Archive for October, 2011

“Manifest” Showcases Spoken Word and Music in Chattanooga

October 31, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

“Manifest” founder Christian Collier writes about the November Showcase:

On November 11th, MANIFEST, a monthly arts showcase hosted and organized by Christian J. Collier with the purpose of highlighting predominantly local artists, will be celebrating its first anniversary at The Camp House (1427 Williams St.). To commemorate the occasion, there will be performances by some of Chattanooga’s most dynamic poets including Marcus Ellsworth, Britni Bridgeforth, Jayce Stock, and Christian Collier. DJ Flannel Boy, who has shared the stage with a number of phenomenal live acts including Machine Are People Too and is one of Chattanooga’s most eclectic and skilled djs , will be opening and closing the show with a unique mixture of dubstep, breakbeat, electro, and other genres.

General admission for MANIFEST: Year One is $8. Doors open at 8 PM. For more information on MANIFEST, Christian J. Collier can be reached at

Listen to the Interview with Christian Collier:

Poet Christian Collier

Halloween Ghost Story

October 31, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Wendy Tippens

Wendy Tippens

Grant Farm House

Haunted Farm House

Wendy Tippens reads Blades and Roses from Georgiana C. Kotarski’s Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley.  Fibonacci III provides the background sound to the reading  behind the haunted Grant House at Blowing Streams farm.  The farm hosts the Forest of Fear and Blowing Screams Farm every October at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

Listen to the story.

A Halloween Treat: Interview With John Hornor Jacobs, Author Of Southern Gods

October 28, 2011


Southern Gods is a new twist on an old idea–the trope about blues singers going to the crossroads at midnight and selling their souls to the Devil.  In this story, instead of Satan, the supernatural forces that posses blues musicians are ancient, malevolent, pan-dimensional gods.

It’s the debut novel from Arkansas author John Hornor Jacobs.  It’s set in the 1950’s, in the South, where payola agents travel to backwater radio stations that play early blues records late at night.  Lovecraftian Old Ones lurk in the rural countryside, and they’ve found a new voice through a mysterious singer named Ramblin’ John Hastur.

Listen to an interview with John Hornor Jacobs:


Read an excerpt:

Armando Carbonell Coming November 1st For Hunter Lecture Series

October 26, 2011

From a Benwood Foundation Media Release:

Harvard planning professor and expert on regional planning, Armando Carbonell, will be the second speaker in the George T. Hunter Lecture Series. Mr. Carbonell is the Chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy in Cambridge, MA and co-editor of the recent book, Regional Planning in America: Practice and Prospect.  He is also co-chair of America 2050, a national initiative focused on addressing issues related to conservation, infrastructure and economic development in rapidly growing regions across the country. Carbonell’s lecture will focus on the importance and impacts of planning for regional growth.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 7 pm in the Roland Hayes Auditorium, in the Fine Arts Building on UTC Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Armando Carbonell’s lecture couldn’t be more timely, given the current issues our community is facing related to regional growth and development, “ said Corinne Allen, Executive Director of the Benwood Foundation. “With his extensive experience in helping growing regions develop viable growth plans, we hope he will provide valuable insight as our own leaders embark on a comprehensive planning process for the Chattanooga region.”

Now in its fourth year, The George T. Hunter Lecture Series is sponsored by the Benwood Foundation, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies and CreateHere. According to Roger Brown, UTC Chancellor, “The goal of the lecture series is to contribute to the dialogue around critical community issues by bringing nationally-renowned thinkers and leaders to Chattanooga. The lecture series has also provided a meaningful way for UTC students and faculty to engage around issues affecting the Chattanooga region.” Past speakers in the lecture series have included Doris Kearns Goodwin, Majora Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Mayor Cory Booker.


Armando Carbonell is Co-chair of America 2050 and the Chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. His areas of expertise include city and regional planning, property rights and regulation, and land use and the environment. He teaches planning at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to the Lincoln Institute, Carbonell was the founding Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, a regional planning and land use regulatory agency. Carbonell received his A.B. degree from Clark University and a Doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

He is the co-editor of three books on planning and smart growth, including the definitive Regional Planning in America: Practice and Prospect, which was released in April of 2011.

