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If my people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Ringgold Downtown Development Authority plans to add a commemorative plaque at the site of old city hall building at 35 Mountain St. The site,  now the office of Lighthouse Foster Care, was destroyed by a tornado in April 2011. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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Routine Traffic Stop Turns into Drug Bust
A routine traffic stopped turned into a drug bust for Fort Oglethorpe police, who found three men in possession of about two ounces of meth, authorities say.
According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Christopher Lee Hall, 42, of Chattanooga, Frank Lynn Giles Jr., 34, of Ringgold, and Bryan Keith Porter, 28, of Rossville were arrested Oct. 16 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, trafficking methamphetamines, possession of oxycodone, possession of morphine, and possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to distribute.
Hall was also charged with a tag light violation.
All three men remained in Catoosa County jail as of Tuesday, Oct. 18, with bond set at $25,000 each for Giles and Porter and $25,500 for Hall.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, when officer James Davis pulled Hall over in the 3400 block of Cloud Springs Road.
After asking the men to step out of the car, Giles allegedly threw a marijuana blunt out into the grass on the shoulder of the road, reports show.
A Catoosa County sheriff's deputy also arrived at the scene with a K-9 drug dog after Davis says he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, officers found a draw-string bag in a floorboard filled with various drugs.
"I located a clear back containing marijuana," Davis said. "I continued searching and located a large zip-lock back containing a crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine."
Davis also found additional bags of meth, a digital scale, more baggies, and pills later identified as morphine and oxycodone.
"The bags of the blue crystal substance were weighed on the offender's digital scale with the combined weight being approximately 60 grams," Davis said.
None of the offender's wanted to claim ownership of the bag, and the case was turned over to the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force.
The task force collected all the drugs and paraphernalia as evidence and seized the undisclosed amount of cash the men had on them.


"Festival of Flags" Volunteers Needed
Ringgold is nearing one of its most respected and patriotic times of year with its bi-annual "Festival of Flags" celebration, and organizers for the event are seeking volunteers to help with the setup.
Twice a year, for the two weeks surrounding Memorial and Veteran's Days, the city of Ringgold honors fallen soldiers from Catoosa County by erecting an American flag and wooden cross with that person's name and service on it.
With the fall portion of the year's celebration less than a month away, event organizers are seeking volunteers to help set up and take down the flags.
"We're needing some folks to help us get the flags up, and then some to help us collect them back up," said former mayor Joe Barger. "Each time we have more flags, so we need more folks to help us out."
Barger says November's festival will include 1,396 flags, which is 56 more than in May.
The setup begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with the takedown scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the effort can call Ringgold City Hall at 706-935-3061, or Barger directly at 706-935-2019.


Walker County Sheriff's Department Investgating Shooting

The Walker County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Wednesday shooting at 205 Summit St. in Rossville.
The victim, 37-year-old Christopher Moore of the address was working under the hood of a car when he was shot two times in the back. He has been hospitalized, but his condition was no immediately available.
The suspect is described as a tall slender black male, wearing a jacket with a head covering. The suspect also had long dreadlocks as described by the victim and two witnesses. The victim stated he recognized the suspect as a former customer.
It is believed that the victim was shot with a revolver hand gun.
The suspect fled the scene and escaped in a white Jeep Liberty.
Information on the shooting can be sent anonymously to walkerso.com, Walker County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, or by calling dispatch at 706-375-7810.


Spread Awareness of Forest Fires
Help keep our wildlife safe by bringing awareness to the Georgia forest fires in the local areas. Several wildfires have been occurring in areas around us. The 2016 drought is the worst the forestry commission has seen since 2007. Georgia Forestry Commission will not issue any burn permits until significant rainfall has occurred. Visit www.georgiafirewise.org   for more information on how to protect our wildlife.

