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  1. 1. CHATTANOOGA Fall 2007 $3.95 ™ THE CITY MAGAZINE™ Back Home With Senator Corker Premier Living — Lake & Mountain Style Choosing Chattanooga Over Career Moves Special Dining Section Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga, TN Change Service Permit No. 426 PRSRT STD Requested P.O. 4482 Postage 37405 PAID www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 1 lifestyle  •  dining  •  homes  •  arts  •  travel  •  profiles
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  4. 4. Advisory Board It is so Special to Live Here! In the Chattanooga Region, we are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Tennessee Mountains that sur- round lakes and rivers that lazily twist through the area. Chattanooga’s thriving waterfront, arts, festivals, parks, restaurants and entertain- Judy Britain Julie Baumgardner, ment are accessible and easily enjoyed by people of all ages. Four seasons are enjoyed but Marketing Consultant Executive Director, First Things First with a relatively mild climate, and more than ever, our area is becoming the destination of choice for visitors, families and retirees. In this issue of CityScope, we capture the beauty of the area in a special section called “Premier Living — Lake and Mountain Celebrating Style.” In this section, we feature the quality of life and the beauty of homes nestled in the mountains and on water- 15years ways surrounding our area. We share the stories of profes- Daniel Fell, Dr. John Fulmer, Partner, Associate Dean sionals who have made career changes ddN and First Tennessee Professor, to remain in Chattanooga with their UTC College of families. We celebrate this time of the year when rising college freshmen, who success- Business fully graduated from high school in May, are now making their way to new colleges, with new dreams and new aspirations. Twenty three (23) sports teams from the Chattanooga Region, that achieved the title of “State Champions” during the 2006 and 2007 school year, are proudly presented. In this issue, our talented writers present special and unique foods offered in our area by local restaurants, as well as businesses providing pre-prepared meals. Recom- Ken Hays, Sherry Gilchrist, mendations for fall wines are provided by Alison Matera, one of Chattanooga’s most Partner, President/CEO accomplished wine connoisseurs. We showcase a personal story and impactful art of Probasco, Kinsey Chattanooga & Hays African American Mary Ferris Kelly, one of Chattanooga’s most accomplished artists. Chamber of Commerce The beauty and appeal of this area, along with the special accomplishments and talents of people and businesses throughout our Region, would not be complete without featuring Bob Corker, who through his vision and leadership led Chattanooga to a new level of national prominence. In a personal interview, you will be treated to a special glimpse into how Senator Corker is now taking his leadership to the U.S. Senate. I hope you will enjoy this issue of CityScope magazine and I hope you will feel, as James O. Kennedy, Patsy Hazlewood, I do, “It is so special to live here!” President, Assistant Vice President, Kennedy, Coulter, AT&T Rushing & Watson Cindi Mullinix, Editor-in-Chief Visit our web site at: www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com Joe Johnson, Sally Robinson, President, Realtor, Herman The Johnson Group Walldorf and Co. 4 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
  5. 5. CONTENTS 28 35 Volume 14 Issue 5•September, October, November Special Features 14 Back Home with Senator Corker Tennessee’s Senator Shares Early Observations 22 Chattanooga – The Place to Be! Why Executives Choose to Stay in Chattanooga 28 Flying High in the Chattanooga Skies Area Pilots Fly for Fun, Family and Business Special Premier Living Section 35 Premier Living Lake and Mountain Style 56 Living on the Lake Cozy, Comfortable and a lot of Fun 70 Tennessee Mountains… Friendly Waves, Warm Welcomes and Natural Beauty photo by med dement Snap Shots 82 Off to College Rising College Freshmen — New Schools, New Dreams 22 88 State Champions 23 Sports Teams — Crowned “State Champions” Special Dining Section 94 Appetizers Experience Culinary Expertise and Have Fun Doing It! photo by david humber photo by david humber 104 We Do Ribs….. A Look at Local Barbecue 94 108 The Wine Cellar Discover Your Next Favorite Wine 109 Special Dining Ballot Vote on Line PROUD SUPPORTER OF: photo by med dement 56 ABOUT THE COVER: Senator Bob Corker pictured in front of Chattanooga’s waterfront. Photo by David Humber. www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 5
  6. 6. CONTENTS C H A T T A N O O G A Volume 14 Issue 5•September, October, November 114 Departments Publishers Joe and Billie Moan 8 City Lights Co-Publishers George and Cindi Mullinix News and Events 10 Editor-in-Chief Cindi Mullinix Ask Hamilton Hamilton Bush’s Local Trivia and History Managing Editor Billie R. Moan 110 Working in the City Dinners on the Run — Save Time and Enjoy Design Pre-prepared Quality Foods Lynn Starnes, Star Graphics 114 Art in the City PrePress and Printing Starkey Printing Mary Ferris Kelly — “The Artist of the Beautiful” 118 Ask the Designer Photography Tom Cory Outdoor Living Med Dement David Humber 120 Hot Wheels Cadillac — New XLR Roadster Staff Writer Mike Haskew Excitement of a Convertible; Extravagance of a Luxury Coupe Contributing Writers Joanne Beckman 122 Last Look Charlotte Boatwright, RN, PhD Courtney Brown Hamilton Bush Tom Cory, PhD Adam Haskew Mike Haskew 110 Hank Matheny ASID,IIDA,IFDA Donna Nipper Susan Parry Jill Ralston Matt Williams For advertisting rates or magazine information, or to write to the editor, go to www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com or call 423-266- 3440 or e-mail: CMCpub@BellSouth.net. Chattanooga CityScope™ Magazine is published five times a year by CMC Publications, LLC., a Chattanooga based company. CMC Publica- tions also publishes HealthScope 2000®. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission, is strictly prohibited. Return postage photo by med dement must accompany all material submitted if return is requested. No responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited material. We reserve the right to edit submissions before publication. Subscription rate is $18 per year, tax included. Views expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editors, advertisers and publishers. The editors, advertisers and publishers disclaim any 120 responsibility or liability for such material. 