Low-cost spay and neuter program available

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Animal Control Services announces a low cost spay/neuter program available to the public. The program started on Nov. 1

David Murphy, White County Public Safety Director said; “White County Animal Control Services is pleased to be the recipient of a grant from the State of Georgia, Department of Agriculture.  This grant is to assist low-income families with the costs associated with spay/neuter surgery for their pets.”

Approved applicants will be required to pay $20 towards the surgery and will receive a voucher to be presented at Chestatee Veterinarian for the balance of the surgery. Additional costs, pain medications, shots, etc. are the responsibility of the pet owner.

David Murphy; “We are pleased to be the recipients of this grant and to be able to assist families in our community”.

Applications for both the spayWhite/neuter grant and adoptions can be obtained at White County Animal Control, 680 Industrial Blvd, Cleveland, GA. For more information call 706-219-2689 or check our website at www.whitecounty.net

 

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Fire Chief Alexander honored on retirement

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — On Monday, White County Fire Services ceremonially honored long time employees and promoted a senior employee to the rank of Chief. This week Chief Norman Alexander will retire after 15 years with White County as an employee. Chief Alexander served prior to his employment as a volunteer firefighter.

“It has been an honor to serve with Norman, a humble man with solid integrity, and professionalism. He is a good friend and I will certainly miss him being part of our team,” said David Murphy, Director of Public Safety.
Norman began his career in August of 2005 as the Assistant Fire Chief. He was promoted to Chief during the consolidation of Emergency Services in White
County.

Prior to his service in White, he retired from Hall County serving faithfully for many years. “Norman is a legend in the North Georgia Fire Service, I say that will all due respect. He is well known, has great connections, and highly respected. He serves his personnel, and leads with passion,” said Murphy.

Another long-term employee retiring is Firefighter/Admin Ana Newberry. Ana has served for seventeen years, under three Fire Chief’s. That tells you a lot about her abilities! “She is the glue that has held the department together,” states Murphy, “She certainly keeps us all in line, and makes sure we are following all requirements to keep our department in compliance and within standards.”

Ana has served in several capacities to include Public Information Officer, training, and safety officer. She has been recognized as well this week by career and volunteers throughout the county.

As the fire department continues to grow and move forward, with the foundations laid by Chief Alexander, and prior Chief’s, the selection of a new Chief was very important.

“Chief Alexander recommended to myself and the County Manager several months ago, Lt. Seth Weaver.” Says Murphy, “Seth has been with the
department since 2014 and has served in a variety of capacities. He was promoted to Assistant Chief several months ago to train directly with Chief Alexander. I’m excited about the future, and he certainly has the foundation to continue to build upon.”

Chief Weaver was ceremonially pinned as the new Chief at 2 p.m. Monday in the County EOC, with peers, family and elected officials in attendance while
maintaining our social distancing.

For more information concerning this press release contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.

White County tornado sheltering guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic

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PRESS RELEASE

White County Government

Office of Public Safety – Emergency Management Division

FOR MORE INFORMATION  CONTACT:

David Murphy, Director of Emergency Management

(706) 865-9500

Fri., April 10, 2020 3 p.m.

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Emergency Management will be monitoring and responding to potential severe weather outbreaks over Sunday Afternoon and into Monday. “While we continue to respond to and mitigate against the COVID-19 pandemic, we still respond to everyday emergencies and prepare for response to severe weather outbreaks.” Said, David Murphy, Director of Emergency Management.

David Murphy

While White County does not provide emergency tornado shelters, the county does want to share preparedness information developed by the American Meteorological Society.  This information and guidance will help citizens to better prepare for severe weather.  Also, more information can be found at the counties website at www.whitecounty.net

Here is the AMS statement:

A Statement of the American Meteorological Society

(Adopted by the AMS Council on 9 April 2020)

Call to Action

Do not let the virus prevent you from seeking refuge from a tornado. If a public tornado shelter is your best available refuge from severe weather, take steps to ensure you follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing and disease prevention.

Motivation

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped nearly all aspects of everyday life as the world implements unprecedented strategies to reduce transmission of the virus. While communities continue to respond to the virus, the public must now identify how their severe weather refuges will be affected by the pandemic. We have already seen major tornado events in the midst of the pandemic, demonstrating the urgency for communities across the nation to prepare to simultaneously respond to the spread of the pandemic while dealing with the impacts of deadly severe weather.

