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Ringgold wrecker companies voice opinions about new ordinance, collective meeting in the works

The city of Ringgold has chosen to delay the final reading and approval of its wrecker ordinance so that it can have a sit-down discussion with all the wrecker/towing companies in the city regarding some of the language in the new law.

Before the final reading of the ordinance during the most recent council meeting on Monday, July 14, representatives of two different wrecker companies voiced their opinions and concerns about some of the guidelines of the new ordinance.

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Court hearing over Ringgold flag dispute delayed until November

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The six-year dispute between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) over the display of a Confederate flag will go on for a little while longer after a court hearing regarding the matter slated for Friday, July 25, has be

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Ringgold to host Career Expo today, July 23

A product of January and February joint meetings of all its boards, the city of Ringgold plans to host a career expo July 23 at the Ringgold High School gymnasium.

According to Ringgold’s director of downtown development, Joseph Brellenthin, the city council, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) all wanted to improve local employment by getting more skilled people into the right jobs.

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Ringgold approves design for new recreation complex

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The revitalization of Ringgold’s Recreational Complex on Emberson Drive took a major step forward during the Monday night, July 14, city council meeting, with the unveiling and approval of the master plan for the new site.

“We’ve tried to incorporate all the things you (the city) want in this complex,” said Jan Pass, president and chief engineer of the Chattanooga-based Passpointe Engineering.

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Stroke and osteoporosis screenings coming to Ringgold

Residents living in and around the Ringgold community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. New Heights Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening( on Saturday, July 26. The church is located at 158 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road in Ringgold.

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Ringgold CVB approves downtown WiFi; city council to weigh in tonight

Ringgold approves downtown wifi

Ringgold’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) approved multiple downtown enhancement items during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 8, and now those recommendations will be on the city council agenda for tonight, July 14.

After months of discussion, the CVB approved a bid from Ringgold Telephone Co. to install additional WiFi downtown, stretching from the Depot to Price Ringgold Drugs.

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Florida Boys appear at Ringgold Depot August 8

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Southern gospel music's legendary quartet the Florida Boys will appear at Sacred Sounds Fridays, August 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. for the Share America Foundation. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund helping musicians achieve higher education. Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 and under free with adult.

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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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Ringgold playground committee to meet Wednesday night

Ringgold’s playground committee will meet Wednesday night (July 9) at city hall to discuss the status of the new park it is looking to build on Emberson Drive at the Ringgold Recreational Complex.

The committee, which was appointed in October, is comprised of volunteers who previously worked to build the Little General Children’s Park in downtown Ringgold.

Wednesday’s agenda includes business of evaluating, the group’s current funds, arranging future fundraisers, and discussing the planning and equipment for the new park.

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The Watkins Family and Mountain Cove perform at Ringgold Depot

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Bluegrass gospel performers the Watkins Family will bring their distinct sound to Sacred Sounds Fridays, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot at Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. in a special concert for the Share America Foundation, Inc. Also appearing will be Mountain Cove Bluegrass featuring several youth from the Chattanooga area including  Cody Harvey,  Colin Mabry,  Wil Markham, Tyler Martelli and Eli Beard.

Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. Ticket donation is $5.

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