New Class Of Young Leaders Begins 8-Month Program In Cleveland

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Members of the 2014-15 Youth Leadership class pause for a group photo during the afternoon activities that include learning team-building skills and competition as they get acquainted
Members of the 2014-15 Youth Leadership class pause for a group photo during the afternoon activities that include learning team-building skills and competition as they get acquainted

The Youth Leadership class of 2014-15 began a new year of developing their leadership skills by attending a daylong leadership retreat recently. The students are taking part in the 13th year of this important workforce development program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

The class consists of 26 high school juniors and seniors selected a few months ago through an application process and represent Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley High Schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School.

The Youth Leadership program encompasses eight months and gives the students opportunities to learn about local economy, heritage and tourism, city and county government and services, and health and human services. They also experience a day in Nashville learning about state government.

Robert Green, area director of Ocoee Region of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, kicked off the day with an inspiring talk about “Using Your Compass to Lead.” Green challenged the students to identify six value statements to live their lives by, including such characteristics as integrity and honesty.

The students also spent the day participating in activities that helped them get to know each other, learn team-building skills, compete with each other and review characteristics of leaders.

“It is always exciting to meet the students and observe how leadership skills emerge through the activities they participate in at the retreat and to watch those skills grow as the year continues,” Sherry Crye, Youth Leadership coordinator, said about the new group of students.

The 2014-15 Youth Leadership class is comprised of the following students from their respective high schools: Bradley Central—Wendy Armenta, Abbi Cook, Sarah Jo Ellis, Lily Freeman, Brianna Jackson, Shelby Kersey, Riley Tarver and Evan Wooden; Cleveland—Jada Blackwell, Reed Calfee, Maddie Coulthard, Sarah Crump, Chase Henderson, Mary Maddox, Forrest McFarland and Mariah Voytik; Tennessee Christian Preparatory School—Luke Benton and Andy Chase; and Walker Valley—Amber Bell, Stephanie Bowman, Allyson Flock, Dalton King, Olivia Lee, Sarah Beth Locke, Kameron Mehling and Sara Wilson.


Walk At School Event At Red Bank Elementary Friday

Red Bank Elementary students have been participating in walk to school day events.   On Friday, the 5th graders are doing a surprise "flash mob" dance on the last song at 2 p.m.  (click for more)

Tennessee Releases 2014 State Report Card

The 2014 state Report Card­­­­, posted  Thursday  on the Tennessee Department of Education website, offers users the ability to view detailed breakdowns of last year’s student achievement growth and other important data points. The 2014 Report Card features a variety of tabs including growth or value-added data, accountability, and education climate. A College and ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Cold, Wet Front To Make For Chilly And Damp Trick Or Treating; Snow Showers Possible Saturday

A surge of cold, moist air will make for less-than-ideal trick or treat conditions on Halloween night. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing this weekend. There is a possibility of snow showers in Chattanooga on Saturday. Here is the latest forecast: Today Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)