Audience

The guidelines below are recommended by the American Meteorological Society for use by the media, emergency managers, weather forecasters, and the general public as they prepare for severe weather threats during a pandemic.

How to Prepare Now

Make your severe weather plan now and identify the best storm refuge available. Determine if your home can provide you with a good location to take refuge, such as a basement or an interior, windowless room. If you cannot take refuge in your home, discuss sheltering with neighbors, friends, or family. If your community has shelters, verify now which will be open and operating during the pandemic.

Use of Public Storm Shelters

Many communities have announced that they will not open public storm shelters during the pandemic. If you rely on public shelters, like schools, stores, or community facilities, determine if that shelter will be available during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information can be found through websites and official social media accounts or by contacting your local emergency management agency.

When to Seek Shelter

The American Meteorological Society recommends that you use multiple trusted sources to monitor the threat of approaching severe weather and be prepared to take refuge at home when a tornado warning is issued. If you need to travel to seek shelter, and the shelter you travel to is open, make sure that you complete your travel before a tornado warning is issued for your area.

Virus Transmission Precautions within Storm Shelters

It is recommended that you follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 transmission prevention, including physical distancing, and any additional guidelines set by your local emergency management agency.

For more guidelines on tornado preparedness, visit https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.

About the American Meteorological Society The American Meteorological Society (AMS) advances the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society. AMS is a scientific and professional society headquartered in Boston, with its Education and Policy Programs located in Washington, DC. For more information, visit https://www.ametsoc.org/.

For more information concerning this press release contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500

 

Public Safety Director says first responders have treated patients with coronavirus symptoms

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David Murphy

David Murphy

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – As of Wednesday (March 25) morning, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in White County. But Public Safety Director David Murphy told county commissioners during Tuesday’s called meeting that first responders had encountered several patients who had symptoms of coronavirus and were awaiting test results.

Murphy told commissioners that the county is not immune to the virus but is fortunate it has a smaller population and its citizens typically follow the guidelines of state and local officials. He added, “I have said it is not a matter of if something would happen. It’s a matter of when.”

Four weeks ago, Murphy and his teams began to review the county’s Pandemic Response Plan. As a result, the county has moved seamlessly into an annexation of the plan.

Murphy said he expects the executive order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this week will need to be extended or additional orders added beyond the April 6 deadline. He added the purpose of the order is to flatten the curve and stop the virus from overwhelming the health care system.

“This will last for weeks and we will probably see cases rise in our state and nation. This will probably get worse before we start seeing things turn around.”

But he also said he is encouraged by what is going on nationally. “We are seeing the full force of our federal government working to provide necessary equipment and supplies and researching for anti-viral drugs to stop this virus or, at least, mitigate the effects. All hands are on deck.”

 

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BOC meeting will be held by teleconference

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga.  — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting on Tuesday ( March 24) at 9 a.m. Due to the county’s response to COVID-19 – this meeting will be held by teleconference. The public is welcome to join the teleconference.

Instructions for joining the teleconference are as follows:

Dial: +1 (872) 240-3412

Enter access code: 276-449-349

Important Notes:

1) Once on the call use *6 to mute your phone so we do not hear everyone’s background noise.

2) Anyone recognized by Chairman Turner to speak will use *6 to unmute their line.

3) Please do not place the conference call on hold once you have joined.

Ten of the agenda items involve land use applications. Following those items, commissioners will consider a moratorium on action and/or acceptance of land use applications during the prescribed time of closure of county offices.

Public Safety Director David Murphy will then provide an update on the county’s COVID-19 response.

 

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White County issues storm damage report

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga.– White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided the following damage/injury update following the storm that passed through Cleveland and Helen area over the weekend:

  • 19 reports of trees down (including a tree on a vehicle on Albert Reid Rd. There was one minor injury to occupant)
  • 8 reports of lines down
  • Multiple reports of damage to business signs within the city limits of Helen.
  • 1 reported tree on residence at 407 Pless Rd, Cleveland

BOC approves purchase of voting machines

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County commissioners unanimously approved an amount of up to $55,000 for the purchase of new voting equipment and supplies to be used during the 2020 primary election cycle during Monday’s combined work session and regular meeting.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill last April that authorizes the statewide purchase of new touchscreen voting machines that prints paper ballots. Probate Judge Garrison Baker, who oversees elections for White County, told commissioners the county will need to purchase 60 of the voting machines and 12 security cages at a cost of $35,370. Baker said there is an additional cost of approximately $20,000 for supplies to be used in conjunction with the machines.

