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LaFayette-Walker County Empty Stocking Fund: 42 years of feeding needy families

The Empty Stocking Fund has been helping Walker County families in need during the holidays for over 40 years and the need continues to grow.

The 42nd annual LaFayette-Walker County Empty Stocking Fund food was held on Friday morning, Dec. 16, at the Walker County Agriculture Center in Rock Spring. About 640 families throughout Walker County applied for the 501c3 charity.

The volunteer charity provided meals in time for Christmas 2016 to roughly 2,600 individuals in need during the holidays.

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UPDATE: Toys for Tots helps over 10,000 kids for Christmas


UPDATE: Sergeant Donovan B. Walters tells Channel 3 that Toys For Tots helped 10, 569 kids, up significantly from 2015's number of 5,901 children. 

PREVIOUS STORY: The Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots program is spreading holiday cheer throughout several communities this year.

Organizers tell Channel 3 they wrapped up their final push before kids receive your donations. 

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Popular Dalton bike shop to close before holidays; Unable to compete against online retail

DALTON, Ga. — The wheels have been turning at the Bear Creek Bicycle company for almost 10 years. Owner Shane Adams loved running the shop and has ridden through a handful of holiday seasons; This year, will be his last.

"We just can't be competitive," Adams said. "It's impossible for us to be on a level playing field with the internet."

Adams says online retail has a competitive advantage over small businesses, including his own.

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Three women arrested in I-75 meth bust in Ringgold

Three out-of-towners landed in the Catoosa County jail on drug charges after Ringgold police officers found methamphetamine and cash in their possession while they were traveling to Kentucky from Atlanta along I-75.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

April Nicole Sizemore, 29, of Kentucky, Melody Jacqueline Lemar, 36, of Kentucky, and Jessica Kathryn Flannery, 25, of Gray, Ga., were arrested on Thursday, Dec. 8, on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine.

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Man arrested for vandalizing Ringgold police vehicles at City Hall

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly vandalized four police vehicles at City Hall and was involved in a theft with damage at a local business.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

William "Billy" Lindsay Stephens, 44, of LQ Ware Lane was arrested Dec. 6 on charges of theft, entering an auto, criminal damage to property, and interference with government property. His bond has been set at $12,500.

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Boil water notice issued for parts of Whitfield County

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. — Parts of Whitfield County are now being warned to boil water.

In a Facebook post from the town of Cohutta, Dalton Utilities sent a notice warning some customers to boil their water before using it.

The city says that's because the major water main break in Hamilton County is having an impact on their water and there is a potential health hazard from back flow. On Monday, a 24-inch main broke near the Cracker Barrel on Old Lee Highway.

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A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.

The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.

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Camp's choice as fire chief ignites controversy in Catoosa County

The Catoosa County commission's decision to override the selection process and county manager's recommendation regarding the search for a new fire chiefhas sparked debate — and a revision of the county code.

What seemed like an innocuous housekeeping matter instead resurrected charges that the county too often operates as a "good ole boys" network.

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Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

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Catoosa County man found after running from police, hiding in woods overnight

A Catoosa County man possibly connected to multiple theft and burglary cases is in jail without bond after he allegedly ran from sheriff's deputies, and then spent the night hiding out in the woods, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

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