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Nov. 15-Jan. 3
Christmas Nights of Lights at Camp Jordan Park.  Begins at dusk and runs through 10 p.m. with extended hours on the weekends.   Hundreds of thousands of LED lights, driven by more than 1,000 computer channels, synchronized to both traditional and new Christmas music playing through the car radio.   $6 per person, with children 3-years-old and under free. 

Nov. 22
Hope for the Inner City's 28th Annual Turkey for Two; their fight against hunger and poverty in the inner city. For $60, individuals can buy a turkey for themselves and provide a full Thanksgiving meal for a family in need. If donors do not have a need for a turkey, they can leave the turkey to help an additional family. Donors can also join as a major sponsor with a gift of $250, $500 or more. There is also an opportunity for volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hope for the Inner City to pray, share the gospel and deliver meals to needy families in the community, including elderly in local nursing homes. For more information, call 423-698-3178.

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. 

Nov. 28
The Lighted Boat Parade of approximately 40 boats decorated for the season, which circle between the Walnut Street Bridge and Olgiati Bridge.  During the parade there will be food and drink concessions and the first night of Ice on the Landing, an open-air ice skating rink on the Chattanooga Green.   Following the boat parade, a fireworks finale signals the illumination of 130+ downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season. 

Dec. 5
The Ringgold Down Home Christmas Parade will be returning to Downtown Ringgold on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. The parade will begin on Nashville St. and process through downtown to the Ringgold Depot. Santa Claus will marshal the parade to the Depot where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the festival. After 7 p.m. the Historic Ringgold Depot will be hosting a variety of children's choir and dance performances. Businesses or organizations interested in signing up for the parade can contact 423-825-9975 or visit the website at Applications to take part in the parade should be returned to 896 Lafayette St. in Ringgold or faxed to Dr. Graham's office at 706-935-5355.

Dec. 7
Soddy Daisy Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m., Dayton Pike from Harrison Ln. to Sequoyah Access Road. Rain date is Dec. 14.

Dec. 7
For the second year, the Houston is partnering with Tea M’Lady to co-host the event, which will be held this year on Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m., and is called “A Cosy Christmas Tea on High Street” (“cosy” as in “tea cosy”). 

Decisions Must Be Made Jointly, Signal Council Told During Orientation Session; Deliberations Must Take Place In Public

If a Signal Mountain resident contacts a town council member about a problem, it’s perfectly reasonable for the lone politician to try to get the problem corrected, council members were told during an orientation session. However, town attorney Phil Noblett told them, there’s a right way, and a wrong way,   to go about that – and the wrong way can lead to serious ... (click for more)

Dog Saves Woman From Fire At Highway 58 Area

A homeowner reported that her dog saved her life early Friday morning. At 12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived reporting a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire, but it was a challenge due to  ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)

Football Mocs Receive No. 8 Seed For FCS Playoffs

The hugs, high fives and first pumps by the Tennessee at Chattanooga football players late Sunday morning let everyone know in Moc Nation that the Blue and Gold had received a highy-coveted seed and would be hosting a second round NCAA FCS playoff game Dec 6 at Finley Stadium at 1 p.m. "When the television announcers called our name as the No.8 seed (out of eight ... (click for more)

Missouri Hangs On, Turns Back Tennessee, 29-21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Missouri pin-pricked Joshua Dobbs’ bubble of invincibility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. The nationally ranked Tigers drove a stake in Tennessee’s heart with Maty Mauk’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt in the fourth quarter, held Dobbs in check most of the game and beat the Vols, 29-21, before 95,821 fans on a chilly night on the banks of the Tennessee ... (click for more)