8 118 michael sanders lane venture 6 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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  8. 8. chattanooga city Lights Swingin’ in the Park The CSO Begins its Swingfest to be held at Coolidge Park on Saturday, September 1, 5:30 – 9:45 pm. Countdown to 75 Years Free concert featuring three big band orchestras playing swing music. of Music 5:30 - 6:45 - UpTown Band - sponsored by Unum Group T he Chattanooga Symphony & Opera 7:00 - 8:15 - Swingtime launches 2007-2008 ticket sales on Au- Orchestra directed by Ralph gust 6 at 10 a.m. Among many audience Miller initiatives this season are Family Fun pricing 8:30 - 9:45 - Sweet Georgia (children under 12 can attend any Masterworks Sound directed by Mike Series performance for free) and special stu- LaRoche dent, senior, military and group discounts. Contact: Carla Pritchard, 423-265-0771 The “Countdown to 75” season, filled www.downtownchattanooga.org with spectacular music, Maestro Robert Bernhardt, world-renowned guest artists and 2007 Light The the CSO orchestra, begins with an opening night gala performance, “Sing for the Cure, A Proclamation of Hope.” Continuing the season, the CSO’s three main stage series offer many Night Walk for opportunities to see the CSO in action. Masterworks Series highlights include Gershwin’s The Leukemia & Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ A German Requiem among many others. This season’s opera schedule features Donizetti’s comic opera, The Elixir of Love and Lymphoma Society Hansel and Gretel, the ultimate opera for children of all ages. First Tennessee Pops Series highlights include Hooray for Hollywood featuring Hollywood film scores throughout the decades, The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney’s Silent film projected above the Me- morial Auditorium stage, Simply Sinatra with guest artist Steve Lippia and annual favorites WHAT: Walkers carry illuminated balloons “Home for the Holidays” and “Big Band Fever.” to celebrate and commemorate the lives Tickets for performances start at $23 and can be purchased by calling the CSO box of- touched by cancer during this 2.4 mile fice at (423) 267-8583, by visiting online at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or at the CSO evening fundraising walk. Funds raised office at 630 Chestnut Street. Join the CSO this season and Let the “Countdown” begin! will support the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and multiple Kids First™ Coupon Book myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Celebrates 20 Years! WHEN: Thursday, September 20th, 2007 A 5:30 PM Registration begins; refreshments s familiar as backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies, and family activities the annual Kids First™ coupon book sales begin Sept. 7 — its 7:00 PM Walk begins 20th year of raising funds for Hamilton County schools. For two weeks, Hamilton County elementary school stu- WHERE: Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, TN. dents scramble to sell the 200-page books that still cost only $10 and feature discounts WHAT Join Us Today! It’s easy to form a from area stores, restaurants, attractions and service providers. NEXT: team and raise money for The Leu- “The price of a postage stamp has nearly doubled in 20 years, but the coupon books are kemia & Lymphoma Society! Log still an amazing $10 value — a value measured out to coupon users, but a value of direct onto our website at www.lightthe- significance to students and their schools,” said Kris Humber, executive director for the night.org/tn for more information Hamilton County Schools Fund for Excellence. and to register. Kids First™ has raised millions of dollars for the Hamilton County Schools. The schools keep $7 for every book sold, and the money is allocated according to their individual For more information, please contact needs. The remaining 30 percent of coupon book revenue covers program expenses and Ginger Smith(x18) at The Leukemia & Lym- funds other school programs such as quarterly Teaching Excellence Awards and the annual phoma Society, 615-331-2980. Superintendent’s Honors Banquet. The success of the coupon book program is directly attributed to the support of the Market Street Bridge participating merchants and major sponsors: Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company, REOPEnED SunTrust Bank, WRCB-Channel 3, and KZ106. Saturday August 3rd! For more information, call 209-5450 or log on to www.fundforexcellence.org. 8 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
  9. 9. Three Sisters Riverfront Nights Music Festival Continue Into C hattanooga’s Waterfront September!!! will be the site for one of our City’s newest events, D the Three Sisters Music Festi- owntown on Chattanooga’s water- val. Held on Friday, October front is the place to be for some FREE, 5, and Saturday, October 6, at live music. Food and beverages will be Ross’s Landing, this FREE one- available. Bring your of-a-kind event will feature a lawn chairs and enjoy wide range of music, all with a bluegrass a lovely September flare. The schedule is as follows: evening downtown Friday, Oct. 5 with your family! 6:00 PM Dismembered Tennesseans • Sept. 8 Blaze 7:30 PM Steep Canyon Rangers Oteil and the 9:00 PM Del McCoury Band • Sept. 22 Oteil and the Peacemakers Saturday, Oct. 6 Peacemakers 12:00 PM Dismembered Tennesseans • Sept. 29 Shawn Camp 1:30 PM Lone Mountain Band 3:00 PM Lovell Sisters 4:30 PM Norman and Nancy Blake Shawn 6:00 PM The Greencards Camp 7:30 PM John Cowan Band 9:00 PM Nashville Bluegrass Band Beer, food and non-alcoholic drink con- cessions will be available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed. This event is sponsored by Fletcher Bright Company and produced by Chattanooga Downtown Part- nership. For more information, visit www. downtownchattanooga.org or contact Carla For more information visit www.riverfront- Pritchard at 423-265-0771 or cpritchard@ nights.com thecdp.org. Robert M. Edsel at UTC’s Roland Hayes Auditorium O n September 19, The Chattanooga Regional History Museum along with the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga