3rd Annual 100 Mile Relay Set For Oct. 6

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The third annual General 100 Relay is set to begin at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Kennesaw, Ga. The route follows 100 miles of the historic “Great Locomotive Chase” through North Georgia. The finish line, located in downtown Ringgold, will feature music, games, free food and beer for the runners.  

The General 100 Relay can be run by 4- or 7-person teams.  Each person will run approximately a marathon or half-marathon total distance, depending on the team size. Only one team member will take the road at a time. While this individual is completing his or her leg of the relay, the remaining team members will travel by vehicle to the next exchange point.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our third annual team-running relay,” stated Marcy Cirlot Kernea, race director for the General 100.  “It’s a really unique event.  With just over 100 miles of winding, beautiful, country roads, it is a whirlwind adventure – not for the faint of heart. These runners test their endurance, fight the elements and celebrate accomplishment.”

All proceeds generated from the General 100 Relay Race will benefit The Evitt Foundation. The Evitt Foundation is a 501(c)3 based non-profit organization in Ringgold that is committed to reducing food insecurity in Catoosa County and its surrounding areas through snack pack programs for students and free grocery distributions for local families. 

"In 2004 The Evitt Foundation was established to honor the memory and legacy of Ringgold Telephone Company founder, Jim Evitt Sr.  During his lifetime, Jim Evitt Sr. was not only just the local pharmacist, a Catoosa County Superior clerk and entrepreneur; but he was also an instrumental part of numerous projects that made Ringgold a better community," officials said.

The General 100 is sponsored by Ringgold Telephone Company, Shaw Industries, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Moe’s and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 

To register a team or for more information about the General 100 Relay, visit www.general100.com

CDOT Announces Construction Closures

1100 Mountain Creek Road  Utility work will require closing the 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road this Saturday through Sunday morning.  Work will begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday, June 23, and the road will reopen Sunday morning.  The 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road is north of N Runyan Drive.  The detour is to use US 27 to Morrison Springs for access to properties ... (click for more)

Candidate Forum To Be Held At The Bethlehem Center

The Bethlehem Center will host a forum where community members can meet the candidates. Each candidate will speak and answer questions presented by  community members. The forum will be held on Thursday  from 6-8 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center at 200 W 38th St. “This event matter because these are the candidates for offices that most closely affect our ... (click for more)

Former City Education Commissioner John P. Franklin Dies

John Porter Franklin, long a leading figure in Chattanooga city government, has died.  He was the city's first, elected black official, post Jim Crow laws, in 1971. Mr. Franklin's father, G.W. Franklin, was a pioneer funeral home director and John Franklin continued in that line. He was first an official in Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home, then he started John P. Franklin ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Struck And Killed In Cleveland Wednesday Morning

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Paul Huff Parkway early Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. More information will follow. (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)