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The Catoosa County board of education determines ESPLOST V projects

The Catoosa County board of education received input for potential ESPLOST V projects during the community engagement meeting Thursday, Oct. 1. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting.

“ESPLOST provides the additional revenue we need to provide excellent educational facilities for our children,” said Denia Reese, school superintendent. “I really appreciate that so many people took the time to participate in the planning process.”

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Rossville restaurant worker arrested in child pornography sweep

Rossville resident and fast-food restaurant employee Richard Ellis Ford, 42, was among 18 people statewide arrested and charged with crimes related to possession, production, or distribution of images of child pornography after a 3-month statewide investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Firearms deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 17

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 17, and continuing until Jan. 10, 2016, statewide, hunters will have the chance to hit the woods in pursuit of white-tailed deer.

“There is no better way to manage the deer population than by hunting,” said John W. Bowers, chief of game management for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Deer hunting also provides an economic benefit to the state, with hunters spending millions of dollars every year traveling to hunting locations, purchasing equipment from local retailers, and visiting lodging and dining establishments.”

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Ringgold man charged with meth possession by LaFayette police

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A Ringgold man was arrested after police allegedly found meth in his Crayola magic marker, along with about $1,500 in cash.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Monday, Oct. 5, shortly before 10 p.m., an officer saw a black 1993 Nissan Sentra traveling at a high rate of speed along Probasco Street. The drive ran the stop sign at the intersection of Probasco Street and Bradley Avenue.

The officer activated a patrol stop and caught up to driver on Mill Street.

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Two Heritage High band students selected to U.S. Army All-American Band

Two Catoosa County band students had a big day on Tuesday, Sept. 29, as they were selected to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Band. They will perform during the Army All-American Bowl game on Jan. 9 in San Antonio, Texas.

For Heritage High School seniors Vitaliy Popovych and Sean Kwak, the honor was well deserved after years of hard work and dedication to their craft of music with the Legion of Generals band.

Popovych is the band’s drum major, while Kwak plays trombone.

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Three-vehicle collision in LaFayette sends two to hospital

A three-vehicle collision in LaFayette sent a young girl and a woman to the hospital.

The collision occurred on North Main Street at Villanow Street in front of the Walker County Messenger shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9.

Jackie L. Leonard, driving a silver Nissan Altima, along with a young female passenger, was transported by ambulance to Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe.

Savannah Cordell, driving a silver Nissan Armada, with three young children and an infant were treated at the scene. One of the female children received minor injuries.

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‘Steve Jobs’ film offers peek inside life of a troubled genius

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Sorry Ashton Kutcher, but it seems Michael Fassbender has won the battle of portraying the former CEO of Apple Inc. Yes, he looks nothing like Steve Jobs, but the actor turns in a stellar performance. So why should you shell out $10 to go see ‘Steve Jobs‘?

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Dr. Ben Carson Visits Chattanooga

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made a stop in the Scenic City on Sunday.

The retired neurosurgeon signed copies of his new book, "A More Perfect Union", at the Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall.

Hundreds of people were waiting in the line to see Carson, which snaked through the bookstore, out the doors, and past several entrances to the mall.

"Our 10-year-old daughter loves Dr. Carson so it was very important for her to get to see him," said Kelli Owens, who brought her entire family to meet the GOP hopeful.

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Ringgold man invents air-conditioned suit for outdoor work

A Ringgold man recently invented a very cool air-conditioned suit to help people better tackle the heat while attempting to complete their outdoor housework.

Dustin Sims, a Chickamauga native now living in Ringgold, has been using his unique know-how for years on various projects and believes he’s found something very special and equally marketable with his new “Stay Cool” air-conditioned outdoor suit.

“It’s really neat,” Sims said. “It’s made for people who work hard in the heat outdoors. It lets them battle the heat while being in an air-cooled bubble.”

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Ringgold on board with adding K-9 to police department

The Ringgold Police Department could be adding a new member to its team early in 2016 after the city council approved budgeting for such an addition.

Chief Dan Bilbrey sat in on the council’s work session on Sept. 28 before the regular meeting and explained not only the need for such an addition to the agency, but also revealed that the majority of cost involved has already been secured.

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