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Teenagers shot a taxi driver

Monday, July 23, 2012


At 5:20 p.m. Chattanooga Police responded to a shots fired complaint at 2193 Dodson Avenue where they found a Mercury Cab driver who had been shot at but was not injured.  The driver stated that he had picked-up (4) juveniles in the 1700 block of N Hawthorne Street and dropped them off at 2193 Dodson Ave where they paid their fare and exited the cab.  Once outside the cab, one of the juveniles pointed a handgun at the cab driver and fired several rounds at him.  All of the juveniles fled the area on foot.  The juveniles were described as black males, approximately 15-17 years of age. 


Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.

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Motorcycle deaths investigated

Monday, July 30, 2012


On Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 1130 PM, The Chattanooga Police Traffic Division responded to a multiple vehicle accident with a fatality at 7800 I-24. Witnesses stated that a motorcycle traveling eastbound on I-24 was attempting to pass a tractor trailer on the left side.  The motorcycle clipped the rear of another vehicle that was in the left lane while attempting the pass. This caused the motorcycle to crash and threw the rider of the motor cycle under a tractor trailer. The tractor trailer ran over the body of the motorcycle rider. A B/M age 24 , rider of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead by responding medics.  


No charges have been filed and the investigation of the accident is continuing.    




Fatality Crash/200 Hwy 153 NB


Monday, July 30, 2012


On Monday, July 30, 2012 at 1208 AM, The Chattanooga Police Traffic Division responded to a multiple vehicle accident with a fatality. Witnesses stated that a motorcycle traveling northbound on Hwy 153 was attempting to pass a tractor trailer.  The motorcycle clipped the tractor trailer on the left while attempting the pass. This caused the motorcycle to crash and left the driver lying in the left lane. The driver of another vehicle didn’t see the motorcycle rider lying in the roadway and ran over the body of the motorcycle rider. A W/M age 57, rider of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead by responding medics.  


No charges have been filed and the investigation of the accident is continuing.  


Fatality Crash Updates


Monday, July 30, 2012


The fatality victim of this morning’s crash on I-24 has been identified as 24 year-old, Brent Taylor and the fatality victim of this morning’s crash on Hwy 153 has been identified as 57 year-old, Terry Yates.  Yates retired from the Chattanooga Police Department in 2004 with over 25 years of service.  Both crash investigations are still on-going.


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The Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Tribute Show

Ronnie Miller as Elvis Presley

KNOXVILLE, TENN.—  Asia Café to commemorate the life of Elvis Presley on the eve of his untimely death.  The King of Rock ‘n Roll will be memorialized in an honorable manner by way of tribute singing, music, and entertainment.

Starring Knoxville’s Own-Ronnie Miller as Elvis Presley
AUG. 15TH 5–9PM
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Reynolds kicks off 2012 Hot Summer Nights series at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, Tenn—     Karen E. Reynolds, award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, publicist and promoter, will kick off the 11th annual Hot Summer Nights series on August 2 by performing selections (along with other music) from her new CD, “Read the Book.” 

This year’s concert series has a lineup of seven consecutive performances.  All programs will be on Thursday nights, starting at 7 p.m.  The concerts will be indoors, in the Reading Rotunda of the air-conditioned Blount County Public Library.

Reynolds and the back-up band, Sanctifried–with Kitt Rogers & Brandon Kottingen, will perform an interactive engagement with the audience, playing Americana music on acoustic instruments. 

Her sound and creativity are reminiscent of Mary Chapin-Carpenter, James Taylor and Carole King. 

As a performer, Reynolds has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the eastern U.S. and has established herself as a peer with some of the best performers in the business.

She signed her first publishing contract in 2007 and now has a variety of publishing agreements, including writing with nationally-recognized artists, and three independently produced albums, plus the latest, “Read the Book.” 

In addition to independent labels and arrangements with a variety of Nashville publishing companies, Reynolds says she also “owns her own label; operates a booking/management agency for independent artists; has national credits to her name as producer, publicist or vocalist; teaches songwriting and music business for the University of Tennessee; is a Mentor/Instructor for the Country Music Hall of Fames prestigious ‘Words and Music in Schools’ program and is host/program director of Writer’s Block, a radio program that airs only independent artists.”   She also started a new type of concert series in Knoxville, Writer’s Block LIVE, as a spinoff of her radio program.

