Our Folks: Honors for week of Aug. 10

Local man named state truck driving champ

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael “Mike” White, a driver with Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, was awarded Grand Champion at the 2016 state truck driving championships in June at Lincoln College of Technology. This year 150 drivers competed for the title.

White was scheduled to compete in the American Trucking Association’s national truck driving championships Aug. 8 to 13 in Indianapolis along with 450 professional drivers from across the United States.

White has achieved more than 3 million lifetime safe driving miles during his 37 years in trucking. He is an Indiana Motor Truck Association Master Truck Driver and the 2011 IMTA Driver of the Year. He has competed in the state championships seven times previously; this is his first Grand Champion award.

White is an emergency medical responder and volunteer at the Cordry-Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department. He lives in Nineveh and has three children, Brad, Lara and Kaitlin.

Local attends NASA space academy

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Tristen Shields of Nashville recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s visitor center.

The weeklong program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and adults with activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Shields spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the international space station. Once aboard the space station, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity or spacewalk.

Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.