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National Treasures Event at Point Park
Created on Aug. 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act, the National Park Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment. As of 2008, 21,989 employees of the NPS oversee 412 units, of which 59 are designated national parks.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks .... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner’s description — “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst” — provided the title for film maker Ken Burn’s 2009 documentary film.
Since its start in 1872 with the founding of Yellowstone National Park and the addition in 1891 with Chickamauga and Chattanooga as the first National Battlefield Park, the ever growing number of parks have served as something unique to America and its people.
While the parks have a longer history, the National Park Service this week celebrates its centennial of preservation of the wilderness and history that remain the United States of America.
During the centennial, no admission fees will be charged at any of the facilities which are under NPS supervision.
As part of the nationwide celebration of the NPS, two major events are scheduled for components of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park. One is a picnic the other a sporting event.
National Treasures 2016: Centennial Picnic in the Park — Aug. 25
The Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park are excited to announce plans for the eighth annual “National Treasures” event. On Thursday, Aug. 25, the iconic gates of Point Park will be thrown open for a casual evening of music, activities, and dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
This year’s party at Point Park marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916, and celebrates the importance of our local national park. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests will gather atop Lookout Mountain to stroll along the park’s breathtaking paths along the brow, enjoy the music of the Power Players underneath the iconic New York Peace Monument, and toast the centennial of the National Park Service. Chattanooga’s first tourist destination — Umbrella Rock — will again be open for photographs and “selfies.”
“This year’s National Treasures event is even more special as it is occurring on the National Park Service’s Founders Day — the day the agency is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its establishment,” National Treasures Chair Becky Browder notes. “Each year, National Treasures honors our local national park and commemorates the important role it plays in our community but this year we will also celebrate the importance of the agency that manages 407 sites maintaining America’s natural and historic treasures.”
Along with the great music, the Centennial Picnic promises to be an evening of food, fun, and facts about our national parks as guests enjoy “trip around Point Park” to various trivia stations.
Tickets for this fundraising event are $75 per individual or $130 per couple and can be purchased online at friendsofchch.org/shop-tickets or by calling by calling 423-648-5623.
This special evening in Point Park only happens once a year and the Friends of the Park invite all National Park Service fans and supporters to attend the special Centennial Picnic.
Vintage Base Ball at Chickamauga Battle — Aug. 27
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend the fourth local event that celebrates the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Teams from the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will play a special doubleheader in the recreation field at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Follow the “Special Event” signs to the field for designated parking. Visitors can bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic lunch (or purchase lunch from a vendor on-site) and step back in time to the 1860s to watch America’s national pastime as it was originally played.
Kids will have opportunities to participate in other vintage games from the 1860s as well.
At noon, the Highland Rim Distillers will play the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga and at 2:30 p.m. Phoenix of East Nashville plays the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. Both the Mountain City Club and the Lightfoot Club are still in the running to win the regular season pennant and the pennant will be determined by the end of the day.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park call the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786 or the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.

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Ringgold Police Officers Switching to 12-Hour Shifts
Ringgold police officers will be going to longer shifts — and that’s a good thing, says Police Chief Dan Bilbrey.
Police department shifts were a big topic of conversation during the City Council’s Aug. 22 meeting, as Bilbrey proposed the change from standard eight-hour shifts to 12-hour schedules.
“For the 12-hour shifts, they will be implemented with no initial cost to the city and no major operational issues,” Bilbrey said. “This change would provide less fatigue for our officers and increase productivity. All of our officers are in favor of this proposed schedule.”
The council unanimously approved the change.
Bilbrey pointed out that the 12-hour shifts have become pretty standard with most law enforcement agencies, with the Ringgold and Tunnel Hill police departments being the only local agencies that still run eight-hour shifts.
He specified that the new schedule would create more of a routine for officers, help them plan vacations easier and make the department more efficient with fewer shift changes.
“It’s easier scheduling,” Bilbrey said. “The officers will work 36 hours one week and then 48 hours the next, for a total of 84 hours per two-week period. It will also save us a little wear and tear on our patrol cars. For officers with take-home cars, those vehicles will be on the road seven of every 12 days instead of 10 of every 12 days.”
Bilbrey added that the change could also benefit the department in the long term by helping to keep officers on staff.
“When we’ve done exit interviews with officers who’ve left us to go to other agencies, the number one complaint was the work schedule,” Bilbrey said. “Hopefully this will help us keep and recruit personnel.”
The 12-hour shifts are expected to begin around Oct. 1.

