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Catoosa County Wrap-Up

Nominees needed for mental health board appointment

The Catoosa County Board of Commissioners is seeking candidates for one appointment to the Northwest Georgia Regional Board, Region I Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board to complete a term ending July 31, 2014.

Any person willing to serve on this board should submit a résumé to Melissa Hannah, county clerk, 800 Lafayette St., Ringgold, Ga. 30736. For more information call 706-965-2500.

Each candidate may be asked by the Board of Commissioners to be interviewed for the position and candidates must be a Catoosa County resident older than 18.

Morris Estates Road Closure

A stormwater/culvert replacement project in Morris Estates subdivision required the closure of Stanley Drive at Stanley Parkway this week.

The closure is scheduled through Friday, Jan. 11, to allow crews to safely work at this intersection. Detours will be marked.

Publisher of local weekly newspapers files for bankruptcy

News Publishing Company, publisher of Catoosa County News [1,800 weekly circulation] and Walker County Messenger [2,600 weekly circulation], has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Rome.

The petition seeking Chapter 11 reorganization filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, on Jan. 1 shows the company has more than $9 million in debts.

Among listed creditors are Synovus Bank, owed more than $860,000, and Greater Rome Bank, which is owed about $768,000.

Burgett H. Mooney III, president of News Publishing Company, said there are no plans to cease printing any of the company’s newspapers.

In addition to its Catoosa and Walker publications, the company also produces the Rome News- Tribune [14,000 daily circulation], Cherokee County Herald [2,500 weekly circulation], Calhoun Times [5,000 weekly circulation] and the Rockmart Journal [1,600 weekly circulation].

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