published Friday, April 29th, 2011

Officials identify eight tornado fatalities in Ringgold, Ga.

An 86-year-old former high school principal and a 16-year-old high school student are among the eight victims from Wednesday’s tornadoes in Ringgold, Ga., whose identities have just been released.

Catoosa County Coroner Vanita Hullander said seven of the victims lived on Cherokee Valley Road within 200 yards of each other, and most were killed when their houses collapsed around them.

Authorities say they are fairly confident they have identified all the Catoosa County victims, but they will continue searches throughout the weekend.

Those killed were identified as Chelsea Black, 16; Cody Black, 21; Pamela Black, 46; Christopher Black, 47; Holly Readus, 26; Robert Jones, 47; Jack Estep, 61; and Rhea McClannahan, 86.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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