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Catoosa County school board asking for community input on possible new governance structure

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The State of Georgia is requiring school systems in Georgia to choose a governance structure by June 30, 2015. The Catoosa County Board of Education is holding a Community Engagement Meeting on April 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Colonnade Theater to discuss the new governance options.

The three options are: Status Quo system, Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2), or Charter System. 

Status Quo: 

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Local softball coach indicted on child sex charges by Catoosa County grand jury

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Six months after being arrested on child molestation charges, a long-time softball coach has now been indicted on those charges by a Catoosa County grand jury.

Robert Adams Alexander, 42, of Fort Oglethorpe was arrested Oct. 20 on several child sex charges, after a woman claimed he had sexual contact with her teenage daughter on several occasions. He was released from jail four days later on a $75,000 bond.

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Sen. Jeff Mullis receives “most influential” honor from James Magazine

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One of Georgia’s leading publications discussing Georgia news and politics, James Magazine, has selected Sen. Jeff Mullis, a Republican from Chickamauga, as one of the magazine’s Most Influential Georgians.

The recognition was announced in the March/April 2015 issue of the magazine, which profiled statewide leaders in business, government, politics, education, science and the arts.

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Laser tag benefit tournament to be hosted at Ringgold United Methodist April 25

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On Saturday, April 25, the Danny Eiler Memorial Foundation will host a laser tag tournament at Ringgold United Methodist Church, 7484 Nashville Street, in Ringgold.

Those who are interested have until Saturday, April 18, to sign up their team of six as well as submit the entry fee of $60. Tournament begins at 10 a.m. and all money raised will go directly to the efforts of the foundation.

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Four arrested on drug charges in Catoosa County

four arrested on drug charges

Catoosa County sheriff’s detectives arrested two men and two women at a Ringgold residence after an anonymous complaint lead to the discovery of drugs.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

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Tickets for “Proof” now on sale at Ringgold Playhouse

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Tickets are currently on sale for The Ringgold Playhouse’s second production of its 2015 Season, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof,” written by David Auburn.

Ringgold Playhouse kicked off its season in February with the hilarious comedy “A Bad Year For Tomatoes,” and now, according to founder and executive director Adam Cook, will look to switch gears to a more serious subject matter.

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Hutcheson cardiology expands medical team with new nurse practitioner, Erin Johnson

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Dr. Erin Johnson has joined Hutcheson Cardiology in Fort Oglethorpe as its newest nurse practitioner and will be serving the north Georgia community alongside cardiologist Dr. Clark Colvard

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Local Business Spotlight: Mbellish Salon and Spa


Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner. So ladies, it’s time to get our hair and nails in order. Mbellish Salon and Spa has recently reopened at a new location in Ringgold. Now located at 262 Lafayette Street, next to Legendairy Ice Cream and Coffee. I talked to owner Amy Mashburn to find out what makes Mbellish such a special business to have in Ringgold.

Why did you choose to open your business in Ringgold?

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Hundreds flock to Northwest Georgia Career Expo searching for work

Hundreds of north Georgia residents traveled to the Catoosa County Colonnade on Thursday, April 2, to take part in the Northwest Georgia Career Expo and to make contact with area employers with hopes of landing employment.

The event took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and was hosted by the Georgia Department of Labor and the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners.

More than 500 people had shown up at the expo by noon on Thursday and nearly 1,000 in total came by during the event’s entirety.

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Catoosa County awarded federal funds for food and shelter programs

Catoosa County was awarded state set aside federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

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