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Ringgold pedestrian dies after being struck by drunk driver

The family of a 28-year-old Catoosa County woman is in mourning after she was fatally hit by a drunk driver on Sam Lewis Road on Thursday evening, June 30.

According to the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 in Dalton, Kimberly Teague Dotson died after she was struck while out enjoying a walk with her sister.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department arrest report for June 24-30, 2016

Robert Leon Dawson, 45, was arrested for probation violation.

Joshua David Defries, 32, was arrested for probation violation.

Brandon Lee Webb, 21, was arrested for possession of Schedule II drugs-hydrocodone, criminal trespass under the family violence act, simple battery under the family violence act, disorderly conduct.

Jeffrey Lebron Williams, 47, was arrested for probation violation.

Beverly Nichole Vandergriff, 28, was arrested for bench warrant.

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USDA Forest Service warns of wildfire danger

The forest is VERY DRY now and the fire danger is EXTREMELY HIGH. Please help us prevent wildfires from destroying our forest resources and our homes.

Northwest Georgia is experiencing drought conditions. Be extremely careful with campfires and debris burning. Also, please remember that fireworks are prohibited on National Forest land.

For more information contact:

USDA Forest Service or your local Georgia Forestry Commission office.

www.fs.fed.us/conf

706.695.6736

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Road dedication to Randall Smith

The Catoosa Memorial Foundation will hold a road dedication on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at the memorial intersection, Battlefield Parkway and Lakeshore Drive in Fort Oglethorpe, in honor of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, who sacrificed his life during the tragic events on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Former Ringgold foster mom pleads guilty to killing baby, sentenced to 20 years

A little more than four months removed from her murder trial where the jury was deadlocked on whether she intentionally killed her foster daughter, a Ringgold woman struck a plea deal to a lesser charge on Monday afternoon, June 27, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Sixty-year-old Clara Louise Edwards stood trial in February for the alleged murder of her 23-month-old foster daughter, Saharah Weatherspoon, on New Year’s Day 2014.

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Shaw Industries workers help build new playground at Family Crisis Center

The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade, and Chattooga Counties recently received a wonderful gift from employees of Shaw Industries, when a collection of workers from the company helped erect and install a new playground at the center.

According to center director, Kristy Lawson, a handful of employees from Shaw’s Plant 47 in Ringgold stopped by in late May to help put together the new playground, which was purchased through grants and donations made to the center.

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Catoosa County public schools approved as a Georgia charter system

On June 9, 2016, Catoosa County public schools received approval by the state board of education as a Georgia charter system. Superintendent Denia Reese explained that all Georgia school systems had to choose one of three new governance structures prior to June 30, 2015. The options included: charter system, strategic waiver or status quo.

“After listening to stakeholders and receiving input for six months, the Catoosa County board of education voted unanimously to become a charter system,” she said.

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GE closing Chattanooga Alstom plant, more than 200 jobs affected

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — GE says it is closing three Chattanooga Alstom facilities as a cost-cutting measure. GE says approximately 235 employees will lose their jobs.

 

A statement released to NewsChannel 9 by Katie Roberts Jackson, Global External Affairs Leader of GE Power, says:

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City of Ringgold receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

city of ringgold national main street accreditation

The City of Ringgold has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

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18 UT employees register to carry handguns on first day

Eighteen University of Tennessee employees registered to carry a concealed handgun on Monday, the first day they were able to do so.

Full-time university employees in Tennessee with a permit will be able to carry concealed weapons on campus beginning July 1 after a bill passed by the state legislature became law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

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