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.


Representative JoAnne Favors To Host Public Forum On Priority Schools

Representative JoAnne Favors is hosting a public forum on Thursday, June 1, in the auditorium at Dalewood Middle School, 1300 Shallowford Road, at 6 p.m. This forum will focus on a proposal by the State of Tennessee to remove five priority schools from under the supervision of the local Hamilton County Board of Education and contracting with a private company to manage these ... (click for more)

Roberts Library Hosts Summer Of Geeky Fun

If you long to live in the Shire or attend Hogwarts or you’d volunteer as tribute, Dalton State’s LibraryCon is the place to be this summer.   Roberts Library is gearing up for a reading program that caters to the geek in everyone. It begins June 5 and ends Aug. 3 with several literary activities planned, including book talks, movie nights, and a Harry Potter party. Participants ... (click for more)

Man Found With Home-Made Explosive Device Near Businesses In Hixson

A man was found with a home-made explosive device outside businesses in Hixson late Tuesday night.   A business was evacuated and portions of Highway 153 and Hamill Road were cordoned off while the device was taken away.   Joshua Redden, 34, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession ... (click for more)

Man Shot In Home Invasion Early Wednesday Morning

A man was shot in a home invasion early Wednesday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot on the 6000 block of Arlena Circle at 4:40 a.m. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Edward Greatheart, 41,  who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Mr. Greatheart was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Governor Haslam, Please!

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOV. BILL HASLAM … Greetings to you, my friend. You know with one more year on the course we have sailed during your two terms as the leader of our state you will go down as one of the greatest governors we have ever had. It stands to reason you eye Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat, but whatever you do it will be hard to replicate your service to Tennessee and ... (click for more)