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Police Officer of the Year
The city of Ringgold recognized its Police Officer of the Year during its Aug. 22 council meeting. Sgt. Anthony Gregory was honored as Police Officer of the Year for his out-standing on-the-job performance, as well as his continued commitment to the department. “He’s done a superb job and has shown true dedication to the police department and the city,” Police Chief Dan Bilbrey said of Gregory. “He was injured in the line of duty and kept attempting to come back to work even before he was medically cleared by doctors. He’s worked all three shifts during his time with us and has picked up more extra shifts than any other officer in our department.”

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Two Catoosa Teens Spend Weekend in Jail


Two Catoosa County teenagers spent the weekend in jail after they allegedly forced their way into a residence, threatened two people inside, and fired shots toward the house while driving away, police say.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:
Gage Everett Hodge, 17, and Nelson Jordan Burse, 18, were arrested Thursday, Aug. 11, on charges of simple assault, theft, criminal trespassing, and second-degree criminal damage to property.
Hodge also garnered charges of striking a fixture, three counts of terroristic threats and acts, and three counts of aggravated assault.
Both teens were released on bond on Monday, Aug. 15.
Deputies were dispatched to Shope Ridge Road in Ringgold early morning on Aug. 11 after a woman complained the two boys entered her residence, threatened her and her daughter, ran over a neighbor’s foot, and fired shots at the house.
The woman claimed the boys entered the house without permission around 4 a.m. and started an argument with her and her daughter, which eventually turned physical.
According to the incident report, Hodge and Burse knew the victims and showed up to confront them about statements they’d supposedly made to each boy’s girlfriend about them cheating on them.
The victim claims Burse punched a hole in a wall and that Hodge grabbed her by the throat, reports show.
The victim also said that after the altercation spilled out into the front yard, Hodge stole her phone and yelled, “I got a 38 and I’ll use it,” before getting in the vehicle to leave.
As the duo was leaving, Hodge allegedly ran over the foot of a 32-year-old man who had arrived at the scene after hearing the ruckus taking place.
The man said he heard screaming and fighting and came outside to find the altercation going on, and subsequently got his foot run over by Hodge after trying to break up the fight.
A few moments later, Hodge and Burse returned and drove towards the trio still in the driveway and wound up striking a fence and mailbox on the property before firing a gunshot in the direction of the house and driving off again, reports show.
Approximately 15 minutes later, the boys returned and tried to re-enter the residence.
When that attempt was unsuccessful, the boys allegedly drove through the yard striking chairs, flowerpots, and other items, while firing at least three more shots towards the house.
While deputies were gathering witness statements, Hodge called the victim.
The call was answered on speaker mode so deputies could hear the conversation.
“I heard Mr. Hodge make the statement that he was going to kill the victim, her daughter, and the neighbor,” Slatton said.
Detective Mike Helton took over the scene, and Burse and Hodge were apprehended shortly thereafter.
It was later discovered that significant damaged, possibly from the gunshots, had been done to windows of the victim’s car.

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Man Accused of Rape Visited Church Where Incident Occured
A man accused of recently molesting two young girls in Catoosa County sometimes visited the church where the alleged incident occurred, police say.
Anthony Ray Stanley, 37, of Tunnel Hill, was arrested Friday, Aug. 5, on charges of child molestation and parole violation. He has been in jail for almost two weeks after having been denied bond.
Investigators say he allegedly touched two young girls inappropriately on Aug. 2 at Dogwood Christian Academy in Tunnel Hill, which is part of Dogwood Baptist Church.
Stanley, who was convicted of child molestation in 2002, has been a registered sex offender since 2007 after serving five years of a 15-year sentence and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the alleged incident.
Deputies received a complaint on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from a woman who claimed Stanley had molested her girls at the school earlier that day.
The woman said her two daughters had been at the church with their grandmother that morning, when Stanley allegedly asked the girls inappropriate questions, touched them both, and kissed one of them.
The girls are both under 10 years of age.
The grandmother said she and the girls were at the church for about 4½ hours and that Stanley was working at the church at the time.
Sheriff Gary Sisk says investigators found out Stanley had attended church at Dogwood on occasion and that he was working construction at the time of incident in preparation for upcoming school year.
“He (Stanley) was working construction for a company out of Whitfield County,” Sisk said. “It’s my understanding that the owner of the construction company attends church there, and apparently Stanley had attended church there some too. The way it was presented to me, the company was moving or building some cabinets or something, getting ready for the school year, and sent Stanley to do the work because he lived close by.”
Apparently, Stanley wasn’t directly employed by the church, but was there working construction for the separate company.
“I think the company primarily builds log homes or something along those lines,” Sisk said. “That’s a different situation than this incident….on a job site like that, there usually aren’t children around.”
Sisk says he’s not sure at this time if there was a formal work contract between the church and the construction company, or if it was a situation where a church member who happens to own a business tried to help out his church with needed repairs, and happened to send a registered sex offender.
A Chattanooga TV news station reported earlier this week that long-time Dogwood Baptist Church pastor Roy Gentry hired Stanley to do the work after meeting him through a prison ministry. Gentry has not returned calls seeking comment.
Sisk says he’s more concerned with a child being harmed.
“There’s a bigger issue there if the church did know the history and brought him to the church to do work, but that’d be a liability question for the court system,” Sisk said. “That’s not part of our criminal investigation, how the person came about being on the property….all we’re concerned about are the acts with the children.”

