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

Thursday, January 9, 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. 

Chabad Of Chattanooga Honor Injured Officer At #Chanugastrong On Ice

To celebrate the 2015 Chanukah season, Chabad of Chattanooga will be carving a giant ice Menorah at the Ice on the Landing rink. The Menorah, standing seven feet tall, will be constructed entirely of ice blocks. On Dec. 10, Chabad of Chattanooga, an organization dedicated to spreading Jewish awareness and education, will host this unique candle lighting ceremony to promote ... (click for more)

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

Shots Fired From Vehicle; Police Locate Car And Arrest 5 Youths With Guns

Chattanooga Police said shots were fired from a vehicle on Friday afternoon, then officers located the vehicle and arrested five youths with guns.   That comes after a spate of shooting violence in which two women were killed and several other people injured by bullets.   Just after 4 p.m. Friday,  officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded ... (click for more)

Man Struck And Killed On Highway 27 Friday Night

A man was struck and killed on Highway 27 on Friday night. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian struck on Highway 27 Northbound, near the Main Street exit around 8:30 p.m. A male pedestrian was struck by a single vehicle. He  succumbed to his injuries on scene.  It is unknown why he was attempting to cross the highway. The name ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)