WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 10-24-23

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The Wildfire continues on Lookout Mountain.  According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, the blaze has been fully contained.  The size of the fire has been estimated at 250 acres.  Authorities say the fire is still burning.

The latest restaurant health inspection report shows a 96 for The Dinner Bell in Flintstone.  Clara’s Place in LaFayette received a 98.  Little Ceasars got a 96.  Both Wendy’s and Vienna Beir Garten in LaFayette scored a 100.

Gas prices in the state of Georgia continue to fall.  Statewide the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas is now $3.01.  That’s 6-cents lower than a week ago and 31-cents lower than a month ago.  Dalton is among the cheapest gas prices in the state at $2.85 per gallon.

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is wanted for breaking into vehicles.  The man broke into a car on Pine Grove Access Road on Sunday. It happened just before 7 p.m. Deputies said the man attempted to steal the car.  He was chased off the property, toward Highway 41. In the 1600 block of Highway 41, someone reported their car stolen just a few minutes after the first incident.  Authorities ask anyone with information on these incidents call the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. You can speak with Detective Josh Moore by calling 706-935-2424

Georgia state employees and their families who are insured by the Georgia State Health Benefit Plan can access transgender-related health care after the state agreed to a $365,000 court settlement with three employees.  The health plan covers about 660,000 people, including employees of public schools and their families.  The $365,000 settlement will be split among the three state employee defendants, the anonymous defendant’s child and the Campaign for Southern Equality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ civil rights in the South.