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Funeral for Ringgold teen who was accidentally shot is Saturday

funeral for ringgold teen

The funeral for Hunter Harbin Jr., the Ringgold teenager who died in an accidental shooting on Monday, will be Saturday, Aug. 29.

Here is his Hunter Harbin’s funeral notice and obituary, from Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory in Fort Oglethorpe.

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Shaw to make more carpet from recycled PET

shaw to make carpet from recycling

Shaw Industries Group Inc. plans to spend tens of millions of dollars at a South Carolina carpet fiber plant to increase the use of fiber from recycled plastics.

The world’s largest carpet maker, based in Dalton, Ga., is planning new polyester extrusion operations that will include the use of recycled PET beverage containers. The company also will add nylon fiber capacity.

Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter at the Lexington County, S.C., plant.

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Suspect arrested in Ringgold church burglary case

Catoosa County detectives have arrested a man in connection with a recent burglary at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Ringgold.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Jordan Alexander McMichen, 20, of Trixie Lane in Ringgold, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a charge of second-degree burglary. He has been released from jail on bond.

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Local Ringgold restaurant supplies backpacks to local students

Farm to Fork school donation

Farm to Fork restaurant in Ringgold offered a school supply challenge to its customers pledging to match all school supplies brought in to the establishment. Lori Harris of Farm to Fork said the customers did a good job of filling up the supply box.

“We received 20 backpacks with supplies in them from Bill and Lorraine Henderson,” she said, “and a large donation of supplies from Alvin and Sherry Mashburn of Remco Business center.

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First Baptist Church of Ringgold celebrates 175 years as a congregation

Ringgold first baptist anniversary

This Sunday, the First Baptist Church of Ringgold will celebrate a special homecoming service by marking its 175th anniversary as a congregation. 

In 1840, seven years prior to Ringgold’s incorporation, a group of Christians established Zion Hill Baptist Church. Its first location was on the western side of Taylor’s Crossroads—Ringgold’s name prior to 1847—on what we now know as Guyler Street.  Four years later, the church joined the Coosa Baptist Association, which covered most of North Georgia at the time, and became Ringgold Baptist Church.

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Qualifying for Ringgold elections is Aug. 31 through Sept. 2

The general election for the city of Ringgold will be interesting this year, as voters will decide on a new mayor and determine the future of three city council seats.

The city will hold its election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the open seats. Qualifying for those posts will occur between Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Prospective candidates will be able to qualify each of those three days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Ringgold planning 8 percent hike in property tax rate; public hearings to be held

During its most recent meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, the Ringgold city council unanimously approved a motion to raise the city’s millage (property tax) rate for the second year in a row.

The council agreed to an 8.57-percent increase, from 2.763 mills to 3.0 mills, for 2016.

Last year the council raised the rate 0.08 mills, from 2.683 for 2014 to 2.763 for 2015, a 2.98-percent increase.

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Fire at Ringgold restaurant apparently started in kitchen area

Fire officials this morning are still trying to determine the exact cause of a fire that erupted at a restaurant late Wednesday night in Ringgold.

The initial investigation is leading authorities to believe it started in the kitchen area.

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Ringgold woman charged with public indecency after flashing children

woman arrested for public indecency

A Ringgold woman wishes she could turn back time after spending a few hours in Catoosa County jail over the weekend for allegedly exposing her breasts to two young children, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Cher Renee Ridenhour, 43, of Lundsford Lane in Ringgold was arrested on Friday, July 31, on a single charge of public indecency and was subsequently released from jail on bond the following day.

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Fire At Los Maguey In Ringgold

Los Maguey

Firefighters in Ringgold put out a fire at a restaurant on Wednesday night. 

Catoosa County Fire department was called to Los Magueys at 10:00pm.

When crews arrived they say they saw flames shooting from the kitchen.

"I just seen a lot of smoke come out of the kitchen and I was going for the fire extinguisher and I mean in litterally a matter of a few seconds the whole restaurant was filled with smoke," said Leslie Rodriquez, a restaurant manager. 

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