Glass House Collective Garners Support From Private Sector

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Premier Stone Services, a supplier and manufacturer of kitchen and bath surfaces, will be teaming up with Glass House Collective at the Feb. 23 Better Block Event to launch the first in a series of community out reach projects.

“We’re stoked! This is a great way to build brand awareness. But it’s an even better way to get involved in the community,” said Tony Allen, Premier Stone Services’ general manager. “We’ve been looking for a way to connect for a while now. So when Glass House [Collective], gave us this opportunity, we decided to jump.”

The opportunity Mr. Allen refers to is the functional art installation conceptualized by Glass House Collective’s art director, Rondell Crier. Mr. Crier is a native of art-infused New Orleans. He is the former Executive Director and current Creative Director of YaYa Inc., the globally-acclaimed young artists collaborative. 

Mr. Crier’s impressive resume includes exhibits in Japan, Germany and Italy as well as his local “artifact” produced in conjunction with MakeWork’s 10X10. His piece was created as an homage to the Hotel Martin, a historic southern establishment.

“This project, the first in our series, has evolved into something that we are really excited about,” said Taylor Oertling, marketing director for Premier Stone Services. “At first, we were going to build a few vandal proof picnic tables our of granite then stick them in a vacant space. But now, it’s turned into a fantastic, community oriented art installation that will also serve a functional purpose. We can’t wait to see how the project unfolds!”

The project will be introduced to the East Chattanooga community on Feb. 23, at the Better Block Glass Street event. The community will have time to provide insight and design suggestions. Premier Stone Services, Crier and the Glass House Collective team will reveal project results later in the spring.

Both Premier Stone Services and Glass House Collective invite the public to attend Better Block, Glass Street at the intersection of North Chamberlain and Glass Street on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information regarding Premier Stone Services, go to www.stone-services.com.

For a schedule of events and more information regarding the event, go to www.betterblockglass.com


TechTown And Library Host littleBits #InventAnything Day Saturday

TechTown and the Chattanooga Public Library will host a free Make-a-Thon with littleBits electronics on Global #InventAnything Day Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Library's 2nd Floor. The Library is at 1001 Broad St.   This will be a free exploration workshop using littleBits magnetic circuitry kits for children and adults alike. Students, educators, and their ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:  South Crest Road Bridge repair project over I-24 (between MM 182.3 – 182.4) and East Main Street (Mid-State Construction Co, Inc.):  Work on this major bridge repair project on the South Crest Road Bridge over I-24 and East Main Street in Chattanooga continues. During the project, the bridge itself is ... (click for more)

Robber Is Shot By Victim In Attempted Robbery On East 43rd Street

One person was shot during a robbery attempt at 4314 Rossville Blvd. around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday.  The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the robbery that ended in a shooting near East 43rd St. at Miller Auto Sales.  The robbery victim shot the suspect.  The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Fire On Crutchfield Street Ruled Arson

Chattanooga fire investigators have determined that last Thursday’s fire at 1207 Crutchfield St.  that nearly killed four people was deliberately set. Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said he cannot divulge the reason why he thinks it’s arson, but he is asking for help from the public. If anyone has information that can help solve this case, call ... (click for more)

The Problems With Prescription Drug Addiction

In Tennessee today, we have a major problem with prescription drug addiction, particularly when powerful opioid pain relievers are concerned.    For the first time in 2012, Tennesseans abused prescription opioid drugs more than alcohol.  Our young people ages 18-25 abuse prescription opioids at a 30 percent higher rate than the national average.  In just five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Recall J.C. Owens

If you were to go to Oakville, Ala, a little ways from Decatur, about the biggest thing you’d find would be some 20 or so Indian mounds, where the early tribes would bury their dead many centuries ago. But if you sniffed around a bit, you’d learn it was the birthplace of James Cleveland Owens, a man whose name is of no consequence to anyone. I’m proud to say I talked to him ... (click for more)