Joint Comprehensive Plan Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID Exposure

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After speaking with the NWGA Regional Commission is has been decided that today’s Joint Comprehensive Plan Meeting needs to be rescheduled due to a COVID exposure at the Dade County Administrative Office. The exposure was contained to the Administrative Office Staff and we are taking measures to sanitize the office and monitor office staff. We are cancelling today’s meeting out of an abundance of caution due to the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
This meeting is set to be rescheduled at a later date.

Man Charged with Felony Murder

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Jeremiah Douglas of Wildwood, Ga charged with Felony Murder for the death of a 23 year old female which occurred on November 5, 2021. Douglas is currently Incarcerated in the Dade County Jail where he is accused of shoving the victim from a moving vehicle causing her death. Douglas awaits a bond hearing to be held in front of a Superior Court Judge.
The Georgia Department of Community Supervision has also executed a Parole Violation warrant where No Bond is available.
“We appreciate all the Agencies who lended a hand in this investigation. Agents and Investigators worked non-stop to capture the suspect responsible for this homicide in less than 24 hours of it’s occurrence. The community and witnesses were key in hunting this suspect down. This incident is a tragedy for a young woman’s family, a sensless crime that has impacted so many. Our Office is determined to see this case through.”
An official release of the victim’s information will be made once the GBI Crime Lab has confirmed identification.

Deceased Female Hwy 299

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***UPDATE: Deceased Female Hwy 299***
On Saturday November 6, 2021 at approximately 830 a.m. Dade County Sheriff’s Investigations, GBI Agents, and Deputies with our Office placed a male suspect in custody in connection to the deceased female discovered just yesterday. The suspect does reside in Dade County.
Our Office responded to reports of a female subject laying in the middle of Hwy 299 who appeared to be injured. When Deputies arrived on scene, it was determined that she was deceased.
Agents and Investigators are still working this case. At this time, names will not be released to preserve the integrity of this investigation in addition to proper notifications.
Our Office is preparing to release further details and names no later than Monday during an Official Press Release held at the Sheriff’s Office. Time to be announced.
We extend our gratitude to all first responders, medical personnel, and assisting agencies for their professionalism and support throughout this investigation.

Fish Art Contest Kicks Off Now

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PERRY, Ga. (Oct. 27, 2021) – Go Draw a Fish! Youth have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats and conservation. Using art and writing, the Georgia Fish Art Contest (part of the international Wildlife Forever Fish Art® Contest) can ignite children’s imagination and inspire them to discover more about fish and fishing. 


This year, if a child wishes to enter the International Fish Art Contest, they can choose any fish species. To enter, youth in kindergarten through grade 12 can create an original illustration of their chosen fish species and a one-page creative written essay. However, there also are many additional specialty award categories for 2022, including the Guy Harvey Award, the IGFA Conservation Award and the Go Fish Georgia Award. These additional contest opportunities may have different species and/or entry requirements. For example, the Go Fish Georgia Award celebrates fish species found in Georgia which are commonly sought by anglers. Contestants entering the international competition may also choose to apply for one or more specialty awards. Essays for kindergarten through third grade, or for countries outside the US, will be judged and awarded – but not required. More info about award categories and all requirement details found at


All Georgia contestants must complete the Georgia-specific entry form ( Entries are due by Mar. 31, 2022 and can be submitted digitally or by mail to Marion Baker/Go Fish Education Center (1255 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA 31069). 


More Info About the Go Fish Georgia Award: This award was created to celebrate fish species found in the state of Georgia which are commonly sought by anglers. The artwork is chosen based on how well the judges feel it represents the fish and/or fishing in Georgia. The artists who receive this award will have copies of their artwork on display, alongside state winners, at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia.


Special note for Georgia educators: Participating educators will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free guided field trip at the Go Fish Education Center ( for one class.


Complete information about the Fish Art Contest available at



About the Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state-fish and written words detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year.

About the Go Fish Education Center

The Go Fish Education Center, adjacent to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, works to inform the public about fisheries and other natural resources through interactive exhibits, classroom programs and public workshops. More information at

New Public Hunting Area in Dade County

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TRENTON, Ga. (October 27, 2021) – Hunters in Dade County have a new public hunting location available this season. The Charles B. Henson Voluntary Public Access (VPA) area is a 786-acre piece of property located near Trenton, Ga that will open to hunters beginning November 1, 2021, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).


Charles B. Henson VPA consists primarily of mature mixed hardwood pine forest.  The area will be open to hunting on the following 2021-2022 season schedule: 


  • Deer (Either Sex) and Bear Archery: Nov. 1-30, 2021
  • Deer (Either Sex) and Bear Firearms (Quota Hunt): Dec. 3-5, 2021
  • Turkey (Quota Hunt) – April 2-10, 2022; April 16-24, 2022


To apply for a quota hunt on the property, hunters will need to sign into their account at and apply. When visiting the property to deer, bear or turkey hunt, hunters will need to sign-in on the free Outdoors Georgia app, online at , or locate the information kiosk as indicated on the property map and sign-in on the clipboard. 


This VPA is a partnership between Southeastern Cave Conservancy International (SCCi) and Georgia WRD. The property was originally purchased by SCCi for the protection of the many caves found on the property. This successful partnership provides both an opportunity for hunting and further protection to manage the habitat and wildlife.


