38 Ways To Know You're From Ringgold, GA

38 Ways To Know You're From Ringgold, GA

Because there are some things we can all agree on

Whether you love it or hate it, small town life comes with its share of quirks. Each town is unique and comes with its own idiosyncrasies, giving it a personality all its own. Ringgold, GA, is no exception to this, and in some ways, we may even be weirder than some. Our city is full of history, school rivalries, and ties that bind us all together. Regardless of if you've lived here your entire life, moved away years ago, or are new to town, you'll definitely be able to relate to this list of things all Ringgold folks know are true.

1. You tell out-of-towners you're from Chattanooga. It's just easier that way.

2. You have experienced the traffic fallout from at least one truck being stuck under the underpass. There's a height limit for a reason, folks.

3. You have a strong opinion about the massive digital sign in the square. You probably don't like it.

4. Even if you've never met the man, you know Ken Poston. Everyone knows Ken Poston.

5. The police trailer in the City Hall parking lot looks intimidating, but it's really only used to sell hot chocolate at the Haunted Depot. Speaking of which...

6. You have either participated in or experienced the theatrics of the Haunted Depot. While I personally laugh in haunted houses, I was once in a group with a girl who may have peed her pants. So good job, guys.

7. The Ghost Tour that accompanies the Haunted Depot inevitably leads to you being trapped on a trailer with the most insufferable people you've ever met. They may be drunk and they might have a dog. On the other hand, you might be on the ride with a large group of middle schoolers. They're equally bad options.

8. After the tornado in 2011, everyone told stories of dozens of bodies hanging in trees. For the record, that never happened.

9. Likewise, everyone has a story about how they or someone they know was in the freezer at Krystal/in the cooler at Ingles/under the salad bar at Pizza Hut when the storm came through.

10. Two words: Turn Around. We love him. We love his hat, how he wears his coat even in the summer heat, we love his kind face. We love him.

11. You have a definite opinion about who serves the best barbecue. #TeamChooChoo

12. That never-ending construction downtown last year was one of the worst things that ever happened to you.

13. The flags are a point of pride for you. You find the ones that stand for your loved ones every patriotic holiday. However...

14. The flags make it very difficult to drive downtown when the wind blows. Can't see a dern thing.

15. There are some questions that will never be answered. For example: why was the Ruby Tuesdays never rebuilt? Why did the interstate lights never light up again after the tornado? Why did we get a Zaxby's, but not a Chick-fil-A? These things haunt us.

16. You know how the right lane of 151 ends when you're headed from CVS towards Food Lion? Of course you do. Everyone does. But someone will cut you off every. single. day. at the very last second because they ignore the signs and the fact that they, too, know the lane ends.

17. The Tiger Mart serves cheap frozen yogurt. It comes in handy on bad days.

18. Above the Ridge is amazing for several reasons. You can take your dog, you don't have to go to Rock Creek to buy outdoor gear, and they sell locally made products.

19. You want some coffee? Caffeine Addicts. Legendairy. Both. You can't go wrong.

20. Sometimes cops sit in what used to be the DFCS parking lot. Sometimes they sit all sneaky-like outside the city limits. They're everywhere. All the time. And so you will go the 25 mph speed limit.

21. Los Maguey's burned down, and it was a sad day for us all.

22. The 1890s Days festival is a big deal. You love it.

23. If you don't love 1890s Days, you will lie and say you do, because at least three people you know are in the parade, working at a tent, giving out tokens, or manning the giant inflatables. You can never not love 1890s Days.

24. Heritage vs. Ringgold is a rivalry filled with rage and hatred. Ringgold vs. LFO is a rivalry filled with rage and hatred. Heritage vs. LFO is a rivalry filled with rage and hatred. All the cross-county rivalries are filled with rage and hatred.

25. Lauren Alaina.

26. You know the history of how Sherman marched to the sea and burned everything and stayed in the Whitman House and the story goes that Mrs. Whitman cooked some of the soldiers into a stew. So it goes.

27. People say everything is haunted. The old Callaway Mill is haunted, the Whitman House is haunted, the old Price Drugs building is haunted, what used to be a funeral home and is now a church is haunted, the Confederate graveyard is haunted, the Depot is super haunted. Probably none of it is actually haunted. We're just bored.

28. We have a local Ringgold radio station. I honestly don't know what it is.

29. Ringgold Feed&Seed is an antique lover's Mecca.

30. Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care does the Lord's work when people get irresponsible and leave their pets out to pasture.

31. Youngsters these days can't remember when the RHS art building was the Ringgold Library.

32. There are so many restaurant options for such a small town. You have Richard's, Homeplate, Farm to Fork, Rafael's, Legendairy, the Green Apple, and more. We will never run out of options.

33. You or someone you know has had senior photos done at the creek.

34. Dolly Parton got married at the wedding chapel. Did you know Dolly Parton got married at the wedding chapel? Because if you didn't, just wait fifteen minutes. Local news will run another story about it.

35. Southern Charm is the reason you're in style and poor.

36. K-9 Tub Time is fabulous for those of us whose dogs don't fit in the bathtub.

37. You know exactly where Ringgold stops and Fort Oglethorpe starts. It's important, because people from Fort O are NOT Ringgoldians.

38. No matter what happens, folks from Ringgold stick together. It's who we are. Who we'll always be.

Maybe you grew up here and moved away. Maybe you're new in town. Regardless of how you got here, once you get to Ringgold, you're one of us, and you're family.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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When Words Are Not Enough

Sometimes you just need to be.


Life is a roller-coaster of ups and downs. We all desire easy fruitful lives where no one ever dies and no one ever leaves. Instead, we suffer through hardships and great trials that test our faith. These conflicts often leave us worn down and feeling helpless. This is the time when words become a languid breeze, going through one ear and out the other. This is what you should do when words are not enough to satiate the pain you hold in trembling hands.

Focus all your energy into just being. No one expects you to get over the tragedy that occurred in your life, so don't force yourself. Just eat, breathe, and sleep until you feel up to doing normal tasks. Whatever circumstance that has stolen your breath and turned your life upside down won't go a week in a couple of days or a week. Wounds like yours don't go away instantly; instead, they take time and nurturing. Sometimes it's best to keep a sore covered but in some circumstances, know that seeing someone is okay.

These tragedies you face are real, and they try to break down the very substances that make you who you are. Counselors and therapists can help you make sense of the burden you carry. There are many reasons why you might be hesitant to see a therapist, but if the burden you carry becomes too much, a therapist can help you lighten that load.

Know that what you are going through is real and it is tough, but you will make it out on top. You are a survivor and a success story. Every single bad thing that has tried to tear you down hasn't succeeded, and this will be no different. Trust me, your story is not over.

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