Cherokee County Deputies Recognized

Nine deputies were recognized at Tuesday’s Cherokee County Commission meeting at the Bluffs for going above and beyond their everyday service to the community.


Sergeant Michael Wells, Sergeant Joseph Pelletier, Deputy Nicholas Timms, Deputy Juan Trejo and Deputy John Wiederhold received Life Saving Awards. Sergeant Todd Shinall, Sergeant Jennifer Anderson, Deputy Christopher Bryant and Deputy Michael Creeden received Sheriff’s Commendation Awards.

Deputy Nicholas Timms also received a Meritorious Service Award.

Chief Deputy Joe Perkins presented the deputies the awards in front the Cherokee County Commissioners and the public attending the meeting.

Red Cross Urges Area Residents to Prepare for Severe Weather

Red Cross App

The American Red Cross is urging Northwest Georgia to prepare for severe weather that the National Weather Service is predicting for this weekend.

“Preparation is the best protection,” said Jeffrey Putnam, Executive Director of American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia. “By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, you can help ensure that all of your household members know what to and where to go when severe weather occurs.”

The free Red Cross Emergency App makes this easier by providing instant access to weather and emergency alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in case an event occurs. The app covers 14 different types of disasters including tornados and flooding and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts for themselves and where loved ones live. The app contains preloaded content so users can access guidance from Red Cross experts even without mobile connectivity, and allows users to easily toggle between Spanish and English.

“Family Safe” is a unique feature that allows the app user to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster and find out if they are safe. The recipient can instantly see the alert details as well as specific “what to do now” steps, and then respond with either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe.” This feature works even if the recipient has not downloaded the Emergency App.

The app is available in app stores by searching for the Red Cross Emergency or by going to

Whenever severe weather warnings are issued people should move to an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If that’s not possible, a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is an alternative.

If the power goes out, people should:

  • Use flashlights instead of candles;
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible; and
  • Make sure generators are placed outside the home and away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Additional safety tips on what to do before, during and after a variety of disasters and emergencies are located at People can also take Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses so they’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. They can get information and register at



Young Fox
Photo by GA DNR

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (April 17, 2015) – There is a possibility that even with good intentions, “rescuing” an animal can sometimes cause more harm than good.  This is often the case when people come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Young wildlife taken into captivity can lose their natural instincts and ability to survive in the wild,” explains John Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division chief of game management.  “In most instances, there is an adult animal a short distance away.  This separation of adult and young animals provides a critical survival mechanism by helping minimize predation on young wildlife.”

The best thing people can do when they see a young animal, or in fact any wildlife, is to leave it alone exactly as they found it.  Situations become much more complex, and sometimes pose a danger to the wildlife or people, when an animal is moved or taken into a home.

What If the Animal is Injured?

Persons not licensed and trained in wildlife rehabilitation should not attempt to care for wildlife.  In fact, Georgia law prohibits the possession of most wildlife without a permit. If you encounter a seriously injured animal or an animal that clearly has been orphaned, please contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

A list of licensed rehabilitators is available at (select “Special Permits” from the right hand side of the home page and scroll down to “Wildlife Rehabilitation”).

Why Wildlife Does NOT Belong in Your Home

Handling of any wildlife or bringing them into the home poses health risks for both people and domestic pets. Despite the fact that they make look healthy, wildlife can transmit life-threatening diseases such as rabies and can carry unhealthy parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks. Certain ticks are especially known to transmit diseases such as ‘Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever’ and ‘Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness’ to humans.

Protect yourself and your family.  Contact the local county health department and/or Wildlife Resources Division office if you encounter an animal such as a bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, coyote or bobcat that appears to show no fear of humans or dogs, or that seems to behave in a sick or abnormal manner (i.e. weaving, drooling, etc.). The animal may be afflicted with rabies, distemper or another disease. Do not attempt to feed or handle animals. Pets, livestock and humans should be kept away from the area where the animal was observed.

The two most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your pets from rabies is 1) get pets vaccinated and 2) avoid physical contact with wildlife. As another precautionary step, adults should instruct children to NEVER bring wildlife home.

A video about this topic is available at , click on “Videos” to find the title “Orphaned Wildlife in Georgia.”


White-tailed Deer Fawn
Photo by Todd Schneider, GA DNR

For more information, visit, contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office ( or call (770) 918-6416.