published Monday, November 25th, 2013

Handmade goods at Christmas in the Cove and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Handmade goods at Christmas in the Cove

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Handmade goods of all kinds, from crafts to jewelry to food, will be available at Christmas in the Cove, a holiday event set Dec. 14-15 at Mountain Cove Farms in Chickamauga.

Browse the vendor booths for primitive crafts, jewelry, vintage finds, handmade jewelry, candles and more. Snack on baked goods and hot cider and see performances by local entertainers. Santa will be there for photos with the kids and there will be a toy donation bin for the benefit of needy local families as well as door prizes for patrons.

The festival is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road.


Wood named distinguished alum

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The late Dr. Brandon Wood has been chosen as the first recipient of the distinguished alumni award by the Lee University School of Music. The award was presented by Chair of Musicianship Studies Dr. Phillip Thomas.

"We honor Brandon Wood because of his outstanding accomplishments and the ways in which he represented the Lee University School of Music as the kind of alumnus we highly prize," said Thomas.

Wood appeared in Lee's annual honor recital each of his four years as a student, was a key member of the percussion ensemble and served as president of the symphonic band.

He later studied at Florida State University and in 2012 he completed his doctorate in percussion performance at the University of Kentucky. While still in that program, Wood began commuting two days a week to teach at Lee. He was returning to Lexington on Oct. 28, 2012, when he died in a car accident.

Thomas presented the award to Kellie Wood, Brandon's widow, during the departmental breakfast at homecoming this fall.


Wearable cameras please officers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials said body-mounted cameras for police officers in its law enforcement branch were a good investment.

Officers like wearing the devices, called Vidmics, because they assure police an accurate depiction of interactions with people, Major Stephen Adams told the Gainesville Times.

"It provides a good tool to reduce complaints from the public, to protect the officer and to protect the public," Adams said. "There's no recounting what happened -- you watch the complaint."

Chad Brock, a staff attorney for the Georgia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the ACLU supports the use of the devices with proper safeguards.


Woman, two cats perish in blaze

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Fire officials in Huntsville said they're investigating a blaze that killed a woman and two of her cats.

Tramaine Snodgrass, of the Huntsville Fire Marshal Office, told AL.com a woman's body was found in front of a stove after a house fire in the Hampton Cove neighborhood.

Snodgrass said high wind likely contributed to how fast the fire spread.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The woman's identity has not yet been released.

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