Downtown Ringgold To Celebrate 39th Annual 1890's Day Jamboree

Monday, May 05, 2014
1890's Day attracts thousands of people to Downtown Ringgold since beginning as a small gathering in 1975.
1890's Day attracts thousands of people to Downtown Ringgold since beginning as a small gathering in 1975.

Continuing a 39 year tradition, the 1890's Day Jamboree will be returning to Downtown Ringgold, Georgia this Memorial Day Weekend on May 23 - 24.  Over the course of two days the City of Ringgold will nearly triple in size as visitors from all across northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee enjoy a classic home town festival.

The event will begin with Gospel Music Friday night with performances on multiple stages from 6 till 10 p.m. as well as a children's beauty pageant at the Ringgold Depot.

  Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday there will be Bluegrass, Country music, a Fiddle competition, a classic car show throughout the day and a parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Nashville Street.  Fireworks will begin shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Admission is free and no pets will be allowed within the festival area.  The event is family friendly and offers a variety of food and craft vendors from across the south.   "We've got something for everyone," explained Dr. Ronal Graham who heads the 1890's Day committee, "and we select our vendors specifically to provide local or hand-crafted items."  Musicians can put their skills to the test at the fiddle contest. Younger visitors can enjoy the inflatable games, climbing wall, and much more in the kids’ area.

For most residents the sign that 1890's Day is approaching is the display of Veteran's Memorial Flags along the roads in Ringgold.  Mayor Joe Barger heads the effort to gather volunteers and set up the patriotic display a week in advance of Memorial Day and fly the flags until the end of the following week.  Veterans, families, and admirers come from far and wide to ride through town and honor over 1100 Catoosa County veterans who have served in almost every major American war.

To find out more information visit, on Facebook at 1890’s Day Jamboree, or visit the city of Ringgold’s website at

Chattanooga Eagles To Host Charity Benefit September 19

Chattanooga Fraternal Order of Eagles #945 and Ladies Auxiliary invite the community to hit the links in support of various local and international charities at its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 19, at the Brown Acres Golf Course, 406 Brown Rd. The event is open to the public at a cost of $100 per-player or $400 per-four person team if registered by Sept. ... (click for more)

Dance At American Legion In East Ridge Saturday

The American Legion, 3397 Ringgold Road in East Ridge will host its monthly dance on Saturday.  Cover charge is $5 per person, and hours are 7 - 10 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to dance, or just sit and listen to the Legionnaires big band playing tunes of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, and many others. (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library - And Response

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)