WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 10-6-23


A proposed residential development in rural Chattanooga Valley was blocked when the Walker County Board of Commissioners denied a request to rezone nearly 130 acres of agricultural land.

Named Laurel Station, the phased development on Highway 193 south of the High Point community was planned to start with a dozen large homes, followed by more than 100 smaller homes, and later cabins higher up the ridge.

John Tatum had planned to develop the property. It was supposed to be similar to nearby Cloudland Station, which was also developed by Tatum.

The rezoning was denied in a unanimous vote last week, with commissioners citing the development’s likely increase in traffic and threats to the area’s rural character. Ten neighbors testified against the rezoning, echoing concerns of the commissioners as well as expressing concerns about a strain on sewers and schools.  The request for rezoning was denied unanimously by a voice vote, sparking cheers and applause from the room.

Several agencies investigated a shooting yesterday in Rossville.  It happened around 3pm at Woodland Apartments in the 1500 block of Park City Road.  Walker County Authorities have confirmed at least one person was shot.  The GBI, Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Rossville Police Department responded to the incident.

Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp unveiled a new college plan this morning. One that he calls one of the largest direct admissions programs in the country.  The Georgia Match program gives high schoolers a quick pass to schools like Dalton State.  It is all based on 11th grade HOPE GPA and freshman index score.  Those who qualify will receive a letter from the governor beginning next week, listing the 23 state schools they may qualify for.   The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia College are not taking part in the program.

The LaFayette Ramblers are at home tonight to face Breman.  You can hear the game on Georgia 93-7.  

The Georgia Bulldogs are home this week to face Kentucky in a meeting of two of the three unbeaten teams in the SEC.  Loran Smith has this weeks Bulldog Report.