published Friday, September 27th, 2013

Good for you: Cash Express marks 9/11

Cash Express manager Brittany Self, left, and assistant manager Tondalea Johnson, second from right, present a cake to firefighters at East Ridge Fire Station No. 2.
Cash Express manager Brittany Self, left, and assistant manager Tondalea Johnson, second from right, present a cake to firefighters at East Ridge Fire Station No. 2.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Cash Express marks 9/11

Employees of Cash Express, 5513 Ringgold Road, delivered cakes to East Ridge and Ringgold, Ga., emergency personnel and first responders on Sept. 10, thanking them for their service. It is a tradition that Cash Express stores in Kentucky and Tennessee have done since 9/11.

Cash Express manager Brittany Self said deliveries were made to Puckett EMS technicians at 5603 Ringgold Road; East Ridge Fire and Police Station No. 1 at 4214 Ringgold Road; Fire Station No. 2 at 638 Camp Jordan Parkway; Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 5842 Highway 41 and Catoosa County Fire Station at 5282 Evitt St.

Dr. Colleen M. Schmitt named president-elect

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy announces the appointment of Dr. Colleen M. Schmitt of Galen Medical Group to president-elect. She will become president in May 2014.

Schmitt became a member of ASGE in 1994. From 2005-2009, she chaired its Health and Public Policy Committee and was also a member of the Research Committee for several years. Since 1994, she has been a reviewer for ASGE's peer-reviewed scientific journal GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and was a member of the Editorial Review Board from 1999 to 2004.

In addition to practicing with Galen Medical Group, she is medical director at Memorial Research Center and was chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. Schmitt is a past president of the Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and currently chairs the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society's Committee on Legislation and Public Policy. She also serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society.

She has written more than 50 publications, including scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals, invited chapters in books, reviews and summaries, and editorials. As medical director of Southeastern Clinical Research and Memorial Research Centers, Schmitt has been principal investigator or sub-investigator on more than 200 clinical trials.

In her free time, she is active with Volunteers in Medicine, Project Access and teaches local leadership programs and high school biology, anatomy and physiology classes.

Junior League announces fall provisionals

Twenty new fall provisional members have selected by the Junior League of Junior League of Chattanooga.

They are Lauren Baird, Megan Ball, Lauren Bratcher, Mary Cole, Traci Day, Nicole Flowers, Caroline Hensley, Ann Howard, Rona Hutchison and Madison Jahn. Also, Sarah Johnson, Amy Mace, Meredith Manuel, Alexis Parker, Crystal Rivers, Bethany Smisson, Kella Smith, Jennifer Smith, Emily Spears and Michelle Wright.

The provisionals will attend training classes and work volunteer shifts in the league's community impact programs such as Seeds of Change, a collaborative effort to eliminate food deserts in Hamilton County, says Junior League President Tahnika Rodriguez.

Any woman with an interest in volunteerism is invited to apply for the Junior League's spring 2014 provisional class. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21. For more information and to download an application packet, visit and click the "Join" link.

Lebovitz chosen for Advocacy Institute

Eliza Lebovitz, a junior at Girls Preparatory School, has been selected to attend the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 3-5. She is one of 400 students chosen from across the country, and one of two from this region.

The institute, a part of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, "identifies and mentors high school students committed to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship through the American political process," according to a summit news release.

The summit is an annual fall event in which participants receive hands-on training on how to write and talk about Israel.

Lee alum hired at Ohio college

Lee University theater alumnus Derrick Vanmeter has been appointed assistant professor of costume design at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Vanmeter, originally from Rome, Ga., received a bachelor's degree in theater and children's ministry from Lee and a master's degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

At Youngstown, Vanmeter will teach costume design, costume construction, makeup and a general introduction to theater course that serves as an art elective for the university. He is also designing costumes for the university's world premiere of "Tribunal" by Mickey Kessler, a piece based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," "A Musical Revue" and a dance concert.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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