Go!Fest is an annual celebration for everyone. Too often people with disabilities are left out of the party because it’s assumed they can’t or won’t fit in. But as anyone who has attended Go!Fest for the past eight years can attest, that’s all wrong. Most people with a disability—physical or intellectual—want nothing more than to be treated just like anybody else.
Random House recently published a new novel from Southern author (and Chattanooga resident) Susan Gregg Gilmore. She won acclaim for her first two novels, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. The Funeral Dressis inspired by real seamstresses who worked at a Dunlap shirt factory in the 1970s.
WRCB-TV weatherman Paul Barys joins WUTC's Richard Winham for an extended chat about climate change and other topics relevant to Barys's long career. Barys is the longest-serving television meteorologist in Chattanooga. He started at WRCB in 1985, and "Paul said it would be like this" has become an oft-repeated phrase around town, a testament to his accuracy in predicting the weather.
Opening September 12th and showing through October 24th, the new Reflections Gallery exhibit features farm animals, wild animals and household animals. Patrons can even commission portraits of their cats, dogs and other pets. Reflections Gallery is located at 6922 Lee Highway.
The Center for Mindful Living, a non-profit center dedicated to teaching and supporting mindful practices, is hosting an open house on Sunday, September 8th from 3 until 5. In a press release from the center, mindfulness is summarized as “the practice of being present and accepting ourselves and others without judgment or fear.”
The 4000 square foot facility is divided into four offices as well as open spaces including a meditation and contemplation room with an adjacent outdoor garden, as well as an education studio, a library and a kitchen.
Ayesha and Zachary Reynolds, a married couple who live in Chattanooga, want to travel in a vintage Airstream trailer across the Southeast and help ten people improve their lives. They call their project Caravan of Change, and they're planning to create short films based on their journey. To raise funds for travel and filming costs, they've started a Kickstarter campaign.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. When local cardiologist Mitchell Mutter first began visiting the island in 1988, 25% of the children on the island were starving. After visiting the island on week-long medical missions for seven years working in chaotic conditions with few resources treating as many people as he could, Dr. Mutter reached a crossroads.
Despite the best efforts of Mutter and his colleagues, a 3-year-old child he’d been treating for malnutrition died in his arms. It was at that point he realized that he and his colleagues would never be able to correct the terrible conditions on the island by themselves. After months of agonizing over the problem he decided to form an organization called Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti so that, as he put it, “Haitians can help Haitians to solve the problems of health, economics, infrastructure, and literacy.”
Fifteen years later their work is beginning to bear fruit.
Becky Wooley's Grit and Grace mystery novels feature amateur detectives Grit Griffin and Grace Willis, two churchgoing sleuths whose cases are often entangled with church drama and theological questions.
Head Start programs help disadvantaged children prepare for early education in primary school. But due to federal sequestration efforts, many local kids will not be able to attend Head Start and Early Head Start programs. WUTC's Mark Colbert has this report.