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Susan Kendall

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HARRISON: Car washes Saturday benefit Central band

The Central High School Band will have car washes on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Auto Zone and Advance Auto locations on Highway 58. Please show your support by stopping in to have your vehicles washed or just to make a donation. Many people don't realize how much money it takes to keep the band functioning, and most expenses are not covered by the school system. The band really needs the support of the community.

HARRISON: Central High ’50-’51 holding reunions

The Central High School classes of 1950 and 1951 will celebrate their 59th and 60th reunions together on Oct. 8-9 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. For more information, contact Glen Jones at 344-1019 or

HARRISON: Neighborhood Yard Sale set for Saturday

The Lake Hills Neighborhood Association is announcing its Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale to be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lake Hills is bordered by Highway 58, Bonny Oaks Drive and Jersey Pike. There will be more than 30 households participating in the sale, and items available are too numerous to list. Signs will be posted at entrances into the neighborhood. Rain date is June 12.

HARRISON: Bluegrass concert scheduled

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, come and enjoy a Bluegrass Christmas at the Harrison Ruritan Club. Six bands will perform throughout the evening, and a variety of food will be served such as barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and desserts.


This Saturday and Sunday Bayside Baptist Church will present its 2009 Christmas Pageant, “The Ornament.” The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

HARRISON: Central High wrestlers gather next year

Coach Steve Price has announced that there will be a special wrestling match and alumni dinner on Jan. 14 at Central High School. Anyone is welcome to attend, but they would especially love to see former Central High wrestlers and coaches at this event. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria, and the match will begin at 6 p.m. in the school gym against Ooltewah and Silverdale. For more information, contact Mr. Price at the school. The event is almost two months away, so there's time to get the word out to former wrestlers and coaches and encourage them to attend.


Boy Scouts of America Crew 82 will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 5 to 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at Harrison United Methodist Church.

HARRISON: Ruritans host chili cook-off

The Harrison Ruritan Club will host its second chili cook-off from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Harrison Ruritan clubhouse located next to Harrison Elementary School.

HARRISON: Wrestling team sale provides travel money

On Oct. 31, the Central High wrestling team will have a rummage/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the school lawn.

HARRISON: Homecoming this weekend

Oct. 16, Central High will celebrate Homecoming as the Pounders take on the Tyner Rams. The candidates for homecoming king are Ryan Adams, Tyler Cranford, Cade Crawford, Jackson Medley and Preston Womack. The candidates for homecoming queen are Emily Lawrence, Casey Reese, Shavon Silver, Suzanne Williams and Hannah Yancey.

HARRISON: Toy car show this weekend

Southeast Street Toys car club will host a car show Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Grasshopper Campground in Birchwood, Tenn. Proceeds will go toward their Christmas and Thanksgiving fund. For more information, contact 423-595-8389 or e-mail

HARRISON: Barbecue benefits community service projects

Congratulations to Central on their big win against the Hixson Wildcats! The mighty Pounders are now 4-0! Come out and support the team this week as they take on South Pittsburg at home.

HARRISON: Bank celebrates 10 years

FSG Bank on Highway 58 will celebrate their 10th anniversary on Sept. 17. Stop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy light refreshments and register for a $50 gift card.

HARRISON: High school reunion planned

Starting on Sept. 16, Lakewood Baptist Church will have an exciting new children's program, master clubs, for ages 3 years through sixth grade. A teen program, truth seekers, will begin on that date as well. Clubs meet at the church, located at 6626 Hunter Road, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Transportation can be arranged by calling 423-344-6334. The Central High Class of 1984 will hold their 25th reunion on Sept. 18 and 19. Friday activities include a barbecue in the gym at Central (must RSVP and pay in advance) and football game to follow. Sept. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m., there will be a dinner at Fox Cay Restaurant. Be prepared to pay $15 cash at the door. For more information, call Stephen Hughes at 423-667-0830 or Cindy Klassen at 423-240-7825 or

HARRISON: Used band instruments needed

Do you have a band instrument that is not being used? If so, consider donating it to the music program at Brown Middle School. This gift will make it possible for students to enjoy a sense of accomplishment through music while developing self-discipline and teamwork skills. Research shows that students who participate in band programs score higher on standardized tests. It may be possible for you to receive a tax credit for your donation. For more information, contact Robert Freeman at 423-344-1439, ext. 270. The Lake Hills Neighborhood Association encourages residents to attend its meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church. John McGirk, former president of the Belvoir Neighborhood Association, will discuss neighborhood initiatives. Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the Nov. 10 meeting when city code enforcement will be discussed. For more information, call 423-893-5448.

