Volunteers To Create New Playground At East Lake Corps Tuesday

Thursday, November 9, 2017
A new playground will be built Tuesday at East Lake Corp
A new playground will be built Tuesday at East Lake Corp

More than 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, The Salvation Army, organizers from KaBOOM! and the community will join forces on Tuesday to give area kids a new playground at the East Lake Corps and Community Center.

The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in September.    

The kick-off ceremony will be held from 8:30-9 a.m.  The playground will then be constructed and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held around 2:30 p.m. 

East Lake Corps & Community Center is at 2410 East 28th St.  

KaBOOM! officials say a playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids (#playmatters).  

The new playground will bring more than 900 kids in Chattanooga one step closer to having a play-filled childhood.

The Salvation Army in East Lake does not have an outdoor playground where at risk youth can play and just be a kid. These children are surrounded by gang violence and drugs and forced to grow up way too fast, said Salvation Army officials. The Salvation Army serves as a safe-haven for them where they can play and not be preyed upon. Currently, The Salvation Army’s only recreation is a gym, game room and swimming pool. A playground will offer a year-round opportunity to play outdoors.   

The playground is the 18th built by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation and KaBOOM!. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

Volunteers building a KaBOOM! playground
Volunteers building a KaBOOM! playground

John Shearer: Barbara Bush Visited Chattanooga At Least 6 Times

As Americans are saying goodbye and paying their respects to former First Lady Barbara Bush following her death  on Tuesday , her face has been shown numerous times on television and in newspapers.   For the last three decades or so, she was a pretty familiar face in Chattanooga as well.   A look at the files in the local history section of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Alton Park Street Fest & Clean Up Set Up Saturday

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and District 7 Councilman Erskine Oglesby are teaming up with multiple city of Chattanooga departments for the inaugural Alton Park Street Fest & Clean Up on Saturday.  “The purpose of this event is to empower District 7 constituents and the surrounding communities to take part in the revitalization of their neighborhood,” said Councilman ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)