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U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, said today that next year’s Congress easily can change the terms of the recent debt deal, which is why he voted against the plan.

Walker County residents have two chances this week to shape the way their county will look in 20 years.

LaFayette, Ga.’s city government should have plenty of new faces after this fall. Leaders are searching for a new city manager, and as many as three council seats could be up for election without incumbents.

The tri-state area is “abnormally dry,” according to a drought report issued Thursday.

John T. Arnold plans to serve up a fresh menu with a side of experience in hopes of reinvigorating Roy's Grill in Rossville.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It was a bumpy ride to get there, but Catoosa County commissioners on Tuesday finally approved a motocross track coming to Scruggs Road.

LaFayette, Ga., spent more money than it brought in and changes in spending are needed, according to a recent audit.

The Northwest Georgia political scene already has more R's than a pirate ship, but some political observers believe Republicans may be preparing to plunder the last Democratic district north of metro Atlanta.

Last week, Hazel Louise Reece told friends she noticed dry hay stashed under her Bledsoe County, Tenn., home and feared someone was going to try to kill her by burning her house down.

Smoke is usually a good sign for barbecue restaurants. That is, unless it’s coming from places it’s not supposed to be.

In July 1861, when Union and Confederate troops clashed for the first big battle of the war near Manassas Junction, Va., both sides learned important lessons about tactics, strategy and logistics of the new war.

Local residents brought dozens of documents to the Hunter Museum of American Art so staff with the Tennessee State Library and Archives could add them to their digital collection.

After $275,000 in renovations and six months of serving burgers, the current incarnation of Roy's Grill in Rossville has shut off its neon lights.

The man who took over the debt on U.S. Rep. Tom Graves' failed motel has been charged with theft. John Letcher Edens, 51, was arrested by Cartersville, Ga., police on June 22 on a charge of theft by conversion in Roswell, Ga.

Kroger is no longer interested in Ringgold, Ga., or anywhere else in the Chattanooga area. A company spokesman confirmed that the Cincinnati-based grocer had been “tentatively exploring an opportunity to open a new store in Ringgold.”

A Catoosa County, Ga., commissioner is entering the race to be Fort Oglethorpe's mayor, which may spark two interesting elections.

Ringgold, Ga., Mayor Joe Barger has been in office 36 years, but he wants at least one more term to make it a nice, round 40.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is hoping to expand its collection of Civil War photos, letters and other documents by asking local residents to bring family heirlooms to be digitized.

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves' attorney says the disputed loan agreement between his client and a Northwest Georgia bank is not valid because the bank should have known the Georgia congressman couldn't repay the money and it cut the lawmaker some slack when his company couldn't make payments.

Three Georgia parks and one from Tennessee are at the top of the list of favorite parks across the country that Coca-Cola will use to determine who gets $175,000 in grants.

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves filed an affidavit Thursday reiterating that he was wronged by the bank that is suing him and a state lawmaker over a failed hotel in Gordon County.

Fort Oglethorpe officials are discussing tax breaks, low-interest loans and other incentives to revitalize a section of LaFayette Road just north of the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Patrick Sharrock and his parents got a firsthand view this week of what volunteers went through tearing down and rebuilding their Lakeview home in February.

Officials in the Cherokee Regional Library System told the system’s board Monday they will close the LaFayette-Walker County branch on Saturdays beginning Aug. 1 to compensate for funding cuts.

Regional leaders have taken the first whacks at whittling down the wish list of Georgia transportation projects slated for a vote next year, but the revised list is still $59 million more than projected revenue.

Trenton Mayor Barton Harris said he plans to be on the ballot in this fall’s city elections, but it remains to be seen if he’ll have competition.

An 88-year-old veteran with emphysema has filed complaints against Fort Oglethorpe for a second time, saying City Hall doesn’t provide adequate parking for handicapped drivers.

Today is the last day for Georgians to help decide what the back ends of their cars will look like for the next several years.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — What Catoosa County tax collectors missed in hamburgers and hotel stays, they more than made up for in tarps and lumber as Ringgold recovers from a deadly tornado.

Janet Brooks is a little nervous that she might have a lot more company out in the woods if everyone else learns about the horse trails she’s been riding for 25 years.

Falcons tickets, $130 dinners, packing supplies and trips to the circus were all expenses lobbyists used to get to know Northwest Georgia legislators during this year’s legislative session.

A retired LaFayette, Ga., doctor says he’s filed paperwork and launched a website to challenge Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell in the 2012 election.

Next month, library workers will remove placards for cereal, pasta and canned soup and replace them with new signs for biographies, reference books and science fiction.

A college planning to build in Catoosa County now is reconsidering the location after discovering protected wetlands would limit access to the campus.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — Leaders in LaFayette say a new terminal at the Barwick-LaFayette Airport will “enhance our prospects” for industrial growth.

As a mechanic for the last 31 years, Cotton Perry is used to helping people after breakdowns.

A Georgia official says the state is losing out to Florida on federal funding because President Barack Obama doesn’t expect any electoral votes from the Peach State in the 2012 election.

Storms, renovations and trouble with a contractor have forced the Dade County library into its second temporary home after the April tornado burst through the roof and damaged 27,000 volumes.

Walker County, Ga., teachers’ email still won’t work and workers continue picking up the pieces from strong winds that ripped through the area Saturday, though officials say it’s nothing compared with what residents of Ringgold and Flintstone went through in April’s tornadoes.

Leon Dave says the owners of a shoe store and motorcycle shop both liked the idea of opening stores in his small North Alabama town.

Floyd County officials say they are deeply involved in talks with a company that wants to put a 1.5 million square foot distribution center in near the Floyd-Gordon County line.

Northwest Georgia leaders approved a plan Thursday that would give guidelines to developers who want to build within a mile of Civil War battlefields, Cherokee removal sites or a host of other “natural, cultural and historic resources.”

A federal grant will help Walker County refurbish a barn and establish a trailhead to give mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders another reason to visit the county, officials say.

No one was injured in an apartment building fire on East Fifth Street on Tuesday morning, but one firefighter was a nose away from a close call.

Back home in Michigan, Jan and Fred Gabriel can’t stop telling friends and family members about the wild April night they spent in Ringgold, Ga.

Rossville Mayor Johnny Baker says he has “no plans to run for a fourth term,” but that could change if no one he feels is qualified to lead the city files to be on the ballot.

If ideal conditions exist for fighting forest fires, the Okefenokee Swamp’s 104-degree heat, swarms of mosquitoes and bulldozer-eating bogs aren’t even close.

If Thursday’s rain showers seemed a bit unfamiliar, there’s a reason.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The tornado that flattened homes and businesses across Ringgold may also have pancaked Catoosa County revenues for May.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Perched high atop his scissor-lift, Benny Goins has a bird’s-eye view of acres of flattened forest off Cherokee Valley Road.

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