Rossville Commons Project Lands “Keep Communities Flowing” Grant

Release from Tennessee American Water:

Rossville, GA – Tennessee American Water announces that a $20,000 grant has been awarded to the Top of Georgia, in partnership with the Rossville ReDev Workshop.  The grant will fund the John Ross Commons park and pond improvements and create an outdoor eco learning lab in Rossville.  The grant is funded by the American Water Charitable Foundation through its new Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program.

“Tennessee American Water is excited to continue working with Rossville citizens and city officials on the Rossville Commons,” said Darlene Williams, President of Tennessee American Water. “Since community leaders shared their vision in 2017 for transforming the historical duck pond and park, we have been on board, helping in a number of different ways.”

Tennessee American Water contributions have included employees joining Rossville residents to plant the new landscape, the installation of a main in 2017 so the transformed park would have irrigation and an environmental grant award to support the watershed protection efforts of the natural spring.

“We are grateful to the American Water Charitable Foundation, and Tennessee American Water, for being selected for this very generous grant,” said Rossville ReDev Workshop co-founder Elizabeth Wells. “Tennessee American Water has been a tremendous partner on the rehab of the John Ross Commons from the onset. We believe this new grant will be the exclamation point on this public space that means so much to the citizens of Rossville.”

In addition to the community-based group Rossville ReDev Workshop and the City of Rossville, other partners include the Top of Georgia economic development organization and Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis.  John Ross Commons serves as an economic driver, quality of life enhancer, and point of pride for a community that is ready to revitalize. The space is also the foundation for a safe outdoor location which area schools will be able to utilize for educational programing and events.

“Our ongoing partnership with ReDev Workshop is helping to bring Rossville back one project at a time. This is an exciting time for Rossville and its citizens,” said Rossville Mayor Teddy Harris.  “We couldn’t do it without the support of our partners and their generous support through donations, time and talent.”

In its inaugural year, the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program provided 11 grants, up to $20,000 each, to support 501(c)(3) organizations, programs and projects that connected to one or more of American Water’s core focus areas of Water and the Environment, Water and Healthy Living, Environmental Education, and Community Sustainability.

Expanded Library Hours at LaFayette and Rossville Branches

Release from the Cherokee Regional Library System:

LaFayette, GA – Beginning August 1st, Walker County residents will have increased access to two of its public library branches.

The LaFayette-Walker County Public library will be open an additional four hours each week, on Thursday and Friday mornings.  The additional hours means LaFayette branch will now open at 10:00 a.m. every day that they are open.

The Rossville Public Library is now open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, which gives this location a second extended evening.  This not only adds convenience for those who can’t come to the library during daytime hours, but provides a second night to offer quality after-hour programs that have become popular at this branch.

These additional library hours would not be possible without the continued support from all of the library’s funding agencies and donors.

New hours effective August 1, 2019:

LaFayette-Walker County Branch

  • Monday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: 10:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Rossville Branch

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Developers Sought for Former Coats American Property in Walker County

Coats American Building

Rossville, GA – The Walker County Development Authority (WCDA) moved forward with plans this week to put the former Coats American property in Rossville on the market. The WCDA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from area business leaders and others to purchase the eight acre site.

In addition to submitting a monetary offer, potential buyers should describe their plans for the property, including anticipated job creation and how the 300,000 square foot building on the grounds would be revitalized. A document verifying a potential buyer’s financial ability to purchase and develop the property should also be included.

Coats MapThe Coats American site is adjacent to the former Peerless Mill, which was recently purchased for redevelopment. It is located two miles from Interstate 24, eight miles from the Chattanooga Airport and within 30 miles of over 600,000 people. The property at 122 Maple Street features up to 10 gigabit per second fiber optic Internet access, sewer and parking. The current building configuration includes three phase power, varied ceiling heights and multiple loading docks.

The WCDA chose to issue the RFP after being contacted by several potential developers. Robert Wardlaw, WCDA Chair, expressed an interest in making a final decision to sell based on what makes sense for the city of Rossville’s future.

RFP documentation must be submitted to the WCDA by February 28th and will be reviewed at the Authority’s March 13th meeting. Submission guidelines are available on the WCDA and Walker County Government websites, or by contacting Robert Wardlaw, WCDA Chair, at 706-996-7971 or