Hamilton County Farm Tour Is July 17

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Hamilton County Farm Tour has been scheduled for Thursday, July 17.   

Two air-conditioned school buses have been reserved and will pull out from the J Merle Crawley Agriculture Service Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. 

The first stop will be the Chattanooga Food Bank off of Amnicola Highway where guests will tour the facility then meet the new Harvested Here Food Hub Director Ray Rollison and have a discussion of what the Food Hub is all about.  

After the Food Bank guests will go to the AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts.  There they will have lunch and during lunch Gene Hyde, city forester for Chattanooga, will discuss the issues with the Emerald Ash Borer.  While at AT&T Field, guests will meet with the groundskeeper to discuss keeping up with the field and the responsibilities of the ballpark. They will tour the facility and discuss the impact they make on the economics of the area.  

The next stop will be Crabtree Farms for a tour of their facility and learn about what they are producing.   

The cost for the tour, including lunch, is $5.  Make checks payable to Hamilton County, SCD.  The registration deadline is July 14. 

For more information or to make a reservation call Renita (Shorty) Beaty, Hamilton County Soil Conservation District, at 894-1687 ext. 3


Chattanooga Fire Department Stations Host Halloween Open Houses

There were some early visitors to the Chattanooga Fire Department’s Halloween Open House Friday afternoon. Ashley Kuehn brought her two kids, dressed in Halloween costumes that had a definite firefighter theme. Daughter Crimson wore a Dalmatian costume while Stetson wore custom-made firefighter turnout gear. The department’s Halloween Open House is officially from 6-8 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Bradley County Mobile Command Post To Be At Downtown Block Party In Cleveland

The Bradley County Mobile Command Post will be at Friday night’s Downtown Block Party in Cleveland. The first 3,000 children to stop by the Command Post, at the northwest corner of the courthouse, will receive a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office re-usable treat bag…filled with candy. Sheriff Watson invites one and all to visit.   (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)