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Dick Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — a great man who did great things for Georgia

On my “To Do” list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA’s former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

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Friday 11/21/2014
Georgia's First Lady gets flu shot in Rome
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 10:03 am

Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal gets her flu shot Thursday at the Floyd County Health Department from registered nurse Tracy Raymond. Deal was in Rome to visit her grandson. “I think immunizations are very important for protecting our children and protecting our elderly, in particular,” Deal said. “I think it’s important we take advantage of the shots when we can.” The health department is at 16 E. 12th St.

Bekaert plant plans soft restart; officials monitoring area say no chemical contamination so far
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 10:04 am

Bekaert Corp. Plant Manager Gary Downey said Thursday he expects some manufacturing to resume soon in the wake of Wednesday’s fire.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Shaw Industry oil spill on U.S. 27 in Walker County
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 8:08 pm

An oil spill that occurred Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, at Shaw Industries in Chickamauga resulted in oil being spilled onto U.S. Highway 27, which led to response from Walker County Emergency Services and Walker County Sheriff’s Department.

Rep. Graves to chair House Appropriations Subcommittee
Posted: November 20, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, was selected today to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for the 114th Congress.

Hutcheson Medical Center filing for Chapter 11 protection
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 10:25 am

A new chapter was added to the saga of Hutcheson hospital on Nov. 19.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Robbery reported at Travel Center of America in Bartow County
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 12:57 am

Police are looking for a man described as a white male in his early 20s with blond hair after the suspect allegedly robbed the Travel Center of America in Bartow County on Monday.

Nissin Brake Georgia Inc. in Walker County cited for serious safety violations
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 11:25 am

Nissin Brake Georgia Inc. in Walker County was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations following a June 2014 inspection at the manufacturer’s Rock Spring facility.

Volunteer with United Way on National Family Volunteer Day Nov. 22
Posted: November 19, 2014

Please join United Way’s Volunteer Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamilton Place Mall to celebrate National Family Volunteer Day.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Walker County wins Deal of Year for Audia project
Posted: November 18, 2014

On Monday, Nov. 17, Walker County was presented with the Deal of the Year for a Mid-Size Community Award for its work in recruiting Audia International into its new industrial park north of LaFayette.

Dick Yarbrough: Junior E. Lee analyzes elections and predicts our next president
Posted: November 18, 2014

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

Ringgold man arrested for kidnapping boys, threats
Posted: November 18, 2014

A Ringgold man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly kidnapping two young boys and then threatening to kill one of the boys’ parents, police say.

GasBuddy: 92 percent of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving planning to drive, prices decline
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 8:17 am

When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving family gatherings, 31 percent of us say we’ll be traveling over 500 miles and another 31 percent will travel between 200 and 500 miles. This year 92 percent of us are driving and just 6.5 percent say they’ll fly. But no matter how far we go or how much we think we save on gas… that doesn’t mean we’re looking for ways to spend it.

Trion Fire Department gets grant from Georgia-Pacific’s Bucket Brigade program
Posted: November 18, 2014

Trion, GA, Nov. 18, 2014 – The Trion Fire Department is among 50 grant recipients of Georgia-Pacific’s Bucket Brigade program this year. The department was awarded $2,000 to help fund equipment needs.

Ringgold’s electronic sign dilemma still up in the air
Posted: November 18, 2014

A passionate crowd attended a special called Ringgold city council meeting on Monday night, Nov. 17 to discuss the ongoing debate over the city’s informative electronic sign that is currently located downtown in Citizen’s Park.

GBI wraps up missing funds investigation involving former Polk coroner, DA to review
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:15 pm

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation turned over a report last week to Tallapoosa Circuit District Attorney Jack Browning involving a late August incident involving missing money at a death scene.

“Save Hutcheson” supporters hold public forum tonight in Dade County
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 11:27 am

North Georgia citizens and Hutcheson Medical Center employees will host a public forum tonight, Nov. 18, in Dade County.

Jones on trial in December in murder case
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:15 pm

A Cedartown man accused in the murder of his brother-in-law will be going on trial the first week in December, according to court records.

Calhoun Premium Outlets announces holiday hours
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 10:05 am

Atlanta-area Simon shopping centers including Calhoun Premium Outlets announced today enhanced holiday season opening hours to accommodate the needs of busy holiday shoppers.

Ringgold High School sophomore honored for saving choking student
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 9:20 am

A 16-year-old Ringgold High School student was the talk of the town Monday, Nov. 17, as the school, the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, and Angel EMS took time to honor him for saving the life of a fellow student earlier this month.

Monday 11/17/2014
Citizens urged to support Fort Oglethorpe hospital
Posted: November 17, 2014

The second of three court-ordered public forums regarding the potential sale of Hutcheson hospital was held Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Walker County Civic Center. The 90-minute meeting was similar, yet different, from one held Nov. 11 in Catoosa County.