published Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Hitt will speak to Trail group and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Hitt will speak to Trail group

MARIETTA, Ga. — Historian Michael Hitt, whose specialty is the American Indians who lived along the Chattahoochee River north of Atlanta, will be the speaker for Saturday’s meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.

The meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., according to a news release. The museum is in the Kennesaw House, a former cotton warehouse, restaurant and Civil War-era inn. From there, James Andrews and his group plotted their attempt to steal the locomotive The General.

Parking is available at the corner of the 120 Loop and Mill Street.


Quilt show coming up

ATHENS, Tenn. — The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum will hold its 2012 Heritage Quilt Show on Sept. 12-29, according to a news release.

The theme, “Folk Art: Old and New” will include a modern quilt art show in conjunction with an exhibit, “Contemporary Interpretations of Traditional Folk Art,” featuring the works of artists Julie Jack and Jerry Hagaman.

A reception set for noon on Sept. 15 will feature guest speakers Susan Lenz, a renowned fiber artist, and Julie Jack, a Tennessee Wesleyan College professor of art.

A supporting exhibit will showcase some of the museum’s applique and crazy quilts dating from 1850 to 1920, the release stated.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www.livingheritagemuseum.com to learn more.

Questions raised about failed plant

ATLANTA — Government officials who approved financing for a South Georgia ethanol fuel plant that cost taxpayers at least $75 million did so despite repeated warnings and strong opposition by some of the federal overseers who reviewed the project.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that Range Fuels was proposed to transform wood chips into ethanol fuel, but it closed last year without producing any usable ethanol.

The plant received financial backing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early 2009 just weeks after an economist called it a “high risk venture.”


Vet’s tombstone back in cemetery

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — A tombstone belonging to an East Tennessee Korean War veteran that was found at the bottom of a ravine has been returned to the cemetery where it belongs.

The Mountain Press reported that two tree-trimmers found the tombstone in July and set off to find out where it belonged. The stone bore the name Lawrence Johnson Walters.

Sevier County Public Library System genealogist Theresa Williams found out that Walters was buried in Sunset Cemetery in Clinton, and the stone was returned.

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