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.
According to Catoosa County Manager Mike Helton FEMA representatives will begin to make initial visits to damaged homes in the area by Thursday.
"Each and every resident who suffered any damage to their home should register," he said. "Even if you were nearby and your house was not touched you might discover six months from now you have some serious roof leaks that were not apparent initially. If you have not registered you will not be able to go back and receive assistance.
Chattanooga, TN – Just before the AEC Conference on Southern literature, acclaimed humorist and author Roy Blount Jr. stopped by our studios. He discussed his love of language, his love of cornbread, being in a band with Stephen King and Dave Barry, and being a panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!
Chattanooga, TN – Have you noticed trash littering up your community? One Leadership Chattanooga group project encourages you to do something about it. In fact they are offering 30 different ways you can do something about litter this month. 30 Days 30 Ways provides a website with links to local resources and valuable information to raise awareness about litter and encourage you to do your part to reduce litter.
Chattanooga, TN – Fans of StoryCorps, take note: Among the exciting new elements in the exhibits at the Chattanooga History Center's new facility, will be Story Center, similar to StoryCorps-- it's a special place where visitors can leave personal oral histories and scan family documents. Julie Steele recently spoke with Daryl Black of the Chattanooga History Center.
Collaborative Exhibit At AVA Gallery Invites Artists To Take Art, Leave Art
Michael Edward Miller
Chattanooga, TN – We've covered a lot of art exhibits on Around and About, but never one like quite this. It's called Take Art/Leave Art, and it will be at the AVA Gallery on Frazier Avenue all throughout March.