published Monday, September 26th, 2011

Sherrie Gilchrist out at Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce

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    In this file photo, Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sherrie Gilchrist is seen during a business panel at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Sherrie Gilchrist is no longer the executive director of the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s board said today.

Gilchrist had been under fire since June amid questions about Chamber finances, discrepancies in the agency’s budget requests and more.

She is not with the chamber as of Aug. 17, board chairman Walter Hitchcock said.

The board is looking for a new director, he said. Meanwhile, the board is running day-to-day operations.

The goal is to reduce costs and move the organization forward, Hitchcock said.

He also said the Chamber has moved into new quarters at the Hemlock School on South Highland Park Avenue.

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eastridge8 said...

Right...if we ask any questions then we are racists...if we want her held accountable then we are racists...if we question them about being qualified for ANY thing then we are racists...this is getting OLD!

September 26, 2011 at 5:19 p.m.
librul said...

Well, get used to it. Racists cannot change their stripes.

I'm sorry Sherrie gave in to the character assassination and relentless harrassment from TFP "journalists" and small town bureaucrats for doing nothing but trying to create a minority business incubator and help members of the minority community get started in business.

September 26, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.

So is this the Chamber admitting she is responsible? If so will criminal charges be forthcoming?

September 26, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
Salsa said...

It is hardly " character assassination and relentless harassment" to expect honest answers to very simple questions.

September 26, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
librul said...

Wake up and smell the coffee, idiot. The answers have been given - more than once.

September 26, 2011 at 6:29 p.m.
ginagirl43 said...

So let me get this straight, this agency is for minorities only....does that mean the other Chamber serves only non-minorities? Just wondering. Librul musta been looking in the mirror when he used the word "idiot"

September 26, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
librul said...

Both organizations serve a constituency. The "white" chamber COULD have provided many opportunities for minority business over the years - and may have provided a few as tokens. But the creation of the Multi-Cultural Chamber has been necessary because they have NEVER put minority business development forward as a priority and have not made any attempt to promote programs that could address the inordinately high percentage of minority unemployment. Just like the Rethugs in Washington working to make President Barack Hussein Obama's national initiatives and programs fail, the local political mongrels have the same attitude toward efforts to promote minority business.

September 26, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
Beamis said...

What is a minority business? Is it East Indian? Bangladeshi? Hispanic? What are the terms of usage? It certainly can't be about that many African-American businesses, because outside of a few funeral homes I don't know of any that actually exist. Enlighten me please!

Who is this chamber for????

September 26, 2011 at 9:07 p.m.
cinderella said...

I don't understand the lack of outrage in the African American community. The only ones that seemed to have profitted were Ms. Sherrie and the owner of the lots that were purchased on MLK. Race really doesn't have anything to do with this, it is corruption. Get over it. There are corrupt African Americans too!

September 26, 2011 at 9:23 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

It will be interesting to see if she or any members of the cultural center will be indicted after the government is finished investigating the money trail. With all the stonewalling and lack of adequate answers to very simple questions, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that something not right with this situation. That center should not get another penny of taxpayer money. It shows a real lack of intelligence when someone starts using the race card when simple questions are raised regarding how public money is being spent.

September 26, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
librul said...

You people REALLY need to get out a bit more. Oh, and take off those blinders, you might benefit from looking around a bit, too. It sounds like you live in a cubicle five days, drive directly to your cozy home while listening to Rush Dumbaugh podcasts, and only go out to attend your racist, mysoginistic, whites-only churches. Quite pitiful, actually.

September 26, 2011 at 10:55 p.m.
BravesDave said...

She should move right into an overpaid position with Barackiepoo. Is she union?

September 26, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
BravesDave said...

I get out plenty. You are delusional and the unemployment rate of those you say have been treated unfairly has gone from 8% to 27% since your hero took over. Take it up with him.

September 26, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.

Does that mean in the areas where blacks are the majority, the whites should be able to open an "anglo-saxon american" chamber of commerce? I didn't think so...

Librul, just in case you didn't know, you seem to be the most hateful, mysoginistic, race-baiter on this entire site. The hate shows in what you say and how you say it. Maybe you should move-on.

September 27, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
BravesDave said...

They NEVER move on. They linger like a bad odor, always blaming me for THEIR stink. Tired of it. Really tired of it.

September 27, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
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