There is a Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant of about $15,000 Baker said he plans to apply for that could help offset some of the cost. But he pointed out that his request is time sensitive. “We are kind of under the gun,” he said. “We are less than a month away from having to mail out absentee ballots for the presidential preference primary.”

The purchase can be funded as a capital expense from special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. The county expects to receive the new machines early next month.

Commissioners unanimously a resolution adopting qualifying fees for candidates who will run in the 2020 election cycle. The new fees are as follows:

Clerk of Superior Court ($1,591.05); Sheriff ($1,943.28); Probate Judge ($1,591.05); Tax Commissioner ($1,591.05); Chief Magistrate Judge ($1,591.05); Board of Commissioners District 1 ($360); Board of Commissioners District 4 ($360); Board of Education Chair ($148.50); Board of Education District 1 ($121.50); Board of Education District 3 ($148.50); Coroner ($226); Surveyor ($25).

The Board also approved Public Safety Director David Murphy’s request for renewal of the statewide mutual aid agreement.

“It simply puts mutual aid into effect throughout the state for anyone that agrees to it,” he said. “We have agreements with any county in the state to provide us assistance during any man made or natural disaster that could occur.”

Commissioners tabled a vote on a proposal by Brewster & Crocker Associates for engineering services for the Yonah Preserve football field, press box, concession stand and restrooms.

The Board also considered four land use applications.

It approved a conditional use permit for Benjamin Goodman to place 4.61 acres at 177Rabun Road in Sautee Nacoochee into the county’s short-term rental program. Commissioners also approved a land use application filed by Bryan Lee for property locatedat28 Lothridge Road in Cleveland from Community Commercial District to Community Business District for the purpose of expanding his mini storage facility.

Two requests for a conditional use permit were denied by the Board.

Mark Carriger’s request for a conditional use permit to operate a wedding chapel/event facility at 520 Adair Mill Road was denied by a unanimous vote.

Sam Kondamudi’s request for a conditional use permit to place 1.01 acres located at 635 Yonah Mountain Road into the county’s short-term rental program was denied by a vote of 4-1.

 

 

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Annual audit shows White County in strong financial position

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Clay Pilgrim of the accounting firm of Rushton Company presented a positive annual audit report to the White County Board of Commissioners during their voting session Monday.

Pilgrim said the county is in a strong financial position. “Nothing came to our attention to prevent us from issuing an unmodified or clean opinion on the financial statement for White County,” he said.

The county’s total net position is $51,328,861, an increase of $1,942,074 from the previous year. General fund revenue increased $1,630,497 while expenditures increased by $935,627. The unassigned fund balance is $3,946,540 which represents about 2.7 months of operating expenses.

Commissioner Terry Goodger said, “The county has come up $11 million in the last five years. That really shows a tremendous amount of growth in the county.”

Kevin Hamby followed Pilgrim’s report with more good financial news about the special purpose local option sales tax.

Commissioners then took time out to recognize two important groups during the meeting – farmers and public safety workers.

“Farming is still the No. 1 economic engine for White County,” Chairman Travis Turner said “It provides food for out tables, more than we realize.” Turner then read a proclamation declaring Nov. 21-29 Farm City Week in White County.

Commissioners then heard from Public Safety Director David Murphy, who paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the men and women under his command.

Murphy said public safety workers respond to calls covering 242 square miles. “So far this year, they have responded to 1,968 calls, performed eight fire inspections, reviewed 187 pre-fire plans, provided fire prevention education to 4,709 students and community members. We have given away and installed 80 fire detection devices to our most vulnerable population.”

These things have been accomplished with only 12 career firefighters, 45 volunteers and three administrative personnel.

Murphy singled out the county fire chief for special recognition. “The leadership of this group came from Norman Alexander,” Murphy said. “He has served as fire chief and assistant fire chief since 2004. He has led these individuals from an all-volunteer to the combination department we have today. Under his leadership style and integrity he has moved this department forward into a position where the goals of protecting lives, property and the environment can be accomplished with excellence.”

Many of the members of his department — both career and volunteer — attended the meeting and Murphy said “I would like to publicly thank them for their service to White County and the diverse communities we serve today.”

The Board unanimously approved all consent agenda items, including a request by Truett McConnell University to authorize a revenue bond issuance through the White County Development Authority. The bond issue does not obligate White County taxpayers in any way, but will allow the university to refinance its existing debt at a more favorable interest rate.

