Boardings Up At Chattanooga Airport; Terminal To Be Updated

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With boardings on the rise at the Chattanooga Airport, plans are being made to upgrade the terminal.

The Airport Authority reported that the 2013 passenger boardings grew by a little over one percent to 307,162. Total arriving and departing passengers came to 617,000, representing one of the airport’s highest passenger counts on record.

President and CEO Terry Hart said this was especially good news given the decline in the domestic airline industry as airlines continue to reduce their domestic capacity while growing international markets.

“Our continued growth is a testament to our many loyal travelers who choose to Get on Board with their hometown airport,” he said.

The Airport Authority also reported that total operations of commercial carriers, military and general aviation aircraft were up almost nine percent for the year. Mr. Hart said the operations increases were “a great indication of increasing activity on the airfield and a good overall barometer of airport growth.”

In 2012 the airport’s total air cargo shipments increased by 125 percent over the previous year. Mr. Hart cited the growth in demand and cargo capacity within the Chattanooga market as primary drivers of the growth. He noted that FedEx upgauged their aircraft from an ATR turboprop to a 727 flying six days a week in late 2011, and he said they have now increased to the larger 757s. “That growth in capacity – fueled by increased demand from regional businesses – is driving our cargo numbers,” Mr. Hart reported.

While he said he is confident that the airline industry will continue to challenge the airport in the years ahead, Mr. Hart promised that they would “continue to seek opportunities to expand all our aviation services and ensure we are meeting the needs of our growing community.”

The Airport Authority approved a $200,000 contract with EMJ to complete design drawings for a planned remodel of the passenger terminal. Airport officials said the design work should be completed by March and the airport will be ready to begin the work shortly thereafter.

Southern Heritage Bank Continues Local Deposit Growth

For the sixth consecutive year, Southern Heritage Bank has grown its market share of deposits in Bradley County, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation annual summary of insured deposits. Retaining second place, Southern Heritage reported 15.6 percent ($233.7 million) in local deposit market share just behind First Tennessee Bank’s 15.7 percent ($235.1 million).  ... (click for more)

Chandler Lawson Joins Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC announced that attorney Chandler A. Lawson has joined their Chattanooga office. Before joining the Firm, she received her J.D. with a concentration in advocacy from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2016.  At Tennessee, she served as a member of the Student Bar Association, Law Women, and UT Law Ambassadors.  ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)