Free Summer Reading Event Offered At Historic Rugby On July 12

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Heading for the beach and need a good read to take along? On Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. (eastern) in the Rebecca Johnson Theater (Historic Rugby Visitor Center), there will be an evening with emerging author Janie Dempsey Watts. This free event will include readings and a book signing. Copies of Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge will be available for purchase.

Set in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge is a timeless story of coming home to find yourself. Avie Williams found a career and husband far from home. When her father dies, she must return to North Georgia to settle his estate. She soon recognizes that she doesn’t want to part with the home she grew up in, and the familiar surroundings helped her put a name on what was missing from her life in California. Throw in greedy relatives, a legendary Cherokee silver mine, and a new neighbor, and there is conflict, mystery, and the possibility of romance. This is a perfect book for the beach or for down time anywhere.

Janie Dempsey Watts was born in Chattanooga and grew up riding horses on the family farm just across the Georgia line. She holds journalism degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. She has written for newspapers, magazines and television and also authored five screenplays. Her essays have been published in Christian Science Monitor, Guideposts magazine, several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Georgia Backroads magazine. She is a columnist for Catoosa Life Magazine. She, too, has returned home and lives near the family farm in north Georgia.

 

 


1st Custom-Built Bed And Breakfast Breaks Ground In Chattanooga

After several years of planning and development, St. Francis  Cottage, a custom-built bed and breakfast, is becoming a reality. Having broken ground in late  May 2016, this seven-bedroom, urban cottage-themed facility will open in 2017 and be run by  owners and proprietors, Wallace and Nancy Braud.   Situated on 2.3 acres, the highly wooded  ... (click for more)

La Música Está Vivo Y Bien En La Habana (Music Is Alive And Well In Havana)

When I was 10 years of age there were 15 minute television shows in the afternoon before the news. One of those shows was "Xavier Cugat with Abbe Lane".  This show was my first taste of Latin music and I was hooked.  Loved it when Desi Arnaz would have a musical clip in "I Love Lucy". Don’t laugh!   It was difficult to hear Latin Music in the Chattanooga area ... (click for more)

Darrel Eric Chapman, 49, Dies In Red Bank Home Destroyed By Fire; Case Ruled Arson/Suicide

Darrel Eric Chapman, 49,  died in a house fire in Red Bank early Friday morning after the homeowner said he was awakened by popping sounds. Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said the case is being considered an arson/suicide. He said, " At approximately 12:30 a.m., the Red Bank Fire and Police departments responded to a residential fire at 604 Bitsy Lane where they discovered ... (click for more)

Attorney Gets Misdemeanor Plea In 2nd Case Involving Sexually Harassing Waitress

A Chattanooga attorney who was charged for the second time with sexually harassing a waitress has pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to a reduced charge. In the latest case, Charles D. Lawson had been charged with aggravated sexual battery after an incident at a local restaurant involving a waitress. Prosecutor Jason Demastus said Lawson pleaded guilty to the B misdemeanor ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response (2)

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Tipping The Preacher

I got an unusual telephone call the other day from someone I love who asked my help in solving one of life’s delicate mysteries. It is a tough question: “How do you tip a preacher?” In the first place, you never tip a preacher. It’s the preacher who gives out the tips, helping to keep you on the straight-and-narrow in your quest to waltz through the Pearly Gates. But there are ... (click for more)