I have always been a very independent person. Some would say that as a teenager, I was independent to a fault. I have often wondered if my LGMD2B was God's way for me to see that it's okay for me to allow others to help me.

As part of my platform, I want to shine a spotlight on people who lead active lives, are positive examples for others, live in the state of Tennessee, and just so happen to use a wheelchair.

March 16, 2013, Chattanooga, Tennessee Bliss Welch of Harrison was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 on March 16th, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga.

March 13, 2013, Knoxville, Tennessee

This Saturday March 16th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Organization will be crowning the next Little Miss Wheelchair Tennessee and Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will go on to represent Tennessee at the national Ms. Wheelchair America Competition in Houston, TX July 15th-21st. The crowning is free and open for the public to attend. Please visit for more details and to learn about the contestants.

January 8, 2013, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is looking for women ages 21-60 to run for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. We are also looking for a Little Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee (ages 6 through 12) and a Junior Miss Wheelchair Tennessee (ages 13 through 20). The application deadline to run for Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is February 1, 2013. Please visit our website at to apply.

November 5, 2012, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is excited to announce the 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Pageant to be held on March 16, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel, 407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. More details will be posted on our website at

For every new LIKE Superior Van & Mobility receives on their main Facebook Page (not individual postings), Superior will donate $1 to the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization! Its that easy! Promotion runs November 1st through November 30th. Spread the word!

Help support Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee by purchasing Rada Products! Go to and login with Internet Ordering #: 504058 and Password: mwtorder

Learn more about the Rada Cutlery Fundraiser ...

Jean-Marie will be attending Go!Fest on October 6, 2012 at the Chattanooga Zoo. Please come out and show your support for Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. If you are interested in becoming a contestant, volunteer, or sponsor, or if you want to learn more about our program, stop by our booth.

Ms. Wheelchair America 2013, Mariah Kilbourne, from Texas, will be making Tennessee her first out of State trip as Ms. Wheelchair America. She will be in Nashville on September 26, 2012 to spread her platform "Be Inclined for Inclusion".