City Employees To Compete In 2018 APWA National Equipment Roadeo

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Kevin White
Kevin White

The equipment roadeos that employees participate in throughout the year are opportunities to show off their skills and showcase their finesse with the machinery used every day as a Department of Public Works Heavy Equipment Operator. Kevin White and Jesse “Allen” Wedman will represent the city of Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works and the Tennessee Chapter of APWA at the APWA National Equipment Roadeo later this month. Mr. White and Mr. Wedman have successfully competed in two previous equipment roadeos to earn their place in the national competition.  

The Department is hosting a practice session for Mr. White and Mr. Wedman Friday at 8 a.m. They will be practicing the three events they will compete in at the equipment roadeo. The public is invited to watch the practices at 1175 Park Ave. behind the Paul Clark Building on 11th Street. 

In the November 2017 TCAPWA Conference Equipment Roadeo, Mr. White took second place overall and first place in the skidsteer competition. Mr. Wedman took third place overall, first place in the backhoe competition, and second place in the gradall competition. They competed against 94 operators from 12 other cities and towns across the state of Tennessee. During this year’s Public Works Week, Mr. White took first place in the backhoe competition and second place in the skidsteer competition. Mr. Wedman took first place in the skidsteer competition, first place in the telescopic excavator competition, second place in the backhoe competition, and third place in the wheel loader competition. 

Mr. White and Mr. Wedman are quiet and humble; you won’t hear any “hooting and hollering” from them during practice or competition. As far as the upcoming equipment roadeo goes, they agreed that, “Working together to take home the overall group award means more than only one of us leaving with a win.” They plan to listen, watch, concentrate and remain calm during the three events at the upcoming equipment roadeo; mini-excavator, backhoe, and skidsteer.

Mr. White and Mr. Wedman will compete on Aug. 28 against the most highly skilled equipment operators from across the country.  

Equipment operators make running these machines look easy, however, they are powerful and deceptively difficult to maneuver. “Competitions, like the equipment roadeos, provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate our employees who deliver valuable services to our community," said Justin Holland, administrator of the Department of Public Works. "It takes a highly skilled individual to operate heavy machinery in an efficient and effective manner and the Department of Public Works has some of the best."

Mr. White has served Chattanooga for over 21 years and Mr. Wedman has five years in the Department of Public Works.  


Allen Wedman
Allen Wedman

Clint Powell Interviews John Woods, Owner Of Southport Capital

Clint Powell interviewed John Woods,  owner of Southport Capital in 16 markets and The Chattanooga Lookouts, and a graduate of East Ridge High School. They discussed retirement, Bitcoin, college recruitment, the new economic bubble, the outdoor basketball courts in East Ridge back in the 80s and 90s, and more. To listen to the interview, click here .  (click for more)

CALEB Launches Call For A Community Bail Fund With October Event

Chattanooga Actions in Love, Equality and Benevolence will host a public event to launch the Hamilton County Bail Fund project on Oct. 18. Its goal is to inform local organizations of the possibilities for a bail fund and the success of similar funds around the country, and to lay the groundwork for next steps in the following months. The Hamilton Community Bail Fund event ... (click for more)

Judge Collier Denies New Trial For Ex Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood; Did Not File Within 14 Days Of Verdict

Federal Judge Curtis Collier has issued a 48-page order denying a new trial for former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood. He said initial Hazelwood attorney Rusty Hardin of Houston, Tex., did not follow federal rules of filing notice of an appeal within 14 days of the verdict. Judge Collier also denied a request by Brad Henry, the new Hazelwood lawyer, for time ... (click for more)

Juvenile Shot On East 14th Street On Friday

A juvenile was shot Friday evening on East 14th Street. The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 6:45 p.m. to a person shot in the 2000 block of East 14th Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Hamilton County EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. Members of the Violent ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

The Saturday Funnies

Before we get into this week’s edition of The Saturday Funnies, I want to share a fun chunk of information that we can have a lot of fun with tonight. Our pals at the website were good enough to pass along the fact today marks the September Equinox. And – get this -- if you play this right, it will be just like the farmer says: “On the field of opportunity, it’s ... (click for more)