7th Annual Poetry/Spoken Word Contest "Black Ink" Is Feb. 16

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Chattanooga Hamilton County NAACP will host its seventh annual Black Ink Poetry/Spoken Word Contest, Excellence in Expressions, on Feb. 16, from 1-3 p.m. (Competitors arrive by 12:30 p.m.) The event will be held in the EPB Community Room, 10 W. MLK Blvd, Downtown Chattanooga. 

This event is free and open to the public. Awards include cash, gifts, and more. 

Criteria for participants: 

  • Interactive poetry contest focusing on African-American history
  • Poems must be original work
  • Must read poem aloud and be present to win  
  • Contestants will interact with judges and audience to elaborate on motivations.
  • There will be an adult (18+) and youth (17 and under) division. 
  • Poetry must be free of vulgarity or derogatory content. 
  • Poetry can be mailed to the NAACP, Attention:  Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3226, Chattanooga, TN  37404 or emailed to valarmstrong@comcast.net

For more information, contact Valoria Armstrong, NAACP Executive Committee Member/event co-chairwoman at 423 432-9776, or valarmstrong@comcast.net, or Vincent Phipps, NAACP ACT-SO chairman /event co-chairman at 423 400-1040, or chattanoogaactso@gmail.com.     


David Carroll Speaks At Rotary Club Of Chattanooga Hamilton Place

The speaker at the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place  this week was David Carroll, who co-anchors Channel 3 Eyewitness News Live at 5 and Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 6.   Mr. Carroll is the author of " Volunteer Bama Dawg " a collection of his humorous newspaper columns, and " Chattanooga Radio and Television " a history of broadcasting in ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon Closures Announced

The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon takes place  this Sunday . As part of a new course, cyclists will be using the center turn lane and left lanes each direction of Amnicola Highway .   Vehicles will have one lane in each direction for travel, and  Chattanooga Police Department will be at all major intersections to assist with directing traffic.   ... (click for more)

Charles Arthur Kyle, 29, Shot Early Sunday Morning

Charles Arthur Kyle, 29, was shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded at 1:30 a.m. to a person who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital via a personally-owned vehicle. He was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Kyle advised that he was in a physical altercation with another person when he was shot. ... (click for more)

Wilkins Found With 2 Stolen Vehicles After Homeowner Catches Him In Break-In

Authorities said Jesse Lee Wilkins was found with two stolen vehicles after a resident on Thursday caught him stealing items from his residence on Cave Lane. Wilkins, 29, of 2906 E. 43rd St., was charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of theft over $1,000. When deputies arrived on a burglary call, they found Wilkins and the resident standing in the driveway. He said ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Deadly ‘Holy Trinity’

If you have grown tired and calloused to America’s horrifying opioid epidemic, please consider what the epidemic has become. A report last week found that, in the United States, emergency room cases including opioid abuse jumped a staggering 99 percent between 2009 and 2014. It is believed that last year over 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and – far worse – more than ... (click for more)