750 Volunteers Work To Make Downtown Cleaner And Greener

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday marked the third year that Clean and Green has occurred in Downtown Chattanooga. A River City Company program, Clean and Green is an organized downtown cleanup where businesses, civic groups and individuals roll up their sleeves and make a collective difference.  

Through beautification activities like litter pick up and graffiti removal along with tackling specific community projects such as the planting of a community garden at the 21st Century Child Development and Learning Center, 750 volunteers made a noticeable impact on downtown, officials said.  

The following are the included districts, downtown neighborhoods and gateway neighborhoods for Clean and Green: City Center, Riverfront, Southside, MLK/UTC, Northshore, Fort Wood, Glass Farms, Glenwood, Highland Park, Hill City, North Creek and Orchard Knob.

Along with sponsor Volkswagen Chattanooga and partners Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Causeway.org and LifeKraze, 1,500 bags of trash were collected along with graffiti being removed from 20 buildings and monuments. For all their work, volunteers were treated to breakfast sponsored by the Chattanooga Kiwanis Club and freebies like T-shirts and water bottles. All trash bags were collected and disposed of by ServPro.

Director of Creative Strategies for River City Company, Tiffanie Robinson asserts that “Clean and Green has always been a successful program, but this year we’ve had an outstanding volunteer turn out. This program not only improves everyone’s quality of life but also builds pride in the volunteers for their downtown.” 

Partnering with River City Company, CNE’s Partnership and Program Coordinator Jen Politano states, “Our downtown and gateway neighborhoods are critical areas for the sustainability of Chattanooga. Clean and Green lends the opportunity for residents and others to make our communities more beautiful and welcoming.”

Natalie Roy, a Clean and Green volunteer from a combined group that represented the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga and the UTC GOLD Council, describes her volunteer experience, “With 20 people representing the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga and the UTC Gold Council, we focused on a community garden at the 21st Century Learning and development Center. It was great to build some comradery and make our beautiful city even better."

After the cleanup, volunteers were invited to an after party at The Camp House sponsored by Chattanooga Whiskey.

Defendant In False Bear Attack Case Pleads Guilty

The defendant charged with filing a false report after he told authorities an animal attacked him last September pleaded guilty in Campbell County Criminal Court this month.   Michael Savage, 28, of LaFollette, claimed he was walking along Demory Road in LaFollette in the early morning hours of  Sept. 4,  when he was attacked by an animal with dark coarse ... (click for more)

10th Annual SBA Dream Bass Tournament Set For May 7

The tenth annual Sportsman’s Warehouse Dream Bass Tournament, which raises money for the Silverdale Baptist Academy Athletic Department will be held Saturday, May 7, from "safe daylight" to 3 p.m. at Chester Frost Park on Chickamauga Lake. Anglers will be fed a dinner Friday night, May 6, at the tournament meeting as well as breakfast the morning of the event. ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Announces 5 Finalists For Director Of Schools

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education announced the five finalists for the director of schools position.   The community is invited to attend the Board of Education interview session each day 6-8 p.m. at Mayfield Elementary School, 501 20 th Street NE, Cleveland. A complete schedule is attached.   Candidates:   Wednesday, ... (click for more)

Expansion By Developers Of McCallie Commons Would Raze 3 Old Houses On Oak Street

Developers of the McCallie Commons student housing at McCallie and Central are wanting to expand the project, but it would involve tearing down three old homes on Oak Street. The proposal from developer David Hudson would be an expansion of the four-story apartment building and separate parking garage with 300 parking spaces proposed that was approved earlier. The original ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Yes, A Social Experiment

JoeySalads, his screen name, is widely known for his funny pranks except for the fact he calls them “social experiments.” So while we are still on the transgender-restroom issue, our boy JoeySalads got a transgender friend to approve his attire before he tried his luck at entering women’s restrooms. I don’t think you’ll be real surprised at what really happened in this video. Click ... (click for more)