Local Non-Profit Hosts Christmas In July Sale To Benefit Women Of Africa

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amani ya Juu, a non-profit sewing and training program for marginalized women throughout Africa, will celebrate the summer months with a Fair-Trade Christmas in July Sale, July 24-26, at its Chattanooga warehouse center, 420 South Willow St. Sale hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

“We’ll be offering 20 percent off marked Christmas items during this sale,” says Molly Gardner, event coordinator for Amani ya Juu’s Chattanooga location, adding, “and, as with any Amani purchase, the proceeds will go directly toward our production locations in Africa.”

Amani offers a selection of handbags, home and kitchen décor, jewelry and children’s items, all hand crafted from local African materials. Each product not only reflects materials unique to the region, but also showcases the training and talents of the individual creators, who employ methods such as stitching, screen printing and batik in their designs, said officials. 

Amani ya Juu, which means “higher peace” in Swahili, is a fair-trade sewing and training program for marginalized women in the African nations of Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Through Amani, women not only gain experience in stitching and design, but also in business skills such as purchasing, bookkeeping, quality control and management.  Amani ya Juu is dedicated to helping these women to work together through faith in God. The organization, which began in Nairobi in 1996 by four women, including Chattanooga native, Becky Chinchen, now has five locations in Africa, as well as locations in Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga.  For more information, visit amaniafrica.org, and look for Amani on Facebook. Amani ya Juu is a Fair Trade Federation member.



Southside Funeral Session Planned To Help Residents Learn About And Communicate Their Funeral Plans

Local residents and businesses are coming together for the Southside Funeral Session. The event will be on June 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center, 200 West 38th St. Funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums, monument companies, life insurance companies and more will be available to talk about the process of planning a funeral, answer any questions and help attendees make arrangements. ... (click for more)

Memorial Day Holiday Garbage And Recycle Collection And Site Schedule

Garbage and recycle collection scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, will be collected as normal. There will be no changes to the collection day.  Place containers along the curbside before 7 a.m. on collection day to ensure pickup.  The City Landfill located off of Birchwood Pike in Harrison, Tennessee and Wood Recycle Center will be closed Monday. The City Landfill ... (click for more)

Whitfield Hits Lawsuit Filed By Preservation Group Over Rumors Of Chicken Plant

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield hit a lawsuit brought by a preservation group over a rumored chicken plant, saying the lawsuit will be very costly for the cash-strapped county and the group is using a smear campaign. The McLemore Cove Preservation Society filed suit seeking to force county officials to provide information on the rumored plant. Commissioner Whitfield ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Killed After Colliding With Car On Highway 60

A motorcyclist was killed on Highway 60 on Thursday afternoon after colliding with a car.   At approximately  4:30 p.m. , Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 5100 block of Highway 60 for the report of a  motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle vs. car.  According to preliminary reports, the motorcycle ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Don’t Invent, Discover!’

When Randy Boyd stood in front of more than 75 black ministers in Memphis on Tuesday, the ever-dynamic “doer of deeds” told the pastors an exciting story. He talked about “First Things First” of Chattanooga because the Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is totally sold on what Julie Baumgardner and her team have proven keeps families together. Boyd then met with some representatives ... (click for more)