Archive for April, 2011

Red Cross Training Classes Today – 4/29

April 29, 2011

The Red Cross is providing training classes for people who want to help victims of Wednesday’s storms and tornadoes.

One class begins at 11 a.m.

The next begins at 3 p.m.

Both are today, 4/29.  Classes will last an hour, and will take place at the Red Cross on McCallie Ave:

801 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2699
(423) 265-3455

Area Shelters Are Providing Help

April 29, 2011

Many tri-state residents are in need after Wednesday’s severe storm damage.

The following list of shelters is current as of 10 a.m. on 4/29:


South Chattanooga Recreation Center

1151 W 40th St
Chattanooga, TN 37409

(423) 425-3550


Morris Hill Baptist Church

1804 Morris Hill Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-2071






Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

1850 Battlefield Parkway

Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742-4020


Bledsoe 1st Southern Baptist Church
2871 Main Street
Pikeville TN 37367
(423) 447-2849


Sequatchie High School
523 Hwy 28
Dunlap Tennessee 37327
(423) 949-2154



Central Baptist Church

321 Clinton Ave
Spring City, TN 37381

East Ridge Turns 90

April 21, 2011

From a press release:

East Ridge 90th Birthday Celebration April 30
EAST RIDGE, TN – East Ridge turns the big 90 on April 4th and it’s time to celebrate. On April 30th from noon until 6:00pm, East Ridge will host one big block party. The day kicks off with a parade at noon from the new East Ridge Elementary School along Ringgold Road leading to the festival grounds at City Hall. City history, classic cars, food, vendor’s entertainment, a kid’s area and yes, even birthday cake will be on the agenda for the day.
Civic organizations, businesses, citizens and the City have come together to pay tribute to their hometown and want to make this birthday party one to remember. “The people make the town,” Mayor Brent Lambert said. “This is a celebration of our history and our citizens.”

Chattanooga Library Celebrates National Library Week With Events

April 6, 2011


The Chattanooga Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with many different events.  More information is at the library’s Web site. From a Chattanooga Library press release:

Celebrate National Library Week
“Create Your Own Story @ Your Library”


Julie Guerry – Author Talk
Saturday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

The Rossman
a superhero at heart

An inspiring new children’s book written by Chattanooga author
and philanthropist Julie Guerry tells the true story of a threelegged
dog who finds a loving home. The Rossman realizes
his super-strengths come from hope, courage and love. Illustrated
by acclaimed local artist Carylon Killebrew.


Senior Neighbors Orchestra
Monday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

Founded in 1967, the Senior Neighbors Orchestra is composed primarily of retired musicians in
the Chattanooga area. Conductor Herman May leads this ensemble in performances throughout
the Chattanooga metropolitan area.


Brian Hicks – Author Talk
Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Library
Co-sponsored by the Chattanooga Area
Historical Association

Toward the Setting Sun
John Ross, the Cherokees, and the
Trail of Tears

Brian Hicks, reveals the riveting untold story of John Ross,
the white chief who led the Cherokee tribe through their most
progressive era and then later through The Trail of Tears.


David Carroll – Author Talk
Wednesday, April 13 at 12 noon
Downtown Library

Chattanooga Radio and Television (a new book from Arcadia Publishing)

A Chattanooga radio and television personality since
1975, Carroll’s career highlights include a stint at AM
top-40 radio giant WFLI, being the first voice on FM
rock station KZ-106, hosting The Morning Show on
WDEF-TV, and anchoring the evening news on
WRCB-TV. His interviews with hundreds of local radio
and TV personalities bring their stories to life,
providing an informative, entertaining look at
Chattanooga’s broadcast history.


Sonia Young – Author Talk
Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m.
Northgate Public Library

Chattanooga from A to Z

The children’s book, Chattanooga from A to Z, is a
journey through each letter of the alphabet showcasing
points of interests and icons in the region. It
features original artwork created by children in the
community and pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital
at Erlanger.


Research Your Cherokee Ancestry
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Downtown Library

Find out if your story begins with the Cherokees. Suzette Raney, Library Archivist, will teach an advanced
Cherokee genealogy class Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 noon in the Downtown Library Auditorium.
Participants will learn about Cherokee census records such as the Dawes and Miller Rolls and will
discover more about the records kept before and after the Trail of Tears in 1838. To register, or for
more information on future genealogy classes, call 757-5317.

10th Annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival this April

April 5, 2011

Mark your calendars!  4 Bridges Arts Festival™ will be celebrating its 11th year on April 16 & 17, 2011 at the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The festival is produced by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) and has become a staple in the Southeast, as well as the nation, for presenting some of the finest original artworks made by contemporary artists from around the country.

