Melanie Lyon taught yoga classes at various locations around Cleveland, Tennessee, but she didn't have a permanent studio to call home. She enlisted the help of several other Cleveland yoga instructors and opened 5ive Point Yoga & Massage, located in the heart of Cleveland's up-and-coming downtown district. 5ive Point is the area's first full-scale yoga studio, and it offers beginner classes as well as all-levels classes.
Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers. For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday. These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy.
An interview with Jason Griffey, creator of LibraryBox
In late June of 2013, Jason Griffey, a librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, began a Kickstarter campaign for LibraryBox 2.0. LibraryBox is described as a device that can "share files with anyone, anywhere, off the internet, even off the power grid."
Working like a thumb drive with a wireless connection, LibraryBox can distribute files to anyone with a wi-fi capable device such as a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or personal computer.
With an initial goal of $3,000, the campaign ended on July 28th. LibraryBox made its $3,000 and then some.
President Obama waves to the crowd at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with a couple of Republican lawmakers about President Obama's speech in Chattanooga on Tuesday. Mr. Obama wants to lower corporate tax rates to create new jobs, but the Republicans say taxes should be lowered for individual business owners as well as corporations. Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association is criticizing Mr. Obama for choosing an Amazon fulfillment center as the location for his speech. They claim Amazon unfairly undercuts book prices, which makes it difficult for independent booksellers to compete.
An interview with David Ruiz and Mary Margaret LaVoie of PprWrk about a mural dedicated to Cynthia Joyner
Cynthia Joyner had a significant presence in the autism community of Chattanooga. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at the 4th annual Chattanooga Autism Conference. She also organized Pints for Autism, an event which raised over $10,000 for the Chattanooga Autism Center.
On July 20th, Joyner died in a car accident on Interstate 24.
President Obama spoke on Tuesday, July 30th at the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He outlined five different key points for "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to create jobs and grow American manufacturing. This is the full, unedited audio of his speech. Amazon employee Lydia Flanders gave the introduction.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have completed an extensive study of more than 1,000 non-believers nationwide, and the researchers have identified six basic types of atheists. Dr. Christopher Silver and Thomas J. Coleman led the project, and their study showed that 14% of atheists are angry, confrontational “anti-theists.” However, 12% of atheists are “ritual atheists” who attend religious services even though they don’t believe in the theology. In this feature segment, we find out why some atheists choose church.
Amazon officials announced today that the company is creating more than 5,000 new jobs in its fulfillment centers across the U.S., including positions in its Chattanooga center. The jobs will include picking, packing and shipping customer orders, and will offer benefits and stock awards, according to a media release.
“We’re hiring for approximately a dozen management and IT positions here in Chattanooga, as well as converting dozens of seasonal employees into full-time roles every month,” Amazon representative Ty Rogers said in an e-mail. “We’ve converted hundreds of seasonal employees into full-time roles so far this year.”
Last week, President Obama announced he will visit the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga to promote proposals for creating new middle-class jobs. He will speak in Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 30th.
An interview with Johnny Allred of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
Since 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been using a lottery system to pick five hunters to hunt elk in the state. Another permit to hunt elk in Tennessee is given to the highest bidder.
The 2013 Kids Count report examines the well-being of children and teens in all 50 states. The report revealed that Tennessee has improved in the economic well-being of children compared to 2012 and ranked 16th nationwide in health. However, Tennessee ranked near the bottom in education.
The Crash Pad isn't exactly what that term might lead you to expect. Located off Main Street on the fashionable south side of the city, The Crash Pad was originally intended as a cheap place for the rock climbers coming to Chattanooga in increasing numbers to stay (relatively cheaply) for a night, but to almost everyone's surprise it attracts as many tourists in the Summer as it does climbers, cyclists and back packers in the Fall and Winter.
Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is bringing former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall to speak at the 7th annual First Amendment Dinner on Thursday July 25th at 6:00 PM in the Jewish Cultural Center. The goal of the First Amendment Dinner is to educate, inform and open discussion on the First Amendment rights historically and in the present context. The event also honors veterans for their service in protection of those rights.
Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin and their two daughters Jane and Harlan spend most of June 2013 on the road. They’re filmmakers, and they drove an RV to about 40 counties across the state and gathered footage for the Pickin’ Up Tennessee project, which is raising awareness about litter. Now they’re posting the films online and encouraging others to contribute footage, with a total goal of 95 films.
An interview with Eileen Price, founder of Wally's Friends
For the past few months, Wally’s Friends, a spay/neuter center in Chattanooga, has been preparing a new campaign titled Woulda Coulda Shoulda. The campaign plans to educate pet owners about the issues of overpopulation of dogs and cats in communities.
The center also hopes the campaign leads to a new location.