CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT


Townsend, TN – The traveling exhibition “Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry” from the Tennessee State Museum, opened today at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. It explores the impact of mounted warfare in the state during the Civil War.

This week’s live presentations will be in the Center’s auditorium at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 24 and include the following:

Gerald Augustus, a retired educator originally from Kentucky, will present a talk on “Cavalry Weapons” at 10:30 AM. Augustus has been collecting Civil War weapons for over 40 years and has been a consultant to the McClung Museum as well as museums in Lenoir City and Farragut. As part of his presentation, Augustus will display 10 carbines including a Sharps and a Spencers, original Civil War swords, and revolvers. Augustus and his wife live in Lenoir City, and have two children and four grandchildren.

EXHIBIT INCLUDES LIVE PRESENTATIONS BEGINNING SATURDAY – 2

Shirley Carr-Clowney, executive director of the nonprofit African Americans of Appalachia and Blount County (established 2003), will present a program at 1:30 PM on “William B. Scott,” his contributions to Blount County and to the state of Tennessee. Scott published the first black newspaper in Tennessee, later started The Maryville Republican newspaper and still later changed the name of his newspaper to The Maryville Democrat when he changed political affiliations. In 1869 Wilson was elected mayor of Maryville and is also remembered as the founder of the Freedman’s Institute, a school dedicated to the education of African-Americans that was located on the site of the present-day Maryville High School.

Shirley Carr-Clowney is a popular speaker on the contributions of African Americans to Blount County and to the state of Tennessee. She is a past president of the Blount County Geneological and Historical Society, co-edited the book “The History of Blount County and Its People 1795- 1995,” and was one of the first black women to attend Maryville College. She lives in Blount County, is married and has three children.

The “Hoofbeats in the Heartland” exhibition is sponsored by Citizens Bank of Blount County and will be on display at the Heritage Center through July 16. Access to the exhibit and to the auditorium presentations are included in the regular admission prices.

Actualizando nuestro compromiso con quienes sirven en las fuerzas armadas


Por John Cornyn

Senador de los Estados Unidos*

Los texanos honran a nuestros hombres y mujeres en uniforme todos los días del año. Pero el reconocimiento formal se concentra en mayo. Este año, expresamos nuestro aprecio al personal del servicio militar el 17 de mayo, Día de las Fuerzas Armadas, y honramos a los soldados muertos en campaña el 26 de mayo, Día de Conmemoración a los Caídos, (Memorial Day).

Recordamos especialmente el heroísmo y sacrificio de las tropas estadounidenses que prestaron servicio en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, que terminó en Europa el 8 de mayo de 1945, y en el Pacífico tres meses después.

Nuestra fuerza militar actual es similar a la de sus predecesores en su dedicación y determinación por preservar nuestra libertad. Pero en contraste con el pasado, las tropas de hoy son todas voluntarias. Por lo tanto, su buena voluntad de servir a nuestro país crea una mayor obligación en nuestra parte de responder a sus necesidades y metas a largo plazo.

Después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos creó el G.I. Bill para proporcionar beneficios educativos al torrente de militares que regresaba al país después de servir en tiempo de guerra. Muchos beneficiarios fueron reclutados inmediatamente después de la escuela secundaria, interrumpiendo su educación. El G.I. Bill les dio la oportunidad, después de volver de la guerra, de continuar de donde se habían quedado antes de prestar servicio militar.

Los hombres y mujeres que sirven hoy lo hacen por decisión propia, y sus circunstancias son diversas. Como resultado, requieren de una variedad de opciones más amplia. Así que en este momento, el Congreso está actualizando el G.I. Bill para responder a las necesidades de nuestros soldados, marineros, miembros de la aviación e infantes de marina de hoy día.

Me siento orgulloso de haber copatrocinado la nueva legislación que reconoce el papel vital que las familias de los militares desempeñan en el apoyo, bienestar y las carreras de nuestras tropas. Esta legislación amplía los beneficios educativos a los miembros del servicio militar y, por primera vez, permite que los beneficios sean transferidos a sus dependientes.

