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Ringgold awards bids for upgrades to water treatment plant, clearwell repairs

The city of Ringgold got closer to upgrading its water treatment plant Monday night, March 23, by awarding a contract for the work on its needed clearwell repairs, while also approving preliminary drawings and proposed revisions to its engineering agreement.

In November the city accepted a bid for the much-needed repairs to the existing clearwell at the water treatment plant on South Depot Street, but had to re-bid the work after it was determined that the contract recipient didn’t have the necessary specified qualifications for the work.

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Catoosa County teacher saves choking student

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A long-time Woodstation Elementary School teacher saved one of her fifth-grade students from chocking thanks to a quick reaction and training required by the school’s principal.

Donna Knight, a teacher at Woodstation for the past 10 years, was about to start administering a language arts assessment test on March 20 when she noticed one of her fifth-grade students choking.

Eleven-year-old Joseph Lyons had just consumed a gumdrop during the class’ snack time and gotten it lodged in his throat.

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Rossville couple arrested on theft, drug charges following crime spree in stolen car, police say

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A Rossville couple was arrested on multiple theft and drug charges after they were allegedly caught shoplifting while traveling around in a stolen vehicle, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

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Meet soldier Jason Smith of Ringgold

On July 25, 2012, a young soldier from Ringgold lost both legs and sustained multiple other injuries after stepping on a IED while serving in Afghanistan.

As the Alpha team leader, Jason Smith was walking ahead of the troop of men he was protecting, armed with a IED detector that unfortunately failed.

He has been waging a new battle every since.

Jason has worked hard to learn to walk on prosthetics and is now looking for ways to move forward in civilian life.

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Armed LaFayette resident detains thief until police arrive

Until police arrived, a LaFayette resident kept his firearm at the ready after finding a drunk inside a parked car outside his residence off North Enlo Street.

The car’s owner told police that Saturday, March 14, he heard his car alarm sound off at about 1 a.m. and noticed the gate to his fence was open.

The homeowner, certain he had shut the gate earlier that evening and hearing the alarm, picked up a firearm and when outside to investigate.

It was then that he found the suspect inside his vehicle and yelled at him to get out of the 2012 Nissan Altima.

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Local Business Spotlight: Rodney Crowe, CPA

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For more than forty years, Rodney Crowe has been in the accounting business. In 1976, he became a CPA and has spent his entire life and career in Ringgold. Many of his clients have been with him since the beginning, and his accounting firm has won Best of the Best for the last five years. From January to April, he works seven days a week to keep up with all the work for tax season. I sat down with him last week at his Lafayette Street office to discuss his business, and why it's beneficial to go to a professional for your taxes.

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Ringgold to finalize wrecker ordinance, award bids, and discuss Chapman Road drainage issues at tonight’s council meeting

The city of Ringgold will hold a final reading for its proposed wrecker ordinance during its council meeting this evening (March 23). The council is also expected to discuss bids on its water treatment plant upgrades.

Discussions about creating a wrecker ordinance began during the summer of 2013 when the city decided it was time to get something on the books regarding how towing fees were regulated and to set up a rotation to balance out the use of each company.

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State court coming to Catoosa County in summer 2016

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Rather than next New Year’s Day, it will be July 1, 2016, before Catoosa County State Court convenes for its inaugural session.

The sheriff, judges, attorneys and elected officials for several years have been in agreement that the county would benefit from having a State Court located in Ringgold.

Primarily, these courts of limited jurisdiction help speed the legal process by relieving pressure on Superior Court dockets and judges by allowing misdemeanor cases to move rap-idly through the judicial process.

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Ringgold approves change on sidewalk project, saves $12,000

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The city of Ringgold has approved a change on one of its sidewalk projects, a decision that will save the city a little more than $12,000 compared to the initial estimate.

The project, which created a sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street from McClain to LaFayette streets near Teter & Co., is one of the many upgrades the city is attempting to make to the historic downtown block in its overall streetscape project.

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Walker County sheriff’s detective arrested for domestic violence, fired from job

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Walker County sheriff’s detective was arrested on Tuesday, March 17, after a domestic altercation over the weekend when he physically abused his spouse.

The arrest followed an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to a news release from Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson:

On Tuesday, March 17, detective sergeant Dewayne Llewellyn was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

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