CARTA on Thursday honored attorney George Derryberry for his 45 years of service to the organization.
CARTA Board Chairman Steve Jett noted that attorney Derryberry was among the few at the agency with a longer tenure.
He said the attorney joined CARTA in its early days after it was formed to replace Southern Coach Lines and continue bus service for Chattanooga.
Attorney Derryberry handled special legal matters for CARTA, including dealing with occasional problem customers.
Mr. Jett said he "has some great war stories" along the way.
Attorney Derryberry was lauded as not only an attorney, but also a musician, author and equestrian.
In other action, Chairman Jett noted that CARTA bus drivers had three accidents during the past month. He asked if it was "a trend."
He was told it was "not a trend, just some obstacles in the way."
Billy Nye, who heads the bus driver's union, said afterward that one of the accident came after children at Emma Wheeler Homes threw objects at the bus and broke out windows.
He said, "This is a safety concern that the board did not address."
Several bus drivers again carried signs saying they had been silenced by Chairman Jett. The bus drivers want to address the full board, but have not been allowed to do so.