Signal Mountain Student Wins Tennessee's National Peace Essay Contest

Friday, May 16, 2014

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) announced that Scott Button, a student at Signal Mountain High School, is the winner of the 2014 National Peace Essay Contest for Tennessee and has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship. Scott’s essay, “The Foundation for a Strong Democracy: Establishing Peace in the Face of Conflict,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace. 

Each year, the NPEC scholarship competition challenges students to think about international conflict issues related to the Institute’s work.

  Around the world, USIP helps to build professional, sustainable and locally-supported security institutions that promote democracy and the rule of law by assisting U.S. and foreign governments in reform efforts and developing cadres of experts through education and training.


Upcoming Southern Adventist University December Events

Southern Adventist University will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a short program including performances by Deep 6, Southern Ringtones, Expressions of Praise, Collegedale Academy Band, and the Southern Strings and Jazz Ensembles. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, ... (click for more)

Washington Alternative Learning Center Hosted Annual Veterans Day Program

Mayor Andy Berke, along with Chip Henderson, chairman of City Council, Councilman Yusef Hakeem, Councilman Russell Gilbert, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammonds, Chief Deputy Allen Branum (Hamilton County Sheriff Department), Sgt. Jeff Lass (72) 39th Medical Unit (U.S. Army Reserve), Dale Rutemeyer-represented all veterans, Col. Brooks- Central High School director of ROTC, and ... (click for more)

County Schools Have Plan To Put Security Cameras At Every School

The Hamilton County Schools have a plan to put security cameras in every school, Supt. Rick Smith told the County School Board Thursday night. He said the money would come from the $2,201,000 the schools received last year from the sale of the old Ooltewah Elementary School property. The proposal must get approval from the School Board at the December meeting, then from the ... (click for more)

Bryant Found Guilty Of Aggravated Rape, Robbery In Finley Stadium Jogger Case

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday afternoon, found Devontavious Bryant guilty of aggravated rape and robbery in the October 20, 2012 rape of a woman jogging past Finley Stadium.   Sentencing by Judge Don Poole is Jan. 5. Bryant decided to testify, saying, "I didn't rape that woman." He told prosecutor Cameron Williams, "I can't force the jury to believe nothing ... (click for more)

Always Read The Fine Print - And Response (2)

So, Chief Dodd retired before 25 years of service and is angry that he's being charged a five percent fee for surviving spouse benefits, even though that change was enacted prior to his retiring? Well, welcome to the real world, Mr. Dodd. Always read the fine print. City employees were also once able to carry their health insurance with them if they retired earlier than 25 years, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pre-Thanksgiving Nudge

This time next week it will be Thanksgiving and, as I was browsing on the Internet yesterday, I was absently searching for something to catch the holiday mood when I found it. In 1978 Ronald Reagan was running hard to become the President of the United States, which he became in 1981-89, and, as fate would have it, suddenly it came that time during the week when he would record ... (click for more)