PHOTOS: 2019 SPARC Water Sports Day

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The 2019 SPARC Water Sports Day was held Saturday at First Lutheran Church Camp, 1621 Lee Pike, in Soddy Daisy.   

SPARC offered adaptive water skiing, towable rides, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding for persons with disabilities from the Chattanooga area, plus guests from Knoxville, Georgia, and Alabama.   

This event has grown significantly over the 27 years since it began. 

SPARC is a local chapter of the national organization, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), which was founded by US Military Veterans.  DSUSA's motto is:  "If I can do this, I can do anything."  DSUSA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs." 



Weekly Road Construction Report

The Bethlehem Center To Unveil Remodeled John P. Franklin Sr. Technology Lab Tuesday

Chattanooga Avenue Repair Project To Begin In Dalton On Monday


Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Crews may continue surveying at various locations throughout the interchange. Shoulders ... (click for more)

The Bethlehem staff, alongside family members and friends of the late John P. Franklin, Sr., will unveil a renovated technology lab at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 200 W. 38th St. Mr. Franklin’s ... (click for more)

The City of Dalton Public Works Department advises that beginning this Monday, the city’s contractor, Massana Construction, will be performing bridge repair work on the Chattanooga Avenue Bridge. ... (click for more)


Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Crews may continue surveying at various locations throughout the interchange. Shoulders may be closed at these locations between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A hauling operation will continue requiring a single left lane closure on I-75 SB at MM 2 and a single left or right lane closure ... (click for more)

The Bethlehem Center To Unveil Remodeled John P. Franklin Sr. Technology Lab Tuesday

The Bethlehem staff, alongside family members and friends of the late John P. Franklin, Sr., will unveil a renovated technology lab at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 200 W. 38th St. Mr. Franklin’s children, Cheryl Franklin Key and John “Duke” Franklin, Jr., owners of John P. Franklin Funeral Home, sponsored the renovations. With the monetary support, The Bethlehem Center was able to ... (click for more)

Breaking News

State Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against Jadarius Knox; Anguished Mother Of Victim Says "He Didn't Have To Kill Him"

The District Attorney's Office on Thursday dismissed a voluntary manslaughter charge against Jadarius Knox, saying evidence in the case in which Dakota Biddle was killed showed a self defense theory could be found to be valid. Knox was original charged with criminal homicide in the May 2018 incident on Basswood Drive, but it was reduced to voluntary manslaughter at the Grand ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga. Town Center Work To Start Soon; Jim Sabourin Resigns From Council And Is Replaced By Kevin Leckenby

After eight years of talking and planning, Lookout Mountain, Ga., is ready to begin building a new Town Center. To begin with there will be two municipal buildings, City Hall and a fire station. The design of the area has space for private developers to build commercial buildings in the future. Adhering to design guidelines provided by the city and aiming for a cost of $2.8 ... (click for more)

Opinion

Are There Too Many Hamilton County Schools?

Two recent articles reveal a great deal about the present state of local public education. Mixing and matching information and reading between the lines reveals even more. First, there is that loooonnnngg list of Top Hamilton County Schools Salaries 2019. That nearly incredible list covers only salaries from $70,000 and up, and includes 290 different individuals -- approaching ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Drum Major For Peace

There have been many Christmas Seasons when I have looked high and low for Christmas Cards that included the poem, “One Solitary Life.” I came across the revered poem easily over 40 years ago during a kiddie matinee at the famed Radio City Music Hall, which is in midtown Manhattan. The Radio Music Hall is huge – it can comfortably seat 6,000 – and so awesome is the Christmas Spectacular ... (click for more)