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From: "Kelly, Sharon" <sjkelly@bellsouth.net>
To: "Kelly, Sharon" <sjkelly@bellsouth.net>, "tekeliakelly" <tekeliakelly@comcast.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:43:59 AM
Subject: Fw: Networking

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:34 AM, Sharon Kelly <sjkelly@bellsouth.net> wrote:

Good Morning Tekelia,

Thanks so much for willing to help me get the word out Tekelia. This event will be done every thursday evening after  work from 5pm to 8pm. We will be show casing a business or a Business Person from Corporate America each week to be spotlighted in the community, it will be one of the person that attend the mixer only, as the business of the week. This is what they will receive a 5 minute talk on the air about their business or position during that week. Also once a month we will host all 4 business on my TV Show to air to the pubic and placed on you-tube and other Social Media and the best networking tool WORD OF MOUTH By the whole group that's a part of our Mixer! The Event is called, Thursday Evening Relationship Mixer @ Mocha. It will start this Thursday evening December 4th 2014 from 5pm to 8pm. With food discount and other give aways. Call with questions to me Sharon Kelly 423-531-4154 leave a massage and I will call everyone back.




Greater St Mary Baptist Church
Address: 5304 Slayton Ave

Chattanooga, TN 37410
Phone:(423) 825-5279




Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:23 PM

Subject: Pizza Hut Fundraiser for CK


Dear Friends,

As we know strong marriages build a strong family, which in return builds a strong nation. Therefore, Covenant Keypers is having a fundraiser day with Pizza Hut in an effort to continue to build strong families.  Every first Tuesday of the month from 11 am to 10 pm, 10-20% of the proceeds will be donated to Covenant Keypers.

Please help us by dedicating the first Tuesday of the month to Covenant Keypers by eating in, carrying out or having a delivery from any of the participating Pizza Huts.  You can also help us by passing the word on by sending this letter, along with the attached flyer/ticket, to all of your e-mail addresses, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and other social media sites. Also, pass them out at church, school, and work if permitted.  May 6th is the kick-off day, so let’s make this a success for marriages!

Thanks for all your help,

Gary and Rosalyn Hickman

Ron and Jackie Jones

Covenant Keypers


At a Glance

·         Every 1st Tuesday of the month

·         Order anytime between 11 am to 10 pm

·         Dine in, carry out, or delivery

·         Send to e-mail addresses, Facebook, Twitter etc.

·         Please present printed flyer or on phone

·         Forgot flyer/ticket mention “Covenant Keypers”


·         Flyer & List of Participating Pizza Huts  “Below"



Participating Pizza Hut


1919 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Ogle. GA 30742


4011 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga TN 37411


3525 Broad St, Chattanooga TN 37409


4104 Dayton Blvd, Red Bank 37415


10043 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy TN 37379


 7801 E. Brainerd Rd, Chatt. TN 37421


55 Hwy 813, Chickamauga GA  30707


Hwy 58, Chattanooga TN 37416


5920 Main St, Ooltewah TN 373632


4340 Ringgold Rd, East Ridge TN 37412


          Don’t forget to mention Covenant Keypers

Thank you for your support!




For more information, contact
Ann Talbott Brown




1st Annual Family Fun Festival

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

11am - 4pm

Bring the whole family!

Tickets $0.50 each  or  24 Tickets for $10.00

Prize Games / Bounce house

 Slide / Face painting

 Hot Dogs / Cotton candy

Soccer Shoot / Snow Cones

Football Toss/ Duck Dip

Hamburgers/ Fried Fish

Community games

and much more !!!





Turn It Up!

Live Youth Entertainment and  

Motivational Speaking 




When: Saturday, May 31, 2014

1PM- Youth Entertainment

2PM Keynote Address

Where: Eastdale Village Community UMC

1403 Tunnel Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN

For More information call 404.944.6680 or 423. 645.3712




Summer Kick-off event, includes a youth entertainment from local artists and performers who are lifting up their gifts and talents to inspire our youth to join in.  For more call 423-645-3712 or 404-944-6680.




Update and Briefing for Community Organizations on the Healthcare Marketplace


Get Covered Chattanooga, an initiative of the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga/Project Access in partnership with the Erlanger Southside and Dodson Avenue Health Centers, will hold two briefings for community organizations on the Healthcare Marketplace on Wednesday, November 20, at Golley Auditorium.


The briefing will update local organizations on the Healthcare Marketplace, resources available through the Healthcare.gov website, current community outreach efforts, and time for Questions and Answers.  An updated Marketplace for Consumers PowerPoint will also be presented, and Healthcare Navigators will be available to answer questions.


Community Organization Briefings on the Healthcare Marketplace

November 20

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department

Golley Auditorium

921 E. Third Street

Chattanooga, TN. 37403


November 20

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department

Golley Auditorium

921 E. Third Street

Chattanooga, TN. 37403

Please RSVP by email to:  irene@chattmd.org or by calling 622-2872.




2012 HALI at Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, TN

2012 HALI at Graduation November 29, 2012


2012 HALI Group 4's Presentation

Click here here for more information about Allied Arts 2012 Holmberg Leadership Institute and  class presentation "The HeART of Chattanooga: The Arts Are For All"



The 2012 Chattanooga Truth Commission on Human Rights will be held on December 10, 2012 in recognition of International Human Rights Day.  This event will take place from 5:30 – 8pm EST at the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library.  


This event is free and open to the public.

International Human Rights Day is a globally observed celebration marking the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. In honor of International Human Rights Day, Chattanooga Organized for Action is joining with the Grove Street Settlement House and several local organizations and community leaders to organize The 2012 Chattanooga Truth Commission on Human Rights.


Truth Commissions are designed to expose the truth about systemic human rights violations and injustice that powerful forces would rather keep hidden.  Truth Commissions provide a forum in which masses of poor people who are normally ignored, silenced, and made invisible can speak out and be seen and heard.


5:30 - 6:00 PM: Community Meal and Fellowship
6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cultural Intermission 
Moment of silence - for the homeless lost over the last year and those experiencing the violence of poverty
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Testimonies & Statements of Faith
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Facilitated community conversation
8:00 PM: Resolutions: Statement from Truth Commissioners 

When: Monday, December 10th beginning at 5:30 PM

Where: The downtown Chattanooga Library Auditorium, 1001 Broad Street


HOPE Harvest 2012-1000Turkeys to the Community of Chattanooga

Since 2009, Pneuma Christian Center has sponsored HOPE Harvest. HOPE Harvest is an all day event coordinated through the “Change of Status” Ministry at Pneuma. Turkeys for families are distributed for Thanksgiving dinner along with warm clothing.. Last year, HOPE Harvest distributed over 600 Turkey baskets. This will be the fourth year that HOPE Harvest will serve Chattanooga families.

For HOPE Harvest 2012, the Washington Hills, South Side and Eastdale local recreation centers will serve as sites for distribution. 1000 turkeys will be distributed to help those that need assistance with food. We have sponsors and donations from businesses, organizations and people all across Hamilton and Bradley County. Thrity five dollars is all it takes to assist in donating the turkeys to three families.

We look forward to seeing the smiling faces of families yet again this season. You can be a part of that too! Please contact Kilzma Brown or Michele Stepney at 423.855.8226.

Who: Pneuma Christian Center and Change of Status Ministry
What: HOPE Harvest 2012
When: Saturday November 17, 2012
Where: Washington Hills Rec Center @ 10 am
South Side Rec Center @ 12 pm
Eastdale Rec Center @ 2 pm
Why: To distribute Turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner to families that need additional assistance this holiday season. Warm clothing and shoes will be available too.

The holidays are a time for family gatherings and God’s love and joy to be shared. For some families it is a time where extra income is needed in their home to celebrate and enjoy holiday festivities. With a little help, we endeavor to bring families closer together this holiday season. Stronger families = stronger communities. HOPE Harvest 2012 is a vehicle for seeding hope into the homes of our Chattanooga neighbors for the beginning of fond memories starting with Thanksgiving.

For more information about this event please contact Kilzma Brown or Michele Stepney
7345 Old Cleveland Pike
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: 423.855.8226
Email: ministry@pneuma.org

Growing in Love…while facing adversities Titus 2:3-6
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Continental breakfast served during registration @ 8:30am
Inviting all young ladies and women 12yrs through senior
Come together … share in fellowship and learning
This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sensitive and informative topics of conversation
Looking for Love (self-esteem)
Date Rape and Abuse
Speaker: Miss Raven E. Cooper, St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church
Ingredients for Staying Married (God, church, family, work)
Speaker: Mrs. Odessa Greene, First Baptist Church of Hixson
How to be Content in Your Singleness
Speaker: Ms. Jackie Husband, Rock Island Baptist Church
Closing Plenary Session Speaker during lunch
Speaker: Mrs. Rosalyn Hickman, Covenant Keepers
Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404, 624-9097
Rev. Paul A. McDaniel, Pastor


From: "Jobs at Girls Inc" <jobs@girlsincofchatt.org>
To: jobs@girlsincofchatt.org
Sent: Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:41:24 AM
Subject: Job Openings


We have two job positions open at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga for Program Coordinators.  Please see the attached descriptions and post / share them with your organizations.


We appreciate you spreading the word.   These are part-time jobs, one of them is 22 hours per week, while the other one is 15 hours per week.


Interested parties should please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@girlsincofchatt.org  or mail it to


Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

Job Opportunities

709 South Greenwood Avenue

Chattanooga, TN 37404. 


Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.




Thank you.


