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.

Piedmont College Singers In Concert On March 2

The Piedmont College Singers, a select 44-voice chorus from Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga, will be performing at Pilgrim Congregational Church on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. as part of their spring tour. The concert is free and open to the public.  The choral group is led by Dr. C. Wallace Hinson, conductor. "This select ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Bipartisan Report Finds Colleges In A Jungle Of Red

Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday said a report released by a task force of college and university leaders—and commissioned by a bipartisan group of senators—shows colleges in a jungle of red tape that “should be an embarrassment to all of us in the federal government.” At a hearing on the report, Senator Alexander said, “These should not be excused as normal, run-of-the mill ... (click for more)

Case Against Red Bank Officer In Beating Of Hispanic Man To Go To Grand Jury

The Hamilton County District Attorney General’s Office has reviewed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report regarding Red Bank Police Officer Mark Kaylor and the case will be submitted for consideration by the Hamilton County Grand Jury next week, District Attorney Neal Pinkston. Officer Kaylor was seen on his squad car dash-cam hitting an Hispanic man seven times while ... (click for more)

Rodriquez D. Jones, 23, Shot On Glass Street Early Friday Morning

Rodriquez D. Jones, 23, was shot early Friday morning on Glass Street.   Chattanooga Police responded at approximately 2:30 a.m. to  2211 Glass Street (corner of Glass Street and Dodson Avenue) for  a call of a person shot and upon arrival found a single individual suffering from a single gunshot wound.  The victim was found at 2208 Glass Street ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Always Been A Battleground Between Good And Evil

From the thousands slain in nearby Chickamauga Battlefield during the Civil War…  To the launching point of the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears…  To the lunch counter sit-ins led by Howard School students — the only high school student sit-ins in the nation — during the Civil Rights Movement…  To Walter Cronkite calling the polluted Southern industrial town ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 92-Year-Old Victim

It is with great pride, and far greater relief, that I can report a “caretaker” is far different than a “boyfriend.” A story out of Memphis earlier this week morphed into a virtual fireball that had such power it appeared on the front page on a London newspaper and other news outlets all around the world when it was reported by the Associated Press a 28-year-old man had assaulted ... (click for more)