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The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Search and Rescue Team return to shore after locating the body.

Drowning Victim Found in Lake Allatoona

Rev. Katee Harris.


Katee Harris Named Associate Chaplain at Floyd Medical Center Rome, GA - Rev. Katee Harris has been named Associate Chaplain at Floyd Medical Center. Harris will work with patients and families, providing emotional and spiritual support. She will also be available to talk with them about advanced directives. Harris earned a Master of Education degree in school counseling and a Master of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts

JUMP TO FILE #100516118 degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Wakemed Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Cherokee County, GA - The body of a 49-year-old woman was found on September 12th, just shortly after 1:30 P.M., in Lake Allatoona at Harbor Town Marina. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Letrise Portia Ross of Acworth, Georgia. According to reports, the woman’s family reported her missing around 3:00 P.M. after her jet ski was found floating by an island near the marina around 5:00 P.M. The woman left with her jet ski from Webster Boat Ramp, near Red Top Mountain, on the morning of September 11th at 10:00 A.M. and

JUMP TO FILE #091216170 was supposed to return around 1:00 P.M. that same day. Members from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene during the evening hours of September 11th to begin search efforts in locating the woman. After having no success, they returned early the next morning around 7:30 A.M. to continue the search and just shortly after 1:30 P.M., the body was located

about 200-yards from the mainland and in about five-to-six feet of water at Harbor Town Marina. Members from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Dive Team recovered the body. A representative from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that foul play was not expected. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Rangers with the Department of Natural Resources aided in the search and recovery. - TIM CAVENDER



Patients involved in accidents used to be carried in mortuary vehicles! Before 1966 and the emergence of the Emergency Medical Service, it would be normal for people to be transported to the hospital in vehicles used by funeral homes.

Crews Respond to House Fire in Bethlehem Bethlehem, GA - Just after 4:30 P.M. on Monday, August 22nd, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 300 block of Centennial Drive in Bethlehem. “The 911 caller informed communication officers that the house was full of smoke,” stated Captain Scott Dakin. “The communication officers informed them to make sure everyone evacuated the house and

JUMP TO FILE #082316114 dispatched firefighters the scene.” Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke in the front of the house and through the roof of the home. Due to the amount of fire upon arrival, firefighters went into a defensive mode of fire attack, fighting the fire from outside of the structure. Once the fire was

knocked down, crews made entry into the home to finish extinguishing the fire. The home was heavily damaged as a result of the fire. The Fire Investigation Team responded and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the team. The American Red Cross was called to assist the two adults who were displaced by this fire. - SCOTT DAKIN

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