Mellow Mushroom Hosts Veterans Day Give-Back For Rolling Thunder

Monday, November 7, 2016
In the fall of 1987, Vietnam veterans Artie Muller and Ray Manzo met to discuss their concerns about the members of the American military who were prisoners of war or missing in action (POW/MIA). Having honorably served their country and taken an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same," the men were troubled by the lack of attention given to those who did not make it out of the Vietnam War with their lives or their freedom.

Mr. Muller and Mr. Manzo began planning a gathering in Washington, D.C., during the 1988 Memorial Day weekend. They contacted their families, fellow veterans and veteran's advocates to form a march and demonstrate at the nation’s capital. Their arrival was announced by the roar of their motorcycles, a sound not unlike the 1965 bombing campaign against North Vietnam dubbed Operation Rolling Thunder. Hence, they called themselves "Rolling Thunder." Approximately 2,500 motorcycles from all over the country participated in the first demonstration, and the event continued on each subsequent Memorial Day weekend with an estimated 900,000 participants this year.

“While Rolling Thunder is an national organization, all of the proceeds from this year’s partnership event with Mellow Mushroom will go to the Chattanooga Area Chapter, of which our business manager, Mark Gratton, is a board member,” said Jason Jones, owner of the Chattanooga Mellow Mushroom franchises. “Their efforts vary from quarterly dinners for several hundred disabled vets, to Christmas and Thanksgiving events, to home repairs and assistance with vets managing their disability paperwork.  Mellow is proud to do anything we can to give back to those who have served our nation so selflessly.”

On Veteran’s Day, the Mellow Mushroom restaurants at 205 Broad St. and 2318 Lifestyle Way will host give-back events with 10 percent of the day’s sales donated to Rolling Thunder. This is the third give-back day the restaurants have hosted for the nonprofit in as many years.

All sales on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-midnight will count toward Mellow Mushroom’s contribution to Rolling Thunder, including dine-in and carryout orders as well as bar sales.

Bite Me Bakery Opens In Ooltewah

Bite Me Bakery, a retail scratch bakery, is opening a new location at 9408 Apison Pike, Suite 9, in Ooltewah.  The grand opening will be held Wednesday at 10:30 pa.m. and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the event. Bite Me Bakery specializes in wholesome breads, granolas, sweet breads, sweet rolls, cookies, and to order pies and cakes (non-decorated).  ... (click for more)

Logan's Roadhouse Closing Gunbarrel Road Restaurant

  Logan's Roadhouse is closing its restaurant at 2119 Gunbarrel Road. The last day of operation was Wednesday. The chain still has five other Chattanooga-area locations. Officials said the move was made in order to "right-size" the market. The company is offering employees the opportunity to work at other area restaurants, as well as severance packages and job placement ... (click for more)

Jury Clears Juvenile Judge Philyaw Of Discrimination Charge In Dismissal Of Openly Gay Magistrate

A federal jury deliberated about an hour on Tuesday afternoon before ruling in favor of Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, who had been sued by an openly gay magistrate that he dismissed. Judge Travis McDonough had dismissed the other two defendants - Court Administrator Sam Mairs and Hamilton County - from the case at the close of the proof. Judge Philyaw said, "I thank the ... (click for more)

Attorney Elliott Says City Council Action On Mountain Creek Zoning Case "Highly Irregular And Highly Illegal"

The City Council on Tuesday night took action on a Mountain Creek zoning case, though attorney Sam Elliott said it was "highly irregular and highly illegal." The council voted 7-2 to instruct the city attorney to file a new zoning case on a section of the former Quarry golf course against the wishes of the owner of the property and the developer who plans to buy it. Attorney ... (click for more)

Why Can't Someone Unstop The Water Buildup Problem At The I-24 Cummings Highway Exit? - And Response

Exit 174 on westbound Interstate 24 is closed again as is the westbound entrance ramp. Cummings Highway is shut as well. I inquired at TDOT on Dec. 28, 2015, why this continues to happen. The engineer’s response was that the drain from ground west of the interstate runs under private land and cover over it has caused that pipe to collapse. Obviously flow still goes through, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)