Alpha Beta ESA Participates In Philanthropic Efforts

Friday, August 8, 2014
The cumulative lifetime total money raised by ESA chapters around the country for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has reached $191,754,306.
The cumulative lifetime total money raised by ESA chapters around the country for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has reached $191,754,306.
- photo by Margaret Horten
Margaret Horten was named president of the Alpha Beta ESA chapter earlier this year. Additional elected officers included Betty Proctor, vice president; Susan Jordan, secretary; Karen Anderson, treasurer; Betty Jolly, parliamentarian; and Linda Gearinger, educational director; Sue Beebe and Wanda Collins, junior past presidents. Lorrie Haufe was named outstanding member of the year, Margaret Horten attained 4th Degree, or Sophrosyne, and Teresa Handley was named outstanding pledge. 

The theme for 2014-15 is “Sisterhood makes you stronger.” ESA is a nonprofit service organization that makes a difference in the lives of others through volunteer work. The chapter has been busy volunteering at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital activities including the US 101 Radio-a-Thon that raised $504,255 in February; St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in June, $771,000 raised (tickets sold out one month before the actual giveaway); and the upcoming St. Jude Rodeo at Yates Farm in Ringgold, GA. August 7-9. Additional philanthropic works included assisting at the annual Walk4Hearing that raises funds and creates awareness about hearing loss; organizing the remodeling and then redecorating an Orange Grove home for patients; and working at local softball tournaments to benefit the Komen Walk. 

ESA holds its annual International Convention (IC) each year in a different location. This year current president Margaret Horten attended IC in beautiful Portland, OR. Every ESA chapter raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and amounts are announced during the convention. Tennessee placed third in the country for most funds raised: $1,179,464; cumulatively, Tennessee has reached the $11 million mark. Internationally, the total amount for 2013-2014 reached $15,066,347 while the cumulative lifetime total was $191,754,306.


Special Event Street Closures For Sept. 1-6

Here are the special event street closures for Sept. 1-6.  Thursday, Sept. 1 UTC Football Home Games: The Chattanooga Mocs announced the 2016 football schedule today.  UTC has an 11-game schedule set for the fall, including six home contests at Finley Stadium beginning with the opening game on Thursday. Road closures include Reggie White Boulevard in front of First ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Elected Officials Swearing In Ceremony Is Thursday

Hamilton County Government will host the Inaugural Ceremony of Hamilton County Officials on Thursday, 9 a.m., in the Chattanooga Convention Center's Ballroom E. Elected officials to be sworn in at the ceremony are Criminal Court Division II Judge Tom Greenholtz, Assessor of Property Marty Haynes, and School Board Members Rhonda Thurman, Kathy Lennon, Tiffanie Robinson, and ... (click for more)

City Councilman Larry Grohn To Run For Mayor Of Chattanooga

City Councilman Larry Grohn said Tuesday he plans to make a race for mayor of Chattanooga. Mr. Grohn, who will be giving up his District 4 seat on the council, said he has been "extremely frustrated" with the administration of Mayor Andy Berke. It is not yet known whether Mayor Berke, the former state senator, will seek a second term. City Councilman Ken Smith from District ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Short Term Vacation Rental Operators Praise System; Freeman Says Council Has To Get Some Rogue Operators Under Control

A host of Chattanooga residents who make extra income and meet new friends by renting out their homes told City Council members on Tuesday that short term vacation rentals are part of the new way of living. Commission Chairman Moses Freeman said those who came to the public hearing do it right, but he said a new ordinance is necessary because some who are not responsible "cause ... (click for more)

Colin Kaepernick Is The Epitome Of American Patriotism

As the mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and former wife of present active duty and veterans several times over, it isn't the patriotism of NFL player Colin Kaepernick I question, but the patriotism of those who are attacking him. Kaepernick is the epitome of all things this country is suppose to stand for and challenge. If he's attacked for taking a stand then everything this ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Tenure Destroys Kids

When the California Supreme Court announced last week that it would not hear a landmark case (Vergara v. California) you didn’t hear much about it, but when Hamilton County employs almost 30 percent of teachers that are deemed to be “the least effective” by any measure, it’s time for somebody outside our classrooms to start paying very close attention. I was amazed that last ... (click for more)