Boston Runners Receive Heroes Welcome Saturday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cleveland and Bradley County’s 26 member Run Now Relay to Boston Team and Support Crews will be given a “heroes welcome home” Saturday morning as the athletes return home from an eight day relay that took them 1,075 miles to the Boston Marathon. 

The public is invited to take part and officially welcome the Boston Relay Now Runners home with a large rally Saturday from 9-10 a.m. on the Courthouse Plaza, the same spot where hundreds gathered just a few days earlier to give them a send off. 

Beginning at 9 a.m. a delegation of local and state officials will be on stage as the runners make their “run” into the downtown area.  Steve Hartline of My Mix 104.1 Radio will emcee the event. 

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis will head the local and state officials on stage and will present each of the runners and their support crew team a citation making them official “Cleveland/Bradley County Ambassadors” acknowledging their participation in the Run Now Relay to Boston. Taking part will be State Representatives Kevin Brooks and Eric Watson, State Senators Mike Bell and Todd Gardenhire – the same group on hand to give them a send off April 12. 

“It’s appropriate we honor this team for taking the Cleveland and Bradley County spirit cross country and all the positive national media coverage that brought attention and recognition to our community,” said Mayors Rowland and Davis in a joint statement. “Their faces and stories were featured in newspapers and television shows from Tennessee to Boston, even making appearances on Good Morning America.  They have been great ambassadors for our community.” 

Janey Cooke, whose daughter Britney was one of the runners, is coordinating the event and said “we felt it appropriate to give them a heroes welcome home after making a 1,078 mile trek in eight days and raising well over $63,000 for charities. So many people have expressed a desire to see them return home and to hear their stories from along the route. This will be the perfect opportunity to do just that.” 

The ceremony begins with runners being escorted into downtown to the cheers of the crowds.  Each runner will come across the plaza stage for a brief comment about their run experience and to receive their “ambassadorship” honor.  

The ceremony will end promptly at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private reception being hosted by Cooke’s Food Stores and the Dan Cooke family. The reception will allow runners and their immediate families to gather, fellowship and share stories of the past few days on the road.  “So many friendships were made and so many wonderful stories experienced along the way,” said Ms. Cooke. “The reception for family and runners will allow them to be together as one big family to share with one another.” 

ArtsBuild Hosts Fundraiser At Flying Squirrel Aug. 5

ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts) will partner with the Flying Squirrel Bar on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to raise funds for its leadership programs.  The Flying Squirrel, at 55 Johnson St. in Chattanooga’s Southside district, will donate 10 percent of its total sales from the evening, from 5 p.m. to closing, to ArtsBuild. Founded as a united arts fund in 1969, ArtsBuild’s mission ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk Scheduled For Nov. 8

Families, organizations, and businesses have already began forming teams and registering as participants for the Chattanooga Autism Aware ness Walk scheduled for Nov. 8. Last year’s inaugural walk drew 900 participants and raised $58,000. “The parent volunteers had been working hard for over a year and were overwhelmed when the walk exceeded all their expectations”, stated ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits on both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)