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Charles Nix named new Catoosa County school superintendent

Charles Nix, principal at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, was officially approved Thursday, Nov. 18, to become Catoosa County’s next school superintendent.

The five-member county school board unanimously approved his appointment during a called meeting Thursday afternoon.

Nix, who will take the reins April 1, will replace Superintendent Denia Reese, who has served as superintendent since 2005.

“I am honored to be selected as the next superintendent of CCPS (Catoosa County Public Schools),” Nix said Thursday. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence entrusted to me by our distinguished school board and modeled by our remarkable superintendent, Denia Reese.

“The guiding principles and purpose of Catoosa County Public Schools,” he said, “will remain unchanged throughout this transition, and we will continue an unwavering commitment to provide a first-class education that ensures college and career readiness for all of our students. We will also remain steadfastly committed to listening and partnering with our parents and supporting our outstanding faculty and staff.”

Nix has worked in CCPS since 2006, when he was a deputy with the county Sheriff’s Office and worked at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School as a school resource officer.

In 2008, he was hired to teach public safety at Heritage High School.

In 2014, he became assistant principal at West Side Elementary School, then moved back to LFO High as assistant principal in 2015. He became principal of LFO High School in 2017.

Nix graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 2010 with an Associate of Science in criminal justice. In 2019, he earned honors from the Technical College System of Georgia, and he was recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation as an Alumnus of the Year for 2018.

He also holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and an Education Specialist in educational leadership from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

“Nix brings a great wealth of experience and determination to make decisions that will positively affect the lives of students, staff, and our community,” county Board of Education chairman Don Dycus said Thursday. “He will continue the advancements achieved by CCPS during Superintendent Reese’s tenure, and he will add dimensions of his own vision for the future. Most importantly, he is fully committed to putting students first and doing what is best for our students and families.”

Nix was selected as the sole finalist for the superintendent position on Nov. 2. The school board waited the required 14 days between selecting him as sole finalist and appointing him as superintendent. Under Georgia law, 14 days must pass between a candidate being named finalist and the appointment becoming official.

After announcing that Reese would retire, the county school board said it would first look for a new school chief from within.

“For many years, Catoosa County Public Schools has been recruiting from within through its Aspiring Leader Academy,” the school board said, “and has identified and promoted many current employees to move through the ranks. For this and other reasons, the board intends to begin with a methodical process of attempting to select a superintendent candidate from our current employee base, rather than seeking candidates from outside of our school system.

“If this process does not find the right fit for this position,” the board said, “candidates will be considered from outside of our school system.”


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CHI Memorial takes next step for new hospital in Catoosa

CHI Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 17, notified the state that it plans to file a Certificate of Need (CON) in December for a new hospital in Ringgold.

A CON is required in order to build a new health-care facility. The CON process is to secure the appropriate state regulatory approvals to advance the project and begin construction, CHI said.

CHI’s current hospital building in Fort Oglethorpe, called CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia and located at 100 Gross Crescent Circle, is nearly 70 years old, with some portions of the hospital dating back to 1904.

The new hospital, which will also be called CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia but located on Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold, will replace the Fort Oglethorpe facility.

CHI Memorial said the new hospital will feature state-of-the-art inpatient beds, including an intensive care unit (ICU), a full-service emergency department, and operating rooms and procedural suites. It will connect to the current CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Center and CHI Memorial Parkway medical office building, creating a single campus and establishing a central location for inpatient and outpatient services.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, CHI Memorial filed a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) outlining details of the project, including a projected total investment of more than $130 million “to better serve its healthcare ministry in North Georgia,” CHI said in a news release on Thursday, Nov. 18.

CHI officially announced in June its plans to build a new facility.

A bond issue from Catoosa County will support funding for the new hospital. Groundbreaking for the new CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia is scheduled to take place early summer of 2022, with a targeted completion date of mid-2024.

“The new CHI Memorial Hospital on Battlefield Parkway will accomplish a major goal of our community,” Steven Henry, Catoosa County Board of Commissioners chairman, said when the CHI officially announced it. “Providing contemporary and comfortable inpatient rooms, ICU, emergency room and operating rooms in the middle of Catoosa County will greatly benefit the residents of Catoosa County, as well as all of North Georgia.

