Bus Stop Sign Awareness Meeting


As we begin a new school year, the Fannin County School System Transportation Department will hold an awareness meeting this Friday, August 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at West Fannin Elementary School. Personnel from the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge City Police Department, McCaysville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol have been invited to join us as we share information about the importance of watching for children around our bus stops throughout Fannin County. This will be a short meeting, and a new extended bus stop arm will be unveiled. A photo opportunity will be available.

Please contact Transportation Director Denver Foster for more information.

Driver Loses Control in Fatal Accident


Cherry Log, Ga – Georgia State Patrol (GSP) cited loss of control as the cause of the fatal crash at the intersection of 515 and Joann Sisson Road.

The accident occurred around 3:13 p.m. on May 7 with GSP dispatched to the scene at 3:13 p.m. and arrived at 3:25 p.m.

The victim, Cory Harriman was traveling in the right northbound lane when she drifted onto the shoulder of the road. No clues as to why her car, a Ford Explorer, veered off the right shoulder. She then overcorrected to the left and moved across both northbound lanes.

The accident took place at the intersection of 515 N and Joann Sisson Road.

When trying to regain control and return to the highway, Harriman tried to correct back to right and struck the median. The hit resulted in the Explorer flipping over the median and returning to an upright position in the southbound lanes on 515 near Joann Sisson Road.

The force of impact ejected Harriman from the Explorer in the middle of the vehicle overturning. She came to rest in the left southbound lane. By the time, GSP arrived on the scene at 3:25 p.m., Harriman was deceased.

No factors aside from loss of control played a factor in the crash. Clear conditions and dry roads were clear recorded for that day. Airbags weren’t present or deployed in the car.

High Speed Chase 515 South

High Speed Chase 515 South. Fannin County identified a stolen Ford 350 White Pick-Up truck with Tennessee tag. The driver lead them on a high-speed chase into Gilmer. The truck lost control after GSP pulled a pit maneuver and the truck went off 515 on Bates road. A white male was driving along with a white female passenger. Both were taken into custody.

Both with possible outstanding warrants. FYN will update later. Fannin County Sheriff’s deputies, Georgia State Patrol and Gilmer County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the high-speed chase.

Four life-flighted after car accident on Scenic Drive

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – A head on collision left four adults having to be emergency flighted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

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Scene of head on collision on Scenic Drive.

James Dickey of Blue Ridge, Ga., was traveling southbound on Scenic Drive shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7. Dickey had with him passengers, Gary Patterson (Blue Ridge) and Kimberly Patterson (Blue Ridge).

Dickey’s Ford F-150 crossed the center lane while navigating one of Scenic Drive’s many curves and struck a Ford Escape head on. The Escape was driven by Heather Seigler who is also a resident of Blue Ridge, Ga.

After the impact Dickey’s truck overturned onto it’s right side. Gary Patterson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was completely ejected from the vehicle.

The Escape, driven by Seigler, spun several times before coming to a stop.

Emergency crews were on the scene within 10 minutes of receiving dispatch and determined that the car accident victims would need to be taken to Erlanger Hospital, the area’s nearest trauma facility, for treatment.

Four Life Force helicopters arrived to airlift the victims who were all suspected of having serious injuries.

As of Monday, June 11, Kimberly Patterson and Heather Seigler are still admitted at Erlanger Hospital for continued treatment. Passenger Gary Patterson has been discharged from the facility. The condition of driver James Dickey was unable to be confirmed.

Charges involving the accident are pending.


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UPDATE: Charges filed against driver who struck Blue Ridge patrol car in Friday accident


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. -UPDATE: Corp. Jason Bradburn of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) confirmed Saturday, April 7, that charges have been filed against the driver that struck a Blue Ridge Police vehicle on state Route 515 Friday afternoon.

Karen Yingling, 49, of Blairsvillle, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane after the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer she was driving drifted out of the southbound lanes and struck the rear of a patrol car occupied by Capt. R.A. Stuart, of the Blue Ridge Police Department, that was parked on the shoulder of the highway.

Bradburn confirmed that Yingling was not seriously injured in the accident and refused transport to Fannin Regional Hospital while Capt. Stuart was sent to Fannin Regional for a precautionary evaluation. Bradburn added GSP received word of the accident at 2:56 p.m.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Blue Ridge Interim Police Chief Johnny Scearce, a patrol vehicle occupied by Capt. R.A. Stuart was struck by another vehicle just before 3 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Scearce stated Stuart’s vehicle was parked off of state Route 515 near BB&T bank to slow traffic on the four-lane highway as Blue Ridge Elementary School was dismissing students for the day. Scearce clarified Capt. Stuart was inside his vehicle when another vehicle “crossed over the line and hit Stuart’s patrol car at about 50 mph.”

According to Scearce, Stuart suffered no serious injuries in the accident but initially complained of pain in his back, leg and foot. Stuart was then transported to Fannin Regional Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

“(Stuart) said he was alright and was feeling better,” Scearce said of the conversation he had with Capt. Stuart.

As for the driver of the vehicle that struck Stuart’s patrol car, Scearce stated he was not aware of the name of the driver, but that driver too was not seriously injured and refused transport to Fannin Regional.

Scearce added the Georgia State Patrol worked the accident and said he did not know if any charges will be filed against the driver.

Please continue to follow FetchYourNews for more details on this accident as they become available.




Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Fannin County firefighter killed by falling tree


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Fannin County volunteer firefighter was killed Monday afternoon when a tree fell on his pickup truck on state Route 136 near Clear Creek Road.

Georgia State Patrol identified the man as 47-year-old Stanley Richard Henson who was in Dawson County working another job as a truck driver when the accident happened.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chris Jones responded to the accident. He said there was nothing Henson could have done differently to save himself.

He leaves behind a wife, who is also a Fannin County volunteer firefighter, and two teenage children.

Funeral plans have not yet been finalized.


Shooting at Dalton High School


DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.


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