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Ringgold's mayor and city council recently appointed local attorney Chris Harris to the position of city solicitor.

During the council meeting on Oct. 10, the council unanimously approved Harris' appointment, which will see him represent the city in municipal court.

"I've known Chris since he was a kid, he's a good guy," said Mayor Pro Tem Terry Crawford.

Harris, a Ringgold High School grad, currently works at the law office of Patty & Young in Ringgold and says he's looking forward to working with the city.

"I worked as a federal contractor for the Department of Homeland Security and as a prosecutor in Magistrate Court," Harris said. "I've been back in my hometown for three and a half years. I enjoy prosecution work, but I'm looking forward to building more relationships in and with the city."

City Manager Dan Wright said the city could also look to possibly appointing an assistant solicitor.

"An assistant solicitor would fill in if there were ever a conflict, a sickness, or something along those lines," Wright said.

In other business during the Oct. 10 meeting:

- The council granted Marshall Bandy's request to move a non-conforming sign closer to the entrance of his law office.

- Unanimously approved adopting a resolution to update the 1975 Oil and Gas Deep Well Drilling Act.

- Unanimously approved erecting a sign near at the sidewalk of Emberson Drive and LaFayette Street displaying the Nature Trail as being "Closed from dusk to dawn."

- Authorized Mayor Nick Millwood to execute a professional services agreement with Kaizen Collaborative for the second phase of the "Trail of Tears" section of the Nature Trail.

The next regularly scheduled Ringgold City Council meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., with a work session to take place beforehand at 6 p.m.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.