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Sara Amis

Sara Amis
Ringgold, GA United States
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My home town of Ringgold, Georgia lies in the northwest corner of the state.  It's a beautiful place near the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, a mostly sleepy small town...the kind of place where people know each other, they remember that stunt you pulled in the sixth grade and they show up for school plays and high school football games even if their kid isn't in it.

It was hit pretty hard by the recent tornadoes.  Catoosa County Sherill Phil Summers estimated that fifty percent of the businesses were damaged or destroyed, and about a quarter of the residences.  The middle school and high school were seriously damaged.  My mother taught English at Ringgold High School for more than twenty-five years, and my seven brothers and sisters and I all graduated from there.  I have friends and siblngs who still live in Ringgold; some were more affected by the storm than others, but all are in shock.  Most count themselves lucky to be alive; not everybody made it.  Some people's houses are completely gone.  Others have lost jobs because the place they used to work is simply no longer there.  People started pitching in immediately to help clean up and start the process of restoring the community, but that process will take a long time.

Chickamauga Creek runs roughly southeast to northwest through the county; it eventually crosses the state line and flows into the Tennessee River.   I intend to paddle the creek in my kayak, along with my sixteen year old son, and record our adventure in words and pictures.  Donations will go to local charities which are most directly involved in rebuilding the community.  (TBA)



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