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Two Ringgold Women Arrested on Prostitution Charges
Two women were arrested at a Ringgold massage parlor following a month-and-half-long investigation into illegal prostitution.
According to the Ringgold Police Department:
Elysse M. O’Connor, 61, of Huntsville, Ala., and Myong C. Grayson, 50, of Lawton, Okla., were arrested Aug. 8 on charges of keeping a place for prostitution and massage in a place for prostitution. O’Connor was also charged with masturbation for hire. Both women have been released on bond.
According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the arrests came when his officers and detectives with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants at K&M Massage Therapy at 250 Cassidy Lane during a joint investigation.
“A member of law enforcement was in there undercover and was propositioned,” Bilbrey said.
The investigation began in late June, when Ringgold police received information about some possible illegal prostitution being conducted at the parlor. Then, on Aug. 8, the search warrants were executed and the arrests were made.

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Public Hearing for Proposed Millage Rate Increase
For the third year in a row, the city of Ringgold plans to increase its millage (property tax) rate and will hold three public hearings regarding the matter in the coming weeks.
The City Council opted for the tentative increase of 5 percent during the most recent city council meeting on Aug. 8.
The proposed increase will result in a new millage rate of 3.15 mills for 2017, an increase of 0.15 mills from the current rate of 3 mills.
Although the hike is less than last year’s 8.57 percent increase (2.763 mills to 3.0 mills), it still marks three consecutive increases after not having one for a number of years.

Public hearings on the proposed millage (property tax) rate increase will take place in the courtroom of Ringgold City Hall located at 150 Tennessee Street. The first hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, with the second and third to be held on Monday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. All concerned residents are invited to voice their opinions on the matter.

Two years ago, the council raised the rate 0.08 mills, from 2.683 for 2014 to 2.763 for 2015, a 2.98 percent increase.
City officials say the recent increases are an attempt to recoup lost revenues the city experienced in the wake of the 2011 tornado that ravaged the town.
Cities like Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe assess property taxes based on county-assessed values and rates established by the municipal governing authority.
For example, the assessed value of a home is 40 percent of the fair market value (FMV), meaning that the assessed value of a $100,000 home would be $40,000. In a county where the millage rate is 25 mills the property tax on that house would be $1,000 — $25 for every $1,000 of assessed value, or $25 multiplied by 40 is $1,000.
The new increase would cause a home valued at $125,000 to see a $7.60 hike.

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Medal of Honor Museum Should Be In City of Ringgold

By DAVID JENKINS
 
It’s unfortunate but clear that the construction of a new Medal of Honor Museum anywhere in Chattanooga – but especially in Coolidge Park – is going to meet with more than mere lip service or token opposition. Be it a simple desire to retain all of the park’s available green space or a larger, less rational anti-war sentiment, it will be a battle to get it done. And even if it’s done, many have made it clear that it will never be welcome.
There’s a solution.
Bring the Medal of Honor Museum to Catoosa County. Specifically, downtown Ringgold.
North Georgia in general and Catoosa County in particular have a long and storied connection with the Medal of Honor and its recipients. Start with the very first Medal of Honor recipients (never call them “winners”), Andrews’ Raiders, 19 of them all told, were the first soldiers to receive what remains the United States’ highest honor for their heroic and spectacular attempt to disrupt the rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The chase ended and the men captured two miles past the depot in Ringgold; a monument marks the spot where The General came to a halt.