This new area is one of several in Georgia in which landowners have worked with WRD in utilizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service-funded Voluntary Public Access (VPA) Program to provide short-term leases of their properties.  The lands are then included in the WRD Wildlife Management Area system for the purpose of allowing public hunting access. 


WRD is interested in leasing private land for public hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Private landowners that enroll in the program are eligible for a negotiable lease rate, and are provided with a legal agreement giving maximum liability protection. More information at  


For more information on the Charles B. Henson VPA, visit or call 706-295-6041.

Dade County Schools Will Return to All In-Person Learning

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At this time, all Dade County Schools will return to in-person learning beginning August 5, 2021. As always, we will be following CDC guidelines with the safety of our students/teachers in mind.
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From the Dade County Schools Facebook page

K9 Receives Body Armor Donation in Dade County

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Dade County Sheriff’s Office K9 Kaiser to get donation of body armor
Dade County Sheriff’s Office K9 Kaiser will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Kaiser’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

k9 receives body armor

photo from Dade County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,275 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Dade County Schools Closed Tuesday, February 16

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Dade County Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Also… the Dade County Department of Health will be on a two hour delay tomorrow (2-16-2021) opening at 10:00 am. If you had an appointment scheduled between 9:00 and 10:00 with the DPH they should have reached out to you to re-schedule. If you haven’t heard from them please call 706-657-4213.
Dade County Schools closed on Tuesday

Dade County Sheriff Requests Help Locating Missing Woman

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Dade County Sheriff requests help locating missing woman

Dade County Partners to Provide Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Georgia power is proud to partner with Dade County Georgia to bring electric vehicle fast charging to northwest Georgia and the I-59 corridor. As part of a state wide initiative to enable EV adoption and connect communities, Georgia power is building a network of safe, reliable and convenient charging infrastructure for an ever growing market segment of drivers
The new electric charging stations are located at the Dade County Courts Facility.
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Dade County Court Facility

Sheriff’s Office Opens Lobby for Limited Hours

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We understand the demand for Concealed Carry Firearm Permits and our fingerprinting services; in order to accommodate, we will open the Sheriff’s Office Lobby on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays ONLY between 2p.m. and 6p.m. beginning Monday January 18th.
However, this Saturday (Jan 16th) we will open the Lobby between 9a.m. and 5p.m. to assist those in immediate need of services.
If you have any questions about times, services, or special appointments; please give us a call at 706-657-3233.

Covid Vaccines Arriving for Dade County Seniors January 11

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VACCINE AVAILABLE to those ages 65+ beginning 1/11/2021
Nurse Manager of Dade County Public Health Department Tammy Franklin says they will be able to give vaccines to any Dade County resident 65 and older beginning next week. You MUST CALL FIRST for an appointment because the vaccine is limited. To make an appointment to receive your vaccine please call 706-657-4213.

Sheriff Issues Alert After Multiple Thefts at Local Churches

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Catalytic converters like these were stolen.

Catalytic Converters, like these shown, were stolen.


Several of our local churches have been victimized by thieves in the past few weeks; catalytic converters are being removed from church vans and other businesses in our county. Walker County has also seen a large increase in catalytic converter thefts. Please be aware of suspicious persons and/or vehicles in your area and business properties.

If you see suspicious activities or have any knowledge of the persons victimizing our church properties, please contact our Investigations Division or submit a tip through Facebook.

Dade County Administrative Offices Closed to Walk in Visitors Thru January 1, 2021

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Press Release:
Sunday, December 27, 2020 Dade County Executive Ted Rumley tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested after exhibiting symptoms and finding he had been in contact with another COVID-19 positive person. He immediately self-quarantined and will remain so until released by his physician. As a precaution, the Dade County Administration Office will be closed to walk in visitors beginning tomorrow, Monday, December 28, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. We will re-evaluate the admittance of walk in visitors later in the week. The Dade County Administration Office is conducting business and may be reached by telephone at 706-657-4625 or via email at [email protected] Due to a reduced office staff we are asking that you wait, if at all possible, until next week to conduct your business. Although Dade County Executive Rumley is symptomatic he is doing well. Prayers for continued and speedy recovery are appreciated.
Carey Fauscett-Anderson
Deputy Clerk: Public Information & Relations

Fugitive From Tennessee Caught In Dade County

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Dade County, GA- On August 4th, Dade County Detectives received information that a fugitive from Tennessee was staying at a residence on Gass Rd on Sand Mountain.
The Dade County Investigation Team began surveillance on the residence, and observed vehicles in the driveway that were known to be used by the fugitive.
After surveillance was completed on the residence, Dade County Investigators, Deputies, and K9 Handlers surrounded the residence and confirmed that the fugitive was inside.
While attempting to get the subject to come outside the residence, Dade County Units heard, and observed through a window, the subject barricading himself inside the residence.
Three Dade County K9 Handlers, along with K9 Rocco, breached the front door of the residence and made entry.
After entry by the Deputies and K9, the subject retreated to the bathroom of the residence, where he barricaded himself again.
The deputies and K9 breached the door of bathroom, where the subject was taken in to custody without incident.
The subject taken in to custody was Jeffery Adam Turner, 33, of Trenton.
Mr Turner has several outstanding felony warrants from Hamilton County, Marion County, and Chattanooga PD.
New charges are also pending in Dade County.

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