New Data Supports Social Distancing Now More Than Ever

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Department of public health

News Release from the Department of Public Health – April 2, 2020

Atlanta – As Governor Brian Kemp and DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D.,
M.P.H., finalize the details of the Executive Order requiring Georgians to shelter in place, it is
important to emphasize why these measures are needed now to keep all Georgians healthy and
safe and to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For weeks it has been known that people who were positive for COVID-19 but did not have
symptoms likely were able to transmit the virus. However, on March 30, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, M.D., confirmed that new data indicates
that as many as 25% of individuals infected with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic. Additionally,
science also now informs us that individuals who are symptomatic, are infectious up to 48
hours before symptoms appear. This new information tells the health care community,
medical researchers, public health and governments why COVID-19 is spreading so rapidly.
“Until now, containing the spread of COVID-19 has been based on early detection and isolation
of people with symptoms of the virus,” said Toomey. “Social distancing and keeping people
apart from each other are now more than just recommendations; they are the best weapons we
have to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

In addition to social distancing, all Georgians are reminded to wash their hands frequently and
thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) when
soap and water aren’t available. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes with
unwashed hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the used tissue in
the trash.

To read more about the presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6914e1.htm?s_cid=mm6914e1_w
For more information about COVID-19 https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.

Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/22 – 3/28

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with images.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Volunteer for COVID-19 Response

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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.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.
For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/15 – 3/21

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Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/9 – 3/14

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with images.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/1 – 3/8

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with images.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Update : Fannin County Tax Commissioner Arrested

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 Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has confirmed the arrest of Fannin County Tax Commissioner Shirley Sosebee.

The arrest was made shortly after 4:00 p.m. on March 5, 2020. Warrants were issued for Sosebee on charges of Forgery in the First Degree and Violation of Oath of Office by a Public Officer.

Sosebee has since been released on a $10,000 bond.

In a press release, FCSO stated:

“A complaint was filed by the victim to the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office that the signature on a deed to transfer title on a parcel of real estate had been forged. After a brief inquiry by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, GBI was requested to conduct the formal investigation.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested for assistance on Feb. 27, 2020.

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby did clarify, “The initial inquiry by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office determined the complaint against the tax commissioner did not involve the operations of the tax commissioner’s office, but involved personal, family business.” 

The charges come after a portion of land inherited by Sosebee and other family was deeded over to Sosebee’s daughter. 

Quitclaim Deeds filed on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8, 2019 show signatures from Shirley Sosebee, Jeanette Holloway, and Raymond White Jr. signing the parcel over. All Quitclaim Deeds in the case are notarized by Kelly M. Hughes.

White signed an affidavit on Jan. 6, 2020  in Gilmer County claiming that his signature had been forged.  

White claims in the affidavit : 

“I did not sign or authorize the signature on the Quitclaim Deed recorded in Book 1319, Page 37 of the Fannin County Clerk of Superior Court on November 8, 2019. I have reviewed the Quitclaim Deed and confirmed that it is not my signature and I have never appeared before any notary regarding this matter.

Furthermore, the property described in Deed Book 1319, Page 37 was owned by my mother Kathleen White. I have maintained the land since the passing of my father John Raymond White in April, 2003. I have mowed and weeded on a weekly basis, bush-hogged at least once a year and cleared a garage that was in wreckage. After the passing of my mother in October 2015, I continued to maintain the property by mowing, weeding and bush-hogging.”

Sosebee, who had recently qualified to run in Fannin County’s 2020 Election as incumbent for the seat of Fannin County Tax Commissioner, withdrew her name on March 6 following these events.

Likewise, Sosebee’s husband, Larry Joe Sosebee, who had qualified to run for Fannin County Chairman, also withdrew.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support of me running for Chairman  and their continued support,” Larry Joe told FYN speaking of his decision not to run.

Shirely, taking the advice of legal counsel, was unable to give comment.

FYN reached out to GBI for comment regarding the investigation, but GBI also could not comment due to the investigation being ongoing.

Affidavit filed by Raymond White, Jr.

Quitclaim Deed signed by Shirley Sosebee.

Quitclaim Deed signed by Jeanette Holloway.

Quitclaim Deed with signature in question of Raymond White.

Warrant for Forgery in the First Degree

Warrant for Violation of Oath by Public Officer

 

 

 

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Natalie Kissel

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Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 2/23 – 2/29

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with images.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Carlton Harold Bailey: Obituary

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The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Carlton Harold Bailey, age 91 of Jackson, Michigan (formerly Hiawassee, Georgia) who passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Taylor and Rev. Danny Byers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 am until 2:30 pm on Monday at Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee. Military Honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Graveside Services and Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Conyers, Georgia. Firefighter Honors will be presented by DeKalb County Fire Department.

Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters: Obituary

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Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters from Young Harris, GA went Home suddenly to be with the Lord on February 21, 2020 while working in Hiawassee, GA. Skip was born on May 13, 1951 in Aberdeen, MD and was 68 years old.
Skip served in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta Force from 1969-1992. Among many awards bestowed upon Skip during his career, for his valor, he received the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th highest awards of a soldier: Distinguished Service Cross in 1989, Distinguished Service Medal in 1982, Silver Star in 1970. In addition, Skip received two Purple Heart medals, one in 1970 and 1990 for wounds received in action. He received The Humanitarian Service Medal in 1980, two Soldier’s Medals in 1980 and one Soldier’s Medal in 1982.

