Chattanooga Airborne Chapter Of Veterans Re-Activated

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Front row, from left, Clinton Riddle, James T. Taylor, Irvin Boatwright, Raymond Weaver, Andy Forrester, Luis Velez and Joe Kochis.  Back row, from left, Paul Harwart, Victor Irvin, Anthony Heath, Doug Stephenson, Raymond McCranie,  Terona Chivers, James Smith and Roger Taylor.
Front row, from left, Clinton Riddle, James T. Taylor, Irvin Boatwright, Raymond Weaver, Andy Forrester, Luis Velez and Joe Kochis. Back row, from left, Paul Harwart, Victor Irvin, Anthony Heath, Doug Stephenson, Raymond McCranie, Terona Chivers, James Smith and Roger Taylor.

After five years of being inactive, the SGT Alvin C. York Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association conducted a Re-Activation Ceremony at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge and installed officers for 2013.   

The officers include Nero J. Tucker, National Board member and chairman of the Vulcan Chapter, Huntsville, Ala. and James Smith, charter member of the original Chattanooga chapter uncased the colors in the re-activation ceremony.   

The following officers were installed by Mr. Tucker: Chairman: Douglas Stephenson; Vice-Chairman: John Woodham; Secretary: Andy Forrester; Treasurer: Roger Taylor; One Year Trustee:   Raymond Weaver; Two Year Trustee: Paul Harwart; Three Year Trustee: Terona Chivers;  Sergeant-At-Arms: Victor Irvin; and Judge Advocate: Joe Kochis.

The local chapter was originally organized in 1985 and served the interests of airborne and glider qualified veterans for over 25 years. An honor guard representing the chapter has participated in Veteran’s and Memorial Day ceremonies at the National Cemetery and at the Alvin C York Historical Park, Pall Mall, Tn. and in various military parades.  The 82nd Airborne Division Association Certificates of Recognition have been presented to JROTC students for excellent achievement in military studies.

All military qualified airborne personnel of any branch of the Armed Forces are invited to attend monthly meetings at 1900 each second Tuesday of the month at the VFW Post 4848 at 1491 Riverside Dr.

For more information, contact Chapter Chairman, Doug Stephenson at 432-2715 or by email:  drstep@aol.com and visit the chapter website at: www.chattanoogaairbornevets.com.


Shuptrine's To Have Exhibit Featuring Billy Parker

Shuptrine's will display works by local artist Billy Parker during November and December with an open house on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5-8 p.m. Watercolor paintings loaded with whimsy and color are the focal point of this exhibit.  Displaying scenes from everyday life, past and present, the paintings provide the viewer with a view of Southern life. Life-long Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Whitfield County Offers Free Emergency Response Training

Local governments prepare every day for emergencies. During a disaster, however, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services, which is why Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is important. This risk and hazard awareness training is available at no cost through Whitfield County Emergency Management and is designed to help you ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center May Get Bankruptcy Trustee Who Would Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

Hutcheson Medical Center may be headed for appointment of a bankruptcy trustee, who would focus on the sale of the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital. An attorney told a bankruptcy court judge in Rome, Ga., on Wednesday afternoon that a buyer is discussing paying over $20 million for all the assets of the community hospital. Attorney Rob Williamson ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)