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Catoosa County public schools approved as a Georgia charter system

On June 9, 2016, Catoosa County public schools received approval by the state board of education as a Georgia charter system. Superintendent Denia Reese explained that all Georgia school systems had to choose one of three new governance structures prior to June 30, 2015. The options included: charter system, strategic waiver or status quo.

“After listening to stakeholders and receiving input for six months, the Catoosa County board of education voted unanimously to become a charter system,” she said.

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GE closing Chattanooga Alstom plant, more than 200 jobs affected

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — GE says it is closing three Chattanooga Alstom facilities as a cost-cutting measure. GE says approximately 235 employees will lose their jobs.


A statement released to NewsChannel 9 by Katie Roberts Jackson, Global External Affairs Leader of GE Power, says:

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City of Ringgold receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

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The City of Ringgold has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

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18 UT employees register to carry handguns on first day

Eighteen University of Tennessee employees registered to carry a concealed handgun on Monday, the first day they were able to do so.

Full-time university employees in Tennessee with a permit will be able to carry concealed weapons on campus beginning July 1 after a bill passed by the state legislature became law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

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James and Cavaliers win thrilling NBA Finals Game 7, 93-89

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago.

James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last.

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New businesses, jobs headed to Fort Oglethorpe soon

The city of Fort Oglethorpe is looking forward to welcoming a few new businesses to town in the coming months as part of the city’s ongoing growth.

According to City Manager Ron Goulart, there are at least four new businesses close to opening, including a three-business complex at the corner of Battlefield Parkway and Van Cleve Street in front of Regions Bank.

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Rock Spring company looking to hire more employees in Walker County and drivers nationwide

Norton Transport is a family-owned business headquartered in Rock Spring. Since 1999, Norton Transport has served dealers and manufacturers of vehicles with its drive-away services. This company is unique because drivers do not haul freight and there is no forced dispatch. Drivers have the opportunity to see the country while earning a living with the fastest growing company in the industry.

Today, the company employs 20 full-time employees and upwards of 200 contract drivers to deliver vehicles nationwide.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report: June 3-9, 2016

Leslie Dawn Bidelmen, 28, was arrested for bench warrant, bond surrender financial identity fraud.

Michelle Lynn Gann, 29, was arrested for probation violation-theft by taking.

Kevin Randall Jones, 36, was arrested for theft by taking.

Michael Christopher Nunley, 45, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, marijuana possession of less than one ounce.

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Authorities investigating Catoosa County arson case; $10,000 reward for information

Catoosa County Sheriff’s detectives and fire investigators are looking into a potential arson case after a man discovered the inside of his mobile home burned up.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to the mobile home at 553 Correll Road on Saturday morning, June 4, after the homeowner claimed the inside of the home had suspiciously been burned up.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Ringgold vehicle stolen, Lake Winnie gift shop burglarized

Between 6:15 p.m. on May 26, and 7:30 a.m. on May 27, a burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Lakeview Drive in Rossville, in which approximately $70 worth of goods was stolen.

Deputies responded to a burglary call at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, and employees said someone broke into the water park gift shop.

Employees said the crew had been working towards the water park opening, and that entry was made into the gift shop via a missing key.

A damaged cash box was located, but hadn’t been fully entered.

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