GPS PE Teacher Inducted Into Chattanooga Sports Hall Of Fame

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame was bestowed on Peggy Michaels, PE teacher and chair of the Physical Education Department at GPS, on Monday. 

The award, named for Betty Probasco, recognizes the leadership that Ms. Michaels has contributed to the field of fitness and wellness and her 24-year career at GPS. It is presented annually to “those who have provided loyal service or significant contributions to athletics or recreational programs in the Greater Chattanooga area.”

Ms. Michaels is recognized across the state and the Southeast for the SHAPE fitness and wellness program that she designed to use in PE classes at GPS. The mission of SHAPE (Starting Habits to Attain Physical Excellence) is to “prepare girls for a lifetime of physical wellness through a sequenced program of fitness, nutrition, and play,” she says. It has been recognized as one of the top high school physical education programs in the Southeast, and the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance named Ms. Michaels Physical Educator of the Year in 1993. 

Lettering in two sports, volleyball and basketball, at Tyner High School in the 1960s, Ms. Michaels attended Tennessee Tech University, from which she received the Flavious Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Attending the banquet with her two daughters, Meg Michaels Word ’91 and Kingsley Michaels Bennett ’94, the honoree accepted the award with her typical humility and thankfulness to God. 

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 25 years ago, Ms. Michaels has adapted her teaching style due to her physical limitations, but her interaction with students is ongoing and personal. She is a member of the Tennessee Multiple Sclerosis Hall of Fame and has been honored by the local MS chapter. 

Caroline Caulkins Bentley ’83 was inducted into the local hall of fame for her many contributions to Chattanooga swimming.

Almost 7,500 More College Credits Awarded To Tennessee High School Students

Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tuesday that nearly 7,500 more post-secondary credits were awarded to Tennessee public school students in 2016 when compared to 2014. Additionally, more students than ever before in Tennessee are taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with 27,699 students taking one or more exam in 2016—up 8.8 percent from last year, ... (click for more)

TDOE Advances Reading Goals Through New Coaching Network

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday the launch of the Read to be Ready coaching network. Two-hundred coaches and two-thirds of Tennessee school districts are participating in the new coaching network that is designed to provide intensive support and professional learning opportunities for educators focused on early grades reading. ... (click for more)

DA Pinkston Files Petition To Declare 2 Gangs A Public Nuisance

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed a petition on Monday asking that two Chattanooga gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Grape Street Crips, and their members be declared public nuisances. General Pinkston is also "asking that injunctive relief be given to the law-abiding residents of East Lake by establishing a Safety Zone that covers most of their neighborhood." ... (click for more)

2 Boaters Die In Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning On Chickamauga Lake

Two boaters and their pet were pronounced dead at the scene of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Chickamauga Lake.  Kristy D. James and Mike L. Richardson of Chattanooga were reported missing to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day by a concerned family member. The boaters had not been heard from since Saturday. Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... (click for more)

Of Course Gangs Are A Public Nuisance

Now, I don't know it all.  Beginning with my parents, folks of all sorts have been actively pointing out my ignorance for more than seven decades now.  So I'm well aware that I don't know it all.  In recent months I've begun to develop an appreciation for the local work of Mr. Neal Pinkston; I've been impressed with several things he's been doing in his official ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arnold Palmer’s Greatness

This is hardly meant to be flippant but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in the presence of more great people than anyone you know. I’ve never ranked them, or ever dared to wonder who was the greatest, such as Muhammad Ali or Elvis Presley, but there are two traits that those who reach the highest pinnacle have in common. First, not a one of them was any good at what made them famous ... (click for more)