Rocktoberfest at Rock City

This fall, Rock City offers family fun, beautiful foliage and a German-themed festival at Rocktoberfest, every Saturday and Sunday during October (1st-30th). This 11th annual event is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features live German bands, food, polka and lots of fun entertainment!
Interact with one-of-a-kind characters like Ik the Troll King, the fall fairy, German dancers, a mime, balloon artist and Rocky the elf, Rock City’s beloved mascot. Also see the popular Birds of Prey Shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kids can get a stamp in their passport as they visit different areas throughout the park. Adventure passports are given out upon entering Rock City and include activities and coupons.
Hear live German music from bands including The Wurstbrats, Die Mitternaechters and The Musik Meisters. Dancers also perform German and Bavarian folk dances.
Try some German food like bratwursts and beer cheese soup in the pavilion and German chocolate cake in the Big Rock Grill. Café 7 is also open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is featuring the German dish, weinerschnitzel.
Set out on a guided heritage tour at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. or 3 p.m., to learn about Rock City’s founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter and her love of German folklore and fairytales.
Rock City Gardens continues to partner with the MaryEllen Locher Foundation® honoring breast cancer awareness month during October. Stop by the new “Rock the Pink” photo booth and dress up in a fun assortment of pink attire. Several pink products including Survivor Birdhouses and ornaments are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefitting this organization and their scholarship program. Visit Rock City’s gift shops or go to seerockcity.com/survivor.
For the event entertainment schedule, visit seerockcity.com/rocktoberfest.


Haunted Dppot Opens October 14th
Arguably Ringgold’s most popular event, the annual Haunted Depot, will kick off Friday night, Oct. 14, and is prepared to terrorize the community for three straight weekends in Oct.
This year’s Haunted Depot will be Ringgold’s 10th installment of the event, which is designed and orchestrated by city staff and volunteers.
Unlike a number of haunted attractions in the area, Ringgold’s Haunted Depot offers Halloween themed entertainment for all ages by not only turning the Depot into a haunted house, but also offering live entertainment, haunted ghost rides, hay rides with bonfire, and great food for everyone.
“This is our 10th Haunted Depot, and we have seen growth each and every year,” said city manager Dan Wright. “This is a family oriented event that promotes community. We always receive great cooperation from our school systems as well.”
Getting the Depot ready for a fright is always the duty of city Parksand Recreation director Stephen Middlebrooks, whose team spends two weeks building the haunt inside the Depot, and even begins the design process months prior to the build.
“Over the years we've collected a lot of props, masks, and other surprises for people,” Middlebrooks explained. “We're always trying to find a new use for things, and it's always a lot of fun….people love a good scare.”
Wright says the event is one of the city’s biggest, and says sponsorship from local businesses plays a huge role in bringing the event to life. 
"Ringgold's Haunted Depot is one of our most popular events bringing thousands of people into our community over several weekends," Said Randall Franks, Downtown Development Authority Chairman. "Over the years, as I volunteered, I have seen generations of families come together to enjoy one of the activities, finding the opportunity to build memories that will last a lifetime.”  While the Haunted Depot offers plenty of spooky fun, the purpose of the event is to raise funds for the city's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to assist in making improvements through the community.
“We appreciate the support of our corporate sponsors,” Wright said. “Without their financial support, volunteer hours, and equipment, this event would not be the huge success it has become.”
The event’s corporate sponsors include Ringgold Telephone Company, First Volunteer Bank, and Graham Dental.
The extra activities outside the actual Haunted Depot include the ghost tours, hayride, bonfire, free face-painting for children, and free nightly live entertainment.  
     The Ringgold Police Department will be offering a variety of products at their booth located at the venue.  Some of the items at the Haunted Depot event will include; hamburgers, hotdogs, caramel apples, pop corn, sodas, coffee, hot chocolate, candy, and other misc. items.  
     “The Ringgold Police Department looks forward to participating with the Haunted Depot event every year, and it is truly humbling to have the opportunity to interact and serve the people here in our community, City of Ringgold Police, Chief Dan Bilbrey explained.
Rhonda Johnson explained for the second year, the event will also include a coloring contest for grades K-5. 
“We’ll be awarding first, second, and third place ribbons in categories of K-1st grade, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5,” Johnson explained. “First place winners will also have their artwork framed.”
Dates for the event are Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. each of those evenings.
Ticket prices for the event are $8 for the Haunted Depot, $7 for the Ghost Tours,  $3 for the Hayride and Bonfire.
Combo tickets for everything at the event can be purchased for $15.
Visit cityofringgold.com. or call 706-935-3061 for more information.
What: Ringgold’s 10th annual Haunted Depot.
When: Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $8 (Various smaller amounts for extra activities).
Address: 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga. 30736
Phone: 706-935-3061


