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Chickamauga to celebrate 125th anniversary of Blue & Gray BBQ contest and festival on War Between the States day Sept. 20

Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion will host the 125th anniversary Blue & Gray BBQ contest and arts/crafts festival, Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Gordon-Lee Mansion grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 20 is also the City of Chickamauga’s annual War Between the States Day.

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Beat the August heat with new titles on Netflix

New titles on Netflix

We all like to enjoy the outdoors on a warm summer day, but even beach bums need some a/c time on the couch in front of the television.  This month, Netflix is adding over 50 new titles to help you do just that.

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Former Ringgold student accepted by Teach For America

Teach For America announced Kelsey Blackwell, from Ringgold, was accepted into the organization’s 2014 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students.

Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity. Blackwell, a 2010 graduate of Heritage High School, will teach in Arkansas.

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Highway 27 Yard Sale begins

The 11th annual Highway 27 Yard Sale began today (Thursday, July 31) and continues through Sunday, Aug. 3.

Dozens of folks along U.S. Highway 27 in Walker and Catoosa counties — especially in the more rural areas — have set up.

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Georgia labor department to host job training recruitment in Dalton Aug. 5

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal “on-the-job” training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dalton Career Center, 1460 Chattanooga Ave. in Dalton, Ga.

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Law focuses on protecting athletes following concussions

law protects athletes following concussions

All athletics come with some inherent risk, especially for younger participants in the midst of their developmental years.

In recent years, the concern over concussions has dramatically increased after numerous National Football League players have died with a degenerative brain disease.

Some of the NFL legends diagnosed with symptoms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy include Frank Wycheck and Tony Dorsett.

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GDOT suspending construction during GA tax holiday

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ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials say they're planning to suspend road work near shopping centers to accommodate Georgians looking to save money during the upcoming tax holiday period.

Officials say construction work will be suspended from Friday night to Saturday night within five miles of shopping centers or major shopping districts throughout the state.

Department Commissioner Keith Golden says the agency is "glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Ringgold plans 3% hike in property tax rate

The city of Ringgold will raise its property tax (millage) rate for the first time in years.

City manager Dan Wright, speaking at a council meeting Monday night, July 28, said the city will hold three public hearings in the coming weeks before officially adopting the increase. The hearings give the public a chance to address the proposed increase. 

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Catoosa County public school special education records scheduled for destruction Aug. 18

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Catoosa County public schools' special education department archives and stores special education student records for a limited time according to the Georgia education retention schedules.

Special education records for students who have not been active in a special education program since the 2008-2009 school year are scheduled for destruction Aug. 18, 2014.

Any person desiring to obtain his/her records may contact the Catoosa County special education department, 307 Cleveland St. in Ringgold, at 706-965-4052.

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State sales tax holiday this weekend

georgia sales tax holiday

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Georgia’s sales tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

Items exempt from tax collections are:

· Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item.

· Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000 or less per item.

· School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

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