Bridgeman to be guest speaker at NAACP fundraiser
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Bradley County NAACP will hold its Annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Cleveland Country Club on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

The featured guest speaker will be the Rev. J.R. Bridgeman of Chattanooga.

Musical selections will be rendered by the Spiritual Highlights, also of Chattanooga.

Tickets for the semiformal gala are on sale for $40.

Bridgeman is no stranger to the city, as he used to call Cleveland home. During his stay, he was a charter member of the Ministers Fraternity of Bradley County; president of Bradley County Branch of Tennessee Voters Council; served as both president and vice president of the Bradley County NAACP; charter member of 100 Black Men of Bradley County; Co-Founder of Parents On Patrol; founder of Guardians Against Gangs; and the weekly radio broadcast "You Need To Know."

Bridgeman has been pastoring for 42 years. He was pastor at Watson Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Charleston; St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in Athens; and Cleages Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Chattanooga. Bridgeman is currently the pastor at Thompkin Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Chattanooga.

He was appointed presiding elder of the Chattanooga District (comprised of 16 churches) in the Tennessee Conference of the Mid-West Episcopal area of the great A.M.E. Zion Church in September 2005.

Bridgeman attended Cleveland State Community College and the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has studied at the Trinity Theological Seminary and International Seminary.

Bridgeman retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a captain after 36 years of meritorious service. He was the fourth black captain appointed and only the third black district commander in the history of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Presently Bridgeman is first vice president of the Clergy Koinonia and a member of the Servant Leadership Christian Fellowship Council of greater Chattanooga area. He is also president of the East Hamilton Youth Football Association.