Catoosa County Sheriff's Detectives
Investigating Road Rage Case

Catoosa County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a road rage case that erupted into two men pointing guns at each other.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, the incident happened just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 on Gentry Road and involved one man following the other to his driveway and threatening him.
The victim told Deputy Joshua Moore that he was attempting to back into his driveway when a black man riding passenger in a van began blowing his horn at him and then approached him with a gun.
“The victim stated the black male exited the passenger side of the vehicle, pointed the gun at him, and then stated, ‘I will bust a cap in your ass’,” Moore said.
The victim added that he too was carrying a gun, and in return, aimed his at the suspect.
The van was being driven by an unidentified black female, who fled the scene when the guns were drawn, leaving the offender in the victim’s yard.
Witnesses told deputies they saw the exchange take place and that when the victim pulled his gun in return, the offender began backing up and yelling out that the victim was going to shoot him because he is black, reports show.
Moments later, the female returned in the van and retrieved the offender.
One witness said the suspect punched out a window in the van and was yelling at the woman to get out of the driver’s seat, but that she too was yelling for the suspect to get back in the van before the two eventually sped away.
According to Capt. Chris Lyons, the sheriff’s office is treating the case as a road rage incident and investigating the aggravated assault aspect of it.
“We’ve had a couple of things like that, road rage type things, but we don’t have people waving guns at each other too often,” Lyons said. “We don’t have a whole lot of information to go on, but we hope that maybe somebody saw something or knows somebody that fits the suspect’s description with that type of vehicle. It (the suspect) may very well be somebody who is local to that area.”
The sheriff’s office is advising residents to keep an eye out for a black couple in a dark blue van, and encourages anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at 706-935-2424.


RHS Seniors Named Commended Students
by 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Ringgold High School seniors Christopher L. Beatty and Jack A. Gillispie were named Commended Students by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. RHS Principal J.R. Jones will present them with a letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a spokesperson for NMSC said. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”


Catoosa Man Arrested on Kidnapping
Charges and Other Multiple Charges
A Catoosa County man wanted for allegedly kidnapping and beating up his girlfriend in August was arrested Monday when deputies found him hiding in a bathroom.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:
Shannon Jacob Ray, 30, of Bowman Road in Ringgold was arrested Oct. 3, on charges of false imprisonment, kidnapping, battery, theft, theft by receiving stolen property, and probation violation.
A hold was also placed on Ray for outstanding warrants out of Walker County, and he has been denied bond.
Ray’s run-in with police began just after midnight when deputies were patrolling near a residence on Graysville Road and discovered a stolen vehicle in the driveway.
The Honda Civic was had recently been reported stolen out of Chattanooga, Tenn., reports show.
Additional deputies arrived, but no one would answer the door of the residence.
After about half an hour, Lt. Anthony Lawson says, Karla Harris answered the door claiming to have no idea how the vehicle got to her residence.
“Ms. Harris stated she knew nothing about the vehicle and that someone had dropped the vehicle off earlier that day,” Lawson said. “She also stated that only her three children were inside the residence.”
Eventually, after being detained, Harris changed her story and admitted that Shannon Ray had come to the residence in the vehicle and that he too was inside the home.
After running Ray’s name, deputies discovered he had outstanding warrants in both Catoosa and Walker counties.
During a search of the residence, Ray was found hiding behind the curtain in a bathroom shower, reports show.
In addition to Ray’s arrest, Harris was also arrested on a single charge of theft by receiving stolen property.
Ray’s outstanding Catoosa County warrants stem from an incident on Aug. 16, in which he allegedly beat up his girlfriend while driving her car and then stole that vehicle too.
The victim claimed she and Ray were traveling on Roach Hollow Road and that he refused to let her out of the vehicle while striking her in the face and the back of the head, reports show.
The victim told deputies she was eventually able to jump out of the vehicle at a stop sign, but that Ray took off with her vehicle.
Ray returned the vehicle to the victim three days later on Aug. 19, reports show.