HARRISON: Central alumni meet next month

The Central High Alumni and Supporters Association is sponsoring a barbecue dinner in the school gym on Sept. 18. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end just prior to the kickoff of the Central vs. Hixson game at 7:30. The cost for dinner is $10 per person. For reservations, mail your payment to the CHS Alumni Association at PO Box 781, Harrison, TN 37341. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 10. For more information, e-mail

HARRISON: Thirty-five year reunion planned

It’s reunion time for the Central High Class of 1974. Plans include a casual get-together in the school cafeteria on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m., with snacks and drinks provided. Former band members are encouraged to dust off their instruments and participate in a short performance. The cost is $7 for individuals or $10 for couples. On Sept. 19, there will be dinner and dancing at the River Inn restaurant with live music provided by the Stratoblasters. The cost is $32 for individuals and $64 for couples. Members of the classes of ‘73 and ‘75 are also invited to attend these events. For information, contact Sandra Stuermer at 706-820-0033.

HARRISON: School begins soon

Summer flew by, and it is time to think about heading back to school! Although teachers and staff started back to work this week, the official first day of school for students will be Aug. 12. If you have questions about dress codes, supply lists, bell times or need any other information pertaining to your child's school, check the Hamilton County Department of Education Web site at

HARRISON: Women invited to Saturday movie

On Aug. 1, the Women's Ministry Team of Bayside Baptist Church will host a ladies’ Saturday matinee from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the student center. Light refreshments will be served during the movie. They will also preview the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther titled, "It's Tough Being a Woman." This is a free event and all ladies are invited to attend. Contact the church at 423-344-8327 for more information.

HARRISON: Breakfast funds mission team

On July 25, the Harrison United Methodist Church Mission Team will be have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Applebee’s on Shallowford Village Drive near Hamilton Place from 8 to 10 a.m. This fundraising event will help support this year’s team as they travel to the mountains of south Virginia to Project Crossroads. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $6 each or two for $10. Pancakes, sausage and drinks will be available for eat-in only. Come on out and enjoy a great breakfast while showing support for this worthy cause!

HARRISON: 40th class reunion planned

The Central High Class of 1969 is planning to celebrate its 40th class reunion on Oct. 17. For more information, contact Sanda Mohr at 423-886-5928 or, or contact Debbie McGill at 423-622-7393 or

HARRISON: School celebrates 70 years

Congratulations to Harrison Elementary School on its 70th year! Construction on the school began October 17, 1938 and was completed on June 11, 1939. It was the last school to be built under the WPA program. Harrison opened that fall with six faculty members and 191 students. During World War II, the school was used as an agency to register soldiers and issue rationing stamps. The school survived a minor fire in 1948, which destroyed the stage curtains, a piano and other equipment. Bathrooms were installed in the 1950s at the rate of one fixture per month! As the student body grew in the 1960s and 1970s, four classrooms, a larger cafeteria and library and more bathrooms were added to the school. Harrison Elementary continues to thrive and provide an excellent education to the children of the community. Happy birthday, Harrison!

HARRISON: Neighborhood-wide garage sale this weekend

A neighborhood-wide garage sale will be held in Lake Hills on June 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 families are scheduled to participate. Directional signs will be placed at multiple neighborhood entrances on Jersey Pike and on Hwy. 58.

HARRISON: Seniors honored with program

In a beautiful setting, decorated in a Grecian garden theme, Central High School recently held its annual Senior Day program. The most anticipated portion of the ceremony was the coronation where Keith Pruett and Amellia Hickman were honored by being crowned the 76th Mr. and Miss Central. Members of the court were Bethany Barclay, Brittany Palmer, Bethany LaFoe, Patsy Thrasher, Ben Long, Bubba Sirhan, Cy Turner and Michael Williams. This year's faculty dedicatory was Mr. Robert Long.

HARRISON: Lake Hills plans garage sale

The Lake Hills Area Neighborhood Association encourages residents to attend its meeting on May 12, where experts will explain how to develop a successful Neighborhood Watch program. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Hal Drive. For more information about this event, call 893-5448.

