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Former Ringgold football standout arrested on drug charges after running from police

A once-promising high school football standout is behind bars again in Catoosa County for allegedly running from authorities after being found in possession of meth.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Martez Antonio Eastland, 23, of 4362 U.S. 41 in Ringgold was arrested Wednesday, April 15, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.

A bond has not yet been set for Eastland.

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Ringgold woman and friend arrested following alleged drunken air freshener theft

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Two women were arrested in Fort Oglethorpe after one woman allegedly tried to shoplift a pack of air fresheners from a convenience store while the duo was under the influence of alcohol, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Heather Lynn Posey, 27, of Sparrow Lane in Ringgold, and Amber Nicole Mathis, 33, of West James Avenue in Rossville were arrested Friday, April 3. Both women were charged with drinking and disorderly conduct, while Posey garnered an additional charge of shoplifting.

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Catoosa County commissioners request tweaks to development code

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The unified development code that has been four years in the making for Catoosa County is poised for final adoption.

County commissioners during their April 7 meeting raised a few final questions about updates being made to ordinances that regulate development — zoning, planning, construction and subdivision — of property in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The major sticking point in the proposed UDC concerned curbs and paving in new residential or commercial developments.

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Recovering Army soldier receives contribution from Penn Color in Ringgold

Everyone who meets Army Sgt. Jason Smith from Ringgold automatically has a friend, and they instantly start rooting for this energetic young man, who fought and sacrificed for America.

If you haven’t heard of Smith, then you’re really missing out.

A 2004 graduate of Ringgold High School, Smith lost both his legs during an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan on July 25, 2012.

In addition to his legs, the blast also caused severe damage to his right arm and hand, moderate damage to his left arm and hand, and severe hearing loss.

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Ringgold man arrested on several charges following hit-and-run in Fort Oglethorpe

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A Ringgold man was arrested for on hit-and-run charges in Fort Oglethorpe after he allegedly struck another vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and then took off down Battlefield Parkway, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Timothy Elexander Smith, 45, of Keith Salem Road was arrested Monday, April 6, on charges of DUI, open container, and hit-and-run. He has been released on bond.

The alleged incident happened about 3:52 p.m. at the Walmart prking lot on Ga. 2. (Battlefield Parkway).

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Ringgold school staff attend leadership conference in Ellijay

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On Tuesday, March 17, teachers and administrators from Ringgold Elementary School and Ringgold Primary School attended the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) conference led by renowned educator and consultant, Bill Daggett, in Ellijay, Ga.

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Point Park entrance fee waived for National Park Week April 18-19

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RTo encourage all Americans to visit and find their national parks, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive the entrance fee to enter Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, during the first weekend of National Park Week, from Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 19.

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Catoosa County school board asking for community input on possible new governance structure

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The State of Georgia is requiring school systems in Georgia to choose a governance structure by June 30, 2015. The Catoosa County Board of Education is holding a Community Engagement Meeting on April 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Colonnade Theater to discuss the new governance options.

The three options are: Status Quo system, Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2), or Charter System. 

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Local softball coach indicted on child sex charges by Catoosa County grand jury

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Six months after being arrested on child molestation charges, a long-time softball coach has now been indicted on those charges by a Catoosa County grand jury.

Robert Adams Alexander, 42, of Fort Oglethorpe was arrested Oct. 20 on several child sex charges, after a woman claimed he had sexual contact with her teenage daughter on several occasions. He was released from jail four days later on a $75,000 bond.

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Sen. Jeff Mullis receives “most influential” honor from James Magazine

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One of Georgia’s leading publications discussing Georgia news and politics, James Magazine, has selected Sen. Jeff Mullis, a Republican from Chickamauga, as one of the magazine’s Most Influential Georgians.

The recognition was announced in the March/April 2015 issue of the magazine, which profiled statewide leaders in business, government, politics, education, science and the arts.

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