YoungAndWiser Has UTC Fundraiser Feb. 14

Monday, January 21, 2013

YoungAndWiser, Inc. is a non-profit corporation offering information to students about the challenges they will face through late adolescence and early adulthood. Educators are trained and sent to college campuses and high schools to do presentations and consulting on topics including alcohol and drug use, healthy relationships and sexuality, college readiness, coping skills and more.

The organization was founded in 2012 by Tom Bissonette, who served as a college counselor for 20 years and teaches classes at UTC on adolescent and young adult development.

The idea of YoungAndWiser, Inc. is described on their website:

“The underlying concept is simple - yet profound. Most, if not all adolescents and young adults experience developmental delays in one or more areas. The purpose of this organization is to help them catch up to themselves and their peers through life education.” 

For example, academic delays might trigger a temptation to cheat; or those with social delays might use alcohol as an artificial confidence builder. These pressures and others like them lead to poor decisions, officials said.

YoungAndWiser programs help students understand what’s happening to them so they are less likely to make unwise decisions that can have life-long consequences. The director of the program says, “We sometimes think of ourselves as wisdom accelerators.”

The organization is holding a fundraiser at UTC in the UC Auditorium on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. The event includes the music of Smooth Dialect and the comedy of the nationally popular college humorist, Steve Hofstetter. Information about the event and tickets can be found at http://youngandwiser.org.



Lee Establishes Grant For Young Alumni

The Office of Alumni Relations at Lee University has established the Young Alumni Professional Development Grant, awarded to young professionals in the early stages of their career to support alumni development in the early years following graduation. The annual award is meant to continue the momentum of a Lee education while encouraging alumni to participate in initiatives, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Presents Financial Aid Workshop In Kimball

Chattanooga State Community College will present a Financial Aid Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 3-6 p.m. (CST) at the Chattanooga State Kimball Site located at 2100 Main Street in Kimball. This workshop is scheduled to not only answer questions, but to aid students in filing their 2015-2016 FAFSA forms. Tennessee Promise students are required to complete FAFSA before Feb. ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Patrol Officer Who Fired 4 Shots Toward Vehicle That Backed Toward Him

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Van Found On Its Side Off Burkhalter Gap Road; Woman's Remains Nearby; May Be Trenton Woman Missing Since June 4

A van was found on its side off Burkhalter Gap Road on the side of Lookout Mountain near Trenton, Ga., on Wednesday with a woman's body nearby. Authorities said the woman may be a missing Trenton woman. Justine Marie Creech had been missing since June 4. The discovery was made by a woman out hiking. A skull and remains were near the rear tire, authorities said.  ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)