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April 9, 2020

If you have never had time for a book club, maybe you have that time now. This month our Dade County Public Library Book Club will be discussing Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. It’s a fascinating book, and it shows us we may not be doing as good a job communica...

April 8, 2020

Dade County is up to two COVID-19 cases today on the Georgia Department of Public Health daily status report from the one case it's had since March 30--the patient who died last Friday--but there may be some ambiguity about the geography, said County Executive Ted Ruml...

April 7, 2020

Dade Elections Supervisor Lowanna Vaughan in a file shot earlier in the year, when she thought Georgia's new voting machines were the worst thing she had to worry about. If only!

Georgia COVID-19 numbers are up again--at today's livestreamed county briefing, deputy cler...

April 6, 2020

Presumably, penning people into perpetual proximity has proved perilous to the public peace, putting a peevish peal in the peroration of pulchritudinous police pontiff Christy Smith. "Our DUIs have increased, our domestics have increased," she reported at today's count...

April 6, 2020

ROME, Ga.--Just about everyone in our public health office is feeling that knot in our stomachs, so we know a lot of other people must be feeling it, too. And rightly so! This is a frightening time.

We’re going to have tough days ahead as we all have friends, neighbors...

April 6, 2020

Let me continue to remind those of you who have books checked out that you do not need to worry about getting any fines. There will be no late charges for books still out while the library is closed. You may drop books off in the book drop, but patrons may keep them un...

April 4, 2020

Until 1856 when Sir Henry Perkins accidentally discovered a mauve-colored coal tar product, all dyes were from natural sources. Most (but not all) of these were plant based. Famous Tyrian purple was derived from a mollusk found in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Interes...

April 3, 2020

At today's livestreamed COVID-19 update, Dade County Executive Chairman Ted Rumley confirmed what the relentlessly efficient Dade jungle telegraph had already circulated: Dade's one diagnosed case of the virus had died of it. "I want you to pray for that family because...

April 2, 2020

Maj. Tommy Bradford says Dade cops will not be "harassing" people during shelter-in-place period.

Today's livestreamed Dade County COVID-19 update centered mostly on what local residents must do to comply with the shelter-in-place order Gov. Brian Kemp imposed on the st...

April 2, 2020

Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Georgia Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga)

After adjourning for our 29th Legislative Day on March 13, the Georgia General Assembly entered into an indefinite suspension due to concerns around the novel coronavirus (CO...

Dear Dade County Parents and Students:

We are in the midst of unprecedented times.  As I stated earlier, the only constant is change.

Yesterday, Governor Kemp closed all K-12 schools in Georgia for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, I am m...

April 1, 2020

At today's daily Dade County COVID-19 livestreamed briefing, County Executive Chairman Ted Rumley said that if Gov. Brian Kemp won't close Cloudland Canyon State Park--and Rumley said the governor has told him personally he wouldn't--the county will take care of the pr...

April 1, 2020

Editor's note: The Plaid Dammit prides itself on consistently getting the news out to readers while the other newspapers lie around with their thumbs up their media outlets. This time we were even faster and got the story before it happened. Dateline on this 'un is...


March 31, 2020

The old "Independent State of Dade" spirit reared its defiant head at today's livestreamed 3 p.m. COVID-19 county briefing as County Executive Ted Rumley discussed what Dade could do unilaterally to close down Cloudland Canyon State Park since the state government will...

March 31, 2020

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Vikki Mills, a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives District 1 seat.

Dear Friends,

We are living in trying times. Many of us have lost our jobs. Friends are falling ill. Churches are closed and businesses are suffe...

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READERS: I am not taking this section out of the newspaper for ease later on, but during the COVID-19 crisis most activities have bailed. Please check with event organizers to make sure yours is still ongoing. rfw


  • Egg hunt at Cloudland Canyon State Park! April 11 at the Interpretive Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers needed to set up day before and help with event itself. Email Dena Abell ( to volunteer or for more info.                               

  • Meeting on April 13 at 6 p.m. at the Dade UGA Extension/4-H Agricultural Center (in front of Dade Middle School off Hwy. 136 W) for kids and parents interested in learning about opportunities for showing livestock through 4-H.                                           

  • Youth Rally at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Calvary Baptist Church, 13056 N. Main St., Trenton. Everyone is invited for an evening of old-fashioned preaching, singing, worship, fellowship and food. Main speaker is Dr. Jeremiah Quarles.                           

  • The Blue Ribbon Glow Run, Dade First's child abuse awareness event, will be at the Dade County High School track on Friday, April 24. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the walk/run starts at 9 p.m. Preregister by March 29 to ensure you get a free glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, but if you don't you're welcome to show up anyway. Preregister at Call Martha Baker at (423) 883-6938 to reserve your agency a booth.                                      

  • Lookout Mountain CASA is looking for more volunteer advocates.  Are you the next HERO in a foster child's life? Children come into foster care by no fault of their own and typically are found to be victims of abuse and/or deprivation. This is where you come in. CASA volunteers are the voice of children who have been overlooked, neglected and hurt.   Begin your NEW YEAR with a resolution to BE THE CHANGE and make a difference in a child's story. Learn how to join the CASA team by calling Ashley Shelton at (404) 723 1420.                                                             

  • Do you have a dramatic photo from the tornadoes of 2011? Do you have a story to tell from April 27, 2011? If so, the Dade County Public Lbrary would love to include them in a book it is compiling to commemorate the 10th anniversary of those killer storms. Email photos and brief stories to, or drop by the library.                                                      

  • Rising Fawn Baptist Church provides FREE after-school care for children between the ages of 5 and 13 beginning the first day of this school year. Each day will include a snack, Bible study, time for homework and play. Children will be watched from the time they get off the school bus until 6 p.m. This is primarily for those who struggle to afford the after-care program at school or must send their children home to an empty house, but others will be accepted subject to demand--so the sooner you register, the better.  For more information please contact the church at, or call or text Tony Moreland at (423) 227-9997.                                                                                

  • For 2020, the Georgia Driver's License office in Trenton is open Monday,  Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 & 24, March 9 & 23, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 18, June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, Aug. 10 & 24, Sept. 14 & 28, Oct. 5 & 19, Nov. 2 & 16 and Dec. 7 & 21. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and the office is in the Justice Bldg, 75 Case Ave., Trenton. For more info check                                                                                     

  • At 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, there is an informational meeting/presentation at the Dade DFACS office (located in the county Administrative Building) for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent. You may call 1-877-210-KIDS to register, but registration is not required.                                                              

  • A representative from the Veterans Administration is available to help vets at the Dade County Administrative Building in the Commissioners' meeting room 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  on the last Wednesday of each month.                                                

  • Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Trenton Ministry Center. This is a Christian recovery program for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups or habits. There are classes for kids, teens and adults, as well as nursery care provided. For more information, call (706) 657-6920.                                          

  • Emergency Message - All DDS (driver's license) Customer Service Centers are closed until April 1, 2020. DDS urges customers to consider using DDS Online Services at


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