Gallery: Chattanooga veteran, others reflect on 75th anniversary of D-Day +3 more photos In the last year, Ralph Painter has had a heart valve replaced. Celebrated another birthday. Undergone dialysis. On Saturday, the 97-year-old was in his East Brainerd home preparing to attend the 79th reunion of his Polk County High School graduating class in Benton, Tennessee. He is among the few surviving veterans of World War II left as the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday. Of the 16 million who served, fewer than 550,000 are still alive. Since October, 10 members of his Army unit have died, now there are only 20 left. That he's still here is not lost on him. "I wasn't sure I was going to make it to June 6 again," Painter said. "But I'm glad I did." View our 21 Veteran Salute page Painter, a Bronze Star recipient, was a mechanic on the first tank that rolled onto Utah Beach during the Allied invasion. Later in 1944, he would take part in the Battle of the … [Read more...] about Chattanooga veteran, others reflect on 75th anniversary of D-Day
New Covenant Fellowship Church New Covenant Fellowship Church Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Bernie Miller has spent his adult life as a black man being a bridge to people who are white. His professional career as a radio personality and executive caused him to interact with black musicians and white corporate owners. When the pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church on North Moore Road made a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ, he was a vice president of artists and repertoire for Epic/CBS Records in New York. Miller's position and ear for music made him a regular contributor to Billboard. He was on the path to success he charted in a Baltimore high school. Miller has often told the story over his 29 years in Chattanooga of how he was led to turn on his television one morning in 1988 in search of a televangelist. The night before, he had been watching pornography on the television, but now there was Pat Robertson's 700 Club. "It wasn't on the X channel … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: The long, hard road to building a multiracial church in Chattanooga
The newspaper industry in Chattanooga dates back the late 19th Century, but it was three individuals born in the 20th Century that shaped the current legacy of the Times Free Press, which celebrates its 150th birthday in 2019. Roy Ketner McDonald, Ruth Holmberg and Walter Hussman Jr. each owned, or in Hussman's case owns, a family-owned newspaper business, and the combination of the three have reported news and shaped public opinion for generations of residents of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. "Each of these leaders made their own unique mark on the newspaper industry," said Alison Gerber, Times Free Press editor and director of content. "Their legacies are marked by a commitment to what they believe and the community they serve." McDonald turned an advertising circular into the Chattanooga News Free Press in 1933 and was chairman of the board of the Chattanooga Publishing Company, a company formed when his newspaper and the Chattanooga Times entered a joint operating … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: What was in the news on birthdays of paper’s VIPs?
ROCKWOOD, Tenn. — Authorities have issued an Amber alert for a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Rockwood, Tennessee. Rockwood police told news outlets Friday morning that she was believed to be with a man and a van they were traveling in was found abandoned in Chattanooga. Haley Brandenburg Haley Brandenburg Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. "At this point, we have no supporting leads to suggest the pair has had anyone's assistance," the TBI said in a post Friday on Twitter. "It's most likely they're in the area of Hamilton County." The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Haley Brandenburg was last seen wearing tan Adidas pants with a pink stripe and a green Subway shirt. The alert describes Brandenburg as white, 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She wears glasses and has braces and does not have medication for a medical condition. The bureau says 31-year-old Robert Garren is a suspect in her disappearance and faces a … [Read more...] about Van sought in Amber alert found in Chattanooga
A new crop of cadets graduated Thursday night and joined the Chattanooga Fire Department, according to a news release. Some of the new firefighters, who graduated in a ceremony at Clear Creek Church of Christ, began their first shifts Friday morning, department public information director Bruce Garner said. Fire Chief Phil Hyman and training Chief William Andrews presided over the ceremony that featured remarks from retired New York City Fire Department Lt. Paddy Neville. City Court Judge Sherry Paty swore in the graduates. … [Read more...] about Twenty three cadets join Chattanooga Fire Department