Entre los militares, es sabido que “reclutamos a las tropas, pero que a la vez retenemos a las familias”. Esta legislación reconoce el papel crucial que el apoyo familiar desempeña en permitir a sus tropas cumplir sus importantes misiones.

El Proyecto de Ley de Mejoramiento del Reclutamiento, Retención y Reajuste a través de la Educación, S. 2938,  está dirigido a dos grupos distintos de miembros del servicio militar –a aquellos que han terminado su alistamiento, y a quienes han decidido hacer una carrera militar.

Nuestra legislación es única en permitir que más miembros del servicio militar transfieran los beneficios educativos a miembros de la familia, ya sea cónyuge o hijos dependientes.

“Nuestro primer objetivo es fortalecer a toda la fuerza militar voluntaria. Por consiguiente, es esencial permitir la transferencia de beneficios educativos no usados de los miembros del servicio militar a la familia… La transferencia apoya a las familias de los militares y, por lo tanto, mejora la retención”, dijo recientemente el Secretario de Defensa Robert Gates.



El Secretario Gates también notó que los planes competitivos pudieran tener efectos no deseados. “Cualquier mejoramiento de los beneficios educativos, ya sea si son usados durante el servicio militar o después de la jubilación, deben servir para mejorar el reclutamiento y no socavar la retención”, agregó.



El Proyecto de Ley S. 2938 también aumenta los beneficios educativos mensuales al personal de servicio activo, permite que más miembros del servicio militar tengan acceso al programa del Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos, aumenta los beneficios a los miembros de la Guardia Nacional y la Reserva, permite el uso de beneficios para pagar préstamos estudiantiles, y crea un programa para ayudar a compartir gastos, (matching program), que ayuda a que más veteranos se gradúen sin tener deudas.



Mientras esta legislación proporciona un pago mensual significativamente más alto, también ofrece a los miembros del servicio militar opciones más amplias de beneficios educativos y la libertad de escoger lo que más convenga a sus necesidades.



Nuestro Primer Comandante en Jefe, George Washington, expresó nuestra obligación nacional de esta manera: “La buena voluntad con la cual nuestra gente joven está probablemente dispuesta a servir en cualquier guerra, sin importar cuán justificada sea, deberá ser directamente proporcional en cuanto a cómo ellos perciben que los veteranos de guerras anteriores fueron tratados y apreciados por su país”.

Esta nueva legislación llega en un momento apropiado. Nosotros nunca podemos hacer lo suficiente por aquellos que, por su buena voluntad de servir, ayudan a protegernos a nosotros y nuestro sistema de vida. Pero sí podemos expresar nuestra gratitud y fortalecer a nuestros militares al responder a las necesidades de aquellos que han defendido nuestra libertad.

*El Senador John Cornyn, Republicano por Texas, es Vicepresidente de la Conferencia Republicana del Senado de los Estados Unidos.

Dance


Circle Modern Dance and Momentum Dance Lab present

Continuum – a showing of nearly new, preview and spontaneous choreography

Sunday, June 8th 7pm

The Emporium Annex (100 S. Gay St.)

$5 at the door

Artists of both Momentum Dance Lab and Circle Modern Dance will present short works alongside an improvised group score with dancers from the community.  This performance will offer dance pieces created over a continuum from the most recent offerings from Circle Modern Dance’s spring show to a preview of what Momentum Dance Lab will bring to the stage in their upcoming August performance. 

Dancers from both companies and from the Knoxville community will present an improvisational group piece of “choreography of the moment” to the music of Nathan Barrett.  The movement score will be created during a workshop with Angela Hill, a longtime member of the Knoxville dance community who is returning home for a visit from Sydney, Australia.  Hill will also perform Russian Doll, which is inspired by her current pregnancy, female gender roles and the mother-daughter continuum.

Leah Pinder of Momentum Dance Lab will present Still Life Beauty, articulating those moments of unexpected joy that sometimes completely take hold of you.  Shannon Efteland, Cara Bradshaw and Gloria Jimenez show true creative cooperation with their brand new work, Collaboration 101.  The company will also perform their signature crowd pleaser, Taking the Chair.    

Choreographer Morgan Fleming of Circle Modern Dance will show a trio of virtuosic and powerful movement entitled, A Study In.  In the duet Mindscore, Himmat Kaur (Victoria Metz) gives us a glimpse into the innermost self.  Ajeet Khalsa’s Aprons will lead the audience to a time of matriarchal humor, familiar warmth and tenderness. 

 

The dynamic energy of both of these companies with their diverse offerings is a treat not to be missed!  The performance is $5 at the door.  For more information email venturedance@gmail.com or call 524-7615 or 670-2748

NASHVILLE AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean’s office and Alignment Nashville announced today a coalition, made up of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), Alignment, and local community organizations, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve mental health services for students in Nashville.

“This grant will enable Metro Nashville Public Schools to develop important partnerships with non-profit organizations in the community to improve access to school- and community-based prevention and mental health services,” Mayor Dean said.

“High risk behaviors such as delinquency, substance abuse, and truancy, ultimately contribute to students dropping out of school and are often related to undetected and untreated mental health issues. Nashville’s children and families will benefit from engaging the entire community in our efforts to provide high-quality mental health services for all students.”

The 18-month grant supports staff to coordinate the project at MNPS, as well as professional development for MNPS teachers. Primary partners include: MNPS, Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville/Davidson County Juvenile Court, Vanderbilt Mental Health Center, STARS Nashville, and Centerstone.

The Alignment Nashville Behavioral Health Committee, which includes representatives from MNPS and local mental health agencies and providers, secured the grant and will serve as the project’s advisory committee.

“The goal of Alignment Nashville is to bring Nashville’s community organizations and resources together with Metro Schools to further the success of our public schools and our community as a whole,” said Carol Nixon, Chair of the Behavioral Health Committee. “This grant provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of social emotional health to students’ overall success, and it sets the stage for Nashville to apply for larger federal grants in the future.”

“We recognize the importance of effective community engagement, and we are grateful for this opportunity to design community-wide strategies to benefit our students,” said Chris Henson, Interim Director of Schools. “Social and emotional issues plague too many of our students, and it is our hope that we can provide links to the services that these students need through this project.”

Alignment Nashville, which is housed in Mayor’s Office, works to align community organizations to positively impact the Nashville community by helping its youth and public schools succeed.

For more information about Alignment Nashville, go to www.alignmentnashville.org.

Nashville Public Libraries Events


Coming Soon: Nashville’s International Puppet Festival

Troupes from Italy, France, Germany, China and the U.S. will perform the best European and international puppetry traditions at Nashville’s International Puppet Festival: World on a String, June 20-22 at the downtown Main Library, 615 Church St.

The free festival offers a sophisticated artistic and cultural experience for all ages, from traditional Punch and Judy, cabaret showcase and interactive object theater, to adaptations of Shakespeare and Mozart opera presented in three days of performances.

Additional attractions include internationally renowned master puppeteer Phillip Huber (Being John Malkovich), Wood & Strings Theatre and the library’s own Wishing Chair Productions, along with street theater, buskers, vendors, professional puppetry workshops and crafts for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.nashvillepuppetfestival.org or call 862-5800.

Get Ready for Puppets!

Wishing Chair Productions presents a selection of scenes and songs from their repertoire of marionette and hand-and-rod puppet shows to give you a taste of what’s in store at the three-day festival (running time: 30 minutes). Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5785.

Postcard Collecting Workshop with C. Michael Norton

Postcards are mementos, small works of art and historic documents. Collector Mike Norton introduces the history of postcards and postcard collecting at this workshop. He’ll show rare, hard-to-find cards and cover collecting basics including dating cards, followed by a Q&A about any cards brought to the session and refreshments. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. May 17 from 2:00-4:00 at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5782.

