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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but they shall have evelasting life"

John 3:16 

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Chattanooga Celebrates 175th Anniversary With CHA175 Week-Long Celebration

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The city of Chattanooga launched its CHA175 website on Friday, providing information about the upcoming CHA175 celebration. CHA175 is a week-long celebration of the 175th anniversary of Chattanooga as a city.

“I am excited to celebrate 175 years of Chattanooga,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “Featuring diverse events throughout the week, our goal is to engage all Chattanoogans around the city’s distinct past as well as the bright future we have ahead of us.” 

From Nov. 8-15, citizens are invited to attend events designed to showcase the unique history and culture of Chattanooga. Any person, group, organization, or business is welcome to submit an event on the CHA175 website. Events should be centered on a key or unique aspect of Chattanooga and designed to engage the community. more

Chattanooga's Gig: how one city's super-fast internet is driving a tech boom


Loveman’s department store on Market Street in Chattanooga closed its doors in 1993 after almost a century in business, another victim of a nationwide decline in downtowns that hollowed out so many US towns. Now the opulent building is buzzing again, this time with tech entrepreneurs taking advantage of the fastest internet in the western hemisphere.

Financed by the cash raised from the sale of logistics group Access America, a group of thirty-something local entrepreneurs have set up Lamp Post, an incubator for a new generation of tech companies, in the building. A dozen startups are currently working out of the glitzy downtown office.

“We’re not Silicon Valley. No one will ever replicate that,” says Allan Davis, one of Lamp Post’s partners. “But we don’t need to be and not everyone wants that. The expense, the hassle. You don’t need to be there to create great technology. You can do it here.”


Tekelia Kelly, is a Tennessee Arts Commission STEAM Teaching Artist and Instructional Designer


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150TH ANNIVERSARY St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church Milestone


For over 150 years, St. Elmo has served the Chattanooga community with God's Word and His love.  Featured as a special guest and part of the inaugural Celebrate Chattanooga Special Tribute on November 15, 2014 is Chattanooga's Historic St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church.  Chattanooga is invited to join Celebrate online on for special music and inspirations by Pastor Billy Church, minister of music Lyndon Carriger, choir director Dorothea Johnson and special guest, gospel  jazz guitarist Roland Gresham, along with Chattanooga's Historic St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church Choir.  Click here to learn more.








St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary today.


  • Location: 3701 West Ave.

  • Membership: 350.

  • Pastor: Billy E. Church.

  • Outreach: Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Chattanooga Food Bank, First Things First, Covenant Keypers, Salvation Army Angel Tree, youth scholarship and missionaries.



“We are rejoicing in celebrating a milestone of 150 years of worship and ministry. Just think of the many people God has used ... in building his kingdom through this local church. Whenever we celebrate an anniversary, the first thing that comes to mind is the faithfulness of God; in the book of Isaiah, [it says] to give thanks to the Lord and make known his deeds among the people. 

— Billy E. Church    more


ChattanoogaTimesFreePress by Clint Cooper

published Sunday, July 10th, 2011


Go to St. Elmo's Facebook page.




Chattanooga Among Best American Riverfront Winners: 2014 10 Best


Click here to see the winners for Best American Riverfront , chosen by the readers of 10Best and ... Extending for over a mile along the James River canal, Richmond's ... Chattanooga has poured millions into its riverfront redevelopment in recent ...

Love To Tell His Story

By Randy Kilgore

Our Daily Bread














Read: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! —1 Chronicles 16:8

Bible in a Year:
Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15



When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

I’m thankful for the assurance we can have that we will be with Jesus after we die if we have trusted in Him to forgive our sin. There is no greater hope. It is now our privilege to share that hope with as many as we can. First Peter 3:15 encourages us: “. . . always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” We have the opportunity from God, as David said, to “call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (1 Chron. 16:8).

The stories of so many people we love are not yet ended, and the privilege to tell them about the love of Jesus is a gift most precious.

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. —Hankey

Let our days be filled with a longing— and the opportunities—to tell our story of Jesus.




The psalm David sings in 1 Chronicles 16:7-33 seems to be drawn from parts of several different psalms found in the Hebrew psalter. According to The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, the lyrics of verses 8-22 closely parallel Psalm 105:1-15. In verses 23-33, the song seems to continue with words from Psalm 96, while the remainder of the song (vv.34-36) relates to the ideas expressed in Psalm 106. In this way, David’s song resembles a modern hymn medley, where parts of several songs are combined together to express the singer’s heart of worship.

The Impressions:

Sam Gooden and Fred Cash Talk about Chattanooga's Big Nine

Vimieo video from Charles Moss


Sam Gooden and Fred Cash of the Impressions talk about their time in Chattanooga's Big Nine music scene before they formed the Impressions with Curtis Mayfield.

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WRWOS: Tekelia Kelly Teaches About the Drinking Gourd at Dupont Elementary


A local story-teller and singer visited Dupont Elementary in Chattanooga, Tennesseee performing spirituals.She also explained how slaves used the lyrics to songs like "Follow The Drinking Gourd" to communicate with each other on ways to escape their situations.


"To me the Arts Build Education!", says Tennessee Arts Commission STEAM Teaching Artist Tekelia Kelly.   Tekelia Kelly and DuPont Elementary Principal Mrs. Barbara Shepherd, culminated the education and celebration of Black History Month February 2014.  The program was featured on "What's Right With Our Schools" on WDEF Channel 12, Chattanooga, TN.


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The Drinking Gourd

By Dennis Fisher

Our Daily Bread












Read: Philippians 2:12-18

Shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. —Philippians 2:15-16

Bible in a Year:
Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8


Prior to the American Civil War (1861–1865), fugitive slaves found freedom by following the Underground Railroad, a term for the secret routes from the South to the North and the abolitionists who helped them along the way. Slaves would travel at night for many miles, keeping on track by following the light of the “Drinking Gourd.” This was a code name for the collection of stars known as the Big Dipper, which points to the North Star. Some believe the fugitives also used encoded directions in the lyrics of the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to keep them from getting lost as they traveled.

Both the abolitionists and the “drinking gourd” served as points of light directing the slaves to freedom. The apostle Paul says that believers are to shine as “lights in the world” to show the way to those seeking God’s truth, redemption, and spiritual liberation (Phil. 2:15).

We live in a dark world that desperately needs to see the light of Jesus Christ. Our calling is to shine forth God’s truth so that others can be directed to the One who redeems and is the path to liberty and life. We point the way to Jesus, the One who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Dear Lord, thank You for redeeming me and giving
me new life. Give me compassion for those who are
still lost in spiritual darkness. Use me to be a light
that points others to You, the Light of the world.

Light up your world by reflecting the light of Jesus.




Paul tells the followers of Christ in Philippi that they are lights among a “crooked and perverse generation” (Phil. 2:15). But the progression of Paul’s thought should be noted. When we live our lives in harmony and concern for others “without complaining and disputing” (v.14), we become blameless and harmless and shine in the world (v.15). Christ is made known in the world through us when our lives reflect the humility and love of our Lord.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! —1 Chronicles 16:8

Bible in a Year:
Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15



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