Chattanooga Chamber Recognizes Volunteers, Celebrates Chattanooga's Future At Annual Meeting Aug. 22

Monday, August 6, 2018
Local volunteers receive awards and nationally recognized chamber of commerce executive Mick Fleming will speak about the power of community leaders at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Award presentations will include:

·         Ambassador of the Year Award (2017 recipient: Amy Allara Kinworthy, Chattanooga Zoo)

·         Chamber Council of the Year Award (2017 recipient: Downtown Council)

·         Chamber Council Membership Award (2017 recipient: North Hamilton County Council)

“We'll celebrate our past and our future with a focus on celebrating all that's ahead for Chattanooga at our 2018 Annual Meeting," said Christy Gillenwater, president & CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber.
“Our keynoter, Mick Fleming, is a longtime friend and colleague with expert community development insight. As we recognize our most dedicated Chamber volunteers, he'll address the vast positive impact of volunteer and community leadership and how even a small group of people can give the world a better future.” 

Mr. Fleming has served for more than 16 years as CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the professional association for chambers which named the Chattanooga Chamber as Chamber of the Year last year. In this role, Mr. Fleming has provided strategic planning, consulting support and direct motivation to hundreds of chambers of all sizes. 

"Throughout his storied career, Fleming has contributed to the community development movement in a variety of ways, including creating and leading the Ford Foundation's Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship. He served as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100 and the Council of State Chambers for 15 years and wrote key works such as 'Making Your Chamber Make a Difference,' 'Heresies Worth Discussing' and the 'Horizon Initiative,' exploring how chambers will adapt during the next decade.

"The associations where he served as CEO for more than 20 years benefited from numerous, multi-year strategic plans and funding campaigns. Fleming also has considerable experience on the other side of the aisle; he has been an elected officer in two local chambers and board member of other nonprofit organizations. During eight years as vice chairman of the World Chambers Federation, he worked on collaborative projects with chambers in the largest cities and nations in the world," officials said.

Annual Meeting will also include recognizing the Chamber’s 2018-19 Board Chair Tom Glenn of Elder’s Ace Hardware and Outgoing Chair Larry Buie of Chattanooga Gas.

Member tickets are $55, $65 for non-members and $650 for corporate tables. Register here.

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For 3rd Consecutive Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has remained at a historically low 3.5 percent.   Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, ... (click for more)

CARTA Approves Revised Policy On Persons Addressing The Board; To Provide Safety Training To Drivers

The CARTA board on Thursday passed a revised ordinance on persons addressing the board, including a provision that no person shall be allowed to appear before the board more than two times during any consecutive four-month period. The City Council allows speakers twice a month, while the County Commission has no limit on appearances. CARTA meets once a month. The city and ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front porch who said he was "butt naked" and said "there's blood everywhere." They ... (click for more)

Wall Collapses At Home On Bradford Place Drive

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a structural collapse call shortly after  10 a.m. on Saturday .   When firefighters arrived at 307 Bradford Place Drive, a large hole could be seen on one side of the house. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said an exterior wall collapsed into the basement. There was some initial concern that an elderly resident might ... (click for more)

Harold Austin Was Hamilton County's Crown Jewel

My dear friend, longtime public servant, Mr. Harold Austin, will be greatly missed. He was with the state of Tennessee and Hamilton County for many years. Doyle Ray Marler * * * Harold Austin was Hamilton County’s crown jewel.   He was beloved by generations in municipal and state government. He knew so many involved in local, state, and federal roadway ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 90% Can’t Do Math

Friday’s newspaper headline blared, “Hamilton County Schools see dramatic growth in student performance” and that, my friend, is “fake news” at its finest. A better try might be, “90 Percent of Kids In Chattanooga Can’t Do Math.” Let’s face it: We know that a full 70 percent of 43,000 students in our public school system are not on track, this based on state test scores, and -- ... (click for more)