Paula Wilkes Named President Of The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Paula Wilkes
Paula Wilkes

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center board of directors announced its selection for president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.  “After a thorough selection process the Board determined the best candidate for the position was already working for the organization and we are pleased to announce Paula Wilkes as the new President of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center” said Yusuf Hakeem, board chairman.

 

“The Bessie Smith Cultural Center plays a pivotal role in diversity and inclusion in the community and this appointment is reflective of that.  We look forward to Paula and her team continuing to move the Bessie forward to becoming a world-class African American Museum and Cultural Center,” said Mr.

Hakeem.

 

Ms. Wilkes has been serving as interim president since Nov. 1. Prior to that, she was director of operations for three years handling day to day operations, marketing and special events. She has an extensive background in the non-profit sector including marketing, public relations, event planning, organization management, fundraising and development.  She has been an independent consultant for area non-profits for over nine years.

 

Ms. Wilkes has lived in the Chattanooga area most of her life and currently lives with her husband, Randy and daughter, Savanna, a senior at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.


Construction Street Closings Announced

This Week In The Arts

HHM CPAs Held First Annual Run With Reason To Support Angel Tree Children


Here are upcoming street closings: Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road Both southbound lanes of Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road will be closed from 11 p.m. on Thursday until 5 ... (click for more)

This week in the Arts: Friday, December 14 " A Christmas Carol: The Musical" at Chattanooga State Humanities ... (click for more)

Kyle Briner, a senior accountant at HHM CPAs, was the brainchild of “Run With Reason” in partnership with the Salvation Army Chattanooga. The fundraiser is two-fold, encompassing a run and a ... (click for more)


Happenings

Construction Street Closings Announced

Here are upcoming street closings: Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road Both southbound lanes of Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road will be closed from 11 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday for American Tennessee Water emergency repairs. Traffic will be detoured down Pinewood Drive. Market Street On Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the right southbound ... (click for more)

This Week In The Arts

This week in the Arts: Friday, December 14 " A Christmas Carol: The Musical" at Chattanooga State Humanities Theater The Chattery presents "Holiday Cookie Decorating Party" at the Chattanooga WorkSpace The Chattery presents "The Perfect Holiday Centerpiece" at Fox & Fern ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Bush Arrested After Ex-Girlfriend Says He Shot At Her, Ran Her Off I-75

Keontae Lewaun Bush is facing charges after his ex-girlfriend said he fired shots at her, then ran her off I-75. Bush, 21, of 1948 Acre Lane, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, domestic assault and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. The former girlfriend said the Nov. 28 incident began after she had tire trouble at the ... (click for more)

Corker Offers Resolution Condemning Murder Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will introduce on Thursday a Senate joint resolution holding Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. The resolution condemns Khashoggi’s killing and insists on accountability for those involved ... (click for more)

Opinion

Tom Caldwell Was Always A Champion For Orange Grove

Tom Caldwell was a devoted husband, father of four children and 13 grandchildren, veteran of World War II, Howard University law school graduate, church member and outstanding corporate, tax and estate planning attorney at three of Chattanooga's leading law firms. His family, personal, legal, military, religious and civic duties are too many to list. As a member of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Best Breakfast Ever

As I have grown older, I have grown more peculiar. I love having so many wonderful friends who I’ll see out in the mornings, all hail and hardy, but most of the time I enjoy having breakfast by myself. Hear me out: whether it is the Cracker Barrel, the Bluegrass Café or any number of other places I enjoy, most often there are delightful people who invite me to share their table ... (click for more)