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East Ridge residents have spoken, and the new city flag will be flying by this fall.

Sixty-six percent of online voters chose a design created by Vice Mayor Tom Card, though voters were not aware who designed each of the 18 potential flags, said City Manager William Whitson.

More than 250 people voted in the month-long online process. The city hired an outside auditor to make sure only one vote per citizen was allowed and that each vote came from legitimate city residents.

The flag will be featured at a planned $1 million redesign of Exit 1 on Interstate 75 in East Ridge and will fly along with the U.S. and Tennessee flags, Mr. Card said.

The banner features the city seal in a field of blue along with orange, red, white and blue panels and four stars, Mr. Card said. The orange and blue panel represents the city's colors and three stars represents Tennessee's three grand divisions.

A solitary star represents East Ridge's motto "Gateway to Tennessee."

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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