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May 25
Tennessee Valley Canoe Club and The Gear Closet present the 13th annual Paddling Film Festival at Rock/Creek Paddlesports and Outlet in Chattanooga at 7:30 p.m. The event is a bring your own chair event.

May 27
The Harrison Ruritan Club Open Car Show. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Spectator admission is free. Pre-registration is $20, day of show is $25.  Registration is from 8 a.m.-noon.  Judging begins at noon.  Dash plates go to the first 150 registered.  Door prizes will be given. Sunday morning church service starts at 11 a.m.  Food is available for purchase.  Proceeds benefit various community service projects. Event will be held rain or shine. More information and registration forms can be found on the Harrison Ruritan Club website. You may contact Perry Mayo at perrymayo@gmail.com or 423-645-5424.

June 9
The Chattanooga Zoo will host its 3rd annual kid’s summer event, the Ice Cream Safari from 4-7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Chattanooga Zoo members receive 50 percent off ticket price and all children ages 2 and under are free. Ice Cream Safari event tickets and wristbands are now available for purchase online.  If not sold out, wristbands will be sold the day of the event for $8 each.

June 10
24th annual Hot Rod Power Tour stops at Chattanooga State Community College. Classic cars and hot rods travel city to city, over 1,300 miles. The seven-day, seven-city journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators, June 9-15. hotrod.com/events. Feature a midway of mobile display rigs from more than 50 performance manufacturers and aftermarket specialists. The main stage will feature entertainment, celebrities, games, and dozens of giveaways.

June 14-19
With a commitment to celebrating the contributions of artists of African descent, the inaugural Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas will premiere with a slate of work showcasing the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature during a week-long celebration at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Coolidge Park, and other locations around the community. BlackArtsAndIdeasFest.com 

June 23
The 2018 Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair at the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library with an evening event at the Edney Building at 1100 Market St. Activities will include book sales and readings on the Library fourth floor from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and children’s activities on the Library second floor. https://readnwritefair.wordpress.com/


Donaldson Tells Jury He Shot Son-In-Law After Knife Was Pulled On Him

Glenn Donaldson told a Criminal Court jury on Thursday that he shot his son-in-law, Adam Levi, after he pulled a knife on him and said, "I'll cut you." Donaldson, 57, took the stand in his own defense in the case in which he is charged with first-degree murder. The state called as its last witness, Assistant County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cogswell, who said the shot was ... (click for more)

School Board Approves Moving Forward On $290,000 Equity Consulting Contract

The County School Board voted 8-1 on Thursday night in favor of a $290,000 contract with consultants to help with an equity study. Officials said there will be no cost to the school system,but it was not clear who will be paying. Board member David Testerman asked, "How do we know who's going to provide the funding?"  Supt. Bryan Johnson indicated he is confident that ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Don’t Invent, Discover!’

When Randy Boyd stood in front of more than 75 black ministers in Memphis on Tuesday, the ever-dynamic “doer of deeds” told the pastors an exciting story. He talked about “First Things First” of Chattanooga because the Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is totally sold on what Julie Baumgardner and her team have proven keeps families together. Boyd then met with some representatives ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins D-II State Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Baylor School baseball team has been on a tear these past couple of weeks as they’ve been averaging double figures in runs scored and base hits. It's become quite a winning combination. That trend continued here at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field on Thursday afternoon in Baylor’s biggest and most important game of the season. Facing the Memphis University ... (click for more)

Silverdale Wins Twice To Reach DII-A State Title Showdown Against Tiptoon-Rosemark

Silverdale Baptist Academy’s softball team is rewriting a script from the 2016 TSSAA state tournament. Two years ago, the Lady Seahawks lost to Meigs County in the opening game. They won four straight to get another crack at the Lady Tigers, and beat them 6-0 for force a deciding game for the championship. Meigs won that one, 8-5, and took home the title. This time around, ... (click for more)