Next Week Is Public Works Week

Friday, May 16, 2014
Public Works Week is an awareness campaign, educational opportunity and celebration of Public Works Departments and their dedicated employees in communities nationwide.  In Chattanooga, during the week of May 18, the public is encouraged to attend two special events: 

An Equipment Rodeo is scheduled for Monday, at Finley Stadium from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  This event is an annual competition in which highly skilled Public Works heavy equipment operators face off against each other in a series of timed tasks involving precision maneuvers.  The winners in the various categories will represent Chattanooga as they advance to the state level competition. 

A Career Fair will highlight Public Works employees hosting educational displays and career information for all of the responsibilities that the Public Works Department holds (brush collection, road design and repair, water quality, code enforcement, parking lot design, sight obstruction, waste disposal, guardrail installation & repair, etc). It is scheduled for Chattanooga State’s Labor Trades School on Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 


ArtsBuild President Appointed To National Advisory Council

ArtsBuild President Dan Bowers has been named to the Americans for the Arts National Network Advisory Council.  Individuals are nominated by their peers to advise Americans for the Arts on programs and services concerning the areas of Arts Education, Emerging Leadership, the Private Sector and Public Art.  Mr. Bowers will serve a three-year term with the Private Sector ... (click for more)

Improvements Continue On Lauderdale Highway

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said he is excited about the progress being made on Lauderdale Highway in northern Bradley County, both near Exit 33 and at the intersection at Walker Valley Road. “As a former state representative, and now sheriff, this area has always been a serious traffic hazard that residents and I sought assistance time and time again from the Tennessee ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Proceed With Manager Bonuses In 2 Steps; Considering Employee Performance Incentive Plan

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel said Wednesday night that the hospital plans to proceed with $1.7 million in manager bonuses in two steps. Current participants in the incentive program will receive 50 percent of the approved 2014 performance plan this month. The remaining 50 percent will be paid to the management group in July 2015. At the same time, Mr. Spiegel ... (click for more)

Caldwell Arrested In Rapes Of 2 Women Over 60 In Brainerd, Hixson; Forced His Way Into Homes

Investigators have made an arrest in the rape cases that were reported last weekend. Taken into custody was Derrick Dewayne Caldwell, 30. He is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated burglary. Police said two women over 60 years old were raped in Brainerd and in Hixson in separate incidents. In an incident last Thursday, a woman ... (click for more)

A Letter To The NAACP

I believe when a "unarmed" man is evil, he will try to beat a police officer on his head in hopes to knock him out, in hopes to kill him. We saw the bruises on the officer's face.  This evil force tried to take his gun away from him , Proof was in the autopsy.  Why did Michael Brown  try to take his gun away from him? Exactly, to kill the officer.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last Day Of School

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press in the early 1980s and every year since then I have been asked repeatedly about it. It is easily the most famous story I have ever written – copies have been sent to me from numerous foreign countries -- and it may be the easiest story I ever wrote. All I did was write what the noted religious psychologist ... (click for more)