are host- ing an evening with Robert M. Edsel. Mr. Edsel will be at UTC’s Roland Hayes Auditorium to tell the intriguing story of Robert M. a group of World War II Allied soldiers, nicknamed the Edsel Monuments Men, who saved and/or recovered a vast number of stolen art treasures destined for Hitler’s dream of a Fuhrer Museum. Robert M. Edsel tells their fascinating story in his extensively researched book, Rescuing Da Vinci. This presentation will be open to the public free of charge. Mr. Edsel’s appearance in Chattanooga is his first in the southeast since publication of his book. As additional news on this important subject — Congress recently passed a joint resolution rec- ognizing the heroic work of the men and women known as the “Monuments Men”. Mr. Edsel’s com- mitment to highlighting this important topic has brought honor to the Monuments Men, as well as underscoring the continued need for recovery of the thousands of art treasures still lost. For more information contact Gail Pollock at gail@chattanoogahistory.com www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 9
  10. 10. Ask Hamilton GreetinGs citizens that the brewing of beer can be Hamilton started across, and, to his which was originally recorded by the of Greater traced back thousands of years (the great surprise, found some rhythmic British rockers dubbed Paper Lace. chattanooGa! ancient Egyptians were known to spring in his step. Even though an Pardon the digression, but your work with fermenting grain) — bet old dog may not learn new tricks history scribe considers providing Hamilton Bush is once again you didn’t know that — examining easily, he can at least appreciate such detailed information to be a on the scene to provide you with a local link to this age old enterprise them for a moment or so. genuine public service. observations, dissertations, excita- is a worthwhile exercise. Well, back to the business at tions, and historical ramblings. Just During the last decade of the hand. Old Hamilton thought for a the other day, Old Hamilton was Dear Hamilton Bush, 19th century, at the corner of Broad moment as he stood at the intersec- ambling his way along North Mar- I was browsing through a tion of Frazier Avenue and North and Third streets, stood the six-sto- ket Street, taking in the sights and local antique store the other Market Street. The initial impulse ry brick building which housed the sounds of the trendy residential day and came across an old was to tap politely on the glass and Chattanooga Brewery. The building and shopping area, when a dull, amber bottle with the words request that the young driver and was sprawling. Mail was delivered rhythmic thudding sound caught “Chattanooga Brewing Com- his fellow occupants reduce the vol- to 201 Broad Street, but the entire his attention. pany” clearly visible on it. It had ume of their woofers and tweeters block bounded by Broad, Second, After a lengthy pause and not previously occurred to me rather than assume the responsibil- Third, and Chestnut was taken by a glance high and low for the that our fair city might one time ity of providing a musical interlude the first brewing establishment in source of the disturbance, your have been home to a brewery. for residents and pedestrians span- our city. About 1889, businessman history scribe determined that Can you shed some light on this ning multiple city blocks. Conrad Geise invested a whopping a motor vehicle, stopped at the interesting find? In a moment of profound clar- $100,000 to get the brewing com- nearby traffic light, seemed to Sincerely, ity, though, yours truly remembered pany started. be vibrating; nay I say pulsating, the Colony Park and his erstwhile As the suds began to flow, with such vigor that the driver Strange Brew favorite, “Brandy” by Looking Glass. orders from drinking establish- must surely have been in the only Dear Strange, Yes, that’s the one with the immor- ments and saloons around the automobile in Chattanooga sport- From time to time, Old Ham- tal line “Brandy, you’re a fine girl, Southeast were filled. Whether ing the thousand-fingers massage ilton must admit that he enjoys a what a good wife you would be…” or not the orders actually poured option. Then, above the din, came cold beverage, and your question To each generation its own. When in is unknown. It is known, how- a muffled lyric — something about is one which is sure to intrigue a the orange hand gave way to the ever, that the brand names under being hot. Indeed, the temperature number of readers. Considering slightly stooped stick figure, Old has climbed steadily as the summer days have progressed. However, Top left: Photograph of a drawing of Chattanooga Brewing Old Hamilton gained the distinct Company located at Broad and 2nd Streets from 1891-1918. impression that the “artist” was not delivering a dissertation on the Bottom left: Circa 1895. Members of the Elks Lodge, No. local weather. 91 including seating l to r: Nat B. Butler, George Reif, Jr., A. L. Now, yours truly has been on Alsobrook, Harry B. Graves; standing Charles Reif, Thomas R. the cutting edge of entertainment Preston, and Will S. Albert. innovation since, well, since the Top right: Circa 1885. Crescent Brewing days of AM radio and black and Company with a fire hydrant in front, as white television. Sure, who among well as four unidentified men and one boy. us cannot recall the strains of that Sign on the front of the building reads: 70s classic “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero,” “Crescent Aurora Lager Beer;” sign on which blared from our parents’ the side of the building reads: “C. D. Hess 1974 Colony Park station wagon. Opera Co.” The brewing company later Don’t the fond memories come becomes Vetter Beer and flooding back when one contem- Ice Company, J. (John) W. plates the strains of “Point Me In Vetter, agent. The Direction Of Albuquerque,” Bottom right: Circa 1905. performed by David Cassidy, his TV Brewing company located mom Shirley Jones, and the remain- at Broad and 2nd St.. ing — decidedly less musically tal- Pictured l to r: Agnes Heiny, ented — members of the Partridge Annie Craig, Mrs. George Family. Oh, and lest we forget, it Reif [Louise Reif], Charles was Cincinnati-based Bo Donaldson Reif, James P. Winn, John and the Heywoods who gave us the Henry Brockhaus, Jr., Joseph most memorable version of “Billy” H. Bucholz, and Sonny Jim. 10 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
