CLEVELAND, Ga. –Three people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Post Road Friday evening.
According to the Georgia State Patrol report, the wreck occurred shortly after 7 p.m. when a 1997 Ford F-250 driven by 22-year-old Austin Scott Jarrard was traveling east on Post Road when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. Jarrard’s vehicle then spun into the oncoming lane, where it hit a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse being driven by 31-year-old Andrea Marie Bacino. Bacino and a passenger in her vehicle, 49-year-old Teresa Ann Stowers, were seriously hurt.
Jarrard was also seriously injured when his vehicle overturned. He has been charged with failure to maintain lane. All three people were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Post Road was shut down for over two hours following the accident.
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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. Those reports 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.
Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.
Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.
Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill. We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.
Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?
This evening at approximately 7:15pm, August 7th, Georgia State Patrol identified a car that was placed on a be on the lookout by Gilmer County for possible DUI. The car had Louisiana plates and when Georgia State Patrol ran the plates it was found to be a stolen vehicle. The GSP Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, at which point the driver fled, leading to a high speed chase out Hwy 52 East.
The chase continued through Gilmer County and on into Dawson county. The driver of the stolen vehicle lost control at mile marker one in Dawson County resulting in a wreck. The driver, an unidentified male, was killed in the crash. GSP has confirmed the driver of the car was dead at the scene and there were no other passengers.
Currently Hwy 52 East is closed for an undetermined amount of time while the accident is investigated. FYN will update when any new information becomes available.