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County looks to add state courtroom

Catoosa County Superior Court’s crippling caseload could soon see relief. County commissioners voted to approve a resolution supporting a state court in the county during last week’s meeting.

Officials say new technical college will prepare workforce, attract businesses

Georgia Northwestern Technical College broke ground on its Catoosa County campus last week. This, GNTC’s sixth campus, is expected to be open for classes for the summer of 2016, President Pete McDonald said.

Colonnade’s ‘Home for Christmas’ concert features Rogers Dec. 18

“Home for Christmas” is featuring country music star James Rogers, of Rock Spring, in concert at the Colonnade Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

Digital sign in downtown Ringgold stirs debate

Ringgold City Council is delaying its verdict on the controversial digital sign in downtown Ringgold’s Citizens Park until Jan. 12. After discussing the subject briefly, Mayor Joe Barger asked to delay the digital sign talks during last week’s council meeting.

Local company offers free holiday taxi service

What if you could save six lives in four days? That’s what local company Bradford Health Services is aiming to help do this holiday season — by offering free cab rides for those who have been drinking or are under the influence of any other substances.

Catoosa Stocking Full of Love fills hearts, wishes

About 750 motorcycles took off with toys in tow in this year’s 27th annual Catoosa County Stocking Full of Love Toy Run.

Judge halts Hutcheson foreclosure for now

A federal judge has halted Erlanger Health System’s attempts to foreclose on Hutcheson Medical Center, saying the dueling hospitals first must have their day in court.

Sexual Assault Center changes name

Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia may have shortened its name to simply Sexual Assault Center, but the services offered are still the same — and are still needed, according to Executive Director Kathie Logan.

Final shows of ‘Season of Light’ are Dec. 14, 16

Smith Planetarium, which draws crowds from all over North Georgia and as far as Chattanooga, is presenting the “Season of Light” program this holiday season.

Rock Spring’s Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm ready for holidays

The joy of finding the perfect Christmas tree is something Dan Raulston gets to experience nearly every day during the Christmas season. As the owner of Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Rock Spring, that’s what he and his staff do this time of year.

Local offers free firewood for anyone in need

To many in the area, Chickamauga native Michael A. McClendon is known as a gentle man with a warm, giving heart. He gives out free firewood all over the Chattanooga area. Some of the people in need live in local homeless camps, while others don’t have enough money to heat their home through gas or electric means.

Condroski family decks the halls in Ringgold

Christmas is coming and Ringgold’s Condroski family is ready. Walking into the two-story home, spectators can observe two nutcrackers welcoming them to a spiral staircase wrapped in greenery, poinsettias and lights that lead to a chandelier with birds perched on it.

Hutcheson forum raises questions, but few answers

At the first of three court-mandated public forums for the Hutcheson Medical Center, what started as people sharing heartfelt stories turned into accusations against the hospital board members for not having a plan to save the hospital going forward.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl welcomes Heritage High musician David Yun

Heritage High School senior band member David Yun is one of 125 marching band and color guard members countrywide to be selected for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. In addition to “the highest honor a high school marching band student can receive,” Yun will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, to rehearse for and perform in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl’s halftime Jan. 3, 2015.

Gaming for Kitties fundraiser offers 24 hours of video games

North Georgia Animal League volunteer Lonnie Henderson, of LaFayette, wants to help homeless cats.