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Walker County filmmakers inching closer to shooting feature film in the community

For the past couple of months, a production company out of Atlanta with ties to Walker and Catoosa counties has been raising funds to shoot an independent full-length feature film in the area this summer.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report: March 20-26, 2015
Posted: March 31, 2015

Here is the arrest report for the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department for March 20-26, 2015.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department report: March 20-26, 2015
Posted: March 31, 2015

Here is the arrest report for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department for March 20-26, 2015.

More than 2,000 jobs available at Northwest Georgia Career Expo in Ringgold Thursday
Posted: March 31, 2015

Job-seekers in northwest Georgia will have excellent opportunities to get a job from among more than 2,000 jobs being offered by employers at a career expo in Catoosa County Thursday, April 2.

Cabela’s in Fort Oglethorpe opening May 13
Posted: March 31, 2015

Cabela’s announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Fort Oglethorpe store on Wednesday, May 13, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities and more.

Family Crisis Center raises thousands with “Night at the Oscars” mystery dinner show
Posted: March 31, 2015

Numerous community members got together for a great cause on Saturday night, March 21, and took part in the annual fundraiser for the Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Chattooga and Dade Counties, which consisted of a Hollywood-themed mystery dinner show titled “A Night at the Oscars.”

Ringgold 4-year-old drowns in hotel pool
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 10:18 am

A 4-year-old Ringgold boy accidentally drowned in a hotel pool Sunday night, March 29.

Catoosa and Walker obituaries for Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Posted: March 31, 2015

Elizabeth Thompson, 70, LaFayette

Tuesday's weather: Increasing clouds, high 74
Posted: March 31, 2015

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 74. Light south wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning. 

Chickamauga goes digital with new sign
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 11:09 am

Residents and tourists passing through historic Chickamauga may have noticed a new LED sign in front of Chickamauga city hall.

Ales Campbell: Insight to a bright future
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 10:13 am

The metaphors “making political hay” and “watching Walker County’s purse strings” were recently chosen by Messenger reporter Mike O'Neal in his March 14 news analysis. Ironically, these metaphors perfectly describe what we see happening in Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell's decision-making process with Hutcheson Medical Center, Walker County’s mounting debt, the Rock Creek Durham Trail project and its EPD fines, and many other questionable projects and spending habits. We also can apply the metaphors in the lack of unity within the Republican Party and with those who oppose the commissioner’s habit to believe she can borrow her way out of debt. All of these situations add to the hay pile of contentious issues within Walker County, Georgia. The common straw within the pile is questionable leadership.

Monday's weather: Rain, gradual clearing, high 65
Posted: March 30, 2015

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8 am, then a chance of showers between 8 am and 1 pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 

6th Cavalry Museum to host 2015 vintage base ball games
Posted: March 29, 2015

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (TaoVBB) is proud to bring vintage-era barehanded base ball (yes, two words) to the Chattanooga area for the 2015 season while observing the rules and customs of the 1860s.

United Way volunteer center’s awards banquet scheduled for April 14
Posted: March 29, 2015

United Way’s volunteer center will hold the annual Volunteer United awards banquet on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Unum Atrium, 555 Walnut Street, in Chattanooga. The annual event is also hosted by DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the corporate volunteer council. Bruce Hartman, president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Sunday's weather: Increasing clouds, high 58
Posted: March 29, 2015

Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. 

Georgia Winery partners with ArtsyU for spring paint and sip party
Posted: March 28, 2015

Whether you can paint a realistic masterpiece that would impress da Vinci or have an abstract style like Picasso, you can tap into your inner artist at the spring “Paint & Sip” party, hosted by the Georgia Winery and ArtsyU.

Ringgold Elementary School gets physical
Posted: March 28, 2015

During the winter months, adults and children alike often grow lethargic. In an effort to avoid inactivity, Blair Giannamore, physical education teacher at Ringgold Elementary, initiated a fitness club for fifth graders. Students met from 7:30-8 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for six weeks. They were given a time requirement and were asked to complete a healthy lifestyle activity log to achieve the club expectations. Of the 49 participants, 36 achieved the goal and will be rewarded with a special field trip to Reflection Riding in May. 

