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Congress may have made Wednesday "Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day," but we love that our city is celebrating veterans all week with a wonderful series of events. If you haven't seen "We are Soldiers," get to the Tivoli this morning at 10:30 or this afternoon at 1:30 or 4:30 for a FREE showing of this incredibly powerful movie based on the writings of Joe Galloway about the Nov. 14, 1965 Battle of la Drang in South Vietnam. After each viewing, a panel of survivors will share memories and answer questions. Then at 6 tomorrow evening you recognize the fallen at a candlelight ceremony at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. And if you see a Vietnam vet in Chattanooga this week, how about thanking him for his service and asking him to share his story -- we're sure it will be a powerful reminder of the sacrifices so many made for our freedom. James and Marta


     The state of Tennessee will receive significant funding soon, from the “Great American Outdoors Act”. That money will help fix trails and roads and visitor centers in Tennessee’s parks.


     “Health Magazine” has tips on how to eat a lot AND be “food smart” on Thanksgiving.  #1 eat breakfast, so that you aren’t starving;  #2 eat the veggies and salads first;   #3 drink water with your Thanksgiving meal;  and #4 don’t try to eat everything on the table at once, there WILL be leftovers for later!


     Peyton Manning has been named as a FINALIST for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Peyton was outstanding as a Tennessee Volunteer; he played 17 seasons of pro football, and when he retired, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.


     Mocs fans, how about buying a cut-out of yourself, to place at UTC Mocs games!?  Fans won’t be allowed at the games through December, but you can still  ‘be’ at Mocs and Lady Mocs games. The cost is $50 for a cut-out picture of you, and can be purchased on or call the Arena at (423) 266-Mocs, that’s 266-6627. The cut-outs will be autographed by players at the end of the season. 


      The Georgia-based non-profit “Warrior Freedom” trains rescue dogs to become service dogs for combat veterans. If you would like to make a donation, to help a vet with PTSD, visit their website,


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