UT Incoming QB Dobbs Wins Prestigious Award

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

LOS ANGELES -- Incoming Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs was honored with the prestigious Watkins Award this past Saturday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The future Vol was recognized with the accolade that promotes academic excellence among African-American males. Dobbs was selected the winner from four finalists, who were star football players and equally talented in the classroom while also having a history of giving back to their respective communities.

Dobbs, from Alpharetta High School in Georgia, discussed his plans of majoring in aeronautical engineering and understanding his place as a role model. He spoke of his excitement for joining the Watkins family and his desires to keep hold of the traditions being a Watkins honoree and even growing the foundation to even higher levels than it finds itself in today.

Dobbs will arrive in Knoxville in June to begin summer workouts where he will compete for his chance to play for the Vols in 2013.

"Ever since I signed my Letter of Intent I've been itching to get on campus," Dobbs said. "I know I just got to put myself in the position to compete and just give it my best."

Check out this feature from Fox Sports West, chronicling Dobbs' memorable moment.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


Vaughn's Game Winning Hit Lifts McCallie To Victory Against MBA, 3-2

Drew Vaugh's one out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in Corbin Brooksbank with the winning run as McCallie rallied to beat visiting MBA, 3-2,  Saturday  in a D-II Middle/East Region game.   McCallie scored twice in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2 before Vaughn's extra inning, game-winning hit as McCallie improved to 21-7 overall and 12-3 in ... (click for more)

Vintage Base Ball Expansion Teams Looking For First Win

The Lightfoot and Mountain City Clubs, the two newest teams of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will take to the former Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe’s polo field on May 2, where one of the two clubs will record their first win. The game's first pitch is set for noon and the contest is free for the public to attend.  The Old Time Travelers will perform Civil War ... (click for more)

State Attorney General Says City Council Cannot Make Taxis Not Registered In Hamilton County Go Through Emissions Testing

The state attorney general's office has ruled that the City Council cannot require that taxis not registered in Hamilton County go through emissions testing. The city is dealing with the new Uber taxi service that has an out-of-town owner. Locally-owned cabs have to go through the annual emissions testing. The opinion says that local taxi owners cannot get around the emissions ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Bracing For Possibility Of Isolated Severe Storms, Tornadoes Not Ruled Out

The National Weather Service is feeling uncertain about today's weather pattern and has not ruled out the possibility of isolated, severe thunderstorms or an isolated tornado in our area. The greatest threat seems to be between 4 and 7 p.m. this evening. Below is the latest update: HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN 127 PM EDT SAT ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference - And Response (2)

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Would Mr. Summers’ Clients…

It was a beautiful day at Orange Grove Friday as the nationally-famed center, which cares for over 1,000 intellectually disabled children of all ages, celebrated its annual “Lunch of Champions” with a packed house in the Bucky Williams Gymnasium. Jerry Summers, who insiders know has done more for Orange Grove than any other man alive, not only emceed the event as he does every year, ... (click for more)