Boynton Elementary chorus travels to the state Capitol
Posted: March 28, 2015

Sheri Thrower, music teacher at Boynton Elementary, often hits the road with her Boynton chorus. Students in grades 3-5 traveled to Atlanta to sing at the Georgia state Capitol. Representative Tom Weldon (far right) graciously invited the Boynton Chorus to sing on the beautiful stairs in the main foyer of the Capitol building. Many visitors stopped to hear the lovely sounds coming from these young school-aged students.

Ringgold Elementary hosts Ukraine Valentine’s Day project
Posted: March 28, 2015

During the month of February, RES Horizon teacher Ginger Bacha and her fourth grade Horizon students along with academic coach Myra Robbins, worked together to create a “Valentines of Peace” video presentation to encourage victims of war in eastern Ukraine.

United Way’s volunteer center selling discount tickets for Lookouts night
Posted: March 28, 2015

United Way's volunteer center, DOVIA and the corporate volunteer council will host a special volunteers’ night out at the Lookouts’ stadium as a way for area nonprofits to thank their hard-working volunteers.

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe art students honored by Japanese consulate
Posted: March 28, 2015

Two Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School upper-level art students participated in a painting competition sponsored by the Japanese consulate in Atlanta. Dakota Carney and J.J. Perry, tenth graders, are being honored by the consulate for their version of Mt. Fuji and Japanese landscape painting from an American perspective.

Walker County rabies clinics for 2015
Posted: March 28, 2015

The Walker County rabies clinics, sponsored by the Walker County cooperative extension and local veterinarians, will be held on two upcoming Saturdays.

Saturday's weather: Sunny, high 49
Posted: March 28, 2015

Today: Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 

Covenant College theatre department to perform “Returning Home”
Posted: March 28, 2015

Covenant College students will present an original, self-written and directed 10-minute play festival in April.

Walker County Salers bull wins top dollar award at national stock show
Posted: March 28, 2015

Walker County Salers cattle farm owner, Jo Colmore, with Colmore Farms, reported his prize bull, JCGC Barron 401b, born Jan. 26, 2014, won the $20,000 Salers bull futurity in Denver, Colo., at the National Western Stock Show in January. Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, the bull went on to be named reserve national champion in the open Salers show. Colmore has bred Salers cattle for 30 years on Lookout Mountain, during which time he produced eight national grand or reserve grand champions in Denver.

Catoosa County deputy arrested on drug charges
Posted: March 27, 2015

A Catoosa County Sheriff’s deputy is behind bars in the Chattooga County jail after being arrested Thursday morning, March 26, on drug possession charges.

Fairytales come to life along Rock City’s Enchanted Trail
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 11:23 am

Fairytale Nights returns to Rock City bringing classic stories to a happily-ever-after near you. The event runs March 27, through April 19, from 6-9 p.m. This magical setting lets imaginations soar where girls can be princesses or fairies and boys can be princes or knights, all along Rock City’s Enchanted Trail.

Friday's weather: Cold moving in, high 54
Posted: March 27, 2015

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 

Ringgold awards bids for upgrades to water treatment plant, clearwell repairs
Posted: March 26, 2015

The city of Ringgold got closer to upgrading its water treatment plant Monday night, March 23, by awarding a contract for the work on its needed clearwell repairs, while also approving preliminary drawings and proposed revisions to its engineering agreement.

Authorities searching for two suspects in Rossville counterfeit scam
Posted: March 26, 2015

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department is asking for citizens’ assistance in identifying two men wanted for questioning in a counterfeit fraud that occurred at a Kangaroo Store in Rossville.

Two vehicles catch fire at Rossville mobile home park; three people injured
Posted: March 26, 2015

Walker County Emergency Services responded to a two-vehicle fire at Fairlane Oaks in Rossville on Wednesday afternoon, March 25, in which three people were injured.

