Richard Winham en Blood Assurance is Looking for the Top Tomato <p>Blood Assurance has been providing a safe blood supply in Chattanooga and 47 other counties since 1973. Prior to that time, people in need of blood had to rely on friends and relatives. In addition to ensuring a plentiful supply of whole blood, Blood Assurance also distributes plasma and blood platelets, primarily to cancer patients. It was the parents of a cancer patient who established the Blood Assurance Foundation. The foundation gives scholarships to local high school seniors every year. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:49:22 +0000 Richard Winham 40594 at Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster <p> Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Richard Winham 40443 at Chattanooga Nature Center Is a World Away, but Only Minutes from Downtown <p> The Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum and Reflection Riding is a peaceful oasis just minutes from downtown. Circling the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is acres of open pasture and woodland bisected by miles of trails that wind through the woods and beside the river that snakes though the property. Michael Green, one of the dozens of volunteers who run the Nature Center, takes us for a short walk through the property, stopping at the animal sanctuary, which is one of the center’s biggest draws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:50:07 +0000 Richard Winham 40334 at Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents 'The King and I' Throughout July <p> For the next three weekends, <a href="">The Signal Mountain Playhouse </a>is mounting a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s <em>The King &amp; I</em>. The two leads in the musical are both opera- trained singers, which is increasingly common in musical theater.&nbsp; Seth Carico&nbsp; plays the king and Jennifer Arbogast) is Anna, the English teacher whose relationship with the King of Siam and his children is the core of the story on which the musical is based.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Richard Winham 40126 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:13:52 +0000 Richard Winham 39994 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie Chattanooga Symphony & Chattanooga Theatre Centre Collaborate to Celebrate Independence Day <p>The Chattanooga Symphony’s Independence Day Celebration is set for Thursday, July 3rd in Coolidge Park starting at 8 o’clock. In addition to the music, there’ll be food available from vendors in the park, or people can stop at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for their Star Spangled BBQ event. Kim Jackson from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Molly Sasse from the CSO discuss it in this interview segment.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:03:26 +0000 Richard Winham 39655 at Roman Gods & Sicilian Beaches Inspire Painter/Potter Bob Fazio <p>Since 2009, the stores, restaurants and galleries on the Southside have been inviting everybody down for a stroll though the neighborhood around Main Street on the final Friday of the summer months.&nbsp; Among the special events planned for this month’s stroll starting 5/27 at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the local painter, potter and sculptor <a href="">Bob Fazio in Area 61 </a>on Main Street.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:58:21 +0000 Richard Winham 39476 at Barking Legs Theater Is Raising Funds and Rebuilding <p><a href=""> Barking Legs Theater </a>was originally intended to be a dance workshop and performance space. Ann Law had already had a long career as a dancer when she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Kaplan, moved to Chattanooga in the early 1990’s. But within a few years Bruce and his partner, George Bright, began using the theater for acoustic music concerts. Since then it has become a showcase for all forms of music, dance and theater. But the aging building had some problems and so they decided to try and raise some money to repair some of the more pressing problems. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:44:36 +0000 Richard Winham 39329 at Lawyers Dressed in Hoodies and Bluejeans <p> Chattanooga is developing a reputation as a start up friendly city. Young entrepreneurs excited by access to the ultra fast Internet are working with the Company Lab and other mentor organizations. But many of them still face the sometimes daunting challenge of finding legal advice they can afford. Scott Maucere wants to help. He’s the CEO of a local legal cooperative called <a href="">Push To Start. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:35 +0000 Richard Winham 39164 at Shakespeare Chattanooga's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Opens 6/20 <p></p><p>Shakespeare Chattanooga has a new production opening this weekend in the Ripple Theatre on Brainerd Road. As they have in the past, Janis Hashe and her company have taken some liberties with the setting for the play. It was set in Athens, Greece by Shakespeare, but Shakespeare Chattanooga’s version of <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> is set in Athens, Georgia.</p><p>Janis Hashe, Stephanie Smith and Steve Disbrow discuss the play in this interview.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:54:18 +0000 Richard Winham 39000 at 'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View <p></p><p><a href=""><em>Walk In My Shoes</em></a> is a six-minute film about a homeless man called Lee. The film is a documentary about a stage play featuring actors recounting&nbsp; the stories about their lives told to them by homeless people in Chattanooga. Staged in the salvation Army’s recreate café, the play was conceived by the café’s artistic director, Tenika Dye.</p><p>This segment features Tenika Dye, as well as Leif Ramsey, the film’s director, and Rodney Van Walkenburg from Arts Build Chattanooga. Arts Build funded the play and the film with a Community Cultural Connections grant.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:47:05 +0000 Richard Winham 38853 at 'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View Reflections Gallery's Upcoming Exhibition Features Abstract and Contemporary Paintings <p> The Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway specializes in original work by local artists. Their next exhibition, which opens on Thursday, June 12, is a collection of abstract and contemporary paintings by thirty local artists. In this segment, two artists are featured: Jake Kelley and Miki Boni, whose work is in the exhibition.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:31:02 +0000 Richard Winham 38674 at Chattanooga Text Marketing Company Creates Apps for Riverbend and Nightfall <p> According to the Pew Research Center, 58% of American adults own a smart phone, and an increasing number are using them to text rather than talk, according to Suzanne Burnham. Ms. Burnham is the CEO of <a href="">Click Click Boom</a>, a Chattanooga based text marketing company. She helps businesses stay in touch with their customers with tightly targeted text messages.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:53:54 +0000 Richard Winham 38537 at Chattanooga Artists are Creating a Drive-by Gallery on McCallie Avenue <p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Richard Winham 38383 at Chattanooga Artists are Creating a Drive-by Gallery on McCallie Avenue At the Hunter: Moroccan Photographer Challenges Stereotypes of Islamic Women <p><a href="">Lalla Essaydi</a> is a painter and photographer whose work hangs in galleries all over the country, as well as in England, Japan and Syria and a number of other countries around the world. Born in Morocco, she’s lived here in the U.S. for the past 18 years. She recently visited Chattanooga to talk about her work. One of her photographs is part of the permanent collection at the Hunter Museum of American Art here in Chattanooga. While she was here, Essaydi sat down to talk about her work. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:30:17 +0000 Richard Winham 38245 at At the Hunter: Moroccan Photographer Challenges Stereotypes of Islamic Women