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Yesterday, Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce to meet with area business leaders regarding economic development that will impact Northwest Georgia.
During his address, Deal discussed upcoming legislation that will raise the price limit on construction to deepen the Port of Savannah.
The Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, county government, cities of Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe are all striving to create growth in an evolving economic climate. Leaders are optimistic about the process and gave examples of growth and accomplishments in 2013 at the annual “State Of Catoosa County” address hosted by the chamber Oct. 17.
The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, during Oct. 4-10, answered 1,514 calls, including 102 that were booked on a total of 197 counts. The violations included both misdemeanor and felony charges and were as follows:
Catoosa County and its two cities, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe, have reached a temporary agreement on the distribution of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), so that each municipality can continue to collect proceeds from the tax while negotiations continue towards a permanent resolution.
The county and cities had been negotiating how to divvy up the tax since 2012 and were facing the possibility of the proceeds ceasing before adopting a new certificate of distribution on Tuesday evening, Oct. 15.
In addition to the three council seats listed on the ballot, registered voters in Fort Oglethorpe will be asked to decide the fate of Sunday alcohol sales this election.
Early voting begin today, Oct. 15, and will continue through Nov. 1 at city hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Election day is Nov. 5, with voting at Constitution Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alcohol sales was last placed on the ballot and voted down in 2011. The question of package sales on Sunday of beer and wine was defeated 594 to 487.
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc. has helped to spay/neuter hundreds of animals and find homes for them as well as aiding those in financial need spay/neuter their pets. Thanks to a spay/neuter grant from Best Friends, they have pulled more animals from the shelter this year. However, rescuing more animals means an increase in their costs.
The Catoosa Utility District Authority held its election for one open seat on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with John Crawford winning by a landslide.
Crawford will take over the seat currently held by David Gattis, beginning on Jan. 1.
Crawford accumulated 533 votes of the 733 cast, with 197 votes dispersed among candidates Mike Kernea, Ronnie Queen, and Allen Wheelus, and three votes considered “void.”
The Ringgold Rotary Club was honored Tuesday with a donation from the Georgia Winery. The Check was presented to Barton Mathews of Weeks and Peters Insurance by Jesse Taymore, the General Manager of Georgia Winery, and Taylor Ware also with the Winery. This donation came from the July Luau Event that was organized and hosted by the Winery. “The Winery just wanted to give back to the community and be more involved with service organizations like Rotary”, said Taymore. The Georgia Winery is a family owned and operated facility producing award-winning fine wines.
The burn ban imposed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources during the muggy months of summer expires (today) Sept. 30, which means spires of soft gray smoke and the aroma of burning leaves will soon mark the crisp air of autumn.
But even though the ban has been lifted, it is necessary to have permits before legally setting brush ablaze, according to Darryl Jackson, chief ranger with the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Catoosa County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Citizens Alert System on Sept. 26. The test will begin at 6 p.m. and will send alerts to citizens via cell phones (text message), home phones, business phones and email addresses.
The test will be monitored for accuracy and citizen response. Please follow the instructions on the text message and voice message. The test will conclude when all citizens have been sent a test message, approximately 30 minutes or less.