For more information on the 2011-2012 George T. Hunter Lecture Series, visit


Saul Raisin Book Signing At River Gallery Oct. 29

October 25, 2011

From a media release:

Saul Raisin Book Signing  AT RIVER GALLERY


Book Signing/ Tour de Life

Saul Raisin, author

Saturday, October 29



River Gallery

400 East Second Street, Bluff View Art District 

Meet Saul Raisin, author of Tour de Life and learn about his miraculous recovery from a traumatic brain injury.  Saul is the founder of Raisin Hope Foundation.

Scott Hill and Ruth Koh, October exhibiting artists,will also be present to meet customers.

 The event is free and open to the public.

Zombie Car Wash All Week

October 17, 2011

Reporting: Bobby Sullivan


Blood-thirsty zombies are washing cars at 1000 Dayton Boulevard all week this week from 6-9 p.m.  All vehicles are welcome to stop by for some pre-Halloween fun and leave with shiny wheels. This event is sponsored by GhostHunter Chattanooga.                                                        Check out the facebook page!/event.php?eid=264178250293671

Women’s Fund Of Greater Chattanooga Announces Local And State Partnership To Publicize Human Trafficking Hotline

October 13, 2011

From a Women’s Fund media release:

On Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, (1270 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN), Lorie Street Mallchok, Chair of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, will announce the launch of a partnership to publicize the Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, a new statewide toll free hotline designed to combat human trafficking in Tennessee.  Other members (see below) of the local partnership will be on hand at the press announcement and remarks will be made by Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Sandra Hollet, Executive Director, Partnership for Families Children and Adults, State Senator Bo Watson, and Chattanooga Police Chief, Bobby Dodd.

Creation of the 24-hour, seven day a week confidential hotline was mandated by the TN State Legislature last year as part of a set of measures to help fight human trafficking across TN.  It was launched October 1, 2011.

“Human trafficking, including the trafficking of underage girls for sex is modern day slavery and it is growing, not just around the world but in our own communities.” Said Mallchok, “Being trafficked for sex is a brutal and dangerous life and this new hotline may be the beginning of a way out for young girls – but only if they, and well meaning people they may come in contact with know about it.”

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, and its sister funds in Memphis and Nashville are coordinating efforts to help publicize the hotline.   “There are few resources currently available to publicize the hotline and we as Women’s Funds want to turn up the heat on the issue by letting as many people as possible know about its existence,” said Liza Lentz, Coordinator of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The Legislature also authorized a study of the incidence of sex trafficking in TN.  The study, performed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Vanderbilt Center for Community Studies was released earlier this year.  It indicates that 72% of counties in Tennessee reported instances of minors trafficked for sex in the last 24 months.  In Hamilton County that figure was estimated to be between 26 and 50 cases.

“Thanks to the actions of our Tennessee State Legislature, TBI conducted the first statewide study of minor sex trafficking,” says Mark Gwyn Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. “We are using the results to plan a series of workshops with local officials and law enforcement entities to provide training on how to combat this crime.”

The Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (1-855-55-TNHTH) is available to any caller, victims or potential victims or others who may have any information about anyone in TN being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave. The Hotline is staffed by professionals trained to confidentially assist any caller but the primary purpose is to help victims reach safety, protective services and social services.

In addition to the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, the following organizations are co-sponsoring local efforts to publicize the hotline and will work collaboratively in the months to come to get information about the hotline to the people who need it the most.

  • Chattanooga Police Department
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County
  • Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Hamilton County Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Hamilton County District Attorney
  • Hamilton County Juvenile Court
  • Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department
  • Partnership for Families Children and Adults
  • Second Life of Chattanooga
  • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Similar efforts are also underway in Memphis, led by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, and in Middle Tennessee led by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville.

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  It is a private non-profit charitable organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors.  Its mission is to provide opportunity, encouragement, knowledge, and resources through philanthropy and advocacy.

