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Community Voices

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

Our Contributors


  1. To better ensure the success of kids, tweens, and teens living in our city, I say we begin to have these difficult decisions.
  2. Now, more than ever, a healthy region is dependant upon a healthy urban core.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What really would cause a food desert to change, take root, and grow?
  6. Individual contributors will come and go on these projects, but it is my hope that we can establish a community of citizens to pick up those batons and run with them.