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DOT: “Stay Put! Don’t Drive” (2-12-14)

Most area roads in North Georgia look like my driveway.

Georgia is closed.  A State of Emergency has been declared for 91 counties in the state. More than 60,000 customers in Atlanta are without power. Roads are frozen and worse weather is coming. With the threat of a “catastrophic” storm looming, Georgia DOT dump trucks mounted with snow plows and spreaders, escorted by Georgia State […]

Snow Coming: Gov. Deal Declares State of Emergency

Governor Nathan Deal ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of North Georgia, with sleet and ice in the forecast. After enduring scathing attacks following the traffic gridlock in Atlanta from the most recent snowstorm, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, […]

Cars Abandoned on Interstates To Be Towed

Department of Public Safety

The Georgia State Patrol says the towing of vehicles abandoned on state highways due to the recent ice storm will begin at 9 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The Westlake and Mt. Paran Road locations for motorists to be taken to their vehicles closed at 5 p.m. Troopers are returning to normal patrols for the evening […]

Five Tips on Avoiding Car/Deer Accidents


  Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division estimates there are 50,000 deer-car collisions each year in the state.  Some wrecks are unavoidable, but these tips will lessen your chances of meeting Bambi on a dark lonely highway. “Deer are on the move during this time of year and while motorists in rural areas may […]

Lake Allatoona Holiday Boating Incident Report

Bartow County Fire-Rescue Team is grateful for this preliminary boating information report from Rick Lavender of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This report contains statewide statistics and has specific totals for incidents on Lake Allatoona over the Labor Day holiday weekend, August 31-September 2, 2013. There were three deaths on public waters in Georgia. Two are considered […]

Update: Drowning on Lake Allatoona


We regret to inform you of a drowning death that occurred at Lake Allatoona’s Red Top Mountain State Park on the afternoon of Sunday, September 1, 2013. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources spokesman Rick Lavender says the victim — Nicholas Alexander, 23 — was from Atlanta. According to DNR Law Enforcement Division’s Sgt. Mike Barr, […]

Details of Allatoona Boat Crash

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DNR Ranger Mike Barr tells that an emergency 911 call was received on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 7:38 PM about a boat crash on Lake Allatoona.  The incident happened on Little River, west of Allatoona’s Little River Marina. An 18-foot Crownline pleasure boat ran into trees on a 15-foot portion of the river’s bank and […]

Boating Fatality on Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona boating death

The GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s final boating incident report for the Fourth of July holiday weekend brings news of a drowning and a boating related fatality on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The fatal accident on Lake Allatoona took the life of Robert Lewis, 52, of Dallas, Georgia. Mr. Lewis fell from his bass boat […]

GA’s Fourth of July Boating Incident Report (7-5-13)


Melissa Cummings — DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Communications & Outreach Specialist — has some decent news for us. As of 9:42 PM, Friday, July 5, 2013, there have been no drownings and no boating related deaths on Georgia’s lakes thus far this July 4th holiday weekend. In spite of the rain and increased patrols, we have had seven […]

DNR July 4th Boating Incident Report


Usually the highest score wins, but not when you’re counting the number of drownings, boating accidents and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) statistics for the July 4th holiday weekend. In those cases the winning score is zero. The 2013 Fourth of July Holiday boating statistics report has been released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ […]