Chip Saltsman To Depart As Chuck Fleischmann’s Chief Of Staff Jan. 1

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chip Saltsman, chief of staff for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, will be departing as chief of staff on Jan. 1. Jim Hippe, Rep. Fleischmann’s current legislative director and counsel, will succeed Mr. Saltsman as chief. Mr. Saltsman will remain as an adviser until Jan. 31, to assist with the transition.

Mr. Saltsman said, “It’s been an incredible two years serving as Rep. Fleischmann’s chief of staff.  We’ve been able to put together a great team and accomplished a lot, including earning a spot on the House Appropriations Committee. From the beginning I made it clear that I only wanted to stay for two years and feel confident that I’m now leaving the office in capable hands. I’ve known and worked with Rep. Fleischmann for 20 years and look forward to continuing to help him politically in the years to come."

“Chip has been an incredible asset for the last two years.  His knowledge of politics and public policy is second to none.  I thank him for his tireless service and look forward to his advice and counsel in the future,” Rep. Fleischmann said.

Taking over as chief of staff, Mr. Hippe has served as Congressman Fleischmann’s legislative director and counsel since January 2011. He brings over 10 years of public policy and management experience to the job, including serving as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  Mr. Hippe is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Vanderbilt Law School. He is native of Nashville and a member of the Tennessee Bar.

“I want to thank Congressman Fleischmann for this opportunity, and it is truly an honor to be his chief of staff.  We have a tremendous team in Washington and in the district, and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the 3rd district and the state. I also want to thank Chip for the great job he did for the first two years and look forward to his assistance during the transition,” Mr. Hippe said.

“Jim brings a wealth of experience, and I know he will do an outstanding job as my new chief of staff.  As a native Tennessean, Jim understands the issues that are foremost on the minds of the people I represent. Entering my second term, I look forward to working with Jim and our great team to continue to serve Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District,” Rep. Fleischmann said.


Many Waldens Ridge Scenes Featured In Stokes Picture Book

A number of early views of Waldens Ridge are among the rarities found in the Stokes Photo Collection. There are many photos of the roads up the mountain showing streetcars, wagons and early autos. There are scenes at Rainbow Lake, Falling Water Falls, Signal Point and other scenic spots. Several photos are included of the Signal Mountain Hotel. The more than 700 photos ... (click for more)

2 Known Meth Distributors Arrested In Catoosa County

Two have been arrested in Catoosa County on drug charges.   Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., on Highway 41 in Ringgold. During the stop, deputies seized two pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $30,000. Deputies arrested Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, Ga., and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Policeman’s Prayer

Every year, when the Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga holds its annual luncheon, it is one of the most heartening displays of what America really believes, down deep inside. The most prominent and influential leaders in the community – well over 1,000 -- gather to pay tribute and pledge their support to our heroes in blue who are unfaltering in their devotion, service ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Falls In State Volleyball Semis

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been a ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)