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Ringgold awards bids for upgrades to water treatment plant, clearwell repairs

The city of Ringgold got closer to upgrading its water treatment plant Monday night, March 23, by awarding a contract for the work on its needed clearwell repairs, while also approving preliminary drawings and proposed revisions to its engineering agreement.

In November the city accepted a bid for the much-needed repairs to the existing clearwell at the water treatment plant on South Depot Street, but had to re-bid the work after it was determined that the contract recipient didn’t have the necessary specified qualifications for the work.

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Local Business Spotlight: Rodney Crowe, CPA

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For more than forty years, Rodney Crowe has been in the accounting business. In 1976, he became a CPA and has spent his entire life and career in Ringgold. Many of his clients have been with him since the beginning, and his accounting firm has won Best of the Best for the last five years. From January to April, he works seven days a week to keep up with all the work for tax season. I sat down with him last week at his Lafayette Street office to discuss his business, and why it's beneficial to go to a professional for your taxes.

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Ringgold to finalize wrecker ordinance, award bids, and discuss Chapman Road drainage issues at tonight’s council meeting

The city of Ringgold will hold a final reading for its proposed wrecker ordinance during its council meeting this evening (March 23). The council is also expected to discuss bids on its water treatment plant upgrades.

Discussions about creating a wrecker ordinance began during the summer of 2013 when the city decided it was time to get something on the books regarding how towing fees were regulated and to set up a rotation to balance out the use of each company.

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Ringgold approves change on sidewalk project, saves $12,000

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The city of Ringgold has approved a change on one of its sidewalk projects, a decision that will save the city a little more than $12,000 compared to the initial estimate.

The project, which created a sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street from McClain to LaFayette streets near Teter & Co., is one of the many upgrades the city is attempting to make to the historic downtown block in its overall streetscape project.

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Ringgold adjusts city council meeting schedule, ceases monthly work sessions

The city of Ringgold cancelled a handful of its upcoming city council meetings Monday night, March 9, and also decided to dissolve its monthly work sessions for the near future.

The council unanimously approved canceling four meetings in the upcoming year due to conferences and holidays.

The May 25, June 22, November 23, and December 28 meetings will now not take place.

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Ringgold to take part in energy management, water system workshop

The city of Ringgold will soon take part in a grant-funded Managing Energy at Drinking Water Systems workshop administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to better asses its use of its water treatment plant and pumping station.

According to city manager Dan Wright, the college was awarded a grant so that it could offer assessments to cities on their usage, and possible ways of conserving energy and costs.

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Ringgold Downtown projects face delays

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The City of Ringgold awaits completion of its downtown renovation and pedestrian bridge. “With any project there are always unexpected delays,” said City Manager Dan Wright. “We are waiting for the contractor Talley Construction and engineer Clark Patterson Lee to complete development of a solution to a problem they did not foresee in their original plans.”

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Authorities seize 30 pounds of pot in Ringgold bust

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A Ringgold couple is behind bars on a slew of drug-related charges after the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department uncovered about 30 pounds of marijuana at the couple’s home and business Tuesday night, March 3.

According to sheriff Gary Sisk, the bust occurred while his office was serving search warrants at the Wallace residence.

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Ringgold reconsiders how to pay for Barger Bridge plaque

The city of Ringgoldrecently decided to name its new pedestrian walking bridge after long-time mayor Joe Barger. But after a couple of weeks of consideration, the city council chose Monday night, Feb. 23, to change the way it plans to pay for the commemorative narrative at the site.

Initially, on Feb. 9, the council voted to erect a plaque and stone marker at the bridge site next to the historic Depot, an investment that will cost roughly $2,000.

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Ringgold Playhouse hosting final weekend of “A Bad Year For Tomatoes”

The Ringgold Playhouse will look to entertain the community this weekend with its final three performances of the hilarious John Patrick comedy, “A Bad Year For Tomatoes.”

The production opened up to great reviews on Thursday, Feb. 19, and now the 2015 season-opener will close out with a bang Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, Feb. 28.

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