Chattanoogans Become Bassheads

By: Elizabeth Patterson


A packed venue, multicolor lights flashing, and people dancing this is the trademark of Bassnectar, one of the new DJ’s sweeping the nation.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn( AP/ The Loop)- Raving has become the most popular all night dance party in our generation. The synthesized and heavy bass attracts all kinds of people especially those of  teens and young adolescents.

The drug scene is presentable but most are there for the music.  Talking to ravers I noticed a specific lingo to describe their experience using words like rowdy, drug references and calling themselves Bassheads.

Chattanooga has become involved with the rave scene.  There are many raves held in the downtown area and welcome anyone who is willing to put on their dancing shoes.  Bangers Ball located on Market St.  is just one of the all night parties that Chattanooga holds for the price of five dollars.  Chattanooga also has its fair share of up and coming djs.

2009 Summer Camp - Afternoon Set Credit: Chad Smith

Bassnectar throwing down the bass

One of the most popular dj’s that has started the revolution of electronic/dubstep craziness is no other than Bassnectar.  Not only does Bassnectar allow you to let loose and dance the night away, his music also leaves the audience open minded with his socialist ideas.

Click here to listen to tracks of Bassnectar

Bassnectar a.k.a Lorin Ashton started off underground in the Bay Area with his insane parties and mixtapes that eventually led him worldwide. “What started back in the mid nineties as an experiment fusing youth culture and social action has turned into a multi-faceted, multi-faced creature called Bassnectar, “says bassnectar himself.

Bassnectar is very popular in Chattanooga, Nashville and Atlanta. “His shows are crazy as all get out, the atmosphere is incredible,” said UTC student Kara Livingston.  I also spoke to people who are extremely into the rave scene and create their own style of music. ” Bassnectar has been a huge inspiration towards making my own music,” said student Brent Murphy.

Bassnectar Family

I myself have had the experience of seeing Bassnectar live.  The crowd does get extremely rowdy by throwing glow sticks and water.  The atmosphere is like no other with people dressed in the most interesting outfits with hulu hoops.    It’s a very different scene but definitely one you will never forget.

Bassnectar next show is December 30 in Atlanta at the Tabernacle.  Come out and experience the craziness of the show and become a basshead( bassnectar fan).

On the heels of Halloween a couple’s worst nightmare comes true

Jack Howland

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP/UTC) — A 9-month-old baby is in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after she was attacked by two raccoons while sleeping in her crib in the same room as her mother.

Authorities say they are investigating how the raccoons got inside the home and whether the family was keeping the animals as pets.

Newton County Sheriff’s Lt. Tyrone Oliver says authorities arrived about 4 a.m. on Wednesday after the mother called 911 to say the baby had been attacked. She was bitten severely on her head and on other parts of her body.

Oliver says the raccoons were outside the family’s house when deputies arrived, and that one was aggressive and fatally shot by a deputy. The other raccoon was given to animal control to be tested for rabies.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

I love Pink

By: Mariah Brooks

Ten-year-old Parker Salinas considers herself one lucky little girl and a lifelong believer in the power of pink.

Mom Jules was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer, enduring weeks of radiation, chemotherapy and, finally, a double-mastectomy that saved her life. Parker — the oldest of three kids — begged to get involved in the search for a cure and got busy making and selling bracelets from soda can pull tabs. Her total: 600 bracelets and $600 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“I’m doing something fun but I’m also doing something to help another family, or somebody else,” said the fourth-grader from suburban Atlanta. “It was the thought of helping others to feel better and not die from it.”

Parkers large and small are trying to push back the most common form of cancer in women in their own homegrown ways, from two teachers who putt-putted more than 2,700 miles on scooters in “Dumb and Dumber” getups to a Minnesota family’s cookbook that raised $30,000.

Many do it year-round with help from a bump in online giving and the rise of Facebook. Others find shorter-term projects to take advantage of October’s designation as breast cancer awareness month, when bubblegum pink takes center stage during walks, corporate drives and the sale of special products that raise millions for research, education and support for patients.

“Finding a good give-back project is like finding that perfect pair of jeans,” said Christy Eichers, who nearly lost her mother, Joan, to the disease. “To give to something you really believe in is a gift.”

