Winter Attendance Increases At Zoo

Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter Zoo attendance increased by over 200 people during the first part of this year. This is a pleasant surprise for a Zoo whose winter is typically slower than the other seasons due to the cold weather, officials said.

The increase in attendance might be due in part to the mild winter weather but also in part to the fact that many of the Zoo’s animals tend to be more interactive when not confronted with large crowds and 100+ degrees heat. 

Zoo Executive Director Darde Long notes how, “in the spring and summer, with thousands of people coming through each day, the animals can start to tune out all the visitors but in the winter, the occasional visitors become more of a novelty and thing of interest to the animals.” 

Some of the Zoo’s animals, for instance snow leopards, originate from colder climates and thus prefer the brisk winter air to the hot summers. In the winter months zoo guests can often catch many of the large animals frolicking and playing in their exhibit and paying attention to their visitors.

Check out snow leopard cub Maliha as she plays in the winter snow with mother, Kasimir, at http://vimeo.com/58911991.



D9 Mailbox Gathering Is Sept. 9

Traditionally, the "Mailbox" was where people gathered to receive and send important information. Therefore D9"s stakeholders will gather at the location below in a family friendly meeting environment.  The District 9 "Mailbox" Gathering will be held at 615 Derby St. on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon.  Make a reservation to attend at dcoonrod@chattanooga.gov.  ... (click for more)

New Firefighters Confirmed By Dalton Public Safety Commission

At  Tuesday  morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission, Firefighter III Robbie Townsend was assigned to the Dalton Fire Department’s Training Division as an instructor. The reassignment fills the vacancy left by Keith Dempsey’s promotion last month to Training Division Coordinator. Mr. Townsend has served with the fire department since March 2008. He ... (click for more)

Girlfriend Says Wright Was Driving Her PT Cruiser When He Left With Pair Whose Bodies Were Found At Cemetery

The girlfriend of William Howard Wright testified Tuesday that Wright and "Little Tony" were with two youths whose bodies were afterward found in a cemetery at Shepherd. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound two counts of criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery to the Grand Jury against Wright. A 17-year-old is facing similar charges. The girlfriend ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Pay Increases Announced

Chattanooga Police officers will be earning more under a $1.4 million pay improvement plan announced Tuesday. New officers would get increases in each of their first six years with the department, which has been dealing with a number of newly trained officers going to other cities. City officers now make $35,913 upon joining the force. Under the plan, they will receive about ... (click for more)

The Soul Of Chattanooga Is In Trouble

As a child growing up in the Chattanooga area, at an early age I became fascinated with the history that cloaks the city. In those days there was enough pollution to cover the town and its history but that didn't stop tourists from coming to visit Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and the Chickamauga battlefield.     Chattanooga's leadership was not very far sighted ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ordinary To Extraordinary

A handsome black guy, from the looks of it still in high school, appeared in a video during A Celebration of Valor luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday afternoon and described a Medal of Honor winner. Easily over 500 were there, including our famed Charles Coolidge, and all heard this young achiever say, “A Medal winner if an ordinary person who performs in an extraordinary ... (click for more)