Former Miss America To Speak At Southern Adventist University On Overcoming Obstacles

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995, she became the first woman with a disability to receive the honor. On April 3, she will share her story in Iles P.E. Center at Southern Adventist University

During her year of service as Miss America, Ms. Whitestone delivered her message, “Anything is Possible.” She sought to inspire individuals to achieve their goals through the S.T.A.R.S. program (Success Through Action and Realization of your dreamS), a five-point approach for personal empowerment. As Miss America 1995, Ms. Whitestone traveled an average of 20,000 miles each month and spoke in a different city every other day.

Ms. Whitestone now uses S.T.A.R.S. as the platform for her motivational speaking, in which she tries to help people realize that they can overcome obstacles and fulfill their dreams. She has spoken to business corporations, nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies, including the FBI and CIA.

Ms. Whitestone is also a published writer, having authored four books thus far: "Listening With My Heart," "Believing The Promise," "Let God Surprise You," and "Heavenly Crowns."

The 11 a.m. presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 423 236-2814.


Cleveland State's Continuing Education Department Announces Fall Line Up

The Department of Continuing Education at Cleveland State Community College has a new line up of classes for fall. The upcoming classes are as follows:   ?         Beginning Microsoft Excel This beginning Microsoft Excel course is designed to help individuals gain basic skills in working and implementing Excel software ... (click for more)

UTC's Brown Recognized For Public Service

Dr. Richard Brown, executive vice chancellor for Finance, Operations, and Information Technology at UTC received the 2016 University of Tennessee Alumni Association Public Service Award for the UT Chattanooga campus. The UTAA Public Service Award recognizes faculty and staff members who make substantial contributions to the welfare and good of the state or national publics. ... (click for more)

Hixson Man Charged With Sending Threatening Emails To General Sessions Court Judge

A 30-year-old Hixson man has been charged with making threats to kill General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom after police said they found evidence to tie him to recent threats against the judge. David Lee Graham, of 1730 Colorado St., is charged with retaliation against a judge. His bond was raised to $100,000. Detective Ric Whaley said he had been conducting an investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Carry Injured 15-Year-Old Boy Out Of Pocket Wilderness

First responders spent Sunday afternoon rescuing an injured 15-year-old boy at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain. At 1:20 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a teenager had injured his ankle from cliff jumping at the "Blue Hole " at the Pocket Wilderness. Tennessee State Parks and the Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and immediately ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jerika’s Last Dance

There is a horrifying disease called spinal muscular atrophy type 2 that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. What happens is the nerve cells in a person’s brain stem and spinal cord slowly die and, without the ability to voluntarily control your muscles, your body withers away in one of the most painful ways you can imagine. Jerika Bolen, age 14, can’t stand it any longer, nor ... (click for more)