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Violence in Ferguson includes smashed windows, gun shots, fires

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and businesses, several of which were later set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds Monday as violence overtook protests in Ferguson.

Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department erupted in anger as St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's announced that Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, wouldn't be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed.

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Fort Oglethorpe DDA dismayed by five-year delay on LaFayette Road project

Fort Oglethorpe Downtown Development Authority board members were clearly at the 2019 start date for the LaFayette Road beautification project. But members were even more displeased by not seeing the timeline until several weeks after it was made public at a city council meeting.

The DDA worked for years designing a master plan for the downtown area. All that work culminated with the receipt of a $3 million federal grant to redo LaFayette Road and the downtown corridor into a gateway of the Chickamauga Battlefield.

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Holiday Happenings at the Georgia Winery

Holidays at the Georgia winery

This holiday season be sure to visit the Georgia Winery! This month they are holding their second annual November Food Drive. All month long bring in a non-perishable food donation and receive 10% off the Holiday Cheer Wine--a cranberry/muscadine sweet wine. All donations will benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

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Down Home Christmas parade in Ringgold Dec. 5

The Ringgold Down Home Christmas Parade will be returning to downtown Ringgold on Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

The parade will begin on Nashville Street and proceed through downtown to the Ringgold Depot.

Santa Claus will marshal the parade to the Depot, where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the festival.

After 7 p.m. the Depot will host a variety of children's choir and dance performances.

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Reaction to the president’s immigration plan

Catoosa County commissioners approve additional dollars and days off

catoosa commissioners vote for more money and days off

Catoosa County’s commissioners have approved additional economic development funding, installation of a new filing system as part of courthouse renovations and a couple of actions that should extend holiday cheer for county employees.

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Hutcheson Medical Center filing for Chapter 11 protection

Hutcheson files chapter 11

A new chapter was added to the saga of Hutcheson hospital on Nov. 19.

Chapter 11, that is.

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Local Business Spotlight: Uniktings

local business spotlight uniktings

Since 2007, Cindie Robinson has owned Uniktings—a charming gift shop right in the middle of downtown Ringgold. Raised an army brat, she has lived in Germany and graduated high school in Thailand. Uniktings is her first retail store, but retail is the family business. Her father, grandmother, and sister have all owned and operated retail shops. Back in August, she moved four doors down from her original location and combined her shop with another business, Regina’s Stuff.

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Ringgold’s electronic sign dilemma still up in the air

A passionate crowd attended a special called Ringgold city councilmeeting on Monday night, Nov. 17 to discuss the ongoing debate over the city’s informative electronic sign that is currently located downtown in Citizen’s Park.

The sign, which was erected in 2009, advertises city events and information, but to many, doesn't fit in well with the city’s overall downtown landscape that is currently being overhauled.

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Ringgold man arrested for kidnapping boys, threats

A Ringgold man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly kidnapping two young boys and then threatening to kill one of the boys’ parents, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Christopher Michael Smith, 38, of 503 Smoketree Circle in Ringgold was arrested Sunday, Nov. 16, on charges of kidnapping, terroristic threats, and burglary.

Smith was released from jail on bond Monday afternoon, Nov. 17.

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