HARRISON: Eagle Bluff hosts Hay tournament

The Seventh Annual Connie Hay Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at Eagle Bluff Golf Club on May 9, starting at 8 a.m. It is four person select shot, and the cost is $85 per person or $340 per team. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. There will be goody bags, door prizes and other prizes given for closest to pin, longest drive and first and second place in each flight. Deadline for registration is Saturday. For more information, contact Gary Woodall at 423-344-0303 or 423-309-1734.

HARRISON: Community pitches in for schools

Harrison Elementary School is fortunate to have such good neighbors in our community. Recently, each staff member at the school received a spring goody basket from the members of Harrison United Methodist Church. The baskets contained items such as candy, pens, pencils, notepads and other small gifts that made our day a little brighter! Last week, members of Bayside Baptist Church treated every student to an ice cream sundae as a reward for completing four days of TCAP testing. Students enjoyed decorating their sundaes with chocolate syrup, candy sprinkles, whipped cream and M&Ms. Thank you to both churches for showing such kindness and generosity!

HARRISON: Third grader wins writing contest

The Harrison Ruritan Club has a pancake breakfast and rummage sale scheduled for Saturday from 7:30 — 10:30 a.m. Tickets are only $5, and they will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit community service projects, which include scholarships for graduating high school seniors and citizenship awards for graduating fifth graders.

HARRISON: Easter Egg Hunt this weekend

Northminster Presbyterian Church will host a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All children under the age of 11 are invited to come and enjoy a fun and exciting time on the church grounds. The church is located off Highway 58 behind CVS pharmacy. The egg hunt will be canceled if there is rain.

HARRISON: Elementary students work in community

This week, I am proud to bring attention to a group of third- through fifth-grade students at Harrison Elementary School who are learning to be good citizens in their community through their club, CHAMPS. CHAMPS stands for Children at Harrison Are Making People Smile, and they meet with their sponsor, Dawn Parks, every other week. More than 35 students are currently members of the club.

HARRISON: Month ends with networking breakfast

FSG Bank at 4535 Highway 58 is pleased to offer their third business networking breakfast event on March 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Bring your business cards, and enjoy free coffee and a light breakfast while networking to grow your business. RSVP as soon as possible at 423-308-2140 to reserve your spot, and feel free to bring someone with you.

HARRISON: Car and bike show benefits family

Southeast Street Toys Car Club is sponsoring a Benefit Car and Bike Show (Cruise-In) on March 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Happy Days Pizza and Ice Cream at 4976 Highway 58. All proceeds will benefit a local family who has lost their home due to the father’s job loss.

HARRISON: Neighborhood meeting address safety

The Lake Hills Area Neighborhood Association encourages residents to attend its meeting on March 10, where a variety of issues, including neighborhood safety, will be discussed. Security experts from ADT will educate residents about security awareness. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Hal Drive.

HARRISON: Chili cook-off serves scholarships

It's supposed to be cold this weekend, so why not warm up with a good bowl of chili? This Saturday, the Harrison Ruritan Club will have a Chili Cook-Off and Supper from 5-8 p.m. Several club members will be making their best chili recipes, and you can cast a vote for your favorite. Tickets are only $5, and the money goes toward scholarships and community projects.

HARRISON: School celebrates 100 days

Students at Lakeside Academy recently had fun celebrating the 100th day of school by participating in activities that dealt with the number 100. Activities included separating trail mix and graphing the results, seeing how many times someone could jump rope or hula hoop in one minute, marking where 100 steps would take you in the hallway, and creating Valentines for nursing homes decorated with hundreds of hearts. Great job, Lakeside!

HARRISON: Carnival raises money for school activities

It’s carnival time at Lakeside Academy! Come join the fun on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

HARRISON: Central High plans reunion

The Central High Class of 1959 has made plans for their 50th reunion, now set for May 29-30. The agenda includes a poolside party complete with a barbecue dinner and entertainment and a formal dinner and dance at the Silver Ballroom of the Sheraton Read House with music provided by Tommy Jett.

HARRISON: Baseball and softball sign up begins next weekend

Don't let the freezing temperatures fool you - spring is just around the corner!

HARRISON: Graduates host Valentine dinner

The Central Connection, a group of graduates from Chattanooga Central High School, will host a Valentine dinner on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel downtown. A cash bar will also be available. Deadline for reservations is Feb. 3.

HARRISON: Resident publishes first book

I am very happy to announce that Highway 58 resident, Dixie McClintock, has just published her first book, entitled “Lambtalk.”

HARRISON: New year brings reflection

The Christmas gifts have been unwrapped, families and friends have gathered, and far too many holiday goodies have been consumed.