Chat Room: Tricia Tipton

Tricia Tipton

Tricia Tipton

Tricia Tipton

Age: 55


Sons: Nathan, 26, and Matthew, 24, and a cat named Killer.

Occuptation: City of Alcoa, Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator since 2000

Tricia worked for Delta Air Lines as a reservation sales agent for 18 years followed by a few travel agent years before becoming involved in city government.

This time of year as Independence Day draws near, Tricia Tipton’s main thought is organizing FreedomFest, set for June 28 at Springbrook Park. When her mind’s not on thoughts of fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations, she says her passions are simple: Her two sons Matthew and Nathan and watching Tennessee and Notre Dame football.

Tipton said her sons are great young men of whom she is very proud. Nathan is working toward a video production degree at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. He’s also known as local musician and DJ Simon Belmont.

Matthew is a senior at UT and is earning a degree in chemical engineering. It was Matthew’s first stop in college at Notre Dame that whet his mother’s appetite for football at that school. In 2005 when Matthew was a freshmen, he didn’t make up his mind whom he was going to cheer for until after the kickoff of the Notre Dame and Tennessee game. “He said when he heard the Pride of the Southland Band play ‘Rocky Top,’ he knew who he was going to cheer for, so he stayed there one semester, but not before mom fell in love with Notre Dame football. It’s right up there with Tennessee football. If I’m not at Neyland Stadium on a fall Saturday, I’m in front of the television watching football.”

• What was your first paying job?

“As a student assistant on a research project one semester while I was a student at the University of Tennessee.”

• If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“Buy land with an unrestricted view and build a dream house on it.”

• What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“Scarlett in the last scene of ‘Gone With the Wind:’ ‘After all... tomorrow is another day.’”

• What are you guilty of?

“Too many indulgences - eating out too much and procrastinating.”

• What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“A Grand Canyon raft trip because I love Arizona so much. I’ve done a float trip on smooth water. I’ve seen so much about trips down the canyon. I’d love to do a mule trip down into the canyon too. I just think it would be neat to do and it goes along with how much I love Arizona.”

• What is your favorite material possession?

“Pictures of my boys growing up.”

• What are you reading currently?

“The Dark Wind,” by Tony Hillerman.

• What was your most embarrassing moment?

“When I was 12 years old, at Girl Scout camp we were practicing songs to sing for our parents at the end of the week. The leader stopped our group in the middle of a song, pointed at me and said, ‘You, just move your lips.’ I couldn’t carry a tune then and still can’t now.”

• What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“Two words: perky and friendly. I try to have an upbeat attitude and cherish my friends.”

• When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A flight attendant. I worked for Delta as a reservation sales agent, but never did that, I changed my mind.”

• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“Be more patient when things can’t always be accomplished in my time frame.”

• What is your passion?

Besides her two sons and enjoying Tennessee and Notre Dame football, Tricia also likes traveling to Arizona. “Arizona is my favorite vacation spot. I love to watch a desert sunset and driving the Arizona highways where the sky is so clear the visibility can be as far as 90 miles. It’s beautiful.”

• With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“Condoleezza Rice. To be a female in her position to have risen to such stature -- she’s a Notre Dame graduate -- and I think she’s accomplished so much for her race and for being a woman.”

• What do you hate?

“Negativity. I always try to be a positive person. I’d like to think I’m a positive influence.”

• What is your all-time favorite movie?

“Dances with Wolves.”

• What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“Gone with the Wind.”

• If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“Early Colonial times. I would love to experience the early years of our country forming.”

• Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“No. I did have to stand in the corner once in grade school, and it scared me to death, but no paddling.”

• What was your first car?

“A 1970 Plymouth Duster. That was my high school graduation present from my parents and that’s what got me back and forth from U.T.”

• What’s your favorite all time song?

“My Girl.”

• Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

“Half-full. I guess that’s the optimist in me, the positive side. I don’t’ see it as half empty. You’ve still got half a glass. Look at what you’ve still got.”

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