 meter SOCON Track Championship. Her school-record in the 10,000 meters stood for ten years.

Goodwin takes over for Margie Bruner, who resigned on February 1.

“It was an honor to be hired as the first Director of Cross Country at Dalton State,” said Bruner. “I had a great experience and really enjoyed developing relationships with the student-athletes.”

“Dalton state Interim Director of Athletics Jon Jaudon said of Bruner, “Our student-athletes have had the good fortune of being led by one of the most competitive, humble, graceful and kind human beings in coach Bruner. Her leadership will continue to influence those students she coached for a lifetime.”

Jaudon continued, speaking about Goodwin saying, “Dee Goodwin is a well-known member of the Dalton-Whitfield running and education community. We are fortunate to have a decorated athlete with decades of coaching experience available and willing to step in and serve our department and student-athletes.”

Bruner echoed the same sentiment saying, “I think Dee Goodwin will be an excellent coach for the women’s teams. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

Upon graduating from UTC with honors as the Dayle May Athletic-Academic Award winner given to the senior with the highest GPA among all graduating student-athletes, Goodwin ran competitively for Adidas from 94-96. In 2003, she became the first female runner inducted into the UTC Hall of Fame. She is still an active runner in the Southeast and in November 2015 she competed in a 100-mile race.

Goodwin will get her first taste of collegiate coaching when the Roadrunners compete in the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, GA on March 17-18.

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