East Ridge Parks And Recreation Announces Senior Trip To Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The East Ridge Parks and Recreation Department and Clark Tours are announcing a two-day and one night Senior Citizen trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg on Oct. 2-3. The East Ridge Parks and Recreation Department plans to offer more Senior Citizen trips in the future. 

Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said the city appreciates its seniors and is working to offer them more fun activities.

 “We want to offer tours for the Christmas season, the spring and the fall,” Mr. Martin said. “We will continue to work with tour groups to provide what we believe to be the most fun for the best price for our seniors.” 

The Smokies tour will travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit Gatlinburg for shopping and lunch before traveling to Pigeon Forge. 

That afternoon, the seniors will visit the Smoky Mountain Opry where they will enjoy a show featuring an all-star cast of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, musicians and special effects.

That evening, the seniors will be treated to more great music and comedy at the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Show. That show has been described as “a lip smacking, toe tapping, hand clapping treat.”

The travelers will spend the night in Pigeon Forge and awaken to breakfast along with entertainment provided by the world-famous Blackwood Singers performing their award-winning Pop, Country and Gospel hits in a great musical revue. 

The trip will conclude with shopping, sight-seeing and lunch in Pigeon Forge before returning home. 

“We want to provide an opportunity for fun, fellowship and memories,” Martin said. “This is a trip I would like to go on.”

The cost is $239.00 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call 706/891-0901 or email clarktours@aol.com.


Book Give Back And Reviving Baseball Rescheduled

Due to approaching thunder storms the Department of Youth and Family Development has rescheduled the book give back for the students to another date.   The Reviving Baseball in the Inner City kickoff event has been rescheduled to Thursday at 6 p.m. at Warner Park-  Frost Stadium 1100 McCallie, Ave.    (click for more)

Fresh 2015 Emerging Artists Exhibit Application Deadline Extended

The Fresh 2015 – Emerging Artists Exhibit application deadline has been extended.  Every year, AVA hosts a group exhibition of emerging visual artists from the region. This competitive exhibit is designed to support early-career artists at critical points in their growth and development. This opportunity is only open to artists at an early stage in their career with a ... (click for more)

New Attorneys Have Not Decided On Whether To Seek Mental Evaluation For Hixson Woman Facing Possible Death Penalty

New attorneys for a Hixson woman facing a possible death penalty in Catoosa County, Ga., said they have not decided whether to seek a mental evaluation for Catherine Joann Goins. Police said she lured a 30-year-old woman to a friend's house and killed her in order to steal her newborn. After District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin opted for the death penalty, two attorneys ... (click for more)

Mobile, Ala., Firm Alerted To Send Tug To Cart Off Eyesore Casey Barge

Bankruptcy Trustee Jerry Farinash said Thursday afternoon that a Mobile, Ala., firm has been told to start work on removing the Casey barge from the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. He said Coast Guard officials inspected the barge earlier Thursday and "seemed pleased with the condition it is in." The attorney said the Coast Guard will make a re-inspection just before ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Old Hickory’ Is Toast

There is a group of women in New York, all savvy and a bit stealthy, who are plotting to kick Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, to the curb. They claim “Old Hickory” is a lout and that he is personally responsible for the embarrassing T-shirts that read, “Sure, you can trust the government … just ask an Indian” ($14.99, Amazon) Their plan is to take ... (click for more)