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." 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 Bulge. He recalled his thoughts as … [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?
CSAS teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year April Wyatt, a geography teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2019 Tom and Stella Mullane Geography Teacher of the Year Award by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. The award recognizes outstanding geographic educators in grades 7 through 12, according to a news release. "As a former student of CSAS herself, Wyatt now uses that experience as a tool to better understand the way her students learn," said Jim Boles, principal of CSAS, in a statement. "She makes World Geography come alive for students in a way that is real and pertinent to their lives." Wyatt will be honored at the annual Tennessee Council for Social Studies conference and receive $500 from the Alliance. Kurt Butefish, director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, said in a news release that the nomination speaks volumes about Wyatt's excellence as an educator. "The nomination shared how she makes global subject matter relevant by relating … [Read more...] about Class Notes: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year
Gallery: Alexa Conference brings the future of voice technology to Chattanooga +7 more photos "Alexa, how many people registered for the Alexa Conference in Chattanooga?" "Over 600." That's double the number that registered for the conference in 2018 and includes attendees representing a dozen countries, according to the conference's organizers. The third annual Alexa Conference kicked off at the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday and will continue through Thursday afternoon with exhibits and speakers offering the latest news on voice technology. While the conference is full of so-called "geek speak" and tech terms that might cause the average person's head to spin, some of the takeaways from the conference, organized by VoiceFirst.FM, were that voice-enabled devices could have a transformative impact today and in the future, especially in the health care industry. The EPB-sponsored event is showcasing what many officials promote about Chattanooga — its 9,000-mile fiber … [Read more...] about Alexa Conference brings the future of voice technology to Chattanooga