Archive for October, 2010

“No Impact Man” to Speak, GPS to Host

October 22, 2010

GPS Hosts an Evening for Community:

6:30 to 8:00 in Caldwell Commons
Thursday Oct 28.

GPS is seizing the opportunity to make an impact on our campus, our school community, and our community as a whole by bringing to Chattanooga Colin Beavan, an American non-fiction writer and internet blogger known as the
“No Impact Man.”

Beavan is noted for recording the attempts of his family to live a “zero impact” lifestyle in New York City for one year. Colin’s recommended formula is Negative Impact + Positive Impact = Zero Impact.

Colin’s experiment included producing no trash except for compost, purchasing no goods except food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation, and using no paper products, including toilet paper.  He and his family are the subject of a documentary, No Impact Man: The Documentary, directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein.  A book about the year-long experiment was released in September 2009.

Beavan was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and was named an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine’s  2008 green Awards. His blog was named one of the world’s top 15 environmental websites by Time Magazine. He is the author of three books: No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process – 2009; Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War – 2006; Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science – 2001.

Here’s a link to Colin Beavan’s Blog.

“Songs for a New World” Opens at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

October 22, 2010

October 22nd to November 2nd, 2010 The Theatre Centre Circle Series brings playgoers “Song for a New World.”     Here’s how the Theatre Centre describes this upcoming work:

This dynamic musical revue by Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) is the opening show in this season’s Circle Series. It’s exciting, funny, and quite moving. Four singers – Lisa Gates, Hayley Graham, Caleb Hicks, and Cody Keown portray many different characters in this highly engaging evening of song. Some of the songs reference well-known popular, historical and fictional characters, including Christopher Columbus, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Betsy Ross and Mrs. Santa Claus. Directed by George Quick. No real “set” or costumes – the lyrics, music and singers are the stars here – with lighting by George Quick and Maria Chattin Carter.

The beautiful Yamaha piano for this production has been generously donated by our Co-Producer for the show, Crutcher Pianos.

Theatre Centre’s website continues:

Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” The music is heavily influenced by a broad range of musical genres, including pop, gospel, jazz and classical music. Some of the songs reference well-known historical and fictional characters, including Mrs. Santa Claus, Christopher Columbus, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Betsy Ross.

“Songs for a New World” Composer, Jason Robert Brown is pictured at left.    In 1995 the New York Times said of this Off-Broadway original, “Wit and New-Age Sentiments Meet Rock and Gospel Beats.” to watch video of Theatre Centre’s production of “Songs for a New World.”


Listen to the Story with Director, George Quick:

Camille Hollstrom brings One-Woman Show to Covenant College

October 20, 2010

From Covenant College’s Department of Theater and Film Studies, Professor Camille Hallstrom describes the writings of Martin Luther:

“Luther devoted a surprisingly large amount of his prolific writings to the details of married life,” says Hallstrom. “The result is an unusually well-rounded portrait of an unusual and well-rounded woman. On the surface, the couple would appear to have been incompatible, but in spite of their considerable differences, the pair managed to foster a passionate and joyous relationship.  In spite of the passion and joy, they also managed to foster a good bit of comic, rough-and-tumble, mutual frustration. They stand as one of the most colorful couples in all of Western history and literature.”

“Awake and Engage” opens 3rd Documentary Series with Double Feature at UTC

October 17, 2010



"King Corn" Co-Producers


When: Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: UC Auditorium
Admission: Free
Film to be screened: “King Corn” and “Big River” (A King Corn Companion)
Topic: The ecological consequences of industrial agriculture
Film Website:
Host/Discussion Leader: M. Jaynes
Shown in conjunction with: The Third Annual Jaynes-Najberg Awake and Engage(d) Documentary Film Series

“Awake and Engage(d)” Founder, Mike Jaynes writes about this Film Series:

AWAE, a monthly colloquium, will screen socially conscious documentary films with the aim of fostering a renewed interest in some of the most pressing issues confronting the graduates of our university in the future. As mainstream media too often ignores the voices of “others” on the periphery and quashes the message of the marginalized, AWAE provides a forum for documentarian narratives that interrogate the status quo and offer alternative perspectives that encourage sustainability, preservation and participation. The films chosen for this series place an emphasis on the civic responsibility of individuals by demonstrating some of the dangers facing the environment, animals, economies and civil rights in the not-so-distant globalized future. So, this year, please join us at AWAE to discover the work of documentarians advocating social and ecological justice in the modern world.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recognized the work of Professor Jaynes in 2008 for his work on this film series among other achievements.

Mike Jaynes, English, continues building a national reputation in the animal rights and advocacy field. Already an internationally published animal advocacy writer, he continues to contribute to the humanities as well with the following twelve essays, interview, and four speaking appearances placing publications in national outlets such as, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Dissident Voice

ATSUSHI FUNAHASHI directed “Big River” and he says about this film:

Big River is a metaphor of America. As tiny currents gather together to become the Rio Grande, people feed into America from all over the world. The title also reflects my aspiration to make a profound but simple film as the cannon of Western films used to do.


Open House For Fall Admission

October 14, 2010

Chattanooga Christian School’s Admission Fall Open House is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 16 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The open house is for all interested and prospective students and their families for admission for the 2011-12 school year. The open house will be a “trade show” format with representatives from elementary, middle, and high schools, athletics, fine arts, academic support, Parent-Teacher Organization, and Admissions.

For information contact Debbie Grisham, Director of Admission, at (423) 265-6411, ext. 209, or via email at

The school’s address is: 3354 Charger Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37409.