  11. 11. Photography Provided by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library which the Chattanooga brewed beer was sold included Magnolia, Liebetchaner, Family, Muenchner, and Faultless (which was the house lager). Now, Old Hamilton may not be well versed on the marketing of beer, but the name Faultless doesn’t necessarily conjure up the image of a frosty mug with a thirst quenching draught and a healthy head of foam. And, what would Top left: Circa. 1961. The the promise of cooperation, should you say to a six pack of “Family” “General” locomotive #3 of an enterprise in the state of Tennes- in your fridge. Western & Atlantic Railroad see seek to venture into Georgia, Perhaps the greatest advertis- (W. & A. RR.) on display. It the request was granted. Hundreds ing slogan of all time belongs to was built in 1855 in Patterson, of laborers worked to establish the Faultless. Allow Old Hamilton to New Jersey; taken by Andrews rail bed, and in 1848 the line was declare that the great marketing Raiders in Big Shanty, Georgia operational from Atlanta (which thinkers of Madison Avenue could (now Kennesaw); reclaimed was known as Terminus and then have done no better. No doubt, the near Ringgold, Georgia on the Marthasville for a time) to Tunnel guy or gal who came up with “Our same day (April 12, 1862). It Hill, Georgia. Beer Is Liquid Food” was a shoo-in was exhibited for years at At Tunnel Hill, the hulk of for an Addy Award, or the turn of Union Depot in Chattanooga and in 1972 it was returned to Kennesaw, Chetoogeta Mountain proved to be the century equivalent, that year. Georgia where it is currently on display. a formidable obstacle. Because in- By 1890, the brewing busi- Top right: Train depot located on U. S. Highway 41 in downtown vestors and legislators were eager ness was sold to a Mr. Charles Reif Ringgold, Georgia. It was built in 1848-1849 for the Western and Atlantic to reap some economic benefit, a of Cincinnati, Ohio, who jazzed Railroad, and later leased to the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis temporary road was constructed up the name as the Chattanooga Railroad (N. C. & St. L.). The State of Georgia bought the depot in 1978 to haul passengers and supplies Brewing Company. Therefore, and deeded it to the City of Ringgold. around the mountain to tracks that your prized bottle must have been Bottom right: Andrews Raiders monument, National Cemetery, 1200 were laid on the other side. By the produced sometime subsequent Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Donated by the State of Ohio and autumn of 1849, the first railroad to the acquisition. As the profits erected in 1890, the monument commemorates the 1862 Civil War raid into Chattanooga was completed, rolled in, production was said to led by James Andrews and the seizure of the locomotive “The General.” and the first train rolled into town have exceeded an annual volume on December 1, 1849. A tunnel of 200 freight cars. Mr. Reif plowed was blasted through Chetoogeta profits back into his facility, expand- Atlantic Railroad. Do you know Of course, if all of the above Mountain by the spring of 1850, ing and improving the brewery anything about the history of were not enough to make any self- opening on May 9. into one of the most modern to this company? respecting beer go flat, these events The Great Locomotive Chase be found anywhere. One must Regards, occurred on the eve of Prohibition. occurred in 1862 when a group wonder whether the beer barons Ridin’ A Rail In 1919, the management of the of Union raiders led by a civilian, of the Busch family, Augie and/ Chattanooga Brewing Company James Andrews, commandeered or Gussie, ever took note of their turned out the lights. The party was Dear Rail, the General and headed north- Southeastern rival. indeed over. Glub, glub! The full name of our subject ward with the intent of destroying All good things must, however, was the Western & Atlantic Railroad railroad bridges behind them. An- come to an end. For a state law, Dear Hamilton Bush, of the State of Georgia. Founded on drews and company came to grief, passed in 1909, meant the best of As a railroad enthusiast, I December 21, 1836, the line runs and one of the most famous stories times were in the past for the Chat- have to say that Chattanooga is a from Atlanta to Chattanooga and of the Civil War has endured. tanooga Brewing Company. The law great place to live. The Tennessee was one of at least nine that even- When the war was over, Jo- placed severe restrictions on the sale Valley Railroad Museum is doing tually made their way into our city. seph E. Brown, former governor of alcoholic beverages in the state of a fantastic job preserving this im- Traversing a distance of 137 miles of the state of Georgia, negoti- Tennessee. Refocusing on products portant part of our history, and between Chattanooga and the capi- ated a 20-year lease and took over with a somewhat lower alcohol the Chattanooga Choo Choo is a tal city of Georgia, the railroad itself operations along the Western & content than the original beers met wonderful place to take visiting was constructed, as funding ebbed Atlantic Railroad. Subsequently, with only limited success. By 1913, friends and family. I remember and flowed, during the decade from the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. a real “brewhaha” had developed when the famous General, the 1841 to 1850. Louis Railway entered into a long- when U.S. Senator Newell Sanders locomotive which gained fame Construction itself could not term lease for the use of the line. sponsored a bill to regulate the sale during the Civil War, was on begin in earnest until the Georgians Today, CSX, the modern successor of alcoholic beverages across state display downtown. Recently, struck a deal with the state of Ten- to the Nashville, Chattanooga and lines. Adding insult to injury, the our family made the short drive nessee. General Daniel Newnan St. Louis, operates the rail line state attorney general’s office even to Kennesaw, Georgia, and took traveled from Atlanta to Nashville under lease. More than 160 years labeled the Chattanooga Brewing a look at the old engine. On the to petition the General Assembly old, the Western & Atlantic route Company a public nuisance and coal car were the letters “W. & A. for permission to extend the railway is virtually the same today as it was accused the company of violating R. R.” These stand for Western & across the state line. In exchange for in the beginning. state law. www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 11
