Ema McLaughen, 5, Attends Miss Tennessee Pageant

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - by Wendy King
- photo by Wendy King

Five-year-old Ema McLaughen visit to the Miss Tennessee Pageant preliminary round last week in Jackson was less than 10 days after she had her ninth surgery to alleviate her hydrocephalus received statewide media coverage. Hydrocephalus occurs when there is excessive fluid build-up in the brain's ventricles.  

Ema was the guest of Miss Metropolitan Darby Schumacher, and her wish was granted when she met now former Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson. 

The fourth Chattanooga Hydrocephalus Walk, which is chaired by Ema's mother Chara McLaughen, will be held on Oct. 25, at Coolidge Park.


McCloud Of Trident Leadership Speaks At Rotary Club Of Chattanooga Hamilton Place

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place's speaker this week was Steve McCloud, president and CEO of Trident Leadership. "Steve is an expert in high-performance teams and their leadership. He has devoted his career to delivering crucial lessons of performance and leadership from combat veterans to leaders and teams of all types. "Trident Leadership destinations ... (click for more)

E. Brainerd Kiwanis 71st Annual BBQ Is July 28, 29

East Brainerd Kiwanis (formerly Brainerd Kiwanis) is having its 71st annual BBQ  Friday  and  Saturday, July 28 and 29,  at the Baptist Children's Home, 6623 Lee Hwy.  t Tickets are $10 for pork, beef or a chicken plate. The public can also buy bags of pork or beef.  Bill Pinson said, "We usually sell 4,000 tickets.  We work ... (click for more)

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson Booked At County Jail; Says He Is Not Guilty

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was booked at the Bradley County Jail Friday morning. He faces six separate charges of altering/falsifying/forging a title plate assignment. Sheriff Watson, a former state legislator, posted a $30,000 bond. He issued this statement, "For more than a year, I have confronted numerous accusations from some who desire to have more control ... (click for more)

County School Board Members, Rep. Favors Rap State Take-Over Plans For Low Performing Schools; New Superintendent To Come Up With Community Plan

County School Board members at a Thursday work session took turns rapping a state take-over plan for low performing schools. New Supt. Bryan Johnson said he will work over the next 30-45 days to come up with a community proposal for strengthening the iZone schools. He said, "I'm not sold myself" on some of the aspects of a proposed state partnership with the school district. ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Shoves Back

The Hamilton County School Board, told that ‘no’ was not an option three months ago when state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen arrived to take over five floundering public schools, may have to ask the Governor to call out the Tennessee Guard. A very vocal School Board shoved a bitter ultimatum right back into McQueen’s lap during a work session Thursday night and showed it ... (click for more)