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

Chester Martin Remembers Being Chased By Spooks On Halloween

Halloween was always a cool time of year for the kids of my day. It was celebrated at both home and school, sometimes it could get a little bit out-of-hand, but   was mainly a harmless fall festival. It has changed but little through the years. At school we had our Halloween parties, just like today - with about the same   foods and trappings as today - the apple-bobbing, ... (click for more)

Tri-state (TN-GA-AL) Rail Stops - Orme Branch Railroad, Chattanooga Traction Company

ORME BRANCH RAILROAD, 1904   The Orme Branch Railroad (OB) was built by the Campbell Coke and Coal Company in 1904 as the Doran’s Cove Branch Railroad (DCB), primarily to send its coal and coke from its mines at Orme, opened in 1902, to market along a more efficient route than the mountain roads it had been using.   The Battle Creek Coal and Coke Company bought ... (click for more)

Man Being Pursued By Catoosa County Deputies Is Killed After Crash At Ringgold Road Overpass

A man who was being pursued by Catoosa County deputies was killed late Monday night when he crashed his vehicle at the Ringgold Road overpass. The interstate was shut down for an extended period after the accident at 11:20 p.m. The truck driven by the man careened off the overpass and landed on the northbound lanes of I-75. The truck hit the center wall and caught fire. ... (click for more)

Gang Member, 22, Shot In The Arm On Wilcox Boulevard Early Tuesday Morning

A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1800 block of Wilcox Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Just after midnight, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located Jakobi Buthelezi Johnson suffering from a very minor, single gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)