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Catoosa County’s finances continue upward trend

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Revenue exceeded expenditures by slightly more than $1 million in the first 11 months of Catoosa County government’s general operating budget for the current fiscal year.

That was the financial report provided by chief financial officer Carl Henson during the Board of Commissioner’s meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Not only are the county’s finances better than projected, they show an improvement of $1.2 million for the same period during the prior year.

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Three schools in Walker, Catoosa counties recognized for strong academic performance

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Three schools in Walker and Catoosa counties are either on Georgia’s “Highest Performing Schools” or “Highest Progress Schools” lists, which were released this week by the 

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GNTC to give free GED practice tests September 22 to October 3

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is giving away free GED® practice tests from September 22 to October 3 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area.

Students who take the GED Ready® test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED®test, if they have skills they need to pass the test, and will receive a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.

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Ringgold CVB to evaluate Chattanooga museum’s proposal for Medal of Honor signage

The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History in Chattanooga, Tenn., recently asked the city of Ringgold to become part of its effort to honor local Medal of Honor recipients in the area, specifically a man who garnered his medal at Ringgold Gap in 1863.

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Chattanooga man wounded in shooting; Fort Oglethorpe police still investigating

Fort Oglethorpe police are investigating a shooting that took place near Rossville Friday morning, Sept. 12, in which a 22-year-old Chattanooga, Tenn., man was wounded following an apparent dispute.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Steele and Mack Smith Roads just outside the Apple Barrel Antique Store.

Lt. Steve Blevins says the department is still trying to sort out the details of the encounter.

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151st anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga to be celebrated Sept. 18-21

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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Parkinvites the public to attend special programs commemorating the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga from Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21.

Today, when most people hear the term “Chickamauga,” the deadly fighting that occurred in North Georgia in 1863 comes to mind. However, for families living in the area in 1864, this place became more than just a battlefield.

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What we know from Apple’s “Super” Tuesday

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After months and months of speculation, product mockups, and “leaked” photos, Apple finally presented its new products to the public. Some of the predictions were correct, but in true Apple form, there were some surprises. Here’s what we know:

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Local Business Spotlight: Joy's United Gift Shop

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In the mid-90s, Jessie and Joy Thornton bought a building on Tennessee Street and opened United Karate Studio. For several years, one side of the building remained empty. A friend of Joy’s suggested opening a “junk” store, and in 1998, that’s exactly what she did. The shop stayed open for 5 years, but when Joy became a grandmother in 2003, she decided she wanted to devote time to being “Granny”.

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Ringgold’s Georgia Winery increases range of distribution

The Georgia Winery in Ringgold is broadening its distribution throughout Georgia. In 2011, the Georgia Winery signed on with Athens Distributing to get their wines in Chattanooga, Tenn.

As the demand grew, Georgia Winery wanted to make their wines available to all their customers. As of August 2014, the Georgia Winery signed on withEmpire Distributors, Inc. to make their wine available across the state of Georgia.

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Latest fashion hits the runway in Habitat’s “Hard Hats and High Heels” fundraiser

A fashion show for both a good time and a good cause has been a year in the making. Catoosa County Habitat for Humanity is putting on its biggest fundraiser of the year, “Hard Hats and High Heels,” on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Colonnade.

The event will feature models wearing the latest hip styles from places like Dillard’s, JCPenney and Southern Charm. From head to toe, men, women and children models will adorn trend-setting clothing and shoes at the upcoming event.

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