Bryan College To Co-Sponsor Trafficking Conference

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Georgia Department of Education and the Bryan College Center for International Development will present “Human Trafficking: Not Just a Global Problem,” at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14. 

This conference is designed to train and support educators, anti-human trafficking organizations, social services agencies, and law enforcement officials on combating human trafficking. Speakers will include Christine Dolan and Maria Velikonja, who were keynote speakers at the March 2010 United Nations human trafficking conference in New York.

The conference will include presenters who focus on anti-human trafficking activities at a global, national, and local level. The Carter Center, which has focused its human trafficking work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, also will host ten vendors at the conference representing organizations involved in the fight against human trafficking. 

The conference is designed to provide attendees with the tools they need to identify and help trafficking victims in their communities. Attendees will learn how to contact law enforcement and other agencies, as well as provide a comprehensive overview of trafficking. They will be introduced not only to the global problem of trafficking and the work of organizations like The Carter Center, but they also will hear about what’s happening locally and how they can help students who are victims and potential victims.

Approximately 18,000 persons are trafficked into the United States from over 50 countries every year. Over 300,000 children are trafficked within the United States annually. In Georgia alone, it is estimated that 400 to 500 individuals are trafficked each month. 

Dennis Miller, Bryan College’s executive director of external relations, said among those planning to attend the conference are three persons working to establish an anti-human trafficking organization in the Washington, D.C., area.

“From the kinds of people contacting us over the past couple of years, it is evident that organizations and people in the anti-trafficking effort are beginning to see Bryan more and more as a major player in this fight,” he said.

Blue Book Lesson Plans Now Online

The Secretary of State’s office announces a new online resource designed by Tennessee teachers. 15 lesson plans and teaching aids based on the Tennessee Blue Book are now available. In March, seven teachers from across Tennessee formed the Secretary of State’s Blue Book Curriculum Task Force to create lessons that align with the state’s current social studies curriculum standards, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant From Arby’s Foundation To Help Walker County Schools

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be able to complement its Sack Pack Program with a School Mobile Pantry Program thanks to a recent partnership with the Arby’s Foundation.  Sack Packs are given to food insecure children at many schools across our twenty counties. The $15,000 Arby’s Foundation grant will enable the CAFB to expand the Walker County Sack Pack Program during ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Report Says Truck Driver Who Caused Wreck That Killed 6 People At Ooltewah Exceeded Allowable Driving Hours

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on a June 25 wreck at the Ooltewah exit that killed six people says the driver of the truck that caused the multiple-vehicle wreck "had exceeded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation hours-of-service when the crash occurred." It says Benjamin Brewer began his return trip to London, Ky., from Florida at 4:30 ... (click for more)

Why Is The City Diverting Federal Transportation Funds From Real Need?

The city of Chattanooga and CBL, owner of Hamilton Place Mall, would have the mass of taxpayers believe that improving mall access from the interstate is not impacting us financially.   Namely, CBL has committed to fund the city’s match of $8 million, so they will receive $32 million in Federal Transportation Funds that are allocated annually to local jurisdictions through ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)