Dr. Elaine Swafford Appointed As New CGLA Director

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation (YWLAF), the founding sponsor of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), announced the appointment of Dr. Elaine Swafford as the new director of the school.

 "As a proven passionate leader, Dr. Swafford has the experience and commitment to take CGLA to the highest level of success," said Sue Anne Wells, co-founder of CGLA and board chair of YWLAF. "Her compassion for children of poverty, her passion for providing innovative educational opportunities to girls and young women and her understanding of the importance of taking risks make her the ideal leader of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

"
 
Dr. Swafford received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and has most recently served as vice president of student affairs at Chattanooga State Community College where she served as a member of the president's cabinet and executive staff. Before Chattanooga State, Dr. Swafford was both an area superintendent for the Hamilton County Schools and the executive principal at Howard School. Dr. Swafford has served on many boards like the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries and the YMCA.
 
"I am excited to lead a committed team of students, families, teachers and volunteers in bettering the lives of young women in Chattanooga," said Dr. Swafford. "As I understand, 100 percent of donations to YWLAF go to fund the school. I look forward to working with the board of directors, staff, volunteers and many supporters of CGLA, and I encourage anyone embracing innovation in education to visit the school. I look forward to leading these young women toward a successful future and a life filled with purpose and numerous career opportunities."


Michigan Avenue School Holds DARE Graduation

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson spoke at Friday’s DARE graduation at Michigan Avenue School. The sheriff met each of students who completed the 10-week program, led by DARE Instructor Deputy Mitch Roe, who said the graduates were attentive and showed great interest.   This was the second of a large number of DARE graduations scheduled over the final weeks of the school ... (click for more)

TWC And Congressman Fleischmann Present The 2015 Tennessee District 03 High School Congressional Art Competition

Tennessee Wesleyan College is hosting the 2015 Tennessee district 03 High School Congressional Art Competition. Sponsored by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, the art competition features 32 entries by high school artists from around the district. The students entered their work for a chance to have their art displayed in the Congressman’s office in Washington, D.C. “These students ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader, And Philanthropist Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business, civic leader and philanthropist Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Scotty, as he was affectionately greeted by most of Chattanooga, was known for his modesty, generosity, dependability, and unswerving loyalty. “Great work” was always on the tip of his tongue – a manifestation of his joyous humility. He was a man of high ideals, of kind ... (click for more)

River Flood Warning Issued For Lookout Creek

There has been a river flood warning issued for Lookout Creek. Here is the warning from the National Weather Service: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE LOOKOUT CREEK NEAR NEW ENGLAND. FROM THIS MORNING UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON. AT 11AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 11.7 FEET...AND RISING. FLOOD STAGE IS 12 FEET. THE CREEK WILL ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Great Work, Ol’ Pro!

Years ago I was lucky enough to be the seatmate of Scotty Probasco on an airplane bound for somewhere and he taught me a word that has helped me be a much better person than I ever thought I could. We were already swell friends, since he’d watched me grow up at First Presbyterian Church every Sunday with his kids, and he liked some of the stuff I tried to write back then. So ... (click for more)