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Hutcheson hospital to acquire Walker County’s ambulance service

The Hospital Authority of Walker, Dade and Catoosa board of trustees, during their monthly meeting on July 29, were unanimous in voting to acquire the Walker County Ambulance Service.

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Barger pedestrian bridge, additional city parking lots now open in Ringgold

ringgold pedestrian bridge

Ringgold’s long-awaited pedestrian walking bridge over U.S. Highway 41 at the historic train Depot is now open, creating safer passage to events and additional parking options for those visiting the downtown area.

The bridge, which has been in the city’s plans for about five years, is near one of the town’s most popular landmarks.

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Sales tax holidays July 31- Aug. 1 in Georgia, Aug. 7-9 in nearby states

2015 tax holiday

Elementary age children have grown like weeds during the summer, last year’s backpack is out of fashion and it is getting harder and harder to find floppy discs for the trusty home computer — and, for many, its less than three weeks until the first day of school.

For the cash-strapped parent or college student, that makes the upcoming sales tax holi-day weekends a godsend.

Not only do students and their parents welcome the event, so too do many retailers.

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Tears in the sun: Onlookers flock the streets of Fort Oglethorpe with heavy hearts to honor and mourn the loss of Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith

Area citizens gathered in Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday to pay respects to a servicemen who died from injuries sustained after being one of five servicemen killed during a mass shooting on Thursday, July 16, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The funeral for U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith began at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, followed by a procession to Chattanooga National Cemetery where he was buried with full military honors at 4 p.m.

Concerned citizens were out in full support of Smith and other service men and women.

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Funeral services for Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith to be held Tuesday afternoon in Fort Oglethorpe, Chattanooga

A Fort Oglethorpe Navy man, who lost his life following the tragic July 16 shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., will be laid to rest Tuesday afternoon, July 28, with his funeral beginning at First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe.

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Heritage Middle School students receive superior ratings at competition; selected for all-state and honor bands

Heritage Middle School “Legion of Generals” band, directed by Bill Wynn, earned several awards in the 2014-2015 school year. HMS band students who chose to participate in “Festival Winds” practiced for months after school in addition to their normal practice time before the spring competition. The band earned superior ratings on the grade III and grade IV programs at LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation). The HMS sixth grade band earned superior ratings on a grade I program.

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Police: 3 Dead In Movie Theater Shooting, Including Gunman

A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said.

The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, city Police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference.

Craft said police know the gunman's identity but are not releasing it. He said the shooter's body was still inside the theater and that a coroner was on the scene.

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School Supplies Drive at RTC

School Supplies

RTC is collecting schools supplies for children in need in the community. Donations will go to area schools including primary, elementary, middle, and high schools. Below is a list of items that are always needed, but anything that is donated will be used and appreciated. Please bring all donations to the RTC business office at 200 Evitt Parkway. We will be collecting them until August 12, 2015. 

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department Crime Stoppers: Police search for vehicle theft suspects

· Between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, a vehicle theft occurred on Bowman Road in Ringgold, in which two different suspects were involved in the theft of a woman’s car.

A man called police and stated he was traveling in his girlfriend’s Honda Civic, when a woman stole the vehicle.

The man claimed he’d offered a ride to the female suspect. He stated the two were traveling on Bowman Road when she took off in the car when he stopped to use the bathroom on the side of the road, reports show.

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The Ringgold Playhouse hosting final weekend of “Arsenic and Old Lace” July 23-25

The Ringgold Playhouse will close out its hilarious summer comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” this weekend with four more performances taking place at the historic Ringgold Depot.

After one of the company’s biggest opening weekends since its inception, Ringgold Playhouse will keep the laughs coming through Saturday night with this hit comedy.

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