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Ringgold man invents air-conditioned suit for outdoor work

A Ringgold man recently invented a very cool air-conditioned suit to help people better tackle the heat while attempting to complete their outdoor housework.

Dustin Sims, a Chickamauga native now living in Ringgold, has been using his unique know-how for years on various projects and believes he’s found something very special and equally marketable with his new “Stay Cool” air-conditioned outdoor suit.

“It’s really neat,” Sims said. “It’s made for people who work hard in the heat outdoors. It lets them battle the heat while being in an air-cooled bubble.”

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Ringgold on board with adding K-9 to police department

The Ringgold Police Department could be adding a new member to its team early in 2016 after the city council approved budgeting for such an addition.

Chief Dan Bilbrey sat in on the council’s work session on Sept. 28 before the regular meeting and explained not only the need for such an addition to the agency, but also revealed that the majority of cost involved has already been secured.

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Road to progress: Georgia DOT gearing up for Ga. 151 expansion in Ringgold

Construction on a $47 million widening project along a two-mile stretch of Ga. Highway 151 (Alabama Highway) in Ringgold is slated to begin in about a year.

The project, coupled with a college campus now under construction, is expected to bring new life to the Highway 151 business corridor.

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Heritage High senior lives his dream at homecoming football game

heritage senior football game

Ringgold, GA (WDEF) - It was the big Homecoming game for the Heritage High Generals, but it wasn't looking good. The score was 42 and 0 in the fourth quarter with just five minutes left in the game.

That's when senior Logan Pickett hit the field, and what happened next will go down in Heritage High History, "Well, (he) handed me the ball, and I just scored a touch down."

Pickett is the football team manager. He's also living with autism, but that didn't stop him from living out one of his lifelong dreams Friday night.

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for Sept. 19-30, 2015

restaurant report card

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 17 food service inspections at the following three establishments where food is served during the latter half of September 2015.

Aunt Effie's

5287 Alabama Highway, Ringgold

Sept. 30, 2015

Score: 86, Grade: B

Caffeine Addicts

7819 Nashville St., Ringgold

Sept. 29, 2015

Score: 97, Grade: A

Sonic 1078

1783 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Sept. 25, 2015

Score: 94, Grade: A


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Unsuccessful bidders protest state health contract

Three losing bidders have filed a protest over the state’s selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract.

Last month, four companies – Amerigroup, Peach State, WellCare and CareSource — were picked as winners of the contract to serve lower-income adults and children in Georgia.

The contract for the “Care Management Organizations’’ is worth an estimated $4 billion over six years. The launch date for the new contract is July 1.

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Middle and high school students paint the town with Paint War Ringgold

Bobby Fleck, youth pastor of Ringgold United Methodist Church in Ringgold, and a team of 50 adult volunteers invited youth from the north Georgia and greater Chattanooga area for the first ever Paint War Ringgold. Billed as an event for kids to have fun and get messy, the concept was designed to reach out to local sixth through 12th grade students with the love of Jesus Christ.

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October streaming from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO Now

streaming in october

The four largest and most popular streaming companies have all added new titles for the month of October.  If you only have one of these services, it can be a challenge to keep up with all of them.

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Hutcheson Medical Center laid off 58 employees

hutches on lay-offs

Hutcheson Medical Center reported the layoffs of 58 employees and significant losses at the hospital and its clinics during its regularly scheduled Sept. 30 board meeting.

Since last November, the Fort Oglethorpe-based hospital has operated under federal bankruptcy court protection.

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Judge upholds wrestler's disqualification to run for Ringgold mayor

paul lee not eligible to run for mayor of ringgold

Ringgold businessman Paul Lee’s bid to be elected mayor came to an official end this afternoon when a judge upheld Lee’s disqualification from the race.

Catoosa County Superior Court judge Brian House said, “The court affirms the decision made by the city.”

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