Urban Forestry Conference in Chattanooga

October 13, 2010

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council is holding it’s 19th Annual  Urban Forestry Conference in Chattanooga on October 29-29 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and TUFC’s 12th Annual Tree Climbing Championship is October 30th at East Lake Park.

TUFC says about the upcoming Urban Forestry Conference:

This conference features expert presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on demonstrations about creating sustainable sites with urban forestry. Planners and managers, tree boards and nonprofits, foresters and field crews—everyone involved with growing and managing trees will take home plenty of insights to help you do your job.

See urban forestry at its best or watch a hands-on urban pruning demonstration on October 28th.


Notable Trees of Tennessee


Traveling photo exhibit.

Here’s more about the Tree Climbing Championship from TUFC:

The 12th annual statewide competition promotes tree care professionalism and safety practices. Contestants compete in five preliminary events and the Master’s Challenge for the state title, which includes a berth in the ISA Southern Tree Competition.

Destiny Theatre Company Presents Lil Red!

October 11, 2010

Destiny Theatre Company is launching Destiny’s Kids, a Theatre for Young Audience series, with the World Premiere production of the musical Lil Red!

Lil Red! is a funny musical re-imagining of the classic story Little Red Riding Hood. Red tells the tale of a spirited tomboy whose mama has decided to send  her to her grandma’s house to become a “lady.” Along the way, Lil Red fights to defeat both the sneaky wolf, as well as the belief that she has to be anything other than herself.

Lil Red! opens Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. and runs october 16, 23, 30 and november 6, all at 3 p.m. There will be an added come in costume and “pay what you can” performance on Halloween, October 31 at 3 p.m. The show runs 40 minutes and is appropriate for children from 3 to pre-teen.

Lil Red willbe performed at the Chauncey-Goode Auditorium on the Tennessee Temple University Campus, 1815 Union Avenue (one block off Orchard Knob and Bailey Avenue).

For more information call 423-242-5156 or visit

Solar Panels installed at UTC’s Challenger Center

October 8, 2010

This was reported in an article published October 1, 2010 on UTC’s blog at

Students can see their green fee money at work, converting sunlight into energy. New solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Challenger STEM Learning Center.

Danny West is quoted as saying about the newly installed solar panel array:

“This conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without moving parts, is silent and pollution free in its operation. It is a renewable energy source that will supply the estimated electrical load for teaching within the Challenger Center,” said Danny West, facilities planning and management.

YPAC to Host 4th Annual YP Awards this Saturday

October 8, 2010

(October 5, 2010) – The Young Professionals Association Of Chattanooga (YPAC) is excited to invite the community to the Fourth annual YP Awards this Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Warehouse Row.

The event theme for this year’s YP Awards is “Jetset”, a tour of food and music from countries around the globe without leaving the Scenic City. Tickets are $30 per person and include unlimited beer and wine, food from five local establishments representing countries around the world, and entertainment by DJK7.  Cocktail Attire is recommended.

YPAC hosts the event each year to honor local professionals and this year’s event introduces three new awards: YP Artist, YP Entrepreneur, and YP Community Service. The nominees for 2010 are:

Young Professional (YP) of the Year: Cara Ables Hicks (Keller Williams), Lindsey Houston (Decosimo), Stratton Tingle (Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce),  Jessica Stone (TVA) and Amanda Carmichael (Carmichael Management).

For YP Friendly Business: EPB, WTCI, Suntrust Bank, First Tennessee Bank and River City Company.

YP Artist: Jessica Martin (Create Here & Easy! Designs), Shaun LaRose (Painter), Mia Bergeron (Painter), Isaac Duncan III (Sculptor) and Matt Dutton (Mixed Media).

YP Entrepreneur: Ethan Collier (Collier Construction), Daniel Ryan (The PressCore, Inc./Freelance Web Developer), Andrew Gage (Velo Coffee), Caleb Ludwick (26 Tools, LLC) and John Hawbaker (The PressCore, Inc.).

YP Community Service : David Barlew (David R.Barlew Architects), Megan Dearing (Junior Achievement), Nathan Frazier (1800 Pack Rat), Rachael Welch (TVA) and  James McKissic (Urban League of Greater Chattanooga).

The winners will be announced at the YP Awards, Saturday, October 9th, at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga. For information about the YP Awards, tickets or nominees please visit our website  or contact Terran Anderson at


October 5, 2010

The 3rd Annual Liberty Tree Festival commemorates Dalton as the home of Georgia’s Liberty Tree. This year’s festival takes place October 23rd – 24th in Downtown Dalton. Highlights include “The Spirit of Liberty Bell” (a full-size replica of the original Liberty Bell), a special salute to America’s military heroes, a Kansas City BBQ Society Competition, arts and crafts, live music and more.

Dr. Peter Lillback of the Providence Forum will speak about the history of liberty trees at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. and at Dalton State College on Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Lillback is President of Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA, serving also as Professor of Historical Theology. Peter is also President of The Providence Forum. An accomplished author of 7 books and countless articles, and he is a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck program.

Festivities include field trips by local students as well as Saturday’s outdoor celebration on King Street featuring an arts and crafts show, the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, kids fun zone, downtown merchant specials and an incredible fireworks finale.

Georgia’s Liberty Tree is a descendant of America’s last original colonial-era Liberty Tree, a symbolic gathering place of the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution. In 2006, 14 descendant saplings were planted, with one going to each of the original 13 colonies and one to Mount Vernon. Dalton was selected to be the home of Georgia’s Liberty Tree.

For more information on Dalton’s Liberty Tree Festival call  706-278-3332 or email