Ringgold, Ga.

Ringgold, Ga.

March 31st, 2013 in Fyi2013

Frank Hale conducts the Jericho Brass, a traditional brass band, during a Veterans Day concert on the lawn of Ringgold City Hall.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

"Ringgold's kind of an old, new town. It was established in 1847, but it's a new town in that a tornado took out a good part of it a couple years ago, and it's been rebuilt."

- Catoosa County historian Bill Clark

Location: About 15 miles south of Chattanooga in Catoosa County, Ga.

Size: 8.1 square miles.

Population: 3,580.

Incorporated: Dec. 18, 1847.

Government: Mayor Joe Barger, Vice Mayor Randall Franks, Councilmen G. Larry Black, Terry Crawford, Earl Henderson and Nick Millwood.

Schools: Boynton Elementary, Graysville Elementary, Heritage Middle, Heritage High, Ringgold Primary, Ringgold Elementary, Ringgold Middle, Ringgold High.

Attraction: The Ringgold Wedding Chapel, located downtown in a historic Methodist church building, is the site of about 700 weddings a year and as many as 20 weddings per day. It bills Ringgold as "the wedding capital of the South."

Fun fact: Country superstars George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married at the courthouse in Ringgold. So were Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean.

Famous resident: Confederate Capt. William J. Whitsitt.