East Brainerd Elementary suffered extreme damage in strong storms Sunday night. Staff photo by Meghan Mangrum

Ooltewah High hopes to connect with those in need after tornado

Representatives from Ooltewah High School have shared a survey with the community seeking information about those who might need help after Sunday night's devastating storms.

Ooltewah is one area of Hamilton County including East Chattanooga, Brainerd, Collegedale and surrounding areas that sustained significant damage after a tornado swept through the region.

East Brainerd Elementary sustained significant damage, but Ooltewah Middle School also sustained roof damage.

"If you were affected by the storms and there is something that we can do, please share with us! We want to help! Please fill out the form below to provide valuable information regarding your status at this time. We hope everyone is safe!" the survey reads.

School district officials confirmed it was a school-led effort. To view the survey, visit:


UnifiEd Student Voice Team launches 'QuaranTEEN' blog

The group of students behind Hamilton County Schools' new student suicide prevention policy have launched a new project with the help of education advocacy group UnifiEd. The project is meant to help students share their experiences learning from home, staying connected with friends, dealing with social distancing, unemployment problems and more.

The team recently launched the blog, "Life As A Quaranteen," while students are home due to school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic. One teen already wrote about their experience being laid off as businesses closed and furloughed workers as social distancing became more widespread. Some have written about the milestones they are missing out on as high school seniors.

Approximately 30 high school students from across Hamilton County's high schools make up the team and are trained to organize efforts to increase opportunities for students to voice their opinions at their schools.

The organization is taking submissions from other Hamilton County students about how they are dealing with the COVID-19 quarantine and time at home.

For more information, visit:


Chattanooga State scholarships applications available

Though many financial aid application deadlines have passed, Chattanooga State Community College still has seven scholarships available for students for the 2020-2021 school year.

Scholarships are still available to students interested in majors that include: business, humanities and fine arts, engineering and information technologies, nursing and allied health and students who plan to enroll in several Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) programs.

Scholarships are generally based on strong academic work, unmet financial need, and a commitment to public service. Foundation scholarships require approval by a scholarship committee that reviews academic records, essays and other application information, according to a press release. Students must first complete the 2020-2021 ChattState Scholarship Application to apply.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, more than $1.2M Institutional and Foundation scholarships were awarded to 865 students.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at

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