Ring In The New Year In Rugby

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - by Kelly McCauley

Looking for a unique experience to start off 2014? Then celebrate the New Year in Historic Rugby and start the year with a set of events sure to please all ages.


On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Harrow Road Café will kick off the festivities with a special holiday dinner featuring prime rib, salmon with dill sauce, or Teriyaki Chicken, with your choice of sides. There will be live music and holiday drink specials. Seating will take place from 5-8 p.m. EST. Cost is $15/person with alcohol and gratuity extra. Reservations are preferred for this dinner.


The celebration continues with a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party to be held at historic Uffington House, the home of Margaret Hughes, mother of Thomas Hughes, Rugby’s founder. The party will be held from 9 p.m. EST to 1 a.m. EST, Dec. 31.  Cost for the event is $20/adults, and $15 for children, six-20, which includes light fare, cash bar, costume contest and live music provided by Frank Hanwright and the Frankettes.  Reservations are required.


Wrap up your celebration with a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet to be held at the Harrow Road Café from 9-11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  Buffet will feature a variety of hot breakfast items including eggs, hash brown casserole, sausage, bacon and more. Cost is $10/person with gratuity extra. 


All inclusive packages for the dinner, masquerade, and breakfast are avalible for $40 for adults, $35 for children 20 and under.  Lodging is avalible at a 15% discount for any attendees wishing to stay over in Rugby for the holiday. Contact 423 628-2441 or rugbylegacy@highland.net for more details or to make reservations.  


TVRM’s Historic Steam Locomotive #4501 Is Ready For Tennessee Valley Railfest

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) on Wednesday announced the return of its iconic Steam Locomotive 4501 to operation. TVRM has been restoring Locomotive 4501 over the past three  years and she will make her public debut at Tennessee Valley Railfest on Sept. 6 and 7.  The locomotive last ran in 1998 and has patiently waited for a complete overhaul.  ... (click for more)

Rock Out Labor Day And Beyond In Tennessee

 If there’s one place travelers can get a music smorgasbord, it’s Tennessee. In each corner of the state and areas in between, music rooted in bluegrass, rock, soul, country, and gospel can be heard from porches in small towns to concert stadiums in burgeoning cities. From the nation’s biggest Labor Day celebration in Knoxville to celebrating local and national talent in Nashville ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Insurance Burden Should Not Fall On The Teachers

I have attended several Hamilton County School Board meetings over the past few months, including the recent special called meeting" to vote on teacher insurance changes. First, let me say I am very impressed with Superintendent Rick Smith and his staff at the Central Office.  Mr. Smith is a very dedicated public servant, working hard to provide services to our community ... (click for more)