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Arby's eyeing Ringgold location

Nick Millwood

A new restaurant could be gracing Ringgold with its presence after representatives from Arby's recently met with the city's mayor and council to discuss a sign variance.

Jack Jones, director of construction for Restaurant Management Inc., represented the chain during the June 12 council meeting and explained that the company plans on building a new location across from Food Lion on Poplar Springs Road between Family Dollar and the Tiger Mart.

Restaurant Management Inc., a franchise of Arby's since the 1960s, focuses on the development and locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chattanooga, Tenn., areas.

"The company bought the property back in 2008 and we held on it due to the economy at the time," Jones said.

Arby's requested and was approved a variance for its main sign with a display area of 152.6 feet, which is more than the 128 feet allotted in the city's sign ordinance.

Jones noted that the company purchased the land with plans of a store before the city's sign ordinance had such regulations.

The council unanimously approved the variance, and councilman Randall Franks suggested that the council go back and look at the ordinance again for evaluation.

Mayor Nick Millwood says he's excited about the growth of the city and new business.

"I will just say that I'm personally very excited about the Arby's and a lot of other people are too," Millwood said. "We're thankful and happy that they're coming here."

There's no definite timetable yet on when the store could open.


The Marksmen Quartet and Troy Burns Family will appear at Ringgold's Patriot Hall July 7

The award winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their Golden Anniversary Tour to Ringgold joining 2017 Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Troy Burns.

The Share America Foundation will welcome Christian music stars the Marksmen Quartet and the Troy Burns Family on Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold's Patriot Hall, 320 Emberson Street in Ringgold. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night" will emcee.

The Marksmen, four-time Country Gospel Quartet of the Year winners from the Country Gospel Music Guild, will perform many of their hits songs including "He Is I Am," "Meet Me in Heaven," "Potter's Wheel," "Preach the Cross" and "Grandpa Was a Farmer."

Their latest CD "Generations" features Earle and his son Mark Wheeler along with 29-year Marksmen member Darrin Chambers and Tommy Dutton. Darrin is the son of former longtime tenor singer and mandolinist Marksmen Keith Chambers. Even grandson Aaron Chambers has traveled with the group.

The recording also features guest appearances by Mark's children – Will and Sarah Grace singing and playing mandolin and fiddle, respectively.

"With Aaron, Will and Sarah Grace, it hit me that we reached our third generation of performers and audience," Earle said. "So the theme of the latest project came to us easily."

The group features songs that highlight each member; it is Mark's traditional country lead stylings that through the years have become a pivotal part of the sound beside his father's unique sound.

Mark adds three more new songs to his songwriting catalog. He delivers a haunting performance -- "The Spirit Moved," his song penned with Jim Green.

"We are honored to know that folks draw a blessing out of the talents God gave us to share," said Earle Wheeler, quartet leader. "Each week we share God's message in song and word wherever He allows us to go and that is what it is all about."

After and more than 40 albums, winning four times as Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year from SPBGMA, the group continues its legendary musical legacy for its 50th year. The Marksmen Quartet is an inductee of the Lone Star State Country Music Association Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.

For more information about the group, visit www.marksmenquartet.com.

The Troy Burns Family from Bryson City, NC includes founding Inspiration Quartet member Troy, and his wife Tammy. Troy will be inducted this fall into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

"We look forward to visiting with many of our long-time friends and hope to make some new ones as we share our latest recordings and some of the favorites from throughout my career," Troy said.

Burns spent 30 years traveling with the Inspirations and also appeared in concerts as part of Archie Watkins & Smokey Mountain Reunion.

Some among Burns more than 700 hits are "Jesus Is Coming Soon," "Touring That City," "Is That Footsteps," "The Wonders of Wonders," "Your Tears Are Touching God," "The First Million Years."

With over 6,000 concerts, numerous awards in gospel music and TV appearances such as "The Gospel Singing Jubilee."

Tammy is a former member of the Sound of Youth from Robbinsville, NC and the only female singer to ever travel with the Inspirations.

Their upcoming CD is "In God We Trust." For more information, visit http://troyburnsfamily.com/.

The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.

Donations for tickets are adults: $10, Children 12 and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books (706) 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, www.shareamericafoundation.org.


Two 18-year-olds arrested for drag racing on Battlefield Parkway

Two 18-year-olds were arrested in Fort Oglethorpe after allegedly drag racing along Battlefield Parkway, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Dearies Germount King, 18, of Ringgold, and Jastin Orion Lupo, 18, of Chattanooga, Tenn., were arrested on Tuesday, July 27 on charges of racing on a highway and speeding.

King was also charged with a license class violation. Both men have been released from jail on bond.

The duo's driving antics caught the eyes of officers just after 2 a.m. on July 27 when they were spotted revving up their engines at a red light at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Lakeshore Drive.

"When the light turned green, both vehicles revved their engines and squealed their tires," Officer Tyler Crosby said. "Both vehicles were keeping pace with each other and I checked their speed at 61 mph in a 45 mph zone."

After pulling over King's Acura and Lupo's Infiniti, officers questioned the two. King admitting that the pair had been racing.

King also produced a Class D license, which has provisional restrictions not allowing him to drive between midnight and 6 a.m.