Works with Words: Type Walk

Celebrating our current exhibit, Works with Words, join artists Griffin Norman and Dan Brawner for a “type walk” around downtown Nashville, as they point out interesting uses of words and typefaces. Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m.; tour meets in the Fine Art Gallery at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

You’re Invited: StoryCorps Listening Party

StoryCorps presents the stories and memories of ordinary Americans, broadcast each week on National Public Radio. Join StoryCorps facilitators for a “Listening Party” as they introduce the project, play audio clips from conversations recorded in the StoryBooth located at the downtown library through September, and take questions. Make a reservation for your conversation with a loved one or friend and enjoy a light lunch, too! May 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., 862-5863.

Book Talks

Stuck in the Middle

Middle school—that crazy time between elementary and high school where the unknown happens, the unwanted happens and the expected no longer exists! Join author and former teacher Sonia Hayes as she reads and signs her book, Stuck in the Middle, featuring the sassy middle-schooler Shanice E. Brown. May 24 at 1 p.m. at Southeast Branch Library, 2325 Hickory Highlands Dr., 862-5871. The first 20 guests will receive a complementary signed copy of the book.

Miscarriage of Justice

Miscarriage of Justice is a riveting novel, based on historic events, about a tragic love triangle in small-town Tennessee that leads to a shocking public murder. Enjoy your brown-bag lunch and join Nashville Circuit Court Judge Kip Gayden as he reads, discusses and signs his debut book, May 27 at noon in the Author’s Corner at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Patient Siggy

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Sigourney Cheek began an online correspondence with family and friends to discuss her fears, challenges and experiences. Patient Siggy: Hope and Healing in Cyberspace is a deeply personal account of how Cheek managed to face cancer with grace and humor, and a story of community forged over e-mail that proved to be an antidote for the isolation of serious illness. She discusses and signs her book on May 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., 862-5863.

Home to Hardscuffle and All That Jazz

Home to Hardscuffle and All That Jazz is the debut novel by Charles Howell, born in an old farmhouse in Brentwood, a “son of the Old South.” Howell eventually became civic activist, government official, politician, college professor and environmentalist. His novel traces a generation of struggles and triumphs amid the racially divided landscape of 1930s Midwest, and the people who lived among the remaining shadow of the Klan. Howell reads and signs his book, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Metro Archives, 3801 Green Hills Village Drive, 862-5880.

Where the Blind Horse Sings

In 2001, former teacher Kathy Stevens bought a broken-down farm in upstate New York. With the help of volunteers, she eventually transformed the rambling acres into the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a home for abused and neglected farm animals. Where the Blind Horse Sings is the heartwarming story of her difficult yet rewarding work rescuing and caring for more than 1000 animals to date including pigs, sheep, cows, ducks and Buddy the blind horse, who indeed now “sings” with happiness from his new home on the farm. Join Stevens for a screening of a short documentary about the sanctuary, and a reading and signing of her memoir. Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the Author’s Corner at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5755.

One Race, Many Faces: Using DNA to Find Your Oldest Ancestors

Michael Holt Sr. discusses the Genographic Project, a National Geographic initiative tracing the migrations of mankind from Africa to the rest of the world by gathering samples of individual DNA at this free genealogy talk. Attendees can place their name in a drawing to win a free DNA test conducted by the National Geographic Society that traces their unique genetic journey. Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike. Other sessions in the genealogy series include Introduction to Genealogy (Tuesday, May 13) and Using Databases to Conduct Genealogical Research (Tuesday, June 24). All sessions 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, 862-5856.

