Chattanooga Author To Visit Local Elementary Schools In November

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Native to Chattanooga author, David Mark Lopez, will be visiting several local elementary schools the week of Nov. 4-8.  He has presented his historical fiction book series – Maddie’s Magic Markers – in more than 60 interactive presentations to 15 Hamilton County Elementary Schools.

Mr. Lopez has sold over 40,000 copies in the Maddie’s Magic Markers series.  There are now six books in the series and the fifth book in the series, Fight Like a Patriot (Revolutionary War), was chosen as the St.

Lucie County One Book/One Read for the last school year.  He was a featured author for Palm Beach County’s “April is for Authors” in Spring 2012 and a guest speaker at Florida’s Gulf Coast University earlier this month.


Screening Of Space Jam Is Friday At Dalton State

Dalton State is celebrating the year traditional freshmen were born with a screening of a movie from 1996 on Friday. The screening of the movie “Space Jam” is free and open to the public. People can begin settling in on the College’s quadrangle with their blankets, chairs, and snacks at 6:45 p.m.   The semi-animated basketball movie starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny ... (click for more)

TEDxUTChattanooga Announces Slate Of Speakers For Oct. 25

The organizers of the first TEDxUTChattanooga have announced the slate of speakers for this year’s event. TEDxUTChattanooga will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre at UTC. Earlier this year, TEDxUTChattanooga invited nominations for speakers to offer short talks by a select, diverse group of professors, students, and community members, all of whom ... (click for more)

Youth Pleads Guilty In 2011 Club Fathom Shootings; Rakestraw Gets 3 Years In Prison

A teen who was 15 at the time nine people were shot outside Club Fathom downtown on Christmas Eve 2011 pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Brandon Lebron Rakestraw, who is now 18, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. He received a three-year prison term to serve. Rakestraw has been in jail for 10 months. Prosecutor Jason Demastus ... (click for more)

Over 2,500 Athletes, Plus Thousands Of Fans And Supporters, Set For Chattanooga, North Georgia For Sunday's Ironman Event

Over 2,500 athletes, along with thousands more of fans and supporters, will be in Chattanooga and North Georgia for Sunday's Ironman competition. The competitors will first swim 2.4 miles in the Tennessee River before biking 112 miles (56 miles each way) and running a 26.2-mile (two and a half loops downtown, the Southside and the North Shore) marathon. The bicycle course ... (click for more)

Congrats To Super Citizen Helen Burns Sharp - And Response

Congratulations to super-citizen Helen Burns Sharp on both her initial IDB lawsuit and on Chancellor Fleenor's ruling.  Also, I wish her well on her current action. It's a shame that a private citizen such as Ms. Sharp has to invest so much time and money to keep a government agency honest.  Three cheers and thumbs up.  I thank her.  R.J. Johnson  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)