Part 2

2017 — People year in review

Posted 12/27/17

The People features for August offered a variety of topics and profiles.

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Part 2

2017 — People year in review


The People features for August offered a variety of topics and profiles.

The month began with a profile of MaRhonda Dodd, who works at College Hill Center, and a story on the Miss Beautiful pageant, which showcases girls and women with disabilities. Other profiles included Walter Presswood, who collects and sells antiques; Martha Nantoka, who grew up in Malawi and shares the gospel in U.S. and Africa; Donna Coleman, who was inducted into Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame; 12-year-old Luke Cook, who is now seizure free after brain surgery; Corinne Frost, who turned 101; D.L. Caldwell, who reflected on 75 years of living in Cleveland; and William J. Burton, who celebrated his 90th birthday.

Dwight Donohoo, former director of the Cleveland Emergency Shelter, and who worked in different sections of the Bradley County Community Services, was looking forward to retirement, as covered in the Aug. 20 edition.

Alizabeth Atnip has set a goal to get more kids to love sports.
Connie Isbill was named “Designer of the Year” for East Tennessee Professional Floral Association.

Paul Loseby is tooting his horn and that of the Cleveland Pops Band in the Aug. 27 issue.
Harry Hysni uses his skills to fix clocks and watches.
Andrea Klein, 2017 Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, received a lifetime achievement award for her accomplishments, self-perception, communication and projection skills.
Reba Terry is directing The Bridge and its efforts to combat opioid abuse.

September brought the Cowpea Festival and Cook-off and a look at the chefs in the competition. It also brought a story on Jose Caraballo, his stand on deportation and how much he misses his wife, Paula, who was deported five years ago.

September profiles included throat cancer survivor Matthew McClean; prison ministry leader William Chandler, Noah Pendley, who is first graduate of SpiritHorse therapeutic riding program; Marie Spaeder-Haas, Museum Center’s September Artist of the Month; Michael Willis, author of “Life of Mikey”; and Nathaniel Parsons, who starred in “Shrek the Musical JR.” Also in September, there were stories on Luciana Miles, who makes an artistic change; Rodney Murray, “Y rat’ who makes a difference in lives of others; and Clyne Buxton, who shares his memoir “The Boy from Chicora.”

In October, People visited with former Clevelander Rodney Wiseman, whose “Silver Dollar Fish” script has won five Doves; Susan Hyder, who is coping with dissociative disorder; Eugene Henley, who had a routine surgery turn life-threatening; and Terrell Brinson and Larry Timmerman, who with their wives traverse the U.S. on Route 66.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church celebrated 150 years in Cleveland on Oct. 22. The first service in what is now St. Luke’s was preached at the St. Alban’s Mission in 1867.

Dale Armstrong shared her jewelry making talents with a class and a display at the Museum Center at Five Points store.

CUATS, which provides transportation for those without vehicles in Cleveland, was also showcased on Oct. 18.

Natalya Istomin of Cleveland is a volunteer with Crisis Response International. She talked about what she does to help disaster victims. She was on a team that went to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

She described the situation this way: So imagine you built a home, put everything you had into it. Had many memories in this home. You have no flood insurance because it’s a no flood zone. Your mortgage is high. You’re paying on your home the best that you can, trying to live the good life, the American dream. Then, out of nowhere, a hurricane hits. Your home — all your furniture, appliances, electronics you own, pictures, memories all destroyed, gone in an instant left sitting in seven-foot high standing water for 13 days. Then in heaps it is dragged out and dumped in a pile of rubble in your front lawn on display for the world to see.”

November stories featured Robert Still, who celebrated his 99th birthday on Nov. 1; Justin Thomas, who was national winner for Radio/Podcast Communications “Blue Ribbons and Boots”; the Health Department’s Teen Life Maze, which gives real-life scenarios based on possible decisions.

Other stories include The Unity Dance Troupe’s ‘Dreamer” showcased Nov. 8; The Hub at Lee University, which combines the Year Programs, Academic Services and Center of Calling and Career; and Conservation Skillathon; and Tangle’z Salon’s Angel Tree efforts.
On Nov. 12, First Presbyterian, which has the oldest church building in Cleveland, celebrated its 180th anniversary. It was known as the “mother church of Cleveland” because it allowed Methodists, Episcopalian and Baptists to use its facility until they had a building of their own.
Lee University students sent teams to Florida and Texas to help clean up after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. On Nov. 22, a story on the Tennessee National Guard’s relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands was featured.

“The Nutcracker” and an “Evening with the Voices of Lee" holiday performances were featured Nov. 29.

December brought a profile on Valerie Burns and her new book, “The Plot is Murder”; a holiday concert by the Cleveland Pops; Luann Still Chappell, who won first-place Equus award for her screenplay, “Stubborn”; Brad Boring, whose fascination with “Star Wars’ has prompted his creation of a replica droid; and James Williams, who is a coslayer for cancer by sharing “Star Wars” galaxy with sick children. Other stories looked at Thomas Spake’s blown glass; Renee Curry’s stollen tradition; and Ryan Nipper’s woodworking and efforts to end human trafficking.

'Happinest' volunteers' work to help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife was highlighted in the Dec. 6 issue.

An effort to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie was undertaken by CrossNet, which adopted a church and community in Puerto Rico. “Southern Baptists have always had a long history of disaster relief work dating back to the 1960s, but there was an overwhelming response of volunteers seeking to help when these massive hurricanes and disasters started in the early to mid 2000s,” says Ministry Evangelism Director Randy Bonner.

Hurricane Harvey survivors Scott and Dorothy Phillips have left their home in Houston behind to near family. Their story was featured Dec. 17.


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