published Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Some battlefield areas closed and other news from the Chattanooga area

Some battlefield areas closed

FORT OGLETHORPE — Some areas in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park have closed for the winter.

According to a park news release, the Wilder Brigade monument, the Highway 27 and Sanders picnic areas and the Signal Point restrooms will be closed until mid-March.

For information about the battlefield, call the visitor center 706-866-9241 or visit www.nps.gov/chch.


Cravens House open for holiday

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN — Special open house events will be held Friday and Dec. 14 at the Cravens House on Lookout Mountain.

The historic house, built in 1866, will be decorated for the holiday as it might have looked during the Civil War. Tours will be conducted every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m.

Reservations are required to tour the house. To reserve a space or learn more, contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.


Spay/neuter event planned Dec. 10

DECATUR, Tenn. — Citizens for Animal Rights and Education will hold its next low-cost spay/neuter day Dec. 10 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.

Dogs are $50 and cats $40. Rabies vaccinations are $12, and other reduced-cost services and products are available. Reservations are required. Call 423-334-9451.

CARE also is accepting donations for its work of rescuing, healing and caring for animals. Donations can be made to CARE, P.O. Box 62 Decatur, TN 37322, or call 423-334-9451 or 423-368-7692 to learn more.


Girl feeding dolphin bitten

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The family of an 8-year-old Alpharetta girl says she suffered minor injuries after a dolphin bit her hand at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

WSB-TV reported Jillian Thomas was feeding fish to the dolphin and was bitten when she held up the paper fish container to where the dolphin could grab it. That's something SeaWorld warns guests not to do. She suffered three small punctures.

SeaWorld says it hasn't reviewed the video but is committed to the safety of its guests.


Fraud case evidence mounts

ATHENS, Ga. — Defense attorneys for the founders of a Georgia-based ministry charged with fraud and money laundering say evidence in the case is totaling millions of pages.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported it's been a year since a federal grand jury indicted Angel Food Ministries founders Joe and Linda Wingo. The couple is accused of illegally taking money from the charity to buy jewelry, cars, homes and gambling trips.

A judge has set a Dec. 31 deadline for pretrial motions.

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