We are sad to report that several people on Lookout Mountain have reported that gas has been siphoned from their vehicles. Please park your vehicle in a lit area at night and possibly purchase a locking gas cap.
Please report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff Department (706) 657- 3233
Food Pantry distribution is this Friday (Nov. 6th 2020) on Lookout Mountain 2 PM at the West Brow Fire Dept. We need help distributing the food and need help loading the truck on Sand Mountain at Noon on Friday (Hwy 136 & 301).
If you wish to volunteer 2 or more hours a week to drive the Neighborhood Watch patrol car we would like you to contact us (top right of menu).
All drivers must pass a Sheriff Department background check. Drivers agree to drive 2 or more hours a week during their assigned time slot. We currently drive 5 days a week but with more drivers could expand to 7.
You will receive training and a shirt, hat and ID badge that identifies you as an authorized driver upon completion of your training period.
the flood warning continues for the lookout creek near New England area of Dade County until Wednesday afternoon (2/11/2020). * at 8 pm Monday the stage was 13.1 feet and rising. * minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. * flood stage is 12 feet. * the river (lookout Creek) will continue rising to near 17 feet by tomorrow early afternoon. the river will fall below flood stage wednesday morning. * at 13 feet, minor flooding expands along Sells Lane in Trenton, Mason road near Rising Fawn, and Creek Road near New England. all these roads will be closed – also minor flooding expands much further downstream as the creek crosses into Tennessee border into the Tiftona area.
Tell your spouse,
your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the
check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys
beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home
or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for
your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound
until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for
the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires
no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside
your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until
you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park
in your driveway or garage.
If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around.
After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their
windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want
And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car
in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is
something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could
save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
The roads in our area could be icy and require extra attention when driving.
Please check out these tips
Road Icing: Safety Tips to Remember
from this link http://icyroadsafety.com/tips.shtml
The #1 icy road driving tip: Reduce your speed.
Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and
snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to
stop. You should never be driving faster than 45mph in any
vehicle when roads are icy – not even on highways! In many cases,
much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on
certain types of more treacherous icing – like black ice – at 10mph or
less! If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going
too fast for the conditions.
You don’t have the skill to drive at normal speeds on icy roads.
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A factor in many of the serious and fatal crashes is overconfidence in one’s abilities and/or equipment (traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, winter tires).
Some feel that they have sufficient experience in winter driving, and
can therefore continue normally (at or above the speed limit). But a
fishtail on ice that occurs at highway speeds is usually unrecoverable
by even the most quick-witted and experienced drivers. Practicing
slow-speed slides in parking lots is useless for what happens to a
vehicle at highway speed. A person who enters a high-speed slide will
quickly learn that it is something they can’t handle – but all too late.
The #2 icy road driving tip: Don’t drive on icy roads.
The best way to avoid an accident on an icy road is to simply
stay off the roads until the threat passes. Nothing can inconvenience
you more than a wreck or getting stuck!
Wear your seat belt!
Even though wearing your seat belt should already be a no-brainer at all
times, during the winter it’s even more critical. An alarming number
of road ice fatalities occur with minor accidents where the vehicle
occupants were not wearing seat belts.
Go easy on your brakes
Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of
vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and
snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are
uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle’s
direction if the wheels are sliding.
Turn into a slide
If you’re fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too
fast. Reduce your speed so you won’t need to worry about this! Most
high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you’re
caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction
that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes
where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that
direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the
other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you’ll need to turn in the opposite direction. Read more about correcting a slide.
Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway.
Being a Good Samaritan is a noble thing, but on an icy road, it can
cause more problems than it solves. Parking on the side of an icy
highway can cause passing drivers to brake and lose control, putting the
lives of everyone involved in danger. Unless the stranded driver is in
immediate danger, the best thing you can do is contact the authorities
(call 911), who are equipped to safely block the road or divert traffic
while a tow truck can do the job properly.
Avoid hills or other dangerous roads during icy conditions.
The laws of physics are unforgiving! If you attempt to tackle a steep
enough incline, there is nothing you can do to stop gravity from taking
Yes, it is the time to show love and concern for our friends and neighbors but the BAD folks are busy stealing!
If you have items arriving and you will not be at home try to have a neighbor or friend be there to receive the packages. If this isn’t possible consider purchasing a recording camera for your front door area (or wherever your packages are left at).
Your Neighborhood Watch is teaming with the New Salem Scouts to distribute small gift bags to children in our area. There also will be caroling by the girls.
Wanted to let our drivers know that in the back seat of the patrol car is some fruit, snacks, candies, and hygiene supplies to give out on your driving rounds to the elderly, shut-ins, sickly, and neighbors who would appreciate a Christmas gift. We have decorative bags with paper stuffings to put goodies in.
The cub scouts are meeting at the New Salem Community Building and will be leaving at 6:30 p.m. to go caroling and deliver their Christmas goodies to New Salem residence. We are donating items for their Christmas giving and will go with them on their routes.
Merry Christmas to all of you and hope you have a blessed Christmas holiday season.