Vice President Mike Pence visited the Chattanooga area Saturday to tout President Donald Trump's tax policies before attending political events for two Republicans in tight races in the southeast. The former Indiana governor called the 2017 tax cuts the biggest in a generation and a generator of American jobs in front of a raucous crowd. His wide-ranging 33-minute speech at Lee University addressed immigration, tax cuts, Supreme Court nominations, environmental rollbacks and chastised the "liberal left" before narrowing his message to tax cuts. "We cut taxes for working families" Pence said. "We think the average working family in Tennessee will save about $2,000. We cut taxes for businesses large and small so businesses here in Tennessee can compete and win against businesses anywhere in the world." U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn, who are both in tight statewide races, joined the vice president on stage to compliment the administration's work. The vice president … [Read more...] about Vice President Mike Pence visits Chattanooga area
Gallery: Cousteau visits Chattanooga area to support Tennessee Aquarium efforts Fabien Cousteau sat on a stool along the bank of the Conasauga River in Polk County, Tennessee, Thursday morning. A contracted film crew surrounded him, with a full outdoor studio and Tennessee Aquarium personnel all around. Just out of the camera's view, biologists and aquarium interns snorkeled in one of the most biodiverse freshwater rivers in the U.S. Cousteau, the eldest grandchild of famed oceanic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is visiting Chattanooga this week to support the Tennessee Aquarium's freshwater research and restoration programs. The Conasauga River — home to 76 native fish, salamanders, mussels and snails — provided the perfect backdrop and learning opportunity for the explorer. The arrangement was mutually beneficial for Cousteau — who plans to use the trip to further tell the importance of rivers and streams — and aquarium officials, who are eager to use a … [Read more...] about Fabien Cousteau visits Chattanooga area to support Tennessee Aquarium efforts
A handful of state and local officials made an appearance at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ooltewah, Tennessee, Friday evening to recognize Brigham Young University's President Kevin Worthen. Worthen was in Chattanooga to speak at the church about how BYU melds academic learning with an emphasis on faith. But before he spoke, Worthen was bestowed a number of honors presented by several elected officials. The city of Chattanooga declared June 22, 2018, as "Kevin Worthen Day." Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger presented him with a "prestigious service award." Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, on behalf of Gov. Bill Haslam, made Worthen an honorary citizen of Tennessee. "We have low income tax, we have the lowest debt per capita of any state in the Union, and we want to say, 'You're welcomed,'" Carter said. And U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann offered a set of Congressional cufflinks. "I knew there were going to be a lot of proclamations but I said, 'What can I bring this … [Read more...] about Brigham Young University president visits Chattanooga, recognized by state and local elected officials
Navy Week events › WEDNESDAY5-6 p.m.: The U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s ceremonial band ensemble will perform a one-hour concert at the Riverbend Festival main entrance.8:30 p.m.: The U.S. Navy will participate in the Military Appreciation Night festivities on the Coke Stage at Riverbend Festival.› THURSDAY10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diver personnel will perform a dive at the Tennessee Aquarium.5-6 p.m.: The U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s ceremonial band ensemble will perform a one-hour concert at the Riverbend Festival main entrance.5:30-8:30 p.m.: The Creative Discovery Museum will host a Navy Night as part of their Free Family Night. The U.S. Navy will have a variety of displays and sailors from around the world, showcasing the service’s capabilities as the real-world application of STEM. Participating groups include USS Constitution Sailors, Navy Oceanography and Meteorology Command, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams and Navy … [Read more...] about Commander of Navy Medicine West visits Chattanooga
Cara DeLoach, a visitor to Chattanooga, with Tim Martin, a staff member at the Tennessee Aquarium who retrieved her phone from a stormwater drain. Cara DeLoach, a visitor to Chattanooga, with Tim... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Tourism spending in Chattanooga — $1.1 billion — is a big number with a big economic impact. What helps make that happen is even more impressive. I am referring to just how impressive Tennessee Aquarium employee Tim Martin is, and how his response to my daughter's mishap illustrates the hospitality that makes Chattanooga the tourism giant that it is. Over the Christmas holiday this past year, my daughter, Cara DeLoach, visited Chattanooga from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives and works as a professor at a local community college. We took many trips around town with Cara; her brother, Joey, who is a UTC student; and her other brother, Adam, who was visiting from San Angelo, Texas, with his girlfriend, Jacquelyn (he … [Read more...] about DeLoach: Chattanooga gets $1.1 billion in tourism. Wow! Really?