Dr. And Mrs. Johnny Mann Visit Chattanooga

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Famed leader and arranger of the Johnny Mann Singers was in Chattanooga for a weekend visit. Johnny and Betty Mann have been long-time friends of Tom and Faye Hammett and their daughters.  

This visit was simply a pleasure visit to enjoy good conversation, good food, and to spend Friday afternoon on "Dr. Tom's" Going Home radio program on WDYN from 4:30-6 p.m.

About 10 years ago, the Hammetts and Manns connected through a fan letter that was sent to Johnny Mann when they still lived in the California desert near Hollywood.

  Subsequently, the Manns moved to Anderson, S.C., where members of Mrs. Mann reside. Mr. Mann has been to Chattanooga a number of times to direct his arrangements with the Hammett's church choir.

Recently, an autobiography has been published entitled The Music Mann: My Life in Song by Mr. Mann and is available at www.johnnymannsingers.com.  The book highlights many details of the arranger's background, the scores of Hollywood celebrities with whom he has worked, the years of the Johnny Mann Singers, his work as music director for the Alvin and the Chipmunks television program (he was the voice of Theodore,) band leader for the Joey Bishop Show, the three years of 'Stand Up and Cheer' television series featuring the music of the Johnny Mann Singers, as well as the five Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy awards.


Burse, Frank Jr.

Frank Burse, Jr., 73, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in a local hospital.   He was the owner of Frank Burse and Son Plumbing.   He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Burse, Sr.; mother, Fannie Burse; and brother, Willis Burse.   Survivors include her brother, Earnest (Linda) Burse, Sr.; sisters, Bonnie ... (click for more)

Magers, Andy

Andy Magers, 35, formerly of Collegedale, TN, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Shasta County, CA. Andy graduated from Collegedale Academy. He is survived by his parents, Dwight and Sherry Magers, Collegedale; sisters, Caryn Nobbs, College Place, WA and Kimberly Magers, Sioux Falls, SD; and grandfather, Harold Grundset, Ooltewah. Memorial contrubutions may be ... (click for more)

Bass, Myrtice Lee (Cleveland)

Myrtice Lee Bass, 97, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in a local hospital.  She was the daughter of the late Matthew and Annie Rawlins; and was also preceded in death by her husband, William Bass; sister, Mildred Rawlins; and brothers, Jasper Rawlins, Billy Rawlins and John W. Rawlins. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Lee Campbell of Cleveland; granddaughter, ... (click for more)

Queen, Christine "Chris" Morgan (Dunlap)

Christine "Chris" Morgan Queen, 52, of Dunlap, TN, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.  Survivors include her husband, Charlie Queen; daughters, Crystal Queen and Cianna Queen; brother, Charles Morgan; sisters, Cheryl Wilding and Carla Duncan; and nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)