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Local Community Thanked For Supporting Explorers Program

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Ansel Smith with the Trenton Fire Department spoke about the Trenton-Dade Explorers program during the Dade County weekly update on Thursday, July 30.

According to Smith, the program held a raffle for a safe and also sold fireworks at the 1945 Dade County Fair.

“We want to thank everyone that donated through the raffle or donated to the program. It has been a big success. We have been able to buy 10 helmets for the kids,” Smith said.

Smith noted that SRT Safety donated 10 safety vests for the kids as well.

The Trenton-Dade Explorers also held a car wash last Saturday. All proceeds went to the program for gear and education.

“I want to thank Chief Jerry Kyzer and Deputy Chief Alex Case for being big supporters of this program and the kids,” Smith said.

Jane Dixon with the Alliance for Dade also made an appearance on the update and thanked all of the citizens and businesses of Dade County for all of the support they have given to the Alliance.

“You are all more than welcome to join. Join your chamber of commerce and help us make this community stronger and better,” Dixon said.

Commissioner Robert Goff noted that the JDA (Joint Development Authority) held their quarterly luncheon in Dade County.

“There was a good crowd here from the JDA. Different people spoke about positive things going on in our communities as far as industrial development,” Goff said. “I know our local development authority is looking at a way to put out how many jobs there are out in Dade County.”

Goff also encouraged people to come to the County Commissioners meeting tomorrow, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m., where they will discuss the Parades and Special Events ordinance. According to Goff there has been confusion in the community, thinking that they couldn’t hold private, smaller events like dinner parties or birthday parties.

“I can assure you that is not the intent,” Goff said. “This is about things happening that are potentially going to need fire, ambulance, and the sheriff’s department. We are trying to just made amendments to an ordinance that has been there for a while.”

The county will also hold a series of three public hearings about the millage rate. Two hearings are today at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the third will be Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. The hearings will take place in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Dade County Administrative building.

Paving has begun this week on Morganville Ridge Road.

“The good thing is, is that it will be paved from Slygo Road to Highway 11,” Goff said. “Once this is done, it will be fixed and I think you’ll be proud of the job that has been done.”

Dade County Emergency Services, E-911 Division, located in the Dade County Administrative building, is hiring a dispatcher for the night shift, to work from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. An application can be picked up at the E-911 Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The COVID-19 vaccination is available at the Dade County Health Department. To make an appointment call (706) 657-4213. The vaccination station at the Colonnade in Ringgold is also still open. This is a drive-thru, and no appointment is needed.

Dade County has seen 22 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,268 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at

“Our number of positive cases are up, all over the area,” Goff said. “We were on a trend looking much better, but now we are increasing in cases.”

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