published Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Ford-Chevy argument sparks stabbing of man

A Calhoun, Ga., man is hospitalized after being stabbed by his friend over a weekend argument about who makes better vehicles, Ford or Chevrolet, authorities said.

A Gordon County Sheriff’s Office deputy said it’s an argument he’s never seen turn violent in this area.

“I’ve seen it in the news before in other places,” Chief Deputy Robert Paris said. “But I haven’t seen it around here.”

Zachary Woody, 21, was charged with aggravated assault after Zachary Jorden, 22, showed up at Gordon Hospital with a stab wound to the left side of his chest about 1:35 a.m. Saturday, an incident report shows.

But Jorden’s mother, Nena Chamlee, said the source of the argument wasn’t important.

“What happened, happened,” she said Monday. “That’s not the point.”

Chamlee said her son is trying to recover at the hospital in intensive care.

“We’re not doing good at all,” she said.

Jorden has been friends with Woody since he was 14 years old, she said.

The fight early Saturday morning began when Woody and Jorden were “mudding” — running four-wheel-drive vehicles through mudholes — and drinking alcohol with several other friends in a field behind Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Gordon County campus in Calhoun, an incident report shows.

Woody and Jorden began to argue about what brand of vehicle was better, a police incident report shows. The two got into a shoving match, then started punching wildly at each other, the report showed.

But Woody cut the fight short when he pulled a pocketknife out of his shorts and lunged at Jorden, attempting to stab him twice, the report showed.

No one noticed the deep wound until Jorden lifted up his shirt, the report showed. Even Woody told police he didn’t realize Jorden had been stabbed because, he said, he covered part of the blade with his thumb when he swung.

Afterward, Woody was arrested and taken to the Gordon County Jail.

Contact Joy Lukachick at or 423-757-6659.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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dao1980 said...

So where does a jeep place in all of this?

Would you get stabbed over a merc G-wagon?

What if your lambo LM002 went further up the trail than all of them? Would you get stabbed then as well?

This is all so confusing!!

May 17, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Afterward, Woody was arrested and taken to the Gordon County Jail.

When I read his comments, "Woody" seems like such a peaceful, easy-going guy. Hard to believe he has this dark side....

May 17, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.
frequency13 said...

Might these boys be trying to cover something up? Because this can't really be the reason for a stabbing.

May 17, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.

Welcome to the South frequency13

May 17, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
McRand said...

So, they want to fight over nonsense? Send them to Parris island and prep em up for our next engagement.

May 17, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.
hope said...

Hmm i would like to know who won the fight between the two??? ford suppose to be tough chevy suppose to be like a rock ??? so witch one was left stranded lol

May 18, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.
jer6171 said...

Yikes... remind me to never visit Gordon County. Tomorrow's headline "Girl shoots best friend during argument over who has better fries, McDonalds or Burger King"!

May 18, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.
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