Detectives Investigating Death from October 1

Catoosa County detectives are investigating a death that occurred Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1, in which deputies discovered a body inside a burning vehicle.
Deputies were called to the scene at 14726 Ga. Highway 151 (Alabama Highway) around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a report of a possible body inside a burning truck, where they indeed found a person’s charred remains.
The Chevrolet truck was located in the backyard area of the residence with the victim inside, reports show.
Sheriff Gary Sisk says his office has yet to publicly release the gender or name of the person because they’ve been unable to make a positive identification.
“Honestly, we can’t confirm the identity yet,” Sisk said. “It’s not that we’re trying to keep information from the public. … We assume we know who it is, but until we can get that verification from the crime lab, we can’t say for sure. We’re not able to pull a wallet with identification or anything from the victim.”
Sisk says the body was scheduled for autopsy at the crime lab on Monday, but that it’s still unclear how the vehicle caught fire.
“The autopsy was scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday,” Sisk said. “We also called the fire marshall into the investigation and collected the vehicle.”
The residence where the body and vehicle was found wasn’t being lived in at the time of the incident, but Sisk says it was being remodeled, and that a few people were there Friday evening before the discovery on Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve interviewed and talked to people that were there the night before, but at this time, we don’t think there’s any foul play or anything suspect,” Sisk said.
More details in the case will be released as they’re made available.

Northwest Georgia Judge
Accused of Improprieties
As two judges squabble for control of the northwest Georgia courts system, one has accused the other of improprieties -- and he says he has been working against her for years.
On Sunday, according to a letter obtained by the Times Free Press, Lookout Mountain Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. told fellow Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Graham that he has been secretly reporting her to state investigators for years.
"Now that you have been made aware of this and knowing you, it will be impossible for us to be in the same room," Van Pelt wrote. "Similar train wrecks in other circuits have resulted in a requirement that some form of case assignment system (with judges taking specific trials to avoid each other) be assigned."

Fort Oglethorpe Man Missing Since June
Authorities and concerned family members have continued their search for 44-year-old David Dewayne Abbott, who left his Fort Oglethorpe apartment on Wednesday, June 22, and hasn’t been heard from since.
According to Lt. Steve Blevins with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, the investigation into Abbott’s disappearance has stalled.
“Regretfully, there’s nothing new,” Blevins said. “We still don’t have any new leads, and there’s been no financial use of his personal accounts, or anything thing like that.”
Abbott left his Battlewood Apartment on Fant Drive around 11 p.m. and simply disappeared.
His truck was discovered in McMinn County, Tenn., shortly after he disappeared, but his trail stops in the area of Athens, Tenn.
Fort Oglethorpe police held a press conference with Abbott’s girlfriend Regina Snyder on July 6, at which time Snyder stated Abbott suffers from schizophrenia and had recently gone off his medication.
There didn’t appear to be any sign of a struggle near or in Abbott’s vehicle.
“The truck was found to be running mechanically sound,” Blevins said. “Abbott’s keys to the vehicle and his cell phone were found in the vehicle.”
Blevins said the cell phone hadn’t been used in a couple of days.
“We’ve had reported sightings in Athens where he was seen on foot in that area, but nothing has developed,” Blevins explained. “His family still goes up there looking for him every week or two.”
Abbott was last seen wearing black basketball shorts, black flip-flops, a knee brace, and a red muscle-shirt. His longhaired appearance from the missing person photo has changed a bit as police now say he has a “high and tight” military-style cut.
He also has a significant scar on his right arm, and a wedding band tattoo on his left ring finger.
Anyone with information about Abbott’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Lt. Blevins at the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department at 706-866-2512.


Fort Oglethorpe Police Receive Clown Complaints

Fort Oglethorpe police have received complaints in the past two days of suspicious people dressed as clowns frightening area residents.

Similar to what has reportedly taken place in North and South Carolina in recent weeks, residents have called the city’s Police Department after seeing “suspicious” clowns lurking in the Cloud Springs Road area.

“We had a call yesterday at a complex on Cloud Springs Road, and then we had another call this morning at the Battlewood Apartments on Fant Drive,” police Lt. Steve Blevins said Tuesday, Sept. 20. “Yesterday was the first report, but now there are multiple.”

The first incident involved a “creepy clown” chasing a couple of kids from a store parking lot back to their home, reports show.

“According to the complainant, a person dressed as a creepy clown and wielding what appeared to be a knife, allegedly chased her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece from the lot of the Mapco convenience store back to their Fernwood Drive apartment,” officer Mitchell Moore said.

One of the victims recorded a Snapchat video of the clown from inside the apartment following the incident.

“There appears to be a knife in his hand,” Blevins said. “We don’t know if it’s a real knife or a rubber or fake one used during Halloween.”

Blevins says the department is trying to nip the issue in the bud given the craze that has followed such incidents in other states.

