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City of Ringgold receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

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The City of Ringgold has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

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Ringgold’s annual 1890’s Day festival a big a family favorite over Memorial Day weekend

The annual 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold was a big hit over the Memorial Day weekend, and thousands of people crowded the historic downtown district to enjoy fun, music, food, and a number of crafts and activities.

With the sun beaming and the aroma of gator-on-a-stick in the air, festival-goers were treated to some new activities this year and an increased number of vendors.

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Authorities investigating church burglaries in Ringgold

Police are investigating two church burglaries that occurred early Sunday morning, May 15, in which several thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment was stolen.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a security alarm going off at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Hackett Road around 6:26 a.m. and found that the church had been forcibly opened and items were missing.

About 10 minutes later, Ringgold police responded to a burglar alarm at Faith Baptist Church at 308 Boynton Drive, where they also found that church had been entered.

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Four arrested in Ringgold drug bust, pot operation discovered

Two men and two women were arrested Friday afternoon, April 30, on drug charges after detectives discovered an indoor marijuana growth while trying to serve an unrelated warrant.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

William Robert Holcomb, Robert Frank Brooks and Kelle Ann Schorle, all of Ringgold, and Jordan Kara Murdock of Rock Spring were arrested April 29 on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

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Remembering the tornado, five years later: “Everyone just came together and helped each other”

On April 27, 2011, Lori Atkins Carter stood on her front porch on Lookout Mountain staring out at the destruction of a tornado that had just hit her Hinkle neighborhood.

“I looked into the distance,” says Carter, “and I saw it wasn’t over. There was horrible pink and lime green lightning, like fireworks — it was another tornado, the one that hit Ringgold.”

Carter says she’s a weather watcher and had been keeping an eye on forecasts that day. When it became clear danger was on the horizon, she and two of her children went to their basement.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Ringgold, Tunnel Hill homes burglarized

· Between 7 p.m. on April 11 and 9:30 a.m. on April 12, a residential burglary occurred on Nellie Head Road in Tunnel Hill, in which more than $1,200 worth of property was stolen.

The victim told police someone broke into the house during the nighttime hours by forcing their way through the back door.

Neighbors were interviewed. They reported not seeing anybody at the residence during the timeframe the incident occurred.

Two firearms, two lawn mowers, a laptop computer, miscellaneous tools, and an Xbox 360 were taken during the incident.

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Ringgold police investigating bank robbery, trying to identify suspect

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The Ringgold Police Department is still working to identity a black male who robbed the First Tennessee Bank on Alabama Highway on Tuesday afternoon, April 19.

According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the incident occurred at 2:28 p.m. at 5038 Alabama Highway.

Detectives have not disclosed how much money was actually taken during the incident.

It’s also uncertain at this time whether the man was armed.

“He never produced a weapon,” Bilbrey said. “Whether he was armed or not, we don’t know for sure.”

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Ringgold approves purchase of new tasers for police department

Ringgold City Council, at it most recent meeting, voted to purchase three new tasers for its police force.

Police Chief Dan Bilbrey was on the March 28 council agenda to request new tasers for his department now that some of the ones the department has are either obsolete or not working at all.

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Ringgold reality TV star Joan Koplan dies

Joan Koplan, star of the reality TV show “Small Town Security” about a Ringgold security firm, died Thursday, March 31, after a long illness.

During the third and final season of the show, which ran from July 2012 through June 2014, it was revealed she had developed a brain tumor. She was hospitalized several times and suffered many side-effects and health issues in the months afterwards, stemming from the surgery and radiation treatment.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: SUV stolen, Ringgold home burglarized

· Between 10:10 p.m. on March 13 and 7:30 a.m. on March 14, an automobile theft occurred on Wilbanks Road in Tunnel Hill.

The victim told police hers and her husband’s vehicle was stolen from their driveway during the night.

The victim was at work during the late night/early morning hours, but her husband was home the entire night and didn’t see or hear anyone around the vehicle and wasn’t aware it’d been taken until the morning.

The vehicle is a black 2004 Ford Explorer with Ga. tag number TJH618. The vehicle is valued at approximately $8,000.

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