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Ringgold to research details, but still open to creating dog park in town

After a couple of years of discussion, the city of Ringgold seems primed to begin seriously looking at creating a dog park in town so community members can have a nice outdoor place to take their pets.

During the most recent council meeting on Monday night, July 11, Mayor Nick Millwood spoke about the benefits of having a park in town and how much he thinks local pet owners would use and appreciate it.

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Large mountain lion spotted in LaFayette neighborhood

LaFayette police are warning residents that a large mountain lion has been spotted in the Dogwood Circle subdivision in LaFayette.

After contacting Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), residents are urged to call Walker County 911 if the mountain lion is spotted.

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Ringgold man arrested after reporting false stabbing

A Ringgold man was arrested for allegedly lying to authorities, claiming another man had stabbed him, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Jason Michael Tilley, 38, of Agappa Lane, was arrested Wednesday, July 6, on a single charge of false report of a crime.

The incident occurred around 7 a.m. when Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Agappa Lane in reference requested welfare check.

While traveling to the residence, deputy Coby Cunningham was notified that a person had been stabbed in the arm, reports show.

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Police: 5 officers dead, 6 hurt in Dallas protest shooting

DALLAS (AP) Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said, in a week that bore dark echoes of the tumultuous civil rights era.

Read More. (News Channel 9)


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Ringgold pedestrian dies after being struck by drunk driver

The family of a 28-year-old Catoosa County woman is in mourning after she was fatally hit by a drunk driver on Sam Lewis Road on Thursday evening, June 30.

According to the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 in Dalton, Kimberly Teague Dotson died after she was struck while out enjoying a walk with her sister.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department arrest report for June 24-30, 2016

Robert Leon Dawson, 45, was arrested for probation violation.

Joshua David Defries, 32, was arrested for probation violation.

Brandon Lee Webb, 21, was arrested for possession of Schedule II drugs-hydrocodone, criminal trespass under the family violence act, simple battery under the family violence act, disorderly conduct.

Jeffrey Lebron Williams, 47, was arrested for probation violation.

Beverly Nichole Vandergriff, 28, was arrested for bench warrant.

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USDA Forest Service warns of wildfire danger

The forest is VERY DRY now and the fire danger is EXTREMELY HIGH. Please help us prevent wildfires from destroying our forest resources and our homes.

Northwest Georgia is experiencing drought conditions. Be extremely careful with campfires and debris burning. Also, please remember that fireworks are prohibited on National Forest land.

For more information contact:

USDA Forest Service or your local Georgia Forestry Commission office.


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Road dedication to Randall Smith

The Catoosa Memorial Foundation will hold a road dedication on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at the memorial intersection, Battlefield Parkway and Lakeshore Drive in Fort Oglethorpe, in honor of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, who sacrificed his life during the tragic events on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Former Ringgold foster mom pleads guilty to killing baby, sentenced to 20 years

A little more than four months removed from her murder trial where the jury was deadlocked on whether she intentionally killed her foster daughter, a Ringgold woman struck a plea deal to a lesser charge on Monday afternoon, June 27, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Sixty-year-old Clara Louise Edwards stood trial in February for the alleged murder of her 23-month-old foster daughter, Saharah Weatherspoon, on New Year’s Day 2014.

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Shaw Industries workers help build new playground at Family Crisis Center

The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade, and Chattooga Counties recently received a wonderful gift from employees of Shaw Industries, when a collection of workers from the company helped erect and install a new playground at the center.

According to center director, Kristy Lawson, a handful of employees from Shaw’s Plant 47 in Ringgold stopped by in late May to help put together the new playground, which was purchased through grants and donations made to the center.

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