(It is incorrectly assumed that James Andrews himself was one of those honored. But Andrews was a civilian; even though he was hanged as a spy, he was not eligible to receive the Medal of Honor and that stipulation remains to this day.)
Four of the Raiders who were hanged as spies and honored with the Medal of Honor posthumously, are buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery – Samuel Robertson, Marion Ross, John Scott and Samuel Slavens. The first recipient, Private Jacob Parrett, along with five of the other Raiders who survived POW camp, were given their medals on March 25, 1863.
On the other side of the county, Fort Oglethorpe will always be closely identified with the war effort in both WWI and WWII. Legends from John J. Persing to Dwight D. Eisenhower served as instructor there before it was decommissioned in 1946. It was home of the 6th Calvary, whose members were awarded three Medals of Honor for their roles in the Battle of Gettysburg and another 46 were awarded following the Indian Wars.
Neighboring Walker County was the home of the only conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Desmond Doss, the final years of his life. The westernmost stretch of Highway 2A, which connects the two counties, is named in his honor. The quiet, unassuming Doss, who passed away in 2007, is ironically about to become one of the most famous Medal of Honor recipients when Mel Gibson’s biographical movie, “Hacksaw Ridge,” premieres in November.
Where to put it? Plenty of places, especially if those in charge of the project aren’t wedding to the dubious idea of making it a two-story knockoff of Monticello.
One of the prime locations in downtown Ringgold, facing the square, is the vacant Test Medical Supply building. Formerly the Ringgold Post Office, the 3,600-foot square structure was built to last with structural steel, and owner Ed Test, who is selling it himself, pointed out that the land for sale includes an alley and parking and could be covered or built over.
Another location worth considering is state highway 151. “Ooltewah Ringgold Road,” that parallels the tracks of the Great Locomotive Chase. Indeed, the MOH Museum could be built in the shadow of where the raid ended. History could come full-circle, and the two-lane road that connects Ringgold with East Hamilton County could rightfully take its place as a historic highway. But that land is outside the city limits of Ringgold, so its benefits to the community would be limited.
City manager Dan Wright is aware of the Medal of Honor controversy and would be prepared to get some of the big questions answered should there be any interest in the museum’s partners in locating it elsewhere.
Other area locations come easily to mind: the Alabama Highway in the shadow of the new college campus; on U.S. 41, close to or adjacent to the American Legion post, which could became part of the complex; we might even consider the Election Commission Building since so few voters used it for either local election this year.
But the main point is that the Medal of Honor Museum needs to exist in some permanent form. The memories of these men can’t all be renewed by a Mel Gibson movie. Arthur McArthur, father of Douglas, climbed Missionary Ridge just a few hundred yards from where I live just to keep his regiment’s colors from falling to the ground. There are a million such stories; all are worthy of a movie.
They need a home.



Woman Tries to Snuggle Meth into Catoosa County Jail


A woman garnered some extra charges by trying to smuggle meth into jail after being arrested, police say.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:
Jacqulyn Kristin Conway, 35, of Fairview Drive in Hixson, Tenn., was arrested Aug. 8 on charges of aggravated stalking, possession of meth, and crossing state/county guard lines with drugs. Her bond was set at $5,000.
Deputies first encountered Conway around 8:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at a Ringgold residence, where her ex-boyfriend was claiming she was in violation of a temporary protective order (TPO).
The ex-boyfriend stated Conway hadn’t lived at the residence for weeks, but alleged that she’d followed him around Ringgold throughout the day while he was running errands and subsequently followed him to the residence.
He also claimed she refused to leave and was trying to take some items from the residence, at which time he called 911, reports show.
Deputies eventually verified the TPO and arrested Conway for the violation.
During the booking process, jail personnel stated a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine fell from Conway’s bra during a routine strip search.
A second plastic baggie containing meth was found inside Conway’s inhaler after she told deputies during her arrest that she wasn’t in possession of anything illegal.

