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Ringgold primary student gets surprise visit from big brother in military

Cody Davenport

Duke Davenport, a kindergartener at Ringgold Primary School, knew May was National Military Appreciation month, but he didn’t know he would get to celebrate it in a very special and personal way.

Big brother, Marine Lance Corporal Cody Davenport, paid his little brother a surprise visit at school while home on a brief leave of service. The two exchanged lots of hugs and tears and Duke received a special set of military dog tags.

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Fort Oglethorpe hospital dedicates new GI labs

Hutcheson Hospital

Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe held a dedication ceremony for its new state of the art gastrointestinal (GI) suites at Hutcheson on the Parkway on Friday, May 30.

The event recognized the generosity of the Hutcheson Health Foundation, which donated the funding for the equipment as part of its goal of preventing cancer in the northwest Georgia community.

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CERT classes begin soon


The national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

The next two-day class for those wanting CERT training is June 14 and 21.

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Sam Parker to appeal murder conviction in Georgia Supreme Court

Sam Parker

Sam Parker, a former LaFayette police officer who made local and national headlines in 2009 after being tried and convicted of his wife Teresa’s murder in 2009, looks to appeal that conviction next week in Georgia Supreme Court.

The court will hear oral arguments from Parker’s attorney, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit lead public defender David Dunn, and Floyd County district attorney Leigh Patterson on Monday morning, June 2, at 2 p.m.

Sam and Teresa Parker had been married for 16 years before she went missing in March 2007.

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Evitt Foundation and RTC host AJGA junior golf tournament June 2nd

evitt foundation ajga golf tournament

Ringgold Telephone Company is proud to host the 12th annual Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star. The tournament, a weeklong event, is hosted in conjunction with the American Junior Golf Association and brings the nation’s best junior golfers to tee it up at WindStone Golf Club.  The highlight of the tournament is the Jim Evitt Sr. Junior-Am event, scheduled to take place Monday, June 2nd.  The Junior-All Star allows sponsors for the event to enjoy a day of golf, while raising money for charity. 

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Netflix original series 'Orange is the New Black' returns for season 2

Orange is the new black second season

The American comedy-drama series, Orange is the New Black returns June 6th for its second season on Netflix. It was created by Jenji Kohan and first released on July 11, 2013.

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Ringgold foster mom accused of murder refuses extradition to Catoosa County

A former foster mother charged with murder last week in Chattanooga for allegedly killing a 2-year-old Ringgold child is refusing extradition back to Catoosa County.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Clara Edwards of 33 Mallard Hill in Ringgold, refused to sign the extradition paperwork, which would have brought her to the Catoosa County jail from the Hamilton County, Tenn., jail.

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Georgia high court to hear Parker murder case appeal

A former sergeant with the LaFayette Police Department is appealing his conviction and life prison sentence for the murder of his wife, a 911 operator.

Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson prosecuted the September 2009 case against Sam Parker for the murder of Theresa Parker.

She’ll be at the Georgia Supreme Court hearing in Atlanta on Monday to argue for upholding his conviction on charges of malice murder, making false statements and violating his oath as a public officer.

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Catoosa County begins resurfacing work on 13 roads


Catoosa County began construction on a two-month resurfacing project on Tuesday, May 27, which will patch up more than 14 miles of roadways.

The project, which is being done through Talley Construction, will patch and resurface more than a dozen roads.

“The spring road project is beginning on Tuesday on the west side of Farming Rock Road, and then they’ll move eastbound,” said county manager Mike Helton.

The work being done to the roads differs in that eight roads will be resurfaced, while five others will receive a triple-service treatment.

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Lake Winnie celebrating “Mom’s Mondays” throughout summer

SoakYa Water Park

Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park and Soak Ya Water park is open for the season, but they aren’t finished expanding summer fun in 2014, according to rep Talley Green.

“We’re opening our gates on Mondays throughout the summer,” Green said. “The amusement rides and the water park will be open every Monday, June 2 through August 4.”

When accompanied by two children paying full price, moms are free.

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