Torch Light Tour Of Chattanooga National Cemetery Is May 27

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a torch light tour of the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, at 8:45 p.m.  Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead this 90 minute, one mile walking tour in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Chattanooga National Cemetery and will review the coming campaign of 1863 and its events through the stories of those now interred in this place of honor.  

In 1863, the nation entered its third year of bloody, costly, and transformative conflict.  Chattanooga, nestled in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, had become the “gateway” through which to strike the Confederacy’s industrial heartland. As a result, it became clear to soldiers and civilians alike that the city would most likely become the scene of a major struggle.  By year’s end, those expectations became truth at the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge.  The lives lost in these battles revealed a dire need to establish a final resting place for these honored dead.  

Participants should enter the cemetery off Holtzclaw Avenue and continue around the cemetery loop toward the old entrance arch in the southwest corner.  Comfortable, supportive footwear, weather- appropriate clothing, water, and a flashlight are recommended for this program.  

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706.866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 821-7786, or visit the National Military Park’s website at

Videos Promote Famous Tall Betsy Return

Cleveland is having a celebration this year to honor the return of Tall Betsy to 150 Centenary Ave. The address in the historic district of downtown Cleveland is where the famous goblin made her most famous appearances during the ‘80s and drew crowds of thousands.  Tall Betsy retired in 1998 after drawing a crowd of 25,000. A helicopter film crew captured the event and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Fire Department Has Halloween Open House

The Chattanooga Fire Department will open all 19 fire stations in Chattanooga from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Halloween, to give trick-or-treaters an up-close look inside a fire station. While there, children can look at the fire engines, talk with the firefighters, and get candy from the fire department, while supplies last.  Here are Halloween safety tips from the Chattanooga ... (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)

Judge Finds Young Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Fatal Wreck On Highway 58

Judge Tom Greenholtz on Wednesday found William Henry Young guilty of a lesser charge in a fatal traffic accident on Highway 58. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, ruled the 56-year-old former TVA employee guilty of criminally negligent homicide. He had been charged with vehicular homicide. Sentencing will be in December. Judge Greenholtz dismissed charges ... (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: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)