Operation Famous Salute Collects Over 1,300 Letters For Nation’s Military

Monday, June 16, 2014

Famous Dave’s Barbecue Restaurants across East Tennessee wrapped up another successful year of Operation Famous Salute over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Diners were invited to pen messages and words of encouragement to our nation’s military service members on stationary provided by Famous Dave’s.  The event took place Friday, May 23, through the end of business on Monday, May 26. 

This year, over 1,300 letters were collected from the five Middle Tennessee Famous Dave’s locations, including Chattanooga, Knoxville and three stores in the Nashville metro.  Famous Dave’s has now gathered all letters and will pick up the postage costs of sending the letters, while also packaging with Famous Dave’s barbecue sauces, giving our service members a little taste of home.  Letters will be sent to active military still serving overseas, as well as those recovering in our military hospitals stateside as well.

“Thank you to the folks who took the time to write letters because we know that small gesture over a holiday weekend will be a big blessing as a touch from home in a land far away,” said Tamara List, owner with Famous Five Dining, and Famous Dave’s Chattanooga.  “We’re happy to know that we can play a small part in that blessing.”


Morning Pointe Team Wins "Taste Of Ooltewah And Harrison" Contest

Morning Pointe Senior Living’s food service directors took home the culinary crown during the third annual Taste of Ooltewah and Harrison, hosted by District Nine Ooltewah Harrison Education Fund (D9). The Morning Pointe team was named the reigning “Taste Champion” for 2017. Arie Haynes, Beverly Spates, and Greg Cook, the trio from Morning Pointe’s assisted living and memory ... (click for more)

Hidemi Walsh Wins Lodge National Cornbread Cook-Off

With her recipe, Chili Shrimp and Coconut Cornbread, Hidemi Walsh won the 21st Annual Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off on Sunday, April 30. Ms. Walsh, a resident of Centreville, Va, received the coveted cast iron skillet crown, a $5,000 cash prize and a FiveStar 30-inch stainless steel gas range (a value of $3,200).  Sponsored by Lodge Manufacturing Company, the ... (click for more)

Man Found With Home-Made Explosive Device Near Businesses In Hixson

A man was found with a home-made explosive device outside businesses in Hixson late Tuesday night.   A business was evacuated and portions of Highway 153 and Hamill Road were cordoned off while the device was taken away.   Joshua Redden, 34, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession ... (click for more)

Weather Service Issues Tornado Watch For Chattanooga Area

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Hamilton County on Wednesday. Here is the advisory: TORNADO WATCH FROM  1:15PM EDT  WED UNTIL  8PM EDT  WED TN . TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ANDERSON BLEDSOE BLOUNT BRADLEY CAMPBELL CLAIBORNE CLAY COCKE CUMBERLAND FENTRESS GRAINGER GREENE HAMBLEN HAMILTON HANCOCK HAWKINS JACKSON JEFFERSON ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Life With 007

I was 13 when the first of 24 James Bond movies came out and, at a time when my sap was just beginning to rise, I will never forget Ursula Andress stepping out of the sea wearing that white bikini. Our hero walks over to the dripping Honey Ryder – that was her name in “Dr. No” – and she says in the Swiss accent, “Are you looking for shells too?” And the first classic reply of thousands ... (click for more)