Soddy Daisy Family Hosts Exchange Student From China

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Kobet family from Soddy Daisy had never thought about hosting an exchange student until the 4th of July when they received a call from STS foundation local coordinator, Mika McCoy. Their son, Jack, is in the marching band at Soddy Daisy High School, and they were matched with “Tom” from China who has been playing trombone for 6 years. Because of his history with the trombone, he was suggested to the Kobets.   Now both of the Kobet “boys” are gearing up to play in Soddy Daisy’s marching band this year. Tom arrived in Chattanooga on Friday, the 19th, and on Monday he was on the field in band camp.

Tom is from Wuxi, China, one of Chattanooga’s Sister Cities.  Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy.  Eisenhower envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world.  Sister Cities International creates relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges, creating lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.”

Jackie, his host mom, says it’s been “an exciting few days.”  Tom missed the first week of preparation for the band, so he had some catching up to do.  Jackie said, “it was difficult trying to overcome the language barrier.”  However, yesterday (Tuesday) was a much better day:  Tom was able to get some one-on-one tutoring from a former band student on the basics of marching---how to hold the instrument, how to place feet, etc.  Now, Jackie says the  band teacher  said “he looks better than some of the students who have been there for awhile.”

Tom’s English is very good, according to  Jackie, and he’s enjoying trying new foods.  He wants to cook  some of his homeland’s traditional foods for his host family soon.

 STS Foundation is currently seeking families like the Kobets, who will open their home to an international teenager.  Host families are asked to provide room and board – including 3 meals per day, reasonable transportation and a loving/nurturing environment for the students.  Students come with their own health insurance and  monies for clothing, incidentals, entertainment and travel. 

STS Foundation (Student, Travel, Study) is a not-for-profit organization that places international high-school-age students with host families.  For more information about how to become a host family, call the regional office at 866/425-4678.


Cleveland State Presents Spring Concert May 4

The Chamber Choir and Vocal Rhapsody Ensemble of Cleveland State Community College will present their annual spring concert on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. The celebration with begin with a whimsical tribute to Star Wars, with instrumental music by the Lantigua family and musical parodies by the choirs. William Dickinson, a ... (click for more)

Sequoyah High Senior Michael York Places first In Tennessee SKILLS Competition

Sequoyah High School senior Michael York placed first in the Tennessee SKILLS competition, making him the top high school welder in the state. He will represent the state in the national competition in Louisville. He has participated in school fishing tournaments, lacrosse, baseball, track, basketball, and ROTC. He was also the Raider commander in ROTC. Michael has been ... (click for more)

Lymorris Martin, 59, Stabbed To Death; Rachel Green, 51, Is Arrested

Chattanooga Police responded to the 3200 block of Broad Street early Sunday morning to a person who had been stabbed.   Upon arrival, officers with the Chattanooga Police Department located Lymorris Martin, 59, who had received multiple stab wounds. He had succumbed to his injuries prior to police arrival.   Police were able to detain a suspect, Rachel Diane ... (click for more)

Rescuers Called Out After Male Hits Head After Fall From Rope Swing; He And Companions Trapped On One Side Of The Creek

Rescue crews were setting up a safety line at the first creek crossing at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain after a male was injured on Saturday night and he and his companions were blocked by high water. Around 7:30 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting the male had fallen from a man-made rope swing and hit his head on the rocks below at the Blue Hole ... (click for more)

Whatever Happened To The People's Game Warden?

Earlier this year a Chattanoogan.com article published a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  (TWRA) Wildlife Officer encouraging readers to turn in anyone keeping or caring for an orphaned raccoon, squirrel, bunny or deer, because it may have rabies or pose a danger to some fictitious person.   In another  article, the TWRA Officer invaded a girl's home, seized ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Einstein Explains Insanity

In September of 2002, a detailed study of “Tennessee Schools on Notice” was prepared by the state’s Office of Education Accountability. This was when Senator Bob Corker was the Mayor of Chattanooga and it proves, pretty thoroughly I might add, that after millions upon millions of extra dollars have been poured down the collective drains at schools such as Orchard Knob, Clifton Hills, ... (click for more)