For more information, contact Kara Fagan, Director of the Women’s Fund at 423-265-0586.

Museum Center at 5ive Points To Host Block Party Tall Betsy Storytelling Night

October 13, 2011

Families can come by to see Tall Betsy as portrayed by storyteller, Deborah Holland, hear the Tall Betsy story. (Photo courtesy Museum Center)

From a Museum Center media release:

CLEVELAND, TN: The Museum Center at 5ive Points will host its sixth annual Tall Betsy Storytelling Night and Pumpkin Carving Contest to be held the evening of Cleveland’s Block Party, Monday, October 31st. The festive family evening at the museum will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to stop by the Museum on their way to or from the Block Party to check out this free event.

Families coming to the Museum will have a variety of things to do. They will be taken on a Halloween Storytelling Trail where they will hear family-friendly stories as told by members of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Between the hours of 4:30 – 7:00 visitors will get an extra special treat as they will hear the Tall Betsy Story told by Deborah Holland as she portrays Tall Betsy.

The book “The Legend of Tall Betsy & The Mystery of Sally, the Bluetick Coonhound,” a kid-friendly Halloween tale about a little boy & his dog is available for sale in the Museum Store. The setting of the story is Cleveland and it is based on the legendary character Tall Betsy. The price of the book is $3 and all proceeds from the book go to the Museum.

Families will be able to view the Pumpkin Carving Contest submissions and winners. Also on view in the Museum’s lobby will be the original Tall Betsy’s authentic dress and original persimmon cane on loan for the day by Allan Jones who was able to “secure” these valuable and historic items back in the 1980s. Tall Betsy is one of Cleveland’s most enduring Halloween legends.

For further information about the contest or the storytelling evening call the Museum and ask for Tracy O’Connell at 423-339-5745.


The Museum Center at 5ive Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee. The museum hosts exhibits and education programs. The Museum’s gift shop sells Appalachian arts and crafts from the region. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday & holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. The museum is free the first Saturday of each month. Groups of 12 or more are $4 each. Members of the Museum Center receive free admission. For further information call 423-339-5745 or visit

First Downtown Dalton BBQ

October 12, 2011

Reporting: Bobby Sullivan

On Oct.22 and Oct.23, Dalton, Georgia will have its first Downtown Dalton BBQ and Music Festival. Sunday, Oct. 23rd, will be the BBQ Judging Day with awards beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be music, with Mountain Heart, an award-winning music group leading the festival. This two day event will benefit the Miracle Field, a baseball field in progress that will be designed to give children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. For more information, check out Miracle Field on facebook and visit

Destiny Theatre Announces Auditions for upcoming Gospel Musical

October 12, 2011

Destiny Theatre’s Artistic Director Karl Gardener writes about Nativity, the Gospel Musical auditions:

Destiny Theatre Company and Co-Producer The Bethlehem Center
will hold auditions for their upcoming 4th Annual Christmas Holiday production

Celebrating “The Greatest Story Told”
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II
Musical Team: Sam Patton and Willie Kitchens
Choreographer: Dawn Axam

Where: The Bethlehem Center
Time: 3:00PM
No Experience or Appointment Necessary
Call (423) 242-5156 for more information

We are looking for talented individuals of ALL ETHNICITIES that can Sing, Act and Move

Principal Rehearsal Starts Monday November 28th (subject to change)

Show Dates:
Tivoli Theatre
December 21-22, 2011
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Inspired by renowned poet Langston Hughes’s musical gospel play, “Nativity”: A Gospel Musical Explosion celebrates the “greatest story ever told,” the traditional Christmas story, using a soulful point of view. This amazing combination of powerful narration and glorious gospel music fill the stage in a jubilant expression of human love, joy and celebration.

With all of the “Nutcrackers” and “Christmas Carols” featured in holiday shows at Christmas time, the birth of the baby Jesus barley gets a mention, but “Nativity”: A Gospel Musical Explosion puts the Holy Family back in the picture in this exuberant musical. “Nativity”: A Gospel Musical Explosion is an uplifting experience for the whole family, people of all persuasions, religious and secular alike.