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Rossville, Ga.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014    |   

Location: In Northwest Georgia across the state line from Chattanooga

Size: 1.8 square miles

Founded: Officially incorporated on Aug. 25, 1905, but the settlement known as Poplar Springs dates to 1785 as home to the Cherokee Nation.

Population: 4,074

Government: Mayor Teddy Harris; City Council members Cindy Bradshaw, Rick Buff, Hal Gray Jr. and Joyce Wall

Attraction: The home of Chief John Ross, leader of the Cherokees, was built in 1797. The 216-year-old house, located at 212 Andrews St., is the oldest in the Chattanooga area. The house also was used by both sides during the Civil War as a hospital.

Schools: Rossville Elementary, Stone Creek Elementary, Rossville Middle, Ridgeland High

Famous residents: Chief John Ross; country singer Lauren Alaina, 2011 "American Idol" runner-up

Fun fact: A Lookout Mountain resident recently bought the trademark for Western Electric, once the world's fifth-largest industrial corporation that changed its name in 1984. Now the company, resurrected in Rossville, will make vacuum tubes mainly for use in high-end audio components.

Quote: "Rossville's going through a change and coming back. I love hearing the stories of Rossville back in its heyday. Hopefully, I'll be part of the next boom." -- John Arnold, owner of Roy's Grill.