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  15. 15. Tennessee’s Freshman Senator Shares Early Observations While Home in Chattanooga W By M i k E H a S k E W hen United States Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) took office less than a year ago, assum- ing the seat vacated by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, he was a newcomer to Washington, D.C. However, he brought from Tennessee a can-do attitude, a fresh perspective on major issues, boundless energy, and a history of success in business and state and local politics. A proven leader, Corker’s record of public service is remarkable. In 2001, he was elected mayor of Chattanooga and guided the city during an unprecedented $2.1 billion revitalization project along its riverfront. He implemented a program of merit bonus pay for teachers and supported an effort by the leaders of local law enforcement agencies to cut violent crime by 50 percent. In 1994, he was named Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee, serving two years in that capacity with responsibilities for the preparation and implementation of the state’s $13 billion budget, and www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 15
  16. 16. Bob and his wife Elizabeth just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and have two college age daughters, Julia and Emily. The Corker family lives in Chattanooga and attends North Shore Fellowship. during 2006 and your first weeks in the enjoy the nexus between foreign relations and ran for the U.S. Senate. More than 20 years U.S. Senate? ago, he was instrumental in the formation energy. I was with the chairman of the Energy of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Committee last week in Brussels trying to ad- BC: The campaign was a great experience. We which has assisted many local citizens in the dress energy issues and also discussing climate were on the road across the state of Tennessee, purchase of affordable housing. change. We will be debating a bill in the Senate and that was a challenge. We are very glad to As a businessman, Corker founded Ben- very soon that deals with climate change and be doing what we are doing now. Today is my cor Corporation, a major commercial con- energy, and when it comes to these issues that 161st day in office, and we began the process tractor, in 1978 with $8,000 in capital. Before have a major impact on our country, there is by staffing up. We had to put together six of- the construction segment of his business was a great deal of time spent in testimony and in fices around the state of Tennessee and one in sold 12 years later, it had expanded to include committee. People also come in and brief us Washington, D.C. Right now, our staff numbers operations in 18 states. In 1999, he acquired on the issues in our offices, but we feel it is about 40 people. During the first few weeks, we two of Chattanooga’s best known real estate also important to go out to where a central obviously had plenty of things going on. companies, Osborne Building Corporation focus of the issue might be located and try to and the Stone Fort Land Company, becoming understand it in the fullest way we can. We use CS: Could you describe some of the the largest private land owner in Hamilton recesses for some of that, too. My first 161 days activities you have been involved in during County prior to selling much of his real in the Senate have been vigorous. There have these opening months of your term? estate holdings in 2006. been quite a few debates, and I believe we have The only freshman Republican senator BC: What has been fortunate for me is that I figured out how to have an impact. in the 110th Congress, Corker was sworn in on January 4, 2007. He is a member of the committees on Foreign Relations; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Commit- tee on Aging. He maintains his residence in North Chattanooga with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughters, Julia and Emily. He recently spoke with writer Mike Haskew concerning his first months in office, as well as issues which are of major importance not only to Chattanoogans but to our nation and the entire world as well. CS: How would you describe the campaign During the Senate’s February recess, Senator Corker, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, went to Iraq where he met with Tennessee soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad. 16 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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  18. 18. Senator Corker, a member of the Energy Committee, discusses advances in fuel injection technology that improves vehicle performance and emissions without sacrificing fuel efficiency on a tour of the General Motors Spring Hill Powertrain Plant. CS: How would you assess the current CS: What specifics have you discussed we talked about their experiences in Iraq and situation in Iraq? relating to energy? where we are there. I met with the deputy prime minister of Iraq and talked about a pro- BC: The situation in Iraq is very difficult, and BC: During our trip to Brussels we met with posed oil sharing program. Again, on issues that is something of an understatement. We European officials, discussing carbon emissions, such as these, which are a central focus in our are focusing on mid-September when General and with bills coming to the floor later this year, committees, what we are trying to do is make Patraeus comes back to Washington and gives I wanted to make sure I knew as much as I could sure that we have the ability to see for our- us an assessment of where the new efforts in on the pluses and minuses in Europe as well as selves what is happening. It is important to have Baghdad have taken us. Obviously, things have in the United States. that experience on the ground to understand not gone as well with the most recent security things as they are there. CS: You traveled to Iraq in February as implementation as people would wish. We part of a delegation led by