Archive for February, 2010

Wild Ocean

February 26, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Wild Ocean 3D is a truly amazing look beneath the waves as predator and prey gather along the South African coast for the annual sardine run.  Tens of thousands of sardines migrate northward while hoards of predators gather to prepare for the feast.  Dolphins, sharks, seals, birds and even man waits near the shallow coastline for the sardine shoals to rise closer to the surface.  Sardines play an important role in the food chain and these massive shoals provide for an annual feeding frenzy that is one of the most spectacular sights on the planet.

Wild Ocean 3D takes you to the center of the frenzy watching thousands of sardines writhe and twist as one to attempt to allude the predators.  The filming of this underwater spectacle is excellent as the camera crew is very literally perched in the middle of the fray.  The soundtrack and narration join with the non stop action to keep you mesmerized by the wonder unfolding on the giant screen.  The film also provides valuable insight into the most dangerous predator, man, and shows how this sardine run has been a part of the African coastal life for generations.

These sardine runs were once a part of other coast lines in the world but have since disappeared due to over fishing.  When the cycle of life is threatened at any level, other creatures will also suffer.  Everyone can get involved in helping to avoid this disaster.

Wild Ocean is showing at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMax Theater in downtown Chattanooga.

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Additional links:

Tennessee Aquarium

Environmental Defense Fund

Sardine Run

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Severe Weather Prepardeness

February 25, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

This is Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  The National Weather Service provides information about current weather conditions, watches and alerts about severe weather conditions, and warnings when severe weather in your area could be dangerous.   Weather Awareness Week provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance of keeping abreast of weather conditions in your area.  It is also a good time to remind people to practice their severe weather and emergency plans.  If you and your family do not already have a severe weather response plan, now is the time to plan for your safety.   You can contact Tim Troutman at the Morristown office of the National Weather Service by calling (423) 586-8706.

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Works In Progress at UTC

February 25, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the “Works In Progress” series gives authors a chance to stand up in front of a crowd and read early drafts of their works.  Catherine Meeks is a Chattanooga environmental writer who recently did one of those readings.  She’s working on a collection of creative nonfiction about TVA—she says she interested in personal stories of people who have been impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long history in the region.

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See Catherine Meeks’s listing on the UTC faculty page.

ATTEND A WORKS IN PROGRESS READING THIS AFTERNOON!

If you’d like to attend a Works In Progress reading, one will take place on Thursday, February 25th, at 3:15 p.m. in Holt Hall, room 124, on the UTC campus.  Poet and professor Richard Jackson will be reading from his works.  Here are the details, from organizer Mike Jaynes:

Abstract:

It’s pretty embarrassing to look back at the first poems I did which looked like the lyrics on the back of Dylan and other Rock album covers  except really bad. No, really really bad. So this reading will try to trace some of the movement away from that, and then focus on the present. I hope it will also suggest some of the ways a writer develops, or at least one writer, and also something of the way a writer, as opposed to a critic or lit professor, looks at his own work, and at the art itself.

RICHARD JACKSON is the author of 10 books of poems, including the recent Resonance (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010), and Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004) Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), Heartwall (UMass, 2000 Juniper Prize), Svetovi Narazen (Slovenia, 2001). A limited edition small press book, Falling Stars: A Collection of Monologues (Flagpond Press, 2002) and Richard Jackson: Greatest Hits (2004), and several chapbooks of translations. His translation of Slovene poet Alexsander Persoljas  Potovanje Sonca (Journey of the Sun), appeared in 2007. His translation of Giovanni Pascoli’s Last Voyage (with Susan Thomas and Deborah Brown) will appear from Red Hen Press in April 2010. He has also edited the Selected Poems of Iztok Osojnik (Slovenia) due out in May, 2010. His own poems have been translated and published in fifteen languages. He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: The Fire Under the Moon and Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets (Aleph, 93) and edits an eastern European Chap book series and Poetry Miscellany. He is also the author of a book of criticism, Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews With Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). His several dozen essays and reviews have appeared in Georgia Review, Verse, Contemporary Literature, Boundary 2, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner and numerous other journals, as well as anthologies such as The Planet on the Table: Writers Reading (2003) and John Ashbery (ed. Harold Bloom, 2004). In addition, he has written introductions to books of poems by four different Slovene Poets for various presses, and a special Slovene issue of Hunger Mountain (2003), two American poets, and two anthologies of Slovene poetry. He has also edited a special 50 page section of Poetry International (2004) on William Matthews with an introductory essay. In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia and has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, 2 Witter-Bynner and Fulbright Fellowships, and 5 Pushcart Prizes. He founded and directs the Meacham Writers’ Workshops at UTC. Winner of teaching awards at UT-Chattanooga and Vermont College MFA, named UC Foundation Professor in 1983 and UTNAA Professor in June 2007, he is the 2009 AWP George Garrett Award winner from the Associated Writing Programs for his teaching, mentoring and arts organizing.

