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.


Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Nov. 21-26

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Nov. 21-26: Christopher Sterling Holcombe, 38, of 1606 Bussell Place, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested November 20 on charges of possession of firearm at public gathering and possession of firearm by convicted felon.   Atlanta Shannice Dixon, 22, of 2113 Union Avenue, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested November 21 on charges of ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Murder Of James Richard Harris

Crime Stoppers and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the homicide of James Richard Harris.   On Dec. 22, 1994, at approximately 7:41 a.m., the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1610 Boss Road in Chickamauga for a body in the driveway. The body was identified as that of 54-year-old James Richard Harris who resided at that address and ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)

Alcoa, A Prep Football Gold Standard, Up Next For Irish

Notre Dame almost had a crack at powerful Alcoa in the 2013 TSSAA football playoff semifinal round. But, in the quarterfinals, Alcoa beat Christian Academy of Knoxville, 42-14, but the Fighting Irish dropped a 19-10 decision to Upperman, which was crushed, 75-18, a week later by the Tornadoes. Alcoa clipped Christ Presbyterian Academy, 25-7, in the state championship game. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Women Shock No.4 Tennessee, 67-63

Before the season started some people across the country called Chattanooga women’s basketball coach Jim Foster crazy for scheduling three top 10 teams – Notre Dame (national runner-up) Stanford and Tennessee - before Christmas. After Wednesday night’s UTC shocking 67-63 home win against No.4 Tennessee before 4,160, those same folks might believe coach Foster is crazy like ... (click for more)