Hixson resident published in newest 'Chicken Soup' book
Kelle Riley of Hixson has been selected for inclusion in the new edition of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias," according to The Alzheimer's Association.
The book is comprised of essays, stories and poems from people living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, friends and family members. Out of thousands of submissions, Riley's story was one of 101 personal stories chosen for publication.
"The call for submissions to 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias' arrived in my inbox on the anniversary of my mother's death," says Riley. "She was an avid reader and supporter of my writing, so I wanted to honor her life and her struggle with dementia by writing 'Always A Mother.' The process helped me deal with grief I'd put on hold for a decade while the disease stole her life. I hope that the collection helps others cope with the impact of dementia in their lives and the lives of their loved ones."
"Kelle's experience is like so many others who lose a loved one to this disease. We hope that families will reach out to the Alzheimer's Association and take advantage of our programs and services instead of going through this alone," said Alzheimer's Association Senior Vice President Cindy Lowery.
Culp wins state poster contest
Taneiya Culp, a fifth-grader at Boyd-Buchanan School, won the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Missing Children's Poster Contest. The 11-year-old's entry has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice to represent Tennessee in the national contest.
TBI Agent Jerri Powell said Culp's entry had a "very detailed representation supporting the theme, 'Bring Our Missing Children Home.'" She also noted the colors were "bright and uplifting" and the written message was "consistent with the theme."
Chattanooga State starts new honor society
Chattanooga State Community College has established a new honor society for engineering technology students, Tau Alpha Pi. Eligible students must be academically ranked in the top 25 percent of his/her class, carry a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for at least two consecutive semesters and demonstrate ability in engineering technology.
New members are Rickey Pace Jr. of Jasper, Tenn., Chrissy Smith of Evensville, Tenn., Dennis Clark, Kevin Dean, David Howard, Kyle Kennedy, Samantha Travis, Randall Walker, Matt Dillard and Laura Whittaker.
Art contest winners announced
Splash, a free youth arts workshop located in the James A. Henry School building in the Westside community, recently held an art exhibition and competition featuring work from community children. The exhibition was sponsored by Links national service organization.
Winners in grades first through third: Alantae Black, first; Angelo Appling, second; and Benajah Tucker, third.
Grades fourth through sixth: Alexis Black, first; Alexia Black, second; Keshawn Johnson, third.
Grades 10th through 12th: Tia Hughes, first; Tanara Hughes, second.
Preschool/Kindergarten winners: Kymaro Banks, first; Michasia Houston, second; Faytirya Appling, third.
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 ...