In addition to his military career, Skip was a professional home builder and owned his own construction company for 25 years building conventional and log homes and home improvement projects in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia until he retired in 2008. He then relocated from North East, MD to Orlando Florida with his wife to care for his two widowed stepsisters. In 2011, Skip and his wife found their final home together in Young Harris, GA. The couple worked together in partnership with the Shaklee Corporation achieving many awards since 1980. Skip recently began working as a Project Manager for T.L. Thompson Construction, Inc. in Hiawassee, GA, returning to his love for the construction industry.

Skip grew up on Alliance St. in Havre de Grace, MD where he learned to love the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating most of his life. Skip loved God and His Word, his country, his family and friends and humbly served others throughout his life. He valued his place in God’s Army and considered himself a warrior for God.
Skip was an active member of Warriors Veteran Outreach in Murphy, NC. He was a member of the World Harvest Church North in Blairsville, GA and the North Mount Zion Church of God in Hiawassee, GA. He was a former member of Life Community Church in Newark, DE. He served in Towns County Food Bank and the Food Bank at North Mount Zion Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Georgia Lee (Deamer) Peters and by three sons and a daughter: Michael Lee Peters (Julie), Jeffrey Lynn Peters (Rachel), Nathan Lee Peters (Heather), and Christine Lynn Peters Glenn (David). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and by his stepbrother, Steve Foust from Havre de Grace, MD. He is preceded in death by his father, Earl L. Peters and his mother, Irene Scroggins Peters, his step siblings Herbert Pates, Jeannette Peters (Charles) Miller, Ramona Peters (John) Ondeck and Ladonna Peters (Joseph) Baldwin.

Celebration services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Sharp Memorial UMC on Young Harris campus, 1114 Main St. Young Harris, GA at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

Tammy Renee Hicks Dillard: Obituary

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Tammy Renee Hicks Dillard, age 51, of Mineral Bluff, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020. She was born on September 15, 1968 in Atlanta. She was of the Baptist faith. She worked as a Housekeeper for Vacasa. She is preceded in death by her father, Howard Harvey Hicks, Jr.; sons, Nathan Mashburn and Steven Hicks; and siblings, James Michael Hicks, William Scott Hicks, and Angela Michelle Rhodes.

She is survived by her daughter, Maranda Hicks; son, Brandon Hicks; mother, Mary Jane Gibbs; grandchildren, Kayla Henley, Amariana Hicks, Brantley Elkins, and Jaxon Elkins; and brother, Howard David Hicks.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Lee Garner and Rev. Hal Panter officiating. Interment will follow in the Chastain Memorial Park with Rev. Eric Davenport officiating. Austin Norton, Robert Grimes, Jason Norton, David Elliott, Rev. Jerry Lee Garner, and Gage Garner will be serving as pallbearers. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help defray from funeral expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 2/16 – 2/22

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with images.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

H. Lamar James: Obituary

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It is with great sadness that the family of H. Lamar James announce his passing on February 13, 2020. He was born on August 13, 1949 in Commerce, Georgia, the only child of Bud and Frances James. He was a graduate of the Jefferson High School Class of 1967, and earned a degree from Georgia Southern University in 1971. Through the years, he lived in several cities around Georgia and spent many years in Destin, Florida. He spent the past couple of years in a mountain home in Blairsville, Georgia, enjoying the view of Brasstown Bald.

Known to many as “Bubba,” he was a sports fanatic, an insatiable reader, an avid bowler and golfer, and a lifelong entrepreneur. He had a keen intellect and a sense of humor like no other. To know him was to laugh with him, probably until your stomach hurt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert “Bud” James. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Maria James; mother, Frances James; daughter, Melody Hanlon (Greg); son, Lee Garrison (Marie); and grandchildren, Lindsey Garrison, Jared Garrison, and Eleanor Hanlon; along with cousins and many great friends.

The family will celebrate his life at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to The American Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.

Juanita Marie Prentice: Obituary

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Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces the death and funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Marie Prentice, age 89, who passed away on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at her residence in Blairsville.

Mrs. Prentice was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, a daughter of the late Carl White and the late Jennie Crosley White. She had been living in Blairsville since 1992, moving here from Port St. Lucie, Florida. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Union County, and the Union General Hospital Auxiliary. She was lovingly known as “Grams” by her family. Her husband, Robert E. Prentice, passed away in 1999.

She is survived by her family members: daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Robert Roxbury; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Sally Prentice; son and daughter-in-law, James and Leonda Prentice; and son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Leora Prentice; Ten grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Prentice have been scheduled for Friday, February 28th, 2020, to be held at 2:00 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Robby Roxbury, Drew Prentice, Nathaniel Prentice, Andrew Jones, Harold Maybe, and William Prentice. Burial will be in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27th, between the hours of 6 until 9 p.m.

Flowers are being accepted; however, if you wish to make memorial contributions, they can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Juanita Prentice. Please share your condolences and memories on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Juanita Dills: Obituary

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The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces the death of Juanita Dills, age 68 of Hiawassee who went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 14, 2020.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

*Full obituary pending*

Betty J Chastain: Obituary

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Betty J Chastain, age 75 of Blue Ridge, passed away February 15, 2020, in Ducktown, TN. Mrs. Chastain was born February 17, 1944 in Turtletown, TN to the late Charles J Muncher and the late Floyd Patterson Muncher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Chastain, brothers, Tom Muncher, Jack Muncher, George Muncher, and Charles CJ Muncher, sisters, Lillie Faye Brown, Mary Alice Meredith, and Corene Mashburn.

Survivors include: son, James (Pam) Chastain, daughter, Tammy (Michael) Pierce, granddaughters, Kayla (Shannon) Bradburn, Brittany Pierce, and Haley Morgan Chastain, grandson, Nathan Chastain, and great-granddaughter, Addyson Bradburn, and great-grandson Izaiah Bradburn.

Memorial service: Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Bethel Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Chastain’s name to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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