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Coming to Ringgold Depot
The curtain will rise at the historic Ringgold Depot this week with The Ringgold Playhouse’s final production of its 2016 season, Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The play opens for a seven-performance run beginning Aug. 18.
“We ended the season with ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ last year, and it was so popular, we figured we’d tryout another Williams’ work this season,” said Adam Cook, TRP’s executive director. “It’s a great piece of American theatre, and we’re really excited about the talented cast that’s involved with this project.”
The show is being directed by Ronald King, who directed Larry Shue’s “The Nerd” to open the season.
“This cast is so great,” King said. “It’s coming together better than I ever thought it would. This is one of the favorites I’ve ever directed….it’s going to be really good.”
The play is set in a plantation house in 1950s Mississippi.
The family celebrates the 65th birthday of “Big Daddy,” as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past, and the desperate clawing towards the future emerge between family members.
The knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy's daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she's finally become pregnant by his favorite son, Brick, but Brick won't cooperate in Maggie’s plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit.
Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son.
By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude, and passion will set things right, and Brick’s love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie’s loving arms.
The cast features Whitney Standefer as “Maggie,” Joshua Chisholm as “Brick,” Steve Jordan as “Big Daddy,” Aleatha Plott as “Big Mama,” Zack Jordan as “Gooper,” Nikki Sloan as “Mae,” Dexter Coley as “Dr. Baugh,” David Howard as “Rev. Tooker,” Lamar Bankston as “Sookey,” Carolina Price as “Lacey,” Carina Miller as “Trixie,” and Noah McKinnon as “Buster.”
Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and students, and can be purchased in person at Ringgold City Hall, over the phone at 706-935-3061, or online at cityofringgold.com.
TRP’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”
Production dates: Aug. 18-27 at 7:30 p.m. Special matinee Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
Where: Ringgold Depot.
Tickets: $10 general admission. $8 for seniors and students
Phone: 706-935-3061
Twitter: @RinggPlayhouse

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Brother of State Rep. Weldon Faces Assault Charges
The brother of state Rep. Tom Weldon of Ringgold is facing assault charges for allegedly shooting a man in the leg during a domestic dispute.
Wesley Gage Weldon, 41, of Ringgold, was arrested Friday, Aug. 12, for aggravated assault. He is the brother of long-time Ringgold attorney and current Ga. House District 3 representative Tom Weldon, who is not seeking re-election.
Also arrested in the incident was Jennifer Nicole Ray, 30, of LaFayette. Both were charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of meth, possession of morphine, possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit a crime.
Weldon and Ray were released on bond Sunday, Aug. 14, and Monday, Aug. 15 respectively.
Investigators say deputies were dispatched to Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe just before 11 a.m. Friday regarding a man who showed up a gunshot wound in the leg.
Ray told investigators she locked up the house and went to bed Thursday night, and then woke up to find 34-year-old Judson Cudd at the house with her and Weldon.
She said she went outside to smoke and left the two men alone inside.
After the two men argued for few moments, Ray said she heard a gunshot and went inside to find Cudd shot in the leg, reports show.
Ray told deputies that she quickly wrapped a makeshift tourniquet above the wound and transported Cudd to Cornerstone.
Cudd was later transferred to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ray was immediately taken to the Sheriff’s Department for additional questioning, where Lt. Freddie Roden’s investigation led to her charges.
Roden also obtained the aggravated assault warrant for Weldon and served it on him at the jail.
It’s unknown at this time what led to the gun being fired in the residence but Ray told investigators that Cudd claimed to have entered the home with a key he wasn’t supposed to have.
She also stated Cudd and Weldon had been arguing over some missing items that had presumably been taken from the residence.
During the investigation at Cornerstone, a plastic baggie of marijuana was found in the grass near the vehicle Ray drove Cudd to the hospital in, but she claimed to not know anything about it.
She has not been charged with possession of the drug at this time.
Weldon has a criminal history in Catoosa County.
He was arrested in February 2015 on a handful of drug possession and manufacturing charges when detectives discovered a meth lab in the kitchen of his residence while serving a restraining order against him on behalf of his ex-wife.
Weldon’s brother, Tom, represented him in that case.

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Man Arrested in  County on Charges of Child Molestation


A man allegedly molested two young girls at a Catoosa County church while working a construction job there, police say.
According to the Sheriff’s Department:
Anthony Ray Stanley, 37, of Scenic Drive in Tunnel Hill, was arrested Friday, Aug. 5, on charges of child molestation and parole violation. He has been denied bond.
Records show that Stanley is a registered sex offender who was convicted of child molestation in 2002. He’s been a registered offender since 2007 and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the alleged incident.
Deputies received a complaint on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from a woman who claimed Stanley had touched her two young daughters inappropriately at a church in Tunnel Hill earlier that day.
The woman said her two daughters had been at the church with their grandmother that morning, when Stanley allegedly asked the girls inappropriate questions, touched them both, and kissed one of them.
The girls are both under 10 years of age.
The grandmother said she and the girls were at the church for about 4½ hours and that Stanley was working at the church at the time.
According to sheriff’s Capt. Chris Lyons, Stanley isn’t employed by the church, but was there working construction for a separate company.

