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Catoosa County and Department of Public Health to offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing at The Colonnade

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 25, free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available at The Colonnade in Catoosa County.

The county Board of Commissioners is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH) to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing at no cost to Georgia residents at The Colonnade each Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The test is a PCR test performed by a nasal swab to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in close contact recently with a person infected with the virus needs to be tested for COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated.

There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting. For those without internet access, assistance with registration by telephone is available at 919-351-6256.

Testing is provided by GADPH partner MAKO Medical, which will provide test results within two to three days by either signing up for their portal at https://mako.luminatehealth.com or by opting for notification via text message during the registration process.

The Colonnade is located at 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.


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Kemp to local governments: No COVID-19 mandates

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday, Aug. 19, prohibiting local governments in Georgia from imposing mask, vaccine or building-capacity mandates aimed at discouraging the spread of COVID-19.

The cities of Atlanta and Savannah reinstated mask mandates late last month for public indoor spaces, citing a rise in cases of the virus driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

Some school districts in Georgia also are requiring students and teachers to wear masks inside school buildings.

While Kemp has supported letting individual school systems make those decisions, he said his executive order is aimed at businesses.

“Small businesses across our state should not be punished by local governments,” he said. “Just as our economy is starting to return to normal, small businesses cannot survive another shutdown.”

Kemp said Thursday’s order is in keeping with his commitment throughout the course of the pandemic to protect “both lives and livelihoods.”

Thanks to that stand, Georgia has been able to reduce unemployment and experience record job growth while still prioritizing seniors vulnerable to coronavirus and seeing to the needs of hospitals and schools, he said.

“I trust hardworking Georgians to know what’s best for themselves, their families and their employees,” he said.

With cases of COVID-19 rising in Georgia to the point of straining hospital emergency rooms and ICUs, Kemp has taken heat in recent weeks from critics calling on the governor to take a more forceful stand against the virus.

“It’s bad enough that Brian Kemp has refused to implement any statewide measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia – now, he is forbidding local governments from protecting their own communities,” said Rebecca Galanti, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

“As public health officials, parents, and Georgians at large beg Kemp to take action to combat the current COVID-19 surge in our state, the only action he is apparently willing to take is one that will help COVID-19 spread in Georgia and undermine local efforts to control the virus.”

Georgia passed the 1 million mark in confirmed cases of the virus this week. As of Thursday afternoon, Aug. 19, 69,797 Georgians had been hospitalized with COVID-19 and the virus was responsible for 22,151 confirmed or probable deaths, the state Department of Public Health reported.

Georgia and other Southern states also continued to lag behind the nation in COVID-19 vaccination rates.


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Sen. Mullis outlines ‘bold’ legislative agenda for 2022

Republican state Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, in an Aug. 17 news release, laid out his 2022 legislative agenda, which he labeled as “bold.”

“Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, and their socialist colleagues have put a target on the state of Georgia,” Mullis said. “Their liberal agenda would doom the working class. They have tried to shove their socialist polices down our throats, costs us the MLB Allstar Game, and treat China with kid-gloves. We must bring an end to the disastrous policies of the radical left.”

Mullis represents Georgia Senate District 53, which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County.

He is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

He said his introduce the following legislation in January 2022:

♦ A bill to permanently ban government-mandated vaccine passports.

♦ A bill to permanently ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from being taught in any school that receives public funding.

♦ A bill to ban public contracts from being awarded to Chinese government-owned businesses.

♦ A bill to make Georgia a Constitutional Carry state.

“The good people of Georgia and the 53rd District will not tolerate government overreach into our lives,” Mullis said. “We demand freedom, not mandates.

“I look forward to introducing these pieces of legislation and continuing to fight for the America First policies of Donald Trump, and for the hardworking citizens of Georgia.”


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

During Aug. 1-15, 2021, the health department conducted inspections at 10 food services in Catoosa and Walker counties. Four earned a perfect score of 100 and six earned a score in the 90s (A).

CATOOSA COUNTY

GEORGIA WINERY

6469 BATTLEFIELD PKWY RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 08-02-2021

Score: 100

MCDONALD’S

5471 ALABAMA HWY RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 08-05-2021

Score: 95

Observed the inside top of the microwaves with food debris build-up. CA: PIC had employees clean microwaves. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed the contact surface of plastic food storage containers not clean to sight or touch. Several plastic pans had heavy accumulation of grease and are not able to be properly cleaned and sanitized. CA: PIC will have pans replaced. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed abundance of food debris on tables and floors, chairs, in dining area. CA: PIC will have employees clean dining room more frequently. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

HARDEE’S

5486 ALABAMA HWY RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 08-05-2021

Score: 100

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA

1537 BATTLEFIELD PKWY FORT OGLETHORPE

Inspection date: 08-10-2021

Score: 97

Observed no air gap on the three-compartment sink plumbing. The three-compartment sink must have an approved air gap to prevent a sewage back-up in three-compartment sink. CA: An informal follow-up will be conducted within 10 days to verify the status of plumbing repairs on three-compartment sink. Currently there is only a p trap at the sink. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Correct By: 08/20/2021

Observed food debris on floors and areas of tiles near three-compartment sink with missing or worn down grout, causing food and debris to be trapped and stuck between tiles. CA: Recommend having grout repaired in parts of kitchen where it is missing or worn down. New Violation. Correct By: 08/20/2021

WINDSTONE GOLF CLUB

9230 WINDSTONE DR RINGGOLD

Inspection date: 08-12-2021

Score: 95

Observed the inside top of microwave with food splatter build-up on it. CA: PIC had microwave cleaned. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed inside top of prep table lid with debris build-up on it. CA: PIC will have the lids cleaned. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

Observed the metal around wires with dust debris build-up. CA: PIC will have equipment cleaned. Corrected On-Site. New Violation.

WALKER COUNTY

DROOP SCOOPS

120 GORDON ST CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 08-04-2021

Score: 100

SONIC DRIVE

1016 LAFAYETTE RD CHICKAMAUGA

Inspection date: 08-04-2021

Score: 96

Observed floor tiles in front of deep fryer damaged or missing. Had PIC contact maintenance and repair floor. New Violation. Correct By: 09/01/2021

Observed flies in the facility. Had PIC update pest control measures. New Violation.

TWINS PIZZA & STEAK

1104 W MAIN ST LAFAYETTE

Inspection date: 08-11-2021

Score: 100

SUBWAY

108 N MAIN ST LA FAYETTE

Inspection date: 08-11-2021

Score: 91

Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. PIC threw away beef (had been sitting out unattended) New Violation. Correct By: 08/11/2021

Remarks: Monitor the walk in cooler 3 times per day to be sure that temperature control is sufficient. Keep a log sheet to assist with this task/purchase a digital thermometer for speed/accuracy.

ARBY’S

1103 N MAIN ST LA FAYETTE

Inspection date: 08-11-2021

Score: 95

Observed open can/open cup in the facility. Had employees drink from a single service cup with lid and straw. Corrected on-site. New violation.

Observed door gaskets on prep cooler with build-up. had PIC clean door gaskets. Corrected on-site. New violation.


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The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans went 6-0 this past Saturday and won the 2021 Coosa Invitational, defeating Class 6A Carrollton in straight sets for the title.


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