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11:38am

Mon July 22, 2013
Quite A Ride

With Statewide Tour Over, ‘Pickin’ Up TN’ Travels Online

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.  

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10:49am

Thu July 18, 2013
Friends with Paws

Wally's Friends Begins Campaign for New Location

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.

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10:14am

Wed July 17, 2013
Goal!

Local Organization Seeks to Transform Inner-City with Soccer

Credit Chattanooga Sports Ministries (csm.is)

An interview with Steve Bontekoe of Chattanooga Sports Ministries

Since 2006, Chattanooga Sports Ministries has organized soccer leagues for inner-city youth. 

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10:09am

Wed July 17, 2013
Community

Children Learn to Give Back at Philanthropy Camp

Campers from Camp Tikkun Olam volunteer with the Chattanooga Food Bank in 2012.
Credit Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and the Chattanooga First  Church of the Nazarene will co-host Philanthropy Camp and Camp Tikkun Olam July 29 through August 2 to promote community giving in youth in grades 1 through 9. 

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10:59am

Mon July 15, 2013
Community

Chattanooga Senior Care Company Helps Caregivers Cope With Mental, Physical Stress

Home Instead Senior Care Of Chattanooga has launched Family Caregiver Stress Relief, a public awareness campaign to assist home caregivers.  Caregivers can use tools that identify the role of a caregiver and determine risks of emotional and physical issues.  

11:41am

Thu July 11, 2013
Community

Chattanooga History Center Transforms into Narrative Museum

New York's Ralph Appelbaum Associates' design for new Chattanooga History Center

An interview with Dr. Daryl Black of the Chattanooga History Center

The Chattanooga History Center is on the verge of opening their newly designed location in the beginning of next year. The museum has teamed up with New York's Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a museum design firm, to create the new center. 

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1:33pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Criminal Justice

What's the Connection Between Race & Pot Busts?

The ACLU's "War On Marijuana In Black And White" report gives detailed statistics for Tennessee.

  

The ACLU released a study recently, The War On Marijuana In Black And White, which says there’s a disparity in who gets arrested for marijuana—black people are far more likely to be arrested for possessing pot than white people are.  However, the study indicates that blacks and whites use marijuana at comparable rates.

In this news feature, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller examines why the disparity might exist.  He speaks with one of the study's authors, as well as several criminal justice experts, and Congressman Steve Cohen, who introduced a bill earlier this year to create a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy.

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12:05pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Ecology

TN Valley Wild Ones: Planting Milkweed to Save Monarchs

A female Monarch butterfly
Credit Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

    The monarch butterfly population is dwindling, and gardeners in Chattanooga are helping restore the butterflies' lost habitats.  The Tennessee Valley Wild Ones ordered 1,500 milkweed plants from Monarch Watch, a national organization based in Kansas, and they're donating some of the plants to people building monarch waystations.

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9:37am

Wed June 26, 2013
'Listening With Eyes'

Do You Need to Attend Defensive Hearing School?

David Harrison
Credit Let My People Hear

Let My People Hear is a nonprofit organization that helps deaf and hearing impaired people communicate through skills taught at Defensive Hearing School.

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3:48pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Community

UTC's Get Healthy Project Helps People With Severe, Persistent Mental Illness

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's School of Nursing has launched a new program to help people who have severe, persistent mental illness get quality health care.  The project's innovative approach uses Tai Chi, wellness visits and education.      

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11:42am

Thu June 20, 2013
Community

Run With the Dogs During McKamey's K-9k

June is one of the busiest months for McKamey Animal Center. The shelter is providing a number of adoption specials and having their first K-9k, a trail run where dog owners can actually run alongside their pets.

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4:38pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Community

'Pickin' Up Tennessee' Tour Targets Litter

Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin, and their children are spending their summer in an RV, driving around the Volunteer State and raising awareness about litter.  Their project, Pickin' Up Tennessee, involves litter cleanup clinics and live music events.  Their tour takes them all across the state. 

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4:18pm

Thu June 13, 2013
Community

Applied Theater Conference Coming to Chattanooga

An interview with Tenika Dye of the Salvation Army

From June 27th to the 29th, the Applied Theater Conference will happen at the Salvation Army's Recreate Cafe.  Applied theater is a method that takes drama outside theater.

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11:08am

Thu June 6, 2013
Community

Upcoming Race Benefits the MacLellan Island

On Saturday June 15th, L2 Boards will be presenting the second annual Kewl Race, a competition which includes climbing, stand up paddle boarding, and trail running. The Kewl Race will benefit the MacLellan Island wildlife sanctuary.

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11:27am

Wed June 5, 2013
Urgent

GPS Student Organizes Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive June 9th

WUTC interviews Anjali Chandra, a GPS student who organized a bone marrow donor registry drive.

Anjali Chandra, a Girls Preparatory School Student, says that people of South Asian ethnic origin are particularly needed as potential bone marrow donors.

"There is a vast shortage of South Asian bone marrow donors. An individual of South Asian origin has as 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a compatible bone marrow match," she says.

The drive will take place at the Chattanooga Christian Assembly (CCA) on Sunday, June 9th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. People can call (423) 499-9888 for more information.

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