Chattanooga Pizza Spinner Bradley Johnson Wins American Pizza Championship In Italy

Friday, April 18, 2014
Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson
Mellow Mushroom Chattanooga’s own pizza spinner, Bradley Johnson, has returned home to Chattanooga after placing seventh in the world in freestyle competition and 11th in the dough stretch competition during the 23rd annual World Pizza Championship with the U.S. Pizza Team last week in Parma, Italy.

More than 600 competitors faced by slices of pizza in front of an international jury, composed by more than 30 judges. The World Pizza Championship bring hundreds of competitors from over 30 Parma countries every year to the food valley of Italy to compete for the title of best in the world in 10 categories of competition.

Last year Mr. Johnson reclaimed his spot on the team during the American Pizza Championship in Las Vegas. Mr. Johnson placed first in the freestyle competition. He also placed second in both the largest dough stretch competition and the fastest pie making competition.

In 2012 Mr. Johnson made the U.S. Pizza Team, finishing third in the nation, and competed for the first time at the World Pizza Championships in April 2013. He has won two silver and gold medals in the largest dough competition, three bronze in the fastest spinner competition, and two silver and gold in the acrobatics competition.

Mr. Johnson is a Red Bank resident and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga accounting student, aside from being a decorated pizza spinner. Mr. Johnson credits his pizza spinning talents to his dad. He said, “I got into pizza spinning by a challenge from my dad that I could never spin a pizza, competing just became natural with my drive to improve my skills that have delve loped over the years. Plus it has become a hobby that is really hard to get bored with when there is always something new to learn.”

Street Corner Market At The Clemons Has Grand Opening On Wednesday

Street Corner Market at The Clemons will have its grand opening on Wednesday at 9 a.m.  The 2,700 square foot market will feature fresh produce, craft beer, a deli featuring Boar’s Head Meats , locally-roasted Mayfly, Rembrandt’s, and Fleetwood coffees and pastries from the Bluff View Arts District are all available. In addition, the market has an assortment of flowers ... (click for more)

Charles Siskin: Out And About At Lucky's Burgers And Brew Atlanta

Let’s face it; I’m a push over for most animals excluding snakes. Especially snakes. Recently on a trip to Atlanta to spend some quality face time with my two youngest granddaughters, one a bona fide teen ager and the other on the cusp but acting like one, my wife suggested we head out to Lucky’s Burgers and Brew. She’d actually heard about it down here at the Beach from Diane Geyer ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Clarence Ross, Leshawn Witherow Shot On Walden Avenue Friday Afternoon

Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday afternoon at the 6300 block of Walden Avenue.  Clarence Ross, 41, And Leshawn Witherow, 40, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Hamilton County EMS transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.  There is no suspect information at this time.  Investigators with ... (click for more)

Where Is The Highway Patrol? - And Response

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Vol Is Worth $521,854

The definition for the term “fair market value,” this from the IRS tax code, “is the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” So a recent article in Business Insider has just revealed a University of Tennessee scholarship ... (click for more)