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Ringgold Southern Charm Wedding Expo Returns Jan 18

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Save the date! The Southern Charm Wedding Expo will be returning to the Historic Ringgold Depot on Saturday, January 18th.  The Expo will be a free event that showcases the best of Northwest Georgia's wedding service industry and offer a chance for brides, couples, and planners to sample and connect with area experts. 2014 will mark the third annual Southern Charm Wedding Expo sponsored by the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority and the Ringgold Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Exclusive: Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs - source

The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.

One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation.

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Catoosa County man dies in Christmas Day house fire

An elderly Catoosa County man, who was a paraplegic, died in a house fire on Christmas day in Catoosa.

County fire department crews worked to control a house fire on Christmas Day, which claimed the life of resident William Lackhouse, 66. The victim was wheelchair-bound.

The fire was reported to the 911 center at 2:12 p.m. Dec. 25. Flames had nearly engulfed the doublewide trailer home at 68 Jennie Lane in Tunnel Hill when crews arrived.

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Catoosa County commission approves two new positions, fills board vacancies

Catoosa County commissioners created two new county jobs during its meeting on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, while also making appointments to fill upcoming vacancies on three different boards.

The commission first unanimously approved adding a training officer position to the County Fire & Rescue Department, which has requested by chief Chuck Nichols earlier this year.

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Santa Train delivers toys to local kids


Ten local families suddenly have a brighter Christmas thanks to the Forgotten Child Fund's annual Santa Train.

With the help of volunteers and the city's fire, police, and EMS crews, the local non-profit helped conduct the Santa Train.

The annual Christmas Eve event delivers toys to 10 of Chattanooga's "neediest families."

"To spread goodwill and cheer to those who would not otherwise have it is just an amazing feeling," said Investigator Josh May.

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Prevention Parenting Classes

The Catoosa County Family Collaborative is offering, at no cost, Prevention Parenting classes focused on building healthy, caring, and Rx drug/alcohol problem-free families.

Classes will begin Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 5:30 to 8pm. They will be held every Thursday until February 27, 2014 at the Catoosa Learning Center in Ringgold, GA (Part of the Benton Place Campus).

Every parent who completes the course will be eligible to win a 32" Flat Screen TV or one of two 3-Month Y Memberships!

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Ana Maria's Mexican Cuisine opens in Downtown Ringgold

A new restaurant, Ana Maria's Mexican Cuisine, has opened in the Historic Downtown Business District in Ringgold.  Replacing the former Don Lo Lo's that had been a fixture of downtown for many years, Ana Maria will bring new life to an important part of Nashville Street with a blend of traditional Mexican fare and several interesting Mediterranean dishes.  The newly renovated interior offers a bright and welcoming atmosphere and the new owners hope to capitalize on a location close to activities at the Historic Ringgold Train Depot.


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Catoosa County commissioners to hold special meeting Friday

Catoosa County commissioners will hold a special called meeting Friday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. for two proposed resolutions.

Commissioners will meet to discuss a proposed resolution to set qualifying fees for the 2014 county elections. They will also authorize an extension in repaying a line of credit provided to Hutcheson Medical Center through Regions Bank.

The board of directors at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe passed a resolution to extend the maturity date of the $6 million line of credit issued to the hospital this year until December 2014.

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Proposed Fort Oglethorpe city charter fails based on new information

The amended Fort Oglethorpe city charter bled with red ink and died at the council’s final meeting of 2013. During an hour-long public hearing, citizens spoke for and against the charter’s approval. Those public comments eventually led to the document’s untimely death.

It was the council’s last chance to pass a charter that had been revised by their appointed committee members. Come January, new council members Paula Stinnett and Craig Crawford will take office. Both are advocates of a different charter, one being revised by a committee set up by Georgia lawmakers.

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Hutcheson Medical Center To Suspend Labor And Delivery Services; Was Losing $2 Million Per Year; 37 Employees Affected

Hutcheson Medical to suspend labor and delivery

The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center announced Wednesday evening that the hospital will suspend its labor and delivery services as of Dec. 31. Officials cited the suspension of services "as part of a larger strategic plan to refocus the hospital’s resources on community medical and surgical services that are financially viable and return the hospital to profitability."

Hutcheson’s Certificate of Need allows the hospital to resume services within a 12-month period.

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