“Things like this are already out there on the national news and on social media, so we surely don’t want the public to think we’re trying to conceal these types of things,” Blevins said. “Some people might not take it too serious, but we do. If you’re out terrorizing people you’re going to go to jail. Also, any individual responsible for falsely reporting a ‘sighting’ will also be prosecuted criminally.”

Although Halloween is a little more than a month away, Blevins reiterated that pranking or scaring residents won’t be tolerated.

“Concealing your identity with a mask isn’t okay except for one day of the year and that’s Halloween,” Blevins said. “We don’t want people out there terrorizing, threatening, or endangering our residents.”



Chattanooga Attorney Found Unfit to Stand Trial
A once promising Chattanooga, Tenn., attorney, who made headlines earlier this summer when he was shot by a resident during a home invasion attempt, has been found unfit to stand trial.
Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Jack Fitzharris faces charges of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, simple assault, entering auto, and terroristic threats and acts from the July incident, but was deemed not competent to stand trail last week in Catoosa County Superior Court.
According to his attorney McCracken Poston, Fitzharris has been ordered to complete a 90-day evaluation at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development to hopefully determine a plan of treatment.
“It’s a sad story,” Poston said. “Sadder still because I am hearing reports of extremely erratic behavior and thoughts by my client from over six months before the Catoosa County charges.”
On July 13, Fitzharris was arrested after an elderly couple claimed he forced his way into the couple’s home through a carport door, and then threatened to kill them.
Eighty-four-year-old retired Marine Delbert Hanshaw confronted him with a gun.
Catoosa County sheriff’s deputies found Fitzharris in his newly purchased Jaguar suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper right arm, reports show.
Fitzharris’ activities that day were also traced to an incident in East Ridge, Tenn., approximately 45 minutes before the home invasion, in which he allegedly came close to running over two police officers in a hotel parking lot.
In court, Fitzharris claimed several members of the Chattanooga court scene, including judges and attorneys, were “out to hurt him.”
At the time of his arrest, Poston said that Fitzharris was having some sort of mental breakdown.
Poston added that he wishes Fitzharris had a better support system around him at that time.
“An intervention by other lawyers or a judge could have diverted the issues and perhaps avoided the Georgia incident entirely,” Poston said. “He will be re-evaluated in 90 days.”

David Moon, founder of Picnooga in Chattanooga, is seeking glass plate negatives, which were used in photo processing in the late 1800s.
According to picnooga.org, “Picnooga began as a grassroots initiative to crowdsource vintage and historic photography of Chattanooga. Since, our focus has evolved into a hunt for historical items to catalog, preserve and share with the public. Our overall goal is to provide accessible resources to educate and stimulate an ongoing conversation about Chattanooga’s regional history.”
Moon said that a collection of more than 400 glass plate negatives depicting life in Chattanooga during the late 1800s was recently discovered. They are believed to have been taken by photographer Charles Gustavus Walline, who was employed at Chattanooga's D.B. Loveman's Department Store.
About 55 years ago a man named Charles Coulter of Signal Mountain attended an auction in Walker County and obtained 67 of Walline’s glass plate negatives. Coulter recently submitted them to Deep Zoom Chattanooga, as well as Picnooga.
Many of the photographs depict the same people, who are believed to be Walline’s friends and neighbors.
Moon believes there may be more glass plate negatives in Walker and the surrounding area.
Some of the photographs include an 1898 reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga that took place during the Spanish-American War, which included some of those soldiers.
Moon said the long-term goal is to digitize the glass plates through a crowdfunding campaign and make those photographs available as an online exhibit.
Picnooga is asking the public to submit any other possible additional glass plate negatives, as well as information about those pictures, including the ones that are already in collection.
If the owners of the plates do not want to give them to the site, Picnooga could scan them for the owners and return the originals, Moon said.
The plan is to preserve, scan, digitize, and exhibit them, Moon said.
Moon said glass plate photographs started prior to the Civil War and started becoming obsolete around the 1920s.
Anyone who historic glass plate negatives they would like to submit to the project, or have scanned, is asked to email them to picnoooga@gmail.com, or contact the company on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/picnooga/?fref=ts, or by visiting Picnooga’s website contact link at picnooga.org/contact-us/.
Moon said some of these photographs are already available to be seen online at picnooga.org and others will be added in the near future.

