Fireside Chat Storytelling Series In Collegedale Kicks Off Jan. 4

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - by Traci Bennett-Hobek

The City of Collegedale Parks and Recreation Fireside Chat Storytelling Series will kick off Jan. 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. The first Fridays in January, February and March bring entertainment and storytelling for all ages to Founders Hall at The Commons, 4950 Swinyar Dr. 

The Fireside Chat series joins the Encore Kids Drama Club as the City of Collegedale's Parks and Recreation department expands 2019 programming aimed at increasing awareness of the art of performing, oration and storytelling. The Encore Kids Drama Club, open to ages eight to 13, is taking reservations for its first class until Dec. 19 and will host its first program of short skits on Feb. 22.
 
Collegedale will participate in World Storytelling Day on March 20, with local personality Richard Garey as he shares a glimpse into the creative mind of Mark Twain. This evening program is sponsored by the Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation and will be at The Commons.
 
For more information, contact the City of Collegedale Parks and Recreation at 423-468-1971 or thobek@collegedaletn.gov.

Review of the line-up for the series:

Jan. 4- Mike Gray and special guests, Jeffrey and Marcy Paulson will lead the audience on an “Appalachian Winter” exploration through story and song. Mike is producer and host of The River City Sessions radio show on NPR and historical storyteller of Appalachian life. Jeffrey is a Hamilton County educator, storyteller and musician and Marcy is a musician and award-winning singer. 
 
Feb. 1 - Local students will share personal poems and stories, and two new young authors, Heather Marsh and Kassedy Whitener, from our area will speak on their journey to being published.

March - Retired National Wildlife Ranger Kim DeLozier and author of "Bear in the Backseat" books will entertain us with stories from his experiences as a Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains. Jack Hanna (who spent his childhood in Knoxville) wrote, “Kim DeLozier has seen just about everything when it comes to bear antics... he shares) amazing stories… great pointers about how to safely view animals in the wild.”



Weekly Road Construction Report

HCSO Corrections Division Re-Entry Program Hosts Inmate Job Fair

PODCAST: Clint Powell And Dawson Wheeler Interview Ben Friberg


Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Crews will continue surveying and spotting utilities at various locations throughout ... (click for more)

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Correction’s Division Re-Entry Program, in association with the American Job Center, will host a job fair at CoreCivic’s Silverdale Detention Center for inmates ... (click for more)

Dawson Wheeler and Clint Powell sat down with Ben Friberg, as he discussed his passport and talkedabout his paddle board adventures near and far. They talked with Ben about paddling through Alaska's ... (click for more)


Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Crews will continue surveying and spotting utilities at various locations throughout the interchange. Shoulders may be closed at these locations between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Additionally, a hauling operation will be taking place requiring a single left lane closure on I-75 SB at ... (click for more)

HCSO Corrections Division Re-Entry Program Hosts Inmate Job Fair

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Correction’s Division Re-Entry Program, in association with the American Job Center, will host a job fair at CoreCivic’s Silverdale Detention Center for inmates who are nearing their release date. Several local businesses and housing services specializing in providing safe housing options for newly released inmates who are maintaining stable ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Commission Votes 5-4 Against 34-Cent Property Tax Increase For The Schools

The County Commission voted 5-4 on Wednesday morning against a 34-cent property tax increase for the county schools. Opposed were Greg Martin, Randy Fairbanks, Chester Bankston, Tim Boyd and Sabrena Smedley. In favor were Chip Baker, Katherlyn Geter, Warren Mackey and David Sharpe. County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the action means that none of the budget is approved ... (click for more)

Fire Heavily Damages Vacant Hixson Home Early Wednesday Afternoon

A fire heavily damaged a Hixson home early Wednesday afternoon. At 1:20 p.m., a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 1833 Bay Hill Dr. The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy fire on the front door and porch area. Firefighters entered the front and back side of the home to find heavy fire downstairs and heavy smoke ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thank You, Commissioners

I want to thank the five county commissioners who voted down the ridiculous property tax increase. Your votes reflected the wishes of the electorate – and that is exactly as it should be. The voting citizen is inundated by “promises” during pre-election campaigns. By casting our vote we select the candidate that will (we hope) best represent our best interests. Yes, there are always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hall Is (Still) Tired

About 10 years ago, Robert A. Hall, a five-time member of the Massachusetts State Legislature, wrote an essay on “Why I Am Tired.” In 2009 his story was on hundreds of others’ blogs – really made the rounds on the Internet – and thousands adored the Viet Nam veteran's candid assessment of what makes an ex-Marine grow weary. Again, this was written when he was 63. Now he’s ... (click for more)