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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Ringgold Depot on Jan. 5, 2021.

Drive Time: From the Ringgold City Clerk's Office, located at 150 Tennessee St., it takes 23 minutes to drive to the Tennessee Aquarium, located at 1 Broad St. in Chattanooga.

Locator maps: Ringgold is a North Georgia city with irregular borders bisected by Interstate 75. It is the county seat of Catoosa County.

Curb appeal: The median listing price for homes in Ringgold, Georgia is $280,000.

Breakfast: Pam's Place, formerly known as Richard's Restaurant and located at 906 Lafayette St. in Ringgold, has wowed the community with great food and good conversation since 1999. People rave about the breakfast plates, which come with two homemade biscuits and gravy or toast and grits. The Western Omelet is also a crowd pleaser.

Lunch: Thatcher's BBQ and Grille, located at 2929 U.S. 41 in Ringgold, serves up hometown Georgia cooking on a plate. The BBQ Oink Shovel is a favorite of guests, who rave about the handcut white corn chips and tasty smoked pork.

Dinner: Live music and delicious food make Farm to Fork at 120 General Lee Drive a popular dinner spot for visitors. The house specialty is the Country Yardbird, served with some of the most delicious white pepper gravy in town.

New Business: When you first walk in the door at Phix Boutique and Beauty, it's hard to imagine that the shop was once a regular house. What were four different rooms have now been converted into a large open shop floor and salon area with handcrafted art pieces and bright light fixtures spelling out words like WASH and LOVE on each wall. Words of affirmation have even been painted on the ceiling. It makes an impression.

Owner Jennifer Lyons said making a good first impression is a vital part of how she runs her business. "What people see and feel when they first walk in that door is what they will remember," she said.

Phix Boutique and Beauty operated out of a location in East Brainerd for about four years before moving to Ringgold. Today, the shop sells T-shirts, signs and other art pieces as well as clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and some household gift items.

Phix Boutique and Beauty is located at 1637 Three Notch Road in Ringgold, Georgia, and can be reached at 706-935-7449, or visit facebook.com/phixboutiqueandbeauty.

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In the News:

— In April, the Catoosa County Commission agreed to hire former Ringgold City Manager Dan Wright to be its new county manager after former manager Alicia Vaughn stepped down.

— The Ringgold City Council voted unanimously in July to name Mark Vaughn its new city manager.

— A new Jefferson's Restaurant opened downtown in late August, bringing with it 40 new jobs.

Happy Place: Located at 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold, The Colonnade is strategically located off Interstate 75 on Battlefield Parkway. Its beautiful facilities include a conference room, banquet hall, multi-functional meeting space, a 518-seat theater and a catering kitchen. Over the years it has served as a venue for live music, art shows, wrestling matches, fireworks, plays, parties and more.

Shop Talk: A popular shopping spot for families living in and around Ringgold, Uniktings opened in May 2007 and was voted Small Business of the Year in 2009. The shop was also named Best of the Best Gift Shop every year from 2011 until 2016. Inside its doors shoppers can find everything from boutique clothing items and personalized Christmas ornaments to jewelry and purses. Monogramming and embroidery are offered for items purchased in the store. Uniktings is located at 7749 Nashville St. Southern Charm Clothing at 7768 Nashville St. sells a wide range of trendy and boutique items for men, women and children at excellent prices.

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Walkability: Ringgold is known for its walkability, from the locally famous Creek Walk walking path along Chickamauga Creek to the Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park. The nature park area includes six trails and more than 2 miles of hiking and walking paths through a hardwood forest and wooded creek bottom land.

Health care assets:

— Catoosa County Health Department, 145 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, (706)-406-2000

— North Georgia Healthcare Center - 6120 Alabama Highway, Ringgold, (706)-935-6442

— Ringgold Ready Clinic - 7566 Nashville St., Ringgold, (706)-935-3600

— Hamilton Physician Group Catoosa Campus - 45 College Park Drive, Ringgold, (706) 965-4060

— CHI Memorial Hospital - 100 Gross Crescent, Fort Oglethorpe - (706) 858-2000

— Caris Healthcare - 127 Battlefield Crossing Court, Suite 127, Ringgold (706) 944-9110

Claim to fame: Something many visiting Ringgold may not know is that musical legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton married her husband Carl Dean downtown in May 1966 at the Ringgold Wedding Chapel.

Parks and Rec:

— Martha Denton Swimming Pool at 406 Cotter St. in Ringgold

— Little General's Children's Park at 15 Cleveland St. in Ringgold

— Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park at 88 Ben Holmes Road in Ringgold

— Jack Mattox Recreation Complex at 749 Pine Grove Road in Ringgold

Schools:

— Boynton Elementaroy School, public, PK-5 (611 students)

— Graysville Elementary School, public, K-5 (513 students)

— Ringgold Elementary School, public, 3-5 (459 students)

— Ringgold Primary School, public, PK-2 (557 students)

— Harvest Christian Academy for the Deaf, private, PK-12 (7 students)

— Ringgold Middle School, public, 6-8 (780 students)

— Heritage Middle School, public, 6-8 (935 students)

— Ringgold High School, public, 9-12 (1,046 students)

— Heritage High School, public, 9-12 (1,278 students)

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