Miss Tennessee 2014 Hayley Lewis Makes 1st Chattanooga Appearance

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - by Wendy King
Hayley Lewis
Hayley Lewis

Miss Tennessee 2014 Hayley Lewis made her first appearance in Chattanooga on Thursday at Splash! The Salon, since winning the state title on June 21. 

The former Miss Tennessee Valley and the fifth Scenic City Pageant's winner to become Miss Tennessee in the last 12 years, visited with numerous well-wishers. She was scheduled to make a guest appearance with the Chattanooga Symphony at Thursday's Pops on the River Independence Day celebration. 

Ms. Lewis will be taking a leave of absence from her studies at Belmont University where she is a rising senior majoring in Music Business and minoring in Classical Voice Performance in order to fulfill her Miss Tennessee duties.  She will be promoting the Children's Miracle Network as the state Goodwill Ambassador and will also embark on a statewide tour of Tennessee elementary and middle schools as the Governor's official spokesperson for Character Education. 

The vocalist who won a talent preliminary at Miss Tennessee for her rendition of "I Who Have Nothing" will compete at the Miss America Pageant from Sept. 9-14, in Atlantic City along with former Miss Chattanooga Ivy DePew, who recently received her graduate degree from Brown University and also won the Miss Rhode Island Pageant just days apart.



Special Event Street Closures For Oct. 25-29

Wednesday, Oct. 25 First Centenary Fall Festival: Oak Street will be closed between Lindsay Street and Houston Street from 3-9 p.m. for the First Centenary United Methodist fall festival. Visit www.firstcentenary.com for more information.  Friday, Oct. 27 Bitter Alibi Halloween Party: Houston Street will be closed between MLK Boulevard and Flynn Street from ... (click for more)

English Country Dance At The Heritage House Nov. 28

There will be an English Country Dance for all at the Heritage House mansion in East Brainerd on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 7-9 p.m. "English Country Dance is a beautiful, historical social dance that was popular from around 1650 through the early 1800s. Movies based on Jane Austen novels such as Pride & Prejudice or Emma feature scenes with English country dancing at balls ... (click for more)

Chattanoogan Hotel Sold By City To Lexington, Ky., Hospitality Group For $32 Million

The city has reached agreement to sell the Chattanoogan hotel for $32 million. The buyer is Schulte Hospitality Group of Lexington, Ky. The firm has 102 hotels in 26 states. Daisy Madison, city chief financial officer, said the proceeds would be enough to pay off all the city's remaining debt for building it. She said there had been interest in buying the hotel before, ... (click for more)

Janice Raper, 69, Killed In Accident On Lee Highway

Janice Raper, 69, was killed Sunday evening in a car accident on Lee Highway. Chattanooga Police responded at 7:54 p.m. to a traffic crash at 6800 Lee Highway. A Toyota Sienna, driven by Ms. Raper, was traveling northbound, attempting to make a left turn onto Hickory Valley Road.  A Dodge Challenger, driven by Charise Nash, 26, was traveling southbound on Lee Highway, ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Evil This Way Comes

There is a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as some of the 20,000 students at Middle Tennessee State are taught, that reads: "By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes." The professors explain that in the 16 th century the “pricking of thumbs” meant an intuition of evil about to happen and every student at MTSU knows several white supremacy ... (click for more)