WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 10-9-23


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released information on a shooting that happened in Rossville on Thursday.  Rossville Police and the GBI started investigating around 3 p.m. on October 5. Someone alerted police of a possible shooting at apartments on Park City Road in Rossville.  Authorities found 51-year-old Tammy Cropper deceased in her bedroom from a gunshot wound.  In addition, GBI said they found 48-year-old Christopher Bullock injured from a gunshot wound.  First responders took Bullock to the hospital in critical condition.

Walker County Voters will decide next month on TSPLOT.  The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a one penny tax that is dedicated to road maintenance and improvements.  Officials say that restoring TSPLOST would generate about 9-million a year for paving and transportation.  Walker County would get 75% of the money generated.  The City of LaFayette would get 11.5% or just over one million dollars.  Residents will vote on November 7th on whether to authorize the new TSPLOST.

Early voting for the November 7th municipal elections and TSPLOT referendum begin October 16th.  The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested a Rossville man for fraudulently purchasing items with a City of Rossville credit card. The GBI arrested 53-year-old Mark Harris and charged him with one count of theft by taking and one count of false statements/writing.  Harris was formerly a City of Rossville public works department director and a Rossville Fire Department captain. District Attorney Clay Fuller asked the GBI to investigate Harris on September 14.  The GBI then searched Harris’ home on Wednesday, October 4. There, they found many items fraudulently purchased with the city’s credit card accounts, according to the GBI. They also found a Toro self-propelled lawn mower at his home, the GBI said.  Later that day, Harris returned more items he had previously purchased with those credit cards. He returned them to the City of Rossville Public Works Department.  The GBI said he purchased these items with city credit cards: a DeWalt standing spotlight, DeWalt utility table, DeWalt pressure washer, DeWalt angle grinder and jigsaw, Midea window air conditioning unit, DeWalt turbo leaf blower, Milwaukee angle reciprocating saw, Gorilla stationary step ladder, and many other tools.  Authorities booked Harris into the Walker County Jail. The GBI said he made bond and was released.