Lady Mocs Volleyball Team Nominated For United Way Volunteer of the Year

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team was nominated for one of five United Way Volunteer of the Year awards for its volunteer service work with Girls Inc., of Chattanooga.  UTC was nominated in the “Youth and Education” category. 

Head Coach Travis Filar and rising senior Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.) were on hand for the ceremonies Tuesday night at the Unum Atrium.

“It is an honor to be nominated for this award,” Filar said. “It is an organization we began working with early in the year and our team has enjoyed being a part of.”

Despite not getting the award, the nomination was an honor in and of itself, said Green.

“It was an awesome experience,” Green said.  “Being surrounded by so amazing volunteers at the ceremony was moving.  Volunteering with the group was a heartfelt experience.  It was something we always looked forward to.”

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is a nonprofit organization, funded through the United Way, that aims to help girls improve academically, make smarter choices, build self-confidence, develop leadership skills and stay focused on higher education.

“The volleyball players have been coming to our after-school programs at Clifton Hills, East Ridge Elementary and Brainerd United Methodist Church since January,” said Director of Elementary Age Programs Toccora Johnson. “They have been great hands-on volunteer assistants and played a major role in our Book Worm program.  They have helped the girls with reading, math homework and provided college information.”

On the night of the awards banquet, the Mocs ended the semester’s volunteer services by hosting Girls Inc. at Maclellan Gym for a volleyball-themed night of learning and study hall at McKenzie Arena.

“The team demonstrated volleyball while incorporating learning into physical activity,” Johnson said. “Afterwards, the girls studied with the team in study hall.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to be on a college campus and see what the volleyball team does.  It was great for them to be in a college setting, completing homework and getting a sense of the environment.”

Filar’s Mocs are very active in the community.  Last season, the team volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga.  The team was involved in numerous ways, including preparing meals at the house.


Lookouts Sink Suns Friday, 4-2. Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Chattanooga Lookouts broke a 1-1 tie with three seventh-inning runs, and won a 4-2 series finale over the Jacksonville Suns in front of a season-high 7,873 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Lookouts are now 69-61 overall. They are 33-25 in the second half, 2.0 games behind Montgomery, and 2.5 games behind Jackson with ten games remaining ... (click for more)

Scores: Friday Night Football

Friday Night Scores:  Finals East Ridge 34 Brainerd 6 Rhea Co. 60 McMinn Co. 7 Ooltewah 38 Signal Mountain 7 Sequatchie Co. 61 Whitwell 20 McCallie 49 Blackman 10 Baylor 47 Red Bank 7 Marion Co. 58 Grundy Co. 6 CCS 35 Lookout Valley 0 South Pittsburg 40 Bledsoe Co. 7 Boyd-Buchanan 28 King's Academy 24 Sale Creek 48 Concord Christian 6 ... (click for more)

Maryville Police Department's Kenny Moats Slain

Officer Kenny Moats of the Maryville Police Department was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Thursday.  Officer Moats was with the department for over nine years and was currently serving as a drug enforcement agent. Assistant Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security David Purkey said, "It is with heavy heart that I express my condolences ... (click for more)

Auto Burglary Thwarted In Bradley County

A man has been arrested in Bradley County, after attempting to steal a vehicle. On Thursday, Deputy Jessica Morgan observed a silver truck in a church parking lot on South Lee Highway. While checking the premises, Dep. Morgan observed a male wearing a black tank top and red shorts exiting the rear window of the cab into the bed of the truck. Once the suspect noticed Dep. Morgan, ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (2)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Gold & Ivory Tablecloth

Not long ago, in my morning reading, I happened across an obscure tale about a special tablecloth. And, as things like this are more and more wont to do, I was instantly blessed by this story. As I tracked down its origin, I learned it originally appeared in a 1954 edition of Reader’s Digest. Written by the Rev. Howard C. Schade, who at the time was the pastor of the First Reformed ... (click for more)