Senator Jon Kyl are seeing the administration there having CS:What other issues do you see as being (R-Ariz.). What were your impressions of more diplomatic relations and meetings with of primary importance at this time? the situation there? neighboring countries, which is a hopeful sign. BC: We have been spending the first part of our At this point, I have a lot of concern about BC: It was an eye opening experience in Iraq time here heavily involved in the issue of Iraq, where we are, and I am looking forward to for several reasons. I looked forward to visiting but to me a short term domestic issue which is the testimony of General Petraeus and others with our troops who are serving so bravely and very important is health care, and I have been in mid-September. All that will come with a honorably there. We landed in Kuwait and met working with other senators and Secretary meeting that takes place in the capitol. We will with the general who is handling the logistics Leavitt (Health and Human Services Secretary see where we are then and where we need to of getting materials like trucks and humvees Mike Leavitt) to put forth a health care policy go from that point. and such back and forth and in and out of Iraq to create opportunities for Americans to afford and Kuwait. We flew into Baghdad with some CS: Do you recall a particular experience health care today. We have nibbled around the troops in a C-130 transport and moved around during your visit to Iraq that made a edges of making that occur in recent times, and with soldiers in armed helicopters and armored lasting impression on you? we need a more radical approach to organizing vehicles. This was just as the troop surge was how health care dollars are spent so that work- beginning, and we met with the overall com- BC: I participated in a fascinating and moving ing Tennesseans and all working Americans can mander, General David Petraeus, and others meeting with several soldiers from Tennessee. afford health care. on the ground. I met privately with a group of six of them, and 18 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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  20. 20. something — but the days are obviously long. The other piece of it is that you have got to be flexible because you may be in a meeting and talking with someone and have a vote come up and that may require you to be called away. We also have a lot of committee meetings to attend, and along with those meetings are a number of briefings that take place beforehand. CS: How are you maintaining contact with the people in your home state of Tennessee? BC: I have been back in the state several times and visited 36 different counties, some of them a number of times. I am staying in touch with Tennesseans through discussions and town hall meetings. I enjoy talking to them and listening to them on the issues very much. CS: Has your family adapted well to the changes since your election to the Senate? BC: I do try to come home every weekend. My youngest daughter just graduated from high school, and my oldest is already in col- lege. While it has not been a perfect time to be away and to be campaigning and running for office, we have really tried to be around for our children. The campaign put a strain on that, no question. I will continue to come home every weekend that I possibly can and to stay in touch with the people of the state of Tennessee. CS: What is your perspective on the city CS: If there is such a thing as a typical day for Immigration has been front and center, and of Chattanooga today? you as a senator, could you describe it? we have just concluded some debate on that BC: I am truly honored to serve in the Senate, for a while. I think it will come up again in the BC: It is really very busy. Some things are and I love calling Chattanooga my home. Given near future, and we will continue working on scheduled in sporadic fashion, but we do have all that is happening, there has been nothing that issue as well. numerous meetings scheduled every day. This more fulfilling in my life than serving as the week, we finished voting two nights ago at mayor of Chattanooga, and I am so proud CS:What has been the most surprising or interesting aspect of your time in the U.S. 12:30, and last night we finished voting at 10 of our city. The people in Chattanooga are a o’clock. Even if we are not voting, a lot of times real pleasure to come home to and to be with. Senate thus far? I will get home at 10 o’clock after a meeting or There are so many of them who make our city BC: I really think I should have been writing a great. Wherever I go and talk to people about journal from day one because I will say that one Senator Corker Welcomes Students and where I am from, there are not many times that of the things you realize while serving in the U.S. Teachers to the Capitol someone doesn’t talk about what a Senate is the tremendous access great city it is and how different it is to information and resources today from some years ago. that are available to you. You have almost anybody in the One of Chattanooga’s lead- world wanting to talk to you ing citizens, Bob Corker has about policy issues because they emerged on the national politi- feel that in having conversations cal scene during a pivotal time with you they are affecting pub- in the history of our country lic policy. Access to that infor- and the world. His dedication to mation and to those resources public service and his record of is a benefit because you are able success in building partnerships to dig into policy discussions and and consensus to achieve positive, issues and make good decisions. common goals bode well for Ten- It is simply phenomenal what is nessee and our country. available to you. People around the world are anxious to talk to you about issues. 20 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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  22. 22. The Place Chattanooga – Karlette and Miriam and Chip Baker Mike Thompson Craig and Jim and Terri Holley Barbara Kennedy ©med dement 2007 ©med dement 2007 22 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
