Memorial To Be Held For Fallen Walker County K-9 Deputy

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
A public memorial service has been scheduled for Walker County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy Tanja who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Friday, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Tanja, her handler Deputy Donnie Brown, other sheriff’s deputies and state parole officers were attempting to arrest Steven Lee Waldemer, 58, of 377 Moon Lake Road, Walker County, Menlo, Ga., on felony warrants at about 3:45 p.m. last Friday when the shooting happened. Waldemer was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Tanja died at the scene and Deputy Brown sustained injuries to his jaw and neck. Deputy Brown was treated and released from Erlanger Hospital.

The public memorial service will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. 30739.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to We Ride to Provide, Inc., 15 Hunnington Place, Covington, Ga. 30016.

Emergency service personnel and vehicles who desire to participate in a memorial procession are asked to stage in the rear parking lot of LaFayette High School, 5178 Round Pond Road, Lafayette, Ga. 30728 at 10 a.m. on Friday.

For additional information or questions, contact Deputy Dewayne Brown at 706 638-5570 or Sgt. Chris Anderson at 706 638-1909, Ext. 232.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABBOTT, NICHOLAS  2524 JESSIE LANE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- ATKINSON, JANISHA SHOLONTA  3210 BROAD STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF ... (click for more)

Warrants Taken For Girl, 16, After Woman Stabbed Twice During Altercation On Woodside Street

Warrants have been taken for the arrest of a 16-year-old girl after Heidi Swafford, 19, was stabbed twice in an altercation outside a house on Woodside Street on Tuesday afternoon. Warrants were issued against the juvenile for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. The Chattanooga Police Department was notified by a local hospital that a female had arrived ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)

Williams Hired To Lead Restart Of Owls Boys' Basketball

Jay Williams has been hired as Ooltewah’s head boys’ basketball coach, a program rocked by a rape scandal last December that eventually led Hamilton County School officials to disband the varsity team and cancel more than half its schedule. Williams, who has strong ties to Ooltewah High School, previously coached at LaFayette School and Northwest Whitfield high schools in Northwest ... (click for more)

TSSAA Sets Future Division I, Division II Classifications

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has released the minutes from Wednesday’s meeting in Hermitage pertaining to football classification period for the 2017-18 and run through 2020-2021 1.  Roll Call 2.  Division I and Division II Classification The Board of Control voted the following for the classification period that ... (click for more)