Kidklout Free Anti-Bullying “Bootcamp” Coming For Chattanooga Area

Monday, August 25, 2014

Addressing the serious issue of bullying and how to help stop it is the focus of a free two hour Kidklout “Bootcamp” taking place on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park in downtown Chattanooga.

This interactive evening is geared toward parents and elementary school aged children. Activities include special guest, UTC Football Coach Russ Huesman reading Julia Cook’s Bully Beans aloud, musical sing-a-longs and taking the pledge to help stop bullying by signing the Kidklout  “Stop Bullying”  Ford Escape.

In addition, Dr. Jay Banks, educator, entertainer and anti-bullying speaker will present his “I am Unafraid” program which reflects the most recent research that empowering youth is the most effective way to reduce bullying behavior. His high energy mix of slapstick comedy and relevant message has garnered him appearances on The Hallmark Channel, the syndicated morning program, New Morning, and made him a featured expert in national and global forums.  

Kidklout is a community initiative created by Comcast Spotlight utilizing the power of multiscreen messaging to address issues facing youth in our communities. KidKlout’s focus is on putting an end to bullying during the 2014-2015 school year.  Local community Kidklout partners are Mountain View Ford Lincoln, Steak ‘n Shake and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Their support allows for a series of custom anti-bullying PSA’s airing across Chattanooga’s Comcast cable network platform, an online resource page for parents and kids ( and mobile marketing events encouraging community participation including the signing of the “pledge” car.

Special Event Street Closures Announced

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Traffic Pattern Change On Moccasin Bend Road At Hamm Road

The intersection of Moccasin Bend Road at Hamm Road has been converted to an all-way stop.   In order to view a map of this project, visit  http://www.chattanooga. gov/transportation/traffic- engineering-a-operations/ special-events-a-street- closures (click for more)

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After lengthy discussion on Monday before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, historical neighborhood advocates won a victory in the Southside area when the commission narrowly rejected a request to allow developers to build a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street.   The Belle Investment Co. & BYD Coward, ... (click for more)

Charges Upgraded Against Avery To Murder After Victim of Chair Leg Attack At Moccasin Bend Dies

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Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)