Chandler Lawson Wins Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze Medal At Miss America

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - by Wendy King

Chandler Lawson may not have won the Talent Award at Tuesday’s first round of Miss America preliminaries, but Tennessee’s representative in Las Vegas was presented with the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze medal.

The Tullahoma native and graduate of UTC was one of 13 recipients of the award which is the nation’s leading youth development program which is now in partnership with the Miss America Organization. The award is based on community service, physical fitness and personal interest development.

Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who holds the world record for tap dancing pirouettes, took the top prize in talent with her high energy routine to the Michael Buble version of “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The swimsuit competition was won by Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers.

Ms. Lawson sang Adele’s “Turning Tables” dressed in an ice blue gown. She will compete in the on-stage question segment in tonight’s second round of preliminaries.

On Thursday, she could become the first Miss Tennessee to win the coveted Quality of Life Award for exceptional community service. Ms. Lawson is one of seven finalists for the honor and the winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.

She is already guaranteed a minimum $3,000 scholarship by being a national Miss America finalist. Ms. Lawson will be attending the University Of Tennessee School Of Law once her year of service as Miss Tennessee concludes in June.



Lee’s Performing Arts Series To Continue With 4ever Pianists

The Lee University School of Music will welcome 4ever Pianists for the next installment of its Performing Arts Series taking place in Pangle Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The group comprises four Lee alumnae from Taiwan who met while studying at the university.  The performance’s theme, “Making a Birthday Wish,” will tell a story through musical composition of a ... (click for more)

WoodSongs Dalton Concert Series Begins With The Becky Buller Band

The WoodSongs Dalton 2018 Concert Series will host the award winning singer, songwriter, and fiddler Becky Buller and the Becky Buller Band and Spatial Effects at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at The Wink Theater in downtown Dalton.   Review for Becky Buller: Becky Buller’s first appearance as a solo artist was in Dalton in January of 2015 and since that time she ... (click for more)

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, Shot Early Sunday Morning On Lillian Lane

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, were shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police were notified at 4:39 a.m. of two people arriving at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, police spoke with the two victims who were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victims arrived at the hospital via personal vehicle.   ... (click for more)

2 Top Officials Leave Administration Of Sheriff Eric Watson

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on Sunday announced the resignations of Chief Deputy Brian Smith and Director of Administrations Arnold Botts. He said they "served with distinction for the past four years." The Sheriff's Office said, "Smith notified Sheriff Watson that he is exploring business opportunities in the private sector, while Botts mentioned the timing was right ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Rebranding & ‘Culture’

My grandfather, who ran several very successful businesses, was a very astute fellow. I can’t tell you how many times he said, “The worst thing any salesman who calls on a business can say is, ‘I am here to save you some money.’ That’s not true -- In every instance they are in front of you hoping to make some money for themselves, else they would have never come by.” Another ... (click for more)