News from the Sheriff's office:


Hope for the Holidays


Saturday, Dec.19th Dade County Sheriff’s Office handed out toys for Hope for the Holidays. The children enjoyed getting a picture with Santa and making Christmas cookies while Sheriff Ray Cross and Chief Deputy Tommy Bradford loaded the parent’s car. Thanks to everyone that donated money/toys, we were able to help 174 kids! Sheriff Cross and the Sheriff’s Office donated $1000.00 from Hope for the Holidays to the Fraternal Order of Police to help more children with Cops and Kids that will take place this Wednesday. Officers will meet the children at Walmart and go with them while they shop for toys.


Sheriff Ray Cross wants every church, family, individual and business that donated money/toys to know how much your generosity is greatly appreciated!





Save the Date...


The Dade County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Banquet and Fundraiser to be held at The Chattanoogan on July 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. for the silent auction with dinner and live auction to follow.


Please “Save the Date”. The theme for this year will be “Hollywood”. Our motto is “Blockbuster Giving”. This will be a night to remember. The value of your giving will be returned to you by the services supported through this fundraiser.


This year’s proceeds will benefit The Children’s Advocacy Center, DCSO Officer Fund and Hope for the Holidays.  We are anticipating an even bigger event than the past two years. Gold Circle tables of 10 will be $500.00, Corporate tables of 10 will be $450.00, Regular tables of 8 will be $360.00 and Individual tickets are $45.00 each. We are expecting a sell out again this year so contact the Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible to purchase tickets.


Your past support greatly benefited the children of Dade County and the Officer’s sworn to protect them.  We know we can count on you to help make this year’s event a huge success as well.






The Dade County Sheriff’s Office has introduced a program available to the parents of Dade County children.


Sheriff Ray Cross said on Wednesday that his department would like to be more proactive and encourage the parents to take a more proactive role with their teenage children’s lives.


During a press conference, Sheriff Cross said, “I started talking to come of our staff and we decided to do this as a service to our community to help parents get an idea if their kids are using drugs.”


The sheriff said that lately the department has had some parents ask them to test their child because they could not afford to buy the test themselves.


Sheriff Cross said this is something he feels this is a program that can intervene before a situation gets out of control. 


Cross said, “It’s just something in my heart...I want to help these kids and keep them from coming through our jail.”


The sheriff added that no charges would come against the child as a result of a positive test. The testing requested by parents is simply for the parents’ knowledge.


If you have any questions, please contact Tommy Bradford at the sheriff’s office at 706-657-3233. He will be handling the drug testing effort.


No tax dollars will be used for this program. Funding will come from the drug education fund, which is money derived from drug seizures and drug fines through the court system.


By: Mike Powers

The Mountain~Valley Independent






Cpt. Tommy Bradford, K-9 Deputy Casey York, K-9 Ferro & Walker County’s K-9 Deputy Donnie Brown



Deputy Donnie Brown, from Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the “We Ride to Provide” non-profit organization presented a first aid K-9 kit to Deputy Casey York for his faithful companion Ferro. The bag is equipped with emergency items for the dog such as a snake bite kit, antiseptic solution, bandages, ice packs, eye wash, etc. The bag was made possible from donations given when Deputy Brown’s K-9 Tanja was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 13, 2014.


If you want to learn more about the organization “We Ride to Provide” you can follow them on Facebook at

Photo by The Mountain~Valley Independent