published Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Ridgeland band heading for New York and other news from areas around, beyond Chattanooga

Ridgeland band heading for N.Y.

ROSSVILLE — Ridgeland High School's Rhythm of the Ridges Band has been invited to march in the 95th annual Veterans Day parade in New York City in November and is raising money for the trip.

A benefit motorcycle ride from Ridgeland to LaFayette, Ga., and back is set for Sept. 20. Registration starts at 10 a.m., and kickstands go up at 11:30. The cost, $20 for riders and $10 for passengers, includes a hot dog lunch provided by the RHS Band Boosters.

For more information, call Larry Hester at 423-364-7909.

Also, for a $50 minimum donation, supporters can buy a 3-inch by 10-inch decal bearing a veteran's name that will be displayed on the band trailer during the trip. Send donations to Ridgeland High School Band, attention Rick Chambers, 2478 Happy Valley Road, Rossville, GA 30741.


Finger-weaving class coming up

FORT PAYNE, ALA. — Local crafter Keena Graham (www.facebook.com/keenagraham2) will demonstrate American-Indian finger-weaving on Saturday at DeSoto State Park near Fort Payne, Ala.

The craft is mostly used to create belts, sashes, bracelets, straps and other items without a loom.

According to a news release, some patterns and color combinations were originally restricted to certain societies or clans, while others were available for general use by all. Often beads or feathers were interwoven into the pieces.

The class is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, and admission is free. For more information, call Brittney Hughes at 256-997-5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov.


Stabbed teen holds suspect for police

ATHENS, ALA. — Athens, Ala., police say a teenager who got stabbed in the neck managed to pin down his suspected assailant until police arrived to help.

Al.com reported that James Rodney Wilson was charged Friday night with second-degree assault. The 18-year-old victim was taken to Athens Limestone Hospital after being stabbed with a kitchen knife. His condition was unknown Saturday.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said police found the teenager on top of Wilson, holding the man down, when they arrived to a home where a stabbing had been reported. Witnesses told police the teenager confronted Wilson after the man insulted his mother, and that Wilson eventually hugged the teenager and stabbed him the neck.

It was not immediately known if Wilson had an attorney.


Boy mauled by favorite pet dog

ATHENS, Ga. — A 10-year-old Athens boy said a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police officer before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy's face Tuesday.

Jeremy told the newspaper, "I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby."

The dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The dog was shot to death.

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