Hamilton County Art Students Have Show At Chattanooga Zoo Saturday

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hamilton County art students are getting a chance to show off their artwork Saturday at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Art students in all Hamilton County schools, grades K through 12, were challenged to create a “Deserts and Forests” themed piece of art to be evaluated by a group of judges.  

Winners in each age division will receive a year-long family membership to the Chattanooga Zoo, while runners-up and honorable mentions will receive various other Zoo prizes.   

This is the second year in a row the Zoo has partnered with Hamilton County schools to provide a unique art learning opportunity.  Hamilton County Art Teacher and Contest Coordinator, Carrie Cook notes how the students “really enjoyed touring the Zoo earlier this fall and taking pictures of the many remarkable animals that would later serve as inspiration for their art.”  She goes on to note how, “exposing students to live animals teaches them how to observe and enriches their learning experience by weaving the arts, nature, and the sciences together." 

Chattanooga Zoo CEO Darde Long said, “The Zoo is thrilled to serve as a partner in education with Hamilton County.  We are happy to help expose local youth to the many wonders of wildlife.  We’re pretty confident our animals don’t mind the extra attention either.” 

The Hamilton County art show reception and awards ceremony will take place Saturday at the Chattanooga Zoo Education Center from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  For more information on the Chattanooga Zoo’s animal collections, visit www.chattzoo.org or call 697-1319 



Hunter Museum To Host Jazzanooga Brunches This Fall

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host a special series of brunches this fall featuring live jazz in partnership with Jazzanooga, a citywide celebration of jazz co-founded by Shane Morrow and James McKissic. The Hunter Museum has been a partner with Jazzanooga since its 2011 inception. This year they are expanding the partnership beyond the April events to include a series ... (click for more)

Firefighters Against Hunger Food Drive Benefits Area Food Bank

The Chattanooga Fire Department’s 8th annual Firefighters Against Hunger Food Drive for this year is history and the totals are in from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. For the week of Aug. 18–24, Chattanooga firefighters collected 2,364 pounds of food and $950 in cash.   Last year, the department collected 2,811 pounds of food, and $265 in cash donations. Compared to last ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)