Smisson-Pelts Wedding

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Bethany and Matthew
Bethany and Matthew

Bethany Lynn Pelts and Matthew Drake Smisson were married Saturday night in rites at the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Roger Gulick and Brian Salter officiated.

A reception was held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St.

The couple became engaged April 22. The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hurd Pelts of Bluefield, W.V., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Aylor, of Bluefield, W.V., and the late Mr.

and Mrs. Pete Pelts of Bluefield, W.V.

The groom is the son of the late Mr. Joseph Drake Smisson and Mrs. Susan Smisson of Lookout Mountain, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. F. Wright Smisson of Bonaire, Ga., and Mrs. Terrice Ayers Toney and the late Mr. Elmo Toney Jr. of Helen, Ga.

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church is the childhood church of the groom and where the couple are currently members.

Bethany is a graduate of Graham High School, Bluefield, Va., and Covenant College, where she majored and earned her degree in Sociology. Miss Pelts currently works for PlayCore in Chattanooga.

The groom is a graduate of Chattanooga Christian School, and Covenant College where he majored and earned his degree is business and history. Mr. Smisson is currently a manager at Fowler Brothers Company in Chattanooga.

In the bridal party were family and close friends of the couple. The maid of honor was Miss Kristen Walker of Signal Mountain, and the best man was Mr. William Cooper of South Pittsburg, Tn. Also a part of the wedding party were Miss Megan Afman of Chickamauga, Miss Lisa Solis of Littleton, Co., Mrs. Olivia Pelts of Dallas, Tx., sister-in-law of the bride, Miss Hope Smisson of Lookout Mountain, sister of the groom, Miss Beka Finkel of Bluefield, W.V., and Miss Amanda VanCamp of Quakerstown, Pa. Groomsmen included Mr. Stephen Wharton of Franklin, Tn., Mr. Donnovin Rogers of Houston, Tx., Mr. Zach Woodruff of Decatur, Ala., Mr. Jonathan Pelts of Bluefield, W.V., brother of the bride, Mr. David Pelts of Bluefield, W.V., brother of the bride, and Mr. Daniel Pelts of Bluefield, W.V., brother of the bride.

Following the wedding, the couple intends to reside in Chattanooga.

Christmas Tree Lighting At Heritage Park Will Be Dec. 11

The East Brainerd Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Park. There will be refreshments, Santa, elves, carolers and much more.  The event is free and everyone is invited. (click for more)

UTC Elder Scholars Meeting Will Be Held Dec. 8

The December meeting of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga's Elder Scholars will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. in the University Center, Signal Mountain Room. This is a change in rooms and it’s on the 3rd floor and near the front stairs.  If you come up the elevator, turn left into the long hall. The presentation is entitled “History of UTC ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Stockholder Files Suit Against Automaker At Chattanooga; Seeks Class Action Status

A Volkswagen stockholder has filed suit in Federal Court in Chattanooga against the automaker, charging that its stock was over-valued and that it has not plummeted due to revelations about emissions cheating. The suit was filed in behalf of Michael Wolfenbarger by Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball and Nashville attorney James Stranch III. It seeks class action status for those ... (click for more)

Woman In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Face Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman is in critical condition after she was shot while driving in Chattanooga on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m. , the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on the scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a ... (click for more)

Misconceptions About Ban The Box

Mr. Exum,  I want to invite you as a guest speaker at the NAACP General Membership meeting.  I believe we can accomplish our goals and clear up any misconceptions about Ban The Box and the role of the NAACP in a much more meaningful manner face to face.   In that vein I would like to invite you to have coffee with me at Panera Bread.  I will not make a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Great Thanksgiving

In order for you to best understand this, last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving I have ever spent alone.  Don’t misunderstand, I had a fistful of kind invitations but I am the only remaining member of my immediate family around here and I guess I started dwelling on that a little too much as the holiday neared. Making out my “thankful” list helped, and I ate enough with ... (click for more)