Archive for March, 2012

Hunter Lecture Series Brings Michael Pollan to the Tivoli

March 29, 2012

The George T. Hunter Lecture Series sponsored by the Benwood Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga schedules renowned food advocate and author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma to speak on April 19th, 2012.    Here’s more from the press release:

Environment: Michael Pollan

April 19, 2012 • Tivoli Theater • 7p

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6pm. Seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the past 20 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect – with a focus on food and agriculture. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, which was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan’s previous book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, was also a New York Times bestseller, received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and PBS premiered a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009. His most recent book is Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which was an immediate #1 New York Times bestseller upon publication; an expanded, illustrated edition of Food Rules will be published in November 2011.

In 2009 he was named one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders” by Newsweek magazine. His essays have appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Essays (the 1990 and 2003 editions), Best American Science Writing (2004), and the Norton Book of Nature Writing. In addition to publishing regularly in TheNew York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in Harper’s (where he served for many years as executive editor), Mother JonesGourmetVogueTravel + LeisureGardens Illustrated, and The Nation. Michael Pollan was chosen by Time Magazine for the 2010 Time 100 in the Thinkers category.

Pollan’s lecture is entitled: In Defense of Food: An Omnivore’s Solution. 

Year 3 of the Strategic Plan for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

March 28, 2012

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has completed year 3 of the current 5 year strategic plan.  During the course of the strategic plan development and implementation UTC focused on four areas of impact; Partnerships for Students- Teaching and Learning, Partnerships for Education and Research, Partnerships for Diversity, Enabling Partnerships in the Community.

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Related stories:

Strategic plan development.  Aired December 12, 2007

Implementing the strategic plan.  Aired March 10, 2008

Mid-point of the strategic plan.  Aired June 21, 2010



‘Little Owl Festival’ for Chattanooga Audubon Society

March 25, 2012

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 Chattanooga Audubon Society invites you to attend the inaugural ‘Little Owl Festival‘.    There will be two stages set up with musicians and spoken word artists slated to perform.   Save Our American Raptors will fly birds of prey over the fields at Audubon Acres that Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

1:00-2:00 p.m. Raptors arrive and set up
2:00-2:45 p.m. Birds of Prey Raptor show by SOAR
1-2p Dance demonstration from “Emerald Hips Belly Dance Instruction” teacher Suzanne
Rambo. She will also do hooping.
1-2p Chattanooga Kirtan Band in the field including the following instruments: Native
American flute, Vocal, Sitar, Harmonium, Tabla and Jymbe drums,and other percussion.
Orchard Stage
NOON Opening song by Gilbert Sewell & welcome by Bill Fisher
12:10 Bob Carty, Announcements/giveaways
1:00 Hara Paper
1:30 Frank Eaton
1:40 Announce the Birds of Prey Show
2:00 Birds of Prey Show
2:30 Uncle Lightning
3:00 Jack Pine Savages String Band w/ Gilbert Sewell/poster
contest winner announced
3:30 Troy Underwood
4:00 Jerre Haskew
5:00-6:00 Dalton Roberts

Porch (Spoken Word) Stage
Ray Zimmerman – MC
12:00 Robin Burk
12:30 Jim Pfitzer
1:00 Grant Fetters
1:30 Michael Gray
2:00 Break for Birds of Prey Show
3:00 Finn Bille
3:15 Chrystina Jensen
3:30Marcus Patrick Ellsworth
4:00 Janie Dempsey Watts
4:20 Dr. Susan Hickman
4:40 Ray Zimmerman
5:00 Ginnie Strickland Sams
5:30 Peggy Douglas

Listen to story with spoken word artists Ray Zimmerman, Finn Bille and Peggy Douglas:

‘Living Newpaper’ Premieres at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga

March 19, 2012

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

The idea for ‘Living Newspaper’ as an art form came about  through the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s as a way to take social issues, research them and dramatize them through songs, scenes and monologues using fictional characters.    The idea was to show a personal side of an issue in order to raise awareness about it.

ETC will present a new ‘Living Newspaper’ for today’s audience.    This play opens on March 23rd and runs for three weeks, three nights per week at the St. Andrews Center.     The cast and writers chose topics to cover and wrote the script for the show.    Theatre Professor from Chattanooga State’s Professional Actors’ Training Program Jeff Parker directs this ‘Living Newspaper’.

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CTC Stages Agatha Christie’s, “Mousetrap.”

March 11, 2012

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of this Agatha Christie mystery play, The Chattanooga Theatre Centre opens with Mousetrap March 16th, 2012.    Here’s more from the Press Release:

The plot of the Agatha Christie mystery has all the elements of a classic thriller: A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm. One of them a murderer. The suspects include the newlyweds who run the house (Lauren Johnson and Tim Newland); a spinster with a curious background (Lizzie Chazen); an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef (Justin Bridges); a retired Army major (Greg Rambin); a strange man who claims his car has overturned in a snowdrift (Jerry Draper); and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone (Julie Van Valkenburg). Into their midst, arriving on skis, comes a policeman (Will Park) who, in order to discern the murderer’s pattern, probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! A superb intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Cast of "Mousetrap"

Everyone in the snow-covered boarding house is a suspect in this Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’ including (seated from left) Julie Van Valkenburg, Jerry Draper, and Greg Rambin. Standing, from left, Lizzie Chazen, Lauren Johnson, Will Park, Tim Newland, and Justin Bridges.

“The Mousetrap” began as a short BBC radio play entitled “Three Blind Mice” written at the request of Queen Mary. The extended work opened on the London stage as “The Mousetrap” in 1952 and has played for 60 years.

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“Little Women, the Musical,” Opens at the Colonnade

March 5, 2012

Louisa May Alcott’s famous Civil War Era novel has been adapted for the stage and ran on Broadway in 2005.   Ever After Productions brings the new musical to the Colonnade Center in Catoosa County, Georgia with a cast of 8 backed by a full orchestra.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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Famous Nater’s World Famous Food Truck: “We’re Using the Slow Food Attitude…”

March 2, 2012


You can usually find Famous Nater’s World Famous Food Truck serving food at several locations in Chattanooga such as Miller’s Plaza, Main Street, or Market Street. The Famous Nater’s Food Truck was recently named runner-up for’s Rookie Food Truck of the Year. Garrett Crowe spoke to Nathan Flynt, owner of Famous Nater’s, about the growing popularity of the food truck movement.

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Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

March 2, 2012

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business has partnered with Oklahoma State’s School of Entrepreneurship to introduce a program designed to help disabled veterans improve business management and entrepreneurship.  The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program  will offer training and mentoring to veterans that own or want to own their own business.  Applications will be accepted through April 9, 2012.  This program is offered free of charge to qualified veterans that have a service related disability or have a record of distinguished service.

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Glass House Collective Hopes to Revitalize East Chattanooga Neighborhood

March 1, 2012


Glass street is seen from outside Glass House Neighborhood Collective.

There’s a neighborhood in East Chattanooga, less than five miles from downtown, whose economic heyday ended decades ago. Lots of the old buildings are still there, but the businesses just aren’t. There’s a small group of people, though, who started working in the neighborhood last month. They’re aiming to revitalize the area.

Gang Task Force Manager is Optimistic about Chattanooga Gangs

March 1, 2012


More and more people are joining gangs in Chattanooga. Mayor Littlefield even hired two people in January to cut down on gang presence. One of the new hires explains what gangs are like in Chattanooga, and what Chattanoogans should and should not be worried about.