Chattanooga, TN – If you're a movie buff, you know Water For Elephants was partially shot right here in the Chattanooga area. It's one of the most prominent films to have a Scenic City connection--but it's not the first time Hollywood stars and major directors have come here. Actually, more than 25 notable films were shot near Chattanooga or in North Georgia.
Chattanooga, TN – Kelly O'Connor McNees joins us to talk about her historical novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. This novel mixes fact and fiction, featuring a young Alcott who falls in love and must choose between romance and her writing.
Chattanooga, TN – The annual State of the Air Report published by the American Lung Association gives Hamilton County Tennessee a grade of F. The report measures particulate pollution and ozone levels over the span of one year. Hamilton County received a C for particulate pollution which leaves the major contributor to the failing grade based on the ozone levels.
Chattanooga, TN – Two New York City actors have started a program in Chattanooga that is breaking the rules of traditional theatre. Today I talk to Stevie Ray and Kate Forbes Dallimore about the Muse of Fire Project.
South Pittsburg, TN – Searching for the most unusual slice of cornbread I would ever taste, I went to the 15th Annual National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN. But I discovered that despite the name, the festival is about more than just cornbread. It's about revitalizing South Pittsburg and ensuring a future for this small Tennessee town.
As of today, Catoosa County and Ringgold will serve residents needs through their regular administration numbers, according to County Manager Mike Helton and City Manager Dan Wright.
"Over the last few days we have seen the calls coming in on the help line dwindle, so we want to reassign those staff members to assist elsewhere and allow residents to contact us on our regular lines," Helton said.
City Manager Dan Wright said that while the 9 p.m. - daylight curfew continues in the aftermath of the tornado, arrangements are being made to accommodate those leaving the Sensational Second Weekends programs at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41.
"People from our community and the entire region need the opportunity to walk away from the destruction, sit down and enjoy and evening of family entertainment," Wright said. "We feel it is important that these regular opportunities return as quickly as possible."
Salvation Army Teams With FEMA in Recovery Efforts
Chattanooga, TN – Starting Today the Salvation Army will be teaming with The Federal Emergency Management Agency to better serve those affected by the recent storms in the area. On Friday we spoke with David Costello, public information officer for the Salvation Army.
Catoosa County, GA – From the Catoosa County and Ringgold Joint Information Office:
Area services continue to assist affected residents New Volunteer Coordinator Line created, Help line hours change
As Catoosa County and Ringgold moves operations from the emergency operations command at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office later this week, the continuing efforts of coordinating services of volunteers throughout the clean-up and the rebuild continues, according to Catoosa County Manager Mike Helton and Ringgold City Manager Dan Wright.
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Tennessee that were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, high winds and flooding that occurred from April 25 - 28, 2011:
Chattanooga, TN – There's so much going on right now in terms of places to get help, specific types of donations needed at certain places, and other disaster relief information that it's difficult to stay updated. But the United Way is collecting and distributing the latest info on the Web and through its phone bank.
The United Way's 2-1-1 Disaster Services Update page is at:
Tennesseans affected by recent storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) immediately.
President Barack Obama has declared four Tennessee counties - Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington - federal disasters and eligible for federal assistance. Persons in this area should immediately register with the FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Persons in emergency situations should immediately call 9-1-1 or their local Emergency Management Agency.