Ringgold is the county seat of Catoosa County, Georgia. A very small community, Ringgold had a population just over 3,500 as of the 2010 census. It is also a member of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Founded in 1846 and officially incorporated a year later, Ringgold received its name from Samuel Ringgold, a prominent soldier in the Mexican-American War.
Something quite devastating happened in Ringgold on the morning of March 14, 2002. A severe fog played a damning role in the lives of many Catoosa County residents, contributing to one of the worst vehicle pileups in the history of America. More than 125 cars crashed on I-75 North on that day, and many citizens lost their lives.
As of the 2000 census, the town of Ringgold was 91% White, 6% African-American, and 2% Latino. Ringgold’s median household income was $26,834 — $26,943 for men and $21,074 for women. Just under 17% of Ringgold’s population was below poverty level in 2000.
The Catoosa County School District serves students at 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools, educating more than 9,809 students altogether. One of Ringgold’s most famous residents was O. Wayne Rollins, co-founder of Rollins Inc., and local business JKK Security was featured in the television program, Small Town Security.
The Catoosa County Probate Courthouse is located at 875 Lafayette Street, Suite #104 in Ringgold, Georgia, 30736.