Baylor Eighth Grader Wins First Place In Zone Spelling Bee

Friday, February 22, 2013
Peter Ceren, 8th grader at Baylor School, earns 1st place in Zone Spelling Bee.
Peter Ceren, 8th grader at Baylor School, earns 1st place in Zone Spelling Bee.
Baylor eighth grader Peter Ceren was the first place winner in the Zone Spelling Bee on Feb. 12 at Baylor School. Peter defeated 61 other contestants from 12 area private and parochial schools and the Greater Chattanooga Homeschool Spelling Bee organization.

As a winner, he now advances to the regional spelling bee on March 16 at 2 p.m. at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The event will feature students in grades four through eight from Hamilton County and surrounding counties in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. The winner of that contest will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, plus $500, and a $100 savings bond.

Former Crockett County Schools Technology Director Indicted

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for the former Crockett County School System Technology director, charging the Halls man with theft, tampering with evidence and official misconduct. At the request of 28 th  District Attorney General Garry Brown, TBI special agents, working in conjunction with investigators with the Tennessee ... (click for more)

UNUM Hosts Back To School Bash For Chambliss Center For Children

A Back to School Bash was hosted by UNUM on Friday for the school-aged kids spending the summer at Chambliss Center for Children. "Each year, UNUM hosts a special day on our campus that includes inflatable slides, carnival games, snow cones, face painting, pizza and more. Several UNUM employees help in organizing and staffing all of the many activities. They also stuff more ... (click for more)

Assessor Of Property Bill Bennett Will Not Seek Re-Election

Bill Bennett, a longtime fixture in Hamilton County government, announced Monday that he plans to retire at the end of his current term as assessor of property. Mr. Bennett said, "After careful thought, prayer and encouragement from my family, I have made the decision to retire at the end of my current term and not place my name on the ballot for assessor of property in the 2016 ... (click for more)

Funeral Service For Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith Is Tuesday

The funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe.   Petty Officer Smith is the last of the five servicemen, and the second in Chattanooga, to be buried after the attack on July 16.   Parking at the church is reserved for family and friends of the Smith family. The public ... (click for more)

What Is #NoogaStrong

I've seen some recent posts asking exactly what Chattanooga Strong means. This week I have seen enough that I believe I can give you a definition of this glorious word.   As a city everyone will not always get along or agree. Often we may ask ourselves what is wrong with these nuts. Often we run across the rude, crude and ugly. But when tragic happens, we all come together ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)