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Oct. 31
Spooktacular Fall Festival at Bradley Square Mall will take place on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be fun, games and trick or treat. Fall photos can be taken at the Noerr Halloween Photo Set, located next to Bath & Body Works, from 5-8 p.m. The annual Fall Festival is sponsored by Westwood Baptist Church, Hopewell Church of God, and Westmore Church of God.

Nov. 1
The Pumpkin Smash, Fall Harvest Festival fundraiser, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Crabtree Farms.  Pumpkin Chuckin’ trebuchet contest at noon, and guests are invited to bring their leftover Halloween pumpkins to launch following the contest.  Carnival style fun-on-the-farm games and activities for all ages, live bluegrass music from Just Us Gals, and live folk music from A Bit Off Beet. Admission is $2 per person, or guests may bring one or more non-perishable food items each - to be donated to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank - and get in for free. 

Nov. 1-2
Second annual Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration at the Cloudland Canyon State Park, off Highway 136 on Lookout Mountain, near Trenton. $5 per person and park admission is an additional $5 per car for those without park passes.   Arts and crafts available for sale from over 100 artists working in the following media: pottery, painting, jewelry, wood carving, textile art and quilts, photography, rustic furniture, household decorations and more.  Food and children's activities too.  Musicians and spoken word performers both days.  

Nov. 8
The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Spectrum, the black-tie fundraising gala featuring dinner, silent and live auctions. Spectrum events include a preview cocktail party Oct. 30, and a Sunday brunch Nov. 2.  Preview Party tickets are $30 per person and Spectrum Brunch tickets are $15 per person for Avant-Art members, $20 for non-members.  Spectrum Live Auction and Gala – Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. The Spectrum Gala and Live Auction is a black tie event that includes dinner as well as a live and silent auction. Gala tickets are $200 per person, and also include a ticket to the Spectrum Preview Party. 267-0968 or visit  

Nov. 8
NormalPalooza, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will include live music, entertainment, over 60 regional artisans, food vendors, a kid zone and adventure sports zone.  A fundraiser for Normal Park Museum Magnet School.  For schedules, information and vendor applications please visit or email 

Nov. 17-18
Downtown YMCA Christmas Bazaar, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Local craftspeople.  Proceeds of booth fees and silent auction items go to benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Cancer Survivors Fitness Program.  

Nov. 27
15th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk.  8 a.m. at Coolidge Park.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Walk will benefit the new Shelter for Homeless Families located onsite at the Community Kitchen on 11th Street.  $25 for walkers/runners 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and under. Teams and individuals can register to walk, volunteer and/or donate  To inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathy Scott at or at 298-2066.

Dec. 7
Soddy Daisy Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m., Dayton Pike from Harrison Ln. to Sequoyah Access Road. Rain date is Dec. 14.

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BATES, AMY LYNN 5924 PORTER DR HARRISON, 37341 29 Chattanooga DRUGS GENERAL CATEGORY FOR RESALE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA THEFT OF PROPERTY BOWLING, JERMICHAEL DEJUAN 5400 CENTRAL AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404 34 Chattanooga Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) BRYSON, ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Halloween On Raccoon Trail

Time To Fix The TIFs

What if Chattanooga policy makers and taxpayers used several recent business announcements as a wakeup call to learn more about how our community decides what companies get property tax breaks? If enough people accept this assignment, it just might result in the adoption of some sound policies and procedures to guide us in the future. We read in the newspapers this week that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)

GPS Advances To Division IIAA Soccer Championship

MURFREESBORO - GPS defeated Brentwood Academy 3-0 to advance to the finals of the TSSAA Division II-AA soccer tournament.   The Bruisers scored one first half goal in the 38th minute off the foot of senior Lindsay Rufolo.   Fourteen minutes into the second half Emily Large added the first of two insurance goals. Six minutes later at the 60-minute mark Catherine ... (click for more)

Hixson Clinches 6-AA Title With Shutout Over Brainerd

Just about any coach will tell you that winning ugly is always better than losing pretty. Such was the case at Hixson Community Stadium on a frigid Halloween night as the host Wildcats finished off their regular season with a 19-0 win over the Brainerd Panthers. Hixson improves to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in District 6-AA while Brainerd is now 3-7 overall and 3-3 in 6-AA. ... (click for more)