BBB 2014 Torch Awards And Scholarship Winners

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast TN & Northwest GA, in Chattanooga, in its annual business meeting, recognized businesses with the BBB “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” and  awarded “Student of Integrity” scholarships. David Horsager, international author (The Trust Edge), motivational speaker, and business strategist was the keynote speaker. David Horsager spoke to the eight pillars of trust that lead to dramatic results in the marketplace.  He stated: “Trust, not money, is the currency of business and life.

Everything of value is built on trust, from financial systems to relationships.”

Businesses recognized for the 2014 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics are:
Category I Winner: Top This Construction, LLC, Chattanooga
Category I Honorable Mention: Brody Jewelers, Rossville, GA
Category II Winner: Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC, Chattanooga
Category II Honorable Mention: The Cleaning Authority, Chattanooga
Category III Winner: Capital Motor Sales, Inc., Chattanooga
Category III Honorable Mention: Mountain View Ford Lincoln, Chattanooga
Category IV Winner: Stowers Machinery Corporation, Chattanooga
Category IV Honorable Mention: ERMC, Chattanooga
Category Charity Not-Profit Winner: Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, Inc., Chattanooga
Category Charity Non-Profit Honorable Mention: Mountain Education Foundation, Inc., Signal Mountain

The BBB also conducted its 10th annual “Student of Integrity” scholarship competition. Scholarships with the value of $1000 each were awarded to 10 students who competed by writing an essay on “the importance of ethics in business and our community”. The competition was available to all high school seniors in the BBB service area of 21 surrounding counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. 107 students entered the competition this year.

The winners of the BBB 2014 “Student of Integrity” scholarships are:

Katherine E. Bishop, Walker Valley High School, Cleveland
Dani’el M. Carpenter, Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy
Briana R. Carter, Rhea County High School, Evensville
Tanika I. Gholston, Whitwell High School, Whitwell
Seth T. Jones, Rhea County High School, Evensville
Crystal N. Lee, Trion High School, Trion, GA
Caleb J. McKinney, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, Calhoun, GA
Benjamin A. Nwadike, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, Calhoun, GA
Benjamin W. Pettway, Baylor School, Chattanooga
Brooke A. Pugsley, Heritage High School, Ringgold, GA

The BBB extends congratulations to the winners in the business “Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics” and the “Student of Integrity” scholarships.  BBB President Jim Winsett states, “Individually, the business winners and the student winners are exemplary representatives of ethics and integrity in our marketplace”.


Athens Utility Board Wins 2nd Consecutive Taud Regional Best Tasting Water Contest

Athens Utility Board was recently announced as the winner of the Region 10 Best Tasting Water Contest conducted by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts.  The contest, held at Eastside Utility District on Wednesday, Feb. 25, marked the second year in a row that Athens Utility Board was named best in the region. Drinking water samples are judged on their clarity, bouquet ... (click for more)

Northwest Georgia Career Expo To Provide Recruitment Opportunities For Employers; Chances For Employment For Jobseekers

The Georgia Department of Labor and the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners will co-sponsor the Northwest Georgia Regional Career Expo on  April 2  in Ringgold. The expo will provide employers in the 15-county area with opportunities to recruit qualified and skilled employees. The expo will give jobseekers chances to meet reputable employers and expand their career ... (click for more)

2 Hit While Walking On Birmingham Highway; 1 Dies At The Hospital

Two pedestrians were struck by a single vehicle on Highway 11 (Birmingham Highway) in Lookout Valley on Tuesday night. One of those who was struck died after being taken to a local hospital. Police said the other person who was hit was responsive. The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. at 261 Birmingham Hwy. which is in the area of the Lookout Valley Cracker ... (click for more)

Henry Hopes To Bring E-Filing To Clerk's Office This Year; Saving Almost $222,000 On Personnel

Circuit Court Clerk Larry Henry said he hopes to bring E-Filing of documents and other court papers to the clerk’s office this year.   He said at first it appeared it might take much longer, but that progress is being made to the online program. Mr. Henry told members of the Pachyderm Club that attorneys, litigants and members of the public would be able to go online to ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform - And Response

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Insult To Israel

I am deeply saddened that over two dozen members of Congress – all Democrats – will be boycotting a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, when he speaks in Washington tonight. I am also offended that the President of the United States will not receive Netanyahu prior to the speech – a customary gesture on such occasions – because he claims it is too close to ... (click for more)