St. Peter’s Episcopal School Announces Interim Head Of School

Beloved Veteran Teacher Meredith Ruffner To Take On Leadership Role

Monday, May 20, 2013
St. Peter’s Episcopal School announced that Meredith Ruffner will take over as interim head of school for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Previously-named head Donna Mallett had decided that the transition from her Atlanta home was not in her family’s best interest.
“We are thrilled that Meredith will lead St. Peter’s next year,” said board chairman Bill Winchester. “Meredith is an outstanding teacher and has the respect and love of students, faculty, administrators and parents.
She will be a warm and caring guide in our school and in our community.”
Ms. Ruffner, a teacher for 20 years, has extensive experience in elementary and special education. She has been at St. Peter’s for 10 years as a second grade teacher, and will complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal Licensure in 2014. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I am so excited to lead the St. Peter’s family,” said Ms. Ruffner. “Our children are the community’s most valued asset. Giving them a strong academic foundation and helping them understand God’s love for all people will serve them their whole lives. I’m honored to be a part of that.”
Dr. Herb Barks, former headmaster of Baylor School and Hammond School, will be acting as a consultant during this time of transition. Officials said, "We are grateful for his dedication, love of the school, and passion for children."  
St. Peter’s Episcopal School began as a kindergarten in 1965, and demand for more grades soon followed. St. Peter’s now welcomes children ages three to five in preschool and kindergarten through fifth grade in the elementary school.

Cleveland State Recognizes Tennessee Promise/Tennessee Reconnect Students With Special Welcome Week Celebration

Cleveland State Community College officials say they will offer a “sunny” welcome to both new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students arriving on campus this week with a special celebration on Thursday during the college’s Convocation at 12:30 p.m. the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.  Under the theme “My Future’s So Bright,” Tennessee Promise and Reconnect ... (click for more)

The Charles Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients At UTC

The Mario C. and Grace B. Charles Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually to students in two different categories: engineering and education, in honor and memory of husband and wife  Mario C. Charles, formerly an engineer with TVA, and Grace B. Charles, formerly a teacher in the Chattanooga public school system.  John R. Burhman, treasurer and member of the board ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Orders Walker County To Pay Erlanger $8,705,000, Plus Interest; Question Of Attorney Fees And Expenses To Go To Jury

Federal Judge Harold Murphy, in a 63-page ruling handed down Tuesday, ordered Walker County, Ga., to pay the Erlanger Health System $8,705,000, plus interest, on the Hutcheson Hospital debt. Judge Murphy, of Rome, Ga., said the question of attorney fees and expenses owed Erlanger by Walker County should be decided by a jury trial. Walker County and Catoosa County earlier agreed ... (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)

Problems With The Proposed Apartments In Lookout Valley

I am deeply troubled at the way in which this proposal has been handled. The blatant disregard for the residents of Kelly's Ferry Road and the wishes of the Lookout Valley Area Plan (which was adopted by the city in 2003) by Chip Henderson and Tommy Austin amazes me. Yes, there was a meeting of the Lookout Valley Neighborhood association in August, but it wasn't on its normal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)