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The Chambliss Conversations: The Women Who Lead

A vintage photo of Chambliss Center for Children.
Chambliss Center for Children
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A vintage photo of Chambliss Center for Children.

(aired Thu 2/03/22)

This year, Chambliss Center for Children celebrates 150 years of serving children here in the Chattanooga area.

Founded in 1872, the nonprofit agency describes its mission today as - quote: “...to preserve family unity - and to help prevent the dependency, neglect, abuse, and delinquency of children by responding to the community's child care needs.”

A vintage photo of children at Chambliss
Chambliss Center for Children
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A vintage photo of children at Chambliss

Chambliss provides early childhood education and child care to children ages six-weeks through 12 years old - and residential care for children removed from their homes and now in the custody of the State of Tennessee.

Here on “Scenic Roots,” we begin a series of conversations throughout this year on the story of Chambliss.

In this first conversation, we focus on the role of women in the establishment, growth - and future - of the agency.

Katie Harbison is president and CEO of Chambliss - and Julie Stowe chairs its board.

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