Phil Minton, II

Director of Finance & Administration

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

709 S. Greenwood Ave.

Chattanooga, TN  37404


ph: (423) 624-4757

fax: (423) 698-4345

cell:  (423) 443-6099





Phil Minton, II




CHANGING the Present……. IMPACTING the Future
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Chattanoogan Hotel
1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Sponsored, in part, by:
Women’s Leadership Institute
City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Miller Martin PLLC
Grand Konvalinka & Harrison PC
Suntrust Bank
The Tennessee Economic Council on Women-Southeast Tennessee Development District Advisory Council* and the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus invite you to become part of the conversation as women from all over Southeast Tennessee come together to empower, encourage and inspire current and future women leaders.
The Summit will offer a forum for women to:
* learn, discuss and network with leaders in the professional community
* discover new ways to achieve their personal and professional goals
* connect with other women and resources in their communities
* help other women and their communities prosper
Special Keynote Speakers
Dr. Arun Gandhi
Mayor Kim McMillan, City of Clarksville, TN
FULL DAY PARTICIPANT (includes all sessions, breakfast, lunch) $50 / $65 after 9/14
LUNCH ONLY $35 / $45 after 9/14
COLLEGE STUDENT $25 with valid I. D.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT $10 with school approval
Register Now

For more information, contact: Jenni Berz, Southeast TN Development District Advisory Council – TECW
at (423) 266-4050 or by email at jb4pdrs@aol.com

* The Southeast Tennessee Development District Advisory Council is a branch of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, established to represent the interest of women in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties in the State of Tennessee.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, 8:30 A.M.– 1:45 P.M.

Convenant Keypers Women’s Conference at Miracle Baptist Church



pre-teens ages 10 - 12 and your teen girls ages 13 – 17


Come learn what God says about:




Rosalyn Hickman

Executive Director of Covenant Keypers Marriage and Women’s ministry





taught by Susan Moss



taught by Rosalyn Hickman



taught by Raven Cooper








“Building God-healthy Marriages one church at a time!”

Greetings from the Alton Park- Piney Woods Neighborhood Association!

We have some important upcoming dates and need your help, support, and participation. 


VOTING INFORMATION SESSION: Are you confused or unclear about the new voting laws and requirements?  Do you know what is required to vote?  Are you and others in your community properly prepared to vote in the coming elections? 

Come out and get information and clarity on voting requirements.  The APPWNA is hosting LOUISE PATTERSON – CHIEF DEPUTY FOR HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION for an information and question/answer session on voting. We want to pack the place with concerned and engaged citizens.  Please come and invite others.  We will also have information and voter registration forms on hand to take home.  We also need volunteers from our group to lead/assist with upcoming voters participation events.  A silent community suffers!  WE NEED YOU! 


2.       JUNE 30th – SATURDAY FROM 10:00am to 2:00 pm AT PINEY WOODS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (701 Hooker Road)

cleaning up,males,men,parks,persons,volunteering,volunteers,waste removalCLEAN UP DAY: Alton Park – Piney Woods Neighborhood Assn will be sponsoring a neighborhood clean up around the perimeter of the Piney Woods Family Resource Center.  Please come out and help.  This is in partnership with the Great American Clean up happening throughout the nation in various communities.  We are partnering with Scenic Cities Beautiful Commission.  We will be doing lawn care, picking up trash debris, and painting.  You can help in 3 ways:

·         Come out and join the clean up team or/and send some volunteers on your behalf

·         Donate some bottled waters or light pre-packaged snacks (i.e. individual bags of chips, granola bars, snacks) for the volunteers.  We hope to get at least 10 to 15 volunteers.

·         Donate some cash to go towards purchasing light snacks for volunteers

·         Solicit donations from organizations that may be interested in providing light snacks and bottled waters or battled Gatorade for the volunteers.




ANDY BERKE MEET AND GREET – Andy Berke is running for Chattanooga’s next mayor.  We are hosting a session for the community to meet him.  This is our opportunity to show that we care about our community and want to educate ourselves on candidates.  PLEASE COME. 








Our neighborhood zone will be hosting the kick-off to the National Night Out this year. This is an event recognized by the State of Tennessee designed to celebrate in our community.   We will partner with Oakhill, The Villages neighborhood Watch and other groups in the area.  This opportunity only comes every 3 years.  It gives us more exposure in the community.  We need more people to join us.  More info to come on what we will specifically do as part of the kick-off. Please volunteer to help with the planning.


For questions contact Karen Hatter at 423-521-1968 (kdhatter1@gmail.com)  or Mr. Milton Jackson at 423-266-2030. Contact me, Karen Hatter, and let me know what areas you are available to assist.  Thanks


Bishop Victor Couzens of the Inspirational Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio is be returning as their guest revivalist. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Revival dates are May 9 - 11 beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

Rock Island is located at 2106 Camden Street in East Chattanooga, where Ronald Cook, Senior is the pastor. If you have any questions, call the church at 629-1704.

Strut Switches Spots



WDEF.com | WDEF News Channel 12

Reported by: Jillian Pavlica

Email: jpavlica@wdef.com

Print Story

Published: 3/28 10:30 pm


Updated: 3/29 12:31 am


"The Bessie Smith Strut is MLK, and MLK is the Bessie Smith Strut," says Champy's Famous Fried Chicken Owner, Seth Champion, hoping officials change their mind.

City officials will meet with business owner and Friends of the Festival Friday morning.  Click here to read more and see video.


Other related links:


A group against the moves called "Occupy MLK for Bessie Smith Strut Night" is already forming on Facebook.  It has sent more than 2,000 invitations asking people to fill MLK businesses instead of joining the Strut on the riverfront. Click here to visit the page.


This year's Bessie Smith Strut is scheduled for June 11.
In the past the event has been free. Channel 3 asked Baker if it will now require a Riverbend pin. He says those details have not been worked out.
Business owners gathered at Champy's Wednesday night, to discuss Mayor Littlefield's decision to move the Strut, historically held along King Street in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, to the riverfront as part of Riverbend.







"She Sings" Tribute to Legendary Songstresses by Tekelia Kelly



Bessie Smith is a Chattanooga legendary songstress for whom the MLK Bessie Smith strut was named.  Find out more about the Bessie Smith at the Bessie Smith Museum located at 200 East M L King Boulevard. Chattanooga, TN 37403.  You may also call (423) 266-8658, or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org/ for more information. 


Click here to hear Bessie Smith's classic song, "St. Louis Blues", sung by Chattanooga singer/songwriter, recording artist, and engineer Tekelia Kelly at Tekelia Kelly.com, as other song  classics like  "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller


To learn more about Tekelia Kelly's one-woman show "She Sings", a tribute to 20th century legendary songstresses like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald,  Dorothy Dandridge, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, The Andrew Sisters Doris Day, Karen Carpenter, Donna Summers, Whitney Houston and many others visit  www.TekeliaKelly.com. 













Next Information Session Presented by  





Mr. Hal Bowling, LAUNCH Director   

Tuesday April 10, 2012, 6:00 PM 

Piney Woods Resource Center on
701 Hooker Road 
Chattanooga, TN 37410



Next Class Starts April 17 (Classes are 10 weeks)
6PM - 9PM
$100 (5 payments of $20)
at The Bethlehem Center
For more information, go to the events page at
launchchattanooga.org or call 423.266.1384, ext.28  


Next Class Starts April 17 (Classes are 10 weeks)
6PM - 9PM
$100 (5 payments of $20)
at The Bethlehem Center
For more information, go to the events page at
launchchattanooga.org or call 423.266.1384, ext.28


Insufficient sleep and early school start times contribute to teenage health issues


Signal Mountain Middle School sixth-grader Damaris Kleine prepares to board a school bus at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Mary A. Carskadon has found a correlation between insufficient sleep in adolescents and health issues due to early school start times. She spoke at UTC on Thursday.share

Signal Mountain Middle School sixth-grader prepares to board a school bus at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Mary A. Carskadon has found a correlation between insufficient sleep in adolescents and health issues due to early school start times. She spoke at UTC on Thursday.

Photo by Dan Henry.



http://media.timesfreepress.com/img/staff/2011/South_Todd2.jpgby Todd South
view bio »




Sleep deprivation and early school start times contribute to teenage delinquency, risk-taking, depression, pregnancy, obesity and diabetes, a national sleep expert told Chattanoogans on Thursday.


Mary Carskadon spoke at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga about her research on sleep and the teenage brain.


Early school start times, changes in teen sleep patterns and outside social pressure are combining to rob teens of vital sleep, which can cause serious problems, Carskadon said.

"Sleep is just getting squeezed out of their lives," she said.


Research by her and other scientists, studies by the Brookings Institute and national polls by the National Sleep Foundation show a correlation between early school start times and a host of behavioral, educational and developmental troubles.  Read more


Mobile Food Market Survey



Currently ,there are a number of organizations (Step ONE, Gaining Ground, The Food Bank and the YMCA) pulling together funding to start a Mobile Food Market that will service areas in East, South and West Chattanooga these areas are all currently labeled Food Desserts by the USDA.  This simply means that these neighborhoods do not have easy access to healthy, affordable foods.
In an effort to provide these organizations with quality information from the residents who live, work and/or attend churches or schools in these areas we have compiled a simple survey.  The questions on this survey will provide valuable information about the clientele this market will serve, the times, and locations that are desired, and what foods you would like to see available.
If you could please take a few minutes to click the following link and  complete the survey in its entirety, it would be greatly appreciated.  


