Chamber Recruits New Youth Leaders

Thursday, February 06, 2014
This year’s Youth Leadership class on their Local Economy day. Among other places, the students visited Don Ledford Automotive Center and learned about the impact of the dealerships on the local economy, along with what might have happened had they lost the franchises for good.
This year’s Youth Leadership class on their Local Economy day. Among other places, the students visited Don Ledford Automotive Center and learned about the impact of the dealerships on the local economy, along with what might have happened had they lost the franchises for good.

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is currently recruiting members for the 13th Youth Leadership class.

The Youth Leadership program, which is similar to the Chamber’s adult Leadership Cleveland program, helps to build Cleveland/Bradley County leaders of the future by focusing on leadership skills, teamwork and knowledge of the community today. Topics throughout the nine-month program include Local Economy, Health and Social Services, State Government, City and County Government and Services, and Heritage and Tourism presented through discussions, tours, on-site visitations, and informal question-and-answer sessions. Students are also required to participate in a daylong retreat to build relationships and leadership skills.  

“We really enjoy working with the students in this program each year,” Sherry Crye, Youth Leadership coordinator, said. “After completing 12 years of the program, we have witnessed first-hand what great future leaders we will have. And we look forward to meeting and forming those relationships with the next class.”

According to Ms. Crye, the guidance departments of Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley High Schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School have received the applications and are available for students to pick up after Thursday. Students who will be rising juniors and seniors for the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the program. 

“Students must submit applications to their respective school guidance counselors by Feb. 24 to be considered for the leadership class,” Ms. Crye stressed. 

A selection committee comprised of Leadership Cleveland alumni will review applications and select a combination of eight juniors and seniors from each high school and two students from Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, making a total of 26 students in the program.  

“The goal of the nine-month program is to acquaint students with these aspects of the community and to increase their awareness of leadership roles that are available to students now and in the future,” Bernadette Douglas, coordinator of the Chamber’s adult leadership program, said. 

Ms. Douglas continued, “The better we educate our students about the facets of life that make Cleveland and Bradley County strong, the better they will be prepared to become our future community leaders.”

Part of that leadership preparation comes from developing relationships with others, which is also a focal point of the daylong retreat and the sessions that follow, Ms. Crye explained.

The 2014-15 Youth Leadership class will run from August 2014 through April 2015. 


Bradley Square Mall Hosts Mommy And Me Kid's Talent And Fashion Show

Bradley Square Mall will host the  Mommy and Me Kid's Talent and Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. All participants must have a signed pre-registration form filled out and submitted prior to the event. Registration forms my be picked up at Guest Services, Ashton Manor or downloaded from  here. Registration forms are due by  Friday, Oct. 31 . (click for more)

SIGNIX Hires New Vice President Of Partner Development

SIGNiX , a company that provides secure and simple digital signature services announced the hiring of its new Vice President of Partner Development, Leonora Zilkha Williamson. Ms. Williamson will work to identify and target potential partners in a variety of industries.  SIGNiX has long been a partner-centric company that focuses on providing total solutions to software ... (click for more)

2 People Shot Saturday Night On Carousel Road

Two people were shot Saturday evening on Carousel Road. At  9:11 p.m. , Chattanooga Police responded to 1406 Carousel Road on a call of a person shot. One victim on the scene suffered minor injuries.  Another victim was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital. The s econd victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: More Sunday Funnies

On the last Sunday before Daylight Savings Time disappears next week, let’s go to my jokes back for some grins and giggles: * * * An old gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son-in-law, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.  As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son-in-law. “Yes, Dad, what is ... (click for more)