Veterans home to benefit from Saturday golf fundraiser
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2014 | 602 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council will hold its annual golf tournament fundraiser Saturday at the Chatata Valley Golf Club.

The tournament will start at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m.

Cost to register is $75.

The tournament can accommodate up to 120 players in teams of four for the four-player select shot tournament.

Retired TV sportscaster Darryl Patterson will be participating as the event’s celebrity golfer. Patterson spent 40 years covering Chattanooga sports until his retirement last year.

He has been inducted into the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, according to his retirement announcement.

Bradley County Veterans Service officer Joe David helped secure Patterson for the event.

Prizes will be given for the straightest drive on hole No. 11, and for the golfer who is closest to the pin on the par-3 holes. One prize the council is especially excited about it a 2014 Kawasaki Mule ATV for a hole-in-one on the second hole. A hole-in-one on No. 8 will get a $10,000 prize. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place, fifth place and ninth place.

SETVHC holds the golf tournament each year to raise funds for bringing a state veteran home to Bradley County.

The project has made gradual progress. In recent months, SETVHC co-chair Mark Hall has said that even though the project “may be moving at a snail’s space,” now is not the time to let up on efforts for the project.

The registration cost includes cart, greens fee, lunch and door prizes. Registration can be completed by calling 728-7149.

Land donors Steve Williams and Thomas Williams are in discussion with STREAM, the State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management division of the department of General Services to develop a plan to address concerns with the proposed site on Westland Drive.

Some of the initial concerns with the site have been cleared up because they were based on an outdated land survey. A topographic and boundary survey will be done on the site to give STREAM updated information.

After STREAM makes a recommendation to the Veterans Affairs office on how the concerns with the site will be addressed, the Veterans Affairs office, the Tennessee State Veterans Home Board and STREAM would have to agree that the action plan is acceptable before further progress can be made.