“With this new state-of-the-art facility,” he said, “Catoosa County residents will be able to stay in the county for health-related services. It will also provide employment opportunities for our residents. Battlefield Parkway has become the health-care location of choice, and we could not be more proud.

“It would be good for the hospital, good for the community and surrounding communities and good for economic development, which would benefit everyone,” he said.

Henry pointed out that the Battlefield Parkway location would be more central and allow for better parking, which would draw people from a larger area.


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Restaurant inspections for Catoosa and Walker counties for Nov. 1-15, 2021

During Nov. 1-15, 2021, the health department conducted inspections at 21 food services in Catoosa and Walker counties.

Of those inspected, eight earned a perfect score of 100; 10 earned a score in the 90s (A); and three earned a score in the 80s (B).

Note: Scores are original and do not necessarily reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.

CATOOSA COUNTY

75 CAFE

400 DIRECT CONNECTION DR ROSSVILLE

Inspection date: 11-04-2021

Score: 100

THE ROSEWOOD

14 FORT TOWN DR ROSSVILLE

Inspection date: 11-04-2021

Score: 96

Observed cover to the slicer, the blade of the can opener, and the ceiling of the microwave all with debris on the equipment. CA: Equipment must be cleaned after use or when changing tasks. PIC cleaned the slicer and can opener in the dish area and sanitized the microwave. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Correct By: 11/04/2021

Remarks: Discussed cold holding procedures for pasteurized eggs with PIC. Also discussed proper storage of cleaning equipment for the mops.

AMC (BATTLEFIELD 10)

1099 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-05-2021

Score: 100

MCALLISTER’S DELI

2705 BATTLEFIELD PKWY STE 100 FT. OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-08-2021

Score: 97

Observed wiping cloths not properly stored between use. CA: PIC collected improperly stored cloths and discussed proper holding methods for in-between use. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Remarks: Discussed proper hair restraints with PIC and proper maintenance of ware-washing equipment.

SUPER 8 FORT OGLETHORPE (CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST)

2044 LAFAYETTE RD FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-08-2021

Score: 100

PIZZA HUT

1919 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FT. OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-10-2021

Score: 100

SUBWAY DRIVE THRU

2865 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-10-2021

Score: 96

Observed several food items that were not discarded according to the food establishment’s policies. CA: Had PIC discard the items and review policies on item disposal. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Remarks: Discussed cleaning methods for food contact surfaces with PIC. Also reviewed employee health protocol.

IHOP

2047 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-10-2021

Score: 81

Observed employee touching raw foods then touching RTE foods without washing hands and changing gloves. CA: PIC had employee wash hands and discard contaminated food and discussed proper hand-washing procedure. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed food-contact surfaces were not clean to touch when drying. CA: PIC put soiled items back into dirty dish area and discussed proper cleaning methods with employees. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed food items cooling with a lid that was insulating heat. CA: PIC removed lid and took food item to the freezer to make sure the item got down to temperature. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed several pests during inspection. CA: PIC called pest control and EHS discussed minimizing pest control with cleaning procedures. New Violation. Correct By: 11/20/2021

Remarks: Discussed personal drinking containers locations with PIC. Also discussed employee health records. Discussed hot holding procedure and cold holding methods.

FRUTERIA EL GORDO

400 DIRECT CONNECTION DR ROSSVILLE

Inspection date: 11-12-2021

Score: 100

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL

73 PARKWAY DR ROSSVILLE

Inspection date: 11-15-2021

Score: 90

Observed cheese dip not reaching appropriate reheating temperatures in the proper timeframe. CA: Had PIC discard the food item and discussed alternate reheating strategies. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed significant grease build up on the hood vent. CA: Had PIC take note and make sure to clean at closing time. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Remarks: Discussed storage of sanitizing rags, cooling methods, employee health, ice machine cleaning, and employee drinks with PIC.

FAZOLI’S

3016 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 11-15-2021

Score: 96

Observed open employee drinks on shelving in the kitchen. CA: Employees may only drink out of single service cups with a lid and a straw. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Remarks: Discussed food contact and non-food contact surface cleaning, cooling methods, and frozen food storage with PIC.

