Bradley County NAACP Hosts MLK Jr. Events Jan. 18-20

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Bradley County NAACP will host a weekend celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday.  The theme for the occasion is “Salute to Greatness.”  It’s the goal of the organizers to ignite the spirit of service, action, and achievement, all of which were characteristics embodied by Dr. King, said officials.  The weekend will be filled with inspirational singing, dancing, recitations, service and recognition.

Festivities will begin Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., with a prayer breakfast at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  Though there is no cost for the breakfast, the NAACP is asking all attendees to bring five canned goods, which will be donated to Cleveland Emergency Shelter.  The appointed speaker is Miss Shaquana Kennedy, Cleveland native, who now resides in Johnson City.

The celebration will continue Sunday, Jan. 19, with a Community Worship Service at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church beginning at 4 p.m.  The speaker for the occasion will be Minister Timothy Purifory from Christian Fellowship Center in Cleveland.  Rev. James Parris, pastor of Star Bethal Baptist Church in Etowah will serve as the master of ceremony.     

The NAACP invites the community to join them in a day of service in honor of Dr. King on Monday, Jan. 20.  Volunteers are needed to serve a hot meal at the Cleveland Emergency Shelter on Wildwood Avenue.  The shelter will be open for special hours from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the King holiday.  Those in need are encouraged to partake in the meal.  The Day of Service is an opportunity for high school and college students to accumulate service hours for school.  Anyone interested in participating is asked to meet at the shelter at 9:30 a.m. for training and instruction.  The project will take place from 10 am.-2 p.m.

The Bradley County NAACP in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Bradley County, the Ministerial Association and Lee University will host the Annual Dream Keeper Award Ceremony at Lee University’s Conn Center on Monday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.  The speaker will be Martina Harris, director of Nursing at Chattanooga State Community College.  Music will be provided by the Lee University Evangelistic Singers.  The Dream Keeper awards recipients are minority students in the city and county school systems who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or above in grades 7 through 12 throughout the first semester of school. 

For more information about the M. L. King Weekend Celebration, call RaSharon King at 987-3356 or Demetrius Ramsey at 544-3387.


Chattanooga Artist Wins Best In Show At Monteagle Mountain Market For Arts And Crafts

A Chattanooga artist was awarded best in show at the Monteagle Mountain Market for Arts and Crafts on Sunday, out of over 100 other artisans and crafters. Hannah Foster Pino was surprised and delighted to receive the honor. "This is the first time I've been a vendor at a market," she said. She is finishing her last year as a painting and drawing major at the University of Tennessee ... (click for more)

YES Chattanooga Begins Radio And Social Media Blitz

The YES Chattanooga campaign announced Wednesday the release of a new radio ad called “The Nation is Watching.” Supporters of the YES Chattanooga campaign are telling their story through this new radio ad and a social media campaign. The YES Chattanooga campaign launched a 10 second radio ad spot to be played starting tomorrow until election day on Aug. 7. Simultaneously, they ... (click for more)

House Approves Expansion Of Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Clinic

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to authorize funding for a new lease and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga. This veterans’ package has been approved by the House and Senate Conference Committee.  Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “I am proud to announce the legislation passed this afternoon will fund a new lease for a multi-specialty ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council To Hold Special Meeting On Naming New City Judge

The Cleveland City Council will hold a special called meeting next Monday to consider an interim appointment of a city judge. It will be at 11:45 a.m. at the City Council’s regular meeting place in the Cleveland Municipal Building, 190 Church Street, NE. The council will also establish the process for application for city judge. Longtime City Judge Bill Moss died July ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)