Bill Talley Named DeVos College Of Education Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, November 18, 2013 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University
Dr. Jim Bilbo, left, former professor and chair of Lee’s department of education, with Professor of Education Dr. George Nerren, holding a photo of Bill Talley, who was honored in absentia.
Dr. Jim Bilbo, left, former professor and chair of Lee’s department of education, with Professor of Education Dr. George Nerren, holding a photo of Bill Talley, who was honored in absentia.

Bill Talley was named distinguished alumnus of the Helen DeVos College of Education at a Lee University Homecoming departmental breakfast.

Mr. Talley, a native of Cleveland, was part of the first class of students to earn a Tennessee Teacher’s License from Lee College in 1968. 

“He is the biggest little man I have ever known,” said George Starr, director of Sports Information at Lee and life-long friend of Mr. Talley. “Though he was born with a severe handicap, he has never let it slow him down.”

Mr. Talley began his sports career as manager of a Bradley Central High School athletics team. While at Lee, he coached a Dixie Youth baseball team and took a group of All-Stars to the Dixie Youth World Series.

“He challenged his players to play with intensity,” said Lee prof George Nerren, friend and former player of Mr. Talley. “He gave his best and expected his players to give their best.”

After his graduation from Lee, Mr. Talley was hired as a football assistant and head baseball coach for Cleveland High School.

“Those teams were among the best in the state,” said Mr. Starr. “To this day, I don’t know if there has ever been a more respected coach and teacher at CHS.”

Since his time at CHS, Mr. Talley served as academic counselor for the Texas Tech football team in Lubbock, Texas, coached high school football and served as an athletic director before retiring. 

Mr. Talley raised his family in Texas, where he currently resides. He has three daughters: Gracie, Jim and Susana, a son, Bryant, and nine grandchildren.



TWC And Cleveland State To Host Summer STEM Camps

Tennessee Wesleyan College and Cleveland State Community College are pairing up to offer several STEM camps this summer. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and these summer camps will offer students age 8-18 the opportunity to participate in one of several class options. Courses offered include Lego robotics, bio-chemistry, advanced Lego robotics, ... (click for more)

East Ridge High School Class Of 1975 To Hold 40th Reunion

The East Ridge High School class of 1975 is holding its 40th reunion at The Car Barn, 6721 Heritage Business Ct, Chattanooga, on Saturday, August 1, from 6-11 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and includes food and drinks. Cash bar available. Your payment is requsted by check and needs to mailed and received by July 1 to Janice Madaris, 630 Blue Bird Lane, Ringgold, ... (click for more)

County Schools Going Back To Drawing Board On Budget After Tax Increase Rejected

The County School Board is going back to the drawing board on its budget after County Mayor Jim Coppinger and County Commission members declined to go along with a property tax increase. County Mayor Coppinger said he is planning to hold the line on taxes in the upcoming budget. Supt. Rick Smith had been pushing for a 40-cent property tax boost to fund an additional $34 million ... (click for more)

Erlanger Budget Foresees $29.4 Million In Revenue From Operations

Erlanger Health System officials said they anticipate income of $29.4 million from operations for the upcoming fiscal year.   The projection includes a 10.3 percent increase in outpatient surgeries, 11.9 percent increase in inpatient charges, and nine percent increase in net patient revenues.   Officials said bedside nurses will receive another ... (click for more)

County Officials Need To Provide A Decent Animal Shelter

Once upon a time, a group of citizens concerned about the decaying building housing the Humane Educational Society on Highland Park raised their voices in an outcry about the deplorable state of the HES facility and the over-population of unwanted and unspayed/unneutered cats and dogs in Hamilton County.   What happened then was that the City Council stepped ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is It Ever Worth It?

There is a better-than-average chance General John Kelly could soon be named as the new Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. He’s one of four men who have been mentioned in prudent fashion to follow General Joseph Dunford (remember that name for a few minutes) as head of the Corps. General Dunford, who held the job less than a year, has just been chosen by President Obama ... (click for more)