Tennessee Mothers Of The Year Honored

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tama Ledford, Mayor Berke, Gerre Schwert
Tama Ledford, Mayor Berke, Gerre Schwert

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke honored the Tennessee Mother of the Year and Young Mother of the Year, both from Chattanooga, on Wednesday.

Gerre Schwert grew up in rural Oklahoma, graduating from Oklahoma State University. After marriage, she taught elementary grades in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She and her husband raised four children in Bartlesville, Ok., here she was active as a community, school and church volunteer. Following a divorce, she returned to university while working part time. She subsequently received a master's of social work degree from the University of Oklahoma, and clinical licensure as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) two years later.

She discovered her passion in working with cancer patients and their families at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and at Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center in Chattanooga. Through a process of study with the Center For Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, Ms. Schwert became certified as a mind-body therapist in 2006. She continues to facilitate Mind-Body Skills Groups and to teach journaling workshops. She and her husband have 10 grandchildren who are the delights of their lives.

Tama Ledford is not only a mother, but a teacher, wife and mother. She graduated from  Northwest High School in Whitfield County. Five years later she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Early Childhood education. She took her degree back to her home city of Tunnel Hill, where she became a Kindergarten teacher at New Hope Elementary. This is her 13th year in her school.

Ten years ago she married Hayes Ledford and moved to Chattanooga. Tama and Hayes wanted to be parents, and eight years ago they suffered a miscarriage, but two months later was blessed with a new pregnancy, who is Sydney. After three and half years of being a mother, they had Charlotte. Tama says she is one of the luckiest women alive, to be so blessed with two of the sweetest girls in the world.


Council Against Hate Welcomes Christian Picciolni Nov. 12

New Way Of Thinking: Whitfield County Public Works Crews Get Innovative To Repair Bridge On Dover Street

RISE To China: Bridging Cultures Through The Arts


The Mayor’s Council Against Hate will welcome author and activist Christian Picciolini to be the guest speaker at its next public meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Camp House. ... (click for more)

Recent repairs to a failing bridge on Dover Street in Whitfield County saved taxpayers more than $190,000, thanks to enterprising members of the county’s Public Works department who had to overcome ... (click for more)

RISE Chattanooga is launching a new initiative to showcase the diversity and excellence of the city’s creative community on a national and international level; CHA Creative Ambassador Program. ... (click for more)


Happenings

Council Against Hate Welcomes Christian Picciolni Nov. 12

The Mayor’s Council Against Hate will welcome author and activist Christian Picciolini to be the guest speaker at its next public meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Camp House. Mr. Picciolini's life since leaving the white-power movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. After leaving the hate movement he helped create ... (click for more)

New Way Of Thinking: Whitfield County Public Works Crews Get Innovative To Repair Bridge On Dover Street

Recent repairs to a failing bridge on Dover Street in Whitfield County saved taxpayers more than $190,000, thanks to enterprising members of the county’s Public Works department who had to overcome several engineering obstacles in their way to complete the project. Instead of completely rebuilding the bridge at an estimated cost of $200,000, the county spent just $6,800 to ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Erlanger Eliminates, Restructures Positions In Management Reorganization

As part of a management reorganization, Erlanger Health System officials announced the elimination and restructuring of 30 management positions, effective this month. In making the announcement, Erlanger President and CEO Will Jackson, M.D., said Monday’s management realignment effort at the Chattanooga-based health system will better position Erlanger to meet the changing landscape ... (click for more)

Commissioner Smedley Asks Meeting With Teachers Who Hit Commission Majority Against Wheel Tax Referendum

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said she would like an opportunity to address some 70 current and past county school teachers who signed a letter hitting her and four other commissioners who voted against a wheel tax referendum. She addressed an email to Kendra Young, a teacher at East Hamilton School, whose picture was shown on the Facebook page of the Hamilton County Democratic ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Wheel Tax Wouldn't Be A Sacrifice And Supports Our Teachers - And Response (4)

I appreciate our underpaid teachers here in Tennessee so much. We as a whole have a moral obligation to make sure we contribute to their pay. A wheel tax on our cars is a minimal expense to most of us. Sixty dollars is not enough for us to complain. We shouldn't even bat an eye at that if it contributes to the hard working teachers who sacrifice daily for our children. We ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Have At It, Sisters!

Yes, it didn’t take long … not long at all … for a majority (remember this word) of the Hamilton County Commission to request a meeting with those teachers who still dare to bear the faces after sending a live warhead of stupid over the bow to their funding body. On Sunday there appeared a letter that chastised, by name, five county commissioners who neither deserved it nor toil ... (click for more)