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?
Chattanooga police arrested two men suspected in an armed robbery Wednesday, just hours after the incident. Donald Roush, 44, and James Harden, 35, are charged with aggravated robbery and were taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Additional charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and theft are pending. Donald Roush, 44, left, and James Harden, 35, are charged with aggravated robbery and were taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Donald Roush, 44, left, and James Harden, 35,... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. A woman called Chattanooga police to 5966 Brainerd Road at around 1 p.m. after she said a man approached her pointing a handgun and demanded her purse and cell phone, according to a news release. She complied with the suspect's demands, and he fled in a grey Mitsubishi driven by another man. A witness had taken a photo of the vehicle and provide officers with a detailed description of the suspects, which aided the officers' … [Read more...] about Chattanooga police arrest armed robbery suspects after driver runs stop sign
Metro Ideas Project, a local, nonprofit research organization, on Monday announced a slew of speakers for its upcoming conference on the divide between urban and rural America, and the list includes several journalists, a professor, a planning expert and the sitting mayor of Little Rock, Ark. Joda Thongnopnua, the founder and executive director of Metro Ideas Project who is running as a Democrat for the state House District 30 seat, said he is thrilled about the speakers that have signed on to participate in the Public Assembly Summit on May 11-12. More names will be announced in coming weeks that will diversify the slate of speakers, he said. If you go › What: Public Assembly 2018, Changing America: Bridging the Urban-Rural-Suburban divide, a weekend-long conference by the Metro Ideas Project, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the Benwood Foundation› When: May 11-12› Where: Chattanooga Whiskey, 890 Riverfront Parkway› Who: All are welcome to … [Read more...] about Metro Ideas Project announces speakers for upcoming Chattanooga conference
Anna Golladay poses for a portrait outside of St. Marks United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Golladay served as a pastor at St. Marks until she was fired in February for officiating a same-sex marriage, which is not allowed by the United Methodist Church's laws. Golladay continues to be involved at St. Marks, which belongs to the Reconciling Ministries Network and advocates for LGBTQ church members. Anna Golladay poses for a portrait outside of... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. Anna Golladay stumbled upon St. Marks for the second time during Holy Week, before Easter in 2012. It just happened to be the closest United Methodist church to her home on Chattanooga's North Shore. Golladay — a lifelong United Methodist, like her father and his father and his father before that — wasn't looking for a new church home that Maundy Thursday six years ago. Since moving to Chattanooga in 2010 to take a job at Top … [Read more...] about Firing of Chattanooga pastor draws locals into United Methodist fight over sexuality [video]
A police officer is going viral after showing off his "stanky leg" in a dance battle at a Easter egg hunt in Tennessee. But Chattanooga Police Officer Michael Ampthor insists he was just doing his job. "I honestly don't know what to think," Ampthor told CBS Chattanooga affiliate WDEF. "For me it's just another day serving the community." The video, first shared by WDEF News 12 reporter Amber Worthy, has been viewed more than 500,000 times on Facebook and more than 100,000 times on Twitter. Ampthor's "stanky leg" delighted children and adults alike at the third annual event. The community always invites the police officers who patrol the area to join the festivities, and they don't hesitate when asked to help hide the eggs -- or bust a move. This wasn't the first time Ampthor wowed the group with his dancing skills. His talents were actually discovered last Easter. "That was the song they picked last year," Ampthor told the station. "It was one of those dances I knew how to … [Read more...] about Officer shows off “stanky leg” dance moves at Chattanooga Easter egg hunt