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Ringgold man arrested on fraud, theft charges after allegedly scamming elderly relative

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County on a number of fraud and theft charges after he allegedly ran repeated credit card scams using a relative’s identity.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Martin Hollis, 44, was arrested Monday, May 25, on eight counts of financial identity fraud, seven counts of financial transaction card fraud, financial transaction card theft, and abuse of an elderly or disabled person.

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Local Business Spotlight: Southern Charm Clothing

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Back in 2013, Zack and Courtney Cross opened Southern Charm in a 1,000 sqaure foot shop in Ringgold. Business boomed, and within 6 months, they moved to a 4,000 square foot store on Alabama highway. Later this month they will open a second location a the Shoppes at Hamilton Place. I sat down with Courthney and Zack Cross to find out why they chose Ringgold and what has made their business so successful.

Why did you choose Ringgold to open your business?

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Ringgold plumber accused of stealing $30,000 in jewelry from customers

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A Ringgold man was arrested on several theft charges after, police say, he allegedly stole more than $30,000 from two Catoosa County residences while performing plumbing services.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Benjamin Chandler Guest, 37, of 1237 Baggett Road was arrested Wednesday, May 19, on two counts of theft.

Guest was released from jail later that day after spending an hour and twenty minutes behind bars.

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Ringgold hosting 39th annual 1890’s Day Festival this weekend

Ringgold’s most popular yearly event will take place this weekend downtown, as thousands are expected to wander the city streets during the 39th annual two-day 1890’s Day Festival.

The Jamboree will kick off Friday evening, May 22, at 6 p.m., and will run to 10 p.m. The festivities will then continue all day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in historic downtown.

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Volunteers needed for bi-annual "Festival of Flags" in Ringgold

Festival of Flags volunteers

The city of Ringgold is looking for volunteers to assist with its bi-annual “Festival of Flags,” which kicks of on Monday, May 18. Twice a year, more than 1,200 full-size flags are raised throughout Ringgold in honor of deceased veterans from Catoosa County. They have added 55 more flags since Veterans Day this past November, and they need volunteers to help set up for Memorial Day! If you want to help, meet at 8am this Monday, May 18th in front of the Catoosa County Courthouse or the building behind the First Baptist Church. 

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National Day of Prayer held at Ringgold Depot

The National Day of Prayer was once again held at the historic Ringgold Depot on Thursday, May 7, as numerous residents, city officials, and community leaders to pray for anything weighing on their hearts and minds.

The event was the 64th annual observance of the day, with the theme “Lord, Hear Our Cry.”

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Wounded Ringgold soldier, family given the keys to their new dream home

After months of anticipation, hundreds of hours of volunteer help, and heartfelt donations, a wounded Ringgold Army sergeant and his family were finally given the keys to the dream home on Saturday morning, May 9.

After nine days of building, painting, flooring, landscaping, and endless community support, Army Sgt. Jason Smith of Ringgold picked up his wife Lauren in his arms and carried her into their beautiful new house off Salem Valley Road.

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Crews finalizing streetscape in downtown Ringgold, expect detours along Nashville Street

Ringgold’s ongoing downtown streetscape project will consist of the closing of a portion of Nashville Street near the historic Depot as crews try to complete the final stages of the overhaul.

Crews with Talley Construction got started early Thursday morning, May 7, as they prepare to mill the road surface for work.

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Wounded Ringgold soldier’s new home nearing completion thanks to community support

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A local military hero is only a few days away from seeing a dream realized for him and his family as they eaglerly await the completion of their new Ringgold house being built by the Steps 2 Hope Foundation.

Army Sgt. Jason Smith of Ringgold has won the hearts of thousands over the past couple of years, and a number of citizens in the community have dedicated their time over the past week to help give back to Jason, who gave so much of himself defending the country.

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RHS girls' basketball team hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser

RHS basketball team pancake breakfast

The Ringgold Tigers Girls' Basketball team would like to invite you to a Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at Aunt Effie's from 7am-9am. Tickets are $7.00.  Come have breakfast with us! We will do the cooking and the cleaning! All proceeds go back into the basketball program to offset the costs of summer camps. Contact Coach Baker for more information. We hope to see you there! 

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