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.




Judge David Campbell DAR Hosts Formal Dress Sale Fundraiser

The Judge David Campbell Chapter of the National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a Formal Dress Sale on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. The sale will be at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4848, 2402 Amnicola Hwy. Doors will open at 2 p.m. on Friday and close at close at 7 p.m. The sale will resume on Saturday at 10 a.m. and end at 2 ... (click for more)

Street Closures Announced For Saturday

Chattanooga Women's March : The following closures will take place from  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday:  River Street between both Coolidge and Renaissance Parks, southbound Market Street from Frazier Avenue across the bridge to West 4th Street, West Aquarium Way between Market Street and Broad Street, West 3rd Street between Market Street and Broad Street, ... (click for more)

Bitter Cold And Icy Roads To Continue Through Thursday Morning In Chattanooga; Some Flights Cancelled; Hamilton County Schools Closed

Bitter cold temperatures will continue for Chattanooga, the National Weather Service has warned, The NWS also is advising motorists to watch for patchy icy roads. Hamilton County Schools will be closed  on Thursday " due to areas of the county with too much ice still on the roads for buses to pass safely.    “The roads in many areas of the county ... (click for more)

City Council Considering New 2-Year $600,000 Contract With Father To The Fatherless

The City Council is considering whether to approve a new two-year contract of up to $600,000 with Father to the Fatherless for the Violence Reduction Initiative. Council members had a number of questions during a lengthy hearing on Tuesday afternoon, but Police Chief David Roddy said the program has helped bring a 35 percent reduction in gun-related shootings and a 16 percent ... (click for more)

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, Dr. King for stepping-out.  Thank you for your lasting voice to what it's all about. Thank you, Dr. King for  stepping up and also showing-up, ...when decisions were being made and  your refusal  to shut-up.  We find your fingerprints on both directions and toward progress.  your modeling, mentoring,  and reactions helps ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Once In A Blue…

On August 21st this past summer, four black women were walking down the street in Dayton, Tn., when a white man asked from his porch, “Are you ladies here to see the eclipse?” Told that yes, they most certainly were, the gentleman pointed to his back deck and another white couple and said, “If you don’t have plans, would you care to sit with us?” The ladies were delighted and ... (click for more)