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Aug. 21-23
Chattanooga Boutique Warehouse Sale and Benefit at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St.  The event supports the Connor Pullen Foundation and patrons can save up to 90 percent on designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories from Chattanooga boutiques.  Benefit sale is Aug. 21 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.  The 1885 Grill will provide catering, and prize giveaways will be made throughout the evening (must be present to win). All ticket proceeds go directly to the Connor Pullen Foundation. Patrons are also welcome and encouraged to donate to the Foundation throughout the Warehouse Sale Weekend.  The Chattanooga Boutique Warehouse Sale will continue on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Admission is free for these days.

Aug. 23
The Wilderness Wild Fest, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, 12-8 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga at Coolidge Park, 200 River St.  This is a free family event with the Cherokee-Sierra group and will include speakers, dancers, skits, music, food and merchandise.  There will be children's games/activities, an edible plant hike, an art show and do it yourself solar.   Participants will have a chance to canoe or kayak to Audubon Island and hike, Geocache 101 (with prizes and some cash) and Seek, Find, and Keep.  There will be stories by internationally known artist Barry K. Snyder and information booths and raffle prizes.  For more information contact Sheryl Campbell at or visit 

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. 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. 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.   

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

Early Morning Fire Damages Hixson Home

Fire caused substantial damage to a Hixson home early Saturday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 3 a.m. and responded to 6208 North Innsbrook Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Charles Patten said smoke and flames were visible in the attached garage when the first firefighters arrived. The two ... (click for more)

Marcus Davis Shot On Walker Avenue Friday Night

Marcus Davis, 25,  was shot Friday night on Walker Avenue. At approximately 10:52 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 1900 block of Walker Avenue on a person shot call.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee, and was transported to a local hospital with the non-life-threatening injury. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain "Grounds" East Hamilton, 28-19

Signal Mountain was determined to run the football and take time off the clock Friday night in the second half of its 28-19 non-district victory over rival East Hamilton before a standing-room-only crowd at Hurricane Hill. “That’s our kind of football,” Eagles coach Bill Price said after the season opening game for both teams. “It was a tough football game and we just got out ... (click for more)

Maynor Leads Soddy Daisy Past Hixson, 49-36

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a high school football game, then you should have been at  Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field Friday night. Defense was all but non-existent on either side as the host Trojans took advantage of five touchdown passes from southpaw senior quarterback Hunter Maynor to outlast the Hixson Wildcats, 49-36. The last two minutes of the ... (click for more)