McCormick, Dean Back Gravitt For House District 30 Post

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
 Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick announced at a meet and greet his support for state representative candidate Marc Gravitt. The event kicked off the Gravitt campaign for the House District 30 seat currently held by Rep. Vince Dean.

"I think Marc's going to be successful as a candidate and, more importantly, as an elected representative," stated Rep. McCormick. "He's going to represent you in a way that will make you proud, and I'm proud to be part of his team.
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Rep. McCormick said he was looking forward to having another former Army sergeant in Nashville, pointing out Mr. Gravitt's six-year service in the U.S. Army. McCormick also mentioned that his wife Dr. Kimberly McCormick, associate vice president for academic affairs at Chattanooga State, had grown up with Mr. Gravitt and knew him as a man of character.

Highlighting the challenges of the upcoming budget year, Rep. McCormick praised Mr. Gravitt's business sense as a successful business owner: "I want to point out what we need in a state representative, from Hamilton County especially," said McCormick. "One of those things is business experience and the ability to go through a budget...and we know Marc has that experience as a business owner."

Rep. Dean was in attendance to lend Mr. Gravitt his support, citing Mr. Gravitt's business abilites and introducing him as "a good friend."

Rep. Dean said, "As an East Ridge resident, I've seen first-hand how Marc conducts himself as an elected official. He's brought stability to the East Ridge City Council, and proven himself to be both an ethical and professional public servant and small business owner. We need folks in Nashville who do their homework and listen to the citizens they represent, not the special interests."

Shirley Keyes Named 2014 Signal Mountain Woman Of The Year

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Jenkins Road And Center Street Closed Wednesday And Thursday

The 1400 block of Jenkins Road will be narrowed to one lane for a sewer rehabilitation project.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.   Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until  4 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.      The 2300 block of Center Street will ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

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Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

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Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)