Dayton mom honored by state and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Dayton mom honored by state and other news from areas around Chattanooga

May 12th, 2014 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Evelyn Manley with her sons Noah, left, and Christian. Manley, of Dayton, Tenn., is being honored as one of the Tennessee Justice Center's Mothers of the Year for 2014.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Dayton mom honored by state

Dayton, Tenn. - A Dayton, Tenn., mother is being honored as Tennessee Justice Center's Mother of the Year for 2014.

Evelyn Manley, a public health nurse, is being recognized for her persistence in battling to keep medical services her son needs, according to a news release. The Tennessee Justice Center is a nonprofit that advocates for needy families on health care and other issues.

Manley's 4-year-old son, Christian, has Down syndrome and autism. He is unable to talk and sometimes acts out physically, which could result in harm to himself or others, according to the release.

A doctor had ordered therapy for Christian that was helping him, but the state cut funding for it in late 2013, the release said. The center provided Manley an attorney who appealed and won the case.

The center release said Manley was honored as a "fearless and persistent advocate" for her son.

"TJC helped us during a really hard time," she said in the release. "They were great advocates for my son, and for our family."

Lee grads win Webby Award

Cleveland, Tenn. - Two Lee University graduates, Eric Brown and Taylor Jones, recently won the Webby Award for Best Professional Services website with their company Whiteboard, a university news release stated.

The Webby is "the preeminent award honoring excellence on the Internet." the release stated. Winners were selected from 12,000 entries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, comprising Internet industry executives and entrepreneurs.

Brown graduated from Lee in 2009 with a discipleship ministries' degree, and Jones with a business administration and accounting degree in 2010, the university release stated. The two founded Whiteboard, which specializes in front-end development, web design, and corporate branding, in 2010.

"We built this company to leave a positive effect on the culture around us," said Brown. "This honor is a credit to the entrepreneurial spirit found within Chattanooga, and to the dozens of individuals who have spoken into the professional and personal lives of our team."

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Historical group to present awards

Dalton, Ga. - The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will name recipients of preservation awards and scholarships at its meeting May 18.

A society news release said this is the 20th year for the awards, handed out during Historic Preservation Month.

Historic Preservation Awards honor people, living or deceased, who made unusual and outstanding contributions to the preservation of the history of Whitfield and Murray counties, the release stated.

Scholarships are awarded to high school students who have completed projects and/or original research. Some extra awards will be presented this year to young people who have volunteered for society projects and events.

The award ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Crown Gardens History Center and Archives, 715 Chattanooga Ave., Dalton, Ga.