La Paz Chattanooga Announces Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold As New Board Chairwoman

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
La Paz Chattanooga announced the appointment of a new chairman for their board of directors. Current board member Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold has been named chairman of the board, replacing retired Chief of Police and current board chair Fred Fletcher. She will assume board chair duties through the end of Fletcher's term.

Dr. Rodney Arnold is the founder and director of Clínica Médicos and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and OB/GYN at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and has extensive experience working within the Latino community.

La Paz Chattanooga is the leading Hispanic/Latino organization in the southeast Tennessee that guides, connects and strengthens the community.
Since its inception in 2004, La Paz has worked to build tolerance, opportunity, and mutual understanding in order to create an inclusive environment in which cultural acceptance can thrive.

"The greatest asset of La Paz Chattanooga is the quality of our staff and the supportive group of community advocates with whom we surround ourselves," said Stacy Johnson, La Paz Chattanooga's executive director. "And a big part of our support comes from the amazing members of our board of directors, including Dr. Rodney Arnold."

Fred Fletcher expressed his excitement for the new leadership of La Paz's board. “I want to thank Dr. Arnold for agreeing to chair the board of directors at La Paz after my move to Colorado," he said. "Working with La Paz to serve our most vulnerable neighbors has been a true joy and one of the highlights of my career. I look forward to supporting and working with Kelly in whatever manner I can. Her leadership and guidance is needed now more than ever as Chattanooga continues to see a rise in the Latino population."

Chief Fred Fletcher left Chattanooga in July of 2017 and has led the organization from Colorado since his departure. He will remain on the board of directors.  

The La Paz board of directors is made up of nine individuals committed to empowering and engaging Chattanooga’s Latino community. In addition to Dr. Rodney Arnold and Mr. Fletcher, the remaining members of the board include Abigail Tilley, Carlos Calderin, Brittany Thomas Faith, Jana Eichel, Richard Mathis, Marco Perez, and Angela Garcia.

La Paz Chattanooga has a goal to recruit additional members to the board as part of an effort to diversify it's membership and strengthen future support. They will hold a private information meeting on Nov. 10, for prospective board members. If you are interested in an opportunity to serve on the La Paz Board, please contact them at

Tyson Foods To Create 1,500 New Jobs In Humboldt

Tyson Food, Inc. officials announced Monday that the company will locate new operations in Gibson County.   Food processor, Tyson Foods, will create more than 1,500 jobs and invest over $300 million in Humboldt, which represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee and the single largest investment in Gibson County’s history.  “I want to thank Tyson Foods ... (click for more)

Special Event Street Closures For Nov. 21-25

Here are the special event street closures for Nov. 21-25: Tuesday, Nov. 21  Parents of Bus 366 Memorial Vigil: Talley Road will be closed between Midwoode Drive and Sunset Avenue from 4:30-8:30 p.m. for this memorial vigil remembering those lost in the Woodmore bus crash last year. CARTA will begin picking up at 5:15 p.m. from the Brainerd Youth and Development Center ... (click for more)

Spring Creek Elementary Closed Monday And Tuesday Due To Fire In Boiler Room

There was a fire early Monday around  4 a.m.  in the boiler room at Spring Creek Elementary School causing the school to be closed Monday and Tuesday.    Damage from the fire was contained to the boiler room but the utilities to the building are also in the damaged boiler area which left the school without power, heat and other necessities to have ... (click for more)

Tony Williams, 26, Shot On Dodson Avenue Late Sunday Night

Tony Williams, 26, was shot late Sunday night on Dodson Avenue. Chattanooga Police responded at 11:50 p.m.,  to the 900 block of Dodson Avenue on a shooting.   Upon arrival, police located the victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. HCEMS responded and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim advised police that the ... (click for more)

Pollution For Profit?

Why should Chattanooga allow special interests to boost sediment pollution in our South Chickamauga Creek? To pad their profit margin and pass that cost on to city taxpayers? If your city council votes to reduce the storm water regulations – that is the result we can expect. Special interest homebuilders profit, but citizens pay.  More sediment pollution and paid for with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s ‘Shush’ Fund

Michael Reagan, the son of one of our nation’s greatest presidents, wrote a wonderful op-ed piece on Sunday that explained why he believes the women who have stepped forward to allege they were once abused by Judge Roy Moore. He wrote that when he, a political consultant, is asked why the women waited 40 years to bring up the charges, “I tell them I didn’t reveal my sexual abuse ... (click for more)