Archive for December, 2011

Chattanooga Bike Share

December 26, 2011

REPORTING: Garrett Crowe

In Spring of 2011, Chattanooga will launch its newest system for public transportation. It is called Chattanooga Bike Share. The Alta Bicycle Share is in cooperation with the City of Chattanooga to bring over 300 bikes as a form of public transportation. Garrett Crowe spoke with Jeremy Pomp, General Manager of the Chattanooga Bike Share, about the cityâs newest transit system.

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Heartland: Chattanooga

December 26, 2011

REPORTING: Garrett Crowe

Local Chattanoogan, Adam McElhaney, recently developed an action game exclusively for the Iphone and Ipad devices. The game is called Heartland: Chattanooga. The videogame presents Chattanooga as the setting for World War III. Garrett Crowe talked to Adam about his interests in video games and the process of developing an Idevice application.

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Chattanooga School Of Language Begins New Term

December 22, 2011


In this segment, we find out how one woman’s trip to Costa Rica led to a new school being founded in Chattanooga.

Laurie Stevens is the Founding Director of the Chattanooga School of Language.  She sent us this media release:

Chattanooga School of Language begins its second term of classes on January 9, offering a selection of five different languages to the greater Chattanooga community.

The newly-created language school plans to offer German, Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin classes, and is actively enrolling students of all abilities and previous language training.  A special parent-child language class will also be offered.

CSL seeks to provide each student with an immersion-like experience through its small classroom settings, experienced and well-traveled teachers, a dual focus on grammar and conversation, the use of various teaching mediums (film, music, literature, cooking, etc.), and an emphasis on cultural training. Classes can also be created to best fit the student’s abilities and schedules.
Each term lasts for six weeks, and students meet twice a week for two hours each class.  Classes are available in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and students will take assessments to help track progress throughout the term.  Classes meet at La Paz Chattanooga located at 1402 Bailey Avenue.

According to Founding Director Laurie Stevens, “There is power in learning another language and culture different from your own.  Whether it’s to travel the world, attain a higher-paid position at the office, or simply because you want to grow your mind, learning another language opens doors and provides life-changing experiences. CSL is proud to provide that opportunity to the people of Chattanooga.”

If you register before December 30, you will receive 20% off!

For more information and to register, visit or call 423.802.2040.

Party with the Penguins

December 22, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The gentoo and macaroni penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium are ready to party and each day from December 26th through January 8th they will party with you.  Activities in front of the penguin exhibit at the aquarium include making your own penguin feet and colored bands so you can dress like the penguins.  The Tennessee Aquarium’s penguin mascots will be at the party to dance along.  Penguin parties are scheduled daily from 10 to 11 am at the Ocean’s Journey building.  The special Party with the Penguins package includes admission to the Tennessee Aquarium and tickets to the IMax theater to see Happy Feet Two in 3D.

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Funds Sought For Blythe Ferry Memorial

December 21, 2011


In this segment, Nancy Williams joins us.  She’s the manager of the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Blythe Ferry, an important landmark along the Trail of Tears.

Williams and park volunteers are hoping to raise $25,000 so a monument can be built to honor the 9,000 Cherokees who passed through Blythe Ferry in 1838.  According the park’s Web site, this new monument would be the closest thing to a headstone that most of those that perished will ever have:

One-fourth of the 16,542 Cherokees identified for removal in the 1835 Cherokee Nation Census perished due to their forced removal persuant to the illigitimate New Echota Treaty. Today we take pride in being champions of human rights and oppose ethnic cleansing. What happined to the Cherokees should not be forgotten.

The Memorial will list the name of the Head of Household and the number of members from the 1835 Census.

“Fire Poems,” a New Collection by Finn Bille is Published

December 21, 2011

The following is taken from the press release for “Fire Poems,” published in the Fall of this year:

Out of the flames of his house fire Finn Bille has created poetry and collected aid for other fire victims.