Eichers hit on her “Mixing Up Memories” cookbook idea while driving one day in Minneapolis two years ago, listening to the “Wicked” tune “Defying Gravity”: “Some things I cannot change/ But ’til I try, I’ll never know!” She embellished each comfort, party-pleasing recipe (Cowboy Salsa, Annie’s Cajun Yams) with its distinct family history.

“My mom said, ‘Oh my goodness, we’re not going to have any family secrets left,'” Eichers said.

Like Parker and Eichers, Carter Hoff’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. Hoff’s good friend Alan Landers has survivors in his family, too. Both men were teachers on a U.S. military base in the Azores in Portugal when they decided on their scooter ride across the United States in late June.

“It was an easy choice,” Hoff said. “We decided we could be just two guys on scooters or we could do it wearing the orange and blue tuxedoes from ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ We had canes, too, but we lost them in Pennsylvania. They fell off the hogs,” Hoff joked.

Averaging about 300 miles a day at 60 mph or slower, it took them 16 days to go Washington to Washington and raise about $4,300. “We went for the everyday grassroots people you meet on the street,” Hoff said. “A few dollars here, a few dollars there could add up and make a big difference.”

Nobody knew more about the personal touch than Mel Simmons, a suburban Boston mother of two and a flight attendant for 38 years who died of breast cancer after a fierce, five-year battle.

Frequent flyers on Delta Air Lines planes asked for her by name. Her friends nominated her to carry the Olympic Torch, and she did with her trademark grin. During treatment for breast cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Simmons liked to give her nurses and others colorful bead bracelets on elastic bands that a friend found for her in Turkey.

When Simmons died in 2005, the recipients of her token gift wore them in her honor. Soon others wanted them, too, and friends found 1,000 more of the bracelets. The supply quickly sold out, with proceeds donated to cancer causes. Her loved ones realized the bracelets could raise even more money in the fight against all cancers and formed the Friends of Mel Foundation. The group had a bad turn of luck in 2007 when they voluntarily recalled the bracelets due to lead, but it found a new source in January 2008 and the tradition continues. More than $2 million in proceeds from the bracelets and other fundraisers has been distributed.

“We were missing her and trying to channel our grief in a positive way,” said Pauline Alighieri, a close friend. “At the time people started asking for the bracelets, so we put a basket down on a table and said take a bracelet, give us $10. We didn’t know what we were doing. The whole thing was done out of the back of my car.”

Greg Moore in Chattanooga, Tenn., lost his mother to breast cancer 18 years ago. The mother of his oldest daughter died of the disease two years ago.

Moore co-owns a Volvo Rents franchise, providing heavy equipment for construction work. He painted one of his 45 cherry pickers pink and began last October to donate 25 percent of its proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Moore has turned over a little more than $2,000 so far.

“At the very beginning everybody wanted to rent it for what it’s used for but a lot of times just to aggravate their workers,” he said. “On the job site it’s a big conversation piece.”

Corporate marketer Nick Mavrick at Volvo Rents headquarters in Asheville, N.C., said other stores have done the same with pink, along with red, white and blue American flag designs to support military veterans, purple for the March of Dimes and a jigsaw puzzle look for autism.

“There are a lot of big guys in this business with soft hearts,” Mavrick said. “A lot of what they do doesn’t fill their hearts. This does.”

UTC Hosts Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew Competition

By: Louise Elliott

Chattanooga (UTC/TheLoop) – UTC’s Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity hosted the first annual Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew Competition at the University Center Auditorium.

Five crews participated in the competition including, The Untouchables, Tennessee Rockaz, C@ution Crew, Final Destination, and Retro Swag. The crews consisted of members from Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, and Atlanta. Two of the crews, The Untouchables and Final Destination, included UTC students as members.

The Final Destination crew were the night’s winners. They walked away with a $1000 cash prize.

“The event was very successful,” said Porscha Boyd, one of the event coordinators. “It brought out a diverse crowd and we were very pleased.”

A canned food item donation was requested from those who attended the dance competition. Boyd said a substantial amount of food was donated to the Chattanooga Food Bank.

“I felt for our first dance competition, the show was well organized and was successful,” said Johnny Lester, a coordinator from Alpha Kappa Psi.  “I am pleased with all the performances and I look forward to seeing everyone back for Chattanooga’s Best Dance Crew 2010.”

Financial sponsors of the event included Dr. Victor Blake & Morehouse School of Medicine