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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 19
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, in partnership with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, invites the public to attend a free program focusing on African Americans who were enslaved in the Cherokee Nation and subsequently freed after the Civil War. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East Martin Luther King Blvd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the formal presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.

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 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.


2 Walker County Deputies Suspended Pending Investigation

Two Walker County deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay after allegations arose  Saturday  night that a female was assaulted by the two off-duty deputies at a Fort Oglethorpe apartment, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson. One of the men and the alleged female accuser were in a consensual relationship. The accuser has told authorities ... (click for more)

Haslam Appoints David Rausch As Director Of TBI

Governor Bill Haslam on Monday announced the appointment of David B. Rausch as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).   Mr. Rausch, 55, has served as chief of police for the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) since 2011, overseeing an agency of more than 500 employees, including some 400 sworn police officers. He joined the KPD in 1993 and rose through ... (click for more)

Will Chattanooga Miss Another Reinvestment Opportunity?

In April, First Tennessee Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition announced an agreement on a $3.9 billion reinvestment plan for economic development in low to moderate income communities under the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. The Chattanooga Times Free Press soon followed with an article reviewing the plan in depth. The plan presented Chattanooga, as well as ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Are We Like Nazis?

Four years after William Styron’s best-seller ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ had achieved the highest height of an atrocity that the literary world had known at the time, a little girl who was birthed the same year as the book (1979) was cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter in the movie. The four-year-old blonde knew nothing about evil, not to mention the Holocaust, but she became enamored with ... (click for more)

Lookouts Break Out Their Bats In Saturday's Rain Shortened Game Beating Barons, 12-2

Birmingham AL --  On a wet night at Regions Field, the Birmingham Barons (32-36) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (36-33) by a 12-2 score on Saturday night in a rain-shortened contest. The Birmingham loss evens up the five-game series at two games each with one game to play in the first half. Rain and the Lookouts were the winners on Saturday night in Birmingham as the ... (click for more)

CFC Wins 2-0 At Inter Nashville FC

Chattanooga FC remained undefeated in NPSL play Wednesday night, beating Inter Nashville FC 2-0 in Nashville.   David Valenciano had CFC's first goal late in the first half.  Jose "Zeca" Ferraz scored the second goal minutes before the final whistle.  This is the fourth road game in the last two weeks and they play their final rode game at New ... (click for more)