Tina Vance
Step ONE Program Supervisor
Community Health Services
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
921 East Third Street
Suite 438
Chattanooga, TN  37403
Phone: (423) 209-8182
Fax: (423) 209-8089
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.  If you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance in completing the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 27, 2012

Contact: Dan Thornton, City of Chattanooga General Services, (423) 757-5454
 City Applies for EPA Grant to Develop Greenway and New Business in Alton Park
The City of Chattanooga is applying for up to $550,000 in federal funds to redevelop property in the South Chattanooga community of Alton Park in hopes of creating a greenway and allowing for the development of a business that may add up to 50 new jobs.
If awarded, the grant will permit redevelopment of an 85-acre tract of land that will incorporate construction of a new industrial business, along with creating public access to green spaces that will eventually become recreation sites in the heart of this community.
The proposed project, to be located in the 400 block of Workman Road and extend to the 1000 block of 38th Street, is in the vicinity of the former Tennessee Products (Chattanooga Coke and Chemical) site and Chattanooga Creek. Its development will support additional revitalization activities that are taking place in Alton Park, including a proposed new health center.
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant was recently announced, with applications sought for assessment and clean-up of brownfields. A brownfield is property whose redevelopment may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.  
The grant is available to governments that have previously received brownfields grants and will be awarded this summer to one community in EPA’s Region 4, which encompasses eight states.
Community input will be sought during a public hearing on Thursday, February 9, at 5pm in the Bethlehem Community Center, 200 West 38th Street. Copies of the grant also will be available for review at the Bethlehem Center and the offices of The Enterprise Center, 1250 Market Street, Suite 3020.
H. Maria Noel
Manager, Community Revitalization
The Enterprise Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3020
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 425-3776
(423) 443-2132 (cell)



The Chattanooga Hamilton Co. NAACP
6th Annual Poetry/Spoken Word Contest
"Black Ink"
You're Invited!

Quick Links



Dear Sisters,

Are you a poet waiting to be discovered or do you enjoy writing poetry as a hobby?  Do you enjoy listening to spoken word?  If so, then this event is for you. 

The Chattanooga Hamilton County NAACP is excited to host our 6th Annual Black Ink Poetry/Spoken Word Contest. 


 Excellence in Expressions

DATE: February 18, 2012


 TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Competitors arrive by 11:45 a.m.)


LOCATION: EPB Community Room, 10 W. MLK Blvd, Downtown Chattanooga


MORE: This event is free and open to the public!


Awards include: 
Cash, gifts, and much, much more!!

Criteria for Participants 



Interactive Poetry Contest Focusing on African-American History
Ø      Open to the public
Ø      Free to enter (Deadline:  February 15, 2012)
Ø      Poems must be original works
Ø      Cash prizes and other awards
Ø      Must read poem aloud and be present to win



Eric Atkins 
NAACP Member/Event Co-Chair
423.622.7923, Email:  atkinse3@hotmail.com

Cortney Davis 
NAACP Member/Event Co-Chair
423.315.6373, Email:  cortney.davis@gmail.com


Ø      Contest is called:     Black - Ink: Excellence in Expressions.  The Black is in honor of Black history month.  The Ink represents the inked or penciled poetry; making this contest historical and artistic!


Ø      Honoring 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes.


Ø      Refreshments served.


Ø      Contestants will interact with judges and audience to elaborate on motivations.


Ø      There will be an adult (18 +) and youth (17 and under) division.


Ø      Poetry must be free of vulgarity or derogatory content.


Ø      Poetry can be mailed to the NAACP, Attention:  Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3226, Chattanooga, TN  37404 or emailed to chattanooganaacp@comcast.net 


Divine ~Inspirational ~Virtuous
Anointed Sisters
Pearl Cleage, Novelist/Playwrite

Luncheon & Vendor Expo

Saturday, August 15, 2009
11:30 AM - 2 PM

The Chattanoogan
1201 S Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN
General Admission $30
Playwrite/Novelist For more information call 423-227-7870
About Pearl
Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta based writer whose work has won commercial acceptance and
critical praise in several genres. An award winning playwright whose Flyin' West was the
most produced new play in the country in 1994, Pearl is also a best selling author whose
first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club
pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her subsequent novels
have been consistently on the best sellers and perennial book club favorites. I Wish I Had
A Red Dress, her second novel, won multiple book club awards in 2001. Some Things I
Never Thought I'd Do, was a "Good Morning America!" book club pick in 2003, and
Babylon Sisters made the ESSENCE Magazine best seller list in 2005. Her most recent
novel, Baby Brother's Blues, was the first pick of the new ESSENCE Book Club and an
NAACP Image Award winner for fiction in 2007. In the March 2007 issue of ESSENCE,
Pearl had two books on the best seller list, Baby Brother's Blues and We Speak Your
Names, a poetic celebration commissioned by Oprah Winfrey.


From: "Mrs. Rosalyn Hickman" <decerra1@epbfi.com>
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 3:54:18 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Covennat Keypers Women's seminar - Satur july 18 - 9 a.m. - 1:00

Attention Ladies:


Please register today at 266 0083.


if you are a man receiving this email, please forward to your wife and daughters, nieces, female cousins 16 years old and up.  This promises to be the seminar of seminars!






FEATURING:  Rosalyn Hickman Executive Director Covenant Keypers, Inc. "The Other Woman In your Marriage” Frenise Mann Young Women’s Mentor and Speaker "For Real “ Girl Talk Singles


SPECIAL GUESTS:  Brenda Kirk Precept Teacher and Women’s Speaker Atlanta, GA "How to Overcome the Hurdles In Your Marriage”


SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2009 9:30 A.M.—1 P.M. (Pastries and Coffee 9:00—9:30) Host Church: Greater Friendship MB Church – 914 Park Avenue To Reserve Your Free Seat, call 423 266-0083.



From: Jacqueline Richards

Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Steps to Building an Unstoppable Spirit

Hello Team,

I would like to invite each and everyone of you to my next Inspiration Session entitled " Steps to Developing an Unstoppable Spirit".

In this life God has given us an assignment to fulfill while we are in the earth. He has placed within us an unlimited supply of potential. It is time to give our ability responsibility. We have got to get pass fear of the unknown and doubt of the unseen. Its time to for us to be willing to do the things that others wont do or know how to do with confidence.

lease join me as I share with you a word  from God that will inspire you to "Take Control".

Where:  Impact Center inside of Eastgate Mall  5600 Brainerd Rd.  ( go in mall entrance by Tuesday Morning)


Time:    2pm until 4pm

Date:   Saturday June 27, 2009\

Put on your Jeans, bring a friend and your Bible and come on......................................



From: Kenardo Curry
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 19:30:42 -0700 (PDT)
To: Kenardo Curry<kenardocurry@yahoo.com>
Subject: "No Sacred Cows" Moving Sale

Please be advised that the Curry's will have a grand ol'fashioned moving sale.  Everything's marked to sale.  Great bargains on furnishings - designer and discount.  There are too many items to mention, just note that we're downsizing from a 4 bedroom to a 1.5 bedroom; hence the "no sacred cow" sale.  Items include antiques, contemporary, neo-classic and baroque pieces.  Place settings include fine bone, earthen, stone, and durable.  Holiday sets, decorations, and buffet pieces are all going.  Tools for the outside, decorations for shrubs, etc. - all going.  Come early for the best bargains.  Sale starts at 7:00 am.  Cash only - we'll need it for the move.  All items must be picked up by 5:00 pm Saturday.  Spread the word.  Google the address for directions:  2410 Laurelton Creek Lane, Chattanooga, TN 37421.  Thanks for the free advertising.  See you on Saturday!

423-510-0782 home
423-255-8287 cell

Re: Class of 1977

Sent By:

"M. A. Lee" <marvlouz@yahoo.com> On: Jun 06/19/09 6:28 AM To:


Hello, I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow!

FYI, I received a call from Antwoine Phillips on last night! He's traveling in from Houston, TX to attend the 50th Birthday Party! He has a powerful testimony that he will be sharing on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Holy Temple COGIC where Bishop James Scott is Pastor (Zenobia Scott's father).

If you all are not doing anything or wish to come out and help support our fellow classmate, please come and worship with us.

Holy Temple COGIC 2311 Bliss Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37406 629-2649

P.S. I look forward to seeing everybody at the party and coming down the Soul Train line. Tee hee hee!


Marvelous Marva!!!




From: "Kimberly Thomas" <kimberly@kimberlythomasonline.com>
To: noreply@kimberlythomasonline.com
Cc: administration@kimberlythomasonline.com
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 5:29:56 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Exciting news from Kimberly Thomas!

Hello everyone!

I pray this email finds you well. I am writing to share with you an awesome opportunity presented to me earlier this week and I need your help. N’Time Music Store in Charlotte, NC has offered to place my product in their store. However before they will do so they would like to see what type of response they will get from their online store. So here’s what I need from you.

You can do one of two things; write a review or purchase a cd.

  •   To purchase a cd please visit  www.ntimemusic.com

  •   To write a review please follow the instructions below:

1.      Visit the website at http://www.ntimemusic.com/Scripts/prodReview.asp?idProduct=5939

2.      Please write a brief review expressing how much the album has bless your life and then press submit



Thank you so much for your continued support to my ministry. I love you all and speak God’s richest blessing upon you.

Living Strong,


Psalm 27:13



The Churchville Neighborhood Association (CNA) will be sponsoring its Annual Gospel Extravaganza on September 26, 2009 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.   The purpose for this event is to raise funds for youth education scholarships and to provide programs that support our elderly.  Our goal is to raise $5,000.  CNA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the interests of all stakeholders in the Churchville community in a manner that advances the community and all its stakeholders for the greatest common good. 


