New Residential Development To Provide Rental Housing For Low-Income Senior Citizens In Rhea County

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A new development in Rhea County is currently in the planning stages. We Care Community Services announced plans to develop four acres into a residential community that will provide rental housing for low-income senior citizens.

Through a unique collaboration with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Architecture, students this fall will create the master design plan for the innovative new neighborhood.

Plans are to build seven or eight energy-efficient, 900-square-foot homes designed with open floor plans, front porches, rear decks and small, private yards. Instead of busy streets, the homes will face onto sidewalks, gardens and a common building for meetings and activities.

The development addresses the need to provide affordable housing options for low-income senior citizens, according to Dr. Walter Ring, president of the non-profit organization We Care Community Services. He envisions a walkable “green community” where seniors feel safe and comfortable.

The design plan calls for a number of cutting-edge features: “gray water,” recycled from shower, bath and laundry water, will be filtered and reused for irrigation. Streets will be designed around the community, with plenty of room for pedestrians and bicyclists. The houses will be set close together, to maximize use of the land for gardening and recreation. At the same time, residents will have privacy; each small yard will be set off by a picket fence, covered porches and private entrances.

Dr. Ring said similar “pocket neighborhoods”  have worked well in other parts of the U.S. He is looking forward to the fall semester at the University of Tennessee, when students and teachers will begin sketching out detailed plans on the new neighborhood. UT’s College of Architecture and Design, the only accredited school of architecture in the state, also offers Tennessee’s top-ranked Interior Design program and a newly established Landscape Architecture program.

We Care, founded in 1982, serves more than 10,000 Rhea County residents each year, providing mental health counseling, free and reduced-price food for low-income residents and numerous other services, including housing for people who use behavioral health services but are capable of living independently.


Social Security Benefits Workshop Held On Oct. 28, For Retirees And Individuals Approaching Retirement

hrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop entitled  Social Security: Strategize to Maximize  on  Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.  at Habitat Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. Habitat’s office is 1201 E. Main Street. The workshop, designed for individuals who are presently retired or approaching retirement, seeks to answer common questions about ... (click for more)

Long-Vacant Parkway Towers Being Sold Via Online Auction

The long-vacant Parkway Towers across from Finley Stadium is being sold via online auction by an investment group that bought it in 2008. The four-story building was initially occupied by the Tennessee Electric Power Company. The city of Chattanooga once tried to obtain it by eminent domain, but then-owner Gary Fillers fought the move in court and won after a lengthy battle. ... (click for more)

Jo Ann Cronan Charged With Bribing Voters In Polk County; Similar Probe Underway In Monroe County

A Polk County woman has been charged with bribing voters. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began an investigation on July 24 into allegations of illegal activities related to the August general election in Polk County. The investigation was commenced at the request of District Attorney General Stephen Crump. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with Calvin Rockholt, ... (click for more)

Shooting At Woodlawn Apartments Claims Life Of 20-Year-Old Male; Victim Shot Multiple Times

A shooting late Monday night at the Woodlawn Apartments has claimed the life of a 20-year-old male. At approximately 10:57 p.m.. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a gunshot wound call at 2300 Wilson St. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to multiple life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim has been transported ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)