“Save Water, Drink Wine” Supports Clean Water Initiatives In The Caribbean And Tennessee Valley

Thursday, January 09, 2014

“Save Water, Drink Wine,” will be held at the Barn Nursery on Feb. 8 as a fundraiser to support clean water initiatives in the Caribbean and Tennessee Valley.

This will be the ten year anniversary with Cindy and Jim Webster hosting at the Barn Nursery. Mary Beth Sutton founded Caribbean SEA in 2004 and works with kids and their communities across the Caribbean to help protect and conserve their watersheds, their water resources. 

Last year Caribbean SEA was honored by La Mer cosmetics with a donation to initiate the Kids 4 Coral program in St. Lucia.  St Lucia native and model, Shala Monroque, spent many days with the kids and then featured the Kids 4 Coral program in Vogue Magazine.  Early on they realized most Caribbean kids don’t swim and many fewer ever get to see the reefs which provide their food and protect their islands, so they started teaching snorkeling and oftentimes swimming, to the local children.  

More than 80 percent of the coral reefs in the Caribbean are dead or dying due to water pollution and climate change. Caribbean SEA trys to help communities reduce the stress on the reefs by reducing the land-based sources of pollution: sediment and sewage coming from the communities to the rivers.  Many places in the Caribbean don’t have sewage treatment or any controls for erosion.  Caribbean SEA works within the communities to help them deal with these problems. Caribbean SEA and many partners have worked together to install biogas digesters on farms in St. Lucia; develop constructed wetlands for sewage treatment at resorts and communities in Curacao, Dominica and St. Lucia; install toilets in villages in the Haitian mountains; and teach students at Kids 4 Clean Water Camps throughout the Caribbean.   

Several of her friends asked Ms. Sutton to bring her programs back to Tennessee as well, because water pollution is not only a Caribbean problem.  Here in the Tennessee Valley, the rivers and streams are also contaminated due to faulty sanitation systems, litter, erosion, and storm water runoff, said officials. The Southeast is a hotspot for aquatic biological diversity, and yet some of our waterways have become imperiled.  

That’s why Ms. Sutton expanded clean water programs to her hometown of Chattanooga five years ago through the creation of the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance (TenneSEA). TenneSEA provides stormwater education programs, Clean Streams volunteer water monitoring, and summertime Kids 4 Clean Water camps as well as Green Infrastructure installations.  Thanks to local efforts, Red Bank High School students designed and constructed a rain garden last year and this year the kids at Skyuka Hall (formerly Scenic Land School) will have a stormwater wetland built behind their school to use as their own outdoor classroom.

Tickets to “Save Water, Drink Wine” are $40 per person and can be purchased online at www.caribbean-sea.org or at The Barn Nursery or The Gear Closet. For more information, call 413-0471 or email info@caribbean-sea.org. 


Shirley Keyes Named 2014 Signal Mountain Woman Of The Year

Mrs. Shirley Keyes of Signal Mountain was named at the 2014 Signal Mountain Woman of the Year Wednesday at the annual Signal Mountain Community Guild Dogwood Luncheon.  "This year's recipient was selected because she is an example of volunteerism," said Lara Buchheit, chairman of the Woman of the Year selection committee, as she made the announcement, which is the highlight ... (click for more)

Jenkins Road And Center Street Closed Wednesday And Thursday

The 1400 block of Jenkins Road will be narrowed to one lane for a sewer rehabilitation project.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.   Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until  4 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.      The 2300 block of Center Street will ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)