WTCI To Host Free Events From May 10-18 For CHA Learning Days Initiative

Friday, May 3, 2019

Families across the Tennessee Valley are invited to attend over 200 events, most free, celebrating hands-on learning in Chattanooga from May 11-18. This local initiative is led by the Public Education Foundation, WTCI-PBS and the city of Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development and is a part of the national Remake Learning Days campaign supported by the Carnegie Corporation, The Grable Foundation and Schmidt Futures.

From electric car races, a STEM Jubilee engaging 4,000 students and a record-breaking Girls coding event to a Nightfall proclamation presentation, a book drive, a PBS KIDS family festival, film screenings, augmented reality experiences, a Zine Fest and more. All are invited to attend the family-friendly and interactive events showcasing innovative learning for youth of all ages. Learning themes are featured at each event, including arts, maker, outdoor learning, science, technology, youth voice and professional development.

Complete listings are available online at RemakeLearningDays.org/Chattanooga-tn and can be searched by learning theme, date, location and age group. From schools and Volkswagen eLabs to libraries, museums and community YFD Centers, families will be introduced to the opportunities available for educational enrichment beyond the classroom. Support for this local campaign has been provided by Remake Learning, PBS KIDS, Digital Promise, First Tennessee Foundation and Thompson Engineering.

WTCI invites families to a special proclamation presentation and book drive at the Nightfall Festival on Friday, May 10. Guests are asked to bring gently-used books to support this year’s Camp K program as City Council Chairman Erskine Oglesby presents a special proclamation honoring CHA Learning Days and the community-wide initiative to celebrated education and opportunity. Camp K provides a “jump-start” for 300 Hamilton County children with full-day programs in a program that benefits rising kindergarten students and their parents.

Families will enjoy a free, fun day at WTCI-PBS featuring photo opportunities with Curious George and Clifford, a fire engine tour, inflatable bounce house, face painting, PBS KIDS games and more on Saturday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy multi-media experiences with several historic heads created by Chattanooga artist Wayne White and the Wayne-O-Rama installation and learners of all ages will have fun with green screen activities and outreach from area educational partners. Families at this event will also have a special opportunity to win a prize and sign their children up for this year’s citywide Make.Play.Read.Learn summer program.

In partnership with RISE, formerly Jazzanooga, Urban League of Chattanooga and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, WTCI will present a free screening of “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” on Wednesday, May 15, at the Palace Theater. Concessions will available and guests will enjoy this powerful PBS film and a discussion. Tickets for this free event are available online and on WTCI’s Facebook page.


Weekly Road Construction Report

McGhee Road In Apison To Close Dec. 6 And 7

Water And Light Is In-Town Gallery's December Exhibit


Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY I-75 resurfacing from north of SR-60 (MM 25) to south of SR-308 (MM 31): During this reporting period, the contractor ... (click for more)

The Hamilton County Highway Department will be closing McGhee Road in Apison on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. both days. They will be installing drainage tiles under the road and ... (click for more)

During the month of December, In-Town Gallery will feature the artwork of James Tucker with the Water and Light exhibit. Mr. Tucker’s formal training goes back to his time at the University ... (click for more)



Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY I-75 resurfacing from north of SR-60 (MM 25) to south of SR-308 (MM 31): During this reporting period, the contractor may have intermittent single lane closures on I-75 from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM Monday through Friday to perform work on the project’s punch list. [Wright Brothers Construction Company, ... (click for more)

McGhee Road In Apison To Close Dec. 6 And 7

The Hamilton County Highway Department will be closing McGhee Road in Apison on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. both days. They will be installing drainage tiles under the road and no traffic will be allowed through, as there will be open trenches across the roadway. The road closure will be at 11976 McGhee Road, which is between London Lane and Hope Ranch Drive. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Gardenhire Asks School Board Members Be Paid Same As County Commissioners

State Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) announced that he is filing legislation calling for pay equity for school board members in Tennessee. The legislation requires that pay and benefits for school board members be set at the same rate provided to individuals serving on the local governing body. He said, “Serving on the board of a school district is a huge responsibility ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Has 1 More COVID Death And 81 New Cases; County Death Toll Rises From 680 To 702 Due To "Reporting Issue"; Tennessee Has 100 More Deaths

The Hamilton County Health Department reported one more coronavirus death on Thursday and 107 new positive cases, up from 81 on Wednesday. The total number of cases in the county now stands at 65,721. The death total is now at 702. It was reported at 680 on Wednesday, but due to a reporting issue with an area hospital, there has been a delay in reporting COVID deaths. Twenty-one ... (click for more)

Opinion

In Praise Of EV - And Response (2)

Roy, sometimes I think I envy your uncanny ability to compartmentalize, draw bright lines and to simply conclude that thing one is good and thing two is bad. No electric vehicle for you. In Roy’s universe: Batteries are bad. Gasoline is good. My 30+ years of practicing environmental law and addressing legacy environmental impacts have proved otherwise. As the Eagles ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Was Bobby Hoppe?

Three separate times this week I’ve been asked by younger people, “Who was Bobby Hoppe?” Answer: Probably the best football player in the history of Chattanooga. Another: “Did you ever meet Bobby Hoppe?” I sure did … many times, Bobby was really nice to me. Another: “Did Bobby actually murder some guy when he was playing at Auburn?” Yes, and it is quite a story. AN ESPN documentary ... (click for more)