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Chattooga County is getting out of the ambulance business. The county has contracted with Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome to take patients to hospitals, which Sole Commissioner Jason Winters said will improve service at a lower cost.

A woman who survived the destruction of the Ringgold, Ga., Ruby Tuesday when it was hit by a tornado believes an angel saved her, and she's telling her story tonight on Country Music Television.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- LaFayette City Council members accepted the resignation of City Manager Johnnie Arnold after the veteran administrator told attorneys he had a beer during a lunch break before driving a city vehicle back to work.

Usually it's the middle of October before Danny Davis has to dust off his rake and crank up the leaf blower.

Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is eager to capitalize on the tourism bounty all around her county.

One Northwest Georgia lawmaker says he's not sure the legislative maps his fellow Republicans approved last month were fair to Democrats.

The city manager in LaFayette has been in the office for only a few minutes this week after a closed-door City Council meeting that may have decided his future with the city.

A few pockets of dead pine trees in Dade and Walker counties have some North Georgia officials worried the area could be facing the return of the pine beetle.

A Fort Oglethorpe councilman who disputed a council candidate's qualifications to run for office has withdrawn his challenge after getting more information.

A complaint filed in Fort Oglethorpe seeks to boot one City Council candidate from the race before the first vote is cast.

Among the cyclists, picnickers and Civil War buffs milling around the Chickamauga Battlefield this weekend, one group is just as interested in the way history is being preserved as in the history itself.

The town of Lynchburg is synonymous with a name, a taste and a number.

Even the names are enchanting and inviting. Cloudland Canyon. Fall Creek Falls. Fort Mountain. Frozen Head. Rock Island.

The cannons and monuments of Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, but Civil War buffs know there are plenty of other Civil War sites in the region.

The name Chickamauga conjures up images of a bloody battle in the 1860s.

Twenty-eight officials in five Northwest Georgia counties owe the state ethics commission nearly $24,000 in late fees for campaign paperwork, some of which have gone unpaid since 2003.

An elementary school in Dayton, Tenn., and another in Trion, Ga., have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Six days of the week, if Josh Hardeman wants a beer or a bottle of wine he visits the Mapco Mart on Lula Lake Road, within walking distance of his Lookout Mountain, Ga., home.

They can't officially qualify for two more weeks, but two men seeking a Catoosa County Commission seat already have started campaigning.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- City officials heard plans that would label a portion of downtown LaFayette a Historic Business District but, facing opposition from merchants, decided to table to issue.

Voters in Trenton, Ga., will have three candidates to chose from when selecting their mayor, but choices are slimmer in other Dade and Chattooga county races.

Fletcher Renegar hopes his third time is the charm. Later today, the Ringgold, Ga., teenager will try to skate, shred and grind his way to his first berth in a professional tournament by winning the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City.

City voters in Walker County, Ga., will have plenty of choices on their ballots this fall. Out of 13 offices up for election in Chickamauga, Rossville, LaFayette and Lookout Mountain, 11 will be contested.

The battle to be Fort Oglethorpe's mayor likely will be the most hotly contested race in Catoosa County between now and Nov. 8, but a host of other candidates also will be on the ballots.

New district lines appear to mean new challengers for U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in his bid for re-election next year.

Residents in one Northwest Georgia county are circulating a petition to button up what they fear will be a strip club across the street from a church and preschool.

August was the driest month the Chattanooga area has ever seen.

The city manager of LaFayette, Ga., gave a deposition Monday in a lawsuit that claims three employees were fired for being old.

The local election season officially begins today in Northwest Georgia.

The number of same-sex couples grew by 58 percent in Hamilton County over the last decade and one California group has named Red Bank one of the top cities in Tennessee for single-gender pairs.

If cloudless skies, crunching dry grass and wilted flowers weren't enough of an indication, it's official -- drought has returned to Chattanooga.

Chinese immigrant Michael Zhou came to Chattanooga for a job at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 1998, and now can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Shaw Industries officials said Monday that as many as 180 employees could be looking for new jobs in Northwest Georgia.

Calhoun taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $100,000 to clean up a business blunder by two lawmakers who preach cutting taxes and rail against government intervention.

A rail crossing in Chickamauga, Ga., has been named the region's busiest intersection for trains and traffic, but officials say there are very few issues with the location.

The 6th Cavalry could be on the move. Catoosa County commissioners voted Tuesday to set aside money to explore buying the 107-year-old gymnasium in Fort Oglethorpe and moving the 6th Cavalry Museum to the building.

Shaw Industries plans to lay off workers in Ringgold and Eton, Ga., but officials with the Dalton-based carpet maker won't say exactly how many employees they'll be sending home.

ATLANTA — North Georgia's new congressional district should begin taking shape next week, and some at the Capitol say the idea of an all-Northwest Georgia District could become a reality.

ATLANTA — Committees in Georgia's House and Senate voted to move forward with their original redistricting map, despite the introduction of a new map drawn by Democrats late in the day Tuesday.

ATLANTA — House Democrats revealed an alternative redistricting map today to correct what they see as problems with the Republican-dominated body’s map released Friday.

A Dalton man with a plan for a Northwest Georgia congressional district pitched his idea at the state Capitol today.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- The New York City Public Library has two famous marble lions out in front of its doors.

Most Catoosa County residents are enchanted by the idea of an improved Cloud Springs Road, but residents of Cinderella Hills subdivision say the improvements have turned into a pumpkin.

Catoosa County's 2012 budget predicts a $600,000 increase in sales tax income, but expenses are projected to exceed revenues by half a million dollars.

Some districts grew and some shrunk, but most Northwest Georgians will remain in the same state House and Senate districts they're used to if a proposed legislative map is approved.

A few of the district boundaries were shifted around, but most Northwest Georgians will remain in the same state house and senate districts if a proposed legislative map is approved.

Dade County officials have borrowed $700,000 from a local bank to pay bills and payroll until the county is reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for storm-related expenses.

The lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tom Graves over a failed motel in Calhoun, Ga., has been dismissed after he and the bank suing him settled out of court.

The lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tom Graves over a failed motel in Calhoun has been dismissed after the two parties reached a settlement out of court.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — U.S. Rep. Tom Graves spent most of Monday railing against federal spending, but he tried to encourage private outlays.

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