Annual Tribute Concert To Honor Late Chattanooga Musician, Raise Mental Health Awareness And Suicide Prevention, Set For Oct. 13

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The second annual Hunter’s Gift: A Musical Tribute with a Message of Hope will honor the legacy of Chattanooga musician Hunter White, who ended his life last July. The tribute event, to be held at Songbirds on Oct. 13, will raise awareness about the prevalence of suicide among young adults, like Hunter. 

“According to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, suicide takes the lives of more than 44,965 Americans every year,” said Beth Moore, Hunter’s mother. “It is our responsibility to do all we can to show those struggling with mental illness that they are not alone. By sharing Hunter’s story and gift of music, our goal is to raise awareness and make a lasting difference in the lives of others, particularly those who are afraid or unwilling to seek help.” 

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, musicians are more than five times as likely to be depressed and six times as likely to suffer from anxiety due to high levels of job insecurity. Many of them often supplement their income by working in the food service industry. Hunter worked in both industries, which are ranked in Health.com’s Top 10 professions with the highest risk of mental illness.

Following Hunter’s unexpected death last year, his family and friends considered meaningful ways to honor Hunter’s life and raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. The inaugural tribute concert last year raised over $8,000 for Shaking Ray Levi Society, a Chattanooga nonprofit that nurtures creativity in children with developmental, emotional or physical disabilities through music and percussion.  

“The event last year was a beautiful tribute to Hunter’s life and we are grateful that his friends and the musical community want to honor him again in this way,” said Hunter’s father, Freddy White. “It brings a sense of peace knowing Hunter’s kind heart and loving spirit made a significant impression on those around him. Our hope is that this event will continue to impact the community and allow Hunter’s legacy to live on through what he loved most: music.”

Proceeds from the event will allow Shaking Ray Levi Society to continue The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP), a nationally recognized program that gives participants an enjoyable and hands-on way to approach basic life skills and scholastics through percussion. All admission fees will be donated to the organization. 

The tribute concert will feature many local bands, including ones in which Hunter played. Performers include Milele Roots, The Communicators, Paper Mache and several others. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and music will begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.


Artist/Actor Randall Franks Inducted Into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame

Lee’s Harnsberger To Perform Faculty Recital Oct. 21

Tickets For Citizen Cope On Sale Friday


Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle Randall Franks was inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame alongside Jimmy Bowen, Gail Davies, Jeannie C. Riley, and Grand Ole Opry star ... (click for more)

Marimba soloist Dr. Andrew Harnsberger will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Lee University’s Pangle Hall. The program will also welcome guest percussion ensemble ... (click for more)

Citizen Cope will come to the Walker Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are $40 and $30 and are available here and at all Ticketmaster Outlets, and Tivoli Theatre Box ... (click for more)


Entertainment

Artist/Actor Randall Franks Inducted Into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame

Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle Randall Franks was inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame alongside Jimmy Bowen, Gail Davies, Jeannie C. Riley, and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. “I am deeply honored to be included in such company,” Mr. Franks said. “I never imagined as a Georgia boy who just loved to play my fiddle and sing, that one day my efforts ... (click for more)

Lee’s Harnsberger To Perform Faculty Recital Oct. 21

Marimba soloist Dr. Andrew Harnsberger will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Lee University’s Pangle Hall. The program will also welcome guest percussion ensemble Scott Herring, Caitlin Jones and Bailey Seabury. The performance will include Adam Silverman’s “Dead Reckoning,” Benjamin Finley’s “Saragorda Sound,” and Gareth Farr’s “Traveller.” The recital ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Mac Taggart Shot In Shoulder By Officer After Pointing Gun At Deputies At Charleston, Tn.

A man was shot in the shoulder by a police officer at Charleston, Tn., early Sunday after a domestic disturbance call. At approximately 2 a.m., Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call near Laguna Drive in Charleston. Lance Leroy MacTaggart has been taken into custody on four counts of aggravated assault. While the victim sought medical treatment, deputies ... (click for more)

Woman Injured In Red Bank House Fire Saturday Evening

A woman was injured in a house fire Saturday evening in Red Bank. A 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 133 Flora Circle. At 6:30 p.m., Red Bank Fire Department responded to the scene and arrived reporting heavy smoke and fire on the back of the residence. The Red Bank Fire Department immediately requested a mutual aid response for additional manpower. The Signal ... (click for more)

Opinion

Ignored By The Water Company

How much time do you spend at Tennessee American Water's website? It is worthless for online reporting problems. Replies? Never happen. Communication? They appear to consciously avoid honest communication with concerned citizens. This "Opinion Page" is an avenue of last resort to report a problem, because no one is trying to listen at Tennessee American Water. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Start With Truth

By all accounts the public schools in Chattanooga and Hamilton County are far from what the average taxpayer would want them to be. Our schools are our number one priorities, this easily reflected by the fact they now receive over 60 percent of the total county budget -- the most money ever allocated to public education in history -- and the unbridled desire of our booming area ... (click for more)