EPB at Tri State Home Show

February 24, 2010

EPB will showcase its new fiberoptics at Tri State Home Show this weekend in Chattanooga.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

February 24, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

This is Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Because of the loss of life caused by tornadoes in 1974 the National Weather Service targeted times to focus on outreach and education to help the general population be aware of the danger of severe weather.  Typically the most dangerous weather systems we experience here in Chattanooga involve flash flood and flooding but tornadoes are possible in the area and any storm carries the threat of lightning.  You can contact Tim Troutman at the Morristown office of the National Weather Service by calling (423) 586-8706.

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A Greener Way To Advertise Outside

February 24, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

In the past, a billboard used to be printed on paper and glued to the billboard frame.  However, modern billboards are printed on a special material called polyethylene.  The material is more sustainable than traditional printing methods because it can be recycled into long-lasting products such as railroad ties. Gary Youell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Vincent Printing in Chattanooga, joins us to discuss this and other innovations in the outdoor advertising industry.

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Childhood Obesity Study Part 2

February 23, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department is working with the Partnership for Healthy Living and many organizations in town to study 2 Chattanooga neighborhoods and develop an action plan to address childhood obesity.  Encouraging more movement and opportunities to get outside and play is part of the approach to improve group brainstorming for solutionsthe health of our children.  The study will address specific needs in Southside and Eastside neighborhoods that will help develop safer more play friendly environments.

The health department will also be teaming up to address healthy food options for these neighborhoods.  Local produce and vegetable gardens are part of the solution to the healthy food puzzle.

The multi-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund one full-time and one part-time employee.  These positions will help oversee and coordinate the efforts of city and county agencies, faith-based initiatives, and nonprofit organizations.  And of course, the families and children living in the targeted neighborhoods will be participating at all levels to help find solutions to reducing Childhood Obesity.

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Jeff Atkins combines Eastern and Western Techniques in Bodywork Practice

February 22, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Jeff Atkins is a bodywork practitioner who “weaves together soft tissue therapies found in Eastern traditional medicine and Western medicine.”     Atkins worked as a professional actor for many years before moving into the “healing art” of bodywork.     He says that his training in theater and movement continues to inform his bodywork practice.      Trained in Swedish massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, deep tissue/sport massage, Reflexology, Myofascial Meridian Release, Reiki and guided breath work, Atkins believes in combining Eastern and Western techniques into his bodywork practice.

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Art in the Neighborhoods initiative brings public art to Chattanooga

February 22, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

The Public Art Program and the City of Chattanooga have a new initiative funded partly by matching grants from the Lyndhurst Foundation to brings works of  art to public places within neighborhoods in the 9 districts of the city.      5 of the 9 districts so far have participated in this initiative.    Peggy Townsend, Director of the Public Art Program talks about the successes of the Art in the Neighborhoods initiative in Brainerd, Hixson and downtown Chattanooga and the resulting works of art which are now on display.

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Childhood Obesity Study

February 22, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department is working with multiple agencies and organizations around the Chattanooga area to address childhood obesity in two Chattanooga neighborhoods.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided grant funds for this multi-year project targeting programs to help reduce childhood obesity in the most seriously impacted neighborhoods in Chattanooga.

This is part one of a two-part series.

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