The search for an interim fire chief for Bradley County Fire Rescue is on and many residents of Bradley County have questions about his new job and where he and his wife will be living.
Dewey Woody has taken the job as director of the Bomb and Arson section of the Tennessee Fire Marshall’s Office in Nashville.
His wife, Melissa Woody, the vice president of the Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and her husband will continue to live in Cleveland.
Dewey Woody said Tuesday he will commute to Nashville each week as well as to other offices in the three divisions of the state, and come home on the weekends.
His new office will be located in downtown Nashville.
Melissa is an ambassador to Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston.
“Melissa brings enthusiasm and vision to her position as the Chamber’s Convention and Visitor vice president, and we are happy that she will be keeping her family’s home base here in Cleveland and continuing to promote our region and develop new products to bring visitors to our area,” Chamber Executive Vice President Bernadette Douglas said.
She promotes Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston, as well as the entire Ocoee Region to visitors. She also helps develop sites and events that will attract visitors to the area. The heritage development project in Charleston has been a major focus of her efforts in recent years, including the recent International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off.
The Cowpea Festival was a huge success.
Both Woodys serve their community through their jobs as well as on their personal time. Many have questioned through emails, calls, texts and Facebook messages to the Cleveland Daily Banner and the couple as to whether they are leaving their hometown.
“Dewey and I were both born and raised in Bradley County and love our hometown. We will maintain our home base here in Cleveland, while Dewey will travel the state and stay in the Nashville area during most work weeks,” Melissa explained.
“He will be home every weekend, so there will be no ‘going away’ parties; he’s not going away,” she said with a laugh. “We would definitely entertain ‘congratulations’ parties. We are certainly not ones to pass up a celebration!”
The Woodys cited several reasons for keeping Cleveland their home, including their families, their church, friends and Melissa’s job at the Chamber.
Both Woodys are involved with MainStreet Cleveland’s upcoming Christmas events and both volunteer at First Baptist Church, where they are members.
Melissa said those activities will not change.
“Dewey will still be lining up the Christmas parade as he has done for many years. Sharon Marr, MainStreet’s executive director, would hunt him down if he didn’t,” she said with a big smile.
Melissa said she has witnessed her husband pour his energy into Bradley County Fire-Rescue and is so proud of the accomplishments of that department. She says she is pleased to see his talents recognized on the state level and looks forward to seeing what this chapter holds for their future.
“So much of this exciting opportunity has just fallen into place. I truly believe that God’s hand is on this new adventure and will be on our family through these changes,” Melissa said. “We are so blessed and thankful.”
Dewey will oversee operations of over 30 agents who will investigate fires and arsons which are reported in the state of Tennessee.