Major Horse Arena Planned At McDonald

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

A major horse arena is planned at McDonald, TN., at Exit 20 of I-75 near Cleveland.

Mack Hess, facilities manager of the Tri-State Exhibition Center, said it "is a dream come true for the equestrian people in this area. It will be a premier facility in the Southeast."

Bids are out on the 70,000-square-facility under plans drawn up by Tune Design of Chattanooga.

Mr. Hess said the group was organized in 2000 and held its first horse show in November 2001.

"We doubled the number of events this year that we had last year," he said.

Current facilities include an 80-stall barn, three outdoor arenas and a pavilion 210 x 70 feet.

The new arena will be 320 x 240 feet. It will have a roof, but initially not have sides. Those are to be added later, Mr. Hess said.

He said the 92-acre site is just a quarter mile from the freeway. "It is an absolutely gorgeous setting with pastures and the mountains in the background," he stated.

Going north from Chattanooga, you turn left onto Highway 64.

Mr. Hess said the late Bill Hawk operated a horse arena at Ooltewah, but that has been closed for a number of years.

"After that, the people who show horses had to go out of town," he said.

Mr. Hess said the Tri-State Exhibition Center benefits Hamilton County as well as Bradley County. It is in Bradley, but is only a short distance from the Hamilton line. He said some of the events last more than one day. He said many visitors go into Chattanooga to see the attractions there.

He said the new facility will not just host horse shows, but be big enough for camping and RV shows and other similar events.

Max Everhart is chairman of the board of the Tri-State Exhibition Center.

The Hamilton County Commission looked into building a horse arena, but that project never got off the ground.

Curtis Adams, the current commission chairman, said, "We never could get the support for it. But we missed a golden opportunity, and now Bradley County is going to reap the benefits."



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, MITCHELL LEE  716 EAST AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 40 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION --- ANTHONY, CHRISTINA LOREEN  5730 LEE HWY RM 129 CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 35 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge POSSESSION OF ... (click for more)

Attic Of House Near Graysville Road Catches Fire

The attic of a house near Graysville Road caught fire on Friday evening. At 6 p.m. the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 8709 Oak View Dr.. Fire crews arrived at 6 :07 p.m. T he homeowner stated that everyone was out of the house and that there was a fire in the attic. The homeowner said that they had smelled something burning ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day - And Response

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Great Orthopedic Success

Mark Freeman, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Erlanger Hospital, shared a dazzling look at our area’s Level One Trauma Center Friday morning. Yet, as he described the dramatic changes that have occurred in just the past 12 months, the promise of what will happen within the next year was even more appealing. Believe this, our flagship hospital is getting well in a hurry. “If ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats GPS 6-4 For D-II Softball Title

MURFREESBORO – Oh, what a difference a year makes. The GPS Bruisers came through the losers bracket a year ago and beat Baylor twice after losing the first five times they played, but those two were the biggest as it gave the team in blue a state D-II softball championship. The situation was similar a year later, but the results a bit different as the Lady Red Raiders beat ... (click for more)

Dickson County Ousts Ooltewah, 6-5, In Epic 12-Inning Thriller

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – For Ooltewah, more heartbreak followed heartbreak. After a tough loss to Wilson Central on Thursday, the Lady Owls fought furiously with Dickson County in an epic 12-inning marathon Friday before the Lady Cougars’ Keely Buchanan laced a game-winning single up the middle to end  the game and Ooltewah's masterful season. Dickson County, which lost ... (click for more)