Causeway To Host City-Wide Thanksgiving Potluck In Middle Of MLK Boulevard

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Causeway invites all of Chattanooga to the fourth annual 1TABLE, a community-wide Thanksgiving potluck in the middle of Martin Luther King Boulevard on Monday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Due to construction in Miller Park this year, 1TABLE is moving down one block in front of the Bessie Smith Hall. 

Over the last three years, 1TABLE has grown from 700 attendees to nearly 1,500 in 2016, in addition to being covered by The Washington Post. This year, a predicted 2,000 Chattanoogans from all walks life will join together to give thanks and share a Thanksgiving meal in the middle of MLK Boulevard.

Music from the CSAS Concert Choir and a Grand Piano provided by Summitt Pianos will fill the streets as residents, area employees, families and friends line up for a potluck lunch.

Chattanoogans who otherwise may never have met, will break bread together to connect over food and conversation.

“I had lunch with a man who is African-American and blind and lives in Patten Towers,” said one woman who attended 1TABLE in 2016.  “I am white, live in the suburbs and work in the corporate world. We simply never would have met each other any other way. It was inspiring and exciting and such a good thing for our city.”

Now in its fourth year, 1TABLE has been replicated in other regional cities.

“We’re very excited to have community leaders in Huntsville working towards hosting 1TABLE for the second year,” says Chelsea Conrad, director of Creative Engagement at Causeway. “Citizens in Milan, Tn., and Florence, Al., are also hosting 1TABLE this year and a number of other cities have expressed interest in hosting their own.” 

Causeway has launched a new website which showcases other participating cities and expresses the overall mission of the event.

“1TABLE is an opportunity for everyone to come together no matter your socioeconomic background or race and connect," said Abby Garrison, Causeway's executive director.  "This event is our attempt to remove barriers and bring people together from across Chattanooga to build understanding and friendship. We’re looking forward to watching 1TABLE grow in other cities.” 

1TABLE is made possible through corporate and individual sponsors as well as partnerships with local restaurants. Local catering company, Dish T’ Pass will provide the turkey and dressing while restaurants like Niedlov’s, Bitter Alibi, Main Street Meats, Taziki’s, The Camp House, Community Pie, and 1885 will provide large side dishes to share. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a ready-to-serve dish to share, if they are able.

To support Causeway’s community engagement work through 1TABLE, visit causeway.org/1table or donate to Causeway’s Buy Your Neighbor’s Lunch campaign.


Fort Hill Cemetery Walking Tours To Take Place Oct. 28

Lee University and the Bradley County Historical and Genealogical Society will present the 12th Annual Walking Tour of Historic Fort Hill Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 28.  Tours will be led by Lee University history majors and volunteers who will introduce the community to several Clevelanders and Bradley Countians from the early 20th century buried at Fort Hill.  Students ... (click for more)

Esther Helton Endorsed For State Representative By TQEE-PAC

East Ridge City Councilwoman Esther Helton has received her second endorsement of early education advocates, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education – Political Action Committee. Ms. Helton, who won a rancorous and hard-fought GOP primary with the support to TQEE-PAC, has secured the endorsement in the general election over her Democratic opponent.  “Councilwoman Helton ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens as one of the suspects in a series of violent home invasions. Pipkens, 27, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, unlawfully carrying a weapon, use of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and criminal impersonation. Police ... (click for more)

County Schools To Push Forward With Equity Effort; Magnet Schools To Get More Diversity With Lottery Change

The county schools will push forward with an equity effort that appeared to have been paused after board members Rhonda Thurman and Joe Smith in May said  they rejected the idea that county schools need to “racially and economically integrate.” An equity task force did not meet for several months and the schools did not move forward on hiring an outside consultant to help ... (click for more)

Drink Up, Chattanooga

I attended the meeting to discuss the placement of the sewage treatment plant at the Cambridge Center in Ooltewah today. My problem with the meeting (aka) dog and pony show, is that the meeting started out with the agenda of the Ooltewah Community Council.  After living in this area for 45+ years I have never heard of this group.  I would like for someone to answer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lee In A Landslide

The first time I met Bill Lee, the guy who is triggering a huge turnout of Tennessee voters across the state, I instantly liked him, admired him, and must have told a dozen friends that day we have the most exciting guy going to the Governor’s Mansion we’ve ever had. The best reason is because Bill Lee is real. His opponent, Karl Dean, is a Democrat and a longtime politician. Go ... (click for more)