Loop Holes to UTC Parking

By Emily Kulick and Brian Bass

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) –  UTC is known for having few parking spaces and for ticketing too frequently. After spending $140 on my parking tickets, I discovered some loop holes in the parking system.

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The UTC campus parking map.

According to parking services, all lots located on campus are patrolled at all times of the day. After three years spent at UTC, and two semesters without a parking decal, there are many lots located on campus that are not patrolled at all times of the day.

Jennifer McGee, a sophomore at UTC, says she always parks at Guerry apartments, lot 47, after five p.m. and moves her car before 10 a.m. and never gets a ticket.

“I think parking services checks the lots as often as they can but not enough to prevent students from parking there with the wrong parking decals,” says McGee.

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Lot 47, by Guerry apartments.

I bought a parking decal for lot 10, EMCS building, two semesters ago. I have been using the same lot without a parking decal ever since it expired.

Between the hours of 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., lot 10 is available for parking without a parking decal. The lot is also available from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the next day.

Parking lot 10 is not available during the hours of 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The lot is patrolled by parking services during those hours.

The lot by the Frist building,26, is patrolled during the day heavily. However, the lot is free to park in from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. the next day. I have received a ticket for parking there at 2:45, so make sure you don’t get to the lot too early.

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Lot 26, by the Frist building.

 

Kylie Linfoot, a UTC junior, says that she parks in the garage by the ARC, 31, without a decal.

“To get in the garage, you need a number to type in. All you have to do is find someone who bought a number and use theirs when you want to park there,” says Linfoot.

Linfoot also says that she parks in the garages by Stophel apartments without a decal. She lets the person in front of her slide their card first, then she just drives in the garage behind them.

All general lots are “patrolled” as well but I have never been ticketed without a decal.

The UTC parking loop holes are subject to change but for now students should feel free to use these loop holes at anytime.

Geothermal Energy Saves Fire Houses

By: Emily Kulick

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop)- The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday, February 26 that Fire Houses 9 and 11 will begin the process to receive Geothermal Energy.

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It’s clean and sustainable, resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth’s surface. A geothermal heat pump system consists of a heat pump, an air delivery system, and a heat exchanger. This is a system of pipes buried in the shallow ground near the building.

Chattanooga Fire Chief, Randall Parker says, “We want to use it for several reasons, to reduce our operating costs, it reduces damage related to weather from hail stones because there are no outside coils to be damaged and it reduces the dependence on fossil fuels.”

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Chattanooga Fire Station 9 expected to start the Geothermal Energy process.

 

Parker also says there is on average 30-40% reduction in operational costs related to standard heating and cooling. It typically has a return on investment (ROI) of several years, for example there is additional cost up front when you have it installed and it takes a few years to get that cost returned by the savings in the yearly heating and cooling costs.

“We try to control our costs for heating and cooling by building energy efficient buildings and simple things like Compact Fluorescent lighting, increasing insulation and other energy saving features. The resulting reductions control our cost of doing business. We are taxpayer funded so anything we can do to control costs is a good thing for the citizens as well as being responsible users of fossil fuels precious natural resources,” Parker says.

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Greenspaces uses Geothermal Energy in downtown Chattanooga.

Greenspaces, whose main mission is to work towards regional sustainability by progressing the way we live, work and build, also has Geothermal energy.

Click here to hear  Anj Mcclain, director of Greenspaces, explain how Geothermal energy works.

Mcclain says, “If the underground water wells are approximately 60 degrees in the winter and it’s 30 degrees outside, we only have to use a minimal amount of energy to heat our building since we use the underground heat instead of heat from the air.”

“It just makes more sense. To get this building at 70 degrees, we don’t have to start with 30-degree air, we get heat from the already warm earth. It’s much more efficient than standard heating and cooling systems,” she says.

Hamilton County school system is also installing a large geothermal system at Brainerd High School on North Moore Road, along with Red Bank Middle school and Signal Mountain. Chattanooga is slowly moving towards an energy saving environment thanks to the Geothermal heating and cooling systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Weather

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) –

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee weather will feature something for everyone this week, starting with highs near records.

The National Weather Service forecasts the high temperature at Memphis on Tuesday will be 74 degrees. The record high for Jan. 29 in the city is 76 degrees, set in 1966.

Other expected highs Tuesday are 70 degrees in Nashville, 69 in Chattanooga, 68 in Knoxville and 65 in the Tri-Cities.

Thunderstorms will rumble across the state Tuesday through Wednesday, some producing heavy rain.

The temperatures will then drop, probably before the precipitation ends, producing some flurries and snowfall toward the weekend.

The sky is then expected to clear.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Quiznos Replaced as UTC Dining Option

By: Emily Kulick

Fresh salad at the “Greens 2 Go” Station

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – A new year meant some major changes in the University Center. Quiznos was replaced with the “Greens 2 Go” station.

Marketing Manager for UTC Dining Megan Corcoran said Quiznos was taken out because they wanted to bring a wider variety of fresh and healthy options to the food court. She also mentioned with Subway and Crossroads Dining Hall both offering traditional deli -style sandwiches, they wanted to diversify what they offered.

“Greens 2 Go” brings a wider variety of fresh and healthy options into the food court.” Corcoran said. “We wanted to expand our offerings of wraps and salads while keeping popular soup options available for our customers.”

Many students have complained that Quiznos should still be in the University Center.

“I will not eat in the University Center anymore,” said UTC junior Kylie Linfoot. “I used to only eat at Quiznos so when they replaced it, I decided to eat off campus.”

Linfoot also said she thinks the University Center will continue to remodel in the future and eventually replace all fast foods with healthy foods.

Will the University Center remodel in the future? Corcoran said, “As of right now there aren’t any official plans in the dining areas but it is definitely a possibility as the campus population grows.”