Smoke In The Valley BVA Competition Set For October

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad’s Pro and Backyard BBQ Competition “Smoke in the Valley” has been sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and was put on their 2014 schedule. KCBS will be lending technical advice as well as KCBS trained judges. 

The Smoke in The Valley BBQ Competition and Festival will be held at the Bledsoe County Community Complex and Fair Grounds on Oct. 11, teams will be setting up on Oct. 10.

The Squad was honored this week by Governor Bill Haslam by proclaiming “Smoke in the Valley” as an official Tennessee State Championship contest. This means winners of a state championship will receive an invitation to compete in those contests that are “by invitation only.” Pikeville will be attracting many teams looking to win and then move along to contests such as “The Jack” a world competition held every year in Lynchburg, Tenn.

This year will be the 2nd Barbeque event for the Rescue Squad. Last year’s competition was for Back Yard cookers only. This year there will be a Back Yard and Pro Competition. The Pro competitors are those that accumulate points within the Kansas City BBQ Society and may receive awards at the end of the season. 

This is for smoker BBQ only. Electric and gas grills are not allowed.  For rules and specifics on the competition and team registration forms visit the Bledsoe County Rescue Squad’s website: bledsoecountyrescue.com or contact George or Earline Young by phone at 364-0114 or email at vanyoung@bledsoe.net.



Boynton Drive In Catoosa County To Be Closed For Emergency Road Repair Monday Night

The Catoosa County Public Works Department has scheduled emergency road repair work on Brownwood Lane at Boynton Drive. Boynton Drive will be closed to thru traffic, beginning Monday, at 10 p.m. through Tuesday, at 5 a.m., weather permitting. The detour route will be marked. (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: ALVIN BERNARD RUSSELL                             TAMARA MOORE 5046 HARLEY LANE                                  5046 HARLEY LANE CHATTANOOGA, TN 37419 ... (click for more)

Hazelwood Ordered Confined To His Home Until Sentencing In Chattanooga On June 27; Defense Renews Objection To Release Of "Incendiary" Racist Tapes

A federal magistrate in Knoxville has ordered former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood confined to his home pending sentencing in Chattanooga on June 27 on three felony convictions. The confinement at his Knoxville home is to be on a 24-hour basis except for medical needs. Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton also ordered Hazelwood, who made over $27 million his ... (click for more)

HCDE Transition Team Member Announces Candidacy For District 2 County Commission Seat

A longtime public education champion with a background in both public and private enterprise has announced she is seeking the seat of retiring District 2 Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields. Elizabeth Baker, a Signal Mountain resident and member of the transition team appointed last year by Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County School Superintendent, said she is committed ... (click for more)

TIF Proposal Fails Straight Face Test

Mayor Berke has put the City Council in an unenviable position. The Council will be asked to vote Tuesday on whether to use tax increment financing (TIF) to pay for a one-block extension of M.L. King Boulevard to the Riverwalk.  Accountability for Taxpayer Money supports the road extension concept and understands its timing. However, we strongly oppose using TIF future property ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arm Our Teachers Now

There are three distinct reasons that Grady Judd, the sheriff of Polk County, Fla., is one of the top law enforcement officers in the country. Just last week he was named as president of the Major-Cities Sheriff’s Association -- he’s that good. Also last week he begged America to arm itself, rigid in his belief the best way to stop school shootings and other mass incidents is by ... (click for more)