2013 Year in Review
by BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
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The Year In Review
Ryan and Anna Carmichael started One Heart Africa, an organization which provides education, food and water for a village in Mozambique called Licilo. A school was built with help from the Carmichaels and their organzation. According to a Jan. 23 story, the couple decided to have the school painted Tennessee orange in honor of their home state. Anna said,”What if the next Nelson Mandela is this kid right here?”
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Part 1: January-June

Starting the year off, in conjunction with the 2013 Stitches in Time quilt show, a collection of quilts by Ellen Mauzey went on display in the lobby of the Museum center at Five Points. The show ran from Jan. 26 to March 9.

Banner Staff Writer Christy Armstrong gave us a story about Helping Paws Healing Hearts’ weekend camp for children who are grieving the losses of loved ones. Amy Hicks, a counselor in the city school system, founded the project.

Norma Ferguson Hill’s story of faith and works is told by Lifestyles Editor William Wright on Feb. 20. Hill, who was born in Nassau, Bahamas, has spent her life in helping people — her passion.

The “The Traveling Paints” was the first show featuring local artists at In-Town Gallery in Chattanooga. Each month, local artist Helen Burton keeps the community current on what’s showing in the gallery, ranging from jewelry and painting to photography and pottery.

The Cleveland community has been fortunate to hear concerts presented by the Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association. The first concert of the year — the third in the season series — featured the Side Street Strutters. In April, Jason Coleman, the grandson of Floyd Cramer, will return for the final concert of the season.

On March 3, a story featuring Sarah Buckner told how she pursued a career in a tough economy. The Cleveland native served as intern at the Museum Center at Five Points as pubic relations coordinator and event planner.

A story by Lifestyles Editor William Wright on March 9 told the story of Master Chef Toby Willis, who died from a massive stroke. To honor his memory, a fund called “Tummies for Toby” was set up to sponsor a mission trip to Haiti. The foundation sent chefs and friends to feed the hungry and to build a hospital, homes and kitchens.

The 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship Program is one of Cleveland’s most exciting scholarship programs of all times. Held on March 9, the program named Laura Kate Evans as the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland. Megan Castleberry was first runner-up and Allie Beth Cody was second runner-up.

Local coupon queens shared their secret for shopping on March 20. Frieda Moses and Sonya Mangrum turned to couponing as a way to save money. The ladies give away the extra food they get basically for free to families who need help, food banks and churches to serve food to shut-ins.

Haylei Cummings, an activity assistant at Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, says she enjoys spending time with the residents who thrive on personal attention. The story of the 23-year-old ran on March 20.

March 24 featured Sara Dawson’s story on wetland birdhouses. Bachman Academy partnered with Volkswagen for students to build birdhouses in its woodworking shop for the plant’s large wetland area. Volkswagen provided the materials to build the birdhouses by recycling pallets from the plant.

Local children and teens presented “The Wizard of Oz” as part of a weeklong residency program with Missoula Children’s Theatre on March 23. The performance was given by 60 children at the Museum Center at Five Points — the eighth season for the residency.

As the Easter season arrived, churches promoted the meaning of the resurrection of Christ in their activities, musicals and dramas. Sara Dawson in a story on March 31 noted the different ways the special day was observed.

Chair-ries Jubilee is the “Big” event always in April and plans began early to collect items for the auction. Proceeds from the Chair-ries Jubilee goes to the schools in the form of teacher grants or visiting artists.

A “Celebration of Smiles” sponsored by Professional Photographers of America Charities came to Fletcher Park on April 6 to raise money for “Operation Smile,” a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults who are born with facial deformities.

Cleveland was represented by Darby Keith in the Miss Tennessee USA pageant. The 18-year-old Cleveland native said her goal is to be in the best shape of her life and represent her city to the best of her ability.

Pamela Ledford lost her business in the 2011 tornadoes that wreaked havoc on Cleveland. The winds devastated her salon business, but Ledford said in an April 7 story by Wright she did not lose her faith in God to help her through the “winds of change.”

“Marriage for a Lifetime” couple’s workshop was held at Lee University. According to an April 14 story, the workshop was taught by the graduate faculty of Lee’s marriage and family therapy program, who, together, have more than 70 years of experience working with couples and families.

Jessica Klaaren started beading her own jewelry about six years ago. After submitting a necklace design in an online design challenge and winning, she decided to take her jewelry making to the next level. In a story on April 17, the Athens Realtor and mother of two tells how she can add “designed earrings for Oscars GBK Celebrity gift lounge goodie bags” to her accomplishments.

Lindsey Soto is promoting the value of an optimistic attitude. The single mom, who works as phlebotomist and client representative for Path Group Lab, said attitude can make a difference in how a person feels, acts and interacts with others.

