Ema McLaughen, 5, Attends Miss Tennessee Pageant

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - by Wendy King
- photo by Wendy King

Five-year-old Ema McLaughen visit to the Miss Tennessee Pageant preliminary round last week in Jackson was less than 10 days after she had her ninth surgery to alleviate her hydrocephalus received statewide media coverage. Hydrocephalus occurs when there is excessive fluid build-up in the brain's ventricles.  

Ema was the guest of Miss Metropolitan Darby Schumacher, and her wish was granted when she met now former Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson. 

The fourth Chattanooga Hydrocephalus Walk, which is chaired by Ema's mother Chara McLaughen, will be held on Oct. 25, at Coolidge Park.

Marion County Democratic Party Holds Monthly Meeting On Saturday

Chairman Jim Lewis announced the monthly meeting of the Marion County Democratic Party will be held at  10 a.m.  Central on Saturday at the Marion County Commission Building,  5520 Highway 41, Jasper, Tn. 37347.  The agenda will include l ast preparations before election day. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served beginning at  ... (click for more)

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)