Cleveland For A No Kill City Gains Tax Exemption

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cleveland for a No Kill City, the grassroots activist group "that drove the kill rate at Cleveland Animal Control to less than five percent," is now an officially incorporated non-profit organization, officials said.

"We still believe all the things about organizing that we believed in June 2012 when we first came together," Jessica Tharpe, president of the board of directors of Cleveland for a No Kill City, said, "but we could no longer ignore the advantages to being an official organization." 

These benefits include the organization's ability to fundraise and to influence policy decisions regarding Cleveland Animal Control, she said. Decisions will still be made by the consensus of those volunteers who attend the organization's twice monthly meetings, on the first and third Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., at Cheezy's restaurant (2153 N. Ocoee St. in Cleveland), with the board's responsibility being to see that those decisions are implemented. 

Cleveland for a No Kill City incorporated as a 501(c)4 organization, with its primary mission being to influence policy changes that lead to the official implementation of No Kill policy at Cleveland Animal Control. 

The board members were chosen by the consensus of the group earlier this year. In addition to Ms. Tharpe, board members are Nancy McMahan, vice president; Beth Foster, media chair; Samantha Serum; and Betti Gravelle. Amanda Morgan is the board secretary and Maria Gilley is the board treasurer.

Donations to Cleveland for a No Kill City can be made at Tennessee Valley Credit Union or through PayPal to clevelandforanokillcity@gmail.com.

As the organization moves forward, volunteers are needed for several existing working groups. New volunteers are trained by experienced working group members. 

Volunteers for the No Kill Hotline working group can be anywhere in the country. They only need access to an internet connection and a telephone with unlimited minutes/unlimited long-distance.  

Volunteers for the pound working group are on rotation to go into Cleveland Animal Control to take photos of animals who are on death row. The pound working group members record information on each animal and upload it, along with the animal's photos, to the Facebook page. 

Volunteers for the adoption events working group help with loading and unloading, setup, transportation and working with adopters at off-site events, held each Saturday. 

For more information about volunteering, please contact Cleveland for a No Kill City and an experienced member of the working group in which you are interested will contact you with more information. Call (423-464-6070) or email (clevelandforanokillcity@gmail.com) with your name, telephone number, email address and the working group for which you wish to receive additional information.

This Week In The Arts

This week in the Arts:  Thursday, August 25   Cocktails In Color: Storied Edition at the Hunter Museum of American Art The Speakeasy Revue at Jazzanooga Elements: An Exhibit by Camille Day at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association  Friday, August 26 Night Fall Concert Series at Miller ... (click for more)

Free Produce Giveaway For The Eastdale Community Is Sept. 1

Eastdale Village Community United Methodist Church and Eastdale Neighborhood Association are providing free produce to feed the community.   The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 3:30 p.m. until all the produce is gone. The location is at Eastdale Village Community UMC, 1403 Tunnel Blvd. in Chattanooga in the front parking lot.   If there is rain, the ... (click for more)

Red Bank Commercial Centers Sell For $9.4 Million

Two nearby Red Bank retail centers have sold for a combined $9.4 million. Red Bank Mayor John Roberts called it "the largest transactions in the history of Red Bank." The Red Bank Town Center at 3901 Dayton Blvd., that includes a Food City, sold for $7,750,000. The sale was  to White Realty & Service Corp from Red Bank Ii Llc. A commercial center that includes ... (click for more)

Jury Awards 25 City Police Personnel Total Of $562,000 On Claims That Pay Plan Was Not Followed

A Chancery Court jury on Wednesday gave a verdict totaling $562,000 for 25 city police personnel who filed suit almost five years ago alleging that the city never lived up to terms of a 2010 pay plan. Attorney Stevie Phillips, who tried the case along with Janie Parks Varnell, said, "The jury awarded each officer what we had asked for to the penny." She stated, "These 25 members ... (click for more)

Alexander Should Do Something About The Affordable Health Care Act Price Increase - And Response (3)

Re:  Alexander's remarks about Tennesseans not affording "Affordable Health Care Act" prices Mr. Alexander,  Your message stated, Tennesseans can't afford a 44 percent to 62 percent increase in the Affordable Care prices.  I simply ask, as Senate Health Committee chairman, why don't you do something about it?  Don't tell us something most know already.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)