Dr. Patti Skates Has Soddy Daisy's Best Interests At Heart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about someone who has not only been like a second mother to me, but has taken time out of her personal life to go above and beyond to help others including myself, Dr. Patti Skates. ( I would tell you about her credentials, but if you take time to research her you'll find they speak for themselves.) She is a true inspiration of how you can accomplish anything you put your mind to! She will be an amazing contribution to the city of Soddy-Daisy. 

Patti is a true friend to all she meets. She will listen to ideas of the community and will do what is best for the citizens. She is a trustworthy, Godly woman who always puts others in front of her self. When I was in middle school I was struggling to pass history class. I was not her student and didn't even go to school where she was teaching, I was just a daughter of her friend. My mother mentioned I wasn't doing well in history and that is all it took. I had a new tutor that Wednesday night. She stayed after church every night to help me study and teach me how to study in order to retain the information.  She didn't just help on a test or two, she helped me that entire year. Taking her time each week to make sure I was understanding and learning more each time.  She is like a second mother to me. Taking me under her wing when I needed someone to care a little extra, always making sure I remember who I am, and that I'm on the right path. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have made it through history that year.

She is the most dedicated person you will ever meet. When she finds something she loves, she works toward improving it and making it a great adventure for everyone involved. She has been an advisor and mentor to all her students that have entered her room. She oversees People to People missionary trips which is a student ambassador program so that students can understand different cultures and make the world a better place. She's been a part of these trips with students since 1990, where she not only gets to know her students better, but they as a group get the chance to minister to people from all over the world. It is so interesting to listen to all the experiences she has had and how they have made her grow as a person.  

She has dedicated her life to helping others and Soddy-Daisy is a prime example of her devotion. She moved back to Soddy-Daisy in 1973, was elected commissioner in 2001 where she served as commissioner and vice mayor until 2008. There is no one that would serve Soddy-Daisy better. 

If you are looking for someone to actually listen to your ideas and put them into action, Dr. Patti Skates is your commissioner. In a time where peoples' character are in question daily, Dr. Skates is a woman of her word and will act accordingly. I would be proud to call her my commissioner because I know she has Soddy-Daisy's best interests at heart. 

Beth Lewis


Are You A Sheep Or A Wolf?

This last week I had the opportunity to participate in a unique four day survival course that was instructed by some of our military’s finest from the U.S. Special Forces, Navy Seals and Delta Force.  One of my good friends, a veteran major of the U.S. Army Special Forces, developed the unique survival course along with several other elite U.S. military professionals.  ... (click for more)

No More Immigrants Till Our Veterans Are Taken Care Of

From the news today, "A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.  "Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at ... (click for more)

Maryville Police Department's Kenny Moats Was The Officer Slain Thursday

Officer Kenny Moats of the Maryville Police Department was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Thursday.  Officer Moats was with the department for over nine years and was currently serving as a drug enforcement agent. Assistant Commissioner David Purkey said, "It is with heavy heart that I express my condolences to the family and friends of ... (click for more)

Auto Burglary Thwarted In Bradley County

A man has been arrested in Bradley County, after attempting to steal a vehicle. On Thursday, Deputy Jessica Morgan observed a silver truck in a church parking lot on South Lee Highway. While checking the premises, Dep. Morgan observed a male wearing a black tank top and red shorts exiting the rear window of the cab into the bed of the truck. Once the suspect noticed Dep. Morgan, ... (click for more)

McColley Scores 4 TDs As McCallie Crushes Blackman, 49-10

Senior running back Shawn McColley struck early and often Friday night, scoring McCallie’s first four touchdowns and propelling the Blue Tornado to a 49-10 rout of Blackman at Spears Stadium. Once the game started at 8 p.m. – there was a 30-minute lightning delay – the Blue Tornado needed just 60 seconds to get on the scoreboard. McColley did the honors from 10 yards out. ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Beats Tyner In Weather-Delayed Game, 25-7

The Tyner-Notre Dame football game finally ended early Saturday morning. After enduring a so-called weather delay that sent the two teams to their dressing rooms for almost two and a half hours, the home-standing Irish improved to 2-0 with the 25-7 non-district win at Notre Dame. Sophomore kicker Andy McMeen squibbed a line-drive kick 35 yards for a field goal with 2:10 ... (click for more)