CNA is soliciting churches, performing groups and vendors in and around Chattanooga to partner with us in this event.  This will be a family event full of food, fun, festivities and things for sale. 


As a vendor we are asking for a $25 booth fee and one item donated as a giveaway at the event.  For that fee, we will provide a 6 foot table, two chairs, and customers.  Our Public Relations Committee will be marketing all businesses that participate through radio, television, flyers, internet and other media streams at no additional cost.  We will be encouraging customers to shop for personal gift items, appreciation gifts, Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, etc., etc., etc.  CNA will sell only water and sodas, therefore food and all other vendor types are needed. 


The event will occur in the vacant lots in the entire 1900 block of Jackson Street at Orchard Knob Avenue. Last year, while at another location and with only Churchville residents attending, about 200 people participated.  This year, we anticipate at least 500 attending.  We begin advertising in July.  If you want additional information, would like to complete a vendor application or make a contribution, please contact Charlotte Anderson at 364-7391 or Johnnie Ware at 629-0211. 


We cordially invite you, your family, friends, coworkers and business.  Thank you.

Churchville Neighborhood Association

P. O. Box 3544

Chattanooga, TN  37404



From: "Elizabeth Crenshaw" <ypsinchattanooga@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:57:57 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: 2020 Summit Fast Approaching!!


Thanks so much for taking the time to read the latest news from YPAC. If you could please consider this for your publications, or if you could just tell your friends about us,  we would really appreciate it. 


Thanks again, 

Elizabeth Crenshaw

YPAC PR co-chair

Young Professionals Invite the Community to The 1st Annual Scenic City 2020 YP Summit

Chattanooga, TN (June 16, 2009) - The Young Professional Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) is sponsoring the Chattanooga Scenic City 2020 YP Summit on June 19 from 2-5 at the Chattanooga Hotel.

Anyone interested in where Chattanooga will be by 2020 should attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, build their networking skills, and discover ways to get involved in the community. Attendees will begin their half day Summit with registration and networking from 2:00 - 2:45 PM.

The Summit will officially start with a brief introduction and opening remarks from Mayor Littlefield. Attendees are invited to attend YPAC’s designation of YP day in the City of Chattanooga presented by the Chamber of Commerce.

The Summit offers two rounds of break-out sessions where attendees can choose their topic of choice; topics will include such titles as Plugging into the Community, the Economy, and Young Professional Entrepreneurship in Chattanooga. The Summit’s panelists and speakers include a wide range of up and coming community leaders from a wide range of industries and interests.

“Young working people are integral to the city’s continued growth; we want to make sure that we have a united voice in that effort. The year 2020 will be here before we know it, and we need to know where we are going in order to get there,” says YPAC President Elect Tiffanie Campbell of the Summit’s purpose.

At 5:00 PM, the Summit’s key note speaker, Jack Murrah, will speak to the impact of past community visioning, and young peoples’ ability to carry on a vision of the future of Chattanooga to 2020 and beyond.

An After Party will begin directly after the Summit at the Foundry. The party is free to Summit attendees, and the ticket price is $10 at the door for non attendees. There will be a cash bar with drink specials, and DJ K789 will be there to get the weekend started off right.

Summit Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online @ http://www.YPACnow.com via Pay Pal. The link for payment is located in the top right hand corner of the site. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but payment in advance is encouraged.

The Young Professional Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) encourages positive local growth, community involvement, and works to address issues affecting young, working people.

For more information about the Summit please email us at ypsinchattanooga@gmail.com or call Tiffanie at (423) 834.6826 or Elizabeth at (423) 443.5938. For more information about the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga please visit www.YPACNow.org.



Just a reminder of our monthly gathering of Sisters Keeping it Real. It will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the EPB Building Downtown on 10 MLK. The time is from 3pm to 6pm.

Our subject will be on "Tapping the Potential Within". ***************






Click here for more info. November 6, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall of Hawkinsville Baptist Church. (Doors open at 6 p.m.).

Location: 7463 Pinewood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421 Directions to Church, call 423.892.1924 Call 423.313.0382 today and reserve your FREE seat! Or visit online at www.covenantkeypers.org




 Marriage Enrichment: Secrets of Lasting Love

FREE Class at St. Elmo to help couples tune-up their marriage.
> October 25 (Saturday)
> Location: St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church
> 3701 West Avenue
> Chattanooga, TN 37410
> Time: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
> Lunch will be provided.
> Classes
> Marriage Enrichment: Secrets of Lasting Love
> Marriages are full of ups and downs. Some years of your marriage may be
> exciting, others may be lackluster and dull. Secrets to Lasting Love is a class
> designed to help you reconnect and breathe life back into your marriage. This is
> a hands-on activity-based class which will help you fine-tune very important
> relationship skills such as:
> Showing understanding
> Discussion skills
> Expression skills
> And much more!
> By the end of this course couples will learn how to keep honesty, compassion,
> empathy and trust in their relationship.
> Couples who complete a marriage enrichment seminar are eligible for a one night
> getaway. Call our office for details.
> Thank You.
Lamar & Wanda Threat, St. Elmo Marriage Ministry Leaders


St Elmo Missionary Baptist

3701 West Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37410
(423) 821-6825

LaTrice Currie

Tekelia C. Kelly

Join LaTrice Currie as she welcomes SIB Owner Tekelia Kelly to talk about how SIB helps women and other small business owners. Saturday, October 1, 2008 9:30 EST on television WRCB Channel 3. Out-of-towners visit www.wrcbtv.com.

Marcia Kling

Tekelia C. Kelly

WTVC Channel 9 "This & That's" LIFEWATCH Hosted by Mrs.Marcia Kling welcomes  Tekelia C. Kelly AYES & Sisters In Business.Net Founder/CEO   September 23,2008 12:30 PM

"Success Skills Toolkit For Teens" AYES Fall Workshop ...great support for Career and Life Skills Development and High School Senior Projects

“Success Skills Toolkit for Teens”   October 4 – 25, 2008, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Ages 14 and up $150.00 Chattanooga State Technical Community College Call 697-3100 to register   Call 421.-5646 for more info.

(Ask us about our coming to your site!)

"AYES Youth In Business" Skills Training Program is a non-profit school-to-work initiative created and taught by Tekelia C. Kelly, SIB Founder/Owner and Adjunct Faculty Member at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

The AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate Program will offer its “Success Skills Toolkit for Teens” class this Fall, October 4-25, on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at Chattanooga State Technical Community College. Cost of the class is $150.00. Founder and owner of Sisters In Business.Net and For Your Information Tekelia Kelly is the instructional designer and creator of the program. As a Chattanooga State business and information systems technology adjunct instructor, Ms. Kelly will also instruct students in the AYES Youth In Business program.  The AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate Program is an innovative, 21st century school-to-work initiative offering work-age teens the opportunity to develop a success skills toolkit that includes business technology training, networking, marketing, mentoring, a skills portfolio, job bank, Chattanooga State certificate, and earning of one CEU credit. The class is excellent support for High School Senior Projects. Within the framework of a theme-based high school senior project simulation, students in the AYES “Success Skills Toolkit for Teens” class will strengthen their reading, writing, research, and other academic skills, while applying hands-on keyboarding skills and business industry standard work-tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Email, and the Internet. Learners will create products such as a budget worksheets, letters, resumes, surveys, reports, bibliographies, desktop publications, presentations, contacts/address lists, and more! Students will then store their products on a USB flash drive to take with them after class, making for a portable portfolio that can “go and grow” with them as they navigate their life, education, and career paths. The AYES Youth In Business program is set up to interface with “youth friendly” businesses in the community and the Sisters In Business Network who are able to “hire and inspire” youth through their businesses. Businesses are asked to offer youth paying positions as interns, part-time, full-time, summer, or temporary employees. Volunteer positions are also welcome as they, too, can offer valuable work experience which youth can show on their resumes. The purpose of AYES Youth In Business program is to empower the socio-economic development of youth, and offer Alternative Youth Economic Solutions to youth seeking and needing sustainable income. Whether youth are going to school, work, college, or into business for themselves, the goal is to make youth more marketable, useful, qualified, competitive, and able to land better paying jobs sooner. Though presently offered at Chattanooga State campuses, the AYES program is portable and available to any youth group and organization in the community. Workshops, Computer-based Training CD-ROM, Online Learning, and 1-on-1 Coaching are also ways in which the program can be delivered. AYES Youth In Business is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit program through the Community Foundation of Chattanooga. Contributions are graciously accepted, and tax deductible where allowed by law. For more information about how your company can partner with the AYES Youth In Business program by offering contributions, scholarships, job bank postings, on-the-job training, and/or volunteering, please contact Tekelia C. Kelly at 423.421.5646, or email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net. To register for class, call 697-3100. Click here for AYES “Youth Mean Business” Article Click here for AYES Youth In Business Website   Media Release: The AYES Youth In Business program will also be covered/aired on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 around 12:38 pm EST on WTVC Channel 9. Mrs. Marcia Kling will interview AYES Founder and Instructor Tekelia Kelly during “This & That’s LIFEWATCH” segment.   REGISTER NOW! Call 423-697-3100. For more information click here or call 423.421.5646. Visit us online at www.sistersinbusiness.net.   Youth In Business! That's "A YES"!

