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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. 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”). 

PHOTOS: Ice On The Landing And The Lighted Boat Parade

Ice on the Landing and the Lighted Boat Parade brought crowds to the riverfront on Friday night (click for more)

Coffee County Death Row Inmate Dies At State Prison

Death Row inmate Gregory Thompson has died at the age of 52. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.  Thompson died of natural causes.  Thompson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the murder of a female newspaper reporter, 28-year-old Brenda Blanton Lane. She ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A ‘Black Friday’ Poem

On this, “Black Friday,” when frantic shopping and crowded aisles cause some nerves to wear thin, please allow me to share a poem a friend sent me not long ago called “Shoes in Church.” Perhaps it will be fitting: SHOES IN CHURCH I showered and shaved. I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat In a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes. I saw ... (click for more)

Alcoa Run Game Has Notre Dame's Attention In 3A Semis

Notre Dame defensive lineman Robert Murphy has a good handle on what defending Class 3A champion Alcoa is likely to do against the Irish in Friday night’s semifinal playoff game at Finley Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. “We know their running game is very powerful,” Murphy said. “They like to pound the ball and run it down your throat.” That’s exactly what the top-ranked ... (click for more)

UTC Men Defeat Coastal Carolina,78-67

UTC’s Ronrico White is use to pre-game shoot arounds, but Wednesday’s “almost midnight madness practice” 14 hours prior to tipoff against Coastal Carolina was out of the ordinary but highly effective. “My shooting touch was off (2 for 14 in the last three games) so Coach Wes Long called a shoot around for late last night and we made some adjustments in my technique and it paid ... (click for more)