  23. 23. to Be! Why Executives Steve and Dolores Choose to Stay in Murphy Chattanooga Over ©med dement 2007 Career Moves By C H a r lOT T E C B O aT W r i g H T h at t a no o ga i s a wonderful place to live, play and raise a family. It is not sur- prising that families are often willing to make significant changes in their lives in order to make Chattanooga home. Many have chosen to work here rather than follow careers that would lead them to other loca- tions. Some of these people have shared their experiences and mo- tivations for makingChattanooga their choice to live and raise their families. Craig Holley of CapitalMark Bank & Trust and his family Nancy and Keith have lived in Chattanooga twice. Moreland “The family and I moved here in the early nineties,” he explains. “I am a career banker and was with AmSouth Bank. A mSouth had just purchased First Federal here in Chattanooga. We moved here around 1992 and lived on Lookout Mountain fo r ab o u t t h r e e years. We completely fell in love with the city during that period. We relocated to Montgomery, Ala- bama where I was in charge of Am- South’s Central Alabama opera- tions for about two years, then to Huntsville to manage the bank’s North Alabama area. In 1999, we www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com 23
  24. 24. in many other cities after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. “I worked for a food service company in Columbia, Tennessee, a chemical company in Kentucky, then West Point Pepperell in Dallas. When Shaw Industries bought the company, I moved to Knoxville and St. Louis,” he says. In 1996, Thompson had the opportunity to move to Chattanooga. “It was a really good time in my life to be close to home and to my parents. During the ‘90s, I was seeing Chat- tanooga take shape and living here made me want to have a business here. I started to look at what Shaw was doing with area rugs in Chattanooga and found that we weren’t doing anything. I thought about whether people would go to Dalton if there was a full service rug store here in Chattanooga. The kids were in middle school at the time and I was always someplace else. I enjoyed my job with Shaw, but not what it took to do it. Miriam found our locations for the store and did a great job. We decided to give it a shot,” he explains. “It takes a while to build a business and develop relationships in the community. Seven years later, we are just seeing the fruits of our ability to hang in there,” says Thompson. The single most important factor in Thompson’s decision to leave the corporate career and become a local business owner was the family. “I wanted to be available for my parents if they needed me and to be close enough, if need be, to close the door and go see the ballgame when one of the kids was playing. The family returned to Chattanooga. That was during bank, CapitalMark Bank & Trust,” Holley thought that I was crazy at the time, but now the AmSouth, First American and Pioneer says. “There was no single factor determin- I think they understand. I also liked what was merger, so I came back to run AmSouth’s ing that we would stay, though I am not sure happening downtown. Miriam is from the Southeast Tennessee-North Georgia opera- that my family would have moved with me Nashville area, so we are not far from her tions which were headquartered in Chatta- if I had remained with AmSouth. We were so family. It has worked out well.” nooga. Of course, Terri and the family were ingrained with our friends, our church and excited about coming back because they had the schools. We loved the mountains, valleys CHip Baker CaMe To CHaTTanooga enjoyed the first three years we lived here. and river and Chattanooga’s proximity to in 1992 as Administrator of T.C. Thompson Holley has two daughters now ages 12 Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville where Children’s Hospital. “As a hospital admin- and 16. “They never planned to move again,” we have friends and love to visit. We loved istrator, you usually move about every four he notes. “They absolutely loved Chatta- what was happening downtown. The heart years,” Baker ex- nooga. My second daughter was born here so and soul of any city is its downtown area and plains. “I spent a she did not remember much about it, but my Chattanooga has made tremendous strides year between 1998 oldest daughter had developed friendships revitalizing its downtown. Groups from and 1999 trying to when we lived here before and was excited around the country and the world come here decide how to stay about coming back to get reacquainted with to learn about the successful redevelopment here. At the same them. AmSouth Bank, now Regions Bank, along the riverfront and our central business time I was looking is a highly regarded institution with a fine district. Terri and I plan one day to relocate at the possibility group of employees. However, during my downtown to live, but that is about as far as of parallel paths with hospitals around the 25 year career with AmSouth I had moved I can get her to move. We love it. We work country. About the time an old boss from six times, and when I realized in 2005 that and go to church downtown and our girls Dallas wanted me to take over a hospital in to remain with the bank we would once spend a lot of time there, so Houston, the Riverbend opportu- again have to relocate, I resigned. We had that is our plan one day.” nity came up. I had gotten into the already discussed when we moved back in event business while planning the Mike and MiriaM 1999, that we would like to make Chatta- air show as a fundraiser for Chil- THoMpson are own- nooga our home. In 2005, Terri opened a dren’s and used that experience to ers of THe rug raCk new women’s shoe boutique on the north take advantage of the opportunity in Chattanooga’s Southside. shore called Embellish and after taking a for Riverbend and it all worked out. Though Thompson is a na- year off, I, along with a group of seven other There has never been a hesitation tive Chattanoogan, he lived individuals, organized Chattanooga’s newest from the family. My wife is actively 24 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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  26. 