Governor Haslam To Address Hamilton County Schools Top Academic Students At Superintendent's Honors Banquet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Superintendent Rick Smith announced that Governor Bill Haslam will be the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Superintendent’s Honors Banquet to be held on Tuesday, April 1.  

The celebration, sponsored by Hamilton County School’s Fund for Excellence, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  The annual tribute recognizes the top 10% of each graduating class at Hamilton County’s 17 high schools. Participants are selected based on their grade point average at the end of the first semester of their senior year. This year 262 students, along with their parents, will be honored.

“It is a privilege for me to recognize these students for their outstanding academic achievements,” Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said. “These students are the future of our community and they are being honored as the best of our senior class. Their accomplishments in high school will serve them well as they build on the foundation of their education in Hamilton County Schools.”

During the celebration, students will hear from the Fund for Excellence President Sherrie Ford, School Board Chairman Mike Evatt, and County Mayor Jim Coppinger.  Hixson High Schools Air Force JROTC will present our national and state colors and the Ralph Miller Orchestra and soloists, composed predominately of band directors, teachers and administrative staff from Hamilton County Schools , will provide special entertainment.

Along with a certificate commemorating their academic accomplishments, each student will receive a certificate affording them the opportunity to return to Hamilton County Schools as a teacher, upon successful completion of college and all the requirements for holding a Tennessee teaching license.


LAUNCH Has Youth Entrepreneurship Competition Sunday

LAUNCH is holding their 6th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Competition on Sunday at 4 p.m. in UTC's Benwood Auditorium. Students from Howard High School, Brainerd High School, Tyner Academy, East Ridge High School, and Red Bank High School have been working on their business plans this fall semester, and will be pitching their businesses to a panel of esteemed judges for three ... (click for more)

STEM Network And TVA Provide STEM Grants To Schools

Chattanooga and Cleveland schools are among the 18 statewide recipients of the yearly competitive STEM classroom grants that the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), Battelle Education, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced Thursday.  (A complete list of schools funded appears at the end of this article.)   Since 2012, the TSIN and TVA have ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

East Ridge Meth Dealer Gets 168 Months In Federal Prison

A man that agents said was dealing large quantities of meth from his East Ridge residence has been sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison. Kenneth Lemons appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Agents said they made several controlled drugs buys from Lemons at his residence in 2015. On Oct. 27, 2015, he drove up to a residence where DEA agents were making a controlled ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Among The Worst In U.S.

Bobby Bragan, who was the first manager of Major League Baseball’s Braves when they moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta, had a great view on statistics: “Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.” I am about to make you uncomfortable with some lousy statistics. Earlier this ... (click for more)