“I rise today to let the American people know that the city of Ringgold, Georgia, is open for business. I know that we all remember the tornadoes that ravaged much of the country in April. Over 180 of these destructive storms were confirmed in just one day, and the 9th Congressional District of Georgia was not spared.
“Some of the worst storm damage in north Georgia occurred in the small town of Ringgold. Over 100 businesses and 500 homes were damaged or destroyed on April 27th. This was a devastating moment to the local community and the local economy, which relies heavily on travelers passing through on Interstate 75.
“However, Ringgold is on the mend and ready to share some of that Southern hospitality it’s known so well for. Nearly half of the damaged businesses have reopened, homes are being rebuilt, and the jobs are returning.
“While there is still much to be done, if you find yourself passing through Georgia on I-75, I encourage you to take Exit 348 for gas, a bite to eat, or an overnight stay in Ringgold. Enjoy the shops, the sites and the historic downtown and know that you are playing a part in helping this great and resilient community rebuild.”