published Monday, October 7th, 2013

Give your ideas for city's future — and more Chattanooga region news

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Give your ideas for city's future

CHATTANOOGA — The River City Co.'s City Center Charrette tonight is an opportunity to help shape the future.

Bring your ideas for how to make Chattanooga's city center better to the public forum at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center from 5:30-8 p.m.

The City Center district stretches from south of Fourth Street to 12th, and from U.S. Highway 27 to Georgia Avenue. But tonight's event will be focused on the area from Highway 27 to Georgia Avenue and Sixth to 10th streets, plus Patten Parkway. A professional design team will incorporate the ideas into a plan for commercial, residential and civic development that will be unveiled Wednesday, again at the Bessie Smith center, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Please let the planners know you're coming by responding at

Bill would require bike licensing

ATLANTA — Two Georgia lawmakers will hold a public hearing tonight on their bill to require bicyclists to license and register their bikes and to set up rules for riding on public streets, among other regulations.

The hearing on House Bill 689 sponsored by Reps. Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo, all Republicans, is from 6-8 p.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Ga.

It is the only hearing scheduled to discuss the legislation, the lawmakers said in a news release.

Read the entire bill at

Lee presents hymn singalong

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Lee University will present "Songs that Touch Our Hearts" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Lee Chapel.

Hosted by Dr. Paul and Darlia Conn, the concert will feature music from the Red Back Hymnal. The audience will be provided with hymnals and encouraged to sing along with their favorite hymns.

Admission is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited. To reserve tickets, call 423-614-8000 or 423-614-8320.

Technology offers clues into fault

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — New research by the U.S. Geological Society suggests that while the New Madrid Seismic Zone hasn't produced a major earthquake in more than 200 years, the risk remains.

The Southeast Missourian reports that scientists used new technology to develop high-resolution imagery of the seismic zone centered around New Madrid, Mo. The imagery allows for more detailed mapping, showing weak rocks in the zone that are found at deeper depths in the Earth's mantle compared to surrounding areas.

Findings were published recently in the Earth and Planetary Science Letters journal.

University of Memphis earthquake expert Charles Langston said at least 200 earthquakes occur in the seismic zone every year, but most are very small. He believes there's a good chance of a damaging quake in the next 50 years.

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