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June 20
Boomers, Shakers and Beyond will hold their Second Annual Inside/Out Cookout at 6 p.m. at Christ UMC. Barbecue and all the fixings, music by Bill Faulkner, Gary Hicks and Friends and games for everyone. During this event the group will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day Fundraiser. Tickets are $10.  www.ChristChurchChatt.org

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/

June 28
Louise "LuLu" Brooks in Pandora's Box at Heritage House for two showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is no cost and light refreshments will be provided.

July 3
The 2018 Pops on the River Independence Day celebration in Coolidge Park. Tribute to veterans from 5-7 p.m., featuring singers and songwriters from Operation Song. The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra will begin their patriotic program featuring favorites at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Free shuttle service running from the Republic parking lots between 4th and 5th Streets from 4:30-11 p.m. The lots are pay-to-park lots.  Shuttle pickup and drop off on the north side of the river will be near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets. 

July 3
The city of Collegedale Freedom Celebration. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with local artists and food trucks set up along Apison Pike.Two stages with live music at Veterans Memorial Park and the train platform at Imagination Station. Music at Veterans Memorial Park will start at 6 p.m. with Lou Wamp and the Bluetastics, followed by the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and conclude with Sweet Georgia Sound. Musical performances at Imagination Station will kick off with Kofi Mawuko from 6-7 p.m. and Jennifer Daniels from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Red, White and Boom Glow Run sponsored by Scenic City Multisport starts at 7:30 p.m.  Concludes at 9:45 p.m. with the area’s largest fireworks display. 

July 14
The 3rd Annual Unwine in Style at Spot Venue at 3214 Brainerd Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. The event will include appetizers, an open bar, live music, and a DJ. Tickets are $30 and available at eventbrite.

July 28-29
American Digger Events hosts first annual Chattanooga Civil War Show & Sale at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge. Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, with kids under 12 free (if accompanied by an adult).  http://americandigger.com/american-digger-events/, or by calling 770-362-8671.

Nov. 24
The Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon and 5K will take place in Coolidge Park starting at 8:45 a.m. All ages are welcome and the event will benefit Chattanooga Sports Ministries. Runners will receive a commemorative Hungry Turkey quarter zip, a finisher medal and cinnamon rolls at the finish line. For more information and to register, visit tennesseeruns.com/chattanoogahungryturkeyrun.


3 People Killed In Collision With Train In McMinn County

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Perdue Praises Trump Plan To Reorganize Federal Government

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) commented on President Trump’s  plan  to reorganize and consolidate the federal government:   “President Trump is a business guy and knows reorganizing the federal government is the only way to bring it up to speed with the real world. Businesses reorganize and consolidate departments all the time.   "Over the ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Kindness Of John Ward

Wednesday was a bad day for me. I lost two dear friends and great mentors. On Wednesday morning I was informed of the passing of my first television news director at WDEF TV, Ray White. Ray was a super news anchor and an even better man. Ray and I teamed with John Gray to have one of the highest rated newscasts in Chattanooga history; a 42% share of the audience in November of 1978. ... (click for more)

CASL: Thursday's High-Point Scorers

CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Arianna Bond, Izzy Bauer, Drew Bond, Madeline Bond 17 – Beccan Fitzsimmons, Taj Goodman, Adelaide Bond, Jack Fitzsimmons 16 – Brynne Burkhart 15 – Alex Lowry 14 – Ryan Carpenter, Kathy Zeglen, Owen Eastman 13 – Asa Hedrick 12 – Erynn Whaley, Monica Suttles 11 – Wally Staszewski 10 ... (click for more)