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Oct. 19-27
The Chattanooga Zoo hosts the annual Boo in the Zoo Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. It is a non-scary Halloween event. Activities will include character encounters, a scavenger hunt through the Zoo, animal enrichment activities, trick-or-treating, costume contest, over 20 games, pony rides, hay rides, bounce houses, carousel rides, face painting, a creepy crawlie exhibit, and floating magic shows. Tickets to Boo in the Zoo are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  Children two and under are free.  For tickets click here

Oct. 27
Normal Park Museum Magnet School will host the 16th annual NormalPalooza Arts and Music Festival  from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Oct. 31
The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Haunted Hunter on Halloween night. The night will feature a trick or treat station, a costume contest with prizes from local businesses, cash bar, and music by DGSM DJs, Fit of Body, and Erika Glück. 7-11 p.m.  Admission is $15 for Hunter members in advance and $20 for general admission in advance.  All tickets purchased at the door will be $25.  For tickets and costume contest details click here. Guests must be 21+ to attend, IDs will be required. Tickets are not refundable or transferable. There will be no on-site parking: please consider Uber or Lyft.

Nov. 3
The Stuffing Strut 5K at Chester Frost Park, benefiting charities in the northern part of Hamilton County. $30 per runner or $100 for a family of five. Kicks off at 8:30 a.m. near the park pavilion. Event registration is currently open through by searching “Stuffing Strut.”

Nov. 3
The 59th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day serving piping hot pancakes and sausage under a big tent at Dalton Green, the historic park located adjacent to the Whitfield County Courthouse. Members will serve from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 3. Anyone eating under the Big Tent will have all of the pancakes and sausage they can eat along with coffee, milk, and/or orange juice. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 each.  The cost on the morning of the breakfast will be $8 each. “To go” plates will also be available.

Nov. 3
Glass Street LIVE! Annual Block Party, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the intersection of Dodson Avenue and Glass Street. To register as a vendor, click here. To sign up as a volunteer, click here. To register to attend, click here. For more information, click here.

Nov. 8
Chattanooga Friends is hosting its first annual Mini-Golf Tournament at Sir Gooney’s. Starts at 6 p.m. and will include food, drinks, arcade games and dancing, in addition to mini-golf and prizes. For more information on this event and to buy tickets, please visit Chattanooga Friend’s Facebook page.

Nov. 10
The Junior League of Chattanooga’s first annual Touch-A-Truck fundraising event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Warner Park (1100 McCallie Ave). Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly, hands-on event that offers opportunities for children to explore, climb and touch more than 20 trucks of all kinds, including emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online at  Silent hour will be from 9-10 a.m. for those who are more sensitive to noise and flashing lights.  Tickets are $5 per person, and $20 for family passes of four and more. Held rain or shine.

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

New Book Chattanooga In Old Photos Now Available At Zarzours; Enter Drawing To Win All 4 Photo Books

The new book Chattanooga in Old Photos, sponsored by, is now available at Zarzours Restaurant on the Southside. The limited edition of 800 copies is printed by College Press of Collegedale. It is the fourth book in the collection called the Chattanooga Photo Books made possible by The others are The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads ... (click for more)

Woman Says Party Guest Returned And Raped Her After She Fell Asleep

A Chattanooga woman said a party guest returned and raped her after she had fallen asleep. Richard Hymon Jr., 47, of 6961 Glen Errol Way, East Ridge, is charged with rape. Police had responded on Oct. 7 to a hospital to speak with a rape victim. The woman said she had been raped by Hymon at her home. She said she invited family and friends, including Hymon, over for ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman Was On Target On The Magnet Schools

I can remember Rhonda Thurman telling the other members of the School Board that she would love to go to Las Vegas with certain parents that won the right to go to a Magnet School because they beat all odds.  She also called Magnet Schools"Private Schools" long before anyone else did.  It is truly amazing what some people won't or don't hear.  I hope some ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Do You Trust?

About this time last month a 25-year-old kid with a fresh degree in “public policy” left me a phone call hoping to get my views. Joda Thongnopnua is the Democratic candidate for the State House in District 30 and he is like a load of other erstwhile politicians in my experience who I’ve never heard of but “really want to meet me” … this with less than a month before they “really” ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Opens Ticket Deposits

Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club opened ticket deposits on Monday for its inaugural 2019 season of professional play in USL League One. Deposits ensure soccer fans get to pick their preferred seats early for group, season and individual tickets. By placing a deposit, fans will also have access to priority seating for the new soccer-specific stadium being built for the 2020 ... (click for more)

Baylor, GPS, CCS Advance To State Soccer Semifinals

Baylor traveled to Briarcrest in Memphis on Saturday to compete for a Division II-AA final four spot.  After play to a 0-0 tie in the first half, Baylor would find itself down 1-0 in the 63rd minute when Anna Strong scored off a corner kick.  That lead did not last long as Ara Rhodes scored the game tying goal one minute later off an Avery David corner kick. Two minutes ... (click for more)