Street Closings Announced For The Weekend

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fort Street, from West 13th Street to West 14th Street will be closed from 4 p.m. on Friday, through 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, for Coker Tire’s Pistons and Fenders.

Reggie White Boulevard, from Main Street to West 20th Street, westbound West 20th Street, northbound Riverfront Parkway, eastbound Riverside Drive from Chestnut Street to East 2nd Street and westbound Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway from Lindsay Street to ML King Boulevard will be closed on Saturday. The southbound inside lane of Riverfront Parkway and 20th Street will be closed from ML King Boulevard to Reggie White Boulevard.  The Veterans Bridge southbound exit ramp will be closed. Power Alley and Chestnut Street from West 2nd Street to Riverfront Parkway, the outbound inside (left) lane of Riverside Drive from East 2nd Street to Latta Street/River Terminal Road, the right curb lane of East 3rd Street from High Street to Walnut Street, Walnut Street from East 3rd Street to the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge, the eastbound curb lane of Frazier Avenue from the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge to the Veterans Bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge. There will be temporary delays at Battery Place and Mabel Street, the Mabel Street exit ramp from Riverside Drive, the Bluff View Arts District and Frazier Avenue ramp to the Veterans Bridge. Police personnel will be posted in these areas to reduce traffic congestion and delays as much as possible. Some streets may open earlier depending on the duration of the event. Northbound Riverfront Parkway between Main Street and M L King Boulevard should be open by 9 a.m.

Glass Street, between North Chamberlain Avenue and Daisy Street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, for the Better Block block party, sponsored by the Glass House Collective.

ML King Boulevard, from Houston Street to Market Street and Market Street from ML King Boulevard to 7th Street will be closed from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, for the Chattanooga Multicultural Parade.  Detours will be posted.

Kiwanis Club Fund Raiser Will Be Held Oct. 18

The Hixson Kiwanis Club’s Fall Scholarship Dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hixson Middle School.   The dinner features baked ham or chicken, veggies, bread and desserts and the cost is $10 per person, 6 and under are free.   The proceeds are used by the club to support two scholarships at Hixson High School each year in memory of long ... (click for more)

Zoo Hosts Annual Banana Ball Saturday

The Chattanooga Zoo will present its annual Banana Ball on Saturday.   Banana Split, just for kids will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m.  Jack Hanna is visiting the Chattanooga Zoo and he's hosting a special presentation.  Guests will hear about Jack's adventures and visit with some of his animal friends. The Banana Split event will include animal encounters, ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW’s Primer In Disaster

Volkswagen America has gotten into a real bad “tight,” causing their red-faced leaders to huddle with spin doctors, crisis consultants and countless priests in confessional booths. Conversely, I suspect I have found a solution that would get them out of the mud and hasten their return as one of the top automotive providers in the world. You see, on Aug. 14, 1979, the playbook on ... (click for more)