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Ringgold plans 3% hike in property tax rate

The city of Ringgold will raise its property tax (millage) rate for the first time in years.

City manager Dan Wright, speaking at a council meeting Monday night, July 28, said the city will hold three public hearings in the coming weeks before officially adopting the increase. The hearings give the public a chance to address the proposed increase. 

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Catoosa County public school special education records scheduled for destruction Aug. 18

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Catoosa County public schools' special education department archives and stores special education student records for a limited time according to the Georgia education retention schedules.

Special education records for students who have not been active in a special education program since the 2008-2009 school year are scheduled for destruction Aug. 18, 2014.

Any person desiring to obtain his/her records may contact the Catoosa County special education department, 307 Cleveland St. in Ringgold, at 706-965-4052.

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State sales tax holiday this weekend

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Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Georgia’s sales tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

Items exempt from tax collections are:

· Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item.

· Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000 or less per item.

· School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

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United Way volunteer center requests day of local proposals

If you represent a nonprofit organization in Catoosa, Dade or Walker Counties, please consider submitting a project proposal for the United Way Volunteer Center’s 25th Annual Day of Caring.

On Thursday, September 11, hundreds of volunteers from local businesses and communities will partner with United Way’s Volunteer Center and other area nonprofit organizations to serve our local neighborhoods through work on community-based projects.

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It's official: Netflix is more popular than cable

Netflix more popular than cable

The numbers are in, and Netflix is winning. Big time. The on-demand video streaming company now has 50 million subscribers, and reports a near 2 million new subscriber increase in the 2nd quarter alone–nearly 600,000 of those in the U.S. In total, Netflix has added 10 million users in the last calendar year.

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Ringgold wrecker companies voice opinions about new ordinance, collective meeting in the works

The city of Ringgold has chosen to delay the final reading and approval of its wrecker ordinance so that it can have a sit-down discussion with all the wrecker/towing companies in the city regarding some of the language in the new law.

Before the final reading of the ordinance during the most recent council meeting on Monday, July 14, representatives of two different wrecker companies voiced their opinions and concerns about some of the guidelines of the new ordinance.

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Court hearing over Ringgold flag dispute delayed until November

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The six-year dispute between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) over the display of a Confederate flag will go on for a little while longer after a court hearing regarding the matter slated for Friday, July 25, has be

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Fort Oglethorpe police department sponsors "Joy Ride for Jan" this Saturday

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The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department invites you to "Joy Ride for Jan" this Saturday, July 26th. The motorcycle ride is to raise money in memory of Jan Blevins who passed away July 4th after a battle with cancer. Jan was married to Fort Oglethorpe police officer Steve Blevins for 26 years. The ride was originally planned as a fundraiser for her medical bills, but Jan passed away before the ride could take place. 

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Former Catoosa sheriff’s deputy’s lesser sentence upheld in Court of Appeals

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Tuesday, July 22, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a ruling upholding a lesser sentence for a former Catoosa County sheriff’s deputy convicted of numerous child sex crimes in 2013.

In March 2013, the now-40-year-old William Stephen Crossen pleaded guilty to 14 child sex charges that took place in 2012 involving a teenage girl. The charges included sexual exploitation of a child, dissemination of computer pornography, interference with custody, and sodomy.

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Walker, Catoosa sheriffs discuss pitfalls of jailing the mentally ill

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All across America, similar numbers are repeated again and again.

Officials at Chicago’s Cook County Jail estimate at least 30 percent — and often more than 50 percent — of the jail’s daily inmate population of more than 10,000 suffer from mental illness.

Except for geography and size, the same is true in northwest Georgia, according to local law enforcement officials.

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