Bryan service day planned Tuesday and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Bryan service day planned Tuesday and other news from areas around Chattanooga

April 8th, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Bryan service day planned Tuesday

DAYTON, Tenn. - Bryan College students, faculty and staff will hold the college's ninth annual community service day Tuesday.

Coordinator Ben Norquist, director of faith and mission, said teams will visit 84 sites in Rhea and Hamilton counties. Projects are scheduled at nursing homes, community service organizations, churches, camps and private residences. About 650 volunteers will participate.

"We want our students to see the unique character of the community outside of campus," Norquist said. "We want our students to be men and women who will care who their neighbors are, and who will proactively build relationships outside of their normal spheres."

Repaving to start on Interstate 59

TRENTON, Ga. - Work should start soon to resurface nearly 12 miles of Interstate 59 in Dade County, Ga., according to a news release.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a $10.5 million contract with a completion date of February 2014. The work extends from the Alabama state line to Georgia Highway 136, the GDOT release stated.

Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be announced before work begins.

To learn more about recent GDOT bid awards, visit

Activists move Y-12 protest

KNOXVILLE - Peace activists found a way to voice their concerns despite a failed attempt to gain access to their traditional protesting spot near the entrance of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

About 75 demonstrators gathered at a park across the street from the facility Saturday. The activists lost a legal attempt last week to protest in their normal place.

They are protesting the government's plan to build a new $6.5 billion weapons facility in Oak Ridge.

There were no acts of civil disobedience Saturday, but three protesters reportedly were arrested for stepping into the street during the march from the park to Y-12 and charged with impeding a road.

Whitewater course to open

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A new whitewater course is scheduled to open on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus on Memorial Day.

It is a $24.4 million project that has been funded with both public and private money.

The 2.5-mile whitewater course has been planned for more than a decade. More than 188,000 people are expected to visit the Columbus area to kayak, raft or canoe on the whitewater course.