Dalton Firefighters To Participate In American Lung Association's Climb Challenge

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Dalton Firefighters
Dalton Firefighters

Local Firefighters are teaming up to participate in the American Lung Association’s 8th annual vertical challenge to race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta. The climb, which has become a favorite event amongst first responders, has continued to be successful in both raising awareness and funds in the Atlanta area.


Firefighters from the Dalton, Chatsworth, Calhoun, and Douglas County Fire Departments are teaming up to participate in the event, hitting the steps in full gear next week.  “You notice it (the extra weight) the whole time,” said Dalton Firefighter Douglas Kerns, who is in his eighth year for the climb. In addition to helping the cause, Kerns said it helps promote firefighter safety and fitness.


Last year, the American Lung Association in Georgia raised more than $90,000 from the event.  It is the organization’s largest fundraising event in Georgia.


“This event really draws attention not just to your legs but to your lungs,” said Brooke Cowen, ALA Development Manager.  She said lung disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. “Lung disease affects a lot of people and while we can’t prevent all lung diseases, we can prevent some and we’re still looking for cures.”


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, according to the American Cancer Society.


“We really don’t understand the value of just being able to inhale,” said Mr. Kerns.


The race will take place April 19 starting at 8 a.m. and is expected to attract more than 600 climbers. Preregistration is available, and it is suggested that event goers arrive by 7 a.m. One Ninety One Peachtree Tower is located at 191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.


Chattanooga Speaks Presents Panel Discussion On Race, Community And Culture

Chattanooga Speaks, founded by Main Street Innovations, invites the public to join a free discussion panel to be held at The Camp House on Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. about race, culture and community. "Events across the nation, and our city, are causing communities to come together and be solution orientated in the areas of race and equality. Not all people are doing this in a ... (click for more)

Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2, July 21-27

Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2 (Parts of East and Middle Tennessee) July 21 – July 27 Construction Projects Maintenance / Regionwide / On-Call / Multi-County Contracts Bledsoe County, SR-30 slide repair project near log mile 7.5:   Work on this project continues.  The contract includes excavating, stabilizing and rebuilding the road ... (click for more)

Man Who Spent Most Of His 20s Behind Bars Headed To Federal Prison For 58 Months At Age 30

A man who spent most of his 20s in Georgia state prison is headed to federal prison at age 30. Leighton L. Dunn on Friday was sentenced by Judge Travis McDonough to serve 58 months for being a felon in possession of a gun during a carjacking. Dunn told the judge, "I was released in March (2015) and was doing good, then I fell in that same rut. Before I knew it I was caught ... (click for more)

Man Arrested For Confronting Southside Grocery Employee With Gun

Brandon Jamal Appleberry, 27, was arrested on Monday after an altercation with an employee at Southside Grocery on West 38 th Street, officers said. Marty Witt, 44, told police that the suspect confronted him with a gun in his hand. Officers said security video from the store clearly showed Appleberry arguing with several people outside while holding a gun. The defendant ... (click for more)

Lock Her Up?

It's concerning that the Republican Party elite attending the recent convention would indict, convict and jail a political opponent, when the FBI found no criminal intent to compromise national security and no other law violations were found. This "lock her up" mob mentality is third world, over-the-edge behavior that has no place in a country based on the rule-of-law, where ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Double Travesties

Back when we were kids the old guys taught us how to throw a one-two punch. It’s pretty impressive if you do it right, which is to jab your left fist into the thug’s face and then, as though it was a symphony, complete the combination as you deliver a powerful right cross to the same nose. If the thug has a gun, it doesn’t work as well. But, boy, did our community ever get clobbered ... (click for more)