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Man Arrested in Catoosa County After High-Speed Chase
A man was arrested in Catoosa County for allegedly sporting a phony identity after wrecking a stolen car during a high-speed chase, police say.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:
Aaron Thomas Parker, 34, of Dalashmitt Road in Chattanooga, Tenn., was arrested Saturday, Aug. 6 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit a crime, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of meth, theft by receiving stolen property, use of license plate to misrepresent identity of vehicle, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, weaving, stop/yield sign violations, no proof of insurance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond was set at $6,100.
A hold has also been placed on Parker by the East Ridge Police Department.
Around 1:18 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, officers observed Parker run off the roadway on Wooten Road in a black Volvo, reports show.
Lt. Anthony Lawson attempted to pull over the vehicle at the intersection of Wooten and Graysville roads, but Parker failed to stop and then took off, initiating a chase.
Parker was allegedly traveling on the wrong side of the road doing 80 mph in a 35-mph zone.
“The vehicle crossed the railroad tracks, losing control and crashing into a wooded area at Graysville Road and Lime Street,” Lawson said. “The driver exited the sunroof and fled into the wooded area.”
Parker was eventually located in the wooded area by a Georgia State Patrol trooper who arrived on scene, at which time he ignored police commands and pretended to act unconscious when emergency crews arrived.
A search of the vehicle revealed a driver’s license with Parker’s photo on it and the name “Quinton Johnson,” as well as a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, and a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine.
“The Tennessee tag displayed on the Volvo returned registered to a 1999 Honda ULX,” Lawson said. “A check of the Volvo’s VIN number indicated the Volvo to be stolen out of East Ridge, Tenn.”
Parker was taken to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton and then transported to the Catoosa County jail after being medically cleared.
After initially being booked as “Quinton Johnson,” investigators were able to gather that his fingerprints showed him to actually be Aaron Thomas Parker, a convicted felon.

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Lilly's Produce Burglarized, Antiques and more taken


On Saturday, Aug. 13, in the wee hours of the morning, thieves broke into Lilly’s Produce on Forrest Road in Fort Oglethorpe.
“We had just moved some antiques into the store,” says owner Lynn Bishop. “We were there until 11:45 Friday night unloading stuff.”
Bishop is still uncertain how the thieves got into the store, which is located close to the Fort Oglethorpe post office.
“They stole the antiques, our cash register, and they broke jars of relish and juice we carry,” says Bishop.
They also stole Bishop’s 1995 F150 Ford pick-up truck. The truck is red and white. “All my banking information was in the truck,” Bishop says, “so I had to close out all my accounts this morning.”
Stolen items include numerous antique butter crocks, an Amish butter churn, a large pedal tractor and a pedal fire truck, antique milk cans, hand saws, a sickle blade, milk bottles. The Bishops are still taking stock of their losses.
Bishop says she had a surveillance camera in her stolen truck that she was planning to mount in the store.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department at 706-866-2512.

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Drug Task Force Investigating Drug-Trafficking Ring
Drug task force officials are investigating a drug-trafficking ring involving a wide range of prescription opiates that tie together in a tri-state operation that possibly goes even further as more arrests are expected.
As the result of a lengthy investigation, agents from the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force executed six search warrants in North Walker County in Georgia and South Hamilton County in Tennessee. The search warrants were in reference to a suspected drug trafficking organization operating throughout the Tennessee Valley, dealing primarily with Schedule II prescription narcotics.
According to Drug Task Force Commander Pat Doyle, the Schedule II narcotics are opiates ranging from oxycodone and roxycodone, to various other opiates.
“Any kind of opiates you can get your hands on,” Doyle said of the wide range of prescription pills being trafficked throughout the region.
The dealers are buying the narcotics wholesale and redistributing them in a classic prescription diversion case, Doyle said.
The investigation has spanned several months and the ring has been operating for quite some time, he said.
Doyle said the drug ring could reach even further than Walker County, Catoosa County, and Hamilton County, including their surrounding areas.
Multiple agencies assisted in the search warrant executions. These agencies include the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, LaFayette Police Department, Rossville Police Department, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending. The following individuals were arrested on Walker County warrants and charged with trafficking Schedule II narcotics. Additional charges on those arrested are pending the results of the search warrants.
· Johnny Boatwright, Sr., 51, of 1138 McBride Road, East Ridge, Tenn.
· Theodore H. Apostol Jr., 46, of 434 Jenkins Road, Rossville
· Cindy L. Boatwright Apostol, 29, of 434 Jenkins Road, Rossville, Ga.
· Joshua E. Hayes, 33, of 817 Lynn Lane, Rossville
· Krysten E. Hayes, 32, of 817 Lynn Lane, Rossville
· Theodore H. Apostol III, 23, of 777 Chickamauga Ave., Rossville

