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Hutcheson cuts the cord on Women’s Center

Women's Center Closes

Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe will not have a New Year’s baby to announce the first of 2014. As of noon today (Dec. 31) the facility suspended labor and delivery services as part of its strategic plan going forward as an independent hospital.

Hutcheson’s temporary CEO Farrell Hayes said the decision was based on labor and delivery services’ financial losses of an estimated $2 million a year. Labor and delivery services are housed at the hospital’s Women’s Center.

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Nissin Brake Finalizes $33 Million Expansion In Rock Spring; 30 Jobs Added

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At a called meeting of the Walker County Development Authority (WCDA), Nissin Brake Georgia detailed the expansion project that has been underway for the manufacturer since early summer.

The tier-one supplier of Honda's Lincoln, Ala.,plant is putting the finishing touches on a 50,000-square-foot addition that will allow the plant more room for manufacturing and will add about 30 new jobs to its labor force.

“We are so pleased that Nissin has decided to make this new investment in Walker County,” Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said.

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Credit Extended Further For Hutcheson Medical Center; Walker County Backs New $1 Million Line Of Credit

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A $6 million line of credit for Hutcheson Medical Center that was backed by Walker County and Catoosa County is being extended for another year.

In addition, Walker County is setting up another $1 million line of credit for the hospital that is dealing with a heavy debt.

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Hickory Wind Bluegrass Band to appear in Ringgold

Hickory Wind Bluegrass Band

Friday, Jan. 10- Bluegrass gospel performers the Hickory Wind Bluegrass Band will appear at Sacred Sounds Fridays, Jan. 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. for the Share America Foundation.  Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund helping musicians achieve higher education. Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 and under free with adult.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office report: Dec. 6-12, 2013

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, during Dec. 6-12, answered 1,196 calls, including 64 that were booked on a total of 118 counts. The violations included both misdemeanor and felony charges and were as follows:


Wayne Wesley Graham, 52, of 1400 Dale Crest Court, Chattanooga, Tenn., was arrested Dec. 6 for theft by shoplifting. Graham was released on $2,500 bond.

Terry Anthony Kincer Jr., 31, of 30 Orchard Ave., Rossville, was arrested Dec. 6 for bench warrant for possession of Schedule II drugs, bench warrant and bond surrender for theft by shoplifting.

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Citizens settle lawsuit with Fort Oglethorpe council members

The New Year brings a fresh start for incoming Fort Oglethorpe council members Craig Crawford and Paula Stinnett. The two new council members will have one less lawsuit to worry about as they work to set the city on a path toward recovery.

The lawsuit filed by citizens Louise Stinnett and Chris McKeever against individual city council members has been settled, as of Dec. 16.

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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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