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Catoosa County hires county manager

catoosa county hires manager

James M. Walker Jr. has been hired as Catoosa County manager.

The five-member county commission has approved a four-year contract that will pay Walker a base salary of $125,000 annually.

"I think we're getting a great candidate," commission chairman Keith Greene said after the commission by a 5-0 vote approved Walker's hiring. "His credentials and experience will be an asset to the county."

After reviewing resumes from numerous individuals who applied for the job, the commission on Sept. 1 had narrowed their field to one: Walker.

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Parents protest Walker County school principal's forced resignation, seek answers

More than 150 people turned out Tuesday night for a Walker County school board meeting to protest the forced resignation of elementary school principal Lori Vann.

Parents flooded the school board meeting seeking answers as to why the Cherokee Ridge Elementary School principal was forced to leave.

School board members declined to comment because it is a personnel matter.

Vann, 52, has been an educator for about 30 years.

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Brantley Gilbert getting a little help from his friends at Chattanooga Unite benefit

Country artists Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis have been added to the Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River benefit event honoring the five military men killed July 16 and their families Wednesday at Ross's Landing. They will join Brantley Gilbert onstage during his closing performance, according to Friends of the Festival marketing coordinator Amy Morrow.

Friends is handling the production end of the event, including bringing the Coca-Cola Stage used during the Riverbend Festival out of storage for the concert.

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Walker, Catoosa Bi-Lo stores will transform into Food City in October

bi-lo to transition into food-city

Bi-Lo stores in Walker and Catoosa counties will come to a close in October and re-open as Food City.

According to Food City president and CEO Steve Smith, Bi-Lo locations in Rossville and Fort Oglethorpe will go into transition, as Food City takes over, on Oct. 4 and the locations will re-open on Oct. 7.

The LaFayette Bi-Lo store will close for transitions on Oct. 5 and re-open as Food City on Oct. 8.

The reason to keep the Georgia location transformations last is due to windows for licensing of the WIC program opening back up at the first of October, Smith said.

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LaFayette woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

lafayette woman stabs boyfriend

A LaFayette woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespassing after, police say, she stabbed her intoxicated boyfriend with a folding knife because he was evicting her from the residence.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, sometime between 1:50 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., 51-year-old Martha Jean Motley and her boyfriend, 54-year-old Samuel Harrison Jewell, were involved in a domestic dispute that led to Motley stabbing Jewell in the rib cage with a folding knife.

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Dalton State Adds New Business Degree

dalton state adds business degrees

Dalton State now has 20 bachelor degrees available for students after the Board of Regents approved adding a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Applied Economics on Tuesday.

The degree will prepare students for careers in finance, insurance, real estate, government, law, and business, according to Dr. Andy Meyer, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Having this degree will also prepare students to fill a need in the Northwest Georgia community.

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Catoosa Emergency Response Team training classes scheduled for October

cert classes

The Catoosa County Community Emergency Response Team will hold the next CERT class on two Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Catoosa County FD Station 1, 5282 Evitt Street, in Ringgold.

The class is geared for residents of Catoosa County who are at least 18 years old or will be soon after the class finishes. Students must attend and complete both sessions in order to be certified as a Catoosa CERT team member. The class is free. Catoosa County residents will also be issued free equipment upon completion of the course.

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Local Business Spotlight: Zaxby's

local business spotlight: Zaxby's

On Monday, September 14th, Zaxby's opens its new location on Alabama Highway! We talked to the manager Avalee Delay about the new restaurant and why Ringgold was the obvious next step. For the opening, the first 100 guests in line by 10 a.m. will be given a Fanatic Pack of 52 Free Dealz cards. Each week for a year, the recipient will be able to redeem a free menu item at the Ringgold location. So be sure to get there early on Monday for your chance to win! The new Ringgold location is at 6456 Alabama Highway, before the Mega Star gas station.


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Fort Oglethorpe police officer fired for relationship with 16-year-old girl

fort oglethorpe office fired for underage girl

A long-time law enforcement officer was fired from his Fort Oglethorpe post on Tuesday after an investigation revealed he’d been allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department chief David Eubanks let 44-year-old Cecil Kevin Shadwick go after an investigation that stemmed from a 16-year-old girl’s mother filing a complaint that Shadwick had been seeing her daughter.

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Burglars targeting animal health care facilities in Catoosa, Whitfield and Bradley Counties

animal hospitals burglarized

RINGGOLD, Georgia(WDEF) - Authorities in North Georgia are asking the public for help to put an end to a rash of burglaries. 

VCA Catoosa Animal Hospital in Ringgold just became the latest in a string of animal health care facilities to be burglarized. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk told WDEF that location was an expensive hit.

"Taken from this burglary is going to be almost $7,000 worth of product," Sisk said.

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