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Community Voices

  1. Adera Causey
  2. Ann Coulter
  3. Christian Rushing
  4. Daniel Ryan
  5. David Cook
  6. Donna Williams
  7. Edna Varner
  8. Fynn Glover
  9. Harry Austin
  10. Justin Hoenke
  11. Monica Kinsey
  12. Robert Fisher
  13. Ruth Kerr
  14. Shayne Woods
  15. Sheldon Grizzle
  16. Tricia King
  17. Guest Contributor
  18. Benwood Staff

Our Contributors


  1. I believe some of the most exciting changes in our cultural scene are taking place beyond the walls of our longtime institutions.
  2. To better ensure the success of kids, tweens, and teens living in our city, I say we begin to have these difficult decisions.
  3. Now, more than ever, a healthy region is dependant upon a healthy urban core.
  4. Our fine city has more gyms than Starbucks along with some of the best outdoor resources nationally. However, we can have all of these great resources and subject matter experts and still not move the needle health-wise in our city.
  5. Chattanooga at its best has had people generating at lot of ideas, original ones or from other places, and people coming together to take action on those ideas.
  6. What really would cause a food desert to change, take root, and grow?