Usher Raymond makes another surprise trip to Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Pop star Usher Raymond once again returned to his roots on Monday popping up at a couple of events in Chattanooga.

The tour included a surprise stop at Tyner Academy to talk to students.

They were called to the gym for a Black History presentation, but the guest speaker turned out to be Usher.

He took the time to interact with both students and teachers.

Usher also attended a ribbon cutting Monday at the Orange Grove Center that was close to his heart.

The singer donated funds to widen, resurface and re-stripe the lanes so they can accommodate wheelchairs.

Special Olympics athletes have used the track to train.

Usher dedicated it to the memory of a woman who was important to him growing up, “Nanny” Nancy Lackey.

“Nanny and Pop (James E. Lackey her husband) used to walk on the track at Orange Grove for exercise. And they were always so impressed by what Orange Grove did and how they cared for people. So improving the track for accessibility for Orange Grove and the
neighborhood was a perfect way to pay tribute to her,” said Raymond.

Nancy Lackey died unexpectedly three years ago, after providing a guiding hands to many people in the neighborhood.

The Lackey family and their pastor attended the track ribbon cutting, along with Orange Grove supporters.

“We are honored that Mr. Raymond believes that the way Orange Grove serves this community is a fitting testament to the life of Mrs. Lackey, who also lived a life of service,” Kyle Hauth, Executive Director of Orange Grove, stated.

“Orange Grove’s history is all about engaging our whole community to support those we serve. This track
is a way to further our mission to recognize, support and celebrate the qualities of the

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