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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 5:24am

Ringgold Heals Through Football

The town of Ringgold was among several in northwest Georgia that suffered widespread devastation from the April tornadoes. The principal of Ringgold High School, Sharon Vaughn, says her school absorbed significant damage.

“Both of our gyms were completely destroyed. Ceilings fell on all the classrooms…windows were blown out. We lost all of our structures on the outside of the building.”

One of the structures lost was the school’s football stadium, a central gathering site for this community on typical Friday nights in the fall.

This season, the Ringgold Tigers are playing their home games on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, about 15 miles north.

Sharon Vaughn spoke to GPB's Edgar Treiguts about how the healing process has been going for her school and community--through the football team.