Share America Donates To Catoosa Prevention Initiative

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the “In the Heat of the Night” Christmas CD, fans from around the country donated to receive a special anniversary edition of the project that included the cast of the series singing their favorite Christmas songs. 

Originally produced by show stars Alan Autry, “Bubba Skinner,” and Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode,” under Autry-Franks Productions, it was made available through the Share America Foundation, Inc. in association with original partner Sonlite Records.

“We were honored that folks still wanted to celebrate the Christmas season with us,” Mr. Franks said. “The monies raised will encourage youth to make positive decisions in their lives through the work of the Catoosa Prevention Initiative.”

Share America donated $600 towards the Teen Maze 2013, which brings an intensive experience to tenth graders including learning about the consequences of choosing to use drugs and alcohol. 

“We greatly appreciate the support of the community for this joint effort to reduce the impact that alcohol and drugs have upon our youth and in our community as a whole,” said Candy Hullender, project coordinator. “This year our Teen Maze will be serving sophomore students in Walker and Catoosa counties the first week of October and more info will be coming later this year. It is our hope through the commitment of community members through donations and volunteering that this will become an annual event.” 

For more information, call 706.935-5018. 

The CD was originally released in association with Sonlite Records, Crimson Records and MGM Worldwide Television Group. 

Mr. Autry and Mr. Franks joined other cast members including the late Carroll O'Connor, the late Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson, Hart, Geoffrey Thorne, and Crystal Fox to perform. Other cast members including Wilbur Fitzgerald, Bob Penny and Sharon Pratt joined in on group performances of "Jingle Bells" and "Christmas Time's A Comin'.''

Mr. Franks and Mr. Autry brought together several music stars that donated their performances. Among them Country Music Hall of Fame members Jimmy Dickens, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, the late Kitty Wells, the late Pee Wee King, and the late Grant Turner.

Other stars included Jesse McReynolds, the late Jim McReynolds, Jerry Douglas, the Whites, Mac Wiseman, the Marksmen Quartet, Ralph Stanley, the Lewis Family, the late Doug Dillard, the late Chubby Wise, Mose Davis, Bobby Wright, the late Johnnie Wright, the late Josh Graves, the late Jimmy Martin, Buddy Spicher, Jim Hoke, Abe Manuel, Jr., Ken Holloway, John Farley, Bill Everett, the late Gene Daniell and Wayne Lewis. 

The CD continues to be available online at or via mail for a donation of $20, inside the U.S., and $25, outside the U.S., to the Share America Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755. 

Share America will host its next fundraising concert at the Ringgold Depot on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Gospel Hall of Fame member Archie Watkins and Ryan Stinson. Donation is $5.

For more information about Alan Autry, visit or Randall Franks, visit

Detour Set At Ooltewah-Ringgold Road At Standifer Gap Road For Roundabout Construction

In order to safely construct the roundabout, the west side of Standifer Gap Road, (Eastbound approach), will be closed to through traffic, and detour signs will be posted, beginning on Oct. 17, and scheduled for completion on Dec. 31.  Ooltewah Ringgold Road (SR 321) will remain open (North and Southbound thru traffic.)  Motorists are reminded of the reduced ... (click for more)

Alan Shuptrine Presents His Serpentine Chain Collection At Haskell Interiors

In conjunction with Haskell Interiors design studio, Shuptrine Fine Arts Group will present a celebration of art and design featuring master watercolorist Alan Shuptrine.   At an open house from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, the artist will present his new project, The Serpentine Chain Collection. Several pieces from the upcoming collection will be on view, and the artist ... (click for more)

Attorney Patrick Says Chattanooga Is "Most Logical Place" For Consolidating Volkswagen Lawsuits; Hearing Set Dec. 3

Attorney Gary Patrick said Chattanooga is "the most logical place for consolidating the Volkswagen litigation because it is the only location in the country where VW vehicles are being produced." Attorney Patrick, of the local firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman and Jacoway, said a hearing is set Dec. 3 in New Orleans on the issue. A host of lawsuits seeking class action status ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located an unidentified black female, believed to be in her twenties, deceased. A second person, an unidentified black male, was transported to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffel bag full of automatic-attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)