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Second arrest made in Rossville home invasion

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A second arrest was made in a north Georgia home invasion after word the suspects were driving a champagne colored Ford Crown Victoria. More>>

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Rocks tossed from bridge strike vehicles on GA highway

Georgia police say they suspect that men on a freeway overpass tossed rocks weighing up to 25 pounds onto cars traveling on Interstate 985, severely damaging at least two vehicles. More>>

GA communities get $39.7 million in federal grants

Gov. Nathan Deal says 82 Georgia communities will receive nearly $40 million in grant funding to work on local economic growth projects. More>>

GA officials offer online deer hunting application

Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season's deer quota hunt. More>>

Back to school jam in Ringgold Video included

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Saturday families got the chance to enjoy one last free day before the school year kicks in full gear.
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UPDATE: Catoosa County homeowner shoots intruder Video included

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A homeowner in Catoosa County fought off and ultimately shot an intruder in the leg inside his home Friday afternoon. More>>

Drive-by flu shot clinics to be offered in some North Georgia counties

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Health Departments in the north Georgia counties of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield will once again offer "drive-by flu shot clinics".
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Wildlife officials concerned over bat population

Federal wildlife officials are hosting a series of information sessions about a proposal to list a type of bat as endangered after a disease found in Georgia wiped out part of the species. More>>

Dalton high schoolers investigate mock crime scene Video included

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It's all about learning by doing in a new curriculum adopted by Dalton Public Schools called "Studio E" and it's being phased in as a trial year with MIHS freshmen.

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GA jobless rate rises to 7.8%

State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 7.8%. More>>

Catoosa Co. Sheriff’s searching for armed robbery suspects

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The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to West Circle Drive in Rossville August 3 just after 12:30 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery of a female More>>

Feds target international counterfeiting ring with GA ties

Federal authorities say 13 people have been indicted in connection with an alleged counterfeiting ring that involved fake bills manufactured in Israel being circulated in the United States. More>>

47 cameras to be added to trail after attack

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is announcing plans to add dozens of high-resolution cameras along the Silver Comet Trail in the wake of an attack that left a jogger severely injured. More>>

Attempted attack reported on Cartersville trail

Bartow County sheriff's officials are investigating an attempted attack on a state park trail in Cartersville. More>>

2nd American infected with Ebola headed to Atlanta

The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta. More>>

GA Department of Labor to hold job training recruitment in Cartersville and Dalton

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is holding a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for On-the-Job-Training (OJT), a federal program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. More>>

Dalton teachers get motivation from former student Video included

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J.R. Martinez is a Dalton High School graduate and army veteran. In 2003, he hit a roadside bomb in Iraq and suffered burns on a third of his body. Monday he returned home with an inspirational message for some of his former teaches, coaches and classmates. More>>

Sales Tax Holiday this weekend for TN, GA, AL Video included

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States allow purchases (with limitations) without collecting sales tax, easing the financial burden of parents. More>>

GA drive-in movie theater named among best in U.S.

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A Georgia drive-in movie theater finished near the top of TripAdvisor's list of the top 10 drive-in movie theaters in the U.S.

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GA included in human trafficking training program

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services say they're launching a training program to improve services offered to human trafficking victims. More>>

GDOT suspending construction during GA tax holiday

State transportation officials say they're planning to suspend road work near shopping centers to accommodate Georgians looking to save money during the upcoming tax holiday period. More>>

Tax free weekend is August 1st-3rd

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If you need to do some back-to-school shopping this is the weekend to do it.It's tax-free weekend for both Tennessee and Georgia. More>>

Crime Stoppers: Catoosa Co. Home Invasion Video included

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It was a violent, armed, home invasion in Catoosa County. Help solve this case and earn a Crime Stoppers cash reward.
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Woman found badly beaten on GA's Silver Comet Trail

Authorities say a 42-year-old woman is hospitalized after she was found badly beaten on the Silver Comet Trail northwest of Atlanta. More>>

Recount ordered in Ga. school superintendent race

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has ordered a ballot recount in the Republican state school superintendent primary runoff.
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New Georgia law could ensure local courts get their money

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A law, expected to be implemented in 2015, will allow state and local courts to draw unpaid fines from Georgians' state income tax returns. More>>

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

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Family Dollar has struggled and has attempted to reinvigorate sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 basic items. More>>

Ringgold man faces child rape charges Video included

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man at his family's pizzeria in Ringgold where he worked.



