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Tim Omarzu

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No child left behind — on the school bus.

During the May primary election, Georgia voters had 15 candidates for state school superintendent.

A solar farm with some 4,400 photovoltaic panels near Lyerly, Ga., is the newest part of what experts are calling the nation's fastest-growing solar electricity program.

One person was hospitalized by a chemical release around 6 a.m. Monday at a plant owned by a Dalton, Ga., chemical manufacturer that’s had accidents over the past decade that sent some 200 people to the hospital.

DALTON, Ga. — Two separate car dealerships failed at a concrete-and-glass showroom built in 2001 in Chatsworth, Ga.

Hutcheson Medical Center will be auctioned in August to the highest bidder if Erlanger Health System has its way.

Hutcheson Medical Center got a much-needed infusion of cash this week by selling its majority interest in Battlefield Imaging for $5.2 million.

Food Works is down but not out.

Heavy rains across the western side of the Chattanooga region caused flooding today in some areas, but no major problems, officials said.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — City Hall here has Civil War history on its walls: framed battle maps, a mural of soldiers fighting, a painting memorializing an unknown Confederate who died defending Ringgold Gap.

RISING FAWN, Ga. — Patrick Johnson left Denver three years ago with his wife and two kids to start an organic farm on Lookout Mountain.

The legal briefs keep piling up in the battle over millions of dollars exchanged between two area public hospitals.

DALTON, Ga. — There's an underground marble mine just south of Ellijay, Ga., that's 950 feet deep.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — Michael Lovelady was welcomed when he returned to his hometown of LaFayette in 2010 and made substantial investments there.

Justine "Marie" Creech disappeared early on a Wednesday morning three weeks ago — and is still missing.

Georgia is poised to become the first state in the Deep South to "ban the box," or stop asking potential employees about their criminal pasts on job applications.

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — The funeral procession drove on U.S. Highway 27 beneath a huge American flag suspended from the ladders of two firetrucks.

Roughly 200 people attended an hour-long public memorial service today for a Walker County Sheriff's Office K9 shot to death June 13 as deputies were trying to serve felony warrants in Menlo, Ga.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Tourists pack the sidewalks of this mountain town, and merchants offer everything from wine tasting to hot stone massage to bamboo fly-fishing rods handmade by the store’s owner — who was commissioned by former President Jimmy Carter to build a trout rod.

There's irony to a police dog's death by shotgun Friday afternoon in Walker County, Ga.

Utility automatically opts-in customers for charity donations

Not every customer happy to be opted in for donations

A Northwest Georgia electric cooperative has made a change to keep more of its customers' change for charity -- and not everyone's happy about it.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — A city councilwoman's suggestion to install parking meters in downtown Blue Ridge to generate revenue and prevent people from hogging parking spaces doesn't sit well with merchants in the tourist destination.

Waffle House meals three times a day, 365 days a year for Ringgold couple

World's biggest Waffle House fans may be Ringgold couple

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- For Johnny Maxwell it was love at first bite. The cheesy eggs. The bacon.

Bear versus vehicle is now an accident category in Red Bank, since a driver struck a large black bear at about 10:15 Sunday night on Dayton Boulevard just two blocks from City Hall.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Stacy Brown needs to find affordable housing soon within walking distance of his job at the Shaw Industries carpet backing plant in Chickamauga.

RISING FAWN, Ga. — A 2,200-acre real estate development that went bankrupt won't be clear-cut, mined or transformed into a subdivision of new homes.

The emerald ash borer is as cute as the proverbial bug.

A hive of honeybees got a sweet deal Friday at a house for sale in North Chattanooga.

Former Southern Adventist University student James Gaines won't face any charges for comments he made Jan. 23 that led to a two-hour lockdown at the 3,000-student private school in Collegedale.

UPDATE: The man at the center of a lockdown at Southern Adventist University earlier this year, will not face any charges.

Americans are head over heels in love with smart phones, a mere seven years after Apple introduced its iPhone to the masses.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — In about six months, staff will run out of room to store files at the Superior Court clerk's office in Catoosa County, Ga.

The Catoosa County, Ga., Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to pay $742,683 to low bidder Construction Consultants, Inc., of Chattanooga, to finish phase one of renovation of the county courthouse in downtown Ringgold.

Chattanoogans should be able to crank up the air conditioning this summer with no worries of crashing the power grid.

Former LaFayette, Ga., police sergeant Sam Parker on Monday afternoon will appeal his conviction and life sentence for the murder of his third wife, Theresa Parker, a Walker County 911 operator.

For $2.2 million, you can buy a 5,500-square-foot log home in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Blue Ridge, Ga., that has “views to die for,” “massive stone fireplaces” and decorative bears carved right into its log beams.

Berry College doesn't want its fledgling football program to interfere with its fledgling bald eagles.

Crystal Springs Print Works closed last summer after 106 years in business in Chickamauga, Ga.

Allen and Melanie Witry thought they'd save money when they moved in 2011 from Red Bank to Ringgold, Ga.

Roughly $2.2 million worth of construction work to patch and resurface some 14 miles of roads in Catoosa County, Ga., is about to get underway.

Four Northwest Georgia residents pleaded guilty in federal court to using stolen identities — including some from inmates in Georgia prisons — to conspire to steal $2 million by filing 595 false income tax returns.

Walker County, Ga., landed a $50 million factory for its new industrial park.

Walker County voters like the idea of liquor by the drink — and library supporters may need to down a stiff one after Tuesday’s primary election.

Catoosa County, Ga., has a new county commissioner.

Early Georgia primary results show that Dade County voters overwhelmingly approve of a one-cent sales tax to be used for $13.6 million worth of improvements including buying emergency vehicles and fixing up the county library.

Walker County, Ga., residents favor liquor by the drink, but don't want to increase property taxes to fund their library system, according to results from early voting released around 7:45 p.m. today.

Will Georgia make history and elect a woman to serve in the U.S. Senate for the first time?

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Catoosa County Economic Development Authority officials approved a tax break Tuesday meant to help breathe new life into an old rug plant.

During a live TV debate Wednesday night to be broadcast throughout Georgia, David Pennington will ask incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal a question.

Catoosa County, Ga., is projected to more than double in population by 2055 and grow from about 64,000 residents now to 140,000 then — an increase of 119 percent.

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