AIM Center Welcomes New President Rodney Battles

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rodney Battles
Rodney Battles

The AIM Center board of directors announced the hire of a new president. Rodney Battles, who officially began work on Wednesday, Jan. 2, comes to the AIM Center after 16 years as president of Fellowship Hall in Greensboro, N.C.

Mr. Battles has more than 29 years diverse experience as a healthcare executive in general and acute care hospitals, behavioral and specialty hospitals, including both inpatient and outpatient settings. He brings to the AIM Center experience in excellent staff performance, board engagement, and financial stability and growth. 

“The board, staff and members of the AIM Center are delighted to welcome Rodney Battles to Chattanooga and the AIM Center. He brings to AIM a unique combination of skills and experience that will well serve AIM’s mission into our future. We have been superbly led by Bonnie since our inception, and we are grateful that she has agreed to work with us during this transition. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her the best in her retirement,” said AIM Center board chairman, Jim Neal.

Mr. Battles’ hire is the result of a year-long search for a successor to Bonnie Currey, who announced her retirement last February 2012. Ms. Currey wrote the original, federal establishment grant to start the AIM Center as a psychosocial program in 1987 and was hired as President in 1988. Her leadership has directed the program through several transformations, most recently with the completion of a successful capital campaign and renovation of the facility at 472 W M L King Boulevard. AIM Center’s clubhouse model approach to psychiatric rehabilitation has been recognized by local, state, and national entities as a cost effective solution to helping people with mental illness recover and reclaim their lives. Ms. Currey remains at the AIM Center as a consultant through the end of February.

AIM Center provides consumer driven psychiatric rehabilitation services that enhance recovery in the living, working, learning, and social environments. By offering a lifetime membership, AIM participants are encouraged to utilize services whenever needed. 


Dr. Mary Anna Sanders Joins Parkridge East Hospital Staff

OB/GYN Mary Anna Sanders, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Parkridge East Hospital. A Chattanooga native and graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Dr. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lee University and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Atlanta. She completed a residency in obstetrics and ... (click for more)

Shriner Luncheon To Honor Morning Pointe Resident

Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove hosted a Shriner's luncheon to honor resident Rayford McLaurin.  Mr. McLaurin has dedicated well over 50 years of service as a Shriner for the Alhambra Shrine on East Brainerd Road. He was presented with an Outstanding Service Award by the Shriner's International Chattanooga Oasis of Tennessee.  He has served in ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits on both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Man Shot On Ohls Avenue While Working In His Yard

A Chattanooga man was shot Tuesday evening, while working in his yard. At approximately 8:55 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 4217 Ohls Ave. for a shooting. Officers located 34-year-old Daniel Marlowe suffering from a single gunshot wound to his hip.  Mr. Marlowe stated to investigators that while he was working in his yard, three black males approached him and ... (click for more)

Thankful For Senators Alexander And Corker's Support Of The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Fleet

America’s national security at home and abroad is important to all of us.  So it is very important to recognize and thank our leaders when they show strong support for our military. That’s why I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military.  Their support ensures that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scottsboro’s Pat Trammell

I got a warm feeling Tuesday when it was announced Pat Trammell will be among those in the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame. When the august group is enshrined at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Civic Center on Nov. 1, most folks won’t even know who Pat Trammell was but I knew all about him in my very first year as a fledgling sports writer back in 1967 and, ... (click for more)