WTCI To Host Downton Abbey Preview Party Thursday

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WTCI is hosting a special Downton Abbey Season 4 premiere preview party.  Guests are invited to join WTCI at the PBS studio on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. for a champagne dessert reception and a screening of the first hour of the Downton Abbey Season 4 premiere.  Seating is limited.  Register for this event at

More than 24 million American viewers watched the third season of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series, making it the most-watched drama in PBS history.  Downton Abbey Season 4 will air on Masterpiecee Sundays, Jan. 5-Feb. 23 on WTCI-PBS. Watch a preview clip of Season 4 online at

WTCI serves viewers in 35 counties, provides over 60 hours per week of educational programming and has launched an educator workshop program that supports teachers and their students.  Members, donors and volunteers make that work possible.  Visit their store for pledge premiums, membership opportunities and to buy the complete Downton Abbey DVD set, including Season 4 at

Enter the 2014 MASTERPIECE Sweepstakes daily thru March 15, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the U.S. or Canada to Great Britain. Trip includes VIP reception at Highclere Castle (setting of Downton Abbey), private tour of the Museum of London’s forthcoming Sherlock Holmes exhibit, a behind-the-scenes tour of Selfridges & Co. department store, and more. Travel must take place July 30-Aug. 4, 2014.  There are also four monthly prizes—gift certificates to purchase PBS merchandise. Enter at

Lee Has Masterworks Concert April 25

The Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of masterworks on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center.    The program will feature Haydn's “Missa in Angustiis,” Beethoven's “Choral Fantasy,” as well as a selection of choruses from Handel's “Messiah.” This performance will be conducted by Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr, assistant ... (click for more)

Lee’s Opera Theatre To Perform April 27

Lee University’s Opera Theatre will present various scenes from well-known operas on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, located in Lee’s Humanities Center.  The performance will include scenes from operas such as “La Traviata,” “Carmen,” “Hänsel und Gretel” and “Die Zauberflöte,” among others. Opera Scenes will be performed in “workshop-fashion” with ... (click for more)

Shots Fired During Armed Robbery At Rossville McDonald's

Shots were fired during an armed robbery at the McDonald's on Rossville Boulevard on Friday morning. At approximately 6:15 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a robbery at 4502 Rossville Blvd. at the McDonald’s.  Investigators discovered that two masked suspects entered the McDonald’s. One suspect fired a round into the ceiling and then ordered everyone to the ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy-Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee state lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)