Chandler Lawson Is 2nd Runner-Up In Miss America Quality Of Life Award

Friday, January 11, 2013 - by Wendy King
Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson of Tullahoma (left) along with Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan of Decatur (center) and Miss Maryland Joanna Guy (right) were named the winners of the Miss America Quality of Life Awards for exceptional community service on Thursday in Las Vegas.
Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson of Tullahoma (left) along with Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan of Decatur (center) and Miss Maryland Joanna Guy (right) were named the winners of the Miss America Quality of Life Awards for exceptional community service on Thursday in Las Vegas.
- photo by Wendy King

Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson was recognized for her community service work Thursday when she was named second runner-up for the Miss America Quality of Life Award and receiving a $2,000 scholarship in the highest finish for a Volunteer State representative in the 25 year history of the award.

Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan received the top scholarship of $6,000 for authoring a bill in the state legislature allowing those with autism to be accompanied by service dogs in public facilities.  Miss Maryland Joanna Guy was awarded the second place $4,000 scholarship for promoting heart health awareness.

A panel of former Miss America winners interviewed the finalists on Wednesday.

Ms. Lawson started 5 Loaves 4 Kids six years ago while attending Tullahoma High School after attending a cafeteria club meeting.  The program which has received 501c3 status, has distributed weekend backpack meals for over 45,000 low income students.

The UTC Political Science graduate and future University of Tennessee Law School student completed her preliminaries later in the day competing in the swimsuit and evening wear segments.

The top 14 plus the winner of the America’s Choice video voting contest will be announced in the opening minutes of Saturday’s finals which will begin at 9 ET on ABC.  The pageant will be hosted for the third consecutive year by network personalities Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet.  Prior to the finals, a special Miss America edition of 20/20 will air at 8 ET.

Four of the last five Miss Tennessee titleholders have finished in the top 15 including 2009’s Stefanie Wittler of Soddy Daisy who was the second runner-up to 2010 Miss America Caressa Cameron Jackson.

Miss America 2013 will receive a $50,000 scholarship, become the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network and a spokesperson for STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) Education for young women.


Back Alley Productions To Hold Auditions For "A Few Good Men"

Back Alley Productions is holding auditions for the production of “A Few Good Men.” Auditions are Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Back Alley is housed at the historic Mars Theater at 117 N. Chattanooga St. in LaFayette and brings in actors from the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. Review for "A Few Good Men": “A Few Good Men” details the courtroom drama of two ... (click for more)

Lookout Wild Film Festival Is Jan. 20-22

The Lookout Wild Film Festival returns to the Memorial Auditorium Community Theater Jan. 20-22.  It will be a weekend of "the best outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world and right in our own backyard," said organizers. The fifth annual LWFF will feature films on sentimental hikers, vanishing species, snow artistry, river surfing, treking through ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)