Signal Mountain Lions Club Hosts Annual 4th Of July Barbecue

Friday, June 28, 2013

Signal Mountain Lions Club is adding ribs to the menu for its annual Fourth of July barbecue, to be held at Althaus Park that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’ve been doing it a number of years, and it’s just kind of a tradition,” barbecue chairman, Louis Glendenning said of the annual barbecue, which he estimates began around 1947.

Club members will be pre-selling tickets in front of Pruett’s and Ace Hardware on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lions will be cooking 1,200 pounds of pork and 600 pounds of ribs, said Glendenning. Barbecue and rib plates, both of which comes with beans and slaw, are $10 each. A pound of barbecue can also be purchased for $10.

A drive-through pickup option will be available again this year.

All money raised will go into the club’s general funds to be distributed to community organizations such as the Mountain Education Foundation and Signal Mountain Library as well as area and national charities related to eyesight. The club distributed $30,000 last year that it raised through fundraisers including its Fourth of July and Labor Day barbecues and car raffle.

“Any money the Lions Club gets, we give back,” said Mr. Glendenning.

The group is planning for its usual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza with around $3,000 worth of fireworks, $1,500 of which is supplied by the town of Signal Mountain. After last year’s fireworks were postponed until Halloween due to fire and weather concerns, Mr. Glendenning said the Lions are hoping to light up the sky on schedule this year. 

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)

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)