Archive for June, 2011

Fremont Civics Foundation

June 30, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Fremont Civics Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Savannah Georgia with a mission to educate and inform young people about the system of American Government.  Knowledge and participation in the process is Foundation President Aleq Boyle’s goal for the future of Americans.  The Fremont Civics Foundation provides training and mentoring opportunities for college students to work with high school students.

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Fort O Celebrates Patriotism At The Post

June 29, 2011


Coming up this Fourth of July weekend, the city of Fort Oglethorpe is having a “Patriotism At The Post” celebration.  The event is actually happening on Sunday, July 3rd.  It will feature fireworks by Atlanta Pyrotechnics, a patriotic concert by L’Abri Symphony Orchestra and more.  The event will take place on Johnston Field in historic downtown Fort Oglethorpe.

Chris McKeever is the executive director of the 6th Calvary Museum, located on Barnhardt Circle, where the Sunday celebration will happen.  McKeever joins us with event details.

From the event’s Web site:

July 3    Patriotism at The Post.  L’Abri Symphony Orchestra patriotic concert, coloring contest sponsored by Chattanooga Times Free Press, Patriotic Kid’s contest followed at dark by fireworks on polo field 7 pm – 10 pm.  BBQ, kettle corn, Repici Ice and cold drinks available. Cost: $5 per car. E-mail for more information.

Additional details are at .

Common Sense And Whiskey Recounts Murray’s Modest Adventures

June 29, 2011


North Georgia resident Bill Murray is a world traveler, a voice-over artist and a photographer.  He and his wife Mirja often fly all over the world, collecting stories and photographs.  They’ve been to more than 100 countries–places like Bhutan, Patagonia and Tibet.  Murray’s travel photographs are collected on the Web site  His new travel memoir tells the stories behind those photos… stories of experiencing exotic locations, places many Americans might find intimidating.  But Murray says you can handle just about anything with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey.  And that’s the title of his book, Common Sense and Whiskey: Modest Adventures Far From Home.

Listen to an interview with Murray.

Cat Clinic of Chattanooga

June 29, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The annual visit to the veterinarian can be difficult on any pet but for cats the trip can be extremely stressful.  Stress can make it more difficult for the doctor to examine your cat.  Some suggestions for a less stressful clinic visit start with a good pet carrier.  Keep your pet carrier accessible for your pet all the time so it becomes a familiar object.  Provide treats and toys in the carrier for your cat.  Dr. Marcia Toumayan with the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga provides more tips for your cat’s vet visit in the interview.  Listen to the story. [audio]

Harte Research Institute

June 28, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Harte Research Institute was established by a $46 million endowment from Ed Harte to study the Gulf of Mexico.  The Harte Institute combines marine biologist and geologist with economists and specialists in marine law and policy to delve into a comprehensive view of the state of the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Larry McKinney, Director of the Harte Marine Institute visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga last April.  Part of his lecture focused on the health of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deep Horizon oil spill of April 2010.  The status of the Gulf of Mexico is impacted by more than just oil rigs.  Runoff from the heartland of American ends up fouling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Harte Institute, over 280 trillion gallons of freshwater makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico through more than 150 different river and water systems in the United States.  Runoff from agriculture and fertilizing home lawns all ends up in the Gulf of Mexico.  Even prescription medications flushed into the sewer system may eventually end up polluting the waters of the Gulf

While visiting Chattanooga Dr. McKinney enjoyed the Secret Reef exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium that was designed based on the Flower Garden Banks.  Dr. McKinney also enjoyed the rivers and lakes that make this region such a beautiful place to live.  The health of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary located in the Gulf of Mexico is an indicator of the overall health of the Gulf.

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Ryan’s Artwork Captures Mood, Emotion of Landmark

June 27, 2011

by Julie Seele

Look Out Above! is a collection of new paintings by artist Lori Ryan that captures the many moods and emotions of Chattanooga’s famous landmark – Lookout Mountain. I discussed with Lori  the new exhibit that will open July 1 at Intown Gallery.

Ryan’s newest paintings will be featured for the entire month of July with a meet the artist opening reception from 5-8 p.m. July First.

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“Hairspray” opens July 1st, 2011 at the Chattanooga theatre Centre

June 27, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

“Hairspray” opens at CTC on July 1st and runs through the 24th, 2011.     The Broadway musical is written by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman.  This musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name by John Waters and is based on Water’s experiences growing up in Baltimore. has published a “mini biography” of John Waters here listing some of the film director’s trade marks below:

All his movies are set in Baltimore.

Frequently casts Patricia Hearst.

Casts Mink Stole in nearly all of his films.

Films combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of humor.

Many of his characters have alliterated names (Dawn Davenport, Francine Fishpaw, Tracy Turnblad, Penny Pingleton, Sylvia Stickles).

Pencil-thin moustache and camp personality

His favorite childhood memory was seeing real blood on the seat of a wrecked car when visiting a scrap yard and fantasizing about lethal car crashes.

As a youth he would watch adult-only films at the local drive-in, with binoculars.

He is obsessed with true-crime and used to regularly attend gory trials all over the US, where he often saw the same faces in the public galleries.

Older brother of Steve Waters.

Subscribes to more than 80 magazines. Also goes to see just about every movie that comes out and hardly ever rents movies.

Has taught classes at the Patuxent Institution, a correctional facility located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The classes are meant as rehabilitation therapy for convicted killers, in which they learn to write about their violent fantasies rather than act them out.

Waters has always been very gracious in acknowledging his creative influences, such as Russ Meyer, Otto Preminger, Liberace, William Castle, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Jayne Mansfield, Robert Bresson, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

As a youth, he made as much as $50 a week doing puppet shows for the neighborhood children, and was often hired to entertain at birthday parties. He stated that many of his puppet shows were inspired by the gimmick-heavy films of William Castle.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre writes about this musical:

Broadway’s Big Fat Musical Comedy Hit – Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman
It’s 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do! Don’t miss HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”

Here’s their promo video:


Listen to the Story with CTC director George Quick and actors Jermaine Purifory and Gracie Bramlett:

Cyberknife at Erlanger

June 27, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Dr. Frank Kimsey with a model of the Cyberknife

Robotic radiosurgery is the newest tool to battle cancer.  Using a robotic arm that would normally be used in auto manufacturing, the Cyberknife is teaming that technology with pinpoint radiation and traditional x-ray technology to burn away inoperable tumors without surgery.  The key to pulling all this technology together has been advancement in computers.  The program is able to track the tumor in real time while activating the robot arm to apply radiation directly to the tumor.  While the Cyberknife is not useful for all cancer tumors, the application of this new technology is making a major difference in the treatment of inoperable cancer.  Cyberknife is located at Erlanger Hospital.

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Living Off the Grid

June 27, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Kayte Couch and her husband researched, designed and built their home using alternative energies.  Between passive solar design, photovoltaic cells and propane gas, the Couch’s manage to live completely off the grid and are not even connected to the power company.

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June 24, 2011

This summer is an exciting one with the Cress Gallery’s opening of the new Summer 2011 Exhibition. Cress Gallery is located on the UTC Campus in the Fine Art Center, and visitors may enter the gallery Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ruth Grover is the director and curator for the gallery and she says the showing consists of thirteen artists from their permanent collection.

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