WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 11-13-23


An updated on the fires burning on Highway 157 on Lookout Mountain.  According to Georgia Forestry yesterday, the fire is now 99% contained.  706 acres have been impacted by the blaze that has been ruled as arson.  We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

The LaFayette City Council hold their regular monthly meeting tomorrow.  The meeting starts at 6:30 at City Hall at 207 Duke Street.  

A Murray County man was sentenced last Friday to prison for a vehicular homicide that happened in 2021.  Superior Court Judge Scott Minter sentenced 22-year-old Seth Nathaniel Mathis to serve a total of 20 years. Mathis faces 15 years in prison for vehicular homicide and 5 years on probation for making false statements.  A Murray County jury found him guilty of two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving and false statements.    

The question of whether Georgia’s electronic voting system has major cybersecurity flaws that amount to a violation of voters’ constitutional rights to cast their votes and have those votes accurately counted is set to be decided at trial early next year.  U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg issued a 135-page ruling late Friday in a long-running lawsuit filed by activists who want the state to ditch its electronic voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots. The state had asked the judge to rule in its favor based on the arguments and facts in the case without going to trial, but Totenberg found there are “material facts in dispute” that must be decided at trial.  She set a Jan. 9 bench trial, which means there will be no jury. But she also suggested that the two sides work together to reach a resolution.