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12:17pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Community

Treating 'Nature-Deficit Disorder': A Conversation with Trails & Trilliums Keynote Richard Louv

Richard Louv joins us.  He's the keynote speaker at the Trails & Trilliums Festival taking place in Sewanee April 10 - 12.  He's also the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.  Louv is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

From the Trails & Trilliums Web site:

Keynote Talk: "The Nature Rich Life"

Louv will present a keynote talk and book signing during Wine & Wildflowers, Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 in the Assembly Auditorium. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and the talk are $20 a person, payable at the door or online. Following his talk, there will be a chance to purchase and get autographs in copies of the brand new 10th Anniversary Edition of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Read more about the 3-day festival at Nooga.com.

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11:57am

Fri April 3, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 19: Program Propels Young Businesses to Next Level

Many startup companies survive their first two years in business only to plateau shortly thereafter.  Next month, the Chattanooga Area Urban League and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) will bring an exciting program to Chattanooga to provide a solution to this problem.  Called Next Level, this program will support 15 business owners with more than 1,000 hours of intensive business consulting and classroom instruction.  Started in Boston, Next Level has produced impressive results in major US cities.

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9:55am

Fri March 13, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 18: The Ins and Outs of Managing Employees

Dan Gilmore of Squire Strategies gives advice on how to manage employees and avoid the most common mistakes that business owners make.  Dan combines his knowledge as an attorney with practicality and common sense to help his clients take great care of their employees without creating undue liability.  The old adage about carpentry says, "Measure twice and cut once."  The same can be said about hiring and managing employees. It is always best to seek good counsel on the front end, rather than having to pay the cost later for ill-informed decisions.

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4:59pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Community

Dancing the Neural Tango: Dr. Summa-Chadwick Talks Music & Neurological Therapy

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick is a concert pianist and Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc.  She joins us today to talk about ways music and rhythm can be used to help patients with Parkinson's disease and autism.  MTGIC has a free concert, Tales of the Neural Tango, coming up March 22nd, and so Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us how neurological disorders affected classical composers Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen.

From a press release about the concert:

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12:29pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Community

National Poison Prevention Week Is March 15 - 21

The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is poison.  The Tennessee Poison Center is working to raise awareness of the dangers of poison and encourage Tennesseans to call the hot line if you suspect someone has been exposed to poison.                 1-800-222-1222

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11:58am

Tue March 10, 2015
Community

Baby Alligators Move Into the Bayou at the Tennessee Aquarium

Young American Alligators Make Themselves at Home at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Credit Tennessee Aquarium

The Delta Bayou Exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium has undergone renovations and will soon be home to a congregation of American Alligators when the exhibit opens March 14th. 

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9:53am

Fri March 6, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 17: Blamtastic Grows By Keeping Customers First

When Renee Sandler came home one day and challenged her daughters, Lily and Melanie, to create a product and company, she had no idea that it would grow to more than $10 million in annual revenue.  However, that is precisely what has happened. Now Renee leads Blamtastic full-time and Lily is Co-CEO at the ripe old age of 16. Melanie works mostly behind the scenes and is focused on product development and creative.

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12:32pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Volunteer State

Community Match Connects Students with Service Opportunities

Community Match is online at communitymatchchatt.com.

Robin Howe, creator of the Community Match Web site, joins us.  Community Match connects high school and college students with volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga.

From the Web site:

Community Match helps high school and college students in the Chattanooga area find service opportunities according to their time and needs. We aim to help guidance counselors with their workload and small non-profits and charitable businesses let their needs be known.

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6:38pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Around the Region

Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 9:43 am

"I knew why they chose Rosa" Parks instead of her as a symbol of the civil rights movement, Colvin says. "They thought I would be too militant for them."
Julie Jacobson AP

Rosa Parks is well-known for her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Ala., in December 1955. But Parks' civil rights protest did have a precedent: Fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, a student from a black high school in Montgomery, had refused to move from her bus seat nine months earlier. However, Colvin is not nearly as well-known, and certainly not as celebrated, as Parks.

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9:33am

Fri February 27, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 16: GPS Goes Mad, Bad, and Dangerous!

For many in America, the ultimate expression of independence and self-empowerment is business ownership. For young women, entrepreneurship can be the trump card in achieving pay and workplace equality. GPS continues its tradition of empowering young women by hosting Mad, Bad, and Dangerous on February 28th.

GPS Head of School Autumn Graves talks about how this symposium on women and entrepreneurship will bring together and support women of all ages. Open to the public, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous is a resource and launching pad for students throughout the greater Chattanooga area.

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6:08am

Wed February 25, 2015
Community

FCC Could Allow EPB to Expand Gigabit Internet Service

This map shows where EPB's high-speed Internet service is currently available.
Credit EPB

UPDATE 2/26 12:08 pm: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC today approved EPB's petition to expand its high-speed Internet service, as well as a similar petition filed in North Carolina by the city of Wilson.  In a news release, the FCC said:

"The Federal Communications Commission today opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service.

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1:41pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Community

New Harvested Here Organization Connects Farmers, Restaurants

From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene.  But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group,  Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores.  Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here, joins us to explain exactly what they do.

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11:04am

Fri February 20, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 15: Code and Creativity Makes Connecting Fun

Founders Kelly McCarthy and Aaron Gustafson describe Code and Creativity as a “social talk series” designed to connect developers, designers, and anyone else who wants to join in.  This eclectic group gathers every other month at The Camp House to hear one out-of-town and one local expert share their experiences.  Each event is free to the public and snacks and a beverage are provided.

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1:21pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Empower Chattanooga Hosting Community Fair on February 21, 2015

The Community Fair for Empower Chattanooga is Saturday, February 21st at Avondale Recreation Center on Dodson Avenue from 11:00  to 4:00. 

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11:58am

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Sponsors, Participants Sought For American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

Chattanooga's Relay For Life Web site is open for signups.

Chattanooga's Relay For Life will raise money for the fight against cancer, celebrate those who have survived cancer, and give participants a chance to honor those who have passed away.  Although the event isn't until May 30th, you can visit the Web site right now and make donations, sponsor teams, and sign up to participate.

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