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GA governor chides president over young migrants

Georgia's governor has sent a letter to the president saying it is "unconscionable" that the federal government didn't communicate with his office before sending unaccompanied young migrants to the state. More>>

Graffiti vandals strike North GA art facility Video included

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Dalton Police are asking for the public's help in finding who's responsible for defacing the Creative Arts Guild. T More>>

GA investigated complaint against Dalton plant

State regulators investigated an anonymous complaint alleging a Dalton factory illegally discarded chemical waste five months before an accident injured a worker. More>>

Dalton police arrest 3 in synthetic pot bust

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The investigation, spanning several months, was centered on the Discount Tobacco Food Mart business in Dalton, owned by Dhansukh Chhaganlal BhikaBhika. More>>

Georgia releases student growth tool

Georgia parents now can see how their children are performing compared to students with similar academic histories. More>>

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GA lottery turns 21 and launches Kia promotion

The Georgia Lottery is celebrating its 21st anniversary and is partnering with Kia Motors to launch new games and promotions. More>>

UPDATE: Georgia runoff election results

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Georgia residents were at the polls Tuesday voting for their candidate in the runoff election.  More>>

Ga. group to address jail gangs, contraband

A group of corrections agencies are planning to discuss a multi-jurisdictional initiative aimed at cracking down on jail gangs and the use of contraband. More>>

Catoosa County Sheriff's Office to offer Citizens Police Academy

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The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is holding a Citizens Police Academy in September. More>>

50+ businesses taking part in career expo

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More than 50 businesses will take part in a career expo Wednesday in Ringgold. More>>

UPDATE: GBI releases suspect sketch in GA home invasion

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The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries, both with similar suspect descriptions. More>>

'Guns are Welcome' signs posted at Tennessee restaurant

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One Tennessee restaurant owner is making her opinion very clear by posting a 'Guns are Welcome' sign on the front door of her family-friendly establishment. More>>

159,152 ballots cast in GA runoff early voting

Georgia Secretary of State Jack Kemp says the majority of early votes in Tuesday's runoff election have been received, though mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast. More>>

Groups want multi-state trails in TN, KY and VA

Several groups on the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia borders want to connect the trial systems in the area and create one large trail in an effort to draw more adventure tourism into the area. More>>

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East Brainerd commercial development delayed

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Members of the planning commission were torn over the development. Member Joe Graham said he thought the apartments and retail would not be the best use of the land at that intersection. More>>

Petition looks to address child deaths in hot cars

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and KidsAndCars.org are partnering to petition the White House to authorize research technologies that could prevent children from being left in hot cars. More>>

GA spares life of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip

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The state of Georgia spared the life of a 68-year-old inmate one day before he was scheduled to be put to death. More>>

MAU hiring for automotive-related positions

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MAU Workforce Solutions is hiring to fill multiple positions in Chattanooga. More>>

GA county considers proposed 17% tax hike

Leaders in one of Georgia's largest counties are debating a proposed 17% property tax hike. More>>

Georgia governor pushes for clinical trials for marijuana-derived drug

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Georgia is one of 11 states where lawmakers considered limited medical marijuana programs this year, but failed to pass the bill.
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GA woman run over, killed by her own truck in driveway

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Her husband told investigators that it was not uncommon for Eoff to roll down a window and look out while backing.
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Calhoun defendants' attorneys intend to prove post-prom sex acts were consensual

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The three men accused of aggravated sexual battery, a felony, also face the misdemeanor charge of sexual battery and two of them face sodomy charges. More>>

Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

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Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children. More>>

Tweet from original Freedom Rider, now Congressman, goes viral

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Rep. John Lewis, one of the leading Freedom Riders of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, found himself inspiring social media after his tweet commemorating his release from jail more than a half-century ago. More>>

GDOT awards $85M in highway, road improvements

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to get $85 million worth of road improvements under way across the state. More>>

UPDATE: One worker transported to burn center after Dalton chemical plant reaction Video included

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Dalton Police Department advises that the chemical is not poisonous but is an irritant.

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Three former Calhoun High students indicted on aggravated sexual battery, sodomy charges

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The Gilmer County Superior Court clerk unsealed the indictment charging Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes and Damon Johnson this afternoon. More>>

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Restoring history: efforts underway to preserve Civil War monuments

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A Georgia man, Gordon Ponsford, also has restored Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible, as well as thousands of items recovered from the Titanic and mountains of relics from the Forbidden City in Hong Kong. More>>

UPDATE: Erlanger files notice to foreclose on Hutcheson Medical Center; Hutcheson responds

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Officials with the Erlanger Health System have started formal foreclosure proceedings against Hutcheson Medical Center as part of the effort to recoup moneys owed to Erlanger. More>>

Grant to help preserve Chattanooga battlefield

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$830,000 in grant money will help preserve more than 48 acres of land from the Civil War's Battle of Chattanooga in November 1863. More>>

Ga. to offer bonuses to early childhood teachers

A new state program is aimed at giving incentives to early childhood educators for furthering their education. More>>

Ga. to offer bonuses to early childhood teachers

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A new state program is aimed at giving incentives to early childhood educators for furthering their education.
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