Lee University's Deaton Publishes Memoir

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lee University’s Tony Deaton has published his newest book, “Ain’t Had So Much Fun Since Uncle Quentin Died.” 

The book, set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Oconee Country, S.C., shares Mr. Deaton’s journey from humble beginnings with a strict father, rigid church teachings, and racial prejudice, to a life of freedom, happiness, and personal fulfillment, said officials. 

“Although trained in opera with a wealth of performance experience, I guess I’m still a country boy at heart with deep roots in southern rural culture,” said Mr. Deaton. 

Mr. Deaton, an associate professor of vocal music at Lee, made his New York opera debut at The International Festival of the Arts in the title role of Harrison Birtwistle’s avant–garde opera, “Punch and Judy.” He has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Charleston, S.C., and with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. 

He received a Master of Music in vocal performance from The University of Tennessee, where he studied with Edward Zambara, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from Lee College (now Lee University), where he was a voice student of Jim Burns. 

Mr. Deaton has distinguished himself as an exceptional teacher. Many of his students have placed first in state and regional vocal competitions including National Association of Teachers of Singing, Tennessee Music Teacher’s Association and the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Mr. Deaton also conducts masterclasses, serves as a voice adjudicator, and continues an active performance schedule. 

He is married to Suzy Venable Deaton, originally of Knoxville, and is the proud grandfather of grandsons, Spencer and Andy. 

“Ain’t Had So Much Fun Since Uncle Quentin Died” is available for purchase on Amazon.com. 

For more information about the book, email Mr. Deaton at tdeaton@leeuniversity.edu or call 614-8261.
 


Engineers Week Declared For Bradley County

Bradley County High School students in CAD and engineering classes gathered on Friday, Feb. 17, to hear from Wacker Polysilicon Vice President and Site Manager Mary Beth Hudson about engineering career opportunities. In recognition of Wacker’s involvement with the schools, Bradley County Mayor issued a proclamation declaring Engineers Week for Bradley County. “WACKER hires ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State's McClister Named New TISL Media Adviser

Angela McClister has been at Chattanooga State for six years and is an instructor of journalism in the Business Division and adviser to the student newspaper, The Communicator. Before working at Chattanooga State, Ms. McClister worked as a producer at WTCI, the PBS station in Chattanooga for five years. Her experience in broadcast journalism allows her to have current insight on ... (click for more)

Man, Child Killed In Crash On Highway 136 In Walker County; 2nd Child Seriously Injured

A man and an unrestrained five-year-old child were killed when a vehicle went out of control on Highway 136 in Walker County on Saturday. A 10-year-old in the car was seriously injured. The driver was thrown from the van and was dead at the scene. The five-year-old was trapped in the vehicle and also died at the wreck site at Ponder Creek Road. The Georgia State Patrol ... (click for more)

2 People Shot After Domestic Dispute In Brainerd; Corey Moon Taken Into Custody On Saturday Night

Two people were shot during a domestic dispute in Brainerd late Friday night.   Chattanooga Police responded at 11:17 p.m. to the 4700 block of Rogers Road on a shooting. The following are the preliminary facts of that investigation.   Officers were able to locate two victims, Cortez Moon, 23, and Terri Dossett, 45, suffering from non-life threatening gunshot ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman: Speaking The Truth About CSLA - And Response

One parent called me a “Liar” during Thursday’s Facilities meeting. Others from CSLA have been a bit more creative saying that I spread “misinformation”, “falsehoods” and “spread inaccurate statements”. Then there were more descriptive terms- “arrogant”, “uninformed”, “unprofessional”- if these CSLA parents don’t stop, they are going to hurt my feelings. In this letter, I will attempt ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Illegals Cost Us Billions

We learned over the weekend that John Kelly, our new Secretary of Homeland Security, has just prepared two strongly-worded memos that could greatly enhance federal authorities to detain and/or deport illegal immigrants both inside the United States and those caught at our borders. All rational United States citizens know we have a horrible problem with illegals – in 2010 the annual ... (click for more)