Mayor Andy Berke is planning an initiative, Chattanooga Forward, to tackle quality-of-life issues, according to a Times Free Press editorial Sunday. The mayor will establish new task force committees and give them a year to come up with ideas on entertainment, technology, housing, the arts and downtown.
• The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Planning Commission meets Monday afternoon to review subdivision plans, zoning requests and permits.
• The Chattanooga City Council will consider changes to the city’s purchasing manual (PDF) Tuesday. Brent Goldberg, deputy chief operating officer, briefed council members on the changes last week.
• Hamilton County School Board members will review a "bring-your-own-device" agreement Friday.
• Chattanooga National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony, this Saturday at noon.
• Christmas at the Courthouse continues. There will be choirs singing and honorary awards given for the next week at the courthouse on Georgia Avenue.
• The Electric Power Board’s downtown holiday window display will be up until Jan. 2. Photos are here.
• Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais and four other Tennessee congressmen belong to the Republican Study Committee. The RSC is an influential, behind-the-scenes group that stakes out the "most conservative of conservative positions," The Tennessean reported.
• Eight major tech companies launched a public campaign to urge the president and Congress to curtail wholesale data collection and online surveillance by the National Security Agency. The lobbying effort comes after months of revelations on the NSA’s large data-gathering operation via documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
• Some conservative state legislators will face primary challenges from moderate Republicans in 2014. Among them are state Sens. Stacey Campfield and Jim Summerville and state Reps. Glen Casada, Matthew Hill, John Ragan and Micah Van Huss, according to Tom Humphrey’s Sunday column in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
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