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Local Business Spotlight: Joy's United Gift Shop

business spotlight United Gift Shop

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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Ringgold man arrested on multiple drug charges after burglary attempt

Ringgold burglary arrest

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County after he was found to be in possession of several illegal drugs after being questioned about a burglary late Monday afternoon, Sept. 8., police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

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Two-man race for Fort Oglethorpe council seat; ousted council running to regain seat

fort oglethorpe city council race

Interim city council member Derek Rogers and ousted council member Charles Sharrock have qualified to run for Fort Oglethorpe’s Ward 4 seat.

Qualifying, which began Monday, Sept. 8, ended at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Rogers cast his name early while Sharrock waited until the last day to qualify.

The special election is being held to fill the unexpired term of the Ward 4 seat. The term will go through 2015 and candidates will have to run again in the next election.

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Up Close And Personal With The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus On Video

Apple’s new iPhones are now a known quantity, but perhaps you haven’t yet had a chance to get a more intimate look at them. We had opportunity to try them out in person, and to run through all of the new hardware features and software functions they offer. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus offer unique advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another, but ultimately, they’re cut from the same cloth and should serve the needs of most mobile users well based on initial impressions.

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Ringgold approves property tax increase

Ringgold property tax increase

The city of Ringgold unanimously approved a 3-percent property tax rate increase during its city council meeting Monday night, Sept. 8, and did so with zero resistance from citizens.

The vote to raise the millage rate came after a third and final public hearing was held at 7 p.m., at which time citizens could voice their opinion on the matter.But as was the case with the two previous hearings held on Aug. 25, no citizens addressed the council one way or the other regarding the hike.

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Catoosa County school system working on numerous projects

catoosa schools projects

After completing major renovation projects at two of its high schools over the past year,Catoosa County Public Schools is keeping up the progress by also undertaking minor projects to help upgrade smaller areas of need throughout the system.

According to Doug Suits, director of operations for Catoosa County Public Schools, there are no “major” projects on the horizon, but smaller projects are ongoing to help with upkeep at some of the older school buildings.

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Catoosa chamber to host seminar for small business legal issues

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Georgia Chamber will host a seminar entitled “Employment Law for the Small Business: A Legal Update” Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Colonnade Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. for registration until noon.

Cost is $99 for chamber members, regardless of affiliation and $125 for non-members. Topics covered include:

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The Apple Rumor Mill

Apple rumors

With the Apple media event fast approaching, rumors of what to expect from the tech giant are running rampant. Major media outlets like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are constantly updating their sites with new stories predicting what we will see come Tuesday.

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