SIB 3rd Annual "Online" Holiday Shopping Showcase    Monday, November 24 2008! Showcase your Christmas items here!   Advertisers email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net       Click here to see 2006 Online Holiday Showcase Sneak Preview   Click here to see SIBay Online


Winter/November 2008 Holiday Edition: Promoting Events, Entertainment, Eateries, and Gifts items: Clothes, Shoes, Hair, Health, Beauty. Advertise here!   >>SAVE THE DATE:  SIB 3rd Annual Online Holiday   Shopping Showcase Monday, November 24 2008! Showcase your Christmas items here!   Advertisers email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net.

COVENANT KEYPERS & Partner Churches 3RD ANNUAL FREE 2-HOUR MEN’S SEMINAR Saturday, October 4, 2008 9 am – 11 am

 “HUSBANDS STEPPING UP!” PART II I Corinthians 11:1–16 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Seminar Speaker Pastor Eddie D. Jacks   Host Church Resurrected Baptist Located 2230 E. 18th Street Near East Side School on Main Street FREE Breakfast & Registration Begins At 8:30 A.M.

Call 313-0382 today and reserve your FREE SEAT  (Love Offering Will Be Taken)

Greetings Church Partners   Please announce the attached seminar coming up October 4. This is our 3rd Annual Men’s Seminar and we look forward to another successful event. However, we can’t do it without each of you inviting the men to come out. Please announce each Sunday until the event.   Last year Bro. O’Guinn and Love Fellowship was the speaker and host church. This year Pastor Jacks and Resurrected is the host speaker and church for the Men’s Seminar.   As usual, there is no cost and we will serve a great breakfast for the men. Each church is asked to give $25 to underwrite the cost for the food.  Write and mail checks to Covenant Keypers; 1310 North Glen Drive, Hixson, TN 37343   Thank you for your partnership in this ministry! Gary and Rosalyn Hickman, Founders Covenant Keypers, Inc.   Don’t Forget The Annual FUNDRAISING Banquet Coming Up On Thursday, November 6, 2008.

  Girls Inc. Blasts Off! on September 26   Tickets Now on Sale   Friday 9.26.08 6-8 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum Tickets $50/person Call 624-4757 to purchase Wii Game Lounge Silent Auction Wine Heavy Hors d'oeurves Live Painting Science Experiments

MED Week Luncheon The MED Week Awards Luncheon is Thursday September 25, 2008 at 11:00 a. m. at the Chattanoogan Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton is the keynote speaker. Purchase of a table is $400 and will seat eight (8) people. Tickets are $35 each. For further information call Charles Payne at 423.899.1748.


Winter/November 2008 Holiday Edition: Promoting Events, Entertainment, Eateries, and Gifts items: Clothes, Shoes, Hair, Health, Beauty. Advertise here!   >>SAVE THE DATE:  SIB 3rd Annual Online Holiday   Shopping Showcase Monday, November 24 2008! Showcase your Christmas items here!   Advertisers email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net.

Latest Drug in Middle School - ‘Dusting’ Posted in February 16th, 2008 by Rus Thompson in Patriot post

Latest Drug in Middle School - ‘Dusting’ I had never heard of this until this article came to me via email. Scary, very scary. My name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now and I still train with him.

I always like d the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn’t allow it. He would react. The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about dr ugs. I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs. I like building computers occasionally and started building a new one in February 2005. I also was working on some of my older computers. They were full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF. Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them they were all used. I talked to my kids and my two sons both said they had used them on their computer and messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10 dollars I paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the computer store. They didn’t have the 3 pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single ju mbo can of Dust Off. I went home and set it down beside my computer. On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the next morning Kathy went downstairs to wake Kyle up for school, before she left for work. He was propped up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She called to him a few times to get up. He didn’t move. He would sometimes tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was never easy to get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell over. He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off can coming out of his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead. I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is a nurse and she had never heard of this. We later found out from the coroner, after the autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of Dust off was in his system. No other drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM. I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids ages 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. It’s called dusting, a take off from the Dust Off name. It gives them a slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him it was cool and it couldn’t hurt you. It’s just compressed air. It can’t hurt you. His best friend said so. Kyle was wrong. It’s not just compressed air. It also contains a propellant called R2. It’s a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas, heavier than air. When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps the good air, with oxygen, out. That’s why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. IT KILLS YOU. The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that kills you. It’s not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong. IT’S NOT AN OVERDOSE. You don’t die later, Or not feel good and say I’ve had too much. You usually die as you’re breathing it in, if not you die within 2 seconds of finishing ‘the hit.’ That’s why the straw was still in Kyle’s mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open. The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don’t believe its huffing. And that’s why it’s more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong odor. It doesn’t follow the huffing signals. Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue hurting. It probably did. The propellant causes frostbite, if I had only known. It’s easy to say hey, it’s my life and I’ll do what I want. But it isn’t. Others are always affected. This has forever changed our family’s life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I can’t describe it. There’s nowhere to run from it. I cry all the time and I don’t ever cry. I do what I’m supposed to do but I don’t really care. My kids are messed up. One won’t talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can’t even describe how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them. After Kyle died another story came out. A probation Officer went to the school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there he found a student using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about another student who also had some in his locker. This is a rather affluent school system. They will tell you they don’t have a drug problem there. They don’t even have a dare or plus program there. So rather than tell everyone about this ‘new’ way of getting high they found, they hid it. The probation officer told the media after Kyle’s death and they, the school, then admitted to it. I know that if they would have told the media and I had heard, it wouldn’t have been in my house. We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs. Using Dust Off isn’t new and some ‘professionals’ do know about. It just isn’t talked about much, except by the kids. They all seem to know about it. April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died, April 5th would have been his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus.

Sisters Keeping It Real

JULY 26,2008

3:00pm –6:00pm

RSVP @ 423-593-4146

Electric Power Board Bldg  10 M. L .King Blvd  7th Floor 

      Chattanooga. TN 37402


Hear SIB Stories and More! On-Air Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 9:00-ish EST on television WRCB Channel 3. Out of Towners can link to www.wrcbtv.com.

Seeking the following professions in The SIB Network... Accountants Physicians Veterinarian Information Tech Support, Tech Equipment Supplier Attorneys  Printer, Entertainers, Speakers, Writers

Girls Inc Upcoming Events

Women's Inc. August 7 at 6 p.m. Girls Inc. offices in Highland Park Chattanooga, TN

Open House August 28 at 6 p.m. Girls Inc. offices in Highland Park Chattanooga, TN YPAC’s Annual YP of the Year and YP-Friendly Company of the Year Awards. YPAC would like to recognize Young Professionals and Young Professional Friendly Business who exhibit outstanding achievements. Nomination forms can be found online at www.ypacnow.org, and we’ll be announcing our top 10 finalists soon! Don’t delay nominate today! We will be celebrating these honorees at our annual Signature Event, the YPAC Awards Party on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at The Loose Cannon.   For more information about the awards, judging criteria, event sponsorship or to submit nominations, please contact Amanda Carmichael at amanda@ypacnow.org, Kate West at kate@ypacnow.org, or visit www.ypacnow.org. Unite for School Success (USS) The purpose of the Unite for School Success (USS) group is to promote strong community support and confidence in the school by making sure the students, parents and neighbors of the school are involved the evolution of the school (including financially). With this shared goal in mind, Ms. Dantzler and USS are sponsored a Team Name Selection Poll on the East Hamilton website, www.EastHamilton.com July 14th through July 25th. Final team name selection will be announced at the 2nd annual fundraising party which will take place September 6, 2008 in the Council Fire Clubhouse. Please contact DeAnn Rauth at 899-4933 or check website for more information on ticket purchase. To make a donation or to volunteer your time, please contact Curtis Smith at 423-596-4457, Scott Gentry at 423-320-2995 or Mechelle Forgani at 423-490-0620.      UPDATE July 28, 2008 Hurricane party meeting Thursday July 31st @ 7 p.m. Please contact Lori A. Wade at 304-7388 or wadeclan@aol.com to get your tickets to sell!!! Tickets can be brought to you!!   The Creative Underground (TCU) will present "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" in late August 2008 at Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Circle Theatre. "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of the world's greatest gospel singers, Mahalia Jackson.

For more information contact:

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA 730 East  M.L. King Blvd Chattanooga, TN 37403

Why A Sistah Can’t Get No Love?

From the creators of Bessie's Blues and Black Nativity—a hilarious new adult comedy on the taboos of sex, love, and infidelity. Written and Directed by Thomas W. Jones II Starring Karl D'Wayne Gardner and Veronica Byrd September 13 – October 19, 2008 Encore Theatre 3264 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411 Saturdays: 7 PM and 10 PM (BYOB - 10PM show only) Sundays: 5 PM Tickets: $15 (advance) $20 (door) $12.50 each for groups of 10 or more CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKET(S) For group information call 404-735-5282

Chattanooga Hamilton County NAACP

Election Day is August 7, 2008. To find your polling (voting) location please visit the Hamilton County Election Commission website by clicking here. Or call (423) 493-5100. Early voting is from July 18, 2008 until August 2, 2008 at the Election Commission, Brainerd Recreation Center, and Northgate Mall in Hixson locations.

There will be onsite voter registration.

This meeting is open to the General Public and all are invited to attend. For questions, please contact Mrs. Valoria Armstrong at (423) 432-9776. National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Chattanooga Chapter Hamilton County Voters Council And 100 Black Men of Chattanooga Host Hamilton County Sheriff Candidates Political Forum And Voter Registration

Monday, July 28, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga University Center – Raccoon Mountain Room Questions will be taken from the audience. 

