Paige Atchley, Of Hixson, Receives University Of Tennessee's Torchbearer Award

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Paige Atchley with Chancellor Jimmy Cheek receiving her Torchbearer Award
Paige Atchley with Chancellor Jimmy Cheek receiving her Torchbearer Award

The University of Tennessee honored its 2014 Chancellor’s Honor Recipients’ at a banquet on Wednesday. Twelve students were honored as Torchbearers. The Torchbearer award is the highest honor a University of Tennessee graduate can receive.

Paige Atchley, 22, a native of Hixson, and a 2010 graduate of Soddy Daisy High School received this award. She is the daughter of Greg and Lori Atchley. She will graduate in May Summa Cum Laude with a degree in marketing with a dual concentration in international business and a minor in communication studies.  After graduation, she will be moving to Nashville as she was accepted into the Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship Program. She will be working at the capitol for the next two years.

Ms. Atchley began her UT journey as a freshman serving on the freshman council of SGA. She was a Chancellor Scholar, and accepted into the Global Leader Scholars program. She played intramurals, and was active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

Her sophomore year she was a SGA senator, studied abroad for her spring semester, and became a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She also participated in multiple campus events, and volunteered in the Knoxville community.

Her junior year she was selected as a Student Ambassador giving campus tours to prospective students and their families. She worked in the alumni office, co-founded “Impact” a new student organization focused on promoting campus traditions, and school spirit, and to encourage a culture of student philanthropy.

Ms. Atchley was instrumental in the development of the senior gift campaign which asked seniors to give a one- time gift of $20 to the university, this program raised $31,000 in 2013. She also was instrumental in the development of “I heart UT week”. Students were engaged in campus cleanup and raised donations to start a food pantry for students, faculty, and staff in need. It is now an annual event on campus. Impact also raised $250,000 in 125 hours in the Big Orange Campaign. Students spent hours calling individuals to raise money and writing letters of thanks. 

She then decided to run for SGA vice-president. With little money, she got creative and baked over 600 cookies, 130 cupcakes, and 300 muffins and packaged them with “Baker-Atchley” stickers. Her campaign was successful and she was elected SGA VP.

Her senior year, Paige served her fellow students as vice-president. She was over the senate, and also the Freshman Council. She engaged her freshman leaders and was a mentor to them. She successfully planned the first annual freshman retreat where she treated the students with a surprise visit to Neyland Stadium to watch a televised away football game. She provided volunteer opportunities for this group, and hosted the first annual freshman council banquet. She continued her duties as student ambassador. She was active in her sorority and Greek life representing this group in student government. She was an ambassador to Impact. She was nominated by SGA and was on the homecoming court. She represented the university traveling to Washington D.C., Nashville, New Orleans, and Columbia, Missouri. She met with Senators Corker, and Alexander, Governor Haslam, and even got to sit at the Vice President Biden’s desk.  She was awarded the Traditions Keeper Award for performing more than 40 UT traditions as a student.

Everyone who knows Paige recognizes her strong work ethic, her passion for life, and her will to make the most of every day. In the words of one nominator, Paige “carries the torch in hopes of helping and enlightening others, while happily serving from beneath the shadows”.
12 Torchbearer recipients with Chancellor Cheek
12 Torchbearer recipients with Chancellor Cheek

Augustine Named Recipient Of Lee’s Excellence In Scholarship Award

Dr. Daniela C. Augustine, associate professor of theological ethics, has been named as the recipient of Lee University’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award. The winner of this award is chosen each year by the Faculty Committee on Research and Scholarship. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Dr. Augustine for this award during spring commencement earlier this ... (click for more)

East Ridge High School Unveils New Uniforms At McDonald's Fundraiser

The East Ridge High School football team will be sporting new uniforms this season thanks to a community supported fundraiser hosted by the Ringgold Road McDonald’s restaurant.      The McDonald’s parking lot, turned fundraising headquarters, played host to the team as they waved signs and asked McDonald’s customers for donations. McDonald’s is the sponsor of ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did an emergency ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

Eleven adults and a child were briefly lost at Rainbow Lake and Edwards Point trails on Signal Mountain on Sunday. A 911 call was made at 9:45 p.m. from one of the hikers reporting the group lost sunlight hiking out of the trails at Edwards Point. Th Signal Mountain Fire Department and the Walden's Ridge Emergency Services have responded to the scene to ... (click for more)

Parking Discrimination Downtown

Many taxpayers who reside in Chattanooga (but outside Chattanooga's core) feel left behind when it comes to neighborhood paving, sidewalks, policing, streetscaping, street sweeping, public transportation, and other services. Some think most tax dollars are spent on downtown and not in their neighborhoods. It's not as if they can't vicariously experience the largesse of downtown. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)