Senator Bob Corker says the people of Ferguson, Missouri need to think about peace, not protests.
The Senator is in Chattanooga as the keynote speaker for the annual Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Corker is praising the Chamber's work in Volkswagen's expansion plans here in town.
After the meeting, he also talked about the problems in Ferguson.
A white police officer is accused of killing an unarmed black teenager in that Missouri community.
That's led to protests in the streets.
But Corker hopes cooler heads will prevail.
"I know this has stoked a lot of intense feelings on every side, and you know, let's get to the bottom of this and certainly let's learn from this and move ahead as a country and certainly them as a community."
Corker also says the United States needs to help the Iraqi military build up its presence to help bring stability to the region.