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.

Haslam To Speak At Chattanooga Chamber Annual Meeting Wednesday

Governor Bill Haslam will keynote the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Governor Haslam will speak about the state’s progress in economic development, creating jobs, higher education, including Tennessee Promise, and other initiatives. In addition to Governor Haslam’s keynote, ... (click for more)

Dalton's CALEA Accreditation Renewed

At Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker officially announced that his department has officially been re-accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc). The agency was officially informed of the re-accreditation earlier this month after a team of CALEA assessors performed an inspection ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

2 People In Critical Condition After 3-Vehicle Crash On Highway 58

Two people are in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 58 on Monday night. At approximately 8:13 p.m. , officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 5400 block of Highway 58.  One of the involved vehicles flipped on its top causing the occupants to be trapped inside the vehicle. The ... (click for more)

Say No To Armed Police Volunteers - And Response (5)

The last thing the Chattanooga Police Department needs is a cadre of “armed” volunteers placed in the community as reserve officers. How will this plan address the problem between the department and the communities in which there is lack of trust? If these volunteers are strategically added to strengthen the “police state” in certain neighborhoods, that plan will widen the gap between ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Already, 248 Mass Shootings

There is not a word – not one – that I can use to respond to Dr. Loretta P. Prater, whose letter in Chattanoogan.com just condemned the idea that proposed volunteers in the Chattanooga Police Department be armed. Dr. Pater signed her letter, “Mother of Homicide Victim Leslie Vaughn Prater” and I’ve no doubt there is nothing in this world that will assuage the lifelong horror she ... (click for more)