Chandler Lawson Wins Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze Medal At Miss America

Wednesday, January 09, 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.


Mise En Scenesters To Screen Crime Wave Saturday

Mise En Scenesters, Chattanooga’s pop-up arthouse theater to screen Crime Wave on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Barking Legs Theater. Review for Crime Wave: Mystery, intrigue, sensation, crippling writers' block. Not to be confused with the Sam Raimi film of the same title, this Canadian cult oddity remains one of the most criminally under-seen films of the 1980's. An early example ... (click for more)

Truck Line-Up Announced For Chattanooga's Monster Jam

Monster Jam is returning to Chattanooga with a brand new line-up at UTC McKenzie Arena Feb. 6-7.  The truck-line up will include Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters Jr., Higher Education, Iron Warrior driven by Matt Cody, Fatal Attraction driven by Jeff Murphy and Full Boar driven by Ed Eckert.  The line-up ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Conversations

I am not predicting this will happen but I have known it to occur – in the middle of the Thanksgiving feast there will come a lull in the conversation and you can save the day if you’ll immediately look at the person to your right and ask, “What is the smartest thing you ever heard somebody say?” It is an easy thing, because we all love wisdom, and the ploy comes to mind because ... (click for more)