UTC Commencement Ceremonies Are Canceled

Thursday, July 9, 2020

UTC officials have canceled commencement ceremonies that had been postponed to August, due to COVID.

Officials said, "Back in March when COVID-19 first made its way to Chattanooga, a conclusion was reached to postpone commencement ceremonies until August. We hoped the virus would run its course and that we could safely celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 in August.

"As we move forward with plans for fall semester, we were confronted by the following choice: Do we proceed with hosting large groups on campus for graduation ceremonies, or do we cancel the rescheduled events?

After many discussions with campus leaders, due to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, overall—and Hamilton County, in particular— the Executive Leadership Team has made the painful decision of canceling commencement.

"This was not a decision made in haste. We consulted with medical professionals and the consensus was that hosting events of this scale just days before the opening of the school year increased the risk of spreading the virus throughout our campus community. Coupled with the recent increase in local cases, we came to the heartbreaking conclusion that we could not host these ceremonies.

"We know how much an in-person commencement means to our recent graduates and their families, but the health and safety of everyone at UTC must remain our number one concern.


Mobile Home Damaged By Fire Off Dayton Boulevard

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday


Fire officials said a smoke detector saved a Hixson woman’s life when her mobile home caught fire early this morning, waking her up and allowing her to escape. It happened at 4:17 a.m. ... (click for more)

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BANKS, ANTHONY BRETT 212 WILSON ST CONCORD, 28025 Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County Booked for Previous ... (click for more)

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order by Chairman Henderson. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilwoman Berz). III. Special Presentation. ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Mobile Home Damaged By Fire Off Dayton Boulevard

Fire officials said a smoke detector saved a Hixson woman’s life when her mobile home caught fire early this morning, waking her up and allowing her to escape. It happened at 4:17 a.m. on Saturday at Smitty's Trailer Park on Smitty's Circle off Dayton Boulevard. Responding units found the trailer fully involved. They quickly had the fire under control. The resident ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BANKS, ANTHONY BRETT 212 WILSON ST CONCORD, 28025 Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BEARD, KEVIN LEBRON 806 HOOKER RD CHATTANOOGA, 37412 Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Police AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AGGRAVATED ... (click for more)

Opinion

Jerry Summers: What To Do With General A.P. Stewart

Since the courthouse entrance on the south end of the Hamilton County Courthouse has been closed to any entrance/exit traffic since 9/11, I doubt that it has been given as much attention as professed by the advocates for the removal of General A. P. Stewart. The General seems to have tried to rectify his military career by serving as the first superintendent of the Chickamauga Battlefield ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bubba and Buster, both pipefitters, were getting their gloves and gear to start at 7 o’clock prompt last Wednesday when both agreed how lucky they were about not having to wear masks on an open construction site. “But, boy, when me and my lady go grocery shopping on Saturday, I make sure she wears one!” said Bubba. Buster, something of a roustabout, was touched by that and, stumbling ... (click for more)

Sports

SoCon Opts Out Of Fall Sports Competition/Sports Move To Spring

The Southern Conference Council of Presidents announced Thursday that the league will not have fall league competition due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for non-conference contests at each institutions' discretion. It is the intention of the SoCon to move the fall sports' regular-season competition and championships to the spring. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Time I Almost Met Harry Caray

As I have written about many times before, I have met and interviewed a lot of famous people. Players, coaches, announcers and other sports celebrities have a memorable place in my career. For instance, a few days ago I wrote about the time I met Mickey Mantle. Today I'm reminded of the time when I almost met one of my true announcing heroes - the great Harry Caray. It ... (click for more)