Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Hosting 21st Annual Telethon Saturday

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Telethon airs on Saturday, from 7-11 p.m. on WTVC, News Channel 9 hosted at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. In an act of continued support of RMHC of Greater Chattanooga, the Tennessee La-Z-Boy manufacturing facility will host their “Build-A-Chair” event during the telethon.   

La-Z-Boy will have craftsmen live on air build a recliner piece-by-piece valued at $999 to auction off. They will also bring a sofa valued at $1,419 to auction off.  All proceeds will be going to RMHC of Greater Chattanooga.

The telethon is a four-hour prime time telecast on WTVC-NewsChannel 9. It is part of RMHC of Greater Chattanooga’s annual Share-A-Night campaign, which encourages donations in $55 increments to help pay for a family’s night stay.  Families are asked to make a $10 donation to help offset a portion of the expenses; however, 70 percent of the families are unable to afford the nominal contribution. No family is ever turned away for their inability to make the requested donation.  

The average family stay is two weeks. Share-A-Night contributions make it possible for families to stay at Ronald McDonald House regardless of their financial situation.

The Telethon will include stories of local families, volunteers and businesses motivating the public to believe in the organization’s mission of serving families with critically ill and injured children. Follow #CHAtelethon and #RMHC throughout the event. To find out more, call 778-4300 or visit www.rmhchattanooga.com.


Pratt Home Builders To Host Ironman Training Event

Pratt Home Builders will host 4 Ironman training events for the twelve athletes who will be participating as Emily’s Power for a Cure Team in the 2015 Chattanooga Ironman competition scheduled for September 27. The first event will be Sunday, March 8 starting at 2:30 p.m.  Andy Sweet, a trainer at HUB Endurance, has set this challenge as a 3 mile pace training event. Each ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial To Host "Cancer Care, Today" Conference

CHI Memorial will host “Cancer Care, Today” to help educate the community about treatment advances, forward-thinking nutrition and emotional support, and access to specialists at CHI Memorial’s Rees Skillern Cancer Institute. Question and answer sessions will be open after each presentation. A light breakfast is provided. “Cancer Care, Today” is free for all attendees. The ... (click for more)

Signal Council, Residents Concerned About Unsafe Driving En Route To Schools

The town council of Signal Mountain is dealing with a traffic problem caused by increased traffic to and from Signal Mountain Middle High School and Nolan Elementary. Mayor Dick Gee said, “This is a tough issue that we wouldn’t have to deal with if everyone would drive responsibly.” The main concern is for safety and in November the council agreed to try to fix the problem by ... (click for more)

88-Year-Old Woman In Bradley County Severely Burned After Going Back In Burning House For Pets

Two people were injured in a house fire in Bradley County on Friday.   Shortly before noon, Bradley County EMS responded to a reported house fire on Hancock Road.   Two ambulances and a shift commander responded. Initial reports were that there were two people injured. When EMS crews arrived, Bradley County firefighters were performing resuscitative ... (click for more)

We Ought To Pay Our Own Way

The government is too big. It has never been bigger - by any measure. It spends more money than any other single actor in our society. From Blue Rhinos to providing telecommunications services, our government knows no bounds. We’ve gone from a free enterprise system to a public enterprise system.  I'm not an artist. I'm not terribly tech savvy. The part of government that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Secret Train Ride

It was during Christmas of 2003 when Bennett Levin and his wife found themselves talking and worrying about the wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and at the nearby Bethesda Naval Hospital. Their wish was that they could do something meaningful, something really grand, for the soldiers who had lost limbs, their eyesight, and far worse. As ... (click for more)