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GDAA Presents Award to Catoosa County Public Schools
The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (GDAA) presented its Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting to Catoosa County Public Schools. This award was established to recognize excellence in financial reporting and controls. It encourages governmental organizations to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and recognizes individual organizations that are successful in achieving this goal.
Genevieve Silvia, GDAA manager, presented the award at the Board of Education meeting July 28.
“We audit 151 systems and we have released 75 reports,” she said. “Of the reports released only 33 systems have received this award, and we don’t expect to issue many more certificates from the remaining reports.”
The award was created in 2014, and is presented to organizations that submit quality financial statements and supporting documentation in a timely manner. To receive this award, the organization’s annual financial report must also be free of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, comply with all Transparency in Government requirements, and be given an unmodified audit opinion.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the GDAA,” said Denia Reese, Catoosa County superintendent. “I am very proud the employees in our finance department are diligent in maintaining the highest level of excellence, and they are very deserving of this award.”

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"Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass" Concert Festival Scheduled
Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. will host a fundraiser in Chickamauga to protect the endangered gray bats living in Frick’s Cave.
“Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass” concert festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature the Barefoot Nellie and Company band. Space is limited and only 200 tickets are available.
The goal of Chattanooga-based Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is to raise $2.5 million for the Stewardship Endowment Fund to pay for the conservation and stewardship of all of SCCi's caves, including Frick’s.
According to SCCI executive director Ray Knott, tickets for the event are only available online at www.scci.org/bats-beer-and-bluegrass.
“We currently manage 170 caves on 30 preserves in six southeast states,” Knott said.
The event will kick off with a dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a night of bluegrass music from 6 p.m. until dark.
Big River Brewery in Chattanooga will provide the beer, while 212 Market Street restaurant in Chattanooga will cater the food.
The dinner and concert is priced at $50 per person, with $25 for the concert itself.
Of the 200 tickets, 80 have been sold, leaving only 120 available tickets for the event.
Knott said about 30 bats remain in the cave year-round, while more than 9,900 others leave during the winter.
The 34-acre site includes a pavilion and is often used as a permitted campsite that has been managed by SCCi volunteer E.T. Davis for the past 20 years. Frick’s Preserve doesn't have bathroom facilities.
“It’s history,” Knott said of the importance of the cave’s preservation, adding that Cherokee Indian writings can also be found inside the cave.
About SCCi
Southeastern Cave Conservancy is calling this event its coming-out party, even though the organization was started in 1991 with a small group of cavers.
Now, 25 years later and with more than 1,000 members, the SCCi is the largest land conservancy devoted specifically to caves. SCCi owns and leases 170 caves on 30 preserves in six states.
According to the SCCi mission statement: “We are interested in caves anywhere in the Southeastern U.S. that need protection or management for conservation or access reasons. The SCCi is particularly interested in caves that are threatened with closure or destruction or those which provide a habitat for endangered species such as the gray bat, Tennessee cave salamander, or Hart’s Tongue Fern. Our mission is to preserve caves and cave environments and to manage them responsibly.”
Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc.’s “Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass” concert fundraiser
Where: 1536 Frick’s Gap Road in Chickamauga
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. until dark
Price: $50 for concert and dinner; $25 for concert.
For more information about SCCi, event details, or to make a donation, visit www.scci.org or email the group at info@scci.org. The group also has a Facebook page.

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Public Hearings Set On Proposed Property Tax Increase


Catoosa County commissioners will hold three public hearings on a proposed property tax (millage) rate increase.
The increase, from 10.768 mills to 11.877 mills (1.109 mills more or 10.3 percent increase) is needed to fund — and balance — the county’s proposed new budget, which begins Oct. 1.
The proposed budget is available for public inspection at the Board of Commissioners’ office.
The hearings give the public a chance to comment on the proposed property tax rate hike and budget before they are adopted.
The hearings will be held at the Catoosa County administrative building, 800 LaFayette St. in downtown Ringgold, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Commissioners are expected to approve the property tax rate hike and new budget following the final hearing.
For property owners, a mill translates as $1 in tax for every $1,000 of property assessed value at 40 percent. That means a property owner pays taxes on 40 percent of the valuation, less a $2,000 homestead exemption for a residence.
A property worth $100,000 would be taxed on $40,000 and the homestead exemption would be deducted from that tax bill.
In general, this year’s millage increase (1.109), if approved, will add about $44 to the tax bill of a property with a value of $100,000.