Under New Business, the Board approved a request by Clyde Fleming for a conditional use permit for 2.77 acres located at 672 Foothills Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Craig Bryant opposed.

The Board also approved two annexation requests. One is for property located at 1847 Hwy. 129 South to be annexed into the City of Cleveland. The other is for 4.55 acres located at 52 Comer Circle to be annexed into the City of Helen.

The Board also approved amendments to the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget and fiscal year 2019-2020 budget establishing a pooled account for jail telephone commissions.

 

 

 

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Saturday morning storm knocks down trees, power lines in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A thunderstorm that swept through White County Saturday morning damaged a church building, knocked down trees and power lines, left roadways blocked and about 1,100 Habersham Electric Membership Corporation members without power.

The company’s crews worked throughout the weekend to restore power. According to Habersham EMC’s website, nine power poles were broken — several along a stretch of Duncan Bridge Road. Each pole will take about eight hours to replace.

Transmission lines that deliver electricity to substations were also damaged and lost power.

HEMC and assisting crews are working to repair damage to lines that carry electricity from the substations to members. Georgia Transmission Corporation, which operates the transmission lines, has restored service to the substations. However, due to ongoing work to repair broken transmission poles, some members were without power until late Saturday evening.

There was also a report of structural damage to the Chattahoochee Baptist Church where White County EMA Director David Murphy had set up a command post. There was another report of damage to the church van.

HEMC reminds members to avoid downed lines and treat all as if energized and to report outages and hazards by calling (706)754-2114, (706)865-4362 or (800)640-6812. Social media is not monitored 24/7.

 

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Training exercise at WCHS postponed

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy announced today that the training exercise scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at White County High School has been postponed. No future date for the exercise has been announced.

This exercise was scheduled to simulate emergency response to an incident at the high school utilizing law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services.

Public safety officials will conduct training exercise at White County High School May 28

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White Co Emergency Management Agency

For More Information

Contact David Murphy

706-865-9500

      NEWS RELEASE

CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Officials in cooperation and coordination with the White County Board of Education will be conducting a mock exercise and training at the White County High School Campus, located at 2600 Hwy. 129 North on Tuesday (May 28) between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This training exercise will simulate emergency response to an incident at the high school utilizing law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services.  Drivers passing the school and those residents around the school will notice several emergency vehicles on and around the school campus.  The White County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency, with support from Cleveland City Police, Cleveland City Fire, White County Fire, White County EMS, and White County Emergency Management Agency.  GEMA, Homeland Security and Georgia State Patrol will also be part of the exercise.

The exercise will be using UAV (drones) support and aviation assets if available.  Students and school personnel have also volunteered to participate in the training exercise.

This training exercise is one part of the school safety initiatives implemented by the Board of Education and local public safety agencies.

“We take every opportunity to train and exercise our plans to protect the students and faculty at all our schools,” stated Public Safety Director David Murphy. “This drill helps us to identify more efficient ways and improvements to our school safety program.”

For more information concerning this exercise & training event, contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.

 

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Firefighters battle two residential fires in two days

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department has had a busy week so far, responding to two residential fires in two days. Fortunately no injuries were reported in either.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reported that firefighters responded to a residence on Star Lake Lane in the Sautee Valley at approximately 6 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, light smoke was showing from the structure.  Upon investigation, the home had a wood burning stove which was too close to the sofa. A log had rolled out and struck the sofa causing it to ignite.

An occupant was checked by White County Emergency Services but denied any injury and refused transport. The home sustained significant smoke damage.

On Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m., firefighters were called to a residential structure fire on Anteater Drive south of Cleveland.  Upon arrival, all occupants were out of the home.

The fire was quickly extinguished however the home had extensive damage at the front door and the attached porch/deck. In checking for extensions, a portion of the metal roof had to be removed and a tarp was placed on the roof to protect some of the contents.

A family pet was able to escape injury and was turned over to the occupant for safe keeping.

No injuries were reported. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants.  Fire Investigator Jason Reed with White County Fire Services determined that an electrical arcing of an extension cord occurred at the front door which started the fire.  Firefighters were on scene for approximately two and one half hours.

 

 

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Commissioners discussed a new 9-1-1 phone system during a three-hour work session Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners discussed a number of key issues during Monday’s work session, including the purchase of a new 9-1-1 phone system, the possible creation of a committee to draft a historic preservation protection plan and bids received for a maintenance and operation contract for the transfer station as well as replacement compactor for the convenience center.

Commissioners do not typically vote on issues during a work session. Instead, they are placed on the agenda for the next voting session which will be Oct. 1.

