Chattanooga Teacher Named Tennessee Titans Teacher Of The Week

Friday, October 11, 2013

Battle Academy P.E. Teacher Chris Darras has been named the Tennessee Titans Teacher of the Week. He is the first teacher from the Tennessee Valley to be recognized this season. This is a statewide contest. Battle is at Main and Market in Downtown Chattanooga.
 

Mr. Darras will receive $400 in school supplies from American Paper & Twine. He is now also entered for the Tennessee Titans Teacher of the Year contest. That teacher will win $800 in school supplies and tickets/accommodations to the Titans/Houston Texas game. 

“This Teacher of the Week was nominated by fellow teacher Elizabeth Brackin,” said Lonnie Spivak, American Paper & Twine eCommerce and Marketing manager. “Because of Mr. Darras’s commitment to his school and the community, we are excited to have the opportunity to recognize his dedication to the people of Chattanooga.”

Mr. Darras is organizing Saturday's all county elementary school cross country meet. Hundreds of third-fifth graders will compete at the Chickamauga Dam this Saturday, at 9:00 a.m.  

Mr. Darras' youngest son, Alex Darras, a freshman football player at Notre Dame, was named the top middle school kicker in the country last year by prokicker.com after attending its punting camp. 18 current NFL kickers have graduated from that camp started by famed punter Ray Guy from the Oakland Raiders.

Mr. Darras was nominated by Battle Academy music teacher Beth Brackin for the following reasons:

He has taught at Battle for seven years and taught at other HCDE schools before that. "He is all around good guy, salt of the earth.  If something needs doing, he does it," said Patty Streip - Battle Academy Family Partnership Specialist. He volunteers to direct traffic at the school in the morning and in the afternoon. He volunteers to head up the school's recycling initiative. 

"The kids love him and all look up to him.  He's 6-foot-6!  He's also such a joker," Ms. Streip said.




Chattanooga State's Economic and Community Development Division Offers Non-Credit Classes

The Economic and Community Development Division at Chattanooga State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes on a continual basis. Classes scheduled during the academic year are geared toward both working and non-working adults.  Offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, from 7-7:55 p.m., six sessions of Social Dancing will be offered for $69. No experience ... (click for more)

Gonzales To Speak In Lee's Chapel

The former United States Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, will speak in the Lee University Dixon Center morning chapel service Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10:40 a.m.  Judge Gonzales served as the 80th U.S. attorney general under appointment by President George W. Bush. Prior to that post he served on the Texas Supreme Court and as a White House Counsel.  The grandson ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Something Beautiful Happened Monday Night - Not The Debate

Monday, Sept. 26, our first presidential debate happened; no minds were changed.  Yet something beautiful and important happened.  The Atlanta Falcons, my team, played the New Orleans Saints.  Instead of some irrelevant, broad based, screw America protest, the opposing teams locked arms in unity. I was impressed. I have been a Falcon Fan since 1971 when WMOC AM ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 2.0 Embarrassment

Let’s pretend you are coming to a new and exciting world. You are on the jolly good ship “Mayflower” when some Miles Standish-type of a guy (he was the Pilgrim’s first cop) calls you into is presence and says, “Within two hours we are expected to stand on Plymouth Rock. Please come up with ten primary goals we should have in our public schools.” I believe you could do it within ... (click for more)