Archive for September, 2010

The George T. Hunter Lecture Series

September 30, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Benwood Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Create Here, and the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, will be presenting Malcolm Gladwell as the first speaker of the 3rd annual George T. Hunter Lecture Series.  Speakers for this series are prominent experts on topics targeting areas of interest for the Chattanooga area.

The speakers for the 2010 Lecture Series include Malcolm Gladwell, Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, and Dr. Vandana Shiva.  Each of these individuals have made significant advances in understanding humanity, community, science and the world around us.

The first lecture in the series this year will be held Tuesday, October 5th in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beginning at 7:00 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  There is limited seating in the hall so plan to arrive early.  There will also be facilities for over-flow to allow as many people as possible to hear the guest speaker.

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Wine Over Water

September 29, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

logoThe Walnut Street Bridge is the perfect venue for Wine Over Water.  In fact the organization that benefits from this annual event was formed by some of the same people who worked so diligently to preserve the bridge and convert it into one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.  The mission of Cornerstones is to preserve the architectural heritage of Chattanooga and it does this through partnerships and programs that help identify and promote preservation and renovation to re-purpose historic buildings.

Wine Over Water turns the Walnut Street Bridge into almost half a mile of music, food and wine tasting.  Spanning the Tennessee River, the bridge offers beautiful views of the Chattanooga skyline and local mountains which you can enjoy while sampling the wine.  The event begins at 5:00 pm and continues until 8:00 pm.   Music is provided by five Chattanooga bands on different stages.  Food selected to compliment the wines will be available from local restaurants.  Nonalcoholic beverages are also available.

You must be age 21 or older to attend Wine Over Water.

Tickets are available at the bridge or purchased with a discount in advance by ordering online.

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WUTC’s Carnival Cruise giveaway is ending soon… don’t forget to enter!

September 28, 2010

WUTC’s Carnival Cruise giveaway is ending soon… don’t forget to enter!

You’re a WUTC fan, and you know you’re going to help support WUTC during the membership drive. So don’t wait–make your pledge right now, during the pre-drive! If you do, you’ll help make the membership drive shorter, and you can be automatically… entered into WUTC’s drawing for a Carnival Cruise for two.

Visit WUTC online to make a secure pledge, or call 423-425-4756 to make a pledge over the phone.

This isn’t a national giveaway–this is only for WUTC’s audience, so your odds are actually pretty good. Visit for cruise details and complete contest rules, and hurry–Sept. 30 is the deadline!

Severe Weather Awareness Day

September 28, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

September 29th is Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day in the Tennessee Valley. The National Weather Service has designated this date to remind citizens of the potentially dangerous storm systems that can occur in the region.

tornadoIn the event of a severe storm or tornado warning you should go immediately to a safe location.  According the Tim Troutman from the National Weather Service, the safest place in your home is in the basement or lowest level of the house, preferably in an area with four stout walls and no windows.  Take your cell phone and weather radio with you.  Be sure to keep your shoes on in case you need to walk through broken glass or debris after the storm.  If you have a helmet wear it in case of flying debris.

Know your local geography so that you are prepared to react to  storm watches and warnings in surrounding counties.  Severe storms often travel from the south west toward the north east.  Be sure to remain in your safe location until you are sure the storm has passed.

The National Weather Service encourages you to be prepared.  Have a plan in place for your family at home, school, and work and practice this plan with everyone involved.  The following tips are taken from the National Weather Service Preparedness Guide Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning… Natures Most Violent Storms.

  • Know the risk for your area.
  • Have a NOAA Weather Radio with back up batteries.
  • Discuss weather safety with everyone in your family.
  • Bookmark your local National Weather Service office on the internet.
  • Conditions can change rapidly in a storm.  Heed warnings and respond.
  • Tune in to local radio or television weather information source for storm watch and warning information.
  • Check on people who are elderly, very young, or disabled.
  • Prepare a safe room in your home.

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“Bridge to Terabithia” Premieres for CTC Youth Theatre

September 28, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

October 1 – 17, 2010

Bridge to Terabithia is a sensitive and emotional play about characters that rise above their weaknesses. Jess and Leslie both have a need to be accepted. He wants to appease his father and she wants her new school to view her as anything but an alien. In the woods near their homes, they create an imaginary land in which their friendship flourishes.
Appropriate grades 4th-12th.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theater Director, Maria Chattin-Carter and actors Savannah McMahan and Alex Griffith talk about this latest youth Theatre Production.

“Bridge to Terabithia,” written by Katherine Paterson is based on a real-life event.     She talks about her motivation in writing the story published in 1977 by Harper Collins:

“I wrote Bridge because our son David’s best friend, an eight year old named Lisa Hill, was struck and killed by lightning.    I wrote the book to try to make sense out of a tragedy that seemed senseless.”

The character Leslie Burke is a fifth grader and new to the small town where the play takes place.      Neither she nor Jess Aarons, her neighbor and classmate feel like they fit in.     Leslie’s parents don’t own a TV although they have a library of books, some of which Leslie introduces Jess to.      The two become great friends and create a fun-filled world of their own in the woods between their houses.

