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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Man kept from jumping off Cartersville bridge
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Chief Thomas Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department has advised that officers of the Department responded this afternoon to a call regarding a man threatening to jump from the Church Street bridge. 

Voter turnout extremely light in Catoosa County
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Voter turnout today for the primary runoffs has been extremely light in Catoosa County.

Catoosa County authorities arrest man for rape, child molestation
Posted: July 22, 2014

A Tunnel Hill man was arrested on child sex charges over the weekend after a woman claimed he had sexual contact with her young daughter, police say.

Walker County polls open — and nearly empty
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Walker County voters are close to providing an answer to the question “What if they held an election and nobody came?”

Catoosa Sheriff’s Office releases sketch of wanted burglar
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men they believe are linked to two burglaries that occurred about 24 hours apart last week, and have released a sketch of one of the men.

Memorial event Saturday for former Walker County K-9 deputy
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Roughnecks Motorcycle club will host The Dark Side Soldier Memorial Ride on Saturday, July 26.

GDOL to co-sponsor career expo at Ringgold High School tomorrow
Posted: July 22, 2014

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor, the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce, and Ringgold’s Downtown Development Authority will co-sponsor a career expo tomorrow, July 23, at Ringgold High School.

Adairsville police: Officer involved in fatal early morning shooting, GBI called in to investigate
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:48 am

Adairsville, Georgia-According to Interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman, on July 22  an Adairsville patrol officer fatally shot a perpetrator at approximately 12:45 a.m. The patrol officer was injured by the perpetrator and treated at a nearby hospital.

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy awards two scholarships to GED recipients
Posted: July 22, 2014

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy awarded two GED recipients with $500 scholarships to the college of their choice. Shirley Smith, executive director for Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, presented Doris White and Kim Riddle with the scholarships at the GED graduation held at the Colonnade on June 12.

Walker-Catoosa area happenings for July 22-24
Posted: July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22

Tuesday's weather: 60% chance of rain, high 81
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 7:17 am

Today: A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

5 Things To Know About Georgia's Runoff Election
Posted: July 22, 2014

Voters across Georgia will decide 21 primary runoff races during balloting Tuesday, including a high-profile Republican Senate contest between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. Here are five things to know about Tuesday's election.

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U.S. SENATE RACE GETS TOP BILLING

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a scramble to win the Republican nomination for his seat. Senate seats are among the most coveted jobs in politics since senators enjoy the national prominence that comes with setting federal policy and face re-election less frequently than governors or members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue were the top finishers in a crowded Republican primary in May. The winner of Tuesday's Republican runoff will face Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November's general election.

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THREE GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL SEATS ON RUNOFF BALLOTS

Three Georgia congressmen — Kingston, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta — all vacated their House seats to run for a promotion to the Senate. Republican primaries for each open seat were so crowded that the GOP nominations must be settled by the top two finishers in the Tuesday runoff.

In southeast Georgia's 1st District, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler faces Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon backed by local tea party groups. The winner will be the GOP nominee to succeed Kingston, who held the seat for 22 years.

In northeast Georgia's 10th District, minister and conservative talk radio host Jody Hice of Monroe has tried to position himself as the ideological successor to Broun, whose fundamentalist Christian views played a big part in how he voted in Congress. Hice faces Mike Collins of Jackson, a trucking company owner who wouldn't be the first member of his family to serve in the House. His father is former Republican Rep. Mac Collins.

Former Republican congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, who helped lead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, is seeking a comeback in Gingrey's 11th District seat north of Atlanta. He's had stiff competition from state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville, a tea party-backed candidate who finished the May 20 primary more than 6,000 votes ahead of Barr.

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GOP RUNOFF WINNERS WILL HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE IN FALL CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Each of the three U.S. House seats on Georgia runoff ballots was drawn to give Republican voters a steep advantage. That means whoever wins those GOP runoffs Tuesday will be strongly favored to become the districts' next congressmen.

For example, the 1st District being vacated by Kingston is the most competitive of the three seats. Mitt Romney carried it by roughly 55 percent in the 2012 presidential race. That's good news for whoever wins the Buddy Carter-Bob Johnson showdown in the GOP runoff.

No Democrat is even bothering to run in Gingrey's 11th District, which Romney carried by about 66 percent in 2012. That means the GOP runoff winner on Tuesday — whether it's Bob Barr or Barry Loudermilk — essentially gets a free pass to Washington in November.

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DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ON CONGRESSIONAL SEATS

Not all Democrats have thrown in the towel when it comes to Georgia's three open congressional seats. Democratic runoff voters in southeast Georgia's 1st District still need to pick a nominee between Amy Tavio, a real estate agent from Savannah suburb Richmond Hill, and UPS supervisor Brian Reece from Savannah. Voters were split evenly — about one-third per candidate — between them and another rival Democrat in the May 20 primary.

The GOP runoff winner in Broun's 10th District will face Democrat Ken Dious of Athens — the only non-Republican to run for the seat — in the fall election.

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OPEN RACE FOR GEOGRIA'S STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

In another statewide race, voters must pick Republican and Democratic nominees for state school superintendent.

The incumbent, Republican John Barge, decided not seek re-election and instead failed in his attempt to challenge incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. That opened a general race for Georgia's top education official. Republican Michael Buck, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, and Richard Woods, a longtime educator in Irwin County, are running in the Republican runoff, while state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan and former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson are competing in the Democratic contest.

Monday 07/21/2014
All children deserve a chance
Posted: July 21, 2014

Do you know of any children in the Catoosa County public school district with physical, mental or emotional problems who are not receiving educational services? No matter what their problem or severity, they are entitled to an education. It’s the law.

Ringgold council approves CVB’s recommendation for downtown WiFi
Posted: July 21, 2014

Locals and tourists visiting Ringgold will soon have free Internet access. The city council has given the green light to additional WiFi in the downtown area.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday for runoffs
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Voters in Walker and Catoosa counties, along with voters across Georgia, will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the primary election runoff.

Kingston, Perdue make final pitch in Senate race
Posted: July 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue are making their final pitch to voters on the eve of Tuesday's runoff, as their volunteers make thousands of phone calls in an effort to get people to the polls.

Kingston, the Savannah congressman, and Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, were flying around the state Monday to rally supporters. Kingston began his six-stop tour in metro Atlanta, joined by former Secretary of State Karen Handel and plans to end in Savannah.

Perdue began his seven stops in Macon, ending the day in Atlanta with his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the most important midterm elections this year as Republicans seek to claim a majority in the Senate.

Six-year flag dispute in Ringgold to be heard in court
Posted: July 21, 2014

A six-year tug-of-war between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans over the flag display at the historic Ringgold Depot could come to some sort of resolution soon.

Tourism to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park creates $54,961,300 in economic benefit
Posted: July 21, 2014

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 905,984 visitors to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2013 spent $54,961,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 771 jobs in the local area.

Walker-Catoosa area happenings for July 21-23
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 7:15 am

Monday, July 21

Monday's weather: Mostly cloudy, high 82
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 7:14 am

Today: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 

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