With about 70 percent of the airline seats at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport filled by business travelers, Terry Hart says it's key to meet their needs to help fuel the city's growth. "If we succeed, it's important for the community, especially the business community," said the airport's chief executive officer, who has been named as the 2019 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year. Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Terry Hart, CEO at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, says that a proposed parking garage is 'the No. 1 project' at Lovell Field. Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Terry Hart,... Photo by C.B. Schmelter PERSONAL GLANCE Name: Terry HartJob: CEO of Chattanooga AirportBackground: Reared in New Castle, Ind.Education: Indiana UniversityFamily: Married with two childrenWork: Formerly with Britt Airways, American Airlines and American Eagle in Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth CEO Terry Hart poses at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Chattanooga, … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport’s CEO named city’s top manager
Staff file photo / Emerson Russell Staff file photo / Emerson Russell Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press. CarExpress, a used car dealership in Chattanooga off Highway 153 that offered a CarMax-type one-price, no-haggle model, has closed. The dealership, which opened in 2016 near Shallowford Road, shut its retail space last week, though its service area is still operating, said Chattanooga businessman and owner Emerson Russell on Friday. Russell said he is negotiating a potential sale or lease of the dealership, but he plans to keep ownership of the property. "We haven't finalized it yet," he said. He and longtime Chattanooga auto dealer Joe Prebul, along with an Atlanta businessman, opened CarExpress in mid-2016 with an investment estimated then at up to $6 million. The plan was to turn the venture into one of the top five dealerships in the city, selling between 100 and 150 cars and trucks a month with a goal of 200 vehicles, said Prebul at the time. Annual … [Read more...] about CarExpress closes Highway 153 dealership in Chattanooga
What should Chattanooga's future look like? A community survey that has already attracted thousands of responses is seeking to involve as many people as possible in the next week to capture the dreams, concerns and opinions about living, working and learning in Hamilton County in the next 20 years. The Urban League, La Paz and a consortium of other community and nonprofit groups are working this weekend and early next week to encourage more local residents to take a 10-minute survey about Chattanooga and its future before the survey period ends next week. Known as Velocity 2040, the survey asks residents their views about Chattanooga and its future to aid in crafting future economic development, educational reforms and social initiatives to guide the region's future. The survey is available online in both English and Spanish, and several nonprofit groups are distributing paper versions of the survey for those without internet access or are uncomfortable responding via a computer … [Read more...] about What do you want for Chattanooga’s future?
Gallery: Missing children found safe after police standoff +3 more photos Keon Stewart Keon Stewart Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. The West Tennessee man who was arrested in Chattanooga last week after a SWAT standoff has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of his children's mother in Jackson. Authorities say Keon Stewart, 23, of Brownsville was arraigned today in the death of Amanda Northern, 24, who was killed in her Jackson apartment on Oct. 16. Her 2- and 3-year-old children were missing. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a missing child alert and Chattanooga police found Stewart hiding with the children in an apartment complex on Lee Highway the day after the slaying. Deputy Chief Tyreece Miller of the Jackson Police Department said investigators believe Stewart strangled Northern during an altercation. Stewart is being held in the Madison County Jail on $10 million bond, Miller said. … [Read more...] about Man arrested in Chattanooga SWAT standoff charged with murder of children’s mother
Mountain View Auto Group has bought the Nissan dealership in Cleveland, Tenn., as the Chattanooga-based company expands its footprint to the north. Don Thomas, the group's managing partner, said it finalized the purchase of the dealership from Sonic Automotive on Wednesday. "This is our first expansion into the Cleveland market," he said. "We're really excited about that." Three years ago, North Carolina-based Sonic opened the $9.8 million dealership at Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 74 at Exit 20. Sonic also owns Nissan of Chattanooga East located on Highway 153. Mountain View owns Mountain View Nissan in downtown Chattanooga as well as Mountain View Nissan of Dalton in Georgia. Just last year, Mountain View opened a new multimillion-dollar, 55,000-square-foot dealership off Walnut Avenue in Dalton. Thomas said the newly purchased dealership will be called Mountain View Nissan of Cleveland. See more in Friday's Times Free Press. … [Read more...] about Chattanooga’s Mountain View Auto Group buys Cleveland Nissan dealership