Community

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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11:46am

Fri February 13, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 14: Startups Get Lots of Resources

Launch is an organization that aggressively seeks out disadvantaged individuals in underserved neighborhoods and teaches them how to start and manage their own small businesses.  Co-Founder Hal Bowling has helped change lives by helping people achieve financial stability through both part-time and full-time business ownership.  Hal works with the unemployed and underemployed in 4 key parts of Chattanooga as an evangelist for entrepreneurship.

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11:04am

Tue February 10, 2015
Fresh, Hot, Small, Square

Krystal Presents UTC College of Business With Artifact Collection

Credit University Relations

Krystal is a fast food icon founded in Chattanooga during the Great Depression that now spans the Southeast. On January 28, the Krystal Company presented the College of Business with a collection of artifacts from Krystal’s history to inform and inspire UTC students.  Krystal also endowed two scholarships for UTC business students.

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11:30am

Fri February 6, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Darrell McDonald's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

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9:57am

Fri February 6, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 13: Chattanooga Tech Council Looks to the Future

Over the course of her career, Ronna-Renee Jackson has led international work groups at IBM and been an Assistant Vice President at UNUM.  However, she has truly found her calling as Executive Director of the Chattanooga Technology Council.  Jackson has been at the helm of CTC at a time when Chattanooga is being recognized as one of the country's leading tech communities.

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12:48pm

Thu February 5, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ray Laliberte's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

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1:18pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Community

Small Homes, Big Dreams: Tiny House Enthusiasts Hope to Start A Community in Chattanooga

In a promotional Kickstarter video, Travis and Brittany Pyke sit on the porch of a tiny house.
Credit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/windrivercustomhomes/wind-river-and-tiny-house-chattanooga-begin-a-tiny

How much space do you really need?  Some Chattanoogans are choosing to live in houses with only 190 square feet of living space--about the third of the size of a single-wide mobile home.  In this segment, Travis Pyke of Wind River Custom Homes (a local company that builds these domiciles) and Hannah Shadrick and Mary Ann Twitty of Tiny House Chatt join us to talk about the appeal of living in these small, portable, energy-efficient buildings.

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