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Catoosa OK despite ceding millions

Catoosa County has decided to pay the piper for the millions of dollars it backed Hutcheson Medical Center.

Walker Water Board ethics questioned

Held inside a cramped room in a small building in the tiny town of Flintstone, last week’s Walker County Water and Sewage Authority meeting had all the fixings that said “municipal government gathering” in a monotone voice. Then a visitor shook things up.

End could be in sight for Ringgold’s digital-sign debate

The much-debated digital sign in downtown Ringgold will be removed within one year and a digital sign committee will be appointed to raise the funding to relocate it — if Ringold City Council’s vote is acceptable.

Oakwood Baptist Celebrate Recovery celebrates 10th anniversary

Every Friday night for the last 10 years, Oakwood Baptist Church’s Chickamauga campus has welcomed people with “hurts, habits and hangups,” said area Celebrate Recovery ministry leader Marvin Morrison.

Fort Oglethorpe citizens honor police department

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department and Fort Oglethorpe City Hall recently celebrated National Law Enforcement Day.

RMS hosts Pink Out in honor of some of its own

Pink Out nights honor breast cancer survivors and keep the memory alive of those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Above the Ridge outfitter now open in Ringgold

Above the Ridge owners Brandon Shirey and his wife Nina Shirey are settling into their new home in Ringgold after moving from Virginia Beach this fall.

Catoosa Women’s Network makes its debut

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce is launching the Catoosa Women’s Network.

Actor Jim Chandler makes it from small town to big time

The actors are real. Their emotions are real. The props are … cardboard. Jim Chandler’s believable performance in a just-under-25-minute YouTube film, “Cardboard Warfare 2,” led to him landing a part in an upcoming movie theater release. Through that role he met Olan Rogers, a filmmaker and comedian, who has 650,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel, the local actor said.

Chattanooga Stork Lady celebrates new babies with new business

When Leila Connell wanted to celebrate the birth of her grandchildren, she said she couldn’t find anything that made a statement, so she took matters into her own hands.

Fort Oglethorpe gains area’s first Walmart Market

Fort Oglethorpe’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market is hosting its grand opening Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Cottage Thrift Store moves to Rossville’s Mission Ridge Road

The Cottage Thrift Store started the new year in a new location on Mission Ridge Road in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center in Rossville.

Blood Assurance has urgent need for donations

Blood Assurance badly needs blood donors, as the holidays tend to deplete reserves. Since January is National Blood Donor Month, Blood Assurance is asking people to mark their calendars to donate blood in 2015.

Ringgold DDA accepting facade grant applications

Ringgold Downtown Development Authority will begin taking applications for facade grants Jan. 20.

Chickamauga purchases firearms, approves cemetery rules

Chickamauga Police Chief Ronald Roach will soon be equipping his fellow officers with new guns. The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of seven new sidearms at its Jan. 5 meeting.

Kids 4 Christ in LaFayette gains new director, program

Kids 4 Christ new Executive Director Hope Spears is making some changes at the LaFayette nonprofit.

Innovative housing option being explored

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise has a big idea to create affordable housing in the area and it comes in a 500-square-foot package.

East Catoosa Athletic Association gets OK from county

A grassroots athletic association in eastern Catoosa County can continue with the blessing of the County Commission.

Open Studio Art Classes welcome community at LFO

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School art teacher Wendy Morgan dreams of the day when she can have a studio space large enough for art stations for her 91 LFO art students. In the meantime, she is hosting community art classes to raise the money.

Walker schools named to district AP Honor Roll for third time

If Walker County Schools had its own report card, its parents would be proud. The system was recently named to the fifth Annual AP Honor Roll for Expanding Opportunity and Improving Performance for Advanced Placement Students — one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to do so.

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