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"Celebrate Chattanooga...because of you, it's really been nice!"

Welcome to Celebrate Chattanooga!  Chattanooga's Celebration Station for Student Education.  This site is a social enterprise dedicated to helping spotlight students, sponsors and supporters of education for  workforce and community development.  We work to showcase students' talents and skills, and offer technology, training, tools, teachers, time and transportation to help students go from to school to work more successfully!  Please join us by making your secure, online, tax deductible donation TODAY at Fractured Atlas.  To become a sponsor, mentor, teacher or volunteer, please contact us or complete form at this link:  Student Services.


About Us

Born out of a passion for "celebrating life through song and story", native Chattanoogan Tekelia Kelly created Celebrate,  a social enterprise project designed to celebrate, educate and communicate about the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee--it's people, places, pleasures and projects.  This social enterprise was implemented in two phases and celebrates Chattanooga while supporting student education.




In Nov. 2014, site host and STEAM Teaching Artist Tekelia Kelly commemorated the 175th Anniversary of Chattanooga with the site's song, stories, shows, shout-outs and special tribute pages.  The debut of new commemorative song, "It's Really Been Nice", aka, "Chattanooga Choo Choo Me Home" made it Chattanooga's newest originally written classic 1940's big band jazz sounding song since Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo".   The website project was under development for over two years and, ironically, launched right in time for Chattanooga's 175th anniversary.  This completed the first phase of the Celebrate Chattanooga  project.


In celebration of Chattanooga's 175th Anniversary, Celebrate Chattanooga invited Chattanoogans to participate in a week-long host of online activities Nov. 8-15.  The activities were designed to celebrate, engage and interact with the community.  Fun snackable content and an immersion of rich, dynamic social media made celebrating Chattanooga "virtually" like having an online party.  The initiative also was connected with  Chattanooga's as one of its community-sourcing events in celebration of the city's 175th Anniversary.


Citizens were welcomed to send shout-outs and share history stories at, and posts of historic and unique pictures of the city at Along with celebrating the city's 175th year of incorporation, Celebrate Chattanooga also celebrated its grand opening, with the debut of its new commemorative song--"It's Really Been Nice", also known as "Chattanooga ChooChoo Me Home"  Lyrics of the song spotlight the city, its 175th anniversary and Tekelia Kelly's homecoming back to Chattanooga from Memphis, Tennessee.


As a Special Tribute to the city on November 15, 2014 Celebrate Chattanoga presented a special program and ceremony featuring the Historic St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Billy Church, Choir Director Dorothea Johnetta Johnson and Minister of Music Lyndon Carriger.  For over 150 years St. Elmo has served the Chattanooga community with God's love and Word.  The program also featured special guest artists Roland Gresham who is a gospel jazz guitarist and recording artist.


Celebrate Chattanooga is a social enterprise created, owned and hosted by Tekelia Kelly, to celebrate, educate, communicate with and connect the city of Chattanooga.   Celebrate Chattanooga celebrates the people, places, pleasures and projects of Chattanooga, capturing the heartbeat of the city.  For more information and to stay up to date about latest news and happenings, please also explore Celebrate Chattanooga's  Facebook and Twitter pages.





January 2015, the second phase of the project began, with the roll-out of the site's new pages: soundstage, special event, spotlight, store, service and service learning platforms, all for community use. The Service Learning platform would allow students, sponsors and supporters to work together in and for Chattanooga, and strengthen school-to-work success.  Using Celebrate Chattanooga as a "virtual" learning lab, Tekelia Kelly's CHIPS and INTERNCHIPS programs would be integrated into Celebrate Chattanooga, and offer students a real-world "virtual" working environment where they can design, develop deliver and display their work while, supporting their sponsors.


Celebrate Chattanooga's Service Learning platform was designed to help  educate, train and match students with Chattanooga company sponsors.  Through the CHIPS, students would obtain academic knowledge, business etiquette, and information technology skills, while discovering and developing their own unique talents and gifts, interests and skills.  Company sponsors would serve as mentors, allowing students to come and work in career-related areas in internship, job shadowing or co-op positions.


