Jim Ogden Receives Dr. James W. Livingood Historian of the Year Award

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park
Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park

At the annual meeting of the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, received the James W. Livingood Historian of the Year Award.  This award is dedicated to persons who are preserving the history of the Southeast Tennessee Region.

Jim, a native of St. Mary’s, Maryland, attended Frostburg State College and fell in love with Civil War History.  His career with the Park Service began in 1982 and he became the Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park in 1988. 

Since 1988, Jim has been an instructor for over four hundred groups of U.

S. Army officers, conducting Staff Rides—in-depth analyses of the historical military events that took place on and around the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.  He has led countless walking tours covering the history and the stories of the Civil War, spoken to multiple gatherings ever increasing their interest in Civil War history, and travels the country as one of the leading experts on the military events that took place in our region.



Burma Shave Signs

Years ago my uncle Alf (A.T.) Connelly, a WWII vet, upon returning to civilian life, worked as a sign painter for the then Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tn. He painted miniature sets of Burma Shave signs. Attached is a photo of one of those sets. The signs read as follows: “They missed the turn, Car was whizzin’, The fault her’n, The funeral his’n, Burma Shave”.  ... (click for more)

Hundreds Of Students To Compete In Tennessee History Day Contest

Nearly 300 students from across Tennessee will compete in the annual Tennessee History Day state contest in downtown Nashville on  Saturday . The competition allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes. The students with the best-judged projects in the statewide competition will advance to the National ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke Plans Affordable Housing Fund, Expansion Of Innovation District; Creation Of Council Against Extremism

Mayor Andy Berke, in his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, said he plans to establishing the city’s first Affordable Housing Fund. He said the city plans to commit $1 million to the fund "that will be used exclusively to aid the creation of affordable and workforce housing throughout Chattanooga. These funds will be used to supplement federal funding, various ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Was Recently Charged With Murder Is Accused In Another Earlier Shooting

Chattanooga Police have charged Britian Crutcher with the September 2017 shooting of LaSandra Burdette. Ms. Burdette, 26, was shot just after 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ocoee Street in Avondale. Her vehicle was involved in a minor wreck just before the shooting. The shooter was in another vehicle. Police recently charged Crutcher in the homicide of 28-year-old ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Teacher's Pay Cut

The Hamilton County School Board will hold a “working session” Thursday afternoon as steps continue to formulate the FY2019 budget and it is a frightening process in a badly-broken system. Everybody knows it is equally embarrassing and after watching teachers who “have had enough” go on strikes in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kentucky this spring, I guarantee you that Tennessee is ... (click for more)