Children/Teens

Many Moons

This musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott Award winning classic written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, features the historic Peeko Puppets. Fridays and Saturdays, May 2–May 17 (except May 10) at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Hope for the Flowers

This lovely story about two little caterpillars trying to find their way in the world was adapted by Hume-Fogg senior Helen Seachrist, who also created the sets, puppets and soundtrack. Saturdays, May 3, 10 & 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Division of Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Nashville Ballet’s Big City Bop

Nashville Ballet 2 introduces audiences to the art of dance in an abstract form. In Big City Bop, choreographer Kathleen Spinnazzola explores the concept of the hero next door in a fast-paced urban environment. Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Homeschoolers’ Hour: Exciting Electricity

Learn about solar electricity and electrical currents, participate in experiments with static electricity, power a light bulb, and make UV bead jewelry that changes color in the sun at this hands-on workshop for home-schooled children presented by Jennifer Stenman of 4-H (presented in cooperation with 4-H, a program of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in Davidson County). This program is designed for children ages 9 and up; space is limited and registration is required. Please call 862-5862 to reserve your spot. May 20 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

The Interesting World of Insects

Did you know that there are about 900,000 known insect species? Meet some of them—and get some neat stuff to take home—at this buggy event with David Cook, agricultural extension agent and entomology specialist (designed for children ages 9 and up; presented in cooperation with 4-H, a program of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in Davidson County). May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

Teen Video Game Tournament

Show us your moves on the Nintendo Gamecube and Dance Dance Revolution! May 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, 862-5856.

Teens Only: Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Kick off the summer and P-A-R-T-Y in the cool courtyard at our annual Summer Reading kick-off celebration! We’ll have a D.J, yummy food, door prizes and of course, a dance contest! Thursday, May 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

8 Homeless found Homes thanks to Initiative


Chattanooga, Tennessee – The City of Chattanooga, in cooperation with the Chattanooga Housing Authority, announces that eight chronically homeless men and one family will be the first to find permanent housing through the City’s HomeAgain initiative.  This program is investing over $600,000 in the Chattanooga community to create permanent supportive housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.  HomeAgain funds can be used to acquire, construct, rehab or convert housing within the city limits of Chattanooga.

In this initial round, The Selection Committee awarded $40,000.00 to Rosewood Supportive Services and $90,764.00 to the AIM Center.  Rosewood’s mission is to provide professional and reliable assistance at a fair price to help people in need function to the best of their abilities and live as independently as possible.  The AIM Center provides psychiatric rehabilitation services to promote community acceptance and reintegration.  “Thank you to the members of the selection committee for reviewing proposals and choosing these recipients,” said Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Remaining HomeAgain funds are expected to be awarded within the next few weeks.  Funding for the HomeAgain initiative comes from Home Investment Partnership Funds (HOME funds) which are provided by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low and very low-income families. 

For additional information, contact:

 

Janna Jahn

423-595-1303

Mayor Littlefield State of the City


Chattanooga, TennesseeChattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield delivered the 2008 State of the City address today at the Chattanoogan ballroom which was filled to capacity.  This is Mayor Littlefield’s third State of the City address since taking office in 2005.

Included among numerous accomplishments, Mayor Littlefield touted the 350 new jobs that will be created by Alstom Power’s multi-million dollar investment in our community.  “By almost any measure, Chattanooga and Hamilton County are doing very well.  In fact, better than at any previous time in my memory” said Mayor Littlefield.  “There has never been a better period of cooperation between city, county and chamber officials and staff.  We are totally united toward the goal of jobs and economic development for our community.”

During the speech, Mayor Littlefield also reiterated his commitment to much needed additional downtown parking.  “It’s time to extend the transit system and build more structured parking at critical points throughout downtown and the north shore.  The economic health of our downtown and north shore areas is dependent on cost effective parking and transit.”

Other comments included the challenge of rethinking the main downtown library and once again making it a stateoftheart facility and, “the cultural center that it deserves to be for the coming decades.”  The future potential of the Moccasin Bend National Archeological Park as it is developed and the recent successful effort to unify the complex emergency 911 system, making it more effective and efficient, were also emphasized in the speech.

Visit www.chattanooga.gov to view the complete text of the 2008 State of the City speech.