GPS Hosts Screening Of Award-Winning Documentary "Eating Alabama"

Students Spend Time With Director Andrew Beck Grace

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Director Andrew Beck Grace screened his award-winning documentary Eating Alabama on Tuesday evening,before an appreciative audience of Chattanoogans concerned about local food and sustainability. Several hundred first watched the film in the GPS Frierson Theatre and then enjoyed a conversation with the director/producer, peppering him with questions about his year-long quest to eat only Alabama-sourced food and what steps people can take to augment their meals with locally grown fare. 

Representatives of Gaining Ground, a Benwood Foundation-supported initiative, were present to share their newsletter. Their program is part of “a growing movement of local growers, sellers and others who are committed to increasing the production and consumption of local food in the Chattanooga region” and can be found online as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

During the day, Mr. Grace was in GPS classrooms, with small groups at lunch, and at the GPS garden, sharing his opinions about community, storytelling, and the dilemma of too few small farmers able to earn a living off the land. “What is it like to eat only locally grown food?” he asked the students. “Wouldn’t that be a better way to live?”

At the GPS garden, Mr. Grace shared his feeling that “it’s important to eat good food, so the extra money [that you may have to spend] is worth it, and you’re supporting your local community at the same time!” Most food, he reminded the students and the evening audience, “travels 1500 miles before you eat it.” 

He also said that we spend less money on food now than we used to. “People get mad when the price of milk goes up, but in reality, that new price of milk is still less than what people used to pay,” he said. 

A professor at the University of Alabama, Mr. Grace told the digital storytelling class that his “understanding of the South comes from stories” his grandfather told. He encouraged them to “go into the world, meet people who aren’t like you, and tell their story.”



Cohutta Elementary's Jenny Cook Wins DARE Essay Concert

Having a help network, making good decisions, and being responsible are just a few lessons the DARE program has taught Jenny Cook to apply in her life. That’s one of the things the fifth grader at Cohutta Elementary School wrote in her Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay, which was judged the best out of the hundreds written by this year’s DARE graduates from 13 elementary ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools' Activities For Week Of May 21

Cleveland High School Underclassmen Awards are Tuesday, 8:30 am. Students will be recognized for academic accomplishments. For more information contact Whitney Harden, 423-478-1113, wharden@clevelandschools.org.       Cleveland Middle School Award Programs on Tuesday:  • Sixth Grade - 10:30 am • Seventh Grade - 12:45 pm • Eighth Grade Honor ... (click for more)

City Stormwater Board Approves Water Quality And Development Fee Increases

The city Stormwater Regulations Board on Monday recommended that the city approve water quality and land development increases sought by the Berke administration, though board members said there had not been enough time for the board and the public to study the fee hikes. Bill Payne, city engineer, said the water quality fee increase would amount to an average $11 per year per ... (click for more)

Blakemore Gets 23-Year Prison Term For Selling Heroin That Caused Death Of Red Bank Man

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday sentenced Darius Jermaine Blakemore to 23 years in federal prison for selling heroin to a Red Bank man who overdosed and died.   Blakemore, 29, had gone to trial on the case, but it was announced in the middle of the trial that both sides had agreed to the 23-year term. Blakemore had faced 30 years to life.   Blakemore ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is This Civil War II?

Jack Minzey, by all accounts, was a beloved professor at Eastern Michigan and, as the head of the university’s School of Education, wrote many books and papers. Some were on the Civil War – he was an avid student of our nation’s worst moment – and his beliefs how to better public education will be quoted for years. Dr. Minzey died at age 89 last month and just last week, the ... (click for more)