Downtown Happenings Through Oct. 2

Monday, September 25, 2006

Enjoy fall in Chattanooga with the following events happening through Oct. 2

The American Lung Association of Tennessee kicks off registration for its 2006 Asthma Walk on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at St. John's restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is free but reservations are required. The Asthma Walk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at Chattanooga State and continuing on the Riverwalk. For more information please visit

Enjoy a moving and meaningful program of choral music put together by world-renowned composer Roland Carter this Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Hunter Museum at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s music will be based on themes from the Hunter Museum’s current temporary exhibition, Common Ground. For more information visit

The Wizard of Oz continues its run on the Main Stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1. Based on the classic MGM movie musical, and adapted by John Kane for The Royal Shakespeare Company, this production features everything you loved about the original – from witches of both types to Munchkins to Toto to flying monkeys. Tickets are available from the box office at 267-8534 or online at

The Market Center Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th Annual Heart of the City Celebration at Miller Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Heart of the City celebrates Chattanooga, its people, and its businesses by attracting increased pedestrian traffic to benefit the surrounding business community. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and enjoy live music and street entertainers, fresh produce, works from local artists and galleries and great food from area restaurants. For more information, contact Brian Clarke at 242-2996, extension 228.

Live your railroad fantasies at the Model Railroad Museum & Display this weekend, Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Special railroad cars and runs will be offered on these three days, and you'll have a chance to mingle with some of the top wizards in the model railroad world. For more information on the event, call the Chattanooga Choo Choo at 266-5000.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 12th annual Wine Over Water festival, which benefits Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. The wine tasting takes place on Chattanooga’s historic and scenic Walnut Street Bridge from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30. The event features over 100 world wineries with nearly 500 different wines, alongside regional foods from local restaurateurs, and five stages offering some of the best live music to be found in the Tennessee Valley. For more information on this event, please visit or call 643-4977.

The Chattanooga Downtown Partnership will wrap up the 2006 Nightfall Concert Series this Friday, Sept. 29, with soul siren Bettye LaVette. Bettye LaVette possesses an incredibly expressive voice that one moment will exude a formidable level of strength and intensity and the next will appear vulnerable, reflective, reeking of heartbreak. Nightfall is a free 17-week series held in Miller Plaza on Friday evenings. Beer, wine, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Corporate sponsors for this year’s series are Bud Light, SunTrust, Fletcher Bright, Southern Honda Powersports, Kelly Subaru, Food Lion, Fox 61 and WUTC-NPR Music 88. For more information visit, or to hear a sample of this week’s headline act, call the Chattanooga Downtown Partnership at 265-0771 to be transferred into the Nightfall information line.

Join the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera on Sept. 30 at Memorial Auditorium for Beatlemania! It's as if the four lads from Liverpool are back! Classical Mystery Tour features original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania! This group has performed around the world to sellout crowds and rave reviews. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 267-8583.

The Arts and Education Council will host the 2006 Culture Fest on Saturday, Sept. 30, in Coolidge Park from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Culture Fest is an annual celebration of the Chattanooga area’s rich cultural diversity through music, art, and food. This free family festival features musical and dance performances, interactive booths, ethnic foods, and kids’ activities. To learn more about Culture Fest, visit .

The Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art is proud to present the One Bridge Folk Art Festival. This open-air event will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival will take place on Chattanooga’s North Shore in the parking lot adjacent to Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art, at 40 Frazier Avenue. For more information and a full list of participating artists, visit the official website at

The Chattanooga Market will host Memorial’s Chicken Soup Day this Sunday, Oct. 1. With music by Datri Bean at 2:30 p.m., this will be a full afternoon of fun for family and friends. With a wide variety of produce, artwork, jewelry, and other hand-crafted products from around the Southeast, you’re sure to find something you enjoy at the Chattanooga Market. For more information on the Chattanooga Market and to check the upcoming schedule, please visit .

Power 94 and Groove 93 are bringing excitement to Chattanooga this Sunday, Oct. 1, with the 4th annual marching band spectacular at Finley Stadium. The show will feature one of the TOP show bands in the entire nation, the Tennessee State "Aristocrat of Bands." The Aristocrat of Bands has a long history of performing to sold-out audiences, many of which come for the band's performance rather than the football game. The Aristocrat of Bands has been entertaining at professional football half-times since becoming the first band from a traditionally black college to perform on national television. Gates open at 2 p.m., the pre-show begins at 3 p.m. and the main show at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Marion County Democratic Party Holds Monthly Meeting On Saturday

Chairman Jim Lewis announced the monthly meeting of the Marion County Democratic Party will be held at  10 a.m.  Central on Saturday at the Marion County Commission Building,  5520 Highway 41, Jasper, Tn. 37347.  The agenda will include l ast preparations before election day. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served beginning at  ... (click for more)

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)