WQCH & Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 4-17-23

A chase that started in Tennessee moved across state lines into Walker County yesterday.  The U-Haul van was being pursued by agencies from Grundy, Marion and Hamilton Counties when it cross state lines into Walker County.  The van later crashed on Highway 136 in Dade County.  Authorties say that the van flipped over a concrete barrier.  There were injuries in the accident.  Check DiscoverWalker.com for more details as more becomes available.  
Last month, the Walker County Planning Office issued 39 permits for new single family home construction.  Three months into the year 91 permits have been issued so far.  
The Walker County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to maintain the current level of fire service for residents and businesses by making an adjustment to the county’s public safety fee. The investment in fire protection comes in advance of an Insurance Service Office (ISO) review later this year, which can affect insurance rates for homeowners and businesses.

The new rate calls for a $0.14 fee per square foot on all buildings, with a minimum of $125 and maximum of $600 to be charged on a residential house, mobile home, duplex or triplex. The new rate will cost the average homeowner in unincorporated Walker County and the city of Chickamauga about $5 more per month.

While residential dwellings account for a majority of all units in Walker County, the minimum and maximum amounts charged for agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings have also been adjusted. The revised fee structure will generate about $5.45 million annually to fund fire services at their current level, which includes 24/7/365 operations at seven fire stations.

The City of Lafayette is haveing an Earth Day Clean Up.  It’s happening Saturday from 9am to noon.  If your interested in participating, meet at Ross Abney at 9am on Saturday.