Chattanooga St. Jude Dream Home Winner Says Children Of St. Jude Are Real Winners

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ellen Breland of Chattanooga received news on Sunday that would change her life. She is the winner of the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Chattanooga, which is a 3,000-square-foot, single family home built by G.T. Issa Construction in the Hawks Landing subdivision of Apison. The winning ticket was pulled from 7,000 tickets during the live St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway special on WRCB Channel 3.

Ms. Breland and her husband, John Henry were in awe as they saw their brand-new Dream Home for the first time. Just hours before, Ms. Breland received a call from a St. Jude representative telling her she had won the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home. She said, "I was at home all by myself and didn't have a clue. She told me I won the home and I couldn’t believe it. My phone kept beeping while I was talking to her because everybody was trying to call me, and it's been crazy ever since." 

Ms. Breland explained it was a tradition to purchase the ticket every year with her mother-in-law, Henrietta Breland, who died of cancer last September.  Henrietta was a longtime St. Jude supporter and made a request before her passing. "She told everybody 'don't buy flowers, make a donation to St. Jude'," said Mr. Breland.

Not only does the St. Jude Dream Home with an estimated value of $350,000 benefit the new homeowner, but also the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases. 

Ms. Breland said, “It’s the children of St. Jude who are the real winners. It's not about what you get out of it, it's what you give. It's not about this house, it's not about anything. It's about those little kids"

Since the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway launched in 1991, St. Jude has given away more than 300 houses and raised more than $240 million in ticket sales, making it the largest single-event fundraiser for the hospital. It’s because of programs like this that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, and St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for our patients and a family member.

For a complete list of winners and prizes, call 800 750-6962 or visit dreamhome.org


Commission Denies Office Zoning Near James County Courthouse

The County Commission on Wednesday denied a request that a house near the old James County Courthouse at Ooltewah be rezoned for office use. The vote was 8-1 with Jim Fields casting the only vote in support of the request by Karl and Nina Vogel. Neighbors objected, saying it would lead to more office zoning in the neighborhood of single-family homes. Mr. Vogel said he and ... (click for more)

High School Students Visit Chattanooga State's Tiny House Project

Construction of a miniature house continues at ChattState in the Civil & Construction Engineering Technology program. The Tiny House Project began in fall of 2016 to give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with planning, scheduling, and building a fully- functional tiny house. Funding for the project is made possible from the Community Foundation of Greater ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools On 2-Hour Monday Delay Due To Weekend Storms

Due to this weekend’s storms and heavy rain that lead to numerous power outages and road closures, Hamilton County schools will be on a two-hour delay on  Monday . This will allow buses to operate during daylight hours to avoid debris in roadways. School-age childcare will open at the regular time. (click for more)

Angela Faye Parker, 50, Arrested In Stabbing On Glass Street

Angela Faye Parker, 50, was arrested early Sunday morning after stabbing another female. Chattanooga Police responded to 2302 Glass Street at 12:15 a.m. to an assault. The victim and Ms. Parker were both patrons of the Pay-Pay Lounge.   The victim advised that she was physically attacked and maced by Ms. Parker in the restroom. Upon arriving home for the evening, ... (click for more)

No Tax-Supported Entity Should Get Secrecy In Spending

A shadowy situation has emerged in Chattanooga with an organization that manages millions of taxpayer dollars with no transparency and such a surprising disregard for accountability that one wonders what it would take to wake up elected officials who are supposedly in charge. Welcome to the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose lawyer threatened to sue the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is Dr. Edwards The One?

Just hours after the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board emailed a list of 14 candidates on Friday afternoon to be considered as the next Superintendent of the 42,000-student system to the other board members, Dr. Nakia Edwards, an Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Education, became the early “common sense” favorite. And, at first glance, she has ... (click for more)