Ringgold, Ga.

Ringgold, Ga.

March 25th, 2014 in Fyi2014

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

Size: 3.9 square miles

Population: 3,645

Incorporated: Dec. 18, 1847

Government: Mayor Joe Barger, Vice Mayor Nick Millwood, Councilmen Randall Franks, Terry Crawford, Earl Henderson and Jake Haynes

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

Attraction: A bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne stands in Ringgold Gap, where Gen. Cleburne and his greatly outmanned Confederate soldiers held the gap and inflicted severe losses on a Union force intent on pushing south from Chattanooga toward Atlanta. The park is located on U.S. Highway 41 just south of the city of Ringgold.

Fun fact: Octogenarian mayor Joe Barger is one generation removed from the Civil War. His grandfather fought for the South.

Famous resident: Confederate Capt. William J. Whitsitt.

"To me personally, it's been somewhere where I've been able to pursue every dream that's come to mind. I've been able to get my education here and have the career of my dreams here and pursue my interests like politics and education." -- Ringgold Vice Mayor Nick Millwood