Infiniti Chattanooga To Partner With HCSO Safe Journey Program And Read 20 This Saturday

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Chattanooga Auto Square’s INFINITI dealership is partnering with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Safe Journey Program and Read 20 to host a free car seat and booster seat safety check, as well read alouds and book distribution this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., just in time for back-to-school. 

On this day, parents and guardians can stop by INFINITI Chattanooga, 7646 Lee Hwy., where an HCSO certified car seat technician will inspect the placement and installation of their child’s car seat and/or booster seat. 

INFINITI Chattanooga General Manager Nick Pistone said, “This is the second year we’ve partnered with the Sheriff’s Office for car seat inspections.  We know the importance of making sure children arrive safely and soundly to school.

While we are checking the safety of car seats, we look forward to introducing parents to some of the great cars INFINITI has to offer to protect the entire family.”

The Read 20 Readmobile will also be on site during this time to provide activities for children including read alouds, with books distributed for children to enjoy. Read 20 will also provide easels for finger painting to enjoy while their parents visit with professionals from INFINITI.  

Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, chief reading officer for Read 20 states, “According to research, the number of children’s books in the home directly relates to a child’s reading proficiency, which is a very good reason to make sure children have access to books.  At age six, children who have been read to have an average vocabulary of 20,000 words, yet children who have not been read to have a vocabulary of 3,000 words. The language we speak with our children matters and reading is the best way to ensure children acquire the vocabulary they need to be successful in school.”  

Mr. Pistone added, “This year we’re thrilled to have the involvement of Read 20. Their program does so much to encourage life-long reading and we can’t think of a better thing to do than to offer a book to a child coming to the dealership with his or her parents. At INFINITI, we’re not only committed to the customer experience, but also to the community experience. We believe that experience starts with children who are excited to read.”

According to the HCSO, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of unintentional injury and death to children under the age of 14. Child restraints and car seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Booster seats reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent compared to seat belts alone.

The HCSO Safe Journey Program addresses occupant protection and the correct use of child passenger safety devices through public and professional education and awareness. The staff of Safe Journey conducts weekly car seat checkpoints in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.

This free, educational event is open to the public.



Meet Author John R. Scales At Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Aug. 24

Intersection At Vine And North Kelly Streets Closed Due To Water Main Break

Chattanooga Police Department Adds 21 New Officers With Graduation On Thursday


In partnership with the National Park Service, Eastern National invites the public to meet author John R. Scales on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gen. Scales will be available inside ... (click for more)

The intersection of Vine Street and North Kelly Street will be closed until further notice due to a water main break undermining the pavement. Tennessee American Water is on the scene. ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) added 21 new officers to its ranks on Thursday, and more than a third of them are women. At 38 percent, the CPD Class 2019-2 has the distinction ... (click for more)


Happenings

Meet Author John R. Scales At Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Aug. 24

In partnership with the National Park Service, Eastern National invites the public to meet author John R. Scales on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gen. Scales will be available inside the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to sign his title, The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865. Your purchase supports the programs at Chickamauga ... (click for more)

Intersection At Vine And North Kelly Streets Closed Due To Water Main Break

The intersection of Vine Street and North Kelly Street will be closed until further notice due to a water main break undermining the pavement. Tennessee American Water is on the scene. Detours will be posted. View CDOT's map of event and road closures for full details of these activities and other projects underway in our public space. (click for more)

Breaking News

Man, 44, Stabbed To Death On East Main Street

Chattanooga Police said a 44-year-old man died after being stabbed in the 1200 block of East Main Street around midnight Thursday. Upon arrival, officers located a man suffering from a stab wound. Hamilton County EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. Officers secured the scene and called for the Violent Crimes Bureau to respond. Investigators ... (click for more)

Gary Cross, 23, Is 4th Suspect Arrested In Shooting Death Of Tracy Calloway On July 21

On Friday a fourth suspect, Gary Cross, 23, was arrested on outstanding warrants in relation to the July 21, 2019 shooting which occurred in the 4600 block of Trailwood Drive. The victim from that shooting, Tracy Calloway succumbed to injuries sustained from that shooting on July 22. The arrest of Cross is a result of an extensive investigation by the CPD Homicide Unit. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Good Sports Bar News

Just had dinner Tuesday night at Jonathan's Grille location in Hendersonville, Tn. When in Murfreesboro or Nashville, it's one of my favs. Just a great sports bar concept and menu. So happy to hear the Revelette brothers are bringing their brand (and their pizza night) to the old 212 Market location in downtown Chattanooga. Bring it on! Garry Mac (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

As I stood in the checkout line of the Walmart in Tiftonia this week, my newest friend named Harold asked me, “What’s the difference between an outlaw and an in-law. As I searched my mind, Harold responded, “Outlaws are wanted!” I immediately accepted his joke as a good omen. It helps me to remind readers of The Saturday Funnies, I just collect them during the week and pass them ... (click for more)