published Friday, May 31st, 2013

News Briefs: Joe Carr fundraiser planned today

Carr fundraiser planned today

A state lawmaker who is challenging incumbent 4th District U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 2014 Republican primary will make a stop in Chattanooga today.

State House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, state Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and others are hosting a fundraiser at the Mountain City Club for state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas.

Other hosts include former state Rep. Chris Clem; Carr's general consultant, Chip Saltsman; Elizabeth Foss; and Phil Smartt.

Hamilton County isn't in the 4th District but many of the surrounding counties are -- Marion, Rhea, part of Bradley and Meigs.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, also has announced his candidacy in the 4th District GOP primary.

To RSVP, contact Thomsen Smith at or 615-330-6300.

Erlanger helps food bank

Erlanger Health System and Erlanger/Sodexo Food and Nutrition Services recently collected and donated the equivalent of 6.2 tons of nonperishable food and cash to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank during the 2013 Servathon Food Drive.

Erlanger employees and associates formed more than 20 teams to collect food and cash over two weeks in May, according to a news release.

The drive raised $2,381 and 510 pounds of food, said Jonathan Darling, general manager of Erlanger/Sodexo Food Services, said in the release.

"The donations will go a long way to providing food to over 20,000 local residents of Chattanooga who utilize the food bank each and every week," said Darling.

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