Knoxville is changing!!


You are invited to drive-in movie at a church. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy free movies.

Snacks and cokes will be available. Bring the family . Movies start at sundown, aproximately 8:30 pm.

If it is raining the movie will be canceled.

This event is sponsored by the FAITH FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH.



The movie is free to the community.

June 20…102 DALAMTIANS







From the Newsroom

‘Click it or Ticket’ Save Lives in Memorial Weekend Statistics Revealed

Safety Department Releases Preliminary Memorial Weekend Statistics


Nashville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Department of Safety announced Tuesday, June 3, 2008, that preliminary figures show 13 people were killed in traffic crashes in Tennessee during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period. That is down from the 21 fatalities during the Memorial Day holiday period in 2007 and 16 deaths in 2006.

Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “While the numbers are still preliminary and could go higher due to delayed reporting from local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Safety is pleased to see the 2008 Memorial Day weekend fatalities will be significantly lower than 2007. We continue to believe rigorous enforcement through sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the state is making an impact on the reduction of fatalities and serious injury crashes in Tennessee.”

During the holiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday, May 23 through midnight Monday May 26, The Tennessee Highway Patrol deployed Troopers to 85 checkpoints in 8 THP districts across the state in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes in Tennessee. Preliminary statistics reveal five (38%) of the fatalities across the state occurred in alcohol-related crashes. Five motorcyclists and one pedestrian were killed.

Seven of the people killed were vehicle occupants and four (57%) were not wearing safety restraints.

THP Colonel Mike Walker said, “Nationally in 2006, 68% percent of the passenger vehicle occupants in fatal crashes who were buckled up survived the crash. Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect you and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” Walker added. “That’s why we stress “Click It or Ticket” to save lives.” Despite Tennessee’s Primary Seat Belt Usage law, Colonel Walker stressed, “Approximately 61% of vehicle occupants who died in Tennessee in 2007 were not restrained.”

During the 2008 Memorial Weekend enforcement period, Troopers issued 5,725 citations for the following violations:

DUI Arrests 59 Child Restraint 131

Speeding 2,062 Safety Belt 788

Other Moving Violations 265 Financial Responsibility  628

Other Non-Moving Violations 1,792

The 78-hour, 2007 Memorial Day holiday period began at 6:00 p.m., Friday May 23, and ended at 11:59, Monday, May 26.

The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is ( to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.

Tennessee Tourism



Nashville, Tenn. – There’s no better way to express your love and appreciation than to take dad out for a delicious meal amongst the beauty of Tennessee State Parks this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

Tennessee State Parks invite you to spend time with family and friends, celebrate dad’s special day and enjoy Tennessee’s natural wonders at one of eight state park restaurants serving a delicious Father’s Day Buffet. Buffet selections and prices will vary.

The Father’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. until closing at these state park restaurants:

Cumberland Mountain State Park…………… (931) 484-7186

David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg)…… (931) 762-9541

Fall Creek Falls State Park………………… (423) 881-5241

Henry Horton State Park………………….. (931) 364-2222

Montgomery Bell State Park……………….. (615) 797-3101

Natchez Trace State Park…………………. (731) 968-8176

Paris Landing State Park………………….. (731) 642-4311

Pickwick Landing State Park……………….. (731) 689-3135

Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at

Mexico, an exotic destiny


Beginning in June, tourists will be reimbursed at airports in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for the amount of sales tax they paid during their visit;

This will apply to travelers who return to their countries of origin by sea or air and who can prove they spent at least 1,200 pesos ($116.03 at the current exchange rate), including sales tax;

The second phase of the refund will be implemented in the airports in Monterrey, Cozumel, El Bajio, Mazatlan and Morelia, and then subsequently at the remainder of the country’s air and sea ports.

Mexico City, June 5, 2008- Sales tax rebates will be paid to foreign visitors beginning in June to enhance the experience of traveling to Mexico and make the country a destination of choice for international tourists. The measure will go into effect once the Tax Administration Service (TAS), grants concessions to three companies to operate the program.

As part of their main objective, which is to increase the flow of international tourists to the country, the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), is spreading the word to their targeted markets where they concentrate heavily on tourism promotion with the hopes of encouraging foreign travelers to visit Mexico this summer

“With this action, Mexico is joining the world’s tourism powerhouses in striving to give a value-added incentive to tourists who are seeking to discover our diverse attractions beyond their borders,” said Oscar Fitch Gomez, CEO of the MTB.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) will be returned to foreign tourists who can prove they have spent a minimum of 1,200 pesos (approximately $160 dollars) – on Mexican territory and who are returning home by sea or air.

