New Nonprofit Offers Classes That Stimulate Both Left And Right Brain

Monday, February 17, 2014

New and local nonprofit, The Chattery, offers a variety of "fun, affordable and accessible" classes throughout Chattanooga.  The Chattery’s classes will stimulate both the left and right brain by offering classes ranging from mixology and financial planning to sign language and calligraphy.

Inspired by the education opportunities available in cities like Nashville and Brooklyn, The Chattery provides a chance for adults to discover topics they’re passionate about while continuing education in a fun environment.  Though The Chattery’s main area of service will be classes, they will also provide an assortment of workshops, lecture series and events.  The Chattery will also partner with other businesses and organizations to continue fulfilling their mission.   

“Our classes are community-driven," said Jennifer Holder, operations headmaster at The Chattery.  "When developing the concept for The Chattery, we wanted to be sure it involved getting suggestions from our awesome community.  Our website is designed to encourage visitors to tell us what they’d like to learn or what they’d like to teach.  We are essentially providing classes for the community, taught by the community. 

Operating under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, The Chattery has partnered with the Flying Squirrel for its first fundraising endeavor.  Flying Squirrel will donate 10 percent of their sales to The Chattery’s mission of providing fun, affordable and accessible classes to the community on Wednesday.   

The Chattery’s first right brain class will be a "fun and creative session" on the basics of building Mason jar terrariums, which will be taught by the founder of Planted Pots, Laura Freeman.  The class will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. at Chattanooga Workspace, at 302 W. 6th St., across from the downtown YMCA.  The first left brain class will be a lesson in American Sign Language by Ethan Pope. The class will be offered on Thursday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, 1301 Market St., Suite 100.

To sign up for classes or to learn more about The Chattery visit

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

UDC Jefferson Davis Chapter Hosts 120th Tennessee Division Convention At Read House

The Historic Read House was the site of the 120th Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy 2016 Convention.  The convention was sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of Cleveland.   The chapter tried unsuccessfully to locate a place to hold the Convention in Cleveland, but could not find a place with enough space to hold such a convention. ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)