Leadership Cleveland Now Accepting Applications

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
“As a new Cleveland resident, the Leadership Cleveland program was invaluable to me,” 2013 graduate Mike Griffin, First Tennessee, said. “The program helped me understand how the community works and enabled me to meet and have one-on-one time with a majority of community leaders.” 

Leadership Cleveland is an adult program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce that provides an educational experience to build bridges to community leadership. For more than 29 years, the program has enabled participants to understand better the local community and to prepare for the challenges it faces by learning about the many facets that make up Cleveland and Bradley County. 

“The Leadership Cleveland program is exceptional,” Kris Berger, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School and also a 2013 graduate, said. “The experience is enriching and valuable in that it gave me a greater knowledge of the community’s inner workings.” 

The application process for the 2013-14 class of the Chamber’s Leadership Cleveland program has begun, Regions Bank’s Terri Boyd, chairman of the steering committee for the program, announced. Since its introduction in 1984, almost 400 participants have graduated from the eight-month program and gone on to become involved in all aspect of the local community. The goal of Leadership Cleveland is for participants to develop leadership skills and greater knowledge about Cleveland and Bradley County through a series of one-day sessions and an overnight trip. Topics covered include Education, Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Local Economy, Healthcare, Local and State Government, and Tourism, presented through lectures, discussion, tours, on-site visitations, and informal question-and-answer sessions. 

“Leadership Cleveland is a great avenue for new employees or those that need to have contacts to help them or their business thrive,” 2012 graduate Suzanne Bayne, Cleveland State Community College, stressed. “I would strongly urge anyone that is given the opportunity to jump on board.” Bernadette Douglas, Chamber executive vice president, defined Leadership Cleveland as an “educational experience.” 

“The goal of the program is to open the minds of participants to the perspectives that surround each issue,” Douglas explained. “Through consideration of these perspectives, participants are enabled to become more visionary leaders in our community.”             

Douglas added that many graduates of the program have gone on to become involved in a variety of aspects of the community, from involvement on Chamber committees and task forces to local government and leadership positions in other volunteer organizations. 

“I wish that every person in Bradley County could participate in Leadership Cleveland,” Brooke Fairbanks, Southern Heritage Bank, said after completing the 2012-13 class. “From relationships formed to the knowledge about our community’s resources, Leadership Cleveland was a life-changing experience.”             

The 2013-14 class will run from September 2013 through May 2014. Those interested should call the Chamber at 472-6587.


New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: AAG & ASSOCIATES ANDREA   THOMAS RESIDENTIAL REMODELING SUHRIE RD OOLTEWAH TN 37363 BIG POPPA QUICK MART JAYDEEP  P GANDHI GROCERY STORE 4109 DODDS AVE CHATTANOOGA TN 37407 BLISS OUT HAIR SALON MADELEINE  TOUTOUTE HAIR BRADING AND STYLING 3715 CLEIO AVE ... (click for more)

State Representative Kevin Brooks Encourages Residents To Utilize Annual Sales Tax Holiday

With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, State Representative Kevin Brooks is encouraging the families who live in House District 24 to utilize the state’s annual sales tax holiday to save on items such as clothing, school and art supplies, as well as computer purchases.   The state’s annual Tax Free Weekend is set for July 28-30. It begins at 12:01 ... (click for more)

3 Hikers Missing In Big Soddy Creek Gulf Area

Rescuers are searching for three hikers missing since Sunday afternoon at Big Soddy Creek Gulf. They left around noon, and were supposed to return around 6 p.m. The hikers are a married couple and their friend. They are avid hikers. Crews with the Soddy Daisy Police and Fire Departments began searching at daybreak on Monday. (click for more)

Pair Arrested In Connection With Lookout Mountain Vehicle Thefts, Break-Ins

Police on Lookout Mountain said two arrests have been made tied to the theft of  two vehicles stolen from a home in Lookout Mountain, Ga., last week.   In connection to the vehicle thefts, seven other vehicles were entered and several items were stolen. Lookout Mountain, Ga., Chief Todd Gann said, "Early  Wednesday  morning, a Georgia resident noticed ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not Many Know This

The best story of the summer – by far – came out of Panama City over the Fourth of July weekend when over 80 total strangers on a Panama City beach responded to screams. Two boys, ages 14 and 11, were caught in a rip tide and all of these “angels” quickly formed a human chain -- over 80 people with their arms locked -- to stretch out in the water, reach those kids and tug them out ... (click for more)