All Aboard UTC’s Mocs Express

By Alexandria Adams

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)-  UTC provides students, faculty, and staff  a way to get to their destinations on campus quickly, safely, and free of charge.

The Mocs Express is a part of  the city of Chattanooga’s CARTA bus system. CARTA is Chattanooga’s public transit provider. Anyone with a validated UTC ID card can ride the bus.

Mocs Express

UTC’s Mocs Express

Three buses run throughout the day, starting at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Generally, the  busiest times people are on the bus are between the hours of noon and four o’clock,” said CARTA driver Rhonda Albert. “The UC and the corner store are where I pick up the most students.”

Benefits of Riding a CARTA Bus with a UTC ID/ Mocs Express:

  • Unlimited free access to downtown Chattanooga, Hamilton Place, Northgate, and other CARTA routes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Busses run every 6 minutes

UTC freshmen Shauntra Spencer and Raquel Fuller said they both take the bus each day. ” I think it’s more convenient.” I have learned to know the schedule so I know when it will be coming and how long I’m going to have to wait,” Spencer said.

Weather plays a key factor to why some students take the bus said Fuller.” The bus is the most crowded when it’s cold or rainy.”

Engle Stadium Parking

 Other students who take the Mocs Express are those who park in the gravel lot near Engle Stadium. The lot is a distance from UTC’s campus, but the Mocs Express picks up and drops off many students from the location each day.
Screen shot 2013-04-21 at 11.57.42 AM
Sophomore Bernie Smith said that she just recently found about the lot and enjoys using it. “When I didn’t know about this parking lot I would go over in the other gravel lot off of Palmetto. I would circle around there for a good 30 minutes searching for a parking spot and I would be late to class all the time.”
Smith said before she found out about the Engle Stadium parking lot she had aquired over $180 worth of money in parking tickets. Smith said she likes the fact she can leave her home 15 minutes before class starts, catch the Mocs Express ,and make it to campus on time.
For more information about The Mocs Express or the CARTA bus service please visit  or call (423)-425-4051.

Hop on board the Mocs Express with Mocs News! Mocs News interviewed students and CARTA staff about the shuttle experience. Click below to watch.

A Cause, A Movement, A City Without Tears

By Alexandria Adams
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)- Michael Kelly, also known as Big Mike Mic, is a local Chattanooga rapper who dreams of a city without violence.

Kelly and his brother Brian started the project, “City Without Tears”, a year and a half ago. M. Kelly said, “ I want to bring awareness, awareness to the numbness of the violence and injustice that has been going on in the community.”

City Without Tears flyer

City Without Tears flyer

M. Kelly said that City Without Tears was inspired by his own self reflection, and seeing the tremendous toll that a life with violence takes on not only one person, but a community.

M. Kelly considers himself an artist and has been creating music for ten years. He wrote a six track EP, a documentary, a poem ,and a music video to help spread the message about the reoccurring violence and murders that Chattanooga has been experiencing.

By seeing the effects of violence firsthand M. Kelly said that is what drives him to continue his efforts to help put a stop to the violent crimes. “God led my heart to stop talking and be active.”

The two brothers hope City Without Tears becomes not just a message, but also a movement. B. Kelly said,” No one wants to see anyone hurt; especially not someone that you love. If one person is hurt, that hurt is going to spread.”

Brian Kelly speaks about the cause in the documentary

Brian Kelly speaks about the cause in the documentary

They hope their efforts make an impact not only on the local community, but that the message to end violence reaches to other cities having the same problem.
M. Kelly said, “ This project needs to be on the biggest platform possible. There is heavy violence going on in every city. This, most definitely is something that needs to be broadcast.”

B. Kelly said, “Everything is like an infection. If you don’t do something, it’s only going to get bigger and bigger. Why be reactive, when we can be more proactive?”

They hope to raise at least $10,000 for the project.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the City Without Tears project please e-mail Brian Kelley at or call 423-903-4293.  If you would like to donate to the City Without Tears project please visit and type “City Without Tears” into the search bar.
You can also follow Michael Kelly on Twitter and “like” his Facebook page.Make sure to view the exclusive interview with the Kelly brothers only on the Mocs News Youtube page.






Country Singer’s Death, Marked as a Suicide

By Alexandria Adams

Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP/The Loop) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday in Arkansas in an apparent suicide. She was 37.

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that McCready was found dead at a residence in Heber Springs from what appears to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head. An autopsy is pending.

It wasn’t the first suicide attempt for the troubled singer, whose list of problems only continued to grow in 2013.

McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking care of herself or her children and was abusing drugs and alcohol. Her sons were put in foster care at the time, but it’s not clear where Zander and Zayne were at the time of McCready’s death.

McCready’s longtime boyfriend David Wilson, the father of her younger son, died last month in Arkansas. Authorities found his body on the same porch where they discovered McCready’s on Sunday, and his death also was investigated as a suicide.

The front porch light remained on Sunday night at McCready’s home in the wooded lakefront community filled with large homes. Yellow crime-scene tape blocked off the front of the house, and a deputy sat watch over the property, referring questions to the sheriff. A pickup truck remained in the driveway.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Tennessee Springs into Spring weather Earlier Than Expected

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Loop)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — An end to winter’s bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famousgroundhog.

Following a recent stretch of weather that’s included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands but didn’t see his shadow.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler’s Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early.

The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, says that after “consulting” with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world’s Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the weather.

Phil is known as the “seer of seers” and “sage of sages.” Organizers predicted about 20,000 people this weekend, a larger-than-normal crowd because Groundhog Day falls on a weekend this year.

“I just hope he’s right and we get warmer weather soon,” said Mike McKown, 45, an X-ray technician who drove up from Lynchburg, Va., with his mother.

Phil’s got company in the forecasting department. There’s Staten Island Chuck, in New York; General Beauregard Lee, in Atlanta; and Wiarton Willie, in Wiarton, Ontario, among others noted by the National Climactic Data Center “Groundhog Day” Web page.

“Punxsutawney can’t keep something this big to itself,” the Data Center said. “Other prognosticating rodents are popping up to claim a piece of the action.”

Phil is the original — and the best, Punxsutawney partisans insist.

The 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray brought even more notoriety to the Pennsylvania party. The record attendance was about 30,000 the year after the movie’s release, said Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club. About 13,000 attend if Feb. 2 falls on a weekday.

Phil’s predictions, of course, are not always right on. Last year, for example, he told people to prepare for six more weeks of winter, a minority opinion among his groundhog brethren. The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University later listed that January to June as the warmest seven-month period since systematic records began being kept in 1895.

“We’ll just mark it up as a mistake last year. He’ll be correct this year,” McKown said hopefully.


Ron Todt reported from Philadelphia.

Pitch Perfected- UTC has it’s Own A Cappella Group

By: Alexandria Adams

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – Mocking Birds are known for the ability to mimic songs. And that goes no different for UTC student A cappella group, The Mocking Birds.

UTC student Sidney Toney started the group in the fall of 2011. The group is comprised of ten members.

The Mocking Birds performing at the 2012 Spring Greek Show.


Most members come from a musical background. President Whitney Gonyea, Vice President Melody Shenkman, and Secretary Caitlyn Krueger were all a part of their high schools’ choirs as well as other small musical groups that led the way for them to join The Mocking Birds.

All three say the have deep passion and appreciation for singing.

The musical group performs a variety of tunes from artists ranging from Taylor Swift to the jazzy melodies of Michael Buble says, Shenkman.


Gonyea says, “We are all a bunch of different individuals and we come together. We all sound really great and we have a lot fun.”

The Mocking Birds next performance will be at UTC’s annual Greek Show later this spring.