Local Author Holds Book Signing April 6

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

J. Ledford Hamilton, a resident of Whitwell, will be available to sign copies of her book, L'Chaim: To Life, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Orena Humphrey Public Library, 1130 North Main Street  in Whitwell.

Trouble starts brewing in Maggie Sanders's neighborhood when it is discovered that the renters next door are Jews.

Mr. Sanders is pressured by his boss to kick them out, and thirteen-year-old Maggie is forbidden to associate with fifteen-year-old Ben. But Maggie has been spying on the neighbors and is excited to find a mysterious object in her tree house. Maggie and Ben soon form a secret friendship. Through her new friend, Maggie learns about a special people and the devastating reality of prejudice. Maggie opens her heart to the beautiful call of L'Chaim: To Life! But will society allow her to embrace both her Gentile upbringing as well as her newfound Jewish friend? J. Ledford Hamilton's inspiring novel reveals the burden of discrimination and the loving choices that can conquer it.

CALEA Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive during the week of Nov. 13, to examine all aspects of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Jim Hammond announced on Friday.   “Verification by the team that Hamilton County Sheriff’s ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Republican Women Hold Annual Fall Fashion Show To Benefit Local Veterans

Hamilton County Republican Women held its annual Fall Fashion Show on Saturday to benefit local veterans. Proceeds from the event go to The Samaritan Center, "serving those who serve," to provide emergency assistance with utilities, medications, cleaning and personal care items to veterans in need. Representative Chuck Fleischmann delivered opening remarks and Faye Robinson, HCRW ... (click for more)

School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

East Ridge May Revise Ordinance On Extended Stays; Fire Hall Cost Well Above Projection; Dunkin Donuts, Firehouse Subs Going Into Border Region Sector

A large portion of the East Ridge City Council meeting Thursday night was devoted to the discussion of a proposed amendment to the ordinance previously passed relating to minimum hotel and extended stay hotel requirements. The new recommendations, which the city manager, codes enforcer and city attorney have drafted after meetings with hotel associations, are that a stay can be ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)