“One Walker” show­cases Chicka­mauga

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Mike O’Neal

One Walker is a Walker County Cham­ber of Com­merce pro­gram that brings lead­ers of lo­cal busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments to­gether to share a meal while high­light­ing one of the county’s four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Chicka­mauga was the fea­tured city dur­ing the quar­terly meet­ing held June 20 in the chapel on the grounds of that town’s his­toric Gor­don Lee Man­sion.

City Coun­cil­man Lee Miller of­fered a brief over­view of Chicka­mauga’s past, its present and its vi­sion for the future.

School Su­per­in­ten­dent Melody Day de­scribed two on­go­ing projects: a to­tal ren­o­va­tion of the ex­ist­ing mid­dle school and con­struc­tion of a re­place­ment for Gor­don Lee High School — one that repli­cates the build­ing that has served stu­dents for more than 80 years.

County Com­mis­sioner Shan­non Whit­field then re­capped some of the high — and low — points of his first six months in of­fice.

Miller de­scribed how Chicka­mauga, a farm­ing com­mu­nity with a pop­u­la­tion of 95 when founded in 1891, is to­day home to about 3,100 and “we’re now a four red-light town.”

Not only has the town added traf­fic con­trol de­vices, Miller noted there now are 15 restau­rants within the city lim­its, a med­i­cal clinic and a core of com­mer­cial busi­nesses.

Chicka­mauga is more than a quiet bed­room com­mu­nity, he said. The town cel­e­brates sev­eral an­nual events: Down Home Days, the Blue & Gray Bar­beque, has a Pump­kin

Among those at­tend­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s One Walker on June 20 were, from left: Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Lacey Wil­son, Chicka­mauga City Coun­cil­man Lee MIller, Walker County Com­mis­sioner Shan­non Whit­field and Chicka­mauga Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Melody Day. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Mike O’Neal)

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