"Day Out With Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018" Pulls Into Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum In April And May

Monday, March 12, 2018
Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of adventures and memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Chattanooga on April 28, 29, May 5, 6 and 12. Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018 is presented by Mattel.
"Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities.
  The tour, now in its 23rd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2018.  For 3 back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun with crafts, photo ops, and more. Children who attend Day Out With Thomas in 2018 will also receive a ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet to track their journey at the event, along with a special prize upon completion," officials said.
Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every hour, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays through 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-4:30 pm.  Tickets for Day Out with Thomas start at $21 plus tax for ages two and up.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com/dowt or by calling toll-free 866-468-7630.  For more information and directions, contact the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at 423-894-8028 or www.tvrail.com.

Chattanooga Girl Scouts Earn Highest National Honor

Two Chattanooga teens have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. It is the most difficult to achieve, and only a Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10) or a Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12) may earn the award. "It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to engage in a rigorous process that calls for leadership at the highest level," officials said.  "Girls must work individually to ... (click for more)

Legacy Village Of Cleveland Partners With Hope For Appalachia To Prepare ‘Hope Boxes’ For Disadvantaged Children

Legacy Village of Cleveland partnered with its sister facility, Renaissance Assisted Living of Greene County, in Stanardsville, Va., in support of Hope for Appalachia, by sending “Hope Boxes” to the poverty-stricken areas of Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia. Hope for Appalachia is a collaborative group of churches, businesses and individuals that deliver boxes ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)