Chattanooga

1:46pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Community

Poverty-Free Chattanooga Meetings Begin

Chattanooga Organized for Action is working to reduce poverty in the area with a new campaign, Poverty-Free Chattanooga.  The group wants community input and seeks to work with city and county officials on social inequality.  Twenty-seven percent of residents live below the poverty line, and 42% of children live in poverty, which is twice the national average, according to a report cited by Perrin Lance, the group's leader.  Lance joins us for an interview.  In early August, the group began having monthly meetings with the public.

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4:24pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Community

Images of Africa: Molly Gardner Photographs Kenyan Refugees

One of the women Molly Gardner photographed in Kenya.
Credit Molly Gardner Photography

Chattanooga photojournalist Molly Gardner traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and photographed refugee women who live there. The women work for Amani Ya Juu, a fair-trade nonprofit that helps the women create and sell clothing and other goods to earn a living. Amani has several locations in Africa, as well as a distribution center in Chattanooga.

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2:36pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Happenings

Southern Brewer's Festival is Now Two Nights of Brews and Boogie: 8/22 & 8/23

This year’s Southern Brewer’s Festival has been expanded to two nights—Friday August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the festival. Richard Winham talked to George Parker—he’s been booking the music for the festival since its inception—he told him this year may be the best yet.

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2:07pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Community

Hamilton County Election Day is 8/7. Here's How to Get Informed.

Nooga.com features an election guide at http://election.nooga.com/

August 7th will feature both Democratic and Republican primaries and will give Hamilton County residents a chance to vote on state and local judges, the Hamilton County Mayor, and more. The ballot has so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Here's how to get informed:

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11:48am

Mon August 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

Charlie Newton’s Art Classes Make a ‘SPLASH’ with Underprivileged Kids

This YouTube video shows children participating in a SPLASH workshop in February.
Credit YouTube/SPLASH Youth Arts

It's three p.m. on a sunny July afternoon, and even though it’s summer, the children inside the old James A. Henry school building look thrilled to be inside a classroom. Some of them are grinning as if they were on a trip to Disneyworld.

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5:11pm

Fri August 1, 2014
Happenings

Free Riverfront Nights Concerts Begin 8/2 with Jacob Powell

Riverfront Nights is back for another season of six shows on the grass beside the Tennessee River.  Jacob Powell kicks off the free concert series on Saturday, August 2nd at 7 p.m.

Jeff Styles appears in this interview to talk about the music and all of the other activities they’ve got planned for this year.

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11:19am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Presents 'Shrek' Musical August 15 - 17

Grace Kling, who plays Princess Fiona, and Johnny Krause, who plays Shrek, discuss Shrek The Musical.  Closed Door Entertainment is performing it at the Tivoli on August 15th, 16th, and 17th.  More information is at CDE's Web site.

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11:09am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Colbie Callat Headlines Siskin StarNight 8/16

Siskin StarNight co-chairs Charles and Betty Lebovitz join us to talk about the event, which features singer Colbie Callat and benefits Siskin Children's Institute.  It will take place August 16th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

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12:15pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Furniture Maker David Crewe Builds Steampunk Speakers

David Crewe was trained as a mechanical engineer. He spent over a decade building and installing boilers until he got bored with it. At that point he went back to the small woodworking shop he and his father spent 20 years building on a scrap of land on Signal Mountain. He makes furniture in the same Queen Anne style his dad adored, but his passion is for designing and building high end loudspeakers. In this interview, David Crewe explains how he builds the fanciful speakers he sells in the Area 61 Art gallery on Main Street.

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12:58pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Books

More Stories of World Cup Rivalries from 'Soccer Junkie' Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston is a self-described “soccer junkie.” A soccer coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, he has been to every World Cup since Mexico in 1986 and wrote the book The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie about his experiences.  He was our guest on Around and About a few weeks ago to talk about his book detailing his adventures in pursuit of tickets and a place to sleep wherever the World Cup has been played in the past 25 years.

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1:11pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Community

Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner

Ellen Phillips writes the Consumer Watch column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which appears on Sundays.  She's also written two books: Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed!: How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results and Fight Back and Win!

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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Books

Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin

"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.

Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s.  Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.  In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.  Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.

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2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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3:36pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Community

Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster

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.

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10:57am

Wed July 16, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Ambassador Program Helps At-Risk Kids Stay in School

Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development is working with at-risk kids by using a holistic approach to keep them in school.  City Administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings discusses the Chattanooga Ambassador Program.

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