Annual Trail Of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride Is Sept. 14

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The annual Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride will be Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine. The official TOT Kickoff Party is Friday, Sept. 14. 

In downtown Chattanooga, motorcyclists should travel West on Martin Luther King Boulevard to Riverfront Parkway where traffic directors will be present to line everyone up. 

Officials said, "The 2012 Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride will start in Chattanooga, and follow scenic highway 41/72 around Lookout Mountain to Jasper. In Jasper, the ride will leave the Drane Hood route and follow Highway 41 to Monteagle, Tn. This route is one of the most scenic and historic routes in the state. As the ride comes off Monteagle Mountain, it will pass thru Cowan, Tn., and on to Winchester, Tn.  We will take highway 64 at Winchester, which is the Bell Removal route.  This route went from Calhoun, Tn., to Memphis. We will remain on the Bell route to Fayetteville, Tn., where we will stop for lunch, gas, and restrooms. Official Trail of Tears Remembrance merchandise will be available during our stop at Fayetteville. We will depart at 11:30 a.m. or noon, CST. (Note:  Westbound off bypass from Lincoln County Junior High School to US 64 will be “motorcycles only). 
 
"Upon departure, we will follow Highway 64 to Pulaski, Tn., the only point at which two land removal routes cross; the Benge and Bell routes.  This is a historical point on the Trail of Tears.  We will continue on highway 64 to Lawrenceburg, where the Trail of Tears was routed through downtown. Lawrenceburg holds a Trail of Tears reenactment each year in November. From Lawrenceburg we will head south on highway 43 to Florence, Ala., and the end of the main ride at McFarland Park.  

"The last stop for Saturday’s official ride is McFarland Park in Florence, Ala., we will arrive at approximately 2:30 p.m. CST. Ride safe."

There is no registration fee. The ride will be police escorted and riders will be required to obey all law enforcement orders. Riders need to remember that helmets are required; they need to keep up with the pack and always stay in the right lane. 

The Official TOT Kickoff Party will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, at Thunder Creek Harley Davidson on Lee Highway. The party will feature live entertainment, vendors, lots of great food and cold beverages. Visit www.thundercreekharley.com or call 423 892-4888 for more information.  

At the finish in Florence, Ala., there will be plenty of fun to welcome all riders. The two-day festivities (Sept. 14 and 15) - Native American & Motorcycle vendors, a Pow Wow, storytellers, beadwork activities, exhibition dancing and great food will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. All area schools are invited on Friday afternoon for a day of education in Native American Culture. 

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the “Extended Ride” will continue on to Wewoka, Ok. This will complete visits to the nations of the five civilized tribes. Please visit the website for information and details. 

For more information visit www.trailoftears-remembrance.org  or call toll free 877 TOT-TRIP (868-8747)



Chestnut Street To Be Closed For Building Maintenance

Chestnut St. will be closed between W. 11th St. and W. 12th St. for building maintenance. Detours will be posted and all property access will be maintained.  In order to view a map of these  closures , visit  http://www.chattanooga. gov/transportation/ traffic -eng ineering-a-operations/ special ... (click for more)

Part Of Central Avenue To Be Closed Next Week

Central Avenue will be closed between E. 42nd Street and Workman Road starting  Monday, at 8:30 a.m.  and will reopen on  Thursday, at 4 p.m.   Detours will be posted.  In order to view a map of these  closures , visit  http://www.chattanooga. gov/transportation/ traffic -eng ineering-a-operations/ ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain To Hold Public Meetings On Idea Of Setting Up Own School System

Discussion about follow-up public meetings regarding the Signal Mountain School System Viability Committee (SMSSVC) report dominated the council’s work session on Friday afternoon. Council member Dan Landrum’s opinion about how to proceed differed from the other four council members. Mr. Landrum argued to end the study and to hold no public meetings. His reason was that of the 738 ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Wanted

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bill Pennington, a sports writer for the New York Times, was lamenting the “huddle” is slowly disappearing in football due to the faster pace of the game and, during his search for more information, he called former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Bill wrote that Joe couldn’t stop laughing about the funny things that would happen between plays. Joe told this story: ... (click for more)