New Geothermal Systems coming to Chattanooga Fire Stations

Inside Main Streets Green-spaces

Inside Main Streets Green-spaces

By: Elizabeth Miller

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (the loop/ AP)- Chief of Chattanooga Fire Department applies for “Clean Tennessee Energy Grant” to install two new geothermal stations in Chattanooga.

Randall Parker, Chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department, waits to accept a “Clean Tennessee Energy Grant” under the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. This grant will fund two new geothermal systems at Fire Station 9 (East Lake) and Station 11 (Hixson).

City funds will have a 50% match of 32,760 coming to a total cost of 65,520. Funding comes from the taxpayers, Paker said. “We are taxpayer funded so anything we can do to control costs is a good thing for the citizens as well as a being a responsible users of fossil fuels precious natural resources.”

Parker says, “There is on average 30-40% reduction in operational costs related to standard heating and cooling.” He said, “We try to control our costs for heating and cooling by building energy efficient buildings and simple things such as Compact Fluorescent lighting increasing insulation and other energy saving features.” Some other benefits to the geothermal system is it resistance to weather damage and its dependence of fossil fuels.

Chattanooga already has one geothermal system at Green Spaces located on Main Street across from Fire Station 1. Anj McClain, the director of Green Spaces, said there system is not exactly geothermal and further discusses how their system operates.

Hamilton County School system is in the process of installing geothermal heating and cooling at Brainerd High School and at Red Bank and Signal Mountain Middle Schools Parker said.

For questions about the development of the new heating system at the Fire Stations, contact Randall Parker. To learn more about how these systems operate click here.




Miss America Pageant Returns to Atlantic City

By: Elizabeth Miller

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss America, Atlantic City’s prodigal pageant, is coming home, and the spectacle that became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort is being assured all is forgiven after a six-year fling in Las Vegas.

The pageant will be back where it started 93 years ago and where it was a fixture until 2006, when organizers moved to Nevada in the hopes of attracting a younger TV audience.

“It was always my dream that this would return here,” said Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America organization. “Sadly, this organization went west for a while. That sadness is over. We are back to the city where the Miss America pageant began, where the Miss America pageant was raised, and where the Miss America pageant belongs.”

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who worked with Gov. Chris Christie’s office to entice the pageant, said having Miss America anywhere but Atlantic City just felt wrong.

“Can anyone separate the Mummer’s Parade from Philadelphia, or the Rose Bowl from Pasadena?” he asked. “Miss America is Atlantic City, and she’s coming home.”

New Jersey’s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, made the official announcement Thursday morning inside Boardwalk Hall, the historic arena in which the pageant will take place during yet-undetermined dates in September. She said Atlantic City and the pageant have a handshake agreement to move back here for at least three years, but said final details have yet to be ironed out.

One thing is for sure, though: the contestants will don elaborate footwear and participate in the traditional pre-pageant Boardwalk parade, in which spectators yell out “Show us your shoes!”

The announcement came the same day that another Boardwalk icon, Trump Plaza, was sold to a California company for $20 million, the lowest price ever paid for a casino in the beleaguered resort city. Boosters spun it as a heartening sign that the city was still attractive to investors.

Guadagno said no taxpayer money was part of the incentives offered to lure Miss America back to New Jersey. Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance, said her casino-funded group is among those providing financial incentives, but would not say how much it might contribute. She said individual casinos are contributing as well, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority could use some of the funds casinos are obligated to pay to it for Miss America-related purposes.

Guadagno and Cartmell said the return of the pageant is expected to generate at least $30 million in economic activity for Atlantic City and the surrounding region. But the psychological boost, and the free publicity of having the national broadcast set in Atlantic City, is priceless, they added. Cartmell said 6,000 to 7,000 people associated with the pageant will need hotel rooms, meals and other expenditures during their time in Atlantic City.

“We will be showcasing all the attractions we have in Atlantic City,” Cartmell said. The pageant contestants “will be climbing the lighthouse, they’ll go to Gardner’s Basin, they may go dolphin-watching — all the fun things people do when they come to Atlantic City. The amount of free media for us is great.”

The Miss America pageant left Atlantic City in 2006 after deciding it was just too expensive to stage its production there. It went to Las Vegas, where the current Miss America, Mallory Hagan, was crowned last month at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Hagan will have her reign cut short when the pageant is broadcast in September, but will be paid for the full year, pageant officials said.

The move to Las Vegas came amid sliding TV ratings for the pageant, as it tried to interest a younger demographic and incorporating elements of reality television programming.

McMaster said the content of the show is still being worked on, adding he expects a mixture of modern television elements and traditional pageant staples such as evening wear and swimsuit competitions, and talent competitions. The format is being jointly developed with the ABC television network, which will broadcast the pageant for the next three years, he said.

The Miss America pageant started as little more than a bathing suit revue. It broke viewership records in its heyday and bills itself as one of the world’s largest scholarship programs for women. But, like other pageants, it has struggled to stay relevant as national attitudes regarding women’s rights have changed.

