Blue Bird’s Bus Donation Allows Kindness To Continue

Friday, December 06, 2013

At a special ceremony on Thursday, Blue Bird Corporation recognized the many good deeds of the national organization, One Million Acts of Kindness, by presenting its founder the keys to a 24-foot long bus. It is a badly-needed upgrade from the used, 23-year-old bus the group purchased in 2009.

Blue Bird gave the freshly painted, road-ready bus to Bob Votruba and his loyal canine sidekick, Bogart. The donation will allow the charity to serve a greater geographic audience and continue to positively impact lives across the nation.

“Earlier this year, we heard from someone who Bob had recently assisted, asking if we would consider providing a bus so the organization could continue its mission,” said Phil Horlock, Blue Bird Corporation’s president and CEO. “After learning about Bob’s generous accomplishments, especially with schoolchildren, Blue Bird felt compelled to get involved.”

Through One Million Acts of Kindness, Mr. Votruba travels the country speaking to public schools, colleges, homeless shelters, hospitals, businesses and more, striving to inspire daily kindness, empathy, peace and generosity.                                                       

“I’ve spent my life trying to inspire kindness in others, but being on the receiving end of such kindness humbles me,” Mr. Votruba said, whose Twitter handle is KindnessRocks. “I’m eternally grateful to Blue Bird for this donation, which will help us expand our reach with reliable, fuel-efficient transportation.”

This project represents a collaboration between national and local businesses. Blue Bird’s paint supplier, PPG Industries, contributed the paint, and Mid State RV Center donated the talent for a custom paint job.
                       


Seminar On Quality Control In The Nuclear Industry Set For Monday

Chattanooga State Engineering Technology Division in cooperation with the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training will be hosting a professional development seminar, Quality Control in the Nuclear Industry: Radiographic Testing, on Monday.  The seminar will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at Chattanooga State. Room information will be sent with confirmation.  Space ... (click for more)

Communications Tower Proposed For Walker And Catoosa County Line

A 180 foot tall, wireless communications tower (cell phone tower) is proposed for a residential area on Napier (Watoosa) Ridge in Catoosa County, on the Walker County line. Rodney Richardson, the property owner, has filed a Special Use Permit for Communications Tower, Case # 1140-14, with the Catoosa County Planning and Zoning Office.   The proposed tower would be visible ... (click for more)

Strong Winds, Freezing Temperatures In Chattanooga Forecast; Growers Advised To Take Precautions With Young Crops

A cold front with strong winds was moving into the Chattanooga area today and was set to bring freezing temperatures overnight. Area growers were advised to take precautions with their young crops. Temperatures were expected to drop into the 20s. Here is the freeze warning: ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT /7 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING... ... (click for more)

Zachary Bryant Was 6-Year-Old Killed Monday At Chattanooga Valley Elementary

Zachary Bryant has been identified as the 6-year-old boy who was killed after being run over by a school bus on Monday at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School. Authorities said the kindergarten student had just gotten off the bus when it moved forward and struck him. Walker County coroner Dewayne Wilson said he was killed immediately in the 7 a.m. incident. Funeral ... (click for more)

What's Wrong With The City Recycle Program? - And Response (2)

Being new to recycling, I have lots to learn.  I rely on 311 and the attendants at the neighborhood collection centers to assist in building my knowledge.   Recently, I had an experience that makes me reconsidered my recycling efforts.  I loaded up my car, called 311 to verify what I could take, only to be blocked by the attendant at my neighborhood collection ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)