17-Year-Old Builds And Installs Solar Powered Irrigation System

Friday, June 1, 2018

Zainab Muhammad, 17, joined the Southeastern Conservation Corps for a summer of labor intensive trail maintenance projects with a crew of eight others. Zainab had already decided that she would one day study engineering in college. As a senior in high school, Zainab began work on her senior project at Lula Lake Land Trust - a solar powered, pumped irrigation system to water a pollinator garden.

Prior to her experience with the SECC, Zainab had never explored the woods around her home, had never been camping, and had never seen a natural waterfall. It is now her intention to become an environmental engineer when she graduates college. 

Zinab will be installing and launching her solar powered, pumped irrigation system for Lula Lake Land Trust's pollinator garden on June 14.

Review on Lula Lake Land Trust's Conservation Education program: 

A student may be assigned readings by the likes of Thoreau, Bryson, Abbey, or Muir and still not have an appreciation for the need to protect and preserve natural and historic landscapes in their own backyards. It is through an immersive, educational experience that one comes to know and love the land. Experience, among other things, creates perspective and to educate future generations who are environmentally aware is, simply, our collective duty.  These instances are what  LLLT strives to achieve with the Conservation Education Program. Currently, the Conservation Education Program is involved with many education opportunities in the greater Chattanooga area.

The major component of the LLLT’s Conservation Education Program is free environmental education for K-12 students. LLLT is launching a pilot project with SECC for youth stewardship. LLLT is also working with the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy for the Bridges to Brighter Futures program to engage 9th grade students to provide project-based learning experiences. Additionally, LLLT is launching a free adult education program called Conservation Ambassadors to teach the importance of conservation in our everyday lives and how to be a steward of tomorrow.

Location Changed For Green Thumb Garden Club Of Ooltewah June 25 Meeting

The Green Thumb Garden Club of Ooltewah is featuring Roland and Casandra Cansler MD, consulting rosarians and members of the TriState Rose Society and American Rose Society. They will speak on growing beautiful roses.  The meeting will be held Monday, June 25, 7 p.m. at the Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Collegedale, 9450 Leyland Dr. Following the presentation ... (click for more)

County Agrees To Take Title To Planned Park By W Road

The County Commission on Wednesday voted to take title to land by W Road that is set to be a 200-acre woodland park. A group has been working since 2016 "to create a unique 200+ acre park that spans from Mountain Creek Road and Reads Lake Road all the way up the W Road, officials said. The group stated, "Through our partnerships with the Land Trust for Tennessee, SORBA, the ... (click for more)

Strong Winds Wreak Havoc In Chattanooga; Thousands Lose Power

A storm with wind gusts up to 70 mph did considerable damage in downtown Chattanooga around 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fencing along Miller Park was twisted onto a nearby lane of traffic on Market Street. A sizable tree was split, causing it to fall across Cherry Street between Third and Fourth streets. In Hixson, a tree fell on a house. A number of traffic lights were knocked ... (click for more)

2 Shot In Separate Incidents Early Saturday Morning; 1 Victim Is A Juvenile Girl

Two people were shot early Saturday morning in separate incidents. The first incident was at  3:30 a.m. when the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a person shot on the 1000 block of North Willow Street.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound.    HCEMS transported the victim to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Protecting Family Homes On Signal Mountain

The Signal Mountain Town Council will vote at their upcoming July 9 meeting on whether to approve a controversial rezoning application regarding property located at the northwestern corner of Albert Road and Taft Highway.  Prior to the rezoning request, Albert Road was the redline on Taft Highway past which commercial development within the town did not extend. This rezoning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Claude And "Mr. John"

There are some who believe this last week has been a devastating one for our community, losing two of our most beloved “builders” within three days of one another. Claude Ramsey, who spent over 40 years in public service and because of the type man he was never lost a political race, died on Monday after a hard fight with illness at the end. On Thursday we lost “Mr. John” Franklin, ... (click for more)