WTCI-PBS Announces Annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Hannah Grace Hammontree from Cohutta, Ga., was the National Kindergarten winner in 2012.
Hannah Grace Hammontree from Cohutta, Ga., was the National Kindergarten winner in 2012.

WTCI-PBS announces its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest, made possible in part by local financial support from Blood Assurance, GPS, Comcast, Hamico, Lawson Electric, McCallie, Promise Pediatrics and St. Nicholas School, encourages children in grades Kindergarten through third to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

“WTCI-PBS is committed to providing fun opportunities for Tennessee Valley area kids to express their creativity,” said Debbie Thompson, director of Education and Community Engagement. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps Tennessee Valley children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”  

Local winner Hannah Grace Hammontree from Cohutta, Ga., was the national Kindergarten winner in 2012 and a video of her winning entry can be seen here

Children in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest until March 31. WTCI-PBS will select local winners and award prizes including PBS KIDS gift baskets and WTCI Kids Club Memberships in the spring of 2013.

Local winners will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced in the summer, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

National winners receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Highlights for Children has joined the Contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.

To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit http://www.wtcitv.org/news/pbs-kids-go-writers-contest/.

 


Industrial Leader Helping College, Industry Grow In North Georgia

With graduates of Georgia Northwestern Technical College manning the machines at Densmore Machine in Dalton, Ga. on a daily basis, it’s easy to see where donations to the region’s largest college actually go in the end. Industry and local leaders stopped in at Densmore Machine on July 17 to celebrate a special gift from an industry leader. After committing $20,000 to Phil ... (click for more)

Dennis Haskins And Carl Labbe Jr. To Receive Notre Dame Alumni Awards

Notre Dame High School will honor two of its most well-known alums on Thursday as part of its annual Alumni Weekend festivities.  Dennis Haskins, best known as Mr. Belding on the hit TV show “Saved By the Bell,” will be presented the Distinguished Alumni Award during the private event at the school.  Carl Labbe Jr., well known in the Notre Dame family for his endless ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Considering Property Tax Increase Of Just Under 10 Cents

Soddy Daisy officials are considering a property tax increase of just under 10 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.   A possible vote on the increase is set for the next meeting of the Soddy Daisy Commission on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.   The current tax rate is 1.3524, but the new certified rate after the recent reappraisal is 1.2559.   ... (click for more)

Police Find Large Cache Of Meth, $23,134 Cash On Hensley At Motel Near Hamilton Place; Police Say He Was Supplier To Rossville Man Who Died In June 29 Overdose

Chattanooga Police said they found Michael Wade Hensley with a large cache of meth, a loaded handgun and $23,134 cash after being summoned to a motel near Hamilton Place Mall last Wednesday. Police said they believe that Hensley, 41, was the supplier for a 36-year-old Rossville man who died of an overdose on June 29. Hensley is now facing federal charges of possession of meth ... (click for more)

Dr. Livesay Should Step Down From Bryan College Leadership - And Response (3)

I am writing in response to the July 25th article, "Online Petition Seeks Removal of Bryan College President, Board Chair".  As a graduate of Bryan College (1984), I am saddened by the response of Dr. Stephen Livesay and the Board of Trustees regarding the online petition.  The purpose of the petition really has little to do with the school’s “clarification” of its ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chik-fil-A Commits To East Ridge And Camp Jordan Development

In less than three weeks after a plan that could enhance Camp Jordan in East Ridge was announced, it has been learned that a Chik-fil-A restaurant will break ground at Jordan Crossing this fall. While developers John Healy, Matt Woods and Ethan Woods cannot make a public comment, the news is every bit as profound as James Earl Jones saying, “If you build it, they will come,” in ... (click for more)