Claire Tuley, a Chattanooga paralegal, took on seven-day "Jeopardy" champ Arthur Chu on Thursday night's episode. She finished second on the popular game show.
Host Alex Trebek noted at the game's opening that Chu's seven-day winnings of $178,000 had boosted him into the game show's Top 10 Money-Makers of All Time. Chu found all three Daily Doubles on Thursday night, and wagered large amounts of cash in order to have a commanding lead of $44,200 over Tuley's $6,000 by end of regular play.
All three contestants gave the correct answer in Final Jeopardy. Chu finished his eighth win with a daily total of $58,200, and $236,200 for his eight wins.
Tuley raised her daily total to $8,000 to place second. She received $2,000 in prize money as the runner-up. Third-place contestant Chris Sanchez of Chaparral, N.M., received $1,000.
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 ...