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The three city of Fort Oglethorpe employees who left on March 22 in what's been described as a "coup" got their jobs back Monday night — thanks to a new City Council that met for the first time.

Three of four criminal charges were dropped this morning against University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student Cole Montalvo, who was wrestled to the ground by campus police and security officers on Nov. 13 after Montalvo crossed a “free speech” perimeter to question street preacher Angela Cummings.

Lookout Mountain's only physician practice will stay put -- in a brand-new office that should open this summer.

TRENTON, Ga. — Move over, "Duck Dynasty."

Call it the factory that got away.

Walker County, Ga., officials today announced they completed a land purchase to create a 463-acre industrial park site -- inspired partly by Chattanooga's success in luring a Volkswagen automobile manufacturing plant to the Enterprise South Industrial Plant.

It’s being called the “cheesepocalpyse,” “cheeseaggedon,” and “cheesenado” — a reported Velveeta shortage weeks before the Super Bowl that threatens to leave football fans holding bare tortilla chips bereft of queso dip.

If the cold weather kept anyone away from the polls in Tuesday's special election to fill the Georgia House District 2 seat, never fear — they'll get another chance.

A runoff election will be held on Feb. 4 to fill the Georgia House District 2 seat since none of the three Republican candidates captured the 50 percent plus one vote required to win.

Chickamauga Battlefield, the nation's oldest and largest Civil War battlefield, gets about 1 million visitors a year.

Fort Oglethorpe officials announced this afternoon that the city will get $3 million from the federal government to improve the appearance of LaFayette Road between the Chickamauga Battlefield and Battlefield Parkway.

• Christopher Coty Tatum: Tatum, 28, died Aug. 25 at SkyRidge Medical Center, where he was taken for treatment after a shooting, while Gaberila Wendy Gasparian, 33, was treated for her gunshot wound at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga.

Car thieves with a taste for Chevrolet Camaros stole six vehicles from a dealership in Kimball, Tenn., over the New Year's holiday.

When the labor and the delivery unit closed at noon Tuesday at Hutcheson Medical Center, most of its employees left, too.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — A North Georgia factory that's already working around the clock to make car and golf cart parts is expanding.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — Hutcheson Medical Center has another year to repay $6 million it borrowed from Walker and Catoosa counties. And the financially troubled Fort Oglethorpe hospital has another $1 million line of credit backed by Walker County, if it needs it.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — A North Georgia factory that's already working around the clock to make car and golf cart parts is expanding.

The sign on U.S. Highway 27 reads "Rock Springs."

All the rain that fell this year might make you think Chattanooga was morphing into Seattle.

Chattooga County, Ga., today will celebrate its septaquintaquinquecentennial — which is the 10-syllable, proper way to say the county's 175th birthday.

A new CNN poll has found that two-thirds of Americans believe the 113th Congress is the worst ever, and 73 percent of respondents say it has been a “do-nothing” body.

Fort Oglethorpe's city government will greet the New Year without some of the baggage from 2013 — a contentious year at City Hall.

Bradley County Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones made an open government group's "naughty list" just four days before Christmas.

Cutbacks loom at Hutcheson Medical Center.

When vandals left graffiti and broken windows late Thursday night at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Dalton, Ga., Art Fultz's first thought was it might have been inspired by a national boycott that views the Christian charity as anti-gay.

Vandals who left graffiti and broken windows at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Dalton, Ga., may have been inspired by a national boycott of the Christian charity that sees it as anti-gay.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Larry Armour, the developer who brought a Costco warehouse store to Catoosa County, is on track to get almost $7 million in local government subsidies for his retail developments here.

Methadone clinics aren’t just for heroin addicts anymore.

Walker County, Ga., is willing to go it alone and help keep Hutcheson Medical Center afloat with loans as the publicly owned Fort Oglethorpe hospital makes unspecified cuts to save several million dollars a year.

Drive through Rock Spring, Ga., on Highway 27, and you can’t help notice all the cars and trucks parked in front of Wanda’s Restaurant.

It's unclear what the future holds for Hutcheson Medical Center after it was turned down Tuesday for a "critically needed" $2 million loan.

Catoosa County won't loan any more money to Hutcheson Medical Center.

An Ooltewah man who shot and killed what he thought was a middle-of-the-night prowler — actually a 72-year-old man with advanced Alzheimer's disease — Wednesday in Walker County, Ga., hasn't been charged but he might be later, authorities said.

Forget Black Thursday and Black Friday — Ober Gatlinburg is hoping for White Friday.

Hutcheson Medical Center officials sought to put a positive spin Monday night at being left at the altar without an acceptable suitor.

Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell voted this morning to back another $2 million loan to Hutcheson Medical Center.

When the United States' first transcontinental railroad was officially completed in May 1869, the historic event was commemorated by gently tapping a "last spike" made of 18-karat gold to link the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.

Two projects are under way to help move water from the Tennessee River into North Georgia.

Three candidates met the noon Wednesday deadline to qualify to run for the Georgia House District 2 seat vacated last week by Republican Jay Neal of LaFayette, who stepped down to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post. They are:

When three new Fort Oglethorpe City Council members take office in January, one thing they'll decide is whether to use sales tax revenue to expand sewer service to the north end of Mack Smith Road.

Three candidates met today’s noon deadline to qualify to run for the Georgia House District 2 seat vacated by Jay Neal, R-Chickamauga, who stepped down last week to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post.

UTC student Cole Montalvo stopped his bicycle Thursday afternoon to offer some advice to fire-and-brimstone evangelist Angela Cummings, who was preaching near the library to students -- or, as she referred to them, "you adulterers and adulteresses."

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Come Christmas, a new park will open next to the historic Old Stone Church on U.S. Highway 41 near Ringgold — courtesy of a 1 cent Catoosa County sales tax and state prisoners' labor.

Controversy has arisen over the arrest Thursday afternoon of a 24-year-old student near a female Christian evangelist who's reportedly been haranguing students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

RINGGOLD, Ga. —A 56-acre prescribed fire set Thursday by the Georgia Forestry Commission to clear underbrush on White Oak Mountain off Cherokee Valley Road got out of control — but apparently just for a little while.

Hutcheson Medical Center board members did not have to look far for a new chief operating officer.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — The name of Hill High School — the only historically black high school in Walker County, Ga. — will live on at the first new public housing built in LaFayette in more than two decades.

A 10-year-long effort to build the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail is one bridge away from being finished.

A recent land purchase by the state will make it easier to access the 16,400-acre Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area from LaFayette, Ga.

Fort Oglethorpe isn't wasting any time legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, which voters approved Tuesday night.

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