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A 7-year-old child was killed in an ATV accident in Chattooga County on Saturday.  Emergency crews were called to the scene of the crash in the area of Garvin and Echols Road in Menlo.  The 7-year-old was riding the ATV alone at the time of the crash.  The child was not wearing any protective headgear.    No further details are available at this time.
The LaFayette City Council is set to meet today at 6;30pm.  Among the items on the agenda for today is the upcoming Freedom Festival and the city’s procurement policy.  The County Commission meets Thursday night.  Among the points for discussion this week is the appointment of members to the Chickamauga Library Board and the Rossville Public Library Board.
A federal grand jury indicted a man from Lookout Mountain on charges of transporting minors to engage in sexual activity with them.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said 71-year-old James Coleman Thompson is in custody awaiting his trial in the U.S. District Court.  But now, the FBI is now trying to identify more of Thompson’s victims.  Authorities said Thompson victimized boys between the ages of 10 and 15, who may have been involved in various youth wrestling and hunting programs. The FBI said the victimization could have happened between the 1990s until the present.  On June 5, a grand jury indicted Thompson on three counts of transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The indictment said he transported boys across state lines to do so.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cases of Whooping Cough are on the rise.  There are nearly three times as many cases reported this year compared to 2023 in the U.S.  That includes 45 cases of Whooping Cough in Georgia, according to the CDC.  Doctors say to make sure kids are up to date with their TDAP shots and that pregnant women should also get vaccinated to protect their newborns.  Symptoms of Whooping Cough start like the common cold before turning into violent coughs that last for weeks. Severe cases can lead to fractured ribs, pneumonia and low oxygen levels, according to the CDC.