Archive for August, 2010

National Treasures with Friends of the Park

August 11, 2010


The Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park are hosting their annual National Treasures event on Thursday, August 19th at the Coker Tire Company Museum. The theme for this year’s fundraiser will focus on the connection between vintage vehicles and the military park.  The first park of its kind, the  Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park was established in 1890 by veterans from both sides of the civil war.  The Friends of the Park is a nonprofit organization that pairs volunteers with projects and events in the park with the primary mission of preservation and education.

The Friends of the Park will be celebrating a different kind of park history with this years National Treasures theme.  Through old post cards and photographs, the event will show a variety of vehicles that have been in and around the park.  Guests at the event will enjoy the privilege of visiting the private collection of vintage vehicles at the Coker Tire Company Museum and find out how many of those classic cars, motorcycles and trucks  match up with the military park’s past.  The evening includes a spin through the Southside in a vintage National Park tour bus.

National Treasures will be held at the Coker Tire Company Museum on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Reservations are suggested.  You can make your reservations online or by mail.

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McCurry and Blain’s “New Imagery” Featured at River Gallery

August 10, 2010


Sandy Blain creates multi-textured, often functional forms out of clay.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of the most interesting aspects of clay is that, after it’s been fired in a kiln, it can look like practically anything–it doesn’t have to look like clay.  It might end up with a smooth, glossy finish that almost resembles a piece of glass.  Or an artist might pick up a knife and score the clay; slice it and hack at it, and abuse it, until it looks like jagged stone, or even bark off a tree.

The two sculptors showing this month at Chattanooga’s River Gallery demonstrate that–the range of clay.

Holden McCurry is from Asheville, North Carolina, and he makes small boats that appear to be made of real wood, although it’s actually clay.

Sandy Blain is from Tempe, Arizona, and is a former professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Her clay sculptures are often functional–real cups, plates and pitchers that can be used at the table.

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Holden McCurry will return to the River Gallery on Saturday, August 28th, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will demonstrate how he creates his sculptures.

Construction Management Degree Programs

August 10, 2010


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been offering a BS degree in Construction Management for 2 years now.  This is the third year for the BS degree and the first year an MS is being offered in this emerging field.  Construction Management combines the technical elements of civil engineering, architecture, and design with management skills.  The Construction Manager works with companies to oversee the entire process of a construction project.  The work includes scheduling, selecting contractors, budgeting and managing projects.  The construction manager is expected to have a working knowledge of the technology and engineering involved in building construction as well as project management skills.  The Construction Management Degrees offered at UTC prepare students for challenging positions in this emerging profession.

On Friday, August 13th at 4:00 pm prospective students and their families are invited to attend an information session in the Benwood Auditorium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Free parking is provided for this presentation and panel discussion opportunity.  There will be a reception following with the opportunity to network with construction professionals.  Representatives from the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee will be joined by Chattanooga State Community College and local construction companies to provide insight into the need for construction management professionals.

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Sandra Kurtz works to Improve Water Quality in Chattanooga

August 10, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Sandra Kurtz has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and 36 years of experience working in the Environmental and Educational fields.

Kurtz works with a citizen’s group she helped to found in 1994 called the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance to address growing concerns about water quality along this 435 miles of waterway.

Kurtz reports that all of the creeks in Chattanooga are on the State 303(d) List.      Tennessee has “an abundance of lakes and streams,” which are classified as to whether they meet fishing and swimming standards, according to newsroom:

Tennessee’s classified uses include designations to protect fish and other aquatic life; to maintain streams for recreational uses, such as swimming, wading and boating; to minimize human health risks from pollutants; and to provide for public water supplies.

The site explains the 303(d) designation:

The draft 303(d) List compiles all the waters known by the state to violate one or more water quality standards in a single document. Once identified, these streams and lakes are prioritized for specialized studies called total maximum daily loads. TMDLs identify the sources of pollutants and propose strategies to restore bodies of water through various pollutant controls.

Sandra Kurtz asserts that sediment buildup in lakes and streams is one of the main causes of 303(d) impairment, along with certain agricultural practices and other pathogens which end up in these slow-moving bodies of water.

The U.S. Geological Survey website’s page called “Impervious Surfaces and Urban Flooding”:

Impervious surfaces can have an effect on local streams, both in water quality and streamflow and flooding characteristics. The picture to the right illustrates how water-quality problems can occur from development. Sediment-laden water from a tributary where construction is taking place is shown entering the Chattahoochee River, just west of Atlanta.

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August 9, 2010


Every time a family is put out of their home by a fire or disaster the American Red Cross is there to provide temporary shelter.  When a storm or natural disaster forces evacuation of homes in this region or even in other parts of the country, the Greater Chattanooga Area American Red Cross is prepared to assist with food and shelter. Emergency assistance is probably the most well-known service the Red Cross offers.  The Greater Chattanooga Area American Red Cross also provides training classes in First Aid and other safety topics.

One of the largest ongoing programs hosted by the Greater Chattanooga Area American Red Cross is the hospital volunteer program.  This team of volunteers are placed in hospitals and clinics all over the region to assist patients and their families with general information.  Often a Red Cross volunteer is the person at the information desk that helps you locate a hospital room or perhaps takes flowers and cards up to the patient room.  The Red Cross Hospital Volunteers have been integrated into the local hospitals for decades and provide an important service to patients and their families.