An annual event that attracts regional and national artists to exhibit their work for sale in Chattanooga, 4 Bridges introduces visitors, amateur art buyers and serious collectors to a variety of uniquely original artwork. This year, approximately 150 artists were selected from almost 700 applicants to exhibit painting, glasswork, jewelry, textiles, furniture, sculpture and more. Art of every shape, size and style awaits you: familiar alongside whimsical, traditional alongside contemporary.

With an attendance of more than 18,000 in 2010, the festival has become a signature event for the city and has just earned special recognition in the Art Fair SourceBook as one of the Top 100 Fine Art
Fairs for 2011.

Live music from talented local and regional performers and a new focus on artisan foods, offering richly diverse dishes, add to the festival’s atmosphere. For budding arts enthusiasts, the Kids’ Art Creation Area is free and open to children of all ages, offering original art projects from trained art educators. These projects change every two hours – or as long as supplies last!

Hours are Saturday: 10am to 6pm and Sunday: 11am to 5pm.  Admission to the festival is $7 for one day or $10 for both days and free for ages 18 and under. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Association for Visual Arts. For more information, please call Director of 4 Bridges Arts Festival™, Jerry Dale McFadden at 423.265.4282 ext. 106.

Bella Sera Happens April 9th, 2011

April 5, 2011

The much anticipated Bella Sera event is quickly approaching for the local non-profit, Chattanooga Endeavors.  Tickets can still be purchased for the event to be held at the Tennessee Aquarium on Saturday, April 9th, 6-10pm by or by calling 423.266.1888.

As one of Chattanooga’s most anticipated events, this year promises to be another memorable evening.  At the premiere Tennessee Aquarium, the evening will consist of unlimited tapas from several local chef-driven restaurants, unlimited wine pairings, silent auction and live musical entertainment featured throughout the venue.

Restaurants featured include Table 2, Porter’s Steakhouse, Blue Water Grille, Alleia, Earth Fare, Blue Orleans Downtown, Greenlife Grocery, Lupi’s, Niko’s Southside Grille, Neidlov’s and Chattz Coffee. Specialty tapas and desserts will be prepared and served with wine pairings provided by Riverside Wine and featuring wine makers from around the world. A premier ticket option gives the seasoned wine connoisseurs an extensive wine tasting experience.

Guests will enjoy their enhanced Aquarium experience while listening to an array of musical entertainment  from jazz to blues to mountain folk music.  Featured artists include: Ogya, Ben Fribeg Trio, Joy Rogers & Rachael Sutton, Mark “Porkchop” Holder and New Binkley Brothers.

The silent Auction portion of the evening will allow guests to competitively bid on selections such as fine wine, local art, unique getaways, entertainment and a variety of other much desired items.

Following is a teaser of what “Foodies” can expect:
Smoked pepperloin of beef crostinis, topped with eggplant capanta
Fire roasted plantaine with duck confit and orange marmalade
Savory Farmer’s pie
Cured grav lox salmon and roasted corn cheese cakes
Wild mushroom bruschetta
Crawfish & remoulade mousse tartlets
Conchigle pasta with grilled romaine, pancetta and chickpeas
House made Sequatchie Cove chorizo sausage
Neidloves handcrafted Artisan breads
Delectable deserts by Earth Fare
…and so much more

Chattanooga Endeavors spokesperson Tim Dempsey stated “The Bella Sera Event is CEi’s largest fund-raising effort of the year and is a crucial aspect that allows us to carry through our efforts as a non-profit from year to year.” Based in Hamilton County, TN, CEi provides training, counseling and education services to assist former offenders as they transition from incarceration to free society.  In achieving its mission, the organization operates two divisions:  A training division (CEi Services) that is funded by charitable contributions and a staffing division (CEi Works) that, when fully implemented, will be self sustaining through related business income.

30 Days 30 Ways

April 1, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Have you noticed trash littering up your community?  One Leadership Chattanooga group project encourages you to do something about it.  In fact they are offering 30 different ways you can do something about litter this month.  30 Days 30 Ways provides a website with links to local resources and valuable information to raise awareness about litter and encourage you to do your part to reduce litter.

You can visit the Clean Chattanooga booth at the Eco Expo on April 7th to learn more about litter awareness.  Each day in the month of April the Clean Chattanooga  group will be featuring a new way to reduce litter on their web page

Listen to the story.