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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/

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.


Alexander Responds To President Trump’s Executive Order To End Separation Of Families At Border

Senator Lamar Alexander released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on Wednesday that will end the separation of children from their parents at the border:   “Families need to stay together whenever possible while an immigration judge determines whether they can stay legally in our country. The president’s executive order is ... (click for more)

Corker Says Trump Administration Is Abusing Its Authority To Implement Taxes On The American People

In remarks on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Senator Bob Corker challenged the Senate to assert its constitutional authority on trade policy by passing his bipartisan legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Excerpts of the senator’s remarks follow.   “I rise today to talk about ... (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: Please ‘Connect The Dots’

Get your crayons out and let’s play “connect the dots.” Next Thursday (June 28 th ) the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, in partnership with Chattanooga’s publicly-flawed non-profit educational foundation, UnifiEd, will hold its regional meeting at Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Hall. The coalition was formed to advocate for “students of color” in Tennessee, and among those on ... (click for more)

Silverdale's Chase Cook Inks Scholarship With Bryan College

When Gray Ange arrived at Silverdale Baptist Academy two years ago to take over the baseball program one of the first players he heard about was the so-called crafty lefthander Chase Cook. “Most left-handed pitchers who are not your typical velocity guys get tagged with that ‘crafty’ description because they make a living throwing off speed to spots. They find ways to ... (click for more)

Fairyland Swimmers Upset Country Club

The Fairyland Flash had their best swim meet of the season at home Tuesday night when they beat the Country Club Wavemakers by a single point, handing the visitors their first loss of the season after four straight wins. Country Club had prevailed by a lopsided 466-322 margin just last Thursday, but the Flash was more than ready for the competition the second time around. ... (click for more)