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Catoosa County Courthouse

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Today in Georgia
History

From the archives of the Georgia Historical Society

Walt Kelly

August 25, 1913 - Ware County
"We have met the enemy and he is us." The cartoonist who gave us that famous quote was born on this day in 1913, in Philadelphia.

Walt Kelly worked as a Disney animator before launching Pogo in 1948. The comic strip was set in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp. It ran nationally for 25 years and was the most popular comic strip in America in the 1950s.

The title character was Pogo, a possum who was surrounded by other animals that lived in the Okefenokee and who all spoke in a broken Southern dialect. A turtle named Churchy Lafemme, Beauregard the hound dog, Porkypine, and Miz Mamzelle Hepzibah, a French skunk. They were all humorous representations of well–known Southern stereotypes.

The satiric comic strip broke new ground by commenting on political and social issues. The character simple J. Malarkey lampooned anti–Communist Senator Joseph Mccarthy. Other targets included Southern segregationists and the Vietnam War.

Ware County's annual Pogofest still celebrates Walt Kelly's unique creation, quite a feat for a man born in Philadelphia on August 25, 1913, Today in Georgia History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Famous People in Georgia

(From-Georia Encyclopedia)

Macon resident Young Stribling was a leading boxer in the heavyweight division during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was defeated in several world title bouts, most notably against the German fighter Max Schmeling in 1931.
William Lawrence "Young" Stribling Jr. was born in Bainbridge on December 26, 1904, to Lily Braswell and William Lawrence Stribling. He grew up on the road as part of the Four Novelty Grahams, a traveling vaudeville company consisting of Stribling, his parents, and his brother, Herbert. As part of their act the two children fought each other in oversized gloves while their father acted as referee. As he grew older Stribling began to take on all-comers from the audience. At age sixteen he had his first professional fight, in Atlanta. Over the next nine years, he moved through seven weight divisions before settling as a heavyweight in 1929.
An 18,000-mile barnstorming tour across the country in 1925 earned Stribling the moniker King of the Canebrakes. Writer Damon Runyon invented the nickname to reflect Stribling's popularity in rural areas. (He didn't limit himself to visiting rural areas, however; in one publicity stunt he flew a plane over New York City and circled the Empire State Building.) Loved across Georgia, Stribling was an exemplary citizen, serving as an Elk, a Kiwanian, a Mason, and a Bible-class teacher who worked with disadvantaged children. He was also a lieutenant in the Army Reserve Air Corps and flew his own airplane to fights around the country. Black Georgians, though, were less sympathetic to Stribling, given his refusal to face African American fighters.
Despite a career record of 221 wins that included 125 knockouts (a record later broken by Archie Moore) and an armory of punches, including the Stribling Shift, Stribling never fulfilled his potential as a fighter. Experts from outside Georgia believed that his father was a poor manager and arranged too many bouts for his son. Indeed, Stribling participated in 285 professional fights in twelve years, often appearing outside the United States. Walk Miller, the manager of Tiger Flowers, also failed to improve Stribling's performances, however. Cynics suggested that the handsome pugilist was better suited for Broadway roles.
Stribling was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-eight, on October 3, 1933. He was on the way to visit his wife and baby son in a Macon hospital when a car hit his motorcycle. According to sportswriter Paul Gallico, Stribling "was afraid of nothing that rolled on wheels or flew on wings, but was a coward in the ring." Ralph McGill's obituary in the Atlanta Constitution was much kinder, stating that "Georgia ha[d] taken this great young man to her heart, not realizing herself what a place he held in her heart until he was gone."
Stribling's funeral in Macon further reflected the scale of his support. Twenty-five thousand mourners walked past his coffin in the town's auditorium and another 10,000 attended the service at Riverside Cemetery. Messages of condolence came from the likes of wealthy New York entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt, golfer Bobby Jones, and Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge. A year later a group of prominent boxers, including famed Italian pugilist Primo Carnera, attended a memorial service for Stribling in Macon.
Stribling was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1965 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in Canastota, New York, in 1966.

 

 


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