New Eagle Scouts
* Trey Davis, a member of Troop 99, became an Eagle Scout during a recent Court of Honor. The sophomore at Heritage High School is the son of Lewis and Dawn Davis. At Heritage, he is a drummer in the marching band and jazz band and has been selected for District Jazz Band three years, District Percussion for four years and All-State Percussion for two years. For the community service project required of all Eagle Scouts, he landscaped flower beds at Ringgold Elementary School.
* Nathan Goza of Troop 254 achieved Eagle Scout rank during a Court of Honor held at Tyner United Methodist Church. The son of Stuart and Mary Jane Goza is a homeschooled sophomore. For his community service project, he completed a new bridge on the Lula Lake-Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail. More than 200 man-hours were spent on the project by the Scout and volunteers from Troop 254 and Lula Lake Land Trust.
Scholarships finalists named
Lee University recently announced the nine high school seniors who are finalists for Rymer Scholarships. Three gold, three silver and three bronze award winners will be announced Thursday.
Provided through the Rymer Foundation, the scholarships honor student achievement and encourage talented high school students to remain in the Cleveland area.
The nine honorees are Hanna Blessing, Kyle Davidson, Jordan Glover, Alexandra Hutt, Devin Kersey, Hannah Long, Clayton Parris, Caitlin Tharp and Kelsey Wofford.
Strait receives service award
The Craniofacial Foundation of America has awarded Dr. Tim Strait its Terri Farmer Service Award for dedication and service to children born with craniofacial abnormalities.
The award will be displayed on Saturday at Cobblestone Rue during the Palate 2 Palette fundraiser.
Strait has worked with the Tennessee Craniofacial Center since its inception in 1987. He has performed many surgeries on children born with craniofacial abnormalities over the past 26 years, according to a foundation news release.
"There are a million reasons why Dr. Strait deserves this award," said Terry Smyth, executive director of the foundation. "Most of all, his willingness and compassion to reach out on a personal level to get to know the children and their families."
Stephenson wins Pneuma Award
Lisa Stephenson, an assistant professor of systematic theology in Lee University's School of Religion, has received the 2013 Pneuma Book Award.
The award honored her book, "Dismantling the Dualisms for American Pentecostal Women in Ministry: A Feminist-Pneumatological Approach." The book analyzes factors resulting in the present situation among American Pentecostal women in ministry and proposes solutions to problems that have perpetuated their restrictions.
Thompson gets teaching award
Dewayne Thompson, professor and chairman of the Department of Business at Lee University, has been named the recipient for the Region 3 Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
The award recognizes individuals who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom from each of the council's 10 regions. All recipients will be honored at the council's annual conference in Salt Lake City in June.
Thompson has chaired the Department of Business at Lee since 2006. He has been listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and received Lee's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987.
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 ...