Omega, Jim Ricketts And Crystle Elam Perform At Ringgold Depot March 8

Friday, March 1, 2013
Omega will sing for Share America in Ringgold March 8
Omega will sing for Share America in Ringgold March 8

The Share America Foundation will host Southern gospel trio Omega, of Dahlonega, Ga. on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold. Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam will also perform. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee.  

Omega is a contemporary Southern gospel music trio featuring Dustin Simmons, Doug Pittman and Cody McCreary.

     “The group found its beginning at a small Baptist college in South Georgia,” Mr. Simmons said. “Three young music students gathered together one night in the recital hall and began harmonizing.”

     He said they initially did not realize what God had begun that night, but eventually they decided to form a group and began searching for a name. 

     “The inspiration came at first from the name of a piece of recording equipment, but slowly, God began to reveal the name's true nature,” he said. “Omega is the Greek word for  ‘the end’ or ‘last.’ The young men realized that in order to be used by God and to see Him move in their ministry they would have to put themselves last, and put God first.” 

     Baritone Cody McCreary joined the group in 2012 replacing the original baritone. 

     Also performing is Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam. The two singers share Jesus through song combining years of performing experience. 

     “This allows us so many wonderful opportunities to meet folks and share the goodness of the Lord,” Mr. Ricketts said. 

     The group won the North America Country Music Association International 2012 Traditional Gospel Duet of the Year and Crystle won the Horizon award for traditional female vocalist. They also won Traditional Gospel Duet of the Year from the Tennessee Country Gospel Music Association in 2011. 

     The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.  

     Donations for tickets are adults: $5, children 5 and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books 706.861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, www.shareamericafoundation.org.


Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam will also perform
Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam will also perform

CSO Youth Orchestras Have Spring Concert May 4

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras concludes their 2014-2015 season on May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre featuring all three orchestras.  The Etude Orchestra will be featuring several of its young soloists in the first two selections, followed by the rollicking “Dance of the Tumblers,” a classic for string orchestra.  The Philharmonic will present ... (click for more)

Nightfall Concert Series Begins 27th Season May 1

The Nightfall Concert Series begins its 27th year of summer musical programming for 19 weeks straight, running each Friday night from May 1-Sept. 4.   Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall is a free outdoor concert series featuring headline performances by a broad spectrum of music performed by superior national and international artists, many of whom ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader, And Philanthropist Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business, civic leader and philanthropist Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Scotty, as he was affectionately greeted by most of Chattanooga, was known for his modesty, generosity, dependability, and unswerving loyalty. “Great work” was always on the tip of his tongue – a manifestation of his joyous humility. He was a man of high ideals, of kind ... (click for more)

Chemical Odor In Lookout Valley Traced To Chattanooga Tank Wash

Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley were sent out Friday night to investigate reports of a strange odor in the area. The firefighters searched the area, but never found the source of the odor.  John Schultz, an investigator with the Air Pollution Control Bureau, was also out Friday night and eventually tracked the source of the odor to a business, the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Great Work, Ol’ Pro!

Years ago I was lucky enough to be the seatmate of Scotty Probasco on an airplane bound for somewhere and he taught me a word that has helped me be a much better person than I ever thought I could. We were already swell friends, since he’d watched me grow up at First Presbyterian Church every Sunday with his kids, and he liked some of the stuff I tried to write back then. So ... (click for more)