Looking back: Top stories of 2022 in Catoosa, Walker counties |

As 2023 begins, we take a look back at the top stories of 2022 in Catoosa and Walker counties, from Gov. Brian Kemp’s visit to Roper Corp. in LaFayette last January, to the go-ahead in December for a new hospital. What follows are summaries of the Catoosa-Walker area’s top news stories arranged in chronological order:

Governor visits Roper Corp. to celebrate expansion


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp emphasizes the investment and jobs created by the expansion at Roper Corp. reflect the resiliency of Georgians despite the pandemic.

Sen. Jeff Mullis announces he won’t seek reelection

Jeff Mullis

Sen. Jeff Mullis

New Catoosa County school superintendent sworn in

Chance Nix

Catoosa County Probate Judge Jeff Hullender (right) swears in Chance Nix as the new school superintendent, as Nix’s wife Heather looks on.

EPA awards Walker County $500,000 to assess brownfield sites

Peerless Woolen Mills

Peerless Woolen Mills in Rossville

Moore wins Senate District 53 seat

Colton Moore

Colton Moore

Fire heavily damages vacant Rossville plant


About three-quarters of the old Coats American building on Maple Street in Rossville was destroyed by fire on Aug. 23.

First-class resort taking shape in Walker County

McLemore hotel under construction

The Hilton Curio Collection Hotel at The McLemore will boast 245 rooms, 24,000 square feet of conference space, two dance floors, two restaurants and much more when it opens in March 2024.

Catoosa attorney presents proposal for allowing chickens in residential areas

Plans for new hospital to serve Northwest Georgia move forward

CHI Memorial Hospital rendering

CHI Memorial Hospital will look like this when its construction is finished on Battlefield Parkway.


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