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Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent in May

Northwest Georgia unemployment rate rises

The unemployment rate in the northwest Georgia region increased to 7.4 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in April. The rate was 8.3 percent in May a year ago.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor:

The rate increase was seasonal, as new graduates entered the labor force looking for full-time work, while other students searched for part-time summer jobs. The labor force rose by 3,171, up to 404,949 in May from 401,778 in April.

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Stephen Keith seeking Catoosa County probate judge post

catoosa probate judge

Catoosa County magistrate judge Stephen Keith has announced his candidacy for the county’s probate judge post.

Stephen, who qualified to run for the post this week at the elections office, has served the citizens of Catoosa County for more than 23 years. He served 21 years with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. During that time, he held several positions including traffic unit, shift supervisor (lieutenant), school resource officer), and served the last five years as sergeant with the detective division.

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Aereo loses Supreme Court case

Supreme court rules against Aereo

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared Aereo‘s service illegal–much to the delight of the broadcasters who had sued the internet TV company for violating copyright laws. The court determined that the New York-based company was in violation of The Copyright Act of 1976.

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Ringgold Playhouse continues with second weekend of “The Foreigner”

The Ringgold Playhouse will be back at it again this Thursday through Saturday with its second weekend of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.”

The production had a very successful first weekend and is primed to deliver more laughs to the community over its last three performances.

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Hullender qualifies to run for Catoosa County probate judge post

hullender run for probate judge

Life-long Catoosa County resident Jeff Hullender has qualified to run for Catoosa County probate judge in a special election to be held on Nov. 4

Hullender, a well-known musician and salesman in the area, qualified Monday morning, June 23.

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Ringgold High School Tiger dance team heads to nationals again

ringgold dance team heads to nationals

The Ringgold High School Tiger Girls Dance Team attended Universal Dance Association Camp in Birmingham, Ala., along with 16 other teams from the southeast. During the four day camp the team not only performed their original routine, but they also learned three different routines and were judged on them.

The Tiger girls earned the following awards:

Second place overall home routine, a routine the team brought the first night to showcase for all the teams, judges and fans to watch.

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Shaw to expand recycling, adding 70 new jobs

Flooring giant Shaw Industries plans to expand their reclamation and recycling program, adding a new facility in Ringgold and adding 70 news jobs.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said in a news release Monday that the Evergreen Ringgold facility will create post-consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications. 

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Fort Oglethorpe Police Department report: June 6-12, 2014


Ericka Barbara Haynes, 21, of 177 Mallard Hill, Ringgold, was arrested June 6 on a charge of theft by shoplifting.

Vance Lee Bell, 50, of 110 Pine Hill Drive, Rossville, was arrested June 5 on an outstanding warrant.

William Daniel Thompson, 34, of 11955 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, was arrested June 6 on a charge of driving while license suspended.

Carolyn Sue Heath, 37, of 250 Palm Beach Ave., Rossville, was arrested June 6 on a probation violation.

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Ringgold Police Department applying for COPS Grant, cracking down on traffic safety

The Ringgold city council recently approved its police department’s request to apply for grant funds from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) as part of a hiring program to strengthen the agency.

According to Ringgold police chief Dan Bilbrey, the funds help add a position to the department, while saving the city a little money.

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Former FCC commissioner fights for better American broadband

former fcc commissioner broadband

This week in D.C., former FCC commissioner Michael Copps had some harsh words about the current state of broadband in the U.S., and referred to the wave of merger mania in the telecom world as ‘insanity’.

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