For the fourth consecutive year, tow truck operators, owners and experts from all over are converging on Chattanooga - the Mecca and Coopers- town of the towing world - for the Tennessee Tow Show, which started Thursday and runs through Saturday at the convention center.
Events kicked off Thursday morning with instructional seminars and will conclude Saturday night with the annual hall of fame induction ceremony and dinner. In between there will be events honoring tow truck operators killed in the line of duty and gift presentations to the families of fallen operators.
Chattanooga is the birthplace of the commercial tow truck. Auto repairman and garage owner Ernest Holmes invented the mechanical, for-hire wrecker in 1916 after struggling six hours to fish a man's car out of South Chickamauga Creek.