Awards, Accomplishments and Associations for Reynolds includes Winner of the Out and About Awards as the Favorite Musician and Winner of the Americana Highway HEMI Awards.  Her album, “Convince My Heart,” was nominated Best Folk Album at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Louisiana, and she was selected as Featured Artist for the “Cumberland Avenue Revisited: A History of Knoxville Music.”

Reynolds is a Board Member/Instructor at the ProMusicU.  She is a member of the  Nashville Songwriters Association International and a lifetime member of Indiegrrl. 

She serves as a mentor/writer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Words & Music In Schools Program.  She is a member of the Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance and a performing member of the Nashville Independent Music Association as well as Just Plain Folks. For 17 years, she has been Anthem Vocalist for the Tennessee Smokies Club and Anthem Vocalist for the 1996 US Olympic Baseball Team and Immigration Naturalization Ceremonies in Knoxville, TN.

Some appearances and venues include Eddie’s Attic, Decatur GA; Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville TN; SOHo’s, Washington DC; Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, Cape Fear Folk Fest, Wilmington, NC; Southern Womyn’s Festival, The Blue Plate Special, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Underground Folk Series, Greenville SC; Knoxville Pride Festival; WDVX;  Camperfest, Haybarn Rendevous, Dixon IL; Women’s Week, Provincetown MA; The Moonlight, Birmingham AL; Charles & Myrtles, Chattanooga TN; Prodigal Son, Hyannis MA; Down Home, Johnson City TN; Malaprops, Asheville NC; The Mews, Provincetown MA; Segment of Society Concert Series, Indianapolis IN; Atlanta Pride, Atlanta GA; French Quarter, Nashville TN; Converse College, Spartanburg SC; BMI Acoustic Roundup, Nashville, TN; Flora Bama, Perdido Key FL; The Sutler, Nashville TN; Women’s Night OUT, Northampton MA; Nashville Songwriter’s Festival, Broken Spoke, Nashville TN; Millennium March, Washington DC; Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network Nat’l Tour and Indiegrrl Nat’l Tour.


            Musical genres for other performers at this year’s Hot Summer Nights series will include Americana, Rhythm and Blues, Contemporary Country, Popular, Classical and even Opera.  All concerts will be at 7 p.m. on seven consecutive Thursday evenings, starting August 2 and concluding September 13.  All concerts are indoors in the air-conditioned library facility.

Those performers and dates of their performances will be:


The John Myers Band, appearing on August 9, features John Myers who has been engulfed in the rhythm and blues tradition since starting his career with his brothers and three others as The Five Pennies.  Then becoming The Four Pennies and playing some of John’s original pieces, they recorded with Brunswick Records. The current band is a blend of multiple traditions and includes Sean McCollough on keyboards, banjo and guitar; Chris Durman on guitar; Steve White on mandolin; Maria Williams on upright bass and Steve Corrigan on drums.


Gritte Fritter (John Dupree), singer-guitarist, will perform on August 16 with Abigail Sinders on fiddle and vocals and Roscoe Morgan on electric bass and vocals.  They will perform folk and Americana song selections ranging from the traditional (When The Work’s All Done This Fal)l, to popular (Still Crazy After all These Years), and the classic (Gentle On My Mind).  Dupree moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in 2001.


  The Standards/Spencer’s Own, performing on August 23, sing a cappella with a smoothly blended harmony that only five brothers can achieve. The quintet of Morgan, Nathan, Jordan, Nicholas and Quinn Williams, present a high-energy program of choreography, comedy and audience interaction.  While this group hails from Nashville and is currently changing their name to Spencer’s Own to honor their father, they have performed previously at several schools in Blount County.



  Fritz Beer, solo singer/songwriter, will perform on August 30.  Fritz Beer writes and sings down-to-earth, spirited, song stories about good-hearted people who sometimes go astray.  His music touches on multiple American traditions of rock, country, soul and blues.  He has won songwriting awards and recently received an ASCAP songwriting award for publishing achievements. He has composed songs for short films, two feature films and multiple televisions shows, including four current shows.  


