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Aug. 28
The Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park 's sixth annual “National Treasures” event. 5:30 8:30 p.m. at Point Park. Celebrates the 125th anniversary of The Blue and Gray Barbecue. Bluegrass music from The Dismembered Tennesseans, full menu of slow cooked barbecue and drinks. Tickets are $75 each or $130 per couple and are available via PayPal credit card purchases at or by check, made payable and mailed to Friends of the Park, P.O. Box 748, Chattanooga, TN 37401. Reservation deadline is Aug. 22. 

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

Grand Jury No True Bills And True Bills

Here are the latest no bills and true bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury: No Bills: BLOCKER, ROBERT B 34 M 0 1 GS 1521034 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE aka BLOCKER, ROBERT aka LITTLE, TINY BLOCKER, ROBERT B 34 M 0 GS POSS.A FIREARM DURING COMMISSIION OR ATTEMPT TO COMMITT A FELONY 2 1521038 aka BLOCKER, ROBERT aka LITTLE, TINY BLOCKER, ROBERT ... (click for more)

City Council Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS, Challenges County Commission

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Christian Sweeps Notre Dame In 7-AA Volleyball

 It didn't matter that the Chattanooga Christian volleyball team was on the road Tuesday night.  Who cared that they were playing one of their biggest rivals in District 7-AA in a loud and spirited Jack Steiner Sr. Gymnasium at Notre Dame High School. None of those factors came into play as the Lady Chargers were ready to play and the Lady Irish were not. The results ... (click for more)

Fulghum, Walker Power Soddy-Daisy Past Cleveland

Soddy-Daisy’s Lady Trojans shook off an up-and-down performance in last weekend’s Early Bird tournament at Oak Ridge and throttled Cleveland, 3-0, in a District 5-AAA volleyball match Tuesday at Soddy-Daisy High School. The Lady Trojans (8-4, 2-1) swept the match with set scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-15. Abby Walker and Karigan Fulghum combined for 30 digs and 18 kills to ... (click for more)