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Ringgold city manager candidates narrowed to three; decision coming July 26

Ringgold City Council is expected to name its new city manager before the end of this month.

The council has narrowed the field of candidates to three: Roger Kane Jr., Garrett Teems, and Mark Vaughn.

The council is scheduled to name the new city manager during its regular meeting Monday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Ringgold’s city manager, Dan Wright, left in mid-May to become county manager for Catoosa. Vaugh, who was at the time the city’s water collection system director, stepped in as interim manager for the city. The city manager oversees day-to-day operations.

Here is a quick look at the three finalists for Ringgold city manager, based on their resumés:

Roger Kane Jr.

“I am a recent Masters’s Graduate from the Baker School of Public Policy at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and while I am a recent grad, I have numerous years of public service. I also hold a Certified Municipal Finance Officer’s designation,” Kane Jr. said in his resumé cover letter to the city.

“Serving six years in the Tennessee House Chairing Education and working in Knox County (Tenn.) government, I am comfortable making policy and finding the right people to generate success.”

Kane, 57, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston (Texas) and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

He is currently owner of Graham and Cook Insurance in Knoxville.

He is also an instructor for Kaplan University, headquartered in LaCrosse, Wisc. His duties for Kaplan include “guiding 25-30 students monthly in passing the state exam, creating new curriculum for TN (Tennessee) and Georgia.” He has held this job since 2007.

From November 2012 to November 2018, Kane served as a legislator in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where his duties included “creating and modifying legislation, reviewing all education legislation, creating TN standards.”

Garrett Teems

Teems is currently marketing sales support coordinator with Avenger Logistics in Chattanooga. He has held the position since November 2018. According to his resumé, he is “tasked with creation, distribution, and customization of all sales collateral (and) in charge of the annual budget for both internal and external promotional items, one-of-a-kind sales contests, and monthly event planning.”

“I also implemented cross-platform social media marketing tactics, web design, search engine optimization, and press releases for the plethora of awards won by the company,” he said. “Integration of internal communication via newsletter, as well as brand management in the heavily competitive Greater Chattanooga area.”

Past employment for Teems includes:

♦ Youth pastor at Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church, from January 2017 to May 2020.

♦ Marketing sales support manager at Tarkett in Dalton, from April 2017 to September 2018.

♦ Director of Downtown Dalton Development Authority from 2016 to 2017, where he was “tasked with developing and maintaining a marketing plan that benefits and improves traffic and economic development in the Central Business District of Dalton, Ga., while staying within governmentally regulated budgets. Direct the marketing manager on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks to be accomplished. Communicate with the Dalton Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, and act as liaison between the DDDA Board and City Council. Responsible for dramatic increase in output from the DDDA Office, as witnessed by the renewed investment and business within the district. Completed Downtown Development Training, familiarizing myself with state and federal regulations for economic development within a downtown footprint. Held public forum, implemented facade grants, met federal and local historic preservation requirements, and attended all city council meetings.”

♦ Marketing manager with Dalton Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, from 2012 to 2016, where he was “tasked with the design and upkeep of five websites, cross-platform social media marketing, in-house print design, sales collateral, digital and print advertising, press releases, public relations and promotional photography/videography.”

Teems holds a bachelor of science degree in creative marketing from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

He earned Georgia’s Best Ideas Gold Medal in September 2014. The award is given for innovation in the tourism industry and, in his case, for implementing digital kiosks at state visitor centers.

He is also a travel marketing professional, with a three-year degree with the Southeast Tourism Society at the University of North Georgia.

Mark Vaughn

Vaughn, a veteran employee with the city of Ringgold, is currently serving as Ringgold’s interim city manager.

He became director of the city’s collection system department in October 2013. Before that, he was that department’s assistant superintendent beginning in August 2006, and water treatment plant operator beginning in May 2000.

A Ringgold High School graduate, he holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and organizational management, with a focus on leadership.

He also has wastewater class II certification from the state of Georgia, as well as a water distribution certification, with more than 300 hours of continued education in the fields of wastewater, storm collection, water distribution, laboratory analysis, general safety, and electrical training.

Vaughn describes himself as a “versatile employee with over 21 years of experience in various fields within government, (who) is eager to pursue a career to help provide a welcoming environment in our city, which would attract residents and businesses to invest in Ringgold.”


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Healthy Foundations, Peach State Health Plan announce new partnership

Peach State Health Plan has announced a new partnership with Healthy Foundations to assist in the development of the Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village, currently under development in Walker County.

This new partnership includes a $25,000 donation from Peach State Health Plan to be used for the construction of an outdoor sports and recreation pavilion on the planned community village campus.

“The donation from Peach State Health Plan will help us complete our vision for an integrated health center dedicated to improving the greater health of the Northwest Georgia,” said Delaine Hunter, founder and chief executive officer of Healthy Foundations . “Treating the behavioral health of our residents has long shown to improve the overall health of the community. Generous partners like Peach State will help ensure we meet the standard of service we desire for our community.”

The Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village is a 374-acre property being developed as a hub for integrated healthcare services in Northwest Georgia. The community village campus will offer a variety of low-cost behavioral and healthcare services in critical areas such as housing, addiction care, behavioral health care, foster care and adoption services, youth development, workforce development and veteran services.

Behavioral health has long been tied to overall physical health. Significant shortages in resources to these critical areas, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have created a need that cannot currently be met. The Healthy Foundation Community Resource Village will supply Northwest Georgia with the behavioral health support services and programs needed.

“Projects like the Community Resource Village are a perfect example of Peach State Health Plan’s mission to improve health outcomes around the state by improving access to quality, affordable healthcare services and programs,” said Wade Rakes, chief executive officer of Peach State Health Plan. “We are very excited to give this donation knowing the sports pavilion will have an incredible impact in Northwest Georgia.”

Invited guests and project partners participated July 15 in the check presentation at the Healthy Foundations Community Resource Village Development Site (780 S. Burnt Mill Road, LaFayette).


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Wine and art market coming to Ringgold

The Rabbit Valley Farmers Market has partnered with The Georgia Winery, Ringgold Art and Frame Gallery, and Farm to Fork to bring a fun summer evening to Ringgold.

“This is a wonderful collaboration of many businesses to support the local arts and to emphasize how important art is to any thriving community,” Rabbit Valley Market Manager Samantha Martin said. “We are grateful to the many artists in our community and hope to showcase them often through events such as this one.”

The event will be Friday, July 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the Market Pavilion at 96 Depot St. in Ringgold. Admission is free.

Local artists from the Art and Frame Gallery will display and sell their art, as well as a few art vendors from the farmer’s market.

Attendees can buy wine to sip while they shop and browse the local art being showcased. Charcuterie plates and desserts will be available for purchase from local food vendors Molly Pie Golly and Taste of Europe Delights. The market will also be decked out with mural art from local nonprofit youth center The Lift.

Live music will be provided by local musicians Eric Kirkendoll and Sam Steadman, and there are tables provided by the city of Ringgold for shoppers to sit and enjoy their food and the music.

Local artist and teacher Katie Dwyer will hold a Paint and Sip Class during this event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will offer artists of all skill levels a chance to relax and paint an adorable cow on canvas. Cost of the class is $30 and includes all supplies. Call 423-903-1379 to sign up for the class; space is limited.


The McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, shown in this artist’s rendering, will offer an elegant getaway in a mountaintop golf course setting.


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

During July 1-15, 2021, the health department conducted inspections at 20 food services in Catoosa and Walker counties: seven earned a perfect score of 100, nine earned a score in the 90s (A), and four earned a score in the 80s (B).

CATOOSA COUNTY

SUBWAY

6993 NASHVILLE ST RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

DOMINO’S

95 POPLAR SPRINGS RD RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 100

WAFFLE HOUSE

909 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Observed open drinks sitting on tabletops/food prep surface. CA: PIC discarded drinks. Employees may only drink out of a single service cup with a lid and a straw and must be kept stored in a location approved by the health authority away from food for service or clean utensils. This is a repeat inspection and will require a risk control plan. (4 pts)

Observed coffee pot being stored in the main hand washing sink in the kitchen. CA: The handwashing sink may not be used for anything other than washing hands. Employee removed coffee pot from hand washing sink. This is a repeat violation and will require a risk control plan. (4 pts)

Observed the faucet on the handwashing sink not working the way it is designed to work. It was also very loose on the sink. CA: PIC will ensure the sink gets repaired. (4 pts)

Observed rust and food debris on shelves in reach-in cooler. CA: PIC will have selves cleaned and repainted so that there is no rusting on the shelves. (1 pt)

DEL TACO

526 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FT. OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-13-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes

Observed bucket of sanitizer stored over sugar on shelf. Observed bucket of sanitizer stored directly on floor. /CA: Sanitizer buckets must be kept off the floor and not over food or next to food. (4 pts)

Observed hand washing sink had separated from the caulk between sink and wall. CA: PIC will have the sink caulked. (1 pt)

Observed food splatter on walls in the preparation room and on walls under three-compartment sink. CA: PIC will have walls cleaned. (1 pt)

Observed the back door being left open allowing flies in the facility. CA: PIC closed door. The door must be kept closed except during deliveries and removing garbage. (3 pt)

DOGWOOD BIBLE CAMP CAFETERIA (seasonal)

5296 DOGWOOD VALLEY RD TUNNEL HILL

Inspection date: 07-13-2021

Score: 100

EL MATADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2233 LAFAYETTE RD FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 07-14-2021

