published Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Winds damage about 10 homes and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Winds damage about 10 homes

CALHOUN, Ga. — High winds damaged several homes near the Calhoun Premium Outlets along Interstate 75 in Gordon County about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Gordon County Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris said.

About 10 homes appeared to be damaged, including one that housed an in-home day care, Gordon County Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Cooper told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No injuries were reported.

Forecasters had warned of winds up to 40 miles per hour, part of the same storm system that dumped snow on North Georgia's mountains.

Randall James said his two-car garage and a backyard shed were destroyed by the Gordon County storm. James, who was at work when the storms hit, said his wife grabbed their children and their pregnant dog and headed for shelter.

"As soon as she heard it, she hollered, 'Get in the hallway,"' Jones told WSB-TV. "And we have a female Yorkie that's pregnant. She grabbed her up and went to praying."

Statewide, about 5,100 customers were without power early Wednesday morning, Georgia Power reported. About half of those were in metro Atlanta.

Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle

DALTON, Ga. — A pedestrian identified as Timothy Parker, 25, of Jamesville, N.Y., was struck and killed Wednesday morning by a vehicle on Chattanooga Road, according to the Dalton Police Department.

The accident occurred just north of North Tibbs Road, a release said.

Johnny Montgomery, 61, of Rocky Face, Ga., was driving south on Chattanooga Road when he struck Parker, the news release said.

It also said a witness said Parker was trying to cross Chattanooga Road when he was hit. The release said it was dark and Parker was wearing dark clothing.

Parker was taken to Hamilton Medical Center, where he died later, the release said. Montgomery was not hurt.

Police are investigating the crash.

Two arrested on drug counts

DUTTON, Ala. — Two people, including a 17-year-old, were arrested by a Jackson County, Ala., narcotics unit on Tuesday at a home on County Road 51 in Dutton.

The youth was not identified, but the other person arrested is Ashley Marie Hinkle, 29, of Dutton.

The two were charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (synthetic cannaboids and methamphetamine), possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hinkle is in the Jackson County Jail with no bond set.

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