Marty's Center Holds Grand Opening On Friday

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Marty’s Center, Inc. will hold its grand opening on Friday, from 10 a.m.– 12 p.m. for the new school for deaf/hearing-impaired and speech/language impaired children that opened on Tuesday. It is at the Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, 423 509-9718.

Marty’s Center Inc. (Miracles are Reaching the Young) is a private, non-profit school.  It is a language based program for hearing-impaired and speech/language impaired children in an inclusive environment with typical children.  It serves children age 18 months to six years. Its focus is primarily for hearing-impaired children to develop auditory listening and language skills, and for language impaired children is to improve their speech and language skills as well as social skills. It also offers a comprehensive developmental, pre-academic, and auditory discrimination curriculum. 

Marty Browning Dunagan, director of the school, was the former Miss Chattanooga and Miss Tennessee USA and was born profoundly deaf and attended school as a child in Chattanooga, where she received early intervention and intensive speech-language therapy. This therapy enabled Ms. Dunagan to attend a regular school program throughout her education. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she was a majorette with the Pride of the Southland Band for four years. She graduated in 1983 with a B. S. Degree in Deaf Education and has taught in school for 30 years. In 1985, she was crowned Miss Tennessee USA, the first deaf contestant to be awarded this title. She holds an M.S. degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and has earned many recognitions for her community involvement including: International Pilot Club Woman of the Year, WRCB Jefferson Award, Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award, and Optimist club. She and her husband, Randy, reside in Chattanooga and have four children.


3D Mammography Now Available At MaryEllen Locher Breast Center's Hixson Location

The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial is now offering state-of-the-art 3D breast imaging at its Hixson location, 5022 Old Godsey Lane, Suite 8.  The Center first offered this technology at its CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga location in 2011.     "Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, is different than traditional digital mammography, which takes a ... (click for more)

Parkridge Health System Adds Nurse Residents

Parkridge Health System announces its nurse residents to the Summer 2017 cohort of the HCA Nurse Residency at TriStar Division. Selected after a "rigorous application and interview process," these 29 nurses launched their professional nursing careers with orientation for the Summer 2017 Cohort on July 17 at Parkridge Medical Center.    “We are thrilled to welcome our ... (click for more)

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson Booked At County Jail; Says He Is Not Guilty

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was booked at the Bradley County Jail Friday morning. He faces six separate charges of altering/falsifying/forging a title plate assignment. Sheriff Watson, a former state legislator, posted a $30,000 bond. He issued this statement, "For more than a year, I have confronted numerous accusations from some who desire to have more control ... (click for more)

County School Board Members, Rep. Favors Rap State Take-Over Plans For Low Performing Schools; New Superintendent To Come Up With Community Plan

County School Board members at a Thursday work session took turns rapping a state take-over plan for low performing schools. New Supt. Bryan Johnson said he will work over the next 30-45 days to come up with a community proposal for strengthening the iZone schools. He said, "I'm not sold myself" on some of the aspects of a proposed state partnership with the school district. ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Shoves Back

The Hamilton County School Board, told that ‘no’ was not an option three months ago when state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen arrived to take over five floundering public schools, may have to ask the Governor to call out the Tennessee Guard. A very vocal School Board shoved a bitter ultimatum right back into McQueen’s lap during a work session Thursday night and showed it ... (click for more)