26. involved in many parts of the community going around with a slide show trying to get and continue to contribute to Chattanooga and I am involved with the school board. It people excited about the idea,” he says. Ken- because it has been very good to me. Being is all about making the community a better nedy served as president of the Convention able to work with people like Ann and Stroud place to live for all of us.” and Visitors Bureau for six and a half years and Christian was the icing on the cake.” “Since we have been here, we have had and the Chamber of Commerce for three. keiTH Moreland is a naTive CHaT- four children, so giving them a permanent After he left the Chamber, the Kennedys faced Tanoogan froM easT Brainerd. He home was one of the most important factors the decision whether to stay in Chattanooga. went to college at in the decision to stay. It is a great place to “We decided to stay, and I hung out a shingle the University of put down roots and raise children,” notes to see if I could make it as a consultant. I Tennessee, Knox- Baker. “The people in the community, the started in 2001 doing marketing and com- ville then moved friends that we made, the beauty of the area munications, but wound up doing more to Charlotte and and affordability of living all played into the strategic planning than anything else. My Boston. “My mom, decision. I like the way everyone pitches in friend, Ann Coulter, was considering going brother and t wo to solve problems in this community. That into business for herself, so we joined forces. sisters live here. As is a truly wonderful thing. The partnerships Stroud Watson, who had been the city’s urban the kids grew older, and relationships that are created through design consultant for 20 years and Christian being away from family was harder,” he problem-solving are one of a kind. Chatta- Rushing, who had been at the planning and remarks. “I really enjoyed watching Chatta- nooga is a ‘can-do’ city,” Baker says. design studio, came on board and we became nooga transition from what it used to be to Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson. We now sTeve MurpHy, owner of MoniCa’s do strategic planning and design for cities and what it is today and always sort of wanted to in THe norTH the civic organizations, institutions and agen- come back, so we looked at ways to make that s H o r e a r e a cies that help cities run. We felt we could be happen. I worked for a big software company was transferred successful at this because there have been so doing a lot of travel out of the country. I love to Chattanooga many lessons learned in Chattanooga and we my kids and I am so proud of them, but when by Buster Brown felt that we could give other cities the benefit you miss important events, it is not first-hand from New Jersey of our experience.” pride, but pride from a distance. That was just in 1985. “Bust- not what I wanted to continue and if I had er Brown went stayed in my job, it would have. The motiva- ”It (Chattanooga) is into bankruptcy tion was to have more time with my family in 1997, so my and allow them to grow up around the rela- a great place to put options were to tives that I had enjoyed when I was a youth, seek something something they were not getting. I felt that down roots and raise in another part of the country or see if it was doing them a disservice.” children. The people there was something that could keep us Moreland spent about two years inves- here,” says Murphy. “Our kids were raised tigating opportunities. “We had our kids in in the community, the here. We looked into several businesses and Little Gym in Boston. That was our first ex- Monica’s looked like a good fit, so we bought posure,” says Moreland. “We looked at many friends that we made, it. Chattanooga offered a wonderful living opportunities rather than Little Gym, but environment and this seemed like a signifi- when we started narrowing and fine-tuning the beauty of the area cant opportunity to stay here and prosper. our interest in a business, this sort of hit us. and affordability of Our children were raised in Chattanooga. I was a gymnast growing up and I love kids. Ironically, we had one child in college and The more we thought about it, it just seemed living all played into two more were going off to college that fall. perfect. Chattanooga needed a Little Gym. When we broached the subject of relocation After a great deal of market research, my idea the decision (to stay in to another area, they were dead set against that East Brainerd would be a good location it. This was their home and if we moved to was confirmed. We opened in May, 2005. It Chattanooga.)” another area of the country, it would be our has worked out very well. We have over 400 home, but never theirs. Their opinions were kids who come through the gym every week. —ChIp Baker very important to us. We had also made some What makes me love this so much is the dif- wonderful friends here and we did not want ference we are making in these kids lives.” to leave them.” Two factors influenced Kennedy’s deci- Natural beauty abounds throughout the sion to stay in Chattanooga. “Over the course JiM kennedy CaMe To CHaT Ta- of 30 years, you really set down roots. By the Chattanooga Region’s mountains, lakes and nooga in 1974 To TeaCH aT Baylor time the decision came in 2001, Barbara and I rivers. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy incred- sCHool, following his broth- ibly beautiful walking trails, fishing and had three kids who had their own er Dan, who had come to teach water sports. With an ambiance of its own, circle of friends, and Barbara had a at Baylor the year before (and Chattanooga is richly endowed with his- great job. You don’t want to create is still there). Kennedy went tory, cultural and educational opportunities. a family upheaval by moving on. to Texas for a couple of years, Then, there are its people who have retained The other thing is that I have been returning in 1979 to work for a culture of hospitality that is welcoming really lucky over my career to Miller-Reid advertising. After and heartwarming. Atlanta, Birmingham and have been very close to the renais- nine years with the agency, he Nashville, with their unique attractions, are sance of this community. When went to work for the RiverCity only a couple of hours away. It is difficult to you get tied to a city’s redevelop- Company. “Those were the pre- imagine a more beautiful environment. It ment and reawakening, it is hard aquarium days when we were is no surprise that many families consider to let go of that. I wanted to stay Chattanooga as the only place to be. 26 www.ChattanoogaCityScopeMag.com
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