General 100 Relay After Party!

general 100 after party

It’s an after party, and you're invited! This Saturday, September 24th , The General 100 Relay is hosting a celebration at Clark Park right here in Ringgold, Georgia! Come celebrate and cheer on the runners at the General 100 Relay finish line! And best of all, it's FREE! Bring your friends and family for games, music, food, and more! Festivities begin at 5pm. We hope to see you there!

1890's Day Fiddler Contest Winner
Wins 45th Annual Fiddler Competition

Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was named Grand Master Fiddler Champion for 2016 at the 45th annual fiddler competition in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 3 and 4. The event was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Denton won the opportunity to compete in the finals of the competition at the 2016 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddle Convention in Ringgold, Ga., when she won the Randall Franks Trophy, named after local Ringgold fiddler. Franks serves as host for the event.
“All of us on the 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention committee are so proud of Maddie's accomplishment,” Franks said. “She is an amazing talent who has come to Ringgold to compete and won several times. Ringgold has watched her grow in her skills as a musician and now attain the nation’s highest fiddling honor which we are all a small part of now.”
Denton took home $1,200 in cash, $500 gift certificate from D’Addario, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry.


Rossville Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
After Crashing Into Ex-Girlfriend's Car

A Rossville man was arrested in Fort Oglethorpe after he allegedly crashed into his ex-girlfriend’s car while trying to run her off the road, police say.
According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Richard Joseph Howard, 36, of 2472 North Highway 341 in Rossville, was arrested Sept. 4 on charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, stalking, not stopping at the scene of an accident, weaving, following too closely, striking a fixed object, and failure to obey traffic signs. His bond was set at $5,000.
A few days before Howard’s arrest, on Aug. 27, officers were called to a strange scene at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and Van Cleve Street, where they found two wrecked vehicles, but no drivers anywhere in sight.
Witnesses told Sgt. Greg Wingo the story of how a black Nissan Altima had crashed into a Honda Accord and subsequently ran into a power pole.
“The witnesses said the driver of the Nissan intentionally rammed the Honda, running it off the road,” Wingo said. “In the process, the Nissan struck and broke the power pole.”
Witness also stated the driver of the Nissan, which was later identified as Howard, ran over to the Honda after the fact, and attempted to get the female driver out of the vehicle.
“They (witnesses) said he jumped on top of the car and was jumping on the windshield, which shattered,” Wingo said.
Howard ran from the scene shortly thereafter, as did the female victim after Howard was out of sight, reports show.
The victim returned to the scene a short time later, claiming she went for help after the encounter with Howard.
Wingo says he interview the victim, who told the same story as the witnesses near the scene.
“The victim said her ex-boyfriend, Richard Howard, had been following her as she was going to her new boyfriend’s house,” Wingo said. “She said she turned from Van Cleve Street onto Patterson Avenue when Howard accelerated through the intersection and rammed into her car.”
Warrants were obtained for Howard's arrest, and he was located eight days later on Sept. 4


General 100 Relay in Need of Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! The General 100 Relay is looking for people to help for the event taking place September 24th. Any runners not participating in the relay but want to help? Students looking for volunteer hours before graduation? Or do you just want to help out this amazing event? We need you! Send us an email at general100relay@gmail.com if you're interested. All money raised benefits the Evitt Foundation, a non-profit (501c(3)) that promotes child welfare and education in North Georgia. 
And don't forget to register your team at http://general100.com




Catoosa County Courthouse


Today in Georgia

From the archives of the Georgia Historical Society

Lyman Hall

October 19, 1790 - Darien, Savannah, St. Simons Island
Lyman Hall was an ordained minister, a doctor and one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence, quite a resume for a man born in Connecticut in 1747.
Hall was from old New England stock and graduated from Yale. He abandoned the congregational ministry for medicine and moved South, eventually settling in Georgia on land in St. John’s Parish—which was later renamed Liberty County. 
At a time when not all Georgians supported the Revolution,  Lyman Hall and many of his peers from St. John’s did. When Georgia refused to send delegates to the Second Continental Congress in 1775, St. John’s Parish sent Lyman Hall. A year later he joined fellow Georgians Button Gwinnett and George Walton in signing the Declaration of Independence.
Walton returned to Georgia after the Revolution and served as governor. His most notable achievement thrives to this day—the University of Georgia, chartered in 1785. 
The New England puritan who helped establish both Georgia’s independence and the first state-chartered university in the nation died on October 19, 1790, Today in Georgia History.










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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