Volkswagen of America donated a 2019 Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL at the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival this past weekend, according to the company.

The festival raffled off the vehicle to benefit the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, beneficiary of the event and the region's only certified academic neuroscience center, the automaker said.

The Erlanger Neuroscience Institute is focused on a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that helps enhance the quality of care for patients and families, and facilitates training to healthcare professionals.

"We are so pleased to have further helped raise money for such a meaningful care facility," said Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, in a statement. "Volkswagen is continuing to seek out 'Drive Bigger' opportunities and working with the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival and the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute is absolutely one of those moments."

The 2019 version of the Beetle is its last model year, according to the company with a production plant in Chattanooga.


State fines East Ridge hair salon, used car dealer in Dayton, Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has cited an East Ridge hair salon for improper licensing and fined a Dayton used car dealer for failing to maintain liability insurance.

In its monthly report of regulatory actions for September, the state agency said Monday that the Redesign Hair Salon in East Ridge was fined $100 by the Tennessee Cosmetology & Barber board because the business failed to ensure proper licensure of all of its workers.

The Motor Vehicle regulatory board slapped a $2,750 civil penalty on Charlie's Used Auto Parts for failure to maintain liability insurance.

The penalties were among more than 50 issued by state regulatory agencies for licensed businesses across Tennessee last month.


Alabama OKs deal for Carvinal Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line and Alabama city officials have ceremonially signed an agreement to base a Carnival ship there for three more years.

Carnival official Terry Thornton called the agreement historic for the Miami-based cruise line. He says Carnival doesn't usually make such long agreements with cities the size of Mobile.

The City Council is expected to officially approve the agreement on Tuesday.

Mayor Sandy Stimson says Carnival brings lots of business, and he hopes the market will grow enough for Carnival to replace the Carnival Fantasy with a bigger ship.

Thornton noted that after about 10 years in Charleston, South Carolina, a 2,000-passenger ship like the Fantasy was replaced this year with the 3,000-passenger Carnival Sunshine.


Chattanooga gas prices rise in past week

Chattanooga gas prices rose 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.27 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 stations.

Although still 32 cents a gallon below the U.S. average of $2.59 a gallon and 30.5 cents a gallon below the price of a year ago, gas prices in Chattanooga are still 15.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

"If the latest talk of a trade deal is believed to be more like lipstick on a pig, then I expect gas prices will continue to decline," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

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