Salvation Army Opens Overnight Shelter Due To Cold Weather And Calls For Volunteers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
With temperatures dipping below freezing at night and The Chattanooga Community Kitchen at capacity, The Salvation Army will open its doors once again for overnight emergency shelter for the homeless tonight, February 9 and tomorrow night, Feb. 10, at 6 p.
m
. The ReCreate Café, the Salvation Army's Day Center at 800 McCallie Ave., is busy preparing to serve those in need throughout the frigid nights and during its normal hours during the day. 

The Salvation Army and Relevant Hope Ministries, which runs the cold weather shelter at The Chattanooga Community Kitchen, have been communicating today relaying the increase demand of services due to the colder temperatures. The Salvation Army has agreed to take an additional 50 guests to help offset their high guest count. 

"Our goal is to partner with other agencies to keep people safe and warm when these low temperatures setting in," said Major Algerome Newsome, Chattanooga Salvation Army Area commander. "We need coffee, creamer and travel-size toiletry items for the shelter.” 

Volunteers are needed to help serve in the shelter. For volunteer information, email Jill.Woodruff@uss.salvationarmy.org, or call 423 505-1052 . 

Donations of coffee, toiletries, new heaters or money are being accepted at The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave , Chattanooga, Tn. 37403. Monetary donations can also be made online at www.csarmy.org, or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army. 

“Also, our supply of new heaters for low-income home owners is drastically low,” said Major Newsome. “Also monetary donations are welcomed for those experiencing high utility bills that come from having to keep temperatures warmer in their homes.” 

For additional information, call The Salvation Army at 423 756-1023. 

Upcoming Road Closings Announced

5310 to 5400  Cassandra Smith Road will be closed from  May 31 to June 28,  for utility construction. Detours will be posted.    Chestnut Street will be closed from W. 19th St. to W. 20th St. until  June 2 . Detours will be posted.    The 400 block of Valleybrook Road will be closed for utility construction from  May ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:  U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder ... (click for more)

Bryan Johnson, Timothy Gadson, Stuart Greenberg, Wayne Johnson, Kirk Kelly Are Superintendent Finalists

Bryan Johnson of Clarksville, Tn., was the top vote-getter on the opening round of balloting for Hamilton County school superintendent. The chief academic officer for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was on the ballot of all nine school board members at a special meeting on Thursday afternoon. Others who made the cut were Timothy Gadson, a Minnesota educator; ... (click for more)

Man Shot In Home Invasion Early Wednesday Morning

A man was shot in a home invasion early Wednesday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot on the 6000 block of Arlena Circle at 4:40 a.m. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Edward Greatheart, 41,  who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Mr. Greatheart was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)