As the Service Learning piece of Celebrate Chattanooga, our mission is to help "inspire and hire" talented high-school students by letting them work on real-world projects that educate and equip them to explore and work in today's job markets. Students are taught core academic and STEAM-based instruction, as well as given state-of-the-art media and technology tools to produce and communicate value-added projects for themselves, such as capstones for schools, as well as projects for their sponsors and the community at large.


Projects benefit both students and sponsors: with students gaining hands-on job experience in a real work settings; and employers building society's  future leaders and employees for the workforce.  Education, economic and community development are also positively impacted and enhanced in the process. Students would ultimately be enabled to learn, grow, and go from school to work more successfully.This is our mission and vision, and what we believe is very much worth celebrating Chattanooga about!  Click here to learn more about Service Learning programs.

Please help us provide technology, teachers, tools, training, time and transportation to help students go from to school to work more successfully!  Make your secure, online, tax deductible donation TODAY! at the following link: Fractured Atlas.
To become a sponsor, mentor, teacher or volunteer, please complete our form at this link: Service Learning

About "It's Really Been Nice (Chattanooga ChooChoo Me Home)"


Celebrate Chattanooga is a history project designed to capture the stories and glories of Chattanooga, Tennnessee and its people.  Site host Tekelia Kelly believes that when people share their story as a celebration and appreciation of life , they not only share their history, but also tell history and His-story-- of God's love for them and others. (John 3:16) (Rev. 12:11)  The song "It's Really Been Nice Chattanooga ChooChoo Me Home" is a song about such a story.


The classic-sounding 1940's style tune is about Tekelia's journey back home to Chattanooga, after living in Memphis, Tennessee for seventeen years. Tekelia's love for God permeates her enjoyment of classic jazz and passion for American history, circa 1930s, 40s and 50s, resulting in the song.  The song was written in praise and worship to God, Tekelia's Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


The "you" in the lyrics is ultimately God.  In reference to how God showed her that even when life plans get changed, Tekelia wrote:   "Life has a way of changing things that we do.  But that's okay as long as I still have You! So, here's a song, I sing it all the day because of You (God), it's really been nice".   In other words, all things work together for good to them who love the Lord and who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).


Having relocated back home, the song goes on to tell about how Tekelia appreciates the pleasures of living in a city so rich in natural beauty, and with "so many wonderful attractions and fun things to do, and plenty of opportunity just waiting for, work, learn and play here!"  . 


"Celebrating life through song and story", Tekelia debuted "It's Really Been Nice (aka Chattanooga ChooChoo Me Home) on her new website www.Celebrate  The song is considered to be Chattanooga's newest originally written classic 1940's big band jazz sounding song since Glenn Miller's renowned "Chattanooga Choo Choo".



"After two years in the making "It's Really Been Nice" aka "Chattanooga ChooChoo Me Home" and "Celebrate Chattanooga" have come into fruition!  How amazing it was for me to discover over a year ago that Chattanooga would also be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2014.  Praise God!


                         -Tekelia C. Kelly, Nov. 2014

"To me, the arts build...EDUCATION!"

About Tekelia C. Kelly

Teaching Artist

"Celebrating life through song and story"

Tennessee Arts Commission



Tekelia C. Kelly is a STEAM Teaching Artist and  founder and host of Celebrate Chattanooga, Chattanooga's "celebration station for student education".  She is entrepreneur, engineer, educator, editor and entertainer, and profound advocate for integrating art and technology into education.  She was featured in the Teaching Artist Showcase for "Create2014: Creativity in Education Institute--Full STEAM Ahead", a renowned arts integration conference that recognizes the significance of the arts in building 21st century learning skills while shaping whole school reform through project-based learning. 


