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Catoosa County public school special education records scheduled for destruction Aug. 18

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Catoosa County public schools' special education department archives and stores special education student records for a limited time according to the Georgia education retention schedules.

Special education records for students who have not been active in a special education program since the 2008-2009 school year are scheduled for destruction Aug. 18, 2014.

Any person desiring to obtain his/her records may contact the Catoosa County special education department, 307 Cleveland St. in Ringgold, at 706-965-4052.

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Former Catoosa sheriff’s deputy’s lesser sentence upheld in Court of Appeals

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Tuesday, July 22, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a ruling upholding a lesser sentence for a former Catoosa County sheriff’s deputy convicted of numerous child sex crimes in 2013.

In March 2013, the now-40-year-old William Stephen Crossen pleaded guilty to 14 child sex charges that took place in 2012 involving a teenage girl. The charges included sexual exploitation of a child, dissemination of computer pornography, interference with custody, and sodomy.

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Walker, Catoosa sheriffs discuss pitfalls of jailing the mentally ill

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All across America, similar numbers are repeated again and again.

Officials at Chicago’s Cook County Jail estimate at least 30 percent — and often more than 50 percent — of the jail’s daily inmate population of more than 10,000 suffer from mental illness.

Except for geography and size, the same is true in northwest Georgia, according to local law enforcement officials.

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Election runoff results for Walker and Catoosa counties

Here's results from Walker and Catoosa counties County for the three statewide runoff elections, as well as the Republican Georgia House District 1 runoff . 

The results, taken from the Secretary of State's website, are not certified official until they are signed off by Secretary of State Brian Kemp. 

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Catoosa Citizens for Literacy awards two scholarships to GED recipients

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Catoosa Citizens for Literacy awarded two GED recipients with $500 scholarships to the college of their choice. Shirley Smith, executive director for Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, presented Doris White and Kim Riddle with the scholarships at the GED graduation held at the Colonnade on June 12.

Smith said while in the GED program, both recipients showed dedication to their studies and overcame many obstacles in the process.

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Voters go to the polls Tuesday for runoffs

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Voters in Walker and Catoosa counties, along with voters across Georgia, will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the primary election runoff.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are not local runoffs in either Walker or Catoosa.

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Lyndhurst offers $25,000 for landscaping at new canoe launch site in Catoosa County

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Not only is the newest launch site on the West Chickamauga Creek Blueway nearing completion, its surroundings will have professional landscaping and amenities thanks to yet another grant from the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation.

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Home Invasion In Catoosa County

Home invasion in Catoosa County

Authorities in Catoosa County are on the hunt for two men Wednesday afternoon who they say robbed a homeowner at gunpoint on Tuesday.

Tuesday morning between 10 & 11 a.m. at a home on Grant Drive in Ringgold, a homeowner told police she heard the doorbell ring, and saw one of the suspects on her front porch, holding a package. The woman opened the door and signed for the package. The man set the package down, and then raised up holding a pistol. A second suspect then appeared, also holding a gun.

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No red ink: After 75 percent of its budget year, Catoosa County’s finances are rosy

Catoosa Count under budget for 2014

Through the first three-quarters of its budget year, Catoosa County government is reporting great financial strength.

The county’s chief financial officer, Carl Henson, presented good news when giving the general fund summary during the county Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, July 15.

Revenue is outpacing expenditures by $722,201 so far this budget year, Henson said. Revenue is exceeding expenses by $957,957 compared to the same time during the prior year, he said.

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Former foster mom accused of murder released from Catoosa County jail on bond

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Ringgold foster mother accused of murder is a free woman for the first time in more than five weeks after she posted a $75,000 bond on Thursday, July 3.

Clara Louise Edwards, 59, of a Mallard Hill address in Ringgold had been in the Catoosa County jail since May 28, charged with felony murder in the death of 2-year-old Saharah Witherspoon who died of severe head trauma on New Year’s Day.

Edwards was released from jail shortly before 4 p.m. on July 3, six days after her bond was set by Catoosa County Superior Court judge Ralph Van Pelt, Jr.

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