Winston the Dog – Chattanooga, TN
You may remember the story of Winston the pit bull-boxer mixed breed dog. Winston was a bad boy. On March 14, 2010 he ate the bumper of a Chattanooga, TN police car. Well, he didn’t eat the bumper; he just tore it off of the police car. Winston was removed from his home and placed in the McKamey Animal Shelter for two weeks while he was observed and attended obedience classes. Winston is now a fee dog; he made it thrugh his obedience classes. He has been returned to his owners, who paid fines of $200. This story made national headlines.
Tourism – Chattanooga, TN
Tourism in Chattanooga was up 10% from last year over the Memorial Day Weekend. Hotels in the city were full, as were all the tourist attractions including the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The Visitor’s Bureau was extremely busy and the folks in the know believe part of the reason for the upswing was due to the lower gas prices. There are several gas stations in Chattanooga with prices of $2.37 a gallon.
Free for Active Duty Military and their Families – Athens and Cleveland, TN
The McMinn Living Heritage Museum in Athens, TN and the Museum Center at Five Points, Cleveland, TN are offering free admission for active duty military and their family members now through September. Both museums have strong ties to local military. This is being sponsored through the National Endowment for the Arts and organized by Blue Star Families, which is a national advocacy group for the family of military personnel. Over 600 museums are taking part nationwide.
Riverbend – Chattanooga,TN
This music event will be held June 11 through June 19 along the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. There are more than 100 bands scheduled to perform. Some of the performers are Cheryl Crow, Alison Kraus and Union Station and the Charlie Daniels Band. This is the 29th year for this musical event. For more information on Riverbend click here.
Property Tax Increase – Chattanooga, TN
The mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield, has proposed a 30% property tax increase for the city. The protesters that is not acceptable and I agree. If a resident is currently paying $1,000 in property tax the increase would take them to $1,300, that’s a big jump. Littlefield isn’t backing down; he says the increase is necessary to balance the budget. This would be the first property tax increase in Chattanooga since 2001.
WRCB-TV Channel 3
News Channel 9