published Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Reporter's Notebook: Commissioner Graham flips flapjacks at Mainx24

As Hamilton County commissioners discussed the Mainx24 event last week, Commissioner Joe Graham announced he would be cooking as part of the breakfast at Fire Station No. 1.

Mainx24 is a 24-hour Saturday-to-Sunday celebration featuring open houses, activities and events in Chattanooga's Main Street and Southside areas.

"I'll also be helping out with the pancake breakfast, so everybody come on out and eat," Graham said.

Commissioner Larry Henry, in a jab at Graham's culinary skills, snickered, "I'll bet you can cook those pancakes."

PTA LEGISLATIVE FORUM

The Hamilton County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations will host its annual state legislative forum at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

PTA has invited all state legislators from Hamilton County to the meeting, which will be held at Hixson Middle School, 5681 Old Hixson Pike. The public is invited to attend to discuss public education issues in Tennessee.

CHRISTMAS AT The COURTHOUSE

Hamilton County will celebrate its Christmas at the Courthouse each day at noon from Dec. 5-9.

Each day's program will honor county officials and feature a performance.

The choral performance schedule will be:

• Monday -- Snow Hill Elementary School

• Tuesday -- North Hamilton Elementary School

• Wednesday -- Tyner Academy Choir

• Thursday -- East Hamilton High School Choir

• Friday -- Orange Grove Chorus, Dancers and Bell Ensemble

CHAMBER CHALLENGES LOCALS

Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, has challenged the organization's members to help stock the Teacher Supply Depot.

The depot receives private and corporate donations of thousands of items to redistribute to public school teachers across the county.

In 2003, the Chamber issued a similar challenge, hoping to bring in $40,000 worth of goods and services for the depot. Members donated more than $380,000 in goods and services, PTA officials said.

The depot has constant needs for numerous items, including arts and crafts materials, office supplies, paper products, plastic products, medical supplies and multimedia items.

To schedule a drop-off, email teachersupplydepot@hcde.org. Monetary contributions may be sent to: Hamilton County Council of PTAs Teacher Supply Depot, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

GENERATIONAL TALK AT PACHYDERMS

The Hamilton County Pachyderm Club will host Kelli O'Brien of Robert Half International for its Monday noon meeting.

O'Brien will speak about multigenerational issues in the workplace.

"For the first time in our history, there are four generations in the workforce," the group's release said.

The group meets at the DoubleTree Hotel on Chestnut Street.

about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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