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Three arrested in Ringgold following early-morning crime spree downtown

Two men and a woman are behind bars in Catoosa County following an overnight crime spree, in which the trio was allegedly involved in multiple thefts and drug activity, police say.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

John Zachary Ainsworth, 25, of Rossville, Whitney Lashley Roach, 24, of Chickamauga, and Dustin Edward Horton, 27, of Ringgold, were arrested during the early-morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Ringgold mayor hopeful Paul Lee says someone's stealing his signs

 Ringgold businessman who wants to run for mayor says a number of his campaign signs have gone missing since the elections superintendent deemed him unqualified to run for the office.

“I just want people to know that if I find out who is doing it, I’m going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Paul Lee said. “I’ve never put signs anywhere without permission. So whoever is doing this, it’s not the property owners. I’ve already checked with them beforehand.”

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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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