The contest originated in 1920 as the Fall Frolic, which became the Inter-City Beauty Contest the following year. In 1921, a high school junior named Margaret Gorman was one of approximately 1,000 entrants in a photo contest held by the Washington Herald. She was chosen as the first Miss Washington, D.C., and her prize was a trip to Atlantic City, where she won the top prize: the Golden Mermaid Trophy.

The next year, Gorman was expected to defend her title. But when the Washington Herald selected a new Miss Washington, D.C., Atlantic City pageant officials didn’t know what new title to award Gorman. Since both titles she won in 1921 — Inter-City Beauty, Amateur and The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America — were considered somewhat awkward, it was decided to call her Miss America.

The pageant was conceived by the Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season in Atlantic City for another week, being held the weekend after Labor Day weekend, when temperatures were generally still warm.


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Flu Season is Here, Time for Your Vaccinations


Elizabeth Miller

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The loop)-

Flu shots are available at local pharmacies

Flu season normally begins in the fall and extends into December or January, but this year’s mild weather brought a delayed wave of the illness. Walgreens Pharmacist Chad Garrison said that since the weather has been so mild the need for flu shots has been low, until recently, when it started to cool down.

Garrison says, that the shot has been in high demand recently because of a television report on the severity of the flu in the northeast this season.

As a result , local pharmacies saw an increase in patients and had a small shortage of shots. However, Garrison said, the epidemic was not as widespread as people thought.

This illness can be spread easily especially on college campuses because of its tendency to transferred airborne Garrison said. UTC junior Haley Cordle, caught the flu this season and said “Nothing else that I have ever gotten cold wise, has made me had the body aches and just the exhaustion that comes along with having the flu.”

If you have the symptoms of the flu like coughing, body aches, or fever you need to be diagnosed by the doctor Garrison said.

Garrison suggested that in order to get the shot people should visit their local Walgreens, clinic, or hospital. The price of the shot ranges from twenty to thirty dollars.

Walgreens- 110 N. Market Street

(423) 752-8104


Vanderbilt hosts SEC game rematch

Vanderbilt team ready for the game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/The Loop) — John Calipari isn’t sure if any of his Wildcats even know Vanderbilt beat Kentucky for theSoutheastern Conference tournament title the last time the teams met.

Commodores coach Kevin Stallings says it’s best everyone moves on.

Vanderbilt handed Kentucky its last loss March 11 before the Wildcats went on to win the program’s eighth national title.

That tournament championship meant a lot to Vanderbilt — it was the school’s first in 61 years. That’s why some fans will be getting replicas of the title ring Thursday night when the Commodores open their SEC schedule against the visiting Wildcats.

But the coaches, the school names on the front of the jerseys and a couple players are about all that remain the same from that game.


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UTC Highland Team

By Elizabeth Miller


A new club sport, the Highland games, has been added to the list of activities at UTC this past semester.

Daniel Broadway, 19, President and founder of the Highland team at UTC, says the Highland games are basically a Scottish strongman competition. Every single Highland competitor must wear a kilt otherwise they will be unable to compete he said.  Broadway says competitors also wear a shirt to represent their team or sponsors as a part of their uniform.

According to Broadway the Highland competition traditionally has nine events depending on the game, it may have seven. The most well known events are the caber toss and sheaf toss he said.

To listen to Daniel Broadway talk about Highland games and training for events click here.

The UTC Highland team will have two home games this year, Broadway said. He says the team will also have an away game with Covenant College their current rival.

Broadway says the home games will not only entail the sports events but a true Scottish festival with vendors. According to Broadway, “One we will try to have at the end of the first semester, if we could I’d like to have it on the intramural field, I’d just be the perfect place for it. I’m going to try to have any where from 15 to 20 vendors come out so we will have a real Scottish Festival.”

Broadway says in the first active semester of the club, it has attracted 30 members.

Although the turn out of members is high, the club is not well known on campus yet. When questioned about the Highland Club, UTC student, Katie Redmond, said “ Yeah, I have actually heard of the Highland games, I’ve also heard that we have a new club about the highland games on campus. But I haven’t really heard any information about where its taking place or what sort of if events their doing. I’m really interested to know more about it.”

Broadway says he plans to promote the Highland games by making a few banners, sending out a mass E-mail to scrappy and to have a few players walk around in kilts on campus to get the word out.

Campbell County School Director Arrested

By Elizabeth Miller

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop) — The former director of the Campbell County public schools and another former administrator in the system have pleaded guilty to theft and misconduct.

Michael Martin and Karen Bundren will not be sent to jail under the plea entered Monday in Jacksboro, but are required to repay the schools $4,000 in restitution.

Martin, who formerly was superintendent of the schools, and Bundren, who was director of federal programs in the schools, were also placed on eight years of judicial diversion, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (

The two were accused in what prosecutors said was a scheme that netted Bundren, who is 52, extra pay for falsely claiming she held a doctorate.

Martin, who is 62, was previously director of the Putnam County schools.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.