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Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City Gardens is May 14-15

May flowers are in full bloom at the eighth annual Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City Gardens, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This spring event honors Rock City’s founding gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Guests can take a walk in her footsteps, talk with area master gardeners, enjoy fun activities for kids of all ages and savor delicious southern food.

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Above The Ridge in Ringgold to hold grand opening of new location April 30

The wildly popular outdoor store, Above The Ridge Outfitters in Ringgold, will hold a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 30, to break in its new Nashville Street location.

The store, which originally opened in August 2014, has moved across the road to 7787 Nashville Street, which means more space, a bigger inventory, and a lot more to offer its customers.

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Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race, 'we gave it everything we got'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) spoke to supporters after taking a loss in Indiana, suspending his campaign in the race to the White House.

"From the beginning, I've said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. It appears that path has been foreclosed," he said.

"With a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism, for the longterm future of our nation we are suspending our campaign. I am not suspending our fight for liberty."

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Four arrested in Ringgold drug bust, pot operation discovered

Two men and two women were arrested Friday afternoon, April 30, on drug charges after detectives discovered an indoor marijuana growth while trying to serve an unrelated warrant.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

William Robert Holcomb, Robert Frank Brooks and Kelle Ann Schorle, all of Ringgold, and Jordan Kara Murdock of Rock Spring were arrested April 29 on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

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Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care gets grant for conference in Las Vegas

The Humane Society of the United States awarded a grant to Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care so the group can send one of its members to the Animal Care Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., May 11-14.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Hutcheson Medical Center will be renamed Cornerstone Medical Center

ApolloMD announced today that upon completion of the sale, the anticipated new name for Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe will be Cornerstone Medical Center.

ApolloMD began a management services agreement with the Medical Center with the intent to purchase in December 2015. The company is in the process of purchasing the hospital and is preparing for a closing date in early-May.

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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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