Maria Chattin-Carter says that “Bridge to Terabithia” is about their friendship and the imaginary world that Jess and Leslie create.      When the author was asked in an interview posted here, “What would she like to see children doing more or less of today,” she responds:

Well, of course, I want children to read more. I am not of the throw the TV and computers on the dump school. I just feel that a life in balance is better than one that goes off the deep end in any direction. My admittedly limited experience on the internet and with computer “information,” has revealed that this is a rather shallow sort of knowledge and impersonal sort of human connection. I think great books and real live human beings do a better job of making us wise, compassionate people.

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September 27, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke


Barrage is a high energy group that brings music, dance and theater together in a remarkable performance. The group includes several violinists, a drummer, guitarist and bassist. In addition to concerts, these international musicians run workshops to bring a variety of music and movement to string students. Local and regional violin students are encouraged to participate in the workshop and perform onstage with Barrage on October 12, 2010. The performance will be at the Frierson Theater at Girls Preparatory School.

Mary Baxter

Mary Baxter

GPS Orchestra Director Mary Baxter brought Barrage in for a workshop and concert 2 years ago.  According to Baxter, the group jumps, dances and includes humorous skits along with breathtaking music during their concerts.  The workshop is scheduled for the afternoon before the concert.  Area string students are invited to participate and learn about various cultures and their music.  Students attending the workshop will perform on the stage along with Barrage during the concert.

Christine and Emily

Emily Oing and Christine Lau

Christine Lau  and Emily Oing participated in the workshop and concert two years ago.  Both girls are classically trained on the violin and enjoyed the opportunity to learn and perform music from other cultures and genres.  They are both looking forward to participating in the workshop and concert this year.

Tickets are available at the door at the Frierson Theater at Girls Preparatory School or in advance by calling Mary Baxter at 423-634-7604 or via email at MaryBaxter @

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Record Enrollment at UTC

September 24, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

For three straight years the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has enjoyed record enrollment for the fall semester.  Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Phil Oldham says the increase in enrollment is right on track with University goals.  Larger freshmen classes have been a part of the increase, but the University is also welcoming record levels of enrollment in Graduate programs as well.

Keeping the freshmen students engaged in their learning is paramount to retention and student success.  The University has several programs in place to assist with freshmen success.  In addition to seminars and courses designed to develop a learning community, freshmen students are also monitored for class attendance.  Class attendance is an important influence on semester grades and keeping the newest college students engaged in the classroom will not only improve the grade, it might also help keep them on track to degree completion.

There has also been an increase in transfer students.  Students from state community colleges are able to transfer credits for general education courses and if they qualify, enroll into a four year degree program as a Junior.  There is also a dual enrollment program that allows students in community college to use facilities on the UTC campus and benefit from academic advisement services to keep them on track with their four year degree when they are ready to transfer to UTC.

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Raising the Bar in Tennessee Schools

September 23, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The State of Tennessee Department of Education has launched a campaign  to raise the standards of education for Tennessee students.   Expect More Achieve More is a campaign to promote improved performance in schools so that students are better prepared for college, the workforce, and the future.

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, TCAP, tests students in grade 3 through 8 all across the state to assess individual achievement toward curriculum goals.  This test instrument was developed specifically for the state of Tennessee.  Comparison of student performance on national tests with the TCAP has shown a disparity in standards.  A child may score very well on the Tennessee test and perform poorly on a similar national test.  This difference contributed to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce giving Tennessee an “F” for a lack of high standards in the classroom in 2007.  The TCAP test has been changed to reflect increased standards and curriculum performance expectations. Raising the benchmarks will initially result in lower scores.  The intent of these changes is to improve student outcomes and bring the Tennessee standards in line with National norms.

The TCAP exams given last spring included the higher standards in curriculum and performance expectations that have been designed to improve student performance across the state of Tennessee. Increasing the standards equates to harder tests and it is anticipated that student scores will be lower than previous years.   Raising the bar with higher academic standards will better prepare our children to compete in an increasingly global market.

In Hamilton County, parents are encouraged to pay close attention to their child’s TCAP scores and contact the school with questions or concerns.

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In Alaska, a Native of Tennessee Finds Success With Wilderness Photography

September 22, 2010


Coming at You

“Coming At You,” by Barrett Hedges, could win on November 4th.

A 24 year-old photographer from East Tennessee is a finalist in a National Geographic photo contest.

Barrett Hedges‘ entry began as one of 14,000.  Over the last few weeks, it’s risen to the top 12 in the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest with National Geographic.  It’s a finalist in the action-energy category, and the winner will be announced in early November.

Today, we’re talking to Hedges about his photo, about how his life could change if he wins, and about his short but successful career as a wilderness photographer.

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Gannon Art Center Celebrates 40 Years

September 22, 2010

Recycling has become a way of life for some of an a Brainard Road  business owner has found a has found a way to re-cycle a building façade, old artwork, and the even the gallery of his art center.

Gannon Art Center celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

For more information call Gannon art center at  423-622-8236

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