TDOT Suspends Construction-Related Lane Closures For 4th Of July Holiday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday through 6 a.m. on Monday, to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers. 

“We always anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this time of year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures for the July 4 holiday travel period will help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.” 

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Please buckle up and observe the rules of the road,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “Drivers can be assured there will be an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee’s roadways throughout this week and weekend in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”  

According to AAA projections, 41 million Americans, that’s 1.9 percent more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. Nearly 85 percent of them will drive. AAA estimates 742,000 Tennesseans will hit the roadways. July 3 and 6 are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday period.


Former Atlanta Brave Ryan Klesko Appearing At Inaugural Homers For Heroes

Bellhops, a Chattanooga-based tech-enabled moving company, has added former Atlanta Brave great, Ryan Klesko, to the inaugural Homers for Heroes roster. Though he won’t be competing in the home run derby, Mr. Klesko will be taking batting practice and attendees will be able meet him and get his autograph from 2-5 p.m. at AT&T Field. Homers for Heroes is slated to be an ... (click for more)

Cinco De Mayo Celebracion Features Salsa Dancing At The Granfalloon

The Granfalloon venue will host a night of salsa dancing, fresh made salsa, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo with DJ Carlos Colon’s hip-hop, salsa and club music. Produced by Chattanooga Presents, this event will be held Thursday from 7-11 p.m. at The Granfalloon.  There is a $5 cover charge at the door.  Award winning caterer, Virginia Cofer of Virginia’s Gourmet by Design ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Announces 5 Finalists For Director Of Schools

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education announced the five finalists for the director of schools position.   The community is invited to attend the Board of Education interview session each day 6-8 p.m. at Mayfield Elementary School, 501 20 th Street NE, Cleveland. A complete schedule is attached.   Candidates:   Wednesday, ... (click for more)

Expansion By Developers Of McCallie Commons Would Raze 3 Old Houses On Oak Street

Developers of the McCallie Commons student housing at McCallie and Central are wanting to expand the project, but it would involve tearing down three old homes on Oak Street. The proposal from developer David Hudson would be an expansion of the four-story apartment building and separate parking garage with 300 parking spaces proposed that was approved earlier. The original ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow

Years ago at a ritzy dinner party in Westchester County, New York, an editor from Reader’s Digest was seated next to the prettiest woman in the room and noticed her overall glow and countenance was such that he had never noticed a tell-tale scar under her nose. After the dishes were cleared away, admit the mindless chatter, he asked if she would mind telling him about it. The ... (click for more)