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Oct. 17-25
Boo in the Zoo at the Chattanooga Zoo will be held Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Includes cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, pony rides, games, inflatables and more. This is a non-scary Halloween event. Admission is $8.95 for adults, $5.95 for children and ages two and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online here or in advance at the Zoo Gift Shop.  697-1319. 

Oct. 25
The Museum Center at 5ive Points will host the Fall Art Fest, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. A variety of local artists will have booths offering their work. Several artists will present demos throughout the day. Children and families can get involved with the activity stations designing wood sculptures or making rag dolls. There will be music from local musicians and BBQ will be available from Kenny’s Smokehouse BBQ. See the full schedule at

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. 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.

PHOTOS: Funeral Of Luther Masingill

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Barbara Sue Perdue Greer Charged With Coercion Of A Witness

Barbara Sue Perdue Greer has been arrested for coercion of a witness. Members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division filed the charge and took Ms. Greer, 40, of Cohulla Road, Southeast, into custody.  Reports indicate Ms. Greer is a defendant in a pending case, and her actions toward a witness in that case led to the charge.  ... (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)

Alabama Wins 34-20, But Vols Find A Gung-Ho QB In Dobbs

(Story will be updated) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee now has renewed hope for success down the home stretch of the 2014 football season. And, maybe a bowl game is more a reality now than it was a week ago. It’s quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Dobbs, who hadn’t taken a snap all season, rallied the Vols from a 27-0 deficit and turned in a sterling performance against fourth-ranked ... (click for more)

Notre Dame edges Boyd Buc, 1-0 in Girls Soccer

Notre Dame senior Liz Ciabattone scored in the fifth minute and then the Irish held off a battling Boyd Buchanan team for the next 85 minutes for a 1-0 triumph in an A-AA sectional match. The victorious Irish along with Chattanooga Christian (2-0 winner against Grace) advance to the state quarters next Wednesday in Murfreesboro. “It’s good to get the win and advance to the ... (click for more)