Tekelia is a STEAM Teaching Artist registered with the Tennesse Arts Commission. She is a Chattanooga Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute alumun, and was spotlighted by ArtsBuild for her support of the arts, with a feature of her "To Me, the arts build...Education" campaign. She is a recording artist with BMI and performing artist with Tennessee Arts & Business Council of Nashville.


Tekelia performs special shows, dramas, workshops and presentations, including ticket subsidy and resident artist programs for schools and community organizations.  For more information, please click here.


Tekelia's formal career includes professional work as an Industrial Engineer, Instructional Designer and Business and Information Technology Consultant, with over 15 years experience in corporate business. She has worked as a Business Systems Technology Instructor for colleges and IT Coordinator/Computer Technology Teacher for public and private schools. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Masters-level coursework in Instructional Design and Technology.


Her business ventures include parent company For Your Information (FYI), Education & Information Technology Solutions, CHIPS Learning Enrichment Services, Sisters In Business.Net (SIB) Network Marketing and AYES Youth In Business Career Development. Since 1995, FYI has provided Business Consulting; IT Project Management, Infrastructure and Construction Management; Workforce, Career, Life Skills Development; Computer Technology Training, Tech-Ed Curriculum and Classroom Management; K-12 School and College Curriculum and Instruction; and E-learning to clients in businesses, schools, colleges, learning centers, non-profits, churches and homes in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.


In 2009, "Celebrating life through song", after being discovering a life-changing event.  Tekelia launched the rebrith of her performing arts career wtih debut of  The site featured her presentation design service  Precious Memories and, as of November 2014,, to offer her professional singing, songwriting, communications and media services


Tekelia is both a performing and teching artist who enjoys "celebrating life through song and story". She enjoys keeping alive the rich Negro/Black/African American heritage of sacred music including spirituals and gospel and singing classic American Standards, especially from  the '40's era.  She writes music, poems, editorials and stories, and performs for special events and occasions including holidays and organizational celebrations.


In 2012, Tekelia was selected to participate in the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, where she integrated her arts, education and business skills to better serve the community.  As a alumnus of the institute she now serves as community liason in connection with ArtsBuild, formerly Allied Arts.  Presenting as one of eight selected to showcase their "big idea", with the theme of "education and workforce development", Tekelia later launched at "48 Hour Launch-The Education Edition", March 28-30, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 


An adjunct business and information technology instructor formerly with Chattanooga State Technical College, Tekelia now works as a Teaching Aritst, Business Technology Educator and Education Technology Consultant through her companies at Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises.


Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises

Entrepreneur, Engineer, Educator, Editor, Entertainer

Tennessee Arts Commission Teaching Artist

Mysterious Detours

By Dave Branon



Our Daily Bread

Read: Genesis 12:1-10; 13:1

Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them. —Psalm 22:4

Bible in a Year:
Isaiah 47-49; 1 Thessalonians 4


Before my wife and I embarked on a 400-mile road trip, I set up the GPS with our daughter’s home in Missouri as the destination. As we traveled through Illinois, the GPS instructed us to get off the Interstate, resulting in a detour through the city of Harvey. After the GPS directed us back to
I-80, I was baffled by this mysterious detour. Why were we directed off a perfectly good highway?

I’ll never know the answer. We continued on our way, and we trusted the GPS to get us there and home again.

That got me to thinking about detours in life. We may seem to be traveling on a smooth pathway. Then for some reason, God redirects us into an unfamiliar area. Perhaps it is an illness, or a crisis at work or school, or an unexpected tragedy occurs. We don’t understand what God is doing.

Abraham faced a mysterious detour when God told him, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house” (Gen. 12:1). Surely Abraham must have wondered why God was routing him to the Negev desert. But he trusted God and His good purposes.

A GPS may make mistakes, but we can trust our unfailing God (Ps. 22:4). He will guide us through all our mysterious detours and lead us where He wants us to go.



We seek Your guidance, Lord, but we understand
that our path won’t always be without challenges.
Help us to trust You through the detours—knowing
that You have our best interests and Your honor at heart.

We don’t need to see the way when we stay close to the One who does.

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