published Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Hamilton County Health Department Director Becky Barnes honored for health career

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    Rebekah (Becky) Barnes is the Health Administator of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Director Becky Barnes has won the highest honor bestowed by the Tennessee Public Health Association.

Barnes received the 2011 R.H. Hutcheson Sr. M.D. Award for her career commitment and public health achievements. The minimum amount of service for the award is 20 years.

Barnes has been with the health department since 1980.

"Becky is well respected among her peers. She is personable, approachable and a team player," said Dr. Valerie Boaz, health officer at the department, in a news release. "She is a champion and advocate for public health, whether it is in her official capacity or on the street as a good friend and neighbor."


A white 2011 Ford has been spotted driving around Hamilton County's 9th Commission District.

Commissioner Chester Bankston's truck sports the license plate, "COUNTY9."


Hamilton County commissioners received at least 10 applications for four open magistrate positions.

The applications, which were due by 4 p.m. Friday, will be reviewed this week. Interviews are set for Oct. 17.


Jadun McCarthy, 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Science Auditorium at Berry College in Rome, Ga.

McCarthy is an English teacher from Northeast Health Science Magnet High School in Bibb County. Organizers say his presentation will focus on the teaching profession.

McCarthy graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. After deciding it wasn't the path for him, he entered the education field. Now teaching in Macon, Ga., he represents Georgia's teachers through public speaking and workshops around the state.


Four faculty members of McCallie School were honored with teaching awards last month, according to a news release.

Hank Hopping and Dr. Michael Woodward were recognized by Stanford University's Teacher Tribute Initiative. Members of Stanford's incoming freshman class were able to nominate a former teacher or mentor.

Chet LeSourd was nominated for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award, in which an incoming first-year student is invited to nominate an educator who changed and challenged him or her. LeSourd is the director of McCallie's Caldwell Writing Center and Caldwell Chair of Composition.

Varsity tennis coach Eric Voges was one of three finalists for Best Teacher in the Times Free Press Best of the Best People's Choice Award. Among the other finalists were Wayne Ingle of Heritage High School and Mishana Parris of Ringgold Elementary School.

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about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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