Watson kicks off coat drive
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — State Rep. Eric Watson has launched the 13th annual "Coats for the Cold" drive in Bradley County. 2013 marks the 13th year that Watson has helped those in need in Bradley, Polk and Meigs counties.
In the last 13 years, the program has distributed more than 9,800 coats to children.
This year, United Way is joining Watson's effort by offering its location as a drop-off point.
Individuals or groups wishing to participate can bring new or used good quality winter coats to one of the drop-off sites: Any Bradley County BB&T Banking location; United Way at 85 Ocoee St. SE; Village Tire Center at 232 Third St. S.W.; County Trustee Mike Smith's office at the downtown Courthouse; Family Tire at 215 Inman St. West; Logan-Thompson at 30 Second St. N.W.; and Watson's office at 2161 APD 40.
Christmas parade Saturday
TRENTON, GA. — As part of Christmas on the Square festivities in Veterans Park on Saturday, Santa will hold court at the gazebo with children to hear their Christmas wishes. There also will be holiday music, the reading of the Christmas story, free refreshments, holiday gift items for sale and a parade at 6 p.m.
Volunteers of Cloudland Canyon State Park created homemade bucks and does that will be featured on a float that also will have candy canes, lights, music and candy-throwers.
Volunteers said the float promotes activities in the park, ranging from hiking and camping to disc golf and caving.
Campo to speak at commencement
CLEVELAND, TENN. — Dr. Carlos Campo, a former president at Regent University and leader in the evangelical Latino community and a respected voice in American higher education, will be the commencement speaker at Lee University's winter commencement on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Conn Center.
Campo serves as president of Alliance for Hispanic Education with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and was recently recognized with the NHCLC "Excellence in Leadership Award," according to a news release.
The December commencement is one of three graduation exercises each year at Lee. More than 200 students will receive degrees in Saturday's ceremony, which also will include music by the Lee University Chorale.
Toy run to be held Sunday
CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. — The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Stocking Full Of Love Toy Run will be held Sunday at 2 p.m.
Those who are participating should meet at the Big Lots at 1503 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe. Organizers expect the bikers will leave Big Lots at 2:30 p.m. on the run to Ringgold High School.
Those who want to donate a gift but cannot attend the event can leave their donation at the First Volunteer Bank in Ringgold or Fort Oglethorpe.
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