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Community expresses mixed opinions on Ringgold youth softball coach arrested for alleged child molestation

A Ringgold man has been in Catoosa County jail the past four days on charges he allegedly molested a young girl. But the community seems divided on whether they believe the youth softball coach is capable of such acts.

Forty-two-year-old Robert Adams Alexander of Cloud Springs Road was arrested Monday, Oct. 20, on charges of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery, after a woman claimed he had sexual contact with her daughter on multiple occasions.

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Ringgold man charged with child molestation, statutory rape

A Ringgold man was arrested on child sex charges Monday afternoon, Oct. 20, for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl on several occasions in Catoosa County.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Robert Adams Alexander, 42, of Cloud Springs Road was arrested for aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery.

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Ringgold plans repairs to water plant, exploring chemical changes

The city of Ringgold plans to make major improvements to its water treatment plant by repairing its old clear well tank, while also looking into making a switch to liquid chemicals in lieu of the powder ones it has used for years.

The design for the new clear well upgrades are being drawn up by CTI Engineers, and project manager Philip Schofield says the revamp will keep the well in prime operating condition for several years.

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Ringgold awards bid for Nashville Street sidewalk project, discusses Boynton Drive

The city of Ringgold awarded the bid for one of its downtown enhancement projects during its regular city council meeting Monday night, Oct. 13, which means that a new sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street downtown is now imminent.

The project includes a new sidewalk space along Nashville Street from LaFayette to McClain Streets in front of Teter & Company.

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Ringgold mayor fights to keep ginkgo trees in new streetscape plan

Mayor Fights to Keep Trees

Ringgold’s mayor and city council will try to determine the fate of two ginkgo trees that were accidentally scheduled for demolition as part of the city’s downtown streetscaping plan, which is currently underway.  

“To me, these trees are not in the way of our downtown project,” Barger said during the most recent city council meeting on Monday night, Oct. 13. “I want to keep those trees there. I planted one of the trees myself, and the Boy Scout troop planted the other one after that.”

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Steps 2 Hope foundation reveals house site for wounded Ringgold Army vet

Steps 2 Hope Foundation

A military man from Ringgold got a glimpse of his future Wednesday morning, Oct. 15, during an unveiling ceremony in which a Chattanooga-based non-profit showed him the land where his new special-needs home will be built early next year.

It was a sobering day for Army Sgt. Jason Smith, a 2004 graduate of Ringgold High School, who lost both his legs during an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan on July 25, 2012.

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Citizens ask Ringgold for traffic light at busy Chapman Road intersection

Citizens ask for traffic light

Ringgold officials have agreed to revisit talks with the Georgia Department of Transportation about adding a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Chapman Road after several citizens expressed concerns about safety and congestion.

A group of citizens living in the Callaway Farms subdivision off Chapman Road and led by former Catoosa County manager Jim Callaway, voiced their request during the city council meeting Monday night, Oct. 13.

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RES Loves OUR Grandparents!

ringgold elementary grandparents day

On October 3, 2014, Ringgold Elementary School third grade students welcomed their grandparents to their school.  They introduced them to their teachers, shared their artwork and class work, and then they enjoyed a delicious lunch together in the school cafeteria.  Before leaving, students toured the school with their grandparents, had their picture made, and visited the book fair.  At RES, grandparents are a treasure, and we were thrilled to have such a huge crowd spend the morning and afternoon with us!  

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Ringgold man arrested on child molestation charges

A Ringgold man is behind bars on charges of alleged child molestation after a woman claimed he touched her young daughter inappropriately, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Jacob Stephen Pemberton, 22, of Ringgold was arrested Friday, Oct. 10, on three counts of child molestation and is currently being held, with bond set at $30,000.

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Ringgold to award sidewalk bids, discuss trees and rec complex during tonight’s meeting

The city of Ringgold will award the bid for its Nashville Street sidewalk project this evening during the bi-monthly city council meeting, at which time it will also discuss the fate of the large ginkgo trees in Citizen’s Park downtown.

The sidewalk bid is for the project that will soon take place on the south side of Nashville Street from LaFayette Street to McClain Street.

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