Lee Announces Cannon Scholars

Monday, December 9, 2013 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University
Ashley Sederquist
Ashley Sederquist

Lee University students Ashley Sederquist and Lindsey Teague were named this year's recipients of the Sheila Hyde Cannon Scholarship, awarded annually in memory of the late Sheila Hyde Cannon, a local educator and Lee alumna. 

Ms. Sederquist is a senior education major from Clearwater, Fla., and Ms. Teague, also a senior education major, is from Cleveland. 

"I am humbled to receive this scholarship," said Ms. Sederquist. "I know Mrs. Cannon dedicated her life to education, and I hope to live up to her memory."

Mrs. Cannon, a 1972 graduate of Lee, was a respected public school teacher and administrator for more than 30 years. She served as an English teacher and assistant principal at Cleveland Middle School before becoming principal at Arnold Elementary. Her last position in the school system was as a teacher at Cleveland High School.

Mrs. Cannon also worked in the Christian Education Department of South Cleveland Church of God for more than 30 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority.

Shortly after her death in 2002, family members, friends and professional colleagues joined to honor her memory and her work by establishing the Sheila Hyde Cannon Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lee. The fund is designed to provide financial assistance to deserving education students.

"Sheila was a passionate middle grades educator and administrator, was respected among her peers and was an inspiration to others," said Dr. Ashley Smith, director of Teacher Education and Field Experiences at Lee and a former colleague of Mrs. Cannon's. "She held students accountable for their actions but was always fair and compassionate. Her compassion was especially evident when underprivileged students were involved."

Recipients are chosen based on input from the administration of Lee's Helen DeVos College of Education. Priority is given to full-time education majors, with major consideration being given to the potential academic performance and financial need of each applicant. 

Recipients will receive the scholarship each year until they graduate as long as they meet the criteria.

"I am thankful for scholarships like this," said Ms. Teague. "Without them, it would be a struggle for me to afford college." 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Sheila Hyde Cannon Memorial Scholarship may send contributions to Lee University, University Relations, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, Tenn., 37320.

Lindsey Teague
Lindsey Teague

Cleveland State's Continuing Education Department Announces Fall Line Up

The Department of Continuing Education at Cleveland State Community College has a new line up of classes for fall. The upcoming classes are as follows:   ?         Beginning Microsoft Excel This beginning Microsoft Excel course is designed to help individuals gain basic skills in working and implementing Excel software ... (click for more)

UTC's Brown Recognized For Public Service

Dr. Richard Brown, executive vice chancellor for Finance, Operations, and Information Technology at UTC received the 2016 University of Tennessee Alumni Association Public Service Award for the UT Chattanooga campus. The UTAA Public Service Award recognizes faculty and staff members who make substantial contributions to the welfare and good of the state or national publics. ... (click for more)

Hixson Man Charged With Sending Threatening Emails To General Sessions Court Judge

A 30-year-old Hixson man has been charged with making threats to kill General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom after police said they found evidence to tie him to recent threats against the judge. David Lee Graham, of 1730 Colorado St., is charged with retaliation against a judge. His bond was raised to $100,000. Detective Ric Whaley said he had been conducting an investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Carry Injured 15-Year-Old Boy Out Of Pocket Wilderness

First responders spent Sunday afternoon rescuing an injured 15-year-old boy at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain. At 1:20 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a teenager had injured his ankle from cliff jumping at the "Blue Hole " at the Pocket Wilderness. Tennessee State Parks and Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and immediately ... (click for more)

Flabbergasted By Rape Suspended Sentence - And Response (2)

I am flabbergasted. A 15-year-old young lady was raped by a bus driver, to whom we have entrusted our young, and all he gets is a suspended sentence and a GPS ankle bracelet.  Really? What judicial idiot, in their “judicial wisdom,” felt that sentence was appropriate?  Via the Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Tennessee- Administrative Office of the Courts, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Double Travesties

Back when we were kids the old guys taught us how to throw a one-two punch. It’s pretty impressive if you do it right, which is to jab your left fist into the thug’s face and then, as though it was a symphony, complete the combination as you deliver a powerful right cross to the same nose. If the thug has a gun, it doesn’t work as well. But, boy, did our community ever get clobbered ... (click for more)