2014 Spelling Bee Winners Announced In Whitfield County Schools

Friday, February 7, 2014

The top spellers in Whitfield County elementary and middle schools competed on Friday in the system-wide spelling bee. All participants received a certificate and the top four spellers earned a trophy.

All elementary school bee winners, included Austin Duncan (Pleasant Grove), Kristen Ramirez (Antioch), Reese Brown (Tunnel Hill), Landen Cress (Beaverdale), Miles Summers (Dawnville), Tucker Johnson (Westside), and Eric Sanchez (Dug Gap); Fernando Lemus (Cedar Ridge), Shannon Roberts (Valley Point), Brock Keeter (Cohutta), Alan Espinoza (Eastside), Sreya Gireeshkumar (New Hope), and Desiree Rodriguez (Varnell).

The field of competition from the middle schools included Emily Burns (Westside), Cameron Walker (Westside), Lizbeth Zepeda (Eastbrook), Alana Wallace (New Hope), Autumn Robinson (Valley Point), and Abby Crossen (New Hope); Matt Wingate (North Whitfield), Matthew Pedigo (Valley Point), Alaina Thompson (New Hope), and Adam Sumilong (North Whitfield).

Top spellers in the elementary schools are Tucker Johnson (1st Place, Westside), Shannon Roberts (3rd Place, New Hope), Sreya Gireeshkumar (2nd Place, New Hope), and Eric Sanchez (4th Place, Dug Gap)

The top middle school spellers are Matt Wingate (4th Place, North Whitfield), Matthew Pedigo (3rd Place, Valley Point), Alaina Thompson, (2nd Place, New Hope), and Adam Sumilong (1st Place, North Whitfield).


East Brainerd Resident Named A 2016 Young Woman Of Distinction

Virginia McGinnis, a resident of East Brainerd and a server at Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove in Ooltewah, was named a 2016 Young Woman of Distinction. The award was given at the local American Lung Association chapter’s annual awards banquet, held in Chattanooga on April 26. According to the criteria, the award recognizes “a high school senior who sets herself apart ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Community College To Hold Commencement On Saturday, May 7

Approximately 500 degrees and certificates will be awarded during Cleveland State Community College’s 51 st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. “Nothing is more satisfying or rewarding to an educator than to see students learn, grow and reach their potential,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president. “They are why we are ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Rules That Hutcheson Medical Center And Its Trustees Owe Erlanger $36,379,968.20

A federal judge at Rome, Ga., has ruled that the Hospital Authority of Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties and Hutcheson Medical Center are liable to pay Erlanger Health System $36,379,968.20. Judge Harold Murphy, in a 90-page opinion, discarded a counter-claim brought by Hutcheson against Erlanger. He directed that Erlanger be paid $20 million for money it spent while managing ... (click for more)

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson Hospitalized; 2 Cleveland Police Officers Injured After Altercation With Man With History Of Assaults

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson and two Cleveland Police officers were injured Thursday while intervening in a domestic assault in progress. While driving on 25 th St. N.W. Sheriff Watson witnessed the assault, it was stated. When the sheriff tried to intervene, the man involved in the assault attacked him. During the scuffle the man struck Sheriff Watson numerous times, ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)