Governor Haslam Proclaims May 17 Armed Forces Day

Friday, May 16, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder on Friday announced May 17, is Armed Forces Day.  The single-day celebration was created to signify the unification of the Armed Forces under one federal department; the Department of Defense.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for Americans to come together and thank our troops for their patriotic service in support of our country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate days to honor the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. 

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950.  The tradition continues on the third Saturday of May each year, as the country pauses to recognize all active duty men and women serving in every branch of the United States military.

“We should take every opportunity we have to recognize our men and women in uniform and thank them for their courageous service to our country,” CommissionerGrinder said.  “Their service today ensures we have freedom tomorrow and we are indebted to their commitment to protect that mission.”

Commissioner Grinder will present the Governor’s Armed Forces Day Proclamation during the Armed Forces Day Picnic at Veterans Memorial Park in Hohenwald on Saturday.

 


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 to 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)