Walker County teacher suing school board over freedom of speech
Posted: March 26, 2015

James D. Barrett, a Saddle Ridge Middle School social studies teacher, is suing the Walker County Board of Education over what he believes is a violation to his freedom of speech.

Walker County Sheriff’s Department report: March 19-25, 2015
Posted: March 26, 2015

Here is the arrest report for the Walker County Sheriff’s Department for March 19-25, 2015.

Thursday's weather: Cloudy, high 73
Posted: March 26, 2015

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 am, then a chance of showers between 11 am and 1 pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Catoosa and Walker obituaries for Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Posted: March 25, 2015

Linda K. Ryans, 65, Rossville

Officials highlight accomplishments during chamber’s One Walker gathering
Posted: March 25, 2015

Providing a wide range of services, improving the quality of life and creating an business-friendly atmosphere — those were notions described by LaFayette’s mayor and the county’s commissioner during the Walker County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.

Rossville couple arrested on theft, drug charges following crime spree in stolen car, police say
Posted: March 25, 2015

A Rossville couple was arrested on multiple theft and drug charges after they were allegedly caught shoplifting while traveling around in a stolen vehicle, police say.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department report: March 13-19, 2015
Posted: March 25, 2015

Here is the arrest report for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department for March 13-19, 2015.

Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report: March 13-19, 2015
Posted: March 25, 2015

Here is the arrest report for the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department for March 13-19, 2015.

Catoosa County teacher saves choking student
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:36 am

A long-time Woodstation Elementary School teacher saved one of her fifth-grade students from chocking thanks to a quick reaction and training required by the school’s principal.

Man arrested on drug charges at license checkpoint in Fort Oglethorpe
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:22 am

A Chattanooga, Tenn., man was arrested in Fort Oglethorpe on drug charges at a routine license checkpoint, police say.

Wednesday's weather: Partly sunny, high 74
Posted: March 25, 2015

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11 am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 

LaFayette to receive new patrol vehicle after recent accident
Posted: March 25, 2015

The city of LaFayette decided at a special called meeting to purchase a Dodge Charger police patrol vehicle to replace the patrol car recently involved in a collision in which an officer careened into the back of a logging truck.

LaFayette Roper employee dies while on tractor mower, probably from heart attack
Posted: March 24, 2015

A employee at the Roper Corp. plant in LaFayette died today after an apparent heart attack while operating a tractor lawnmower at the plant.

"Barefoot in the Park" concludes this weekend at The Colonnade, March 27-28
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Back Alley Productions’ run of the classic Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park” is set to conclude this weekend at the Colonnade Performing Arts Theater, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold.

Johns Creek, other seasonal streams open to trout fishing this Saturday
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 12:52 am

Seasonal trout streams in Georgia, including Johns Creek in northern Floyd County, open to anglers Saturday.

Police: Man busted for meth after he gives false info to cop who knew him from childhood
Posted: March 24, 2015

A seatbelt violation led to a meth possession charge for a Chickamauga man who allegedly gave the arresting officer, who knew the suspect from childhood, false ID information.

Tobacco burglary at Handy-Mart in LaFayette
Posted: March 24, 2015

A burglary was reported at the Handy-Mart on South Main Street in LaFayette on Saturday, March 21, in which the burglar stole tobacco products.

CHAMPS graduates take the stage at Walker County elementary school
Posted: March 24, 2015

Fifth-grade graduates from the CHAMPS program were honored with a graduation ceremony at Naomi Elementary on Wednesday, March 18.

Meet soldier Jason Smith of Ringgold
Posted: March 24, 2015

On July 25, 2012, a young soldier from Ringgold lost both legs and sustained multiple other injuries after stepping on a IED while serving in Afghanistan.

Fort Oglethorpe man arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend
Posted: March 24, 2015

A Fort Oglethorpe man was arrested on an outstanding aggravated assault warrant stemming from a March 5 incident, in which he allegedly held a woman down and choked her.

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