The funeral for Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, followed by a procession to Chattanooga National Cemetery where he will be buried with full military honors at 4 p.m. Smith was one of five servicemen killed during a mass shooting on Thursday, July 16, in Chattanooga. Here are some photos from earlier today along the route on LaFayette Road and Battlefield Parkway (Photos by reporters Adam Cook and Josh O'Bryant)
Ringgold’s long-awaited pedestrian walking bridge over U.S. Highway 41 at the historic train Depot is now open, creating safer passage to events and additional parking options for those visiting the downtown area.
Today: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 99. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A Fort Oglethorpe Navy man, who lost his life following the tragic July 16 shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., will be laid to rest Tuesday afternoon, July 28, with his funeral beginning at First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe.
Today: A slight chance of showers between 9 am and 1 pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 98. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Heritage Middle School “Legion of Generals” band, directed by Bill Wynn, earned several awards in the 2014-2015 school year. HMS band students who chose to participate in “Festival Winds” practiced for months after school in addition to their normal practice time before the spring competition. The band earned superior ratings on the grade III and grade IV programs at LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation). The HMS sixth grade band earned superior ratings on a grade I program. Also, 19 HMS band students were selected to GMEA (Georgia Music Education Association) district seven middle school honor band and six were selected to GMEA district seven middle school jazz clinic. Cassie Case (front, left) and Noah Pennington, pictured with Chris Lusk, HMS principal (left) and Bill Wynn, were selected to GMEA all-state band and performed concerts at the University of Georgia.
Tony Hullender (center), with Habitat For Humanity, was the speaker Tuesday, July 14, for the Ringgold Kiwanis Club. Club president, Steve Toker (left) presented a $5,000 check to the organization from the March Reverse Raffle fundraiser. Also pictured is Sandra Powell (right), affiliate coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.
The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga., and his younger brother, Trevor Holder, 14, were selected as recipients of 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks scholarships.
The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe learned about the “Socks for Veterans” program that the American Legion Battlefield Post 214 asked the community to support by donating new athletic socks for men and women veterans. Club members donated 105 pairs of socks and donated $80 cash for additional socks to be purchased. Special guests at the monthly meeting were Dean Roddy, Bill Twombley and Chuck Widden of the Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis Club who reported they visit 40-50 Kiwanis Club meetings during the year.
Students will have several new options this fall to speed up their progress toward a degree and increase academic success. All students are required to take general education courses and can enroll in several “course pairings” this fall designed to accelerate their completion rate.
A prayer memorial was held Thursday, July 23, at the Walker County courthouse for four Marines and a Naval officer who were killed by Mohammad Abdulazeez, who opened fire on the servicemen at recruitment stations on Lee Highway and Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga on July 16. (Messenger photo/Josh O’Bryant)
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10 am. Cloudy, with a high near 86. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 17 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or establishments where food is served during the first half of July 2015.
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 98. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Chattanooga awarded 44 students each with a $1,250 scholarship during the annual scholarship banquet. Part of a yearly initiative, local McDonald’s owners have funded more than $587,000 in scholarships since 2002 by the sales of patriotic paper flags in their restaurants from Memorial Day to July 4th.
Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, a northwest Georgia non-profit organization, is in the process of implementing a grant from the state of Georgia to improve conditions in the headwaters of the South Chickamauga Creek watershed in Catoosa, Whitfield and Walker Counties.
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 101. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.