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Four men busted for drugs in Ringgold en route to Bonaroo Festival

A group of four Florida men were arrested along I-75 in Ringgold Tuesday afternoon, June 10, on several drug charges after being pulled over on their way to the Bonaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

According to Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office reports:

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Ringgold eliminates two downtown parking spaces causing problems

Downtown Ringgold

Ringgold got right to work Tuesday morning, June 10, getting rid of two parking spaces that were causing obstructed views for drivers, after the city council unanimously approved the work during its meeting the night before.

The area in question is in downtown Ringgold at the intersection of High and Tennessee streets.

The issue was brought up on the agenda by city manager Dan Wright, who explained the need for some sort of remedy to the problem.

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Ringgold council approves purchase of mobile entertainment stage

Ringgold City Hall

The city of Ringgold added to its fleet of event equipment on Monday night, June 9 after the mayor and council unanimously approved the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) purchase of a new mobile entertainment stage.

The council’s decision to buy the stage came after the CVB recommended the purchase following its June 3 meeting.

The company designing the stage, Indiana-based Century Industries, provided the CVB with the quote for the stage on May 28, which included everything needed for large performances.

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Catoosa County announces qualifying for candidates

Catoosa County Courthouse

The Catoosa County elections board has released details for the second qualifying period for independent candidates, as well as the qualifying period to fill the vacancy in the office of probate judge.

Qualifying begins 9 a.m. Monday, June 23, and ends at noon Friday, June 27, at Catoosa Hall, 7658 Nashville St., Ringgold.

Candidates wishing to run as an independent must meet petition requirements in order to be placed on the November general election ballot. Petitions are due by noon on July 8.

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Catoosa County 4-H starts writing club for local youth

catoosa county 4-h writing club

Local youth writers now have a club to call their own. Catoosa County 4-H is hosting a youth writing club every other Wednesday from 9am to 10am, starting June 18th. This club is intended for rising 5th through rising 8th grade students who are interested in learning more about writing and sharing their work with fellow peers. Even the shyest of students can join, because sharing work aloud is not required. The goal of the club is to prepare students for writing in the upcoming school year while encouraging creativity and exploring new ways to express thoughts and emotions.

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Bass Pro Shop To Anchor New Business In East Ridge

bass pro shop coming to east ridge

It was announced late Monday afternoon that Bass Pro Shop will be coming 
to East Ridge at the Exit 1 development near Camp Jordan.

Wolftever Development is building the 85,000 square foot outlet that specializes 
in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear. According 
to a press release from Bass Pro Shop, the East Ridge store will be it's
sixth in the state, with new locations under construction in Memphis 
and Bristol.

The store is expected to be completed in 2016, officials said.

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Catoosa County public schools to hold surplus sale online auction

Potts Brothers Land and Auction will sell Catoosa County public school surplus through an online auction. The auction will include buses, kitchen equipment, shop equipment and a mobile classroom. Bidding begins June 19, and ends June 26, at

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Ringgold Middle School wins $1,500 in milk carton construction contest

Ringgold Middle School

Evergreen Packaging announced Ringgold Middle School as a winner in their spring 2014 “Made By Milk Carton” construction contest. Students used 2,014 cartons to the build their “Adventures of Dr. Seuss” replica.

The school was awarded $1,500 and plans to use the prize to furnish an outdoor space to be used as an outdoor classroom.

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Keeping Treasures Alive antique store in Ringgold holding raffle to benefit veteran in need

The Keeping Treasures Alive antique store in Ringgold is paying it forward in the community by hosting a raffle to benefit an area veteran in need.

Since February, the popular antique store has been selling $10 raffle tickets for an 1868 Home Comfort Wood Cooking stove, with all the proceeds going to a veteran who lost his home and belongings in a 2013 house fire.

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for May 2014

Restaurant table

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 36 food service inspections at the following 36 restaurants, schools or establishments where food is served during May 2014 . Here are the results:

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