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Georgia’s well water not always as healthy as it tastes

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Unlike city folks, who typically pay for water pumped by municipal utilities, many rural homeowners drink from their own wells without worrying about a bill.

Such wells are especially common in rural areas such as Morgan County, where roughly 3,700 of 6,538 households are connected to city water systems in Madison or Rutledge.

When private wells are properly installed and maintained, they are usually clean and reliable sources of water – but not always.

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Downtown Ringgold to Celebrate 39th Annual 1890's Day Jamboree

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Still going strong after 39 years, the 1890's Day Jamboree will be returning to Downtown Ringgold, Georgia this Memorial Day Weekend on May 23rd and 24th.  Over the course of two days the City of Ringgold will nearly triple in size as visitors from all across northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee enjoy a classic home town festival.

The event will begin with Gospel Music Friday night with performances on multiple stages from 6:00PM till 10:00PM as well as a children's beauty pageant at the Ringgold Depot.  Beginning at 9:00am on Saturday there will be Bluegrass, Country music, a Fiddle competition, a classic car show throughout the day and a parade beginning at 11:00am on Nashville Street.  Fireworks will begin shortly after 10:00pm on Saturday night.

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Fort Oglethorpe blood drive scheduled in memory of Jake Miller

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Blood Assurance will host a blood drive in memory of Jake Miller, May 13, in front of Lee Miller State Farm, in the Panera Bread complex at 2636 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

At eight years old, Miller was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in Chattanooga, Tenn., at T C Thompson Children’s Hospital. He was sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to begin treatments. After nine months of intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant Jake was pronounced no evidence of disease.

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Local author will sign books at Cottage Treasures in Ringgold May 10

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Ringgold author Janie Dempsey Watts will sign copies of her works at Cottage Treasures in Ringgold, on 170 Cleveland St., May 10, from noon - 2 p.m. Featured books include her novel “Moon Over Taylor's Ridge” and two new anthologies featuring her stories, “Broken Petals” (fiction) and “Project Keepsake” (non-fiction).

Last year, “Moon Over Taylor's Ridge” was chosen by the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy for the community-wide “One Book, One Community” event and is a book club favorite.

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Officials announce new substance abuse treatment facility serving much of Northwest Georgia to open in Jasper

The announcement of a new state substance abuse treatment facility was made Monday in Rome, but the center will not be in Rome.

Instead, Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Frank Berry said in a press conference at Oak Ridge Apartments that the facility will open Aug. 1 in Jasper, an hour east.

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June 6 deadline to signup for agriculture land, wetland conservation easements

ATHENS, GA, (May 2, 2014)-- Acting State Conservationist Greg Kist, for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia today announced a sign-up for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - applications are due by June 6. Funds for this program will be used for the purchase of conservation easements on eligible agricultural lands and wetlands in Georgia.

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Ringgold playground committee names new park, creates mission statement

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The city of Ringgold is getting closer to having a new special needs park near the recreational complex on Emberson Drive, and recently unveiled the name of the park and its mission statement.

The new park will be called “Crossroads Unity Family Park,” according to committee spokesperson Millie Cheek, who revealed the name to the city council on April 14.

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Babb Lumber Mill Outlet Yard Grand Opening

Ringgold, GA – Babb Lumber Company opens the gates in celebration of a newly added mill outlet yard at the Ringgold, GA plant. The new outlet yard sells pressure treated and untreated lumber to Ringgold area homeowners, farmers, and contractors on a customer pick-up basis. Babb Lumber invites the public to visit the new outlet yard and enjoy refreshments on Friday, May 9th from noon to 5pm and Saturday, May 10th from 8am to noon.

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Ringgold approves early Patriot Hall plans, discusses bridge contract

Ringgold’s project to revamp Patriot Hall on Emberson Drive progressed a little further during the city council meeting on Monday, April 28, when the council unanimously approved the initial design presented by architect Kenny McDade.

“I really like his ideas,” said council member Terry Crawford. “I like what I see about the upgrades to the building.”

Following the approval, McDade said the project would now move into the hands of the structural engineer on the project.

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Fort Oglethorpe Police Department report: April 18-24, 2014


Casey Lee Farrow, 29, of 101 East School St., Tunnel Hill, was arrested April 18 on charges of expired license, expired registration, possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II and drugs to be kept in original container.

John R. Hill, 23, of 18 Walker Road, Ringgold, was arrested April 18 on a charge of theft by taking.

Larry Allen Keown, 29, of 447 Florence Ave., Dalton, was arrested April 18 on charges of driving while license suspended/revoked and operating without a valid tag.

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