Score: 85

Inspector’s notes

Observed raw animal products not properly stored vertically by minimum internal cook temperature. Observed raw chicken stored directly over raw shrimp in reach-in cooler, observed open packaging of raw chicken stored directly over ready-to-eat French fries in reach-in freezer, observed raw chicken stored over raw beef in walk-in cooler. CA — CFSM rearranged reach-in cooler, reach-in freezer, and walk-in cooler so that raw animal products were protected from cross-contamination by being stored vertically by minimum internal cook temperature. (9 pts)

Observed multiple food items not stored 6 inches off of the floor in walk-in cooler and freezer. CA — CFSM moved all food off of the floor so that it was at least 6 inches off the floor. (3 pts)

Observed exterior door not protected from pests. Daylight coming from bottom of the door. CA — CFSM stated they would have the weather-stripping replaced. (3 pts)

WALKER COUNTY

CREAG

32 CLUBHOUSE LN RISING FAWN

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Asparagus puree, various sauces, cheeses held between 47-52 degrees. PIC to keep lids closed and turn off larger warming lamp near the prep cooler top areas. The warmer is causing severe temperature fluctuations. (9 pts)

MCLEMORE CLUB-TURN GRILL

21 STANDING BEAR LANE RISING FAWN

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed hot potentially hazardous food received at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot dogs were held on the rolling cooker between 117-128 degrees; PIC threw them away and made proper adjustments to the cooker. (9 pts)

TOKI SUSHI INC.

116 W LAFAYETTE SQ LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-01-2021

Score: 91

Observed front service cooler for sushi above 41 degrees; CA: PIC to use stronger cooler until the old unit is replaced (next week). (9 pts)

RAFAEL’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

150 PEARL DR LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-02-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Observed open cup and a drink bottle on a food prep table. Had PIC instruct employees to drink out of single service cup with lids and straws only and store below food prep areas. (4 pts)

Observed raw chicken over noodles and Alfredo sauce in 2-door cooler. Had PIC move raw meats below ready-to-eat foods. (9 pts)

WENDY’S

12706 HWY 27 CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 100

KRYSTAL

2354 N MAIN ST LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 92

Inspector’s notes

Observed shake dispenser with buildup; PIC cleaned immediately. Clean these at least every shift. (4 pts)

Observed bathroom facility not clean. PIC to clean immediately. (1 pt)

Observed live flies in kitchen. PIC to strengthen fly control during summer months. (3 pts)

HARDEE’S

813 N MAIN ST LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 07-06-2021

Score: 94

Inspector’s notes

Observed flour container without the lid. Had PIC store all foods with tight-fitting lids. (4 pts)

Observed accumulation of build-up on cooking equipment in the kitchen. Had PIC implement a cleaning schedule for the facility with sign-off sheet. (1 pt)

Observed floors and walls with buildup in main kitchen prep area. CA: PIC will have floors walls and ceilings cleaned to be clean to sight and touch. (1 pt)

SUBWAY

8175 HWY 27 ROCK SPRING

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 92

Points: 4

Inspector’s notes

No certified food manager for establishment. Observed no one on staff or listed at the store at time of inspection; CA: Obtain new certification within 30 days. (4 pts)

Points: 4

Observed dirty microwave, particularly on the inside in the upper portion over the top of foods being prepared. CA: PIC cleaned microwave during inspection. (4 pts)

CAFE 7

1400 PATTEN RD LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

PRIMETIME VIDEO

122 GORDON ST CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 91

Inspector’s notes: Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.CA: PIC adjusted thermostat and will monitor the cooler; if temperature is not moving downward, professional assistance will be needed. (9 pts)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

1730 WOOD NYMPH TRL LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Inspection date: 07-07-2021

Score: 100

THE DINNER BELL

3258 CHATTANOOGA VALLEY RD FLINTSTONE

Inspection date: 07-08-2021

Score: 100

LOS CHARROS TAQUERIA Y RESTAURANTE

8019 N HWY 27 ROCK SPRING

Inspection date: 07-09-2021

Score: 87

Inspector’s notes

Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Observed hand sink filled with food contact equipment during inspection; no paper towels present at the time. Corrected on site. (4 pts)

Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut tomatoes, cheese, guacamole, chicken were held between 45-55 degrees. 2 prep coolers are not operating well right now, a technician has been scheduled; CA: Ice is being used to hold temps down as much as possible, plus items are being labeled and discarded before 4 hrs. (9 pts)

CROSSROADS

9157 W HWY 136 CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 07-14-2021

Score: 96

Inspector’s notes: Icemaker with excess build-up. Had PIC clean and sanitize ice maker. (4 pts)


Keeley Mountjoy was one of the top point scorers for the Catoosa Great White Sharks at the recent CASL City Meet. Mountjoy, swimming in the 11-and-12 year-old division, amassed 80 points in her events, including a victory in the 50-yard butterfly.


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