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FirstBank Closes Merger With Northwest Georgia Bank

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FirstBank, the wholly owned subsidiary of First South Bancorp, Inc., and the third largest Tennessee-headquartered bank, announced Monday that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Northwest Georgia Bank in Ringgold. The acquisition of Northwest Georgia Bank increases FirstBank’s assets to $2.9 billion, and also elevates FirstBank’s deposit market share from 22nd to 6th in the Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report: September 4-10, 2015

Department for September 4-10, 2015.

Friday, September 4

Cody Bryan Burris, 20, was arrested for possession of schedule two drugs.

Jonathan Demarco Collier, 22, was arrested for armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes.

Adam Bricen Curtis, 20, was arrested for probation violation.

Ryan David Fickey, 24, was arrested for bond surrender, probation violation.

Robert Joseph Folks, 53, was arrested for criminal attempt, false statements, impersonating a public officer.

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Walker County school chief says principal is on vacation, was not asked to resign


Walker County superintendent of schools Damon Raines on Friday afternoon, Sept. 18, released a prepared statement regarding Lori Vann, principal at Cherokee Ridge Elementary School.

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Ringgold mayoral hopeful defends candidacy in public hearing, awaits decision

A well-known Ringgold businessman wanting to run for mayor pleaded his case of candidacy Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, during a public hearing called after other candidates questioned his residency status.

Paul Lee, who is also a pro wrestler, qualified for the Ringgold mayoral race last month, as did fellow hopefuls Nick Millwood, Jerry Payne, and Tony Hullender.

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RTC and City of Ringgold to host Movies by the Creek October 24th!

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Ringgold Telephone Company and the City of Ringgold Present Movies by the Creek on October 24th!

Ringgold Telephone Company and the City of Ringgold are pleased to announce Movies by the Creek, an outdoor movie night, at the Ringgold Recreation Field on Saturday, October 24th, 2015. This event will be hosted in conjunction with the Haunted Depot, Ghost Ride, and Bonfire.

The free movie will be Disney's Cinderella (2015)! It may get a a little chilly, so be sure to dress for the weather and bring extra blankets. We hope to see you there!

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Catoosa County hires county manager

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James M. Walker Jr. has been hired as Catoosa County manager.

The five-member county commission has approved a four-year contract that will pay Walker a base salary of $125,000 annually.

"I think we're getting a great candidate," commission chairman Keith Greene said after the commission by a 5-0 vote approved Walker's hiring. "His credentials and experience will be an asset to the county."

After reviewing resumes from numerous individuals who applied for the job, the commission on Sept. 1 had narrowed their field to one: Walker.

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Parents protest Walker County school principal's forced resignation, seek answers

More than 150 people turned out Tuesday night for a Walker County school board meeting to protest the forced resignation of elementary school principal Lori Vann.

Parents flooded the school board meeting seeking answers as to why the Cherokee Ridge Elementary School principal was forced to leave.

School board members declined to comment because it is a personnel matter.

Vann, 52, has been an educator for about 30 years.

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Brantley Gilbert getting a little help from his friends at Chattanooga Unite benefit

Country artists Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis have been added to the Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River benefit event honoring the five military men killed July 16 and their families Wednesday at Ross's Landing. They will join Brantley Gilbert onstage during his closing performance, according to Friends of the Festival marketing coordinator Amy Morrow.

Friends is handling the production end of the event, including bringing the Coca-Cola Stage used during the Riverbend Festival out of storage for the concert.

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Walker, Catoosa Bi-Lo stores will transform into Food City in October

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Bi-Lo stores in Walker and Catoosa counties will come to a close in October and re-open as Food City.

According to Food City president and CEO Steve Smith, Bi-Lo locations in Rossville and Fort Oglethorpe will go into transition, as Food City takes over, on Oct. 4 and the locations will re-open on Oct. 7.

The LaFayette Bi-Lo store will close for transitions on Oct. 5 and re-open as Food City on Oct. 8.

The reason to keep the Georgia location transformations last is due to windows for licensing of the WIC program opening back up at the first of October, Smith said.

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LaFayette woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

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A LaFayette woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespassing after, police say, she stabbed her intoxicated boyfriend with a folding knife because he was evicting her from the residence.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, sometime between 1:50 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., 51-year-old Martha Jean Motley and her boyfriend, 54-year-old Samuel Harrison Jewell, were involved in a domestic dispute that led to Motley stabbing Jewell in the rib cage with a folding knife.

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