Dolly Parton Featured in Ringgold Wedding Historical Marker

Monday, June 24, 2013
Marker commemorating Dolly Parton's Ringgold wedding, an event also mentioned  in the museum at Dollywood.
Marker commemorating Dolly Parton's Ringgold wedding, an event also mentioned in the museum at Dollywood.
- photo by Joseph Brellenthin

The Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau recently unveiled the second historical narrative tablet highlighting the unique wedding history of Ringgold.

The second tablet highlights the unique history of the location Dolly Parton chose to marry at the First Baptist Church of Ringgold.

“Finding unique ways to make visits to our town more interesting to residents and visitors alike is the purpose of projects like this one,” said Ronal Graham, Ringgold CVB chairman.

The Wedding Walk will soon feature its third narrative tablet that also denotes the marriage stories of celebrities who came to the community to tie the knot at the Catoosa County Courthouse, he said.

Graham said it is the tourists that help fund these projects.

"Funding for the narrative tablets are provided by hotel/motel tax funds paid for by visitors as they stay in the community and those funds must be used to enhance the experience of tourists in the community," he said.

“I continue to be amazed at how many folks want to know about the celebrities that came to Ringgold to get married,” said Vice Mayor Randall Franks. “Dolly shared her wedding story with me to write some years ago, and I am pleased it is placed where all can read it right where it happened.”

Franks, also an award-winning journalist and author, wrote the tablet narrative. Franks, who volunteers as CVB vice chair, credited local historians William H.H. “Bill” Clark, Dan Whitaker and the late Susie Blaylock McDaniel for their work in recording some of the history featured and journalist Rachel Brown for editing. 

“We were also blessed to locate some vintage historical images relating to the location thanks to the Rev. Dan Whitaker,” Franks said. “Legendary Grand Ole Opry photographer Les Leverett helped us with a vintage celebrity image that also added tremendously.”

For more information about Ringgold, visit www.cityofringgold.com.


From left, Priscilla DeWitt; Dr. Ronal Graham; Raye Brooks; Ron Henderson; Randall Franks; unveil the Wedding Walk tablet in time featuring Dolly Parton
From left, Priscilla DeWitt; Dr. Ronal Graham; Raye Brooks; Ron Henderson; Randall Franks; unveil the Wedding Walk tablet in time featuring Dolly Parton
- Photo2 by Joseph Brellenthin

Chattanooga Books Available By John Wilson

John Wilson, former Hamilton County Historian, has written two volumes on the early families of Hamilton County and also books on Chattanooga and on Lookout Mountain, as well as editing books on Chattanooga's railroads and the Stokes and Hiener photo collections. Railroads In And Around Chattanooga , featuring Chattanooga's intriguing railroad history, has 69 chapters and covers ... (click for more)

Fair on January 21 at Soddy-Daisy High School Celebrates Area History

The Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association (SDMHA) will host a History Fair at the Soddy-Daisy High School on Saturday, January 21 from 9am to 4pm. The association encourages area residents and anyone who is interested in local history to attend this event and to participate in its efforts to preserve the history of its local communities. The History Fair will ... (click for more)

First Chattanooga Parking Study Since 2004 Gets Underway

The first comprehensive study of parking in downtown Chattanooga since 2004 is getting underway. The project  Is being led by the River City Company and CARTA in partnership with the city of Chattanooga. It is funded by the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations along with several downtown stakeholders including Erlanger Health System, UTC and Siskin Hospital. The study ... (click for more)

Cleveland To Get Bus Service To Chattanooga Under Federal Grant

Cleveland, Tn., will be getting bus service to Chattanooga under a federal grant. The city was notified recently that the Tennessee Department of Transportation selected its proposal for funding under the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. Tanisha J. Hall, state long range planning division director, said, "The Cleveland-Chattanooga Commute ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)