“Voting Begins with You!!!”

Fourth Annual Refreshing Worship Conference '08 Fan The Flame Thursday-Saturday, August 21-23   Get ready for a "set you on fire" event! Mark your calender. It'll be here in 28 days...

Hope to see you there,

'Citizens of the Kingdom' Mark & Margaret Jackson

Web: http://www.markjacksonministries.com/ Email: mark@markjacksonministries.com

The Holidays are coming! The Holidays are coming! Ask us how we can help you "get the word out" about your holiday events, entertainment, special news, flyers, press releases, or PR. Call email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net or call 423.421.5646 for more information.

Heare SIB Stories and More! On-Air Monday, June 23 at 10:05-ish EST on WUTC 88.1 FM. Out of Towners can stream live on www.wutc.org.

Sisters Keeping It Real Saturday June 21, 2008, 10:00am - 3:00pm LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT NO CHARGE SO RSVP @ 423-593-4146 Electric Power Board Bldg 10 M. L .King Blvd 7th Floor      Chattanooga. TN 37402 The Creative Underground (TCU) will present "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" in late August 2008 at Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Circle Theatre. "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of the world's greatest gospel singers, Mahalia Jackson. TCU is currently seeking nine to twelve adult background singers for the production. ALL racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition! PLEASE have one a cappella song prepared! AUDITION DATE AND TIME: Saturday, July 12th at 10AM  LOCATION: URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA  730 East  M.L. King Blvd Chattanooga, TN 37403 Resumes not required, but if you have one, please forward it to Shane Morrow at shanermorrow@yahoo.com If you are seeking any more info on the audition, please feel free to contact Shane at the above email address.

www.EastHamilton.com.   EAST HAMILTON MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CONDUCTING WEB POLL FOR TEAM NAME   The new middle/high school, serving the East Brainerd/ Apison/ Ooltewah area, is scheduled to open its doors to students in the fall of 2009.  The name of the school and the Principal has been confirmed, East Hamilton Middle and High School and Pam Dantzler respectively. Now the school is faced with establishing an identity. The colors of a school and the team name go into many planning efforts with a school, especially a newly built school. According to Pam Dantzler, “Selection of a team name that involves the community surrounding the facility is crucial to not only building the school culture and pride, but also connects the school to those who support it.”   The purpose of the Unite for School Success (USS) group is to promote strong community support and confidence in the school by making sure the students, parents and neighbors of the school are involved the evolution of the school (including financially). With this shared goal in mind, Ms. Dantzler and USS are sponsoring a Team Name Selection Poll on the East Hamilton website, www.EastHamilton.com. Starting on July 14th, you may log on the website and cast your vote for one of 3 different selections. The options are: East Hamilton Blazers, East Hamilton Hurricanes, or the East Hamilton Knights. (The USS group has been using East Hamilton Hurricanes as the team name until the final name is selected because Hurricane Creek runs through the school site.) The deadline for voting is July 25th.   The team name is only the first step. The team name is not necessarily the mascot for a school. For instance, the University of Tennessee team name is the Volunteers. However, the mascot is Smoky the dog. USS will ask students to create a new mascot this fall in a special contest. “Enlisting the students in making the choice brings their voice into the process. Everything we do in the future must center on the students,” says Ms. Dantzler when discussing the team name and future mascot.   Final team name selection will be announced at the 2nd annual fundraising party which will take place September 6, 2008 in the Council Fire Clubhouse. The first party raised $18,000 for the new school. Please contact DeAnn Rauth at 899-4933 or check our website for more information on ticket purchase.   To make a donation or to volunteer your time, please contact Curtis Smith at 423-596-4457, Scott Gentry at 423-320-2995 or Mechelle Forgani at 423-490-0620.       YPAC Seeks Nominations to Award Outstanding Young Professional and YP Friendly Business

Second Year of Award Ceremony is Accepting Nominations Until July 31 Chattanooga (June 19, 2008) - For the second time in Chattanooga history, the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) plans to recognize those who exhibit leadership, community service and the desire to grow and retain young professionals in the city. One deserving individual and one company will be awarded for their contributions to the Chattanooga community and the promotion of professional development. Submit nominations · Nominations are now open for the 2008 Chattanooga’s YP of the Year and YP Friendly Business of the Year. Visit www.ypacnow.org to submit your nomination. · Nominations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on July 31. · On August 1, the top ten finalists will be named and Chattanooga’s YP of the Year and YP Friendly Business of the Year will be announced the evening of the YPAC Awards Party on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. Judging criteria · The nominees for Chattanooga’s YP of the Year shall be judged on achievements in their respective fields as well as their commitment to and participation in the Chattanooga community. Nominees for Chattanooga’s YP Friendly Company of the Year shall be judged on their support of young professionals as well as their commitment to and participation in the Chattanooga community. 2008 YP Awards Studio 54 Party The winners will be announced at the 2nd annual awards party. · When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 · Where: Loose Cannon on the


"AYES Youth In Business" Training Program by Sisters In Business.Net "AYES Youth In Business" Training Curriculum is designed and taught by Tekelia C. Kelly, SIB Founder/Owner and Adjunct Faculty Member at Chattanooga State Technical Community College Now youth can more "skillfully" attain jobs that offer sustainable income while navigating their career and life paths, with AYES Youth In Business Job Training Program, by Sisters In Business.Net. Implemented now at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions)offers 3 "power-start work" certificates in Computer Operations, Interpersonal Skills, and Office skills, empowering youth to be more job-ready and market competitive as either employees or entrepreneurs. REGISTER NOW! Call 423-697-3100. For more information click here or call 423.421.5646. Visit us online at www.sistersinbusiness.net.  Youth In Business! That's "A YES"!

APRIL 3, 2008

Forestine Watson-Haynes, Executive Director Mailing Address: PO Box 4703 Phone: (423) 698-8190 Chattanooga, TN 37405 Fax: (423) 698-8191  twoeight@bellsouth.net Location Address: 815 N. Hickory St. Chattanooga, TN 37404 www.cdc28th.org/contact.html

On April 9, the Ailey II company will present master dance classes at two city recreation centers from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A free dance class for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old will be held at the Brainerd Recreation Center, while a $15 class for intermediate and advanced dancers will be held at the John A. Patten Recreation Center. Both opportunities will give participants the opportunity to work with nationally acclaimed dancers from Ailey II. On April 10, Ailey II will visit the Center for Creative Arts to lead classes with selected middle and high school students at the public performing arts school.   “We are thrilled that this nationally acclaimed dance company will be performing in Chattanooga and reaching out to youth in our community,” says Anna VanCura of Ballet Tennessee, which is presenting the Ailey II performance and special events. “Our hope is that Ailey II will inspire young boys and girls by showing them how exciting a career in dance can be.”   Ballet Tennessee offers several programs for underrepresented youth in the Chattanooga community, including the Talent Identification Program and Dance Alive. Each summer, 65 children participate in Dance Alive, a free dance education program that provides inner city and rural youth the opportunity to learn ballet and modern dance alongside seasoned professionals. The program is a collaboration between Ballet Tennessee and the City of Chattanooga.   Reserved seats to the Ailey II performance at the Tivoli Theatre range from $10 to $30. Individual performance tickets can be ordered at (423) 642-8497 or ChattanoogaOnStage.com. Corporate packages and Evening Packages that also include an After Glow Dessert Reception are available by contacting Ballet Tennessee at (423) 821-2055 or visiting www.ballettennessee.org.   Individual seats and tables of eight are also available for an Ailey II luncheon to take place on April 10 at Bessie Smith Hall. The luncheon will include a performance by the Ballet Tennessee Youth Ensemble and a special presentation by Mayor Ron Littlefield.   The Ailey II performance and special events are presented by Ballet Tennessee in partnership with the Chattanooga African American Museum; City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department; Department of Education, Arts and Culture; and the Center for Creative Arts. For more information, visit www.ballettennessee.org.

Tekelia Kelly (left), Sisters In Business Owner/CEO and 2007 Unbought and Unbossed Award Honoree, with Presenter Jamecia Love, Member of Girls Inc & Boyd Buchanan Student



Girls Celebrating Women’s Achievements in Chattanooga

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga is proud to honor women in Chattanooga who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women in our community at their fourth annual UnBought and UnBossed awards program. This event is planned for Wednesday April 23, 2008, 7:30 a.m., at Bessie Smith Hall on MLK Boulevard Downtown. Nominations are now being accepted for these prestigious awards. UnBought and UnBossed is a tribute to the spirit and determination of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for president of the United States. Chisholm declared herself to be a representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.” Chattanooga is rich in history, and honoring women in our city is part of that.. Honoring Chattanooga’s influential women at UnBought and UnBossed is our way of celebrating the powerful impact they have had in our community. The UnBought and UnBossed honorees are selected and then honored by teen girls who participate in Girls Incorporated’s activities. The girls work with these women in our community whom they consider role models to prepare presentations on the accomplishments of these honorees. At the UnBought and UnBossed breakfast ceremony, the girls will illustrate the link between past, present and future generations of female leadership by honoring their role models with awards and recognition. Girls Inc Unbought and Unbossed Awards Program

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga is proud to honor women in Chattanooga who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women in our community at their fourth annual UnBought andUnBossed awards program. This event is planned for Wednesday April 23, 2008.

For further information please contact Girls Inc.  at 624-4757 or Email "Marlene Cooper" mcooper@girlsincofchatt.org .

