Joan Hill Hanks Receives Spirit Of 1812 Award

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain and Pat Pelfrey of Flintstone, president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter United States Daughters of 1812.
Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain and Pat Pelfrey of Flintstone, president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter United States Daughters of 1812.

The Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter, Chattanooga’s only Daughters of 1812 chapter, presented the “Spirit of 1812 Award” medal to Joan Hill Hanks of Signal Mountain. 

The “Spirit of 1812 Award” medal is awarded to an individual or organization with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812. The candidate must have demonstrated a committed effort to preserve a certain aspect of the War of 1812 and the culture of the time period. The award is sponsored by the local chapter, approved by the State organization and then approved by the National organization.  The purpose of this award is to recognize and thank those that are keeping the history of the War of 1812 alive.

Ms. Hanks is a native of Chattanooga and has been involved in Lineage Society work for over 30 years. She is a past president of the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter and is presently an honorary state president of the Daughters of 1812 for the State of Tennessee.  Ms. Hanks participated in three foreign overseas tours with the National Society USD 1812, visiting Dartmoor Prison near Plymouth, Ingland; Ghent, Belgium where the Treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed; and South America where we have 58 1812 sailors buried in Chile. She has has held various State and Chapter offices and served as State President from 1994-1997. 

Ms. Hanks wrote the Tennessee State Bicentennial Rap in 1996 because she wanted everybody to know that we are called the Volunteer State from the War of 1812. She has performed her “Tennessee Rap” across the state over 50 times, including television in Nashville and Chattanooga, and on the World’s Fair Stage in Knoxville with Wilma Dykdman and the UT Singers.

Ms. Hanks is now featured on the Center of Popular Music’s website at Middle Tennessee State University called “The Homeland Series”.  She attended the reception launching the new website: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/Homeland/index.html on Nov. 16, 2012. They toured the Center which has the largest collection of all types of music in the world. Many foreigners visit the collection as they are aware of this collection than we here in America seem to be. If you go to the website listed above, click on State Songs, you will find a listing on the right of State Songs. Scroll down to the Tennessee Bicentennial Rap 1776-1996 and you can hear Ms. Hanks rap.



All Summer Driver's Ed Classes Full And Closed

Effective immediately, all Drivers Education classes for the Summer 2015 term are completely full and closed. No more applications will be accepted for any Summer classes. The class schedule for the Fall 2015 term will be announced at a later date. Please call the Drivers Education information line at  423-643-7011  for more information.  (click for more)

PHOTOS: Orange Grove's Lunch For Champions

State Attorney General Says City Council Cannot Make Taxis Not Registered In Hamilton County Go Through Emissions Testing

The state attorney general's office has ruled that the City Council cannot require that taxis not registered in Hamilton County go through emissions testing. The city is dealing with the new Uber taxi service that has an out-of-town owner. Locally-owned cabs have to go through the annual emissions testing. The opinion says that local taxi owners cannot get around the emissions ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Bracing For Possibility Of Isolated Severe Storms, Tornadoes Not Ruled Out

The National Weather Service is feeling uncertain about today's weather pattern and has not ruled out the possibility of isolated, severe thunderstorms or an isolated tornado in our area. The greatest threat seems to be between 4 and 7 p.m. this evening. Below is the latest update: HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN 127 PM EDT SAT ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference - And Response (2)

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Would Mr. Summers’ Clients…

It was a beautiful day at Orange Grove Friday as the nationally-famed center, which cares for over 1,000 intellectually disabled children of all ages, celebrated its annual “Lunch of Champions” with a packed house in the Bucky Williams Gymnasium. Jerry Summers, who insiders know has done more for Orange Grove than any other man alive, not only emceed the event as he does every year, ... (click for more)