WALKER COUNTY

ROY’S RESTAURANT AND GRILL, INC

116 CHICKAMAUGA AVE ROSSVILLE

Inspection date: 11-02-2021

Score: 86

Observed raw meats stored over ready-to-eat foods in the prep cooler. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Correct By: 11/02/2021

Observed wet rags stored out of sani solution beside ice machine; CA: PIC to properly train staff on storage (at all times) in sani solution of proper strength. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Correct By: 11/02/2021

Observed same conditions as last inspection; grease is piling up on ceiling tiles, light fixtures, and on the vent itself; CA: This needs to be resolved very quickly by a licensed professional. System appears to be severely out of balance; fix within one week. Repeat Violation. Correct By: 11/09/2021

Remarks: Training with Zach North; discussed ventilation system for hood; also discussed sani rags, temperature control, arrangement of raw meats in relationship to RTE foods; hand-washing.

VITTLES

505 W 9TH ST CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 11-02-2021

Score: 99

Observed hood system needing to be cleaned at time of inspection; CA: PIC to resolve this week; calling for maintenance today. New Violation. Correct By: 11/09/2021

Remarks: Inspection with Zach North; discussed hood system cleaning; cooling methods for large portions of foods in walk-in cooler; cleaning the return grate for the HVAC system; cleaning of the fly trap with new components.

GORDON LEE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

105 LEE CIR CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 11-02-2021

Score: 100

SUBWAY

HWY 813 UNIT 49 CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 11-04-2021

Score: 100

STARBUCKS

1400 PATTEN RD LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Inspection date: 11-04-2021

Score: 100

HUDDLE HOUSE

14 BUSHROD JOHNSON AVE CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 11-04-2021

Score: 90

Observed no certified food safety manager on staff. must have a CFSM within 60 days. New Violation.

Hand sink in cook station not in working condition. Had PIC repair sink. There is a sink by the swinging door in the back kitchen. New Violation. Correct By: 11/11/2021

Observed condensation drain leaking in reach-in cooler. Had PIC contact maintenance. New Violation. Correct By: 11/18/2021

Observed floors and walls with buildup. Had PIC implement cleaning plan. New Violation. Correct By: 11/18/2021

PIZZA HUT

405 N MAIN ST PO BOX 782165 LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 11-09-2021

Score: 86

Observed multiple containers that were not cooling uncovered in reach-in cooler. CA: PIC put lids on all containers to prevent contamination. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed ware-washing equipment not functioning according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repair for the equipment is needed. CA: Informed PIC that they have 10 days to repair the equipment and the restaurant will be required to use the three-compartment sink until it is fixed. New Violation. Correct By: 11/19/2021

Observed several items without date-marking labels in reach-in cooler. CA: Had PIC discard food items and discussed proper date-marking methods. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed shelving and cooler doors with excessive debris buildup. CA: Discussed with PIC that a deep cleaning of the entire kitchen is needed. New Violation. Correct By: 11/19/2021

Observed floors and walls in the kitchen with excessive grease buildup. CA: Discussed with PIC the need for a deep cleaning. New Violation. Correct By: 11/19/2021

Observed back door to the kitchen did not close on its own and was vulnerable to pests. CA: Discussed with PIC the need to keep this door shut and to repair the door if it does not stay shut on its own. Corrected On-Site. Repeat Violation.

Remarks: Discussed proper hair restraints and labeling methods with PIC.

LAFAYETTE HEALTH CARE

205 ROAD RUNNER BLVD LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 11-09-2021

Score: 96

Observed several personal drinking items of the staff around the main kitchen. CA: Discussed with PIC the importance of separating personal drinks from food service especially in an HSP. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Remarks: Discussed reheating procedures with PIC and potential hand-washing contamination with safety glasses in the kitchen.

CHINA BUFFET

1141 N MAIN ST LA FAYETTE

Inspection date: 11-10-2021

Score: 99

Observed used buckets stored outside in the back of the facility. Had PIC remove all used buckets and place in dumpster. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed a section of the dining room used for storage. Had PIC remove all stored items out of the dining room. New Violation.


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