Benjamin Edwin Dale IV, the son of Edwin and Karen Dale of Cleveland, represented Cleveland High School at the Tennessee All-State Choir event, April 10-13 in Chattanooga. Read the story of the CHS sophomore on Page 21 in the April 17 Lifestyles.

Cleveland hosted two other big events in April — The Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association presenting “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer” with his grandson Jason Coleman on April 25 and the Blooming Arts Festival at the Museum Center at Five Points April 26-28. Cleveland resident Ronald Wheeler’s segmented and wood-turned bowls were featured at the event.

Enter the artistic world of Avery McNeese, says Wight in a May 1 story. McNeese is an art instructor for several promising students in Cleveland and surrounding area. He does pottery, paintings, poetry, woodcarvings, beads and cameos in his specialty shop.

Peter Pan came to life and dancers took to the air in the Cleveland City Ballet performance, May 9-11 at the Dixon Center. The ballet extravaganza was directed by Connie Gatlin, according to the Lifestyles story on May 5. Special effects were made possible by the Foy Co.

A scholarship benefit concert featuring Cleveland native Ann Almond Pope and Valrie Kantorski of Toledo, Ohio, was presented by the Cleveland Music Club on May 30 at the Museum Center at Five Points. The duo, which was formed in 1988, is a three-time winner of first prize in the Graves Duo-Piano Competition, according to the story on May 5.

On May 8, Wright wrote abut Esther Bauer, a Holocaust survivor. The 89-year-old spoke at Cleveland State Community College in March.

Teens swung into a sport “all its own” — slacklining. According to a June 9 story, three teens in Cleveland can outdo Tarzan when it comes to slacklining between the trees. Called the Cleveland Slackers, they had the opportunity to become members of Gibbon Slacklines professional team.

In a story by Banner Staff Writer Bettie Marlowe, Jamie Newberg and Michael Myers announced StageWorks’ final show of the first season, “Steel Magnolias.” Auditions were May 15 and the performance was set for September.

Robin and Donnie McCann are looking for answers about affordable insurance, writes Wright in a May 15 story. Robin was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure in December 2010, has not been able find employment because of her health history, and had been unemployed for three years.

In a story on May 19, Tom Johnson opens up about a burden he’s carried for 40 years. He offered his friend and former high school teammate Steve Bradford a public apology for not standing up for his friend who was being mistreated while playing football. Johnson said he was sharing his experience in the hope of helping youths today stand up for what is right.

Paul Ingham, a former Marine tells his account of service in a story on May 26 written by Wright and Marlowe. His military awards tell of his service to his country: Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (4) and Combat Action Badge.

Easy Rider Rick Keatley made a stop in Cleveland in May to help raise awareness about the need for more organ donors and to visit friends, Jim and Sarah Jones, who are also huge supporters of Donate Life. He was awaiting a life-saving liver transplant.

The Lifestyles editor was the subject of a June 5 story as he told of his “worst nightmare.” He wasn’t prepared for the five blocked arteries to his heart and being in need of immediate bypass surgery. The Cleveland family is encouraging greater awareness about the need for thorough testing to increase heart health.

Cleveland resident Eric Wolf was preparing for a new life challenge after acceptance to Annapolis Naval Academy. According to a June 5 story, Wolf graduated from McCallie School with a 4.1 GPA, and had been a student there since seventh grade.

Honoring his dad on Father’s Day, Banner Sports Writer Joe Cannon describes his father as “Mighty Guide.” Cannon was one of four sons born to Gene and Juanita Cannon. What you find, Cannon says, when you get past the glitz and glamour, “is a man who loves the Lord, his family and just about everyone he comes in contact with.”

The House on Gaut Street has stood for more than 120 years. It has served as a parsonage, ministry center, mission house, publishing offices and halfway house in its life. Now owned by David Arrington, it continues to serve in ministry and is a blessing to many people, according to a June 26 story by Marlowe.


Cleveland has produced several outstanding authors — fiction, non-fiction, inspirational and history — whose books have reached beyond the borders of Bradley County and Tennessee. Many of their books have been reviewed and shared through stories in the Banner Lifestyles:

— “A Hobo’s Faith” by Lisa Bishop;

— “From My Apron Pocket” by Joyce Lane Rayburn;

— “Little Sam Mountain, Living Their Dream” and “Little Sam Mountain, The Journey” by Charles C. Fletcher;

— “Voices of Cherokee Women” and “My Father’s War” by Carolyn Johnston;

— “Going Home” documentary (by the Moore family) and “Caney Creek Village” by Debbie Moore;

— “Slave to Grace” by Joyce Fox; and

— “Lexis, the Hiccupping Lion” by Janelle Martin.

— “Chase the Rain” by Joe Brooks

— “Chance of a Lifetime,” by Ed Stuteville.