published Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Ringgold Ruby Tuesday manager retells her tornado experience on TV


by Andy Johns
Michelle Campbell, a manager of Ruby Tuesday in Ringgold, Ga., stands in front of the ruins of the restaurant building where she, her co-workers and customers had been when the tornado ripped through Ringgold. When she saw the storm begin to travel straight toward the restaurant, she ushered the occupants into the freezer, saving their lives.
Michelle Campbell, a manager of Ruby Tuesday in Ringgold, Ga., stands in front of the ruins of the restaurant building where she, her co-workers and customers had been when the tornado ripped through Ringgold. When she saw the storm begin to travel straight toward the restaurant, she ushered the occupants into the freezer, saving their lives.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

A woman who survived the destruction of the Ringgold, Ga., Ruby Tuesday when it was hit by a tornado believes an angel saved her, and she's telling her story tonight on Country Music Television.

Michelle Campbell, a shift manager at the restaurant, will appear on "Angels Among Us" at 9 p.m. on the Nashville-based cable channel.

The show, hosted by Elizabeth Hasselbeck of "The View," will focus on Campbell's account of divine intervention as the tornado ripped the restaurant to pieces around her on the night of April 27.

"I'm just amazed we weren't sucked right out of there," Campbell told the Chattanooga Times Free Press, standing outside the rubble a week after the storm.

None of the diners in the Ruby Tuesday was seriously injured when the building was destroyed.

Attempts to reach Campbell on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

In past episodes, the show has aired dramatizations of tornado survivors, a man crushed by a logging truck, 9/11 victims and a soldier in Afghanistan, all of whom believed they were saved by angels.

Tammy Wood, executive producer for GRB Entertainment and the show, said the episode also will feature interviews with Carroll Allen, pastor of Ringgold Church of God. But the main focus will be on Campbell.

"I'm always looking for what I think is going to make a compelling story," Wood said. "She's what I think of as an everywoman. She has a great American story."

Allen was in the restaurant with Campbell, and he also believes a miracle saved him. A week after the incident, he recalled that the voice of a woman yelling for everyone to run came only seconds before the tornado rammed into the restaurant.

When he heard the order to move, he bolted from his chair and ran toward Campbell before being flung across the room.

"I believe an angel of the Lord pushed me," he told a reporter in May.

Campbell agreed.

"It's only by the grace of God that we got out of there," she said.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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dao1980 said...

It's a slippery slope to claim that "God saved me from that dern tornady".

Free will is based on circumstance.

If you believe that we possess a soul, then you concede that we operate under the free will to do what we choose with it. (hence the heaven and hell issue)

If God controls the day to day circumstances in your life, than you have no free will.

If you have no free will, than you have no soul... and by "soul" I don't mean the ability to produce emotionally moving music. ;)

I'm afraid you have been psychologically, spiritually, and intellectually opiated by our fellow mans attempt to sell you an afterlife that he does not own.

God didn't save you from the tornado, your choice of where you were when the random path passed is what saved you.

Circumstance, is in fact, what saved you and what cost others their lives.

I promise that the world really isn't that bad without ghosts, magic, and imaginary friends causing everything that is happening around you.

September 29, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.
NorthChattphat said...

obviously the above commentor didn't see or witness the damage.. building was completely distroyed, whether you believe in "ghosts, magic, and imaginary friends causing everything that is happening around you.", which is your eloquently thought out view of "god", it WAS a miracle anyone survived

October 20, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
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