The girlfriend of the man who mistakenly shot and killed a disoriented Alzheimer's patient in Chickamauga warned her boyfriend that the stranger appeared to be an old man and did not perceive him as a threat, the woman told investigators.
The 2014 election year has begun in Catoosa County.
These people were booked into the Walker County Detention Center during Feb. 27- March 5, 2014.
These people were booked into the Catoosa County Sheriffs Office during Feb. 28-March 6. Those with charges are innocent until they plead guilty or are proven guilty in a court of law. The charges include misdemeanors and felonies.
· Between 11:30 a.m. on March 2 and noon on March 5, a residential burglary occurred in the 3000 block of Boynton Drive in Ringgold, in which over $1,000 worth of goods was stolen from a garage building.
Catoosa County school system bus drivers and transportation workers applauded the school board’s vote at the March 4 meeting to purchase about four acres and a 30,000-square-foot building on Cassidy Lane in Ringgold to relocate the school system’s transportation department. The school board approved the purchase as a part of the ESPLOST IV referendum approved by voter in March 2011. Transportation department work-ers are pictured here with the school board. (Catoosa News photo/Natasha Colbaugh)
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014.
Saturday, March 8
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ATLANTA -- The final half-day of the weeklong candidate-qualifying period brought few surprises Friday other than the addition of some unknowns in a handful of races.
ATLANTA -- More than half of Georgians with HIV are not currently in treatment, health officials say.
William Ralph Maynard, of Woodstock, was found dead at the Wilco Travel Plaza on Thursday afternoon.
The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office’s squad car fleet will get a little nicer in the coming weeks after the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 11 new vehicles during its regular meeting Tuesday morning, Mar. 4.
Friday, March 7
President Barack Obama approved on Thursday a major disaster declaration for 39 Georgia counties that sustained damage during the Feb. 10-14 winter storm.
How much does the area served by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) benefit economically from spending that is either directly or indirectly related to the college?
ATLANTA – Job seekers in Northwest Georgia will have an opportunity on Thursday, March 20, at a career expo in Walker County to connect with about 45 area employers that want to fill immediate job openings and future positions. The expo will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 North Highway 27 in Rock Spring.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update — the first since 2005 — is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman at an announcement event in Austin, Texas.
The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year's ninth graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. Scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004, with a separate score for the optional essay.
For the first time, students will have the option of taking the test on computers.
One of the biggest changes is that the extra penalty for wrong answers, which discouraged guessing, will be eliminated. And some vocabulary words will be replaced with words such as "synthesis" and "empirical" that are used more widely in classrooms and in work settings.
Coleman said many students who are terrified they will be tested on lots of SAT words currently have one recourse: drilling with flashcards. He said educators know that flashcards are not the best way to build real word knowledge that lasts, but "when the SAT rolls around they become the royal road. Students stop reading and start flipping."
The essay will be changed in other ways, too. It will measure students' ability to analyze and explain how an author builds an argument, instead of measuring the coherence of the writing but not the quality or accuracy of the reasoning. It will be up to school districts and colleges the students apply to as to whether the essay will be required.
Each exam will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they've inspired.
Instead of testing a wide range of math concepts, the new exam will focus on a few areas, like algebra, deemed most needed for college and life afterward. A calculator will be allowed only on certain math questions, instead of on the entire math portion.
A longstanding criticism of the SAT is that students from wealthier households do better on the exam because they can afford expensive test preparation classes.
The College Board seeks to defuse that by saying it will partner with the nonprofit Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials for the redesigned SAT. It also says every income-eligible student who takes the SAT will receive four fee waivers to apply for college, which continues an effort the College Board has had to assist low-income students.
These are the first SAT upgrades since 2005 when the essay portion was added and analogy questions were removed. There have been other notable changes to the test, such as in 1994 when antonym questions were removed and calculators were allowed for the first time. The test was first used in 1926.
The SAT was taken last year by 1.7 million students. It has historically been more popular on the coasts, while the other popular standardized college entrance exam, the ACT, dominated the central U.S. But the ACT overtook the SAT in overall use in 2012, in part because it is taken by almost every junior in 13 states as part of the states' testing regimen. Last year, the ACT said it would begin offering computer-based testing in 2015.
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Stella Chastain Hale, 82
The 2014 election year has begun in Catoosa County.
Five-year-old Mattie runs inside Puppy Love Kennels to greet owner Althea Isbill. Mattie loves getting a bath, according to her owner. It’s obvious by the way Mattie’s tail wags that she loves the office and staff at Puppy Love just as much as getting a bath.