Leigh Anne Tuohy Is Speaker For Bryan College Dinner April 18

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose story of helping a homeless black youth who became a star football player was featured in the movie The Blind Side, will be the speaker for the 6th Annual Bryan College Opportunity Program Dinner.

It will be Thursday, April 18, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

A reception is at 6 p.m. in the North Rotunda. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall.
Cost to attend is $50 per person. Registration will close at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11.


Tuohy and members of her family were present Sunday in New Orleans when Michael Oher helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.

A Memphis native, Ms. Tuohy attended Briarcrest Christian School and went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s of science in interior design. There she met Sean Tuohy, her husband of 30 years. Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, homecoming maid and active member of her sorority; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion and still holds several SEC assist records. They are the parents of daughter Collins (25) and sons Michael Oher (26) and Sean, Jr. (19).

Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm with her mother and partner, Virginia Roberts. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 8 during the 2010-11 season.

The Tuohy family is actively involved in many civic and faith-based organizations, including Grace Evangelical Church, of which they are founding members. The Tuohy family’s life, as chronicled in Lewis’ New York Times number one best-seller The Blind Side, went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history.

Only three years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Leigh Anne continues to make an impact. In July 2010, she and her husband, Sean, released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in

the invisible cracks in society. A fun element of their charity is the weekly Tuohy Trivia which offers a lucky winner a $25 gift to the charity of his or her choice. Through both projects, Leigh Anne continues her mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.

The Tuohy family’s inspirational story has been covered all over the national media including Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, and Huckabee to name a few. They are also working on a new book and potential televisions shows. Currently Leigh Anne is a contributing writer to the AARP weekly blog and More.com, offering advice through personal stories of determination and charitable giving. She is one of the most sought after motivational speakers, has appeared on CNN and has given lectures to a broad spectrum of audiences from religious groups and town halls to some of the country’s largest corporations.

At the podium, Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family. “He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne.

Urban League Offers Free Tax Prep Assistance To First Responders

Police officers and firefighters are invited to have their taxes prepared for free next week through the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s VITA program. Urban League and the IRS are designating one day to do free tax preparation and e-filing services for all Chattanooga and Hamilton County police officers and firefighters. The VITA program is co-sponsored by the city of ... (click for more)

HCSO Hosts Seminar On Homicide Investigations With Emphasis On Opioid Deaths

Throughout this week, beginning on Monday, March 12, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a seminar taught by the world renowned Law Enforcement Training firm, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, to area law enforcement investigators to help investigate potential opioid related deaths.  This week long training contained modules in crime scene analysis, interview ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Sets Press Conference To Announce New Project; Governor Haslam To Attend

Volkswagen has called a press conference at its Chattanooga plant on Monday to announce "a new project." Governor Bill Haslam is among those set to attend. Also taking part will be Antonio Pinto, president and CEO of the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant, and Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen group of America. The announcement will be at 2:30 p.m. at the plant ... (click for more)

Clark D. Nolan, Accused Of Imprisoning And Assaulting Wife, Found Competent To Stand Trial

A Graysville, Tn., man who allegedly strangled, assaulted and threatened to kill his wife while holding her prisoner in their home is competent to stand trial, according to two forensic evaluators. Psychologist Robert W. Brown Jr. and forensic coordinator Todd Wiggins reported to Sequatchie County General Sessions Court that they evaluated Clark Dean Nolan on charges of aggravated ... (click for more)

Why Are Pictures Of Our President And Vice President Not Hanging At Our Federal Courthouse?

I would like to know why the pictures of our President and Vice President have not been hung in our Federal Courthouse. They have been approved by the White House. Every time I call they tell me they are on order. Tommy Fryar (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

As your dress in your best green outfit today so you can join in the Saint Patrick’s Day revelry, here’s a conversation that was overhead at an Irish pub in Killarney. Finnegan is sitting in his favorite corner, using some of the proceeds after selling his friend Michael a donkey. Suddenly Michael bolts in the door and yells, “Hey, Finnegan, that donkey you sold me went and died.' ... (click for more)