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
Joanna Alder Joanna Alder Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Two men were injured in separate shootings over the weekend in Chattanooga, and a woman died three days after suffering multiple stab wounds, police said. Sandra Crews, 60, died Saturday, according to a news release. Police were called to a home in the 100 block of Willie Way on a shots fired report at around 10:24 p.m. Wednesday and found Crews unresponsive, an earlier news release states. Investigators and medical personnel had been working to determine if she was also shot, but police haven't yet released that information. Joanna Alder, 35, was named as a suspect and taken into custody in Morgan County, Tennessee, a news release states. She was charged with attempted first-degree murder and booked into the Hamilton County Jail. That charge is expected to be upgraded to first-degree murder. Also Saturday, two shootings took place about a mile and a half apart. The first took place in the 1400 block of … [Read more...] about Stabbing victim dies; two shootings leave two injured in Chattanooga
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Updated Jan. 28, 2019, at 6:20 p.m. Some school systems, businesses and government offices in the greater Chattanooga area are closing or delaying opening on Tuesday because of the threat of inclement weather. Hamilton County Schools will be closed Tuesday, according to a news release. All school-aged childcare locations will also be closed tomorrow, along with athletic events, practices and school activities after school. Games will be rescheduled, according to the release. Spokesman Tim Hensley said a variety of factors go into the decision to close schools including forecasts from the National Weather Service, road conditions and recommendations from Hamilton County's Emergency Services and feedback from district officials. "It all comes down to if we can have buses out on the road and if we can get students and people to and from school safely," Hensley said. District officials … [Read more...] about Approaching wintry weather triggers closings, delays in Chattanooga region
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?