Seven local individuals and businesses were honored Aug. 15 when the Challenger Center for Space Science Education presented its first Legacy Awards.
The awards recognized the recipients' assistance in the creation of the local Challenger Center and their support of Challenger Centers as a whole.
Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Challenger Center founding chairwoman, presented the awards during a luncheon at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Inaugural honorees were Jim Berry, chief executive officer of Republic Parking System; Hardwick Caldwell; John and Zan Guerry; Clarence E. Harris Foundation Inc.; Ellsworth and Sharon McKee, McKee Foods; Dr. Fred Obear, former UTC chancellor; and SunTrust Bank.
Tuskegee Airman Alexander "Jeff" Jefferson was the luncheon's keynote speaker.
The local Challenger Center for Space Science Education on UTC's campus is part of an international network of 48 Challenger Learning Centers.
Clemons earns Eagle Scout rank
James Jarvarius Clemons became the 30th Boy Scout from Troop 43 to achieve Eagle Scout rank, according to Larry E. Bowie, Scoutmaster. The Eagle presentation was made during a Court of Honor at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church.
The Scout is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. William J. Clemons. A graduate of Tyner Academy, he is a freshman at Fisk University in Nashville, majoring in pre-medicine.
At Tyner, Clemons was drum major and played alto sax for the Tyner Pride marching band, was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. At Orchard Knob Baptist Church, he was a member of the youth choir, youth usher board, Junior Deacons and captain of the Praise dance team.
For the community service project required of all Eagle Scouts, Clemons completed several projects to improve the outdoor living space at Friendship Haven Nursing Home.
Ingle wins National Parks service award
Chattanoogan Laura Beth Ingle was named the National Park Service's Holland Prize winner in recognition of her work documenting historic fire towers in the Smoky Mountains.
The Leicester B. Holland Prize is a competition that honors the best single-sheet measured drawing of a historic building, site or structure prepared by an individual(s) to HABS/HAER/HALS standards and guidelines.
Ingle won for her drawing of White Rocks Lookout Tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Architectural Record will publish the winning drawing, and she will receive a $1,000 cash prize and certificate of recognition.
The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites throughout the United States while adding to a permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
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 ...