Following the model established in other parts of the world, sales tax paid for the purchase of services, such as lodging and food, will not be refunded.

The refunds are applicable for purchases made with debit or credit cards, but only for cash transactions in which the cost of the item was less than 3,000 pesos. The purchases can be made in stores and establishments that are affiliated with a TAS -authorized service operator.

Tourists will have the right to receive up to 50 percent of the net rebate – an amount not to exceed 10,000 pesos – in the form of cash; the remaining 50 percent will be refunded via electronic funds transfer within a period of 40 days.

Travelers that visit our country should present proof that they received the merchandise from the store of purchase and submit a reimbursement request form, along with bank statement.

Foreigners visiting our country should present receipts for their purchases, a form soliciting the rebate and if necessary, a bank receipt. In each case, the rebate operator will install clearly identified service centers where the relevant documentation can be verified and the sales tax refunded.

The procedure will be implemented gradually across the country. The first phase will be launched this summer at air terminals in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, all of which are cities with a sizable flow of international visitors.

The following phase, scheduled to go into effect six months after the initial launch, will include the airports in Monterrey, Cozumel, El Bajio, Mazatlan and Morelia; the system will later be set up at the country’s remaining airports, as well as at sea ports such as Acapulco, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Huatulco.

The operators of the service – Premier Tax Free, Global Refund Mexico and YVESAM Retornos Mundiales S.A. de C.V. – have successfully applied this model in other parts of the world. Global Refund and Premier Tax Free are companies with presence in over 50 countries.

Since each state possesses different programs of collection, for the structuring and definition of this model in Mexico, the Secretary of Estate and Public Credit (SHCP) performed diverse consultations and carried out comparatives of the systems that operate on a worldwide basis.

The European model, which contemplates various authorized users in free competition, and the systems of the countries of the European Union were also revised such as: Switzerland, Norway, Austria Spain, Italy; as well as the United States of America and Canada; as well as those of Taiwan, Chinese and Thailand, among others.

The Mexico Tourism Board is confident that it will be feasible for SAT to implement the program and resolve the demands of our visitors in a timely manner.

From the Newsroom, Knoxville is changing!!

Knox County Parks and Recreation Hosts Meeting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department will host a meeting on Thursday June 19th, from 5-7 pm at Forks of the River Park, 5414 National Drive, to collect public input on a proposed exchange of park property in the Forks of the River area.

A developer has proposed an exchange of 28 acres at 5428 Strawberry Plains Pike for 18 acres that Knox County now owns at 5414 National Drive. The county park, used for youth soccer, is situated in the Forks of the River Industrial park. The developer has purchased an option on the Strawberry Plains site and realized during discussions with MPC that rezoning would be difficult. MPC staff suggested the exchange as a way to provide a better location for both of the intended uses.

“Although there are many details to work out, I believe this can be a win-win. So far, the feedback from the AYSO soccer organization and the community is receptive. This allows us to concentrate industrial use in the industrial park and provide a much better location for the park,” stated Parks and Recreation Director Doug Bataille.

Citizens may stop by the meeting anytime between 5 pm and 7 pm to review the properties and discuss the project with county officials. For more information call 215-6600.

Chattanooga Shines, From the Newsroom

Mayor Littlefield Targets Graffiti With Summer Youth Workers

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Some call it an eyesore; others call it art.  But the plain fact is that painting graffiti on public or private property is against the law.  Graffiti is a nuisance and in some instances it contains dangerous or offensive messages.  A new and innovative graffiti removal program called the “Chatt City Erasers,” will be made up of workers from the Summer Youth Program who will be responsible for painting over and cleaning up graffiti around the city.  “By utilizing our summer youth workers, we are able to make a noticeable difference,” said Mayor Ron Littlefield.  “Graffiti has become a serious problem for property owners, residents and visitors.  It detracts from the beauty of our city and leaves a negative impression.”

The Summer Youth Program provides employment opportunities and activities for teens and young adults.  Sponsored by the office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, the program encourages positive behavior through summer employment and mentoring.

The City of Chattanooga’s Public Works Department has already cleaned up graffiti on the North Shore and other areas.  Initially, the graffiti clean-up program was to be limited to graffiti removal from public property but was expanded to include private property.  Private property owners will be required to sign an agreement to indemnify and hold harmless before any work can be performed on the property.

Citizens are encouraged to call 311 (425-6311) and report graffiti or visit and click on the 311 logo.  Graffiti is costly, destructive, against the law, and sends a message that the community is not concerned about the appearance of its neighborhoods.