Ringgold Reacts To New Business Two Years After Tornadoes

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/11/2013 11:55 pm
When fast food restaurants pop up, you may not think twice, but when they pop in Ringgold, Georgia, residents stop and stare.

Brian Blosser, the Vice President of Construction and Development for Krystal, says, "We're back in a healing community. So, two years after the Ringgold tornado, take a look around."

Yes, take a look around.

It's almost hard to comprehend how far this community has come in two years.

It's almost unrecognizable.

Ringgold Mayor Joe Barger adds, "Ringgold looks better than it did before the tornado with that help. We appreciate it."

Now, Krystal did not have to come back to his community, but they did.

Residents admit that says a lot.

Barger adds, "It's a big facelift to all of us, thank you."

It has been a facelift in more ways than one.

Just look at the expressions on residents faces.

Blosser adds, "It's not about the Krystal community being here, it's about the Krystal company being here in a community that has opened us with open arms, that couldn't wait until we got back and it has shown today."

The outpouring of support from these business leaders does not stop there.

Remember Ringgold High School?

The blown out windows and haze still lingers in peoples minds.

Even though it has been rebuilt, students still do not have all the necessities they need, like books.

That's where Krystal steps in again.

Ten percent of their sales Friday will go directly to the high school.

Blosser adds, "Even though it's two years later, there's a lot of things the school needs, as well as the community. This is just our first step, being involved in the high school."

From here, community members say, sky's the limit, but to those on the outside, looking in, these resident have already accomplished that and more.

35 businesses were affected by the tornadoes.

33 have reopened.
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