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Ringgold Down Home Christmas parade set for Dec. 4

The Ringgold Down Home Christmas parade will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. It will begin on Nashville Street and proceed through downtown to the Ringgold Depot.

Santa Claus will again marshal the parade to the Depot where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the night. The historic Ringgold Depot will also host a variety of children’s choir and dance performances beginning at 7 p.m.

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Spotlight on Local Non-Profits: Nathan Anderson Cemetery Trust

Nathan Anderson Cemetery Trust

One of Ringgold's oldest cemeteries, the Nathan Anderson Cemetery on Lafayette Street near Georgia Highway 151, is accessible from downtown along the LaFayette Street sidewalk. Many of the communities earliest and most notable citizens were laid to rest at the site. Some authorities speculate that the cemetery location actually dates back to the days of the Native American mound builders. Its more recent history began with the Cherokees as part of Assistant Chief Richard Taylor's Mount Hope plantation.

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Nearly 700 early ballots cast in Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold city elections

Early voting ended in the Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold city elections on Friday, Oct. 30, with nearly 700 ballots being cast between the two cities.

The two cities have a total of nearly 7,900 registered voters, meaning that nearly 9 percent have already cast their ballots.

The two cities have 20 candidates vying for eight mayoral and city council seats, with election-day voting set to open Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both city halls.

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Ringgold council approves small purchases to finalize Patriot Hall renovation

The Ringgold city council approved some detail-oriented purchases Monday night, Oct. 26, as the city prepares to reopen Patriot Hall on Emberson Drive following a nine-month renovation.

The building, which sits adjacent to the city pool, began being overhauled in February and is slated to be open for rentals beginning Nov. 3.

“It’s a beautiful building,” said city manager Dan Wright. “They’ve done a great job and it’s nice in there now.”

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Guide available to locate family flag among Veterans Day flags in Ringgold

veterans day festival of flags

Veterans Day flags will be raised Wednesday, Nov. 4. Twice a year the streets of Ringgold are lined with American flags in honor of local deceased military. Each flag is anchored in a cross bearing the family name of those who served.

In response to multiple requests for a convenient way to locate a particular name, a system was implemented for residents to use.

To find a flag, visit, click on flags and find the location number in front of the name. Go to the key at the bottom of the list.

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RTC funds imaging project to locate unmarked graves in Anderson Cemetery

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Recently, Ringgold Telephone Company (RTC) funded a project to locate over 100 unmarked graves within the boundaries of the historic Nathan Anderson Cemetery in downtown Ringgold. Rumors have long circled the old cemetery, offering various accounts of unmarked burial sites belonging to early settlers—Euro-Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans.

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Ringgold receives health promotion and wellness incentive grant

Ringgold was selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to receive one of the employee health promotion and wellness incentive grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of city employees and family members.

Awards are made to members of the GMA GMEBS Life and Health Insurance Fund, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a city’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

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Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union opens new Ringgold branch

Numerous residents, business owners, and community officials stopped by the new Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) building on Thursday, Oct. 15, to celebrate the opening of the banking company’s new Ringgold branch located at 35 Poplar Springs Road.

The day included a plethora of free food, drinks, giveaways and prizes, as well as a special ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the establishment to town.

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Ringgold man charged with meth possession by LaFayette police

ringgold man arrested in lafayette

A Ringgold man was arrested after police allegedly found meth in his Crayola magic marker, along with about $1,500 in cash.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Monday, Oct. 5, shortly before 10 p.m., an officer saw a black 1993 Nissan Sentra traveling at a high rate of speed along Probasco Street. The drive ran the stop sign at the intersection of Probasco Street and Bradley Avenue.

The officer activated a patrol stop and caught up to driver on Mill Street.

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Ringgold man invents air-conditioned suit for outdoor work

A Ringgold man recently invented a very cool air-conditioned suit to help people better tackle the heat while attempting to complete their outdoor housework.

Dustin Sims, a Chickamauga native now living in Ringgold, has been using his unique know-how for years on various projects and believes he’s found something very special and equally marketable with his new “Stay Cool” air-conditioned outdoor suit.

“It’s really neat,” Sims said. “It’s made for people who work hard in the heat outdoors. It lets them battle the heat while being in an air-cooled bubble.”

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