  Knoxville Opera Company, on September 6, will preview the coming season’s operas, Die Fledermaus, The Girl of the Golden West and Cinderella.  Executive Director, Brian Salesky, will accompany one or two of the performers from this season’s productions as they sing excerpts from the three operas.


  Bill Robinson String Quartet, on September 13, will perform a string concert of music ranging from classical to Celtic, tangos to Turtles.  All teachers, the quartet includes Bill Robinson, violin; Allyson Finck, violin; Christy Graffeo, viola; Sarah Cline, cello.  With the varied selections of music, there should be something to suit everyone’s taste, and these teachers especially invite students to the concert.


At most of the Hot Summer Nights concerts, CDs by the performers will be available for sale.

Free and open to the public, these concerts will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

                For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at 

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ACLU-TN Launches Initiative to Ensure Immigrants Understand Constitutional Rights

NASHVILLE – In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Arizona’s “show me your papers” law, the ACLU of Tennessee today launched an initiative to ensure that Tennessee’s immigrants understand their right to fair treatment in the justice system.
The centerpiece of this effort is the online “Immigrant Rights Resource Center,” with bilingual information on how to prepare for interactions with law enforcement.  ACLU-TN is publicizing the center with the distribution of posters in Spanish and English to social service agencies, businesses and churches across the state.
“The Constitution’s promise of fair treatment in the justice system applies to all people in this country, citizens and non-citizens alike,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “ACLU-TN’s online Immigrant Resource Center is designed to help people understand the justice system and the safeguards it offers.”
The constitutional guarantee of due process ensures that people are treated equally within the justice system. The U.S. is not supposed to be a country that detains people, sometimes for years, without access to lawyers or family. Unfortunately, this is what is happening to thousands of immigrants caught up in raids, transferred into detention centers, and pressured into signing removal orders without being able to consult with counsel or family.
The printable documents in the resource center provide information on how the justice system works, as well as an understanding of constitutional protections. They include information on obtaining visas in cases of domestic and workplace abuse or human trafficking, encounters with law enforcement, the detention system, safety planning and raids.

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Firefighters reaching for successful relationships with Hispanics

KNOXVILLE—  Firefighter Al Ludwig of the Knoxville, TN Fire Department created a program that will allow firefighters to communicate with Latino familias. Ludwig realized the Latino population in his community was growing, and he took the initiative to learn and teach his fellow firefighters some basic Spanish.

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Tennessee Stage Company will be performing Shakespeare

MARYVILLE, TN (July 16, 2012 Once again, the professional actors with Knoxville’s Tennessee Stage Company will be performing a Shakespearean play at the Blount County Public Library.
Julius Caesar will be this year’s performance on Monday evening, July 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library who will also serve as volunteers to help with parking and seating.
Although this year’s production has an almost entirely new cast, there are a couple of actors familiar to Blount County people. Joe Casterline, a Blount Countian, stars as Brutus. Another cast member, Steve Trigg, used to live in Blount County but now lives in Knoxville.
Tom Parkhill, Executive Director of the Tennessee Stage Company, says, “Because the play is required reading for many tenth graders, seeing a live performance can make a difference for students.  Watching actors portray scenes helps bring life to the words on the pages.” Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” is just one of the many familiar quotations from Julius Caesar. Another provides an eloquent philosophy of death: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

 And, of course, many betrayed souls mourn along with Caesar’s dying breath of “Et tu, Brute?”
Parkhill says that the Outreach mission for Tennessee Stage Company lets it take programs out to communities so that more people have the opportunity to see the show.
This is a drama appropriate for the entire family. It will be outdoors on the front lawn of the library, so be sure to bring along a blanket or lawn chairs. The public may bring picnic lunches or cold drinks other than alcohol. No alcohol is allowed on library property. The library’s Bookmark Café will have cold beverages, specialty drinks and snacks available up until 8:30 p.m.
If rain occurs and persists to cause cancellation of the performance, the rain date for the performance is Monday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m. 
In addition to the library’s parking lot, parking is also available in the public parking lots next to The Daily Times building (across the pedestrian bridge) and in the Harper Street parking lot across from First Tennessee Bank. This performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at . To
sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email, go to the library’s Home Page, click on the “News and Events” tab, and then  Calendar of Events