Little River Canyon stories, photos sought and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Little River Canyon stories, photos sought and other news from areas around Chattanooga

August 19th, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Canyon stories, photos sought

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - The public is invited to share their stories and photos about Little River Canyon as part of a project to document the area's history, according to a news release.

On Sunday, people are asked to come to tell their stories and share documents and pictures at the Little River Canyon Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Park staff want to know how families used the park and what the area was like before the park was created. Memories and photos will be preserved so future visitors can see them.

Call 256-845-9605 for information or to set up a time for stories to be videoed, or to have material copied.

Shingles vaccine is available

RINGGOLD, Ga. - The Catoosa County Health Department is offering the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, to people 60 and older, according to a news release.

Shingles is an inflammation of nerves caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It triggers a painful rash and can permanently damage nerves. A single dose is all it takes to prevent shingles.

Shots are available without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the health department, 145 Catoosa Circle.

Many insurance plans, including Medicare Part D, offer coverage for this vaccine. People wanting the vaccine must be 60 or older and should have their insurance information available when calling, the release stated.

GDOT adding website 'projects'

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has added a "projects" section to its website that will give the public descriptions and the status of its projects throughout the state. The projects section can be accessed by clicking the yellow icon on the left side of the page.

GDOT also has added a "quick fix" section to the website to allow the public to let the agency know about road or traffic problems and to offer suggestions on how to fix them.

Free lunch goal in Shelby schools

MEMPHIS - The Shelby County Schools Food Service Director says he is determined to offer free lunches to all students in the district.

Tony Geraci told The Commercial Appeal that he wants to remove the stigma from students who get meals that are free or at a reduced price. Geraci said he'd like a universal lunch program to go into effect at Shelby County Schools by next year.

School board members said they didn't have details on the proposal but looked forward to learning more about it.

The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allows school districts that have a high percentage of students who qualify for free meals to extend the service to all students.