Public Safety Director David Murphy presented the results of a request for proposal (RFP). After review of the bids received, staff recommended the contract be awarded to AT&T for a total amount of $222,298 which is approximately $38,0000 less than what was encumbered in the 2018 budget to be paid for by special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue.

Murphy said the current system was installed in 2007 and has outlived its usefulness and the company that sold it is no longer in business. The new system, which includes electronic equipment, computer equipment and software that will allow the 9-1-1 center to pinpoint the caller’s location which could save first responders valuable time if someone is injured in a remote location and don’t know where they are.

John Erbele asked the board to consider creation a committee charged with drafting a county-wide historic preservation protection plan and map overlay. Erbele said White County is a very special place and it will be even more special 20 years from now if such a plan is adopted.

Commissioners have received a number of citizen complaints about the transfer station so they have been considering awarding the maintenance and operation contract to a different vendor. When the bids came in, however – Advanced Disposal, which holds the current contract – was the lowest bidder.

Staff recommended awarding the contract to Advanced Disposal, but with some additional requirements aimed at cleaning up the site.

There was also a discussion about vacation rentals by owner (VRBO). County Manager Michael Melton pointed out that a number of property owners who rent their houses out to tourists are not paying the hotel/motel tax or sales tax which they are required to pay.

There were three public hearings. One was a request from Jon Steven Neal for a conditional use permit to operate a rent-by-owner property on 1.18 acres at 253 Enota Drive in Sautee Nacoochee. Another was a request by Jeremy McAfee to redistrict 7.10 acres at 2779 Tesnatee Gap Valley Road to C-2 Highway Business District. The property now houses a automotive body shop. McAfee wants to expand the building to house other businesses. Neither of those public hearing attracted any opposition.

However, Michael Clark’s request for a conditional use permit at 5058 Helen Highway in Sautee Nacoochee to operate a “place of worship” did draw opposition from an adjacent property owner who said the building lacks adequate parking space and septic system.

Commissioners also reviewed bids for the contract to operate the transfer station. Three bids were received and the current provider Advanced Disposal was the lowest bidder with a proposed tipping fee of $49.75 per ton, a 12 percent increase of the current fee.

 

 

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White County Fire Services receives $2,500 grant

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Public Safety Director David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga. – FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, presented White County Public Safety Director David Murphy with a check for $2,500 last week to help fire service respond to emergency situations.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Georgia-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service,  visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice. Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners.

 

 

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‘Active shooter’ training exercise at White County Middle School April 4

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CLEVELAND, Ga . — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy wants the public to be aware that an “active shooter training” exercise will take place at White County Middle School on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. until noon.

This is a joint exercise by the school system, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, White County Public Safety, Cleveland Fire Department and the Georgia Emergency Management-Homeland Security Agency.

Murphy said the exercise will evaluate the plans for both the system and first responders in the event an actual situation should occur. This exercise will include volunteer students and faculty from White County Schools and Truett – McConnell University.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of personnel on this date and not be alarmed as this is only an exercise of emergency response plans.

School systems and public safety personnel all across Georgia have conducted these exercises for some time, but the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14, has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of such exercises.

 

 

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White County after-the-storm assessment

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Public Safety Dir. David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga.—White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided an after-the-storm assessment, following last week’s inclement weather.

“I don’t know if drivers realized the effects of the snow melt, causing a layer of ice under the snow,” Murphy said. “Salt and pre-treatment causing the melt, with temperatures being so cold, it froze as a layer of ice.  You cannot scrape ice off the roadway. This particular snow was dry in comparison to the snow back in December.  The snow was more like pellets than flakes and most likely contributed to the quick freeze into an ice layer.”

Murphy reported more than 25 motor vehicle accidents. Some included multiple vehicles, but only minor injuries were reported and none required transport to hospitals. There were also 14 reports of vehicles that could not move due to icy conditions.

Road closures included the west side of Westmoreland Road, Town Creek Road, Hwy. 129 south between Industrial Drive and Collins Road, Hwy. 115 east between the Habersham County line and Hwy. 254.

The White County School system was closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to icy conditions and wind chill advisories. Government offices were closed and delayed openings due to icy conditions.

White County Public Works Department pre-treated bridges and problem areas while spreading over 150 tons of material in response to icy conditions. All county fire stations were manned from late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.

Murphy added that no power outages were reported, no requests were made for made for comfort shelters and no fires were reported during the period.

 

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