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Down Home Christmas parade in Ringgold Dec. 5

The Ringgold Down Home Christmas Parade will be returning to downtown Ringgold on Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

The parade will begin on Nashville Street and proceed through downtown to the Ringgold Depot.

Santa Claus will marshal the parade to the Depot, where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the festival.

After 7 p.m. the Depot will host a variety of children's choir and dance performances.

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Reaction to the president’s immigration plan

Catoosa County commissioners approve additional dollars and days off

catoosa commissioners vote for more money and days off

Catoosa County’s commissioners have approved additional economic development funding, installation of a new filing system as part of courthouse renovations and a couple of actions that should extend holiday cheer for county employees.

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Hutcheson Medical Center filing for Chapter 11 protection

Hutcheson files chapter 11

A new chapter was added to the saga of Hutcheson hospital on Nov. 19.

Chapter 11, that is.

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Local Business Spotlight: Uniktings

local business spotlight uniktings

Since 2007, Cindie Robinson has owned Uniktings—a charming gift shop right in the middle of downtown Ringgold. Raised an army brat, she has lived in Germany and graduated high school in Thailand. Uniktings is her first retail store, but retail is the family business. Her father, grandmother, and sister have all owned and operated retail shops. Back in August, she moved four doors down from her original location and combined her shop with another business, Regina’s Stuff.

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Ringgold’s electronic sign dilemma still up in the air

A passionate crowd attended a special called Ringgold city councilmeeting on Monday night, Nov. 17 to discuss the ongoing debate over the city’s informative electronic sign that is currently located downtown in Citizen’s Park.

The sign, which was erected in 2009, advertises city events and information, but to many, doesn't fit in well with the city’s overall downtown landscape that is currently being overhauled.

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Ringgold man arrested for kidnapping boys, threats

A Ringgold man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly kidnapping two young boys and then threatening to kill one of the boys’ parents, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Christopher Michael Smith, 38, of 503 Smoketree Circle in Ringgold was arrested Sunday, Nov. 16, on charges of kidnapping, terroristic threats, and burglary.

Smith was released from jail on bond Monday afternoon, Nov. 17.

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Citizens urged to support Fort Oglethorpe hospital

The second of three court-ordered public forums regarding the potential sale of Hutcheson hospital was held Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Walker County Civic Center. The 90-minute meeting was similar, yet different, from one held Nov. 11 in Catoosa County.

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Catoosa County high school’s RESPECT team volunteers to paint Habitat house

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School’s RESPECT group is helping paint Catoosa County Habitat for Humanity’s most recent house.

These students are considered the best students overall at the high school, overseeing the Renaissance reward program. The program, launched at LFO in 1997, recognizes students with good grades, good behavior and good attendance, according to program sponsor Traci McCracken.

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Closed Door Entertainment presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

cinderella at Tivoli

Want to kick off the holidays with the most delightful musical of all time? Take the family to see Closed Door Entertainment's 2014 Season Closer, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella! With beautiful costumes, dancing, sets, and lights- this is sure to be a holiday treat!

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