Bille’s recently published collection of poems, Fire Poem, deals with the fire that destroyed his house at 504 Fort Wood Place in Chattanooga on March 18, 2003. He and his wife, Jeanne, had lived in the Fort Wood Historic District for 25 years.

A few of these poems were also publihsed in 2011 in the anthology, Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets, Executive Editor, Ray Zimmerman.

The Red Cross assisted the Billes with necessary personal items, while the neighbors united to help them with housing, clothes, and support.

Bille’s advice: Do not leave oily rags where they can start a fire. Enclose them in airtight metal containers.

When you buy a copy of Fire Poems at Winder Binder Gallery and Book Store on Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga, two dollars will be donated to the Red Cross for aid to fire victims.

12 Days of Greening

December 21, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Office of Sustainability for the City of Chattanooga is promoting a green Christmas this year with a list of suggestions that can help make your holidays safe, fun and environmentally friendly.  All of these suggestions are great ideas all year long and especially during the hectic and busy final days of 2011.

Follow these links for more details on each of the 12 Days of Greening.

Day 12 – Alternate Gift Ideas

Day 11 – Get Some Exercise

Day 10 – The Importance of Budgeting

Day 9 – Holiday Energy Savings Tips

Day 8 – Creative Eco-Wrapping

Day 7 – Green Travel Tips

Day 6 – Local Shopping

Day 5 – Localvore Holiday Meal

Day 4 – New Kind of New Years Resolution

Day 3 –  Replace Your Tree

Day 2 –  Available 12/22

Day 1 –  Available 12/23

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“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” Debuts at the Tivoli for Destiny Theatre Co.

December 19, 2011

Langston Hughes has been called the “Poet Laureate” of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s.      His play, “Black Nativity” was the first play by an African American to  run on Broadway in 1961.   Since then, it has continually been produced each holiday season in American theatres.    Langston’s story is a retelling of St. Luke’s from the Old Testament through music and poetic narrative with an African American cast.

Thomas Jones has written an adaptation of, “Black Nativity” for this year’s Destiny Theatre production.     The 2nd Act of Hughes’ play is set during a revival at a modern day church.    Jones’ adaptation opens with a church that has burned down.  As the congregation is seeking a new place to worship they are reminded of the Star of David and Bethlehem.   This sets the story for, “Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion.”

“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” is directed by Thomas Jones.    Sam Patton is the musical director and Dawn Axam is the choreographer.     The show opens on the Tivoli stage for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, December 21st and 22nd, 2011.     A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Bethlehem Center for the children.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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Folk School of Chattanooga

December 19, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Folk School of Chattanooga is located at 250 Forest Avenue in North Chattanooga and offers music lessons, workshops and concerts with a focus on folk music, bluegrass, mountain music, Celtic music, and the music of Appalachia.  The venue is fairly small so most concerts at the Folk School offer limited seating and a chance for a very special evening with the artist.  The Folk School also helps facilitate house concerts and sessions at other venues around Chattanooga.  An Irish session meets at the Honest Pint on Sunday afternoons and there is an Old Time Music session on Monday nights at the Market Street Tavern.

The Folk School of Chattanooga offers lessons on a variety of instruments to all levels of performers.  Call 423-827-8906 for more information.

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Not The Bobcat You Remember: From Zed To World’s Greatest Dad

December 15, 2011


Bobcat Goldthwait (courtesy Wikipedia)

Bobcat Goldthwait is coming to Chattanooga on December 16th and 17th for 3 shows at the Vaudeville Café.  If the only thing you remember about Goldthwait is that he played Zed, a howling, hyperactive character in the Police Academy movies, then you’ve missed the best part of his career.

These days, Goldthwait is passionate about writing and directing.  He makes independent films–his most successful so far has been World’s Greatest Dad, which starred Academy Award winner Robin Williams.  The film scored an impressive 89% approval rating on and was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival.  Goldthwait’s other recent films include Sleeping Dogs Lie and God Bless America.

Goldthwait’s shows at the Vaudeville Café: