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July 31

Southern Lit Alliance presents 2014, Wednesday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Southside at The Church on Main. 74 local artists have contributed pieces based on the evening's theme, "Stories" for silent auction. Meet special guest, writer and artist, Clyde Edgerton. Culinary delights by Daniel Lindley's Grocery Bar and libations by Riverside Wine and Spirits, Chattanooga Brewing Company and Chattanooga Whiskey. Tickets are available online at or call 423-267-1218.

Aug. 8
Bridge Christian Church, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, will wrap up its annual summer family movie series Movies in the Park at Dark on Friday, August 8. Locals and visitors are invited to come out for the free community event. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to arrive early. From 6 – 8 p.m., there will be inflatables set up for children to enjoy, popcorn will be served and beverages will be available for purchase. The family-friendly movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen at Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road, and will begin at dark. The 22-acre park has a walking track, playground, picnic tables, bocce ball court, public art and an off-leash dog park. Details about the family movies being shown are available at

Aug. 9
The 2014 Mix 104.1 Family Expo will be held on Aug. 9 at the Cleveland Family YMCA. During the Expo, Cleveland Insurance will host Operation Paper Drive by collecting notebook, loose leaf and copy paper for the elementary students and teachers of Cleveland and Bradley County. Each individual that donates paper will get to decide which of the local high schools they would like to donate the paper in the name of. The PTO of the high school that has the most paper donated in their name will receive $1,000 from Cleveland Insurance and Mix 104.1 WCLE. Once the paper is collected, it will be given to the Bradley County and City of Cleveland School's Central Office's so it may distributed to the elementary schools in most need of these important resources.

Aug. 14
Inaugural John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet and Celebrity Roast. Luther Massengale of WDEF will be roasted by Channel 12  News Anchor Chip Henderson. The first recipient to be honored with this award will be Mr. Franklin McCallie.  The black tie event will be held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St.  A social hour with cash bar and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the program and dinner  will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at  

Aug. 16
The Chattanooga Mud Run: A Muddy 5K Race Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area at Greenway Farms in Hixson.  Participants will climb walls, trudge through icy mud baths, crawl through tunnels, slide down a mudslide and complete in more than 20 obstacles.  The Chattanooga Mud Run After Party is held after the race. This party is equipped with live music, dancing and food and beverages available for purchase. Registering at For more information or to inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, call 756-0507.


Aug. 16 

Northside Civitan Club's first annual car show. Abbas House/Central Baptist Church, 5208 Hixson Pike. Gates open 10 a.m. Judging begins noon. Awards presented at 2 p.m. There will be dash plaques to the first 100 entries. Makes checks payable to: Northside Civitan Club, 5926 Hancock Road, Chattanooga, Tn., 37421.Pre-registration is by Aug. 8. One entry per vehicle. It is $15 ahead and $20 at the door. To request a registration form, email
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A Chattanooga man was taken into custody after he admitted to police that he raped his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. According to police, the young girl was with her grandmother the following day and told her what her father, Michael Skellenger, had done.  Her grandmother immediately rushed her to the hospital for an examination. They were directed to the Children's ... (click for more)

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Recap of 17 Stop, Prep Football Tour

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