Thompson Engineering Sponsors Special E-Week Screening Of Dream Big 3D At The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thompson Engineering celebrated Engineers Week by hosting a field trip that allowed more than 130 Chattanooga area students to see Dream Big 3D, a film that celebrates engineers and their work around the world. Engineers Week is a oneweek event to celebrate a year-long commitment to increase awareness about how engineers make a difference in our world and to inspire students to pursue engineering as a career.

“Engineers create better lives for people through innovation, and safeguard our communities through professional design,” said John Baker, CEO of Thompson Engineering. “We take great pride in our work and in inspiring the next generation of engineers. We know they will have the power to solve community issues in ways that will be better than ever before.”

A grant from the Thompson Foundation, the charitable arm of Thompson Engineering, funded the field trip. Students from Howard High School, Dalewood Middle School, Tyner Academy School and East Lake Academy of Fine Arts participated. The movie explores engineering marvels around the world.

“Dream Big 3D helps everyone see that careers in science and engineering are fun and rewarding,” said Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium’s Director of External Affairs. “I think the students could see that these job opportunities are attainable and cover every facet of our lives. And after seeing this film, I hope these students will have a deeper appreciation for the educators in their lives who encourage them to dream big.” While Dream Big 3D is not being shown on a regular basis, it can be booked by school groups as a “Teacher’s Choice” film.

Thompson Engineering is known for several significant projects in Tennessee including construction engineering and inspection of projects for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Volkswagen Academy, Alstom Plant, and the Henley Bridge. Company employees provide professional services from offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Clarksville, Tn., as well as company headquarters in Mobile, Al. and offices in six other Southeastern states.



Students At E.L. Ross Elementary Earn Imagine Learning “Beacon School” Award

Leading EdTech company Imagine Learning announced E.L. Ross Elementary School in Cleveland as one of their distinguished “Beacon School” award winners. "Students at E.L. Ross worked hard all school year on the Imagine Language & Literacy program, completing lessons and reaching individualized academic goals," officials said. The Beacon School award was earned by less ... (click for more)

Adult Education Moving To Chattanooga State On July 2

The TCAT Athens Adult Education program in Hamilton County will be moving the James A. Henry office to the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College on Amnicola Highway. Adult Education offices and classrooms will be located on the second floor of the Center for Business, Industry and Health (CBIH) building. “Adult Education provides critical educational opportunities ... (click for more)

Former City Education Commissioner John P. Franklin Dies

John Porter Franklin, long a leading figure in Chattanooga city government, has died.  He was the city's first, elected black official, post Jim Crow laws, in 1971. Mr. Franklin's father, G.W. Franklin, was a pioneer funeral home director and John Franklin continued in that line. He was first an official in Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home, then he started John P. Franklin ... (click for more)

All School Board Members But Rhonda Thurman Approve Going Ahead With Equity Study

All County School Board members except Rhonda Thurman said Thursday afternoon they are in favor of pushing ahead with an equity study sought by new Supt. Bryan Johnson. Ms. Thurman said she was "tired of bullying tactics by outside groups" such as UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0. She said the 132 people who signed a letter in support of the study include people "with deep pockets" ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)