American Veteran Receives Deed To New, Mortgage-Free Home

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cracker Barrel’s flagship nonprofit partner, Operation Homefront, in partnership with Chase Bank, will present the deed to a new, mortgage-free home for veteran Melissa Schafer and her family on Monday.  

Operation Homefront has placed more than 500 families with over 1,200 children into mortgage-free homes and is the provider of choice for short-term and critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring support programs to military families.

Veteran Melissa Schafer, her husband and her three children Cameron, 17, Emma, 13, and Samuel, 8, are receiving the home in Chattanooga.

The deeding ceremony on Monday will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  At the ceremony, Ms. Schafer will be presented the deed and la arge key to her new home by Operation Homefront and Chase.  The family will also be getting their first look at their newly decorated living room, featuring décor contributions from Cracker Barrel.  Representatives from Operation Homefront, Cracker Barrel and Chase will offer their remarks. 

Ms. Schafer was born into a military family, and in 1998, enlisted in the Army National Guard. As a specialist, she served as a military police officer. She patrolled and responded to emergency calls and assisted with crime scene security and investigations. Her first active duty call was in 2002 and after one year she enlisted in the Reserves until 2006. She became active again that same year and in 2007, she deployed to Afghanistan. In 2008, she was honorably discharged suffering from major arthritis in her back. 

During her last year in service, Ms. Schafer met her (future) husband, Aaron, who also in the Army serving as a military police officer.  They have been married for seven years, and with their three children have been living in a rented apartment.


Cherry Street Center Sold By McGauleys To Hutton

McGauley Holdings has sold a building it has long owned at 730 Cherry St. to Karen F. Hutton. The Cherry Street Center was sold for $1,634,500. Hutton currently has its headquarters at 736 Cherry.  Hutton announced in January that it had closed on the sale of a high-quality, diversified retail single tenant portfolio for $185.8 million. The portfolio consisted ... (click for more)

Tennessee Housing Development Agency Sets New Record For Loan Production In 1st Quarter

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency just wrapped up its best March ever and its best first quarter ever for home loan production.   Tennesseans applied for $46.2 million in Great Choice Home Loans last month, a 27 percent jump over March 2017. The agency's previous record for the month of March was $44 million, set in 2008, just before the Great Recession took hold ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Arrest Robbery Suspects Within Hours Of Holdup; Citizen Takes Quick Photo Of Suspect Vehicle

Chattanooga Police officers arrested two suspects involved in an armed robbery within hours of the incident. Officers responded to an armed robbery call at 5966 Brainerd Road  at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim told police she was exiting her vehicle when she was approached by a white male pointing a handgun at her demanding her purse and cell phone. The victim ... (click for more)

WACKER-Charleston Taking Initial Steps To Restart Polysilicon Production After Explosion Shut Facility Last September

WACKER-Charleston announced Thursday it has resumed operations for the production of polysilicon. Using a phase-in approach, WACKER has begun the initial start-up of the site, beginning with distillation. The initial production of polysilicon is targeted to begin in the next few weeks. WACKER anticipates the Charleston site will reach full capacity in the fourth quarter ... (click for more)

Keep The Gifted Program In The Hamilton County Schools - And Response (2)

I currently have a daughter in fourth grade at Lookout Valley Elementary and a daughter in the eighth grade at Lookout Valley Middle High School. Both of my daughters are very good students, as well as being very good people. I am writing today with a concern. I was made aware that the Hamilton County Department of Education is considering cutting the gifted program ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A True Tennessean

“Last week I told some Republican friends who have held high office, traditional and true Republicans, who like you are both conservative and compassionate, Christians in their personal faith and public service,” the email began. “These are Tennessee Republicans that I have known for decades, and whom I'd trust with my life and my wife … I told them that my views and values make ... (click for more)