published Monday, October 29th, 2012

Chattooga sites topic of meeting and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Chattooga sites topic of meeting

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Members of the Georgia chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, meeting Nov. 10, will hear about work to add Chattooga County roads and sites to the national Trail of Tears.

The speaker will be Bill Barker, a Georgia chapter member, according to a news release.

The meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Chattooga County Historical Society in the old Summerville train depot. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

For more information, contact Leslie Thomas at aeriehollow@ellijay.com or at 770-757-0931.


FEMA behind with payments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama is still waiting for more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.

The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payments can take awhile on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed.


Health exchange time running out

ATLANTA — Experts say Georgia is running out of time to implement its own health insurance marketplace, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

States have until Nov. 16 to say whether they will build their own health insurance exchanges or leave it to the federal government under the new health care law.

Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican governors have delayed action in hopes the law will be repealed if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election.

The newspaper quoted experts saying the state doesn't have time to build its private marketplace and have it running by the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline.


Woman dies after accident

DECATUR, Ala. — A 94-year-old Alabama woman died after her wheelchair rolled down a hill and landed in a ditch full of water.

A relative said Elizabeth Street died at a hospital in Decatur on Saturday, three days after she was hurt.

The woman's son-in-law, Wallace Everett, said Street developed pneumonia after the accident and also suffered from congestive heart failure.

Decatur Fire Chief Darwin Clark told The Decatur Daily the accident occurred during a fire drill at Country Cottage Assisted Living.

Authorities received a call about a woman falling into a ditch full of water. A caregiver told emergency workers she went outside to discover the woman's wheelchair had rolled down a hill and into the ditch.

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