CAHA Presents Talk by Dr. Ralph Hood October 14

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association will present Dr. Ralph Hood and a look into the world of serpent handling in Appalachia. 

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. —Mark 16:17-18

For serpent-handling churches, these verses hold no symbolism—they are the literal words of the Lord that have inspired worshiping believers to handle poisonous snakes for a hundred years.  Dr. Hood is co-author of “Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition” and “Handling Serpents: Pastor Jimmy.”

Come hear from one of the nation’s foremost experts on this unique religious tradition.

The program will be held at 6pm on Monday, October 14 in the Community Room of the Electric Power Board building downtown.   Attendees should enter on the Broad Street/MLK corner of the building.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Scott Seagle at 423/364-3169 or email at seaglehomes@comcast.net.


Tri-state (TN-GA-AL) Rail Stops - Introduction

Lying awake in bed one night a few months, my then-wife next to me sound asleep, our son in his crib next to out bed, my ears still ringing from the comparative quiet after four years in Manila (Ryall Springs at the time was still partially rural), I suddenly sat bolt upright in bed and announced, “That’s it!”. When I was over there, I knew I missed mountains, just as I had at ... (click for more)

Chester Martin Remembers Sand Mountain

Mention of that good name, Sand Mountain, almost certainly brings a smile to the face of the hearer. I F he is a true Chattanoogan, or someone very familiar with our region, it certainly will. That name has a   definite "down home" ring to it that brings on a sense of happiness and well being. Some of my very earliest memories go back to the days when I would ride ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Something Beautiful Happened Monday Night - Not The Debate

Monday, Sept. 26, our first presidential debate happened; no minds were changed.  Yet something beautiful and important happened.  The Atlanta Falcons, my team, played the New Orleans Saints.  Instead of some irrelevant, broad based, screw America protest, the opposing teams locked arms in unity. I was impressed. I have been a Falcon Fan since 1971 when WMOC AM ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arnold Palmer’s Greatness

This is hardly meant to be flippant but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in the presence of more great people than anyone you know. I’ve never ranked them, or ever dared to wonder who was the greatest, such as Muhammad Ali or Elvis Presley, but there are two traits that those who reach the highest pinnacle have in common. First, not a one of them was any good at what made them famous ... (click for more)