Scenic City 2014 Preview

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - by Wendy King
Shelby Thompson
Shelby Thompson
- photo by Kristy Belcher

When Shelby Claire Thompson was named Miss Tennessee 2013 last month in Jackson, she became the second Miss Music City representative to win the title.  However, the Franklin resident and University of Tennessee graduate also has a Chattanooga royalty connection.

In 1977, Eunice Elizabeth Belew won the Miss Chattanooga Pageant and finished in the top 10 at the state competition.  She eventually married Milton Thompson and the couple has two daughters the eldest of whom will be departing for Atlantic City in September to compete at the Miss America Pageant as it makes its return to its birthplace.

However, the next stop on the Thompson family itinerary is a return trip to Chattanooga for Sunday’s Scenic City Pageants at Chattanooga State which will include a special appearance by Shelby who is on a limited schedule as she prepares for the Miss America competition.   The event, which will be held at the C.C. Bond Humanities Auditorium, gets underway at 4 p.m.  Admission is $15 and Miss Tennessee 2012 and former Miss Chattanooga and Miss Scenic City Chandler Lawson will emcee.   

The four-title program which consists of Misses Chattanooga, Metropolitan, Scenic City and Tennessee Valley is not only the largest state preliminary but is also among the most prestigious local programs in the nation.  Started in 2002 the program led by Executive Director Rodney Hullender and his assistants Keith Brown and Bobbie Nation, has produced four Miss Tennessee winners (Jamie Watkins Davenport (2003), Blaire Pancake (2006), Ellen Carrington Shelton (2008) and Ms. Lawson (2012)), a pair of top 10 Miss America finalists (Ms. Shelton and Ms. Lawson) along with countless state runners-up, semi-finalists and preliminary winners.

The four titles are open statewide meaning that contestants who meet the requirements are eligible to participate.  As a result, many veteran contestants along with several newcomers compete in the pageant. The winners will each receive a $500 scholarship but will also undergo in-depth preparation for the 2014 state finals next June.  They will make appearances throughout the Chattanooga area during their year of service as did the 2013 titleholders Dacey Winkleman (Chattanooga), Jaclyn Torrento (Metropolitan), Amy Catherine Flynn (Scenic City) and Hannah Robison (Tennessee Valley).  All four 2013 winners are eligible to compete in this year’s pageant but the contestant lineup will be kept secret until Sunday.  

Top left, Miss Chattanooga Dacey Winkleman, top right, Miss Scenic City Amy Catherine Flynn, bottom left, Miss Tennessee Valley Hannah Robison, and bottom right, Miss Metropolitan Jaclyn Torrento
Top left, Miss Chattanooga Dacey Winkleman, top right, Miss Scenic City Amy Catherine Flynn, bottom left, Miss Tennessee Valley Hannah Robison, and bottom right, Miss Metropolitan Jaclyn Torrento
- Photo2 by Kristy Belcher, Matt Boyd

Heritage House Concert Delayed Until Next Tuesday Due To Icy Conditions

Due to expected icy conditions Tuesday evening, the concert at Heritage House featuring the Chattanooga Songwriters Association members   Luke Simmons, Blake Baggot, Kimi Carter and Katrina Barklay will be cancelled for tonight and rescheduled   for next Tuesday at 7 p.m . For more information contact The Heritage House at 423-855-9474 or e-mail cholley@chattanooga.gov ... (click for more)

Eli Young Band's April 2 Show Rescheduled For June 30

The Eli Young Band has postponed their April 2 show at Track 29 and rescheduled a free show on June 30. As a reimbursement to its loyal Chattanooga fans, the band will perform a free show for all concertgoers.   “We want to make this date up to our fans, Track 29 and our friends at U.S. 101," said Mike Eli, lead singer of Eli Young Band.  "So we're going to come back ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principals Say Part 1 Of TN Ready Testing Should Be Cut Due To Online System Failure

Hamilton County principals are asking that Part 1 of the TN Ready Assessment be dropped this year due to the recent crash of the online system for the program. The principals also asked that any Part 1 TN Ready test results  not be applied to students’ grades or to evaluations and rankings for school personnel and school districts. The local principals also ... (click for more)

Allan Walsh Named New Bradley County Workhouse Superintendent

Sheriff Eric Watson announced the appointment of Allan Walsh as superintendent of the new Bradley County Workhouse, which will begin construction soon and be opened this year.  Plans are for the new facility, to be adjacent to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Courts complex, to hold up to 128 non-violent, low security inmates. A graduate of Bradley ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)