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Nov. 15-Jan. 3
Christmas Nights of Lights at Camp Jordan Park.  Begins at dusk and runs through 10 p.m. with extended hours on the weekends.   Hundreds of thousands of LED lights, driven by more than 1,000 computer channels, synchronized to both traditional and new Christmas music playing through the car radio.   $6 per person, with children 3-years-old and under free. 

Dec. 20
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a 30-minute program about the capture of Savannah, Ga at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 2 p.m.  A park ranger will speak about how soldiers, slaves, and civilians viewed the surrender of Savannah as a Christmas gift to the president and as one of the final acts of the great drama of the Civil War.  

Jan. 17
Illusionist Jaden Maxwell will appear at Mt. Peria Baptist Church, 341 Sparks St., in Ringgold at 6:30 p.m. A family evening of food and fun.  Enjoy a winter feast (two seatings based on advance ticket), and then hear Jaden’s testimony and be amazed by his feats of illusion. Donation: adults $20, children 3-12 $10. Presented by The Center For HOPE, a non-profit serving Northwest Georgia. For more information, call 706.866-0917.

April 25
The Craniofacial Foundation of America will host their 8th Annual Palate 2 Palette event on Saturday, April 25. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with the Gallery Stroll. This year’s stroll will take guests through a magical journey to accompany the theme, “The Wizard of Us”, based on the classic, The Wizard of Oz. Each gallery will tell a story based on characters from the movie and will pair a family or child associated with the CFA to each. Following the gallery stroll, all guests are invited to visit the enchanted Emerald City at the Bubbles and Sweets after party at Track-29 from 8-10 p.m. for live music, dancing, food and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Craniofacial Foundation of America. Patron tickets to the event are $75 per person and $150 for VIP. For tickets or information, please visit and get event updates by following Palate to Palette on Facebook and Twitter.


Stokes Photo Book At Zarzours Daily This Week, Other Locations

The Stokes photo book of rare old Chattanooga pictures, which sold out the initial edition of 1,000 copies, will be available at Zarzours Restaurant on Rossville Ave. off Main Street behind Fire Hall #1 this coming week Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Chattanooga In Photos Around the Turn of the Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection is also available at ... (click for more)

Red Bank Updating Court Software; Sets Hotel Tax Though City Still Waiting For Hotel

City Manager Randall Smith told the Red Bank Commissioners that the court clerk and deputy clerk are in dire need of upgraded court software. He said the department clearly needs it to increase efficiency. The increase in efficiency will contribute toward the expense. Additionally, he said two court fees have been increased and this will pay for the new software package in one and ... (click for more)

A Letter To The NAACP

I believe when a "unarmed" man is evil, he will try to beat a police officer on his head in hopes to knock him out, in hopes to kill him. We saw the bruises on the officer's face.  This evil force tried to take his gun away from him , Proof was in the autopsy.  Why did Michael Brown  try to take his gun away from him? Exactly, to kill the officer.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Advice: Just Be Normal

Matthew Kerlin, by his own admission, claims to be just a normal guy. But I am of the opinion, after reading his speech following Samford University’s Winter Commencement exercises, that the university’s Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life is a bit more than that. Dr. Kerlin knows college kids well and his advice to the most recent flock of America’s graduates resonates with brilliance. ... (click for more)

UTC Cagers Upset No.7 Stanford

"Defense kept us in the game and our fans are great!." UTC sophomore Moses Johnson after the 54-46 win.   The giant killer has done it again. Relying on hustle, determination, key 3-pointers and 10 made free throws down the stretch the Chattanooga Mocs defeated visiting No.7 Stanford women 54-46 Wednesday at McKenzie Arena. Playing before 2,128 cheering ... (click for more)

Vols Land 4-Star JUCO Running Back Alvin Kamara

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has signed junior college four-star running back Alvin Kamara, who is from Norcross, Ga., and originally signed with Alabama and then transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Information on Kamara: ALVIN KAMARA R-Sophomore • Running Back • 5-11 • 200 Norcross, Ga. • Norcross H.S./Alabama/Hutchinson ... (click for more)