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?
It might be a 600-square-foot studio or a 6,000-square-foot lakefront edifice. It might be a downtown apartment atop a retail building, a renovated warehouse condo, a close-in duplex or a suburban four-bedroom fronted by a green lawn, but it's home for somebody. Chattanoogans live in all kinds of places and all kinds of ways. And now the city is trying to get a sense of those places and ways, to figure out what's here, who's using it and how to look ahead to housing needs as the community grows and changes. On Saturday, Chattanooga's Department of Economic and Community Development and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency will host a conference that looks at trends, challenges, and opportunities in housing. The Housing Connections Conference will bring together citizens, advocates, developers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the city's housing agenda. The half-day session at the Family Justice Center is the first of a two-part series that will … [Read more...] about Conference will look at Chattanooga’s housing agenda
Students at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy had the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this month, thanks to CHI Memorial Hospital and its robotic prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. Lee Jackson. Jackson visited the school on Oct. 3 and provided students with a hands-on STEM experience by allowing them to sit at the controls of the da Vinci Surgical System. The students, along with Jackson and some of his team members, were even able to perform a simulated surgery with the system. Dr. Jackson's appreciation for CGLA's STEM-focused curriculum is what inspired the visit, according to a news release. "Women's participation in STEM fields is widely understood to improve the creativity and quality of those fields," he said in a statement. GPS seniors awarded National Merit Scholarships Four students at Girls Preparatory School were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarships Program. Olivia Combs, Lane Lawrence, Ruchi Patel and Allison Smith are all seniors at the … [Read more...] about Class Notes: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy students participate in simulated robotic surgery