3rd Annual “Selfie With Elfie” Returns At Local Bradley County Retailers

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Christmas Chamber Elf, a likeness of the Chamber of Commerce 2017 Board Chairman Roger Pickett, reviews the latest map the community before beginning his holiday journey to promote shopping local.
Christmas Chamber Elf, a likeness of the Chamber of Commerce 2017 Board Chairman Roger Pickett, reviews the latest map the community before beginning his holiday journey to promote shopping local.

With the intent to encourage local shopping and promote chamber members, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the third annual traveling Christmas “Selfie with the Elfie” campaign which officially kicks-off on Nov. 1.  

This year’s Chamber Elf will once again be visiting local Chamber-member retailers throughout the 2017 holiday season. First introduced in 2015 with a bobblehead elf in the likeness of then Chairman of the Board Robert Bradney, Bender Realty, this year’s elf is a custom rag doll likeness of current Chairman of the Board Roger Pickett, MurMaid Mattress. 

Shoppers are encouraged to visit the Chamber website at www.clevelandchamber.com or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find the elf’s location. They then visit that business to take a “Selfie with the Elfie.” The next step is to post their pictures on the Chamber’s social media platforms, using the hashtag #CLEChamberElf and tagging the Chamber in their posts to be entered in a drawing. “The grand prize will give a lovely local shopper an extra $500 to spend just in time for those last-minute Christmas gifts,” Aaron Weatherford, Chamber membership director said. “And all you have to do is take a picture with our Christmas Elf to be qualified to enter.” The grand-prize drawing will take place at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Chamber office and will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

The Christmas Elf first stop along with complete location travel schedule to be announced on the Chamber’s social media and web site. “Support our economy by shopping local and post your selfie with the elfie,” said Mr. Weatherford. 


Rep. Graves Co-Sponsors Bill To Fully Fund President Trump’s Border Wall

Rep. Tom Graves issued the following statement after co-sponsoring the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act (H.R. 7059), which provides $23.4 billion to fully fund President Trump’s border wall.   He said, “The wall is a key part of President Trump’s plan to secure the border. After making a $1.6 billion down payment in last year’s government funding bill, this legislation ... (click for more)

EPB Holds Green Business Expo to Share Sustainability Practices

EPB celebrated the LEED Silver certification of its downtown headquarters building by sharing best practices for sustainability with a Green Business Expo for area businesses. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the world’s most widely used green building program.  EPB updated its headquarters building ... (click for more)

City "Moves Away" From $4 Million Light Show On Walnut Street Bridge

The city is no longer pursuing a plan for a $4,050,000 light show on the Walnut Street Bridge. Dennis Malone, assistant city engineer, told City Council members on Tuesday, "We have moved away from that project." The council had earlier pulled capital funding that had been proposed for the "Ripples of Light" on the historic "walking bridge" that dates to 1891. “Ripples ... (click for more)

Developer Of Publix Grocery At St. Elmo To Go Before Variance Board

The developer of a planned Publix grocery in St. Elmo will go before the City Board of Zoning Appeals on Nov. 7 seeking three variances. Mike Price of MAP Engineers said the grocery has been working with community members to try to come up with an acceptable plan for the site where the former Mt. Vernon Restaurant and Pizza Hut are located. There has been controversy over ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s ‘Tennessee Week’

For over 50 years I have heard the line, “There are two things you must never do on ‘The Third Saturday of October.’ You mustn’t ever marry and try not to die because, in either case, the preacher won’t show up.” He’ll be watching “The Game.” Ever since Oct 18, 1901, Tennessee and Alabama have been going at it and that inaugural game set the tone as well as the standard for all ... (click for more)