WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 6-26-2023

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department took a convicted felon into custody yesterday after a long standoff.  The incident happened on Old Bethal Road in Chickamauga.  The suspect who has yet to be identified assaulted his grandmother.  The woman was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house and call police.  The Walker County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team employed a flash bang grenade in order to force the suspect outside.  The man now faces multiple charges including aggravated battery.  Check our website at DiscoverWalker.com for more details on this story as they become available throughout today.  
A tree fell on a house in Rossville yesterday.  The incident caused the home on Chambers Street to catch fire.  Fire and emergency crews responded to the fire around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  The downed tree was the result of severe storms that passed through the area.  
Pam Turley is the new Executive Director of Morning Pointe at Happy Valley.  The new assisted living and memory care campus is located on Happy Valley Road in Rossville.  Turley resides in Ringgold and has been an RN for 37 years.  She was the Executive Director at an assisted living facility in Cleveland for the past 15 years.  Turley will help open the facility and will oversee the operations.  
Several new laws will go into effect July 1st in Georgia.  Ride-sharing and taxi companies now will only have to provide a minimum of $300,000 insurance coverage for anyone injured in an accident, according to House Bill 529. The previous minimum requirement was $1 million. The bill was approved with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate and signed by Governor Kemp on May 1.  Workers in Georgia will soon be able to take time off to vote, thanks to Senate Bill 129. Employees will be able to take up to two hours of unpaid time off to vote in-person in primaries and elections, either on election day or on a designated in-person early voting day.  We’ll take a look at additional laws going into effect as we go through this week on WQCH News.