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2020 BBB Torch Awards and Student of Integrity Scholarship

July 13, 2020

Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Andie Robinson. She was awarded one of the BBB "Student of Integrity" scholarship which was sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

Robinson, Andie Lanore: Calhoun, GA – Calhoun, GA - GPA 3.9 – Union University – Communications and Spanish – “The difference between morals and ethics is very insightful, because bringing religious morals into a business may be a deterrent for some customers, while being generally ethical ensure that no man feels he is treated unfairly. If businesses were to vet their decision through a lens of universal fairness, then the inclusion of all people would be a given. The customer and employee pool would immediately broaden as it does for all companies who bear the title “equal opportunity provider”.  Practicing good ethics in business is not easy in a society dominated by the love of money”. 

BBB 2020 Torch Awards & Scholarship Winners

Chattanooga, TN, July 13, 2020 - The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast TN & Northwest GA, celebrating its 60th anniversary year; proudly announces the business winners of the BBB “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” and “Student of Integrity” scholarship winners for 2020. BBB did not conduct its formal meeting for presentations, but will place a newspaper insert in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Sunday, July 26. Please read for more information on the business and student winners.

Businesses recognized for the 2020 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics are:

Category I Winner: Mr. Handyman of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

Category I Honorable Mention: The Robinson Team of Keller Williams, Chattanooga, TN

Category II Winner: Dale’s Heating & Air, Inc., Chattanooga, TN

Category II Honorable Mention: Ortwein Sign, Chattanooga, TN

Category III Winner: Kelly Auto Group, Inc. Chattanooga, TN

Category III Honorable Mention: Pratt Home Builders, Chattanooga, TN

Category IV Winner: North American Credit Services, Chattanooga, TN

Category V Winner: Walden Security, Inc., Chattanooga, TN

Category Non-Profit Charity Winner: Signal Centers, Chattanooga, TN

Category Non-Profit Charity Honorable Mention: The Caring Place, Cleveland, TN


Now in its 16th year, BBB achieved a milestone in its annual “Student of Integrity” scholarship competition surpassing $151,000 in total scholarships. This year scholarships with the value of $1000 each were awarded to Ten (10) students who competed by writing an essay on “the importance of ethics in business and our community”. The competition was available to all high schools seniors in the BBB service area of 21 surrounding counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. 120 students entered the competition this year.

The winners of the BBB 2020 “Student of Integrity” scholarships are:

Sarah Caroline Able: Cleveland, TN, Cleveland High School

Emily Morgan Allen: Dalton, GA, Southeast Whitfield High School

Mia Grace Crider: Summerville, GA, Chattooga High School

Katherine E. Derrick: Athens, TN, McMinn County High School

Evan Michael England: Jasper, TN, Richard Hardy Memorial School

Michael Traegan Gober: Cleveland, TN, Walker Valley High School

Lexi Ann McGill: Blue Ridge, GA, Fannin County High School

Andie Lanore Robinson: Calhoun, GA, Calhoun High School

Jason T. Tran: Chattanooga, TN, East Hamilton High School

Bryara Madison Whitaker: Lafayette, GA, Trion High School


Congratulations to the winners in the business “Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics” and the “Student of Integrity” scholarships. BBB President Jim Winsett states; “Individually, the business winners and the student winners are exemplary representatives of ethics, integrity and trust in our marketplace”.




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