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Remembering the tornado, five years later: “Everyone just came together and helped each other”

On April 27, 2011, Lori Atkins Carter stood on her front porch on Lookout Mountain staring out at the destruction of a tornado that had just hit her Hinkle neighborhood.

“I looked into the distance,” says Carter, “and I saw it wasn’t over. There was horrible pink and lime green lightning, like fireworks — it was another tornado, the one that hit Ringgold.”

Carter says she’s a weather watcher and had been keeping an eye on forecasts that day. When it became clear danger was on the horizon, she and two of her children went to their basement.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Ringgold, Tunnel Hill homes burglarized

· Between 7 p.m. on April 11 and 9:30 a.m. on April 12, a residential burglary occurred on Nellie Head Road in Tunnel Hill, in which more than $1,200 worth of property was stolen.

The victim told police someone broke into the house during the nighttime hours by forcing their way through the back door.

Neighbors were interviewed. They reported not seeing anybody at the residence during the timeframe the incident occurred.

Two firearms, two lawn mowers, a laptop computer, miscellaneous tools, and an Xbox 360 were taken during the incident.

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McCallie students from Catoosa inducted into leadership organization

On Thursday, April 21, the TEPS leadership organization at McCallie inducted 19 students for membership in the sophomore leadership organization for the 2016-17 school year during an induction ceremony in the chapel.

TEPS is the school's leadership organization for sophomores who have demonstrated spirit, service and leadership on campus. These characteristics are seen on athletic teams, on musical stages, in clubs, in organizations, in publications or in the theater.

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Ringgold police investigating bank robbery, trying to identify suspect

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The Ringgold Police Department is still working to identity a black male who robbed the First Tennessee Bank on Alabama Highway on Tuesday afternoon, April 19.

According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the incident occurred at 2:28 p.m. at 5038 Alabama Highway.

Detectives have not disclosed how much money was actually taken during the incident.

It’s also uncertain at this time whether the man was armed.

“He never produced a weapon,” Bilbrey said. “Whether he was armed or not, we don’t know for sure.”

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for April 1-18, 2016

catoosa restaurant report card April 2016

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 13 food service inspections at the following establishments where food is served during April 1-18, 2016.

Buck's Wild Burgers

61 RBC Drive, Ringgold

April 4, 2016

Score: 92, Grade: A

Burger King

831 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

April 14, 2016

Score: 99, Grade: A

Carmike Battlefield 10 Cinemas

1099 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

April 7, 2016

Score: 95, Grade: A


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Local church organist celebrates 50 years of service

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Sunday, April 3, was the 50th anniversary of Beth Foster Long’s service as organist at Ringgold First Baptist Church. She was presented with a plaque of appreciation.

In 1966, organist Edna McMillon, mother of former city councilman Bill McMillon, had to retire due to vision problems. Beth (Foster at the time) was asked by the minister of music to play the organ.

“Music comes from God’s heart,” she said. “It is a language of it’s own.”

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Toddler drowning death in Fort Oglethorpe: Mother had been reported before for negligence, officials say

As recently as three weeks ago, the Fort Oglethorpe woman charged with murder in the drowning death of her 2½-year-old had been reported for child negligence, officials said.

Elizabeth Reyna, 42, along with her 41-year-old boyfriend Billy Ray Crawford, face charges of second-degree murder.

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Mother & boyfriend charged in connection with child's death in Fort Oglethorpe

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. — Police in Fort Oglethorpe have arrested and charged a woman and her boyfriend in connection with the death of two-year-old Noah Kingston Smith.

Billy Ray Crawford and Elizabeth Ann Reyna now face second degree murder charges.

"It's surreal right now because this is right outside of our home, and I have four kids. I can't fathom the thought of losing one of them let alone being responsible for their death," said Nicole Morris, neighbor.

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Remember When Adult Prom set for May 7, 2016 at the Ringgold Depot

remember when adult prom

Reminisce of days gone by and raise money for 5 local nonprofits! On May 7th, Remember When will take place at the Ringgold Depot. Bring your sweetheart, friends, family, and raise money for local children and families in need. Money raised from the event will be given to Christ Chapel, The Family Crisis Center, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Crossroads Unity Family Park, and the Catoosa County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. The evening will include dancing, silent auctions, food, cash bar, crowning of prom king and queen, and much more!

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Videos of suspected drunk driving posted on SnapChat, more could be charged

Chattanooga (WTVC) — The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating an alleged drunk driving incident in Chattanooga.

20-year-old Dylan Matthew Buck was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol, Adderall, and ecstasy. Police also found marijuana in his car.

According to a series of videos posted to social media website SnapChat, Buck was served at a restaurant on Georgia Avenue.

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