H-D Dealers in Northeast Tennessee Join Red Cross Benefit


Harley dealers in Northeastern Tennessee are planning a 107-mile ride to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, which has been strained because of a rash of house fires across the region over the winter.

"Ride for the Red," scheduled for April 10, the ride will take a meandering course through the mountains and scenic byways of Hamblem, Greene, Unicoi, Washington and Sullivan counties.

Wvent sponsors are Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson and Jim's Motorcycles of Johnson City and Colboch Harley-Davidson of Morristown, Food City, Pepsi, Outback Steak House and Hardees, which will provide a free check-in breakfast.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at Coboch Harley-Davidson in Morristown. The ride starts at 10 a.m., and should end about 3:30 p.m. in the Eastman parking lot next door to the regional Red Cross office in Kingsport. There riders will find more than $1,000 in door prizes dinner from Outback awaiting.

The entry fee is $25 per driver before April 10 and $30 per driver on the day of event, plus $15 for passengers through Friday and $20 per passenger Saturday through April 20. Free Ride for the Red T-shirts will be provided for all registered participants. Additional T-shirts will be available for $10. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross for local disaster services.

Registration forms and more information about the ride and about the work of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee are available online at www.redcrossnetn.org.

House fires were up nearly 30 percent in the region compared to last winter. In January and February, the Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee assisted 124 victims of 36 house and apartment fires, including the victims of 21 fires in Washington, Cater, and Unicoi counties.

Posted by Holly Wagner