Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative Now Underway After Gifts Stop From 10-Year Donor

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The city of Chattanooga Transportation Department announced the opportunity to honor an individual U.S. service man or woman is now available through the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative.

Transportation Administrator Blythe Bailey said an anonymous donor for the past 10 years has supplied all the funds to replace the flags each year. However, those gifts are no longer forthcoming.

He said the donor over the years gave some $40,000 to keep the flags in place. 

Thirty American flags fly from May through November each year on Chattanooga’s Veterans Bridge. Through the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative, any group or individual who wishes to honor a service man or woman can do so by donating the cost of a flag. Each flag is $75 and will fly on a numbered pole on the bridge from May 1 until after Veterans Day in November. Honorees will receive a certificate, signed by Mayor Andy Berke, recognizing their service to the country and proclaiming the pole number from which their flag flies. The flags will be offered to the donors at the end of the season.

Transportation Administrator Bailey said four people volunteered on Tuesday afternoon to provide flags.

City Councilman Jerry Mitchell said, "Put me down to make five."

 


Senator Rick Santorum Endorses Weston Wamp For Congress

Conservative former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum on Friday announced his endorsement of Weston Wamp in his race for the Republican nomination for Congress from Tennessee’s Third District. “Weston is exactly the kind of person we desperately need in Washington right now,” the former senator and presidential candidate said in endorsing Wamp, who is challenging incumbent Chuck Fleischmann ... (click for more)

This Week In The Arts

This week in the Arts: Special Events          The Creative Discovery Museum 's annual Honey Harvest Celebration will be held Saturday - Sunday, July 26 - 27 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Activities include making honey lip balm, beeswax candles and honey soap, tasting different kinds of honey, participating in honey ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)