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Aug. 31
Stocking Full of Love Labor Day Weekend Sock Hop will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 7-11 p.m. at Walker County Civic Center, Rock Spring, Ga. Entertainment will feature Paul Smith & The Sky High Band. There will be contests for: best 50’s dance; best 50’s dress; and hula hoop. Admission $3 per person, $5 per couple, children 6 and under are free. The evening includes music, dancing and food.

Sept. 1
The 2014 Annual Labor Day Car and Motorcycle Show at the Walker County Civic Center on Highway 27 in Rock Spring.   Registration will be from 8-11:30 a.m.  Vehicle registration is $15 until Aug. 22 and $20 after and the day of the show. Benefits the Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love of Walker County.  706.638-1909.

Sept. 1
The Signal Mountain Lions Club annual Labor Day BBQ at Althaus Park (behind the Country Club) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  BBQ plates and bulk orders are available, as well as hot dogs for the kids.   Money raised by this annual event benefits the community of Signal Mountain and Walden. 

Sept. 11
Southern Lit Alliance presents An Evening With The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Thursday, Sept. 11 at Bright School. VIP reception with Ree at 6 p.m., wine & hors d'oeurves, plus reserved seating at 7 p.m., $150 per ticket. General seating at 7 p.m., $30 per ticket. Tickets online at

Sept. 12
Chattanooga Friends is presenting Dunked for its fifth consecutive year to benefit four local nonprofits. At Miller Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dunked involves recruiting well-known Chattanoogans to take the plunge for a good cause.  This year, Dunked benefits Siskin Children’s Institute, Northside Neighborhood House, Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County and Chambliss Center for Children.  For a $5 donation, participants will receive three balls to throw at the Dunkee of their choice, or for $20, they can buy unlimited throws.

Sept. 13
Hamilton County Parks And Recreation present Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Riverpark, maintenance field parking lot adjacent to the C.B. Robinson Bridge. The event gives children the opportunity to observe up close and have hands on interaction with a variety of trucks, service rigs and other motorized vehicles. Fun activities provided by child serving agencies and organizations assure that children and parents will enjoy the day. Admission is free. For more information call 423-842-6748.

Sept. 13
midTown Celebrates on Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brainerd Village Shopping Center. grassROOTS midTown, with the support of the Midtown Council of the Chamber of Commerce, announces a free, family-friendly, community event. This community festival celebrates the revitalization and diversity of "midTown"; the area from Missionary Ridge to Chattanooga Airport along Brainerd Road. midTown businesses, neighborhood and community groups will be on hand to help enhance the pride of place. Paint a rain barrel, talk to business owners, tour the Brainerd Mission Cemetery, learn about Chickamauga Creek, meet new neighbors or just listen to music. Explore the past, engage the present and plan the future of one of Chattanooga’s historic places. 

Sept. 20
Habitat for Humanity of Catoosa County will host its 2014 Hard Hats and High Heels Fashion Show, Silent Auction and Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Catoosa County Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga. Tickets are $75. The event is a fundraiser including dinner, dance recital, fashion show and a silent auction. Sponsorships, program ads, and silent auction donations are welcome. For more information, call Catoosa Habitat for Humanity at 706-861-5858. 

Sept. 23
First Things First welcomes New York Times best-selling author Hal Runkel as guest speaker for their 17th Annual Fall Banquet at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 per person.  New this year is a VIP Experience for $125 per person which includes an exclusive reception with Mr. Runkel and premium banquet seating. 267-5383 or visit

Oct. 11
Chattanooga's Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion.  htttp://  Featuring projects, performances, competitions and workshops that advance the Do-It-Yourself culture of making things. Signature activities will include robot battles, a 3D printing showcase, quad copter and unmanned aerial vehicle displays and a MacGyver Competition. The event will also feature soldering workshops, art displays, hobby presentations and sewing workshops, among other activities. $5 for ages 13-17, $10 for adults. Children under 13 can attend for free and college students with IDs are half price.   

Oct. 18
Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library host ClubLib 2014, The Great Chattsby.  4th Floor of the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library.  Club Lib is an evening with the purpose of raising funds for children and youth services. This year's event will be a Chattsby style event, so participants can come dressed in their 20's era glitz and glam. Sponsor entry time is 6:30 p.m. and patron entry time is 7 p.m.  Silent auction from 6:30-10 p.m.  For event questions contact Dawn Skowronnek at 757-5425 or email Parking will be included with sponsorships and local hotels are offering discounts.

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

Recently Found Audio Of Ronald Reagan's Visit To Chattanooga In 1976

This recently found audio of Governor Ronald Reagan's visit to Chattanooga, on May 21, 1976, on a campaign stop. He spoke at Tennessee Temple College. At the end of Mr. Reagan's talk there were remarks by then Chattanooga Mayor Pat Rose and Dr. Lee Roberson, longtime pastor of Highland Park Baptist and president of Tennessee Temple. (click for more)

Walker County Arrest Report For Aug. 25-31

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Aug. 25-31: ALEXANDER    MATTHEW    TODD    W/M    35    Officer CARTER    BATTERY FVA RUSSELL    CASEY    LEWIS    W/M    30    Officer OWENS    SUSPENDED ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)