To submit your nomination for this years Unbought and Unbossed – please send the name of the person, affiliation(company or other) and a short piece of 200 words or less as to why you feel that this person is ”Unbought and Unbossed”. Please include your name as well.  Make sure to include complete contact info for the person you are nominating and yourself. Click here for Nomination Information Document Click here for Nomination Form Please send these nominations to or to request a form contact Girls Inc.  at 624-4757 or Email "Marlene Cooper" mcooper@girlsincofchatt.org or fax to 266-2111 no later than 5:00 pm Monday March 10.   More about Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga: Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing a healthy and positive environment where girls can enjoy being girls; by providing enriching programs that nurture their capacity for personal achievement, confident adulthood and economic independence; and by advocating for an equitable society. www.girlsincofchatt.org.

TLC, Talk Listen Communicate

TLC...for permanent & positive change Make your Reservation today Call 423-622-TALK or email tlc@talklisten.com

3rd Annual Economic Mini-Summit for Women With Workshop Presenter  Tekelia C. Kelly, SIB Founder/CEO Workshop Topic: "How to Go Into Business!"

Camp CEO with Guest Presenter Tekelia Kelly, SIB CEO Camp CEO (Grades 9-12) This innovative, two-day camp for young women is designed to open the door to the world of business. Camp CEO's team-building activities and hands-on workshops will help girls build self-esteem and confidence, and equip them with basic business knowledge. Event #106-A on Mar. 19 and 20. $20 per girl until Feb. 21 at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. #106-B on Mar. 26 and 27 with location to be announced. $20 per girl until Feb. 22. Both events are from 9am-4pm each day. Nita Y. Sexton Teen Program Director Girl Scouts of Moccasin Bend Council PO Box 15969 Chattanooga, TN 37415-0969 423-877-2688 or 800-446-2472, ext. 224 fax: 423-877-5587, email: nsexton@mbgsc.org

Women Build Event Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga will be starting their Women Build Event April 19, 2008. Women Build is a house totally funded and built by the women of Chattanooga. This event promotes the empowerment of women and gives them the opportunity to explore new talents.  It is even more special this year due to the fact that we are building an EarthCraft home. It saves the homeowner money while protecting the environment. I have attached our brochure that tells more information on the event. Feel free to pass it along to those who you think might be interested.   We are currently looking for event sponsors to support women build. We have many sponsorship levels and benefits for businesses that partner with us.   We are also signing up volunteers right now. The spots fill up fast, so if you or a group from your organization would like to come out and help, I would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.   We will work on our construction site every week starting April 19- the end of July. Our work days and times are as follows: Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00pm, Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30 pm and Saturday 9:00-12:00 (Lunch is 12-1) and 1:00-3:00. If you have a large enough group that would like to come out on Wednesday or Thursday, we can have work on the construction site all day. We have room for about 15 women at one time on the jobsite. If you would like more information, give me a call or email me. Thanks! Women Build Event Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga will be starting their Women Build Event April 19, 2008.

Dawn Stoike Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Americorps Vista Women Build and Resource Development 1201 E Main Street Chattanooga TN 37408 423-756-0507 ext 16


Requesting talented African-American high school students in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area for contestants in the NAACP's ACT-SO competition.


Please forward this message to all schools, churches, organizations, and foundations that have Black Youth in high school that excel in an academic or performance art.


The Hamilton County Branch is requesting assistance to spread the word to involve as many of our talented youth as possible! 


Additional information is listed below.  For more details, please contact 423-400-1040 or vincentphipps@comcast.net, ACT-SO Co-Chair!




Sisters In Business.Net Debuts AYES Youth In Business Training Program at Chattanooga State Technical Community College



Empowering Socio-Economic Development of Youth through Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship

Chattanooga, Tennessee - January 31, 2008 Chattanooga State Technical Community College will host Sisters In Business.Net's AYES Youth In Business Training Program as part of its Spring and Summer 2008 Continuing Education and Workforce Development class schedule. (See catalog below) AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions) is designed for youth/young adults 15 and older as a way of supplementing their life and career paths with alternative income options. 

Workshop-like classes will provide upbeat, hands-on, and interactive learning, that is results-oriented and offers three diverse certificates: Computer Operations, Office Skills, and Interpersonal Skills Development. Students will create business projects, a professional portfolio, and leverage networking resources to help assure job readiness and a competitive edge in the marketplace. Scholarship funding is also available.  Read more

Contact Info
 For more information about the AYES Youth In Business program at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, please visit www.sistersinbusiness.net, or click here. To register and for information about scholarships, contact Chattanooga State at 423-697-3100.

If you are a business or professional who would like to participate in the program as a class presenter, sponsor, employer, mentor, and/or other type of supporter please contact Tekelia Kelly at sistersinbusiness@comcast.net.

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Women build network to tackle business, social issues

By Mary Fortune
Staff Writer

Sitting with her mother and sister around a kitchen table last year, Tekelia Kelly had a revelation: the three women were trying to succeed professionally and trying to do it alone.

"It hit me how we were making our efforts independently, like operating on a island," Mrs. Kelly said.  Read more...



A Lady's A-Fair
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Begins at 8AM and ends at 3PM
The “Fair” will include:

Carver Recreation Center Walking Trail - 600N Orchard Knob Ave
8AM Sister Walk

Second Missionary Baptist Church – 2305 E. Third Street
9:30AM Breakfast/Brunch
10-11AM Light Aerobics with B.J.
11AM-3PM “One of a Kind” Vendor Fair
Custom Jewelry (Beverly Williams)
Fit 2-A-T Custom Bras (Tara Hewlett)
Genesis Collectibles (Charlesia Brewer)
Greek Style (Latrice Curry)
Lady D’s Fashionable Hats (Donna Miller)
Mary Kay (Crystal McReynolds)
Sisters In Business.Net (Tekelia Kelly)
Williams & Associates Web Developers (Natalie Williams)
…Blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and chair massages

For more info call Tongeia Farmer @ 544-1597 or Deborah Maddox @ 488-4643

Engineering a Future (Grades 5-8)
Girl Scouts is joining forces with Whirlpool (Cleveland Cooking Products Division) and Society of Women Engineers to offer a one-day hands-on opportunity for girls to learn about design and engineering. Event #109 on
Nov. 10 from 8am-4pm at U.T.C.. $10 per girl until Oct. 18. Additional program costs are being underwritten by a grant from Exxon Mobil. No adults. Bring toiletry items for Gardner House, a teen shelter. Includes lunch, patch and T-shirt.

Next week, Youth Villages and Chattanooga Christian Family magazine are hosting a free lunch at Blue Water Grille. It will be a round table discussion about Foster Care and the Church. We want to partner Youth Villages with area churches so church members can register to mentor area foster children and so church members who show an interest in possibly being foster parents will know where to turn.

You do NOT have to be interested in being a foster parent to attend this lunch. You do NOT have to be church staff to attend this lunch! We just want to get people together from a variety of church bodies around town to discuss the needs of children in our community and brainstorm ways our churches can reach out.

When: October 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Where: Blue Water Grille RSVP: Kristen Stucker, 423-954-8843 or Jennifer Prewitt, 423-954-8836

Destiny Ensemble Theatre Company is excited to announce its First Annual City Wide High School Monologue Competition. The event will be held on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 6pm, in the University Center Auditorium on the campus of UTC. This event is also being sponsored by Kastle Instructional Recovery, LLC. Admission is only $10.00.

For more information please visit our website www.destinyentertainment.org or email karl@destinyentertainment.org



Legendary Chattanooga Educator Celebrates 90th Birthday.  Family and friends will celebrate the 90th birthday of retired local educator, Doris Kelly on Saturday at the Chattanoogan from 6–9 p.m.

Mrs. Kelly has left a track record of selfless dedication at just about all levels of the educational system in not only the city, but also throughout the region and state. This beloved, semi-retired educator’s influence on several generations of students in the Chattanooga area has been nothing short of profound. During the course of her career, she enriched the lives of generations of young people in the Chattanooga area through her love for her students and dedication to teaching. She dedicated herself to her personal mission of helping students achieve their educational goals, encouraging them to work to their fullest potential and challenging them to give back to their community.

Sisters In Business congratulates Mrs. Doris Kelly for her many wonderful contributions made to the Chattanooga Community, and wishes to express our sincere and personal appreciation for her making it her "heart and soul" business to educate others well...and thus taking care of the community.   Best wishes on your 90th birthday!

The  Chattanooga High School Class of 1977 will celebrate its 30th Year Class Reunion this August 10-12, 2007.  Sunday worship service will be held  August 12, 2007, at Piney Woods Baptist Church, Reverend Ernest Tanner, Pastor, 614 52nd Street, 37410.  Speaker will be Rev. James "Blow Pop" Thomas.  All is welcome to attend. 


Donations are being sought for this multi-day event.  Sisters In Business Clients, Partners, and all of Chattanooga and surrounding area businesses are asked to donate door prizes for this 30th class reunion. Please contact M. A. Lee at marvlouz@yahoo.com for making you donation.

Stop the Madness will host its 1st Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament Friday, August 24, 2007 at Windstone Golf Course in Chattanooga, TN.  For more information, please contact Walter Hitchcock at 423-493-0447.

MYTD (Multicultural Youth Training and Development) will have its MYTD Fashion Show Sunday, July 29, 2007 New Covenant Fellowship Church 5:00 p.m. in Chattanooga , TN.

MYTD (Multicultural Youth Training and Development) will have its "Dancing Under the Stars" event on Friday, August 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm at the IBEW Hall located at 3922 Volunteer Drive in Chattanooga, TN.  Tickets are $20.00.  For further information contact Dana Kinamore at 580-6173.

Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) would like to recognize those who already exhibit these goals. One deserving individual and one company will be awarded for their contributions to the Chattanooga community and the promotion of professional development at the YPAC Awards on Saturday, September 29, 2007.  For more information about the awards, judging criteria, sponsorship or to submit nominations, please contact Amanda Carmichael at Amanda@ypacnow.org or visit www.ypacnow.org.

The 7th Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.   The reception will begin promptly at 6 PM and 7 PM Dinner.  Tickets and tables are available please call 423 265-0021 if you plan to attend. The theme of the banquet for this year is "Chattanooga Legends-Catalysts for Change".

Designed for a Purpose Fashion Show Fundraiser Brunch will be Saturday, July 28th, 2007 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Carrabba's Restaurant located 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN.

Mt. Canaan Baptist Church

Mt. Canaan S.T.U.F.F.E.D. Giveaway, June 2, 2007 9:00 AM at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church located at 2800 North Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, TN.


Mt. Canaan Vision Festival 4607 Midland Pike (future site of Mr. Canaan))Chattanooga, TN June 9, 2007.


Mt. Canaan  66th Church Anniversary at Mt. Canaan 2800 North Chamberlain Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

June 10, 2007


Mt. Canaan Annual Health Fair, Grand Opening of New Health & Wellness Center. June 16, 2007


Click here to visit the Mt. Canaan website for more information.

3rd Annual Harambee Festival and Community Flea Market


 Who:          The Alton Park community invites Chattanooga residents to participate in …

What:         3rd Annual Harambee Festival and Community Flea Market

When:       Saturday, June 16, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm  

(Elected officials and community leaders will kick off the event at 12:00 noon.)

 Where:      West 38th Street in Alton Park … between Central Avenue and Kirkland Avenue

Why:            This is a Festival and Community Flea Market … more important, it is a FUNDRAISER for a Community Playground and Youth Leadership Activities.


There are more than one thousand children and teens living in Alton Park who have limited access to the recreational and cultural activities necessary to strengthen their social, developmental and leadership skills. We need your support to change this.


“Harambee” is a Swahili term that means “pulling together.” We are asking all Chattanoogans to unite with us as we celebrate our successes, encourage our youth, and revitalize the Alton Park community.



The festival will feature:


(1)   Live entertainment … including Rap and Gospel Performers, Dancers, and a Comedian;

(2)   Children’s Village with fun activities for the kids;

(3)   Food sold by a variety of commercial vendors and members of the neighborhood association;

(4)   Flea Market / Yard Sale;

(5)   Several items to be raffled;

(6)   WJTT - Power 94 live radio remote.



We are seeking:

(1)   Volunteers;

(2)   Commercial Food Vendors … Vendor Booths are $50 each.

(3)   Flea Market Vendors … Flea Market Space is $10 each. (We have a limited number of tables available.)

(4)   Donations … Donations … Donations for the festival, community playground, and youth leadership activities.

 For more information or to participate, call (423) 635-6580 ... email tmcjunkin@pennrose.com … or leave a message at (423) 227-3434.





Kudos to Hamilton County for Summer Youth Jobs Created.  Sisters In Business Welcomes Opportunity to Support!


Sisters In Business applauds the efforts of Hamilton County for the creation of summer youth jobs for area youth this summer as part of the "Summer Youth Leadership Development and Work Program" This initiative also mirrors similar support offered by Sisters in Business Youth In Business- AYES Strategy.   Read more about County's initiative in following section.


Click here for document about program from Hamilton County.


Click here to read more about Youth In Business and the AYES Strategy.

Commissioners in Hamilton County approved a resolution for the "Summer Youth Leadership Development and Work Program".  The program is only in its infancy, but Commissioner Greg Beck says that this could make a big impact in the community.

Said Greg Beck according to WTVC local news report "This is just a very small step in trying to reach all those kids.  I hope that companies will come on board. 

It is hoped that next year the initiative will make for hiring even more young people.

Commissioners say the program will work very much like a regular job, and will be a good way for teens to learn the value of responsibility.

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, TECW

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, TECW Foundation, the Tennessee Department of
Economic & Community Development, and the
Southeast Development District Advisory
Council are sponsoring an economic
mini-summit for women on Friday, May 11, from
9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the campus of
Cleveland State Community College, in
Cleveland, Tennessee. The program will highlight the
importance of leadership roles for women, as
well as the power of political knowledge and
involvement to improve the economic status of

The registration fee for individuals is only $15 (free for students, with scholarships
available.)  Exhibitors entitled to one free admission included in their $35 fee. Quite a bargain! And, will be a good lineup of informative speakers.



Click here for Hurricane Party Flyer  (.pdf)

New Recruits Needed

Following the announcement of the new middle/high school in the East Brainerd/ Apison/ Ooltewah area, a group was formed to organize and promote community efforts to support the school.  This new organization has been named USS, an acronym for “Unite for School Success.”

USS is comprised of nine committees including Steering, Volunteer, Marketing and Communications, Fundraising, Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular, and two separate Liaison committees to communicate with the Hamilton County Department of Education and school board, as well as government representatives.  These individual committees are working to provide the necessary resources for a well-rounded, quality educational experience for their children, grandchildren, and future generations. 

The new school, scheduled to open Fall 2008, will house sixth through twelfth grade students. The facility, furniture, faculty, and textbooks have been included in the county’s budget; however, items like science lab equipment, library books, athletic equipment, and general office equipment are not included.  USS is making every effort to ensure that the school is fully operational when the doors open.  The group is motivated to provide the new school’s students with the same benefits and opportunities of students attending well-established schools.

USS welcomes all community participation, and committees are still in need of members.  For those interested in participating in this important community effort, a “New Recruit Meeting” will be held at Westview Elementary School on Monday, February 26 at 7:00 pm.  Interested parties may also contact Mechelle Forgani at 490-0620 or Tforgani@comcast.net.  A website has been created to provide information and updates on the new school:  www.EastHamilton.com.           


Don't forget that the steering committee consists of all committee co-chairs as well as the individual school representatives. Please try and attend every meeting or at least have 1 representative from your committee available to give an update. The steering committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at Christ United Methodist Church in the adult Sunday School building.
The meeting times for the rest of the year are:
March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5
July 10 - note change due to the holiday
August 7
September 4
October 2
November 6
December 4

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

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Chattanooga High School Class of 1977 will be hosting a fundraiser fish-fry on Saturday, May 5, 2007 beginning at 11 a.m. Cost of sandwiches are $4.00. Drinks are $1.00



"Bessie's Blues"

Written by and Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

 A wonderful hand clapping foot stomping musical which pays tribute to legendary singer and Chattanooga's own Bessie Smith "The Empress of the Blues"

May 18- June 3 at Chattanooga State Technical Community College

Voices of the Night:  Chattanooga Star Party - A Fusion of Stars, Poetry, and Music

This event is the first of its kind as the Barnard Astronomical Society (BAS) and the poets of Rhyme N Chatt Interactive Poetry Organization (RNC) come together to provide the community with a fusion of stars, poetry, and music.   The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the poets and to share poetry of their own.


The entire community is invited to come out and support this event and spend the afternoon learning more about astronomy while enjoying poetry and music.


WHEN:  Saturday, march 24, 2007

TIME:   Beginning at 4PM - until

WHERE: J. A. Patton Recreation Center, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road in Tiftonia


Contact info:  John Mannone @ 423/337-2197 or Marsha Morton @ 423/504-0361

Email:  rhymenchattpoetry@comcast.net

Website:  www.rhymenchatt.com

Leaders Listen, Interactive Workshop on Improving Listening Skills


WHEN:                     March 7, 2007 (During the 2007 Business Expo Seminar Series)

TIME:                       1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:                   Chattanooga Convention Center

COST:                       FREE!!!


Presented by *awarding winning presenter and professional speaker: Vincent Ivan Phipps, B.S. Speech/Language Communication TLC, Talk Listen Communicate (www.talklisten.com)  To register or for additional information:

www.talklisten.com or 423-622-TALK.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

In an effort to educate the community about fiscal responsibility while simultaneously providing practical tools to prosper, the Urban League partnered with the City of Chattanooga to help low wage earners take advantage of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and file their federal taxes for free. Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA) and 92 IRS trained volunteers helped to staff multiple tax assistance locations throughout Chattanooga. More than 2213 individuals filed their income taxes with this program last year, generating more than $2.5 million in tax refunds to the Chattanooga economy.


Board Diversity Program


Interested in using your leadership skills to impact our community? The spring class is now forming! Visit www.cnpchatt.org or call the Center for Nonprofits at 423-752-0300 for more information and an application form. To find recent articles on the program’s impact on Chattanooga, visit the Philanthropy News Digest (click here) and the Chattanoogan.com (click here).


Hello Ladies~


Spread the word!


Our Faithful Fitness class will started back up on the 13th of this month. I am so excited, because we have a whole new layout and cool down music.


So again, spread the word and come being prepared to exercise the body and soul.


New Layout Outline:


9:00 Sign-In/Prayer request/Praise Reports--Turn in Homework

9:05 Devotion and Prayer

9:10 Warm Up

9:15 low/high impact cardio/strength exercises

9:50 Cool Down; Questions/Concerns/Share and Hand out material

10:00 Prayer and Dismal


See you next Saturday, bring a friend!

Felicia Wilson, Faithful Fitness


I Corinthians 9:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”


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Chattanooga, TN 37410
(423) 821-6825

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