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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. 23
Senior citizens are invited to learn how they can become part of a new way of living in downtown Chattanooga. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mean Mug Coffeehouse, 114 West Main St. Free. Purchase food and drink as you wish.  For more information, go to

Oct. 23
Main St. Mixer is a social event designed for professionals centered around local food and music.  7-10 p.m. at Urban Lawn.  Admission is $30 and includes one signature drink and hors d'oeuvres. Portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Launch Chattanooga.  Tickets may be purchased 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.


Suspcious Fire Damages Vacant House

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a house fire around 4:30 Monday morning at 1911 Huff Place.  Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said the house was vacant, but appeared to be in the process of being renovated. The dollar loss was estimated at $50,000. No injuries were reported.  Lt. McElvain said the cause of the fire appears to be suspicious ... (click for more)

Man Wanted For Philadelphia Double Murder Caught In Bradley County

A man wanted for a double homicide out of Philadelphia, Pa., was arrested early Tuesday in Bradley County. M embers of the Bradley County Criminal Investigations Division conducted a traffic stop on I-75 Northbound at the 29 mile marke. Upon interviewing those in the vehicle, it was determined one was wanted on the murders. He was taken into custody and has been booked ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)

Tennessee Wastes No Time Shifting Attention To Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – L ittle time had passed following Tennessee's 34-3 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night before the challenge that lies ahead this week crossed the mind of the UT staff. In past years, a loss of that type could have had a lasting impact on the psyche of the team. But  Tennessee coach Butch Jones   still sees his team progressing, both mentally ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Riley Hickman: 2-for-2 Wins At Cleveland And Talladega

The “Hustler” Riley Hickman of Ooltewah hunkered down this weekend and picked up a pair of wins in Dirt Track competition. Friday night the # R1 “Hickman Manufacturing, American Billett, Austin Trucking, Tucker Mobile Home Service, Allstar Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, RH Designs, Competition Racing Equipment, A-1 Towing, MRC” sponsored CVR / Vic Hill powered machine ... (click for more)