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Catoosa students honored at SkillsUSA championships for skilled workforce

Students from technical education programs in Ringgold-area high schools and colleges won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Industry leaders representing more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for demonstrating excellence in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All competitions are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

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Chattanooga Coming Together To Stay Strong In Time Of Mourning

Special vigils were held throughout Southeast Tennessee Thursday. It was a night about coming together as a community, no matter religion or beliefs.  One prayer service was held at the Metro Tabernacle in Chattanooga, where there were regular parishioners as well as those like Nikki Givens, who came to support the Scenic City.

"When we pull together like this complete strangers for the same meaning for the same reasons to thank God for the lives he says, to pray for the families that were affected by this," said Nikki Givens, who attended the service. 

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Catoosa County installs surveillance cameras at elementary schools

Catoosa County Public Schools recently implemented an additional security measure to its elementary schools by installing video surveillance cameras to further ensure student safety.

School system director of operations Doug Suits says that with the new cameras, the county’s 10 elementary schools will be safer when school starts Aug. 17.

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Shooting at Chattanooga military recruitment center

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Gov. Bill Haslam told WSMV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, that lives had been lost, but he offered no further details.

The gunman fired 25 to 30 rounds at a military recruitment facility, a U.S. military official said. The gunman then drove about six miles to a Navy and Marines reserve center and opened fire there, officials said.

Watch livestream at WRCB-TV here.

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Shaw Carpet opens Evergreen recycling facility in Ringgold

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Shaw Industries Group, Inc. enhanced its robust carpet reclamation and recycling program with the opening of its new Evergreen Ringgold facility, which can recycle nylon and polyester fiber.

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Classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” opens Thursday, July 16 at The Ringgold Playhouse

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The Ringgold Playhouse is slated to bring a lot of laughs to the historic Depot stage this week as the company will open the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Thursday night, July 16.

The show will be Ringgold Playhouse’s third production of its 2015 season and is shaping up to be one of the company’s biggest shows to date.

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LaFayette woman sentenced for embezzling from her Ringgold employer

ROME, Ga. — Judy Elaine Henry of LaFayette has been sentenced to serve three years and one month in federal prison for committing wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud Bec-Don Inc., a Ringgold company that supplies concrete reinforcing steel and related products to the construction industry.

“This defendant abused her employer’s trust by stealing money from the company account for nearly eight years,” said acting U.S. attorney John Horn. “Businesses have the right to expect honest services from their employees, but they should nonetheless be vigilant and adopt protocols to safeguard against internal fraud.”

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Ringgold teenager found dead under bridge

Local authorities discovered the body of a deceased Ringgold teenager on Wednesday afternoon, July 8, along I-75 and U.S. Highway 41 near the 345 exit.

Police and family members identified the teen as 18-year-old Chase Snodgrass of Ringgold, but the cause of death has not been released at this time.

Catoosa County dispatch called authorities to the bridge on U.S. 41 at I-75 just before 1 p.m., at which time Ringgold police officers met with Georgia State troopers and discovered Snodgrass’ body.

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Catoosa County hires interim manager

Several days after his assuming the position, Billy Beckett was officially hired as interim manager for Catoosa County during the Board of Commissioners meeting July 7.

Dave Wills, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia's government relations manager, suggested Beckett as a candidate for the post.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans donates time, labor to restore cemetery wall in Ringgold

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Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) group of Ringgold recently took a little time to rebuild the stone wall at the entrance of the Nathan Anderson Cemetery.

The cemetery, one of Ringgold’s biggest landmarks, is located on LaFayette Street in Ringgold and requires several thousands of dollars annually to maintain.

The SCV decided to do their part to help the cemetery by donating time and labor to restore the stone wall that surround the grounds.

SCV’s Camp Cleburne 2209 started restoring the wall in late May.

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