Eighth Grader Donates $550 To Bethlehem Community Center

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eighth grader Riley Harris is donating $550 to the Bethlehem Community Center in Alton Park at 5 p.m on Tuesday.

Riley started sacrificing birthday presents for donations to charities when she was eight years old. This year Riley asked for cash donations to benefit the Beth because they have literacy programs.

Riley raised $550 for the Beth on Nov. 2 at her masquerade ball theme party. “She kind of had it in her head that she would at least like to hit $500 but she said she didn’t want to say anything because if we didn’t get there, she’d feel silly” said Laura Harris, Riley’s mother.

Riley said, “It feels really good to be able to give back and know that you’re making a difference and it can still be a lot of fun, even if it is for a charity.”

Riley and her mother are impressed with the amount guests donated. “You never know when you’re doing something like that. We always hope that people would say, ‘What would I spend on a present, I’ll donate that too’ but you don’t know. They’re throwing something in a box and nobody’s seeing what it is. They could put $2 in and that’s all you get,” Ms. Harris said.

Guests at Riley’s party were able to enjoy food, music, and dancing. “The best part was probably at the end when everybody got comfortable and started dancing,” Riley says. Riley and her mother will be presenting the donation to the Bethlehem Community Center on Tuesday.


Dade County And The Arts - Art Within Community

For several years, a monthly open mic show featured a variety of performers without censorship.  I performed in the first show, watched it develop over time, and was in the audience during the last show. The show taught me how art can function in community. This type of community snuck up on me and seemed to develop slowly through the ritual of a monthly gathering time and ... (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: MATTHEW PRESTON EWTON                             KRISTEN REANNA WILSON 6313 TELETHA LANE                                 6313 TELETHA LANE CHATTANOOGA, TN 37415 ... (click for more)

Unexpected Amount East Ridge Owes On Fire Hall Property Rises To $603,000; City To Apply For Reimbursement

The unexpected amount the city of East Ridge will owe the state on the fire hall property in connection with the Bass Pro development has risen to $603,000. Earlier, East Ridge officials said the payment would be $428,000. City Manager Andrew Hyatt said Monday, "The Tennessee Department of Transportation notified the city of East Ridge that an appraisal of the city’s former ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At House Off Highway 58

A fire broke out on Memorial Day afternoon at a house off Highway 58. A 911 call was made at 12:10 p.m. reporting a house fire at 6019 Hillcrest Dr. The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and found fire showing on an addition to the house. Firefighters worked quickly entering the addition to extinguish the fire from spreading to the main level of the house. ... (click for more)

A Memorial Day Reflection

I wish I could find that combination of words that would capture an inclusive meaning of Memorial Day.  I have attended many Memorial Day programs at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, so many that now they have merged into one memory.  But what stands out is that each year there are more friends and veterans to visit.  Some gave their all many years ago.  And ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Your ‘Dirty’ Feed

Mark Twain once observed the difference in a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives. You might remember that when you hear that a group of Tennessee Walking Horse trainers just donated two tons of horse feed “to aid and assist in the rehabilitation” of 55 horses that were rescued from deplorable conditions at a West Tennessee farm. The truth is that the horses were taken ... (click for more)