The Greater Chattanooga Area American Red Cross is hosting Artini, a silent auction and fundraiser for the Hospital Volunteer program and disaster relief efforts.  This event will be Saturday, August 14th from 6 to 8 pm at the Chattanoogan Hotel.  The Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra will be providing music.  Tickets are available in advance or at the door.  Pre-reservations are encouraged.  There is a discount for purchasing tickets in advance.  You can pick up your tickets at the Red Cross office at 801 McCallie Avenue in Chattanooga.  Call 423-265-3455 for more details.

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“The Producers” by Mel Brooks to open on Theatre Centre’s Main stage

August 9, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

“The Producers” opens Friday, August 13th, 2010 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.     Magge Hudgins directs this classic Brook’s musical comedy starring Chattanoogan’s, Allan Ledford in the role of Max Bialystock and Zach Cavan as Leo Bloom.      Here’s the write up from the Theatre Centre webpage:

The Mel Brooks Musical Adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Lyrics by Mel Brooks; Music by Mel Brooks and Glen Kelly.

Adapted from the 1968 Mel Brooks movie by the same name, The Producers is the story of two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich quick by overselling interests in a Broadway show sure to be a flop. But when the show turns out to be a rousing success, things get complicated. The original production opened in 2001 on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and received a record 12 Tony Awards.

Nancy Shute wrote about “The Producers” for US News & World Report in 2001 in an article entitled, “20 Mel Brooks, His Humor Brings Down Hitler and the House.” Here’s an excerpt:

When the movie of The Producers debuted in 1968, many critics panned it as crude. But the film is now considered a classic, and when the stage version opened on Broadway earlier this year, it was an instant hit, sweeping the Tony Awards. It also sparked fresh complaints about its gleeful mockery of Nazis, Jews, and homosexuals.

Mel Brooks was well aware of Hitler’s tragic follies, Shute’s article continues:

Brooks, who is Jewish, saw the results of Hitler’s handiwork firsthand, while serving in the Army in Europe in World War II. “I didn’t see the camps, but I saw streams of refugees. They were starving. It was horrible.” Brooks attacked that horror with the only weapon he had–his wit.

Mel Brooks

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Raft for the Cure

August 6, 2010


If you plan your white water rafting trip for August 28th, your ride will support breast cancer through Raft for the Cure.   Wildwater Rafting is donating a portion of all white water rafting tours on Saturday, August 28th to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Wildwater has been hosting Raft for the Cure since 2006.

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Shopping For A Cause

August 5, 2010


The Austin Hatcher Foundation helps families facing pediatric cancer thrive in the face of extreme stress and hardship.  Through educational assessment, counseling and assistance, the foundation works with the entire family as they support each other through this medical hardship.

Finances are tough when a family is living with prolonged medical expenses.  All of the services provided at Hatch’s House of Hope are provided free of charge to the families.  Part of this cost is offset by a program known as Shopping for a Cause.  The event made its debut last fall and the Austin Hatcher Foundation is hoping to see participation grow this year.

Participating area merchants will donate a portion of specific purchases made during the event which begins August 15th and runs through September 30th.  This event promotes local business while also supporting a very worthy cause.

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Spay Patrol Targets Problem ZIP Codes

August 4, 2010


Pet overpopulation affects the entire city of Chattanooga–but if you break it down ZIP Code by ZIP Code, you’ll find that the problem is especially severe in certain ZIP Codes: specifically 37405, 37409 and 37343.

In this interview, we will discover why that is.  We’ll visit Wally’s Friends, a spay and neuter clinic in Red Bank.

In partnership with the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, Wally’s Friends has been researching these problem ZIP codes, located in Hixson, St Elmo and North Chattanooga.  Together, Wally’s Friends and the Humane Society won a PetSmart Charities grant, which has allowed them to create an innovative solution to problem areas.  It’s called the Spay Patrol, and it’s groups of volunteers knocking on doors and spreading the word about free and low-cost spay and neuter programs.

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You can volunteer to be part of the Spay Patrol by e-mailing

or calling Wally’s Friends at 877-9966, or the Humane Educational Society at 624-5302.

From the Wally’s Friends Web site:

Both Wally’s Friends and HES work hard every day to save animals, but have decided that working together we can accomplish more, and do it faster! We have made great strides but now we will push to save animals more than ever!

The vote is in! PetSmart Charities knows the results Wally’s Friends and HES have demonstrated. They have awarded Wally’s Friends a two year grant to target local neighborhoods that have a critical need for low-cost spay/neuter services.

Our goal is simple; we will offer free spay/neuter to qualifying residents to stop unwanted animals from being born and end animal overpopulation in each of the areas below.

The two fantastic veterinarians at Wally’s Friends will spay and neuter up to 65 animals per day! HES and Wally’s Friends staff and volunteers will donate their energy and time to reach these citizens by walking the neighborhoods to spread the word! “SPAY IT AWAY!!”™.

This will be hard work but we are determined to make a greater than ever impact on behalf of the citizens and animals of Hamilton County!

We will target specific zip codes in Chattanooga and Hamilton County that produce the highest numbers of unaltered animals, and therefore the highest number of unwanted animals entering shelters, found as strays, or worse… meet a tragic ending.

5K Mud Run

August 4, 2010


It’s time to get your team together for the Chattanooga Mud Run.  Put on your grungy old shoes and prepare to slide into the ooze to benefit Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  The mud run is August 28th at Greenway Farms.  This team obstacle course includes belly slides through mud pits and team challenges.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donated building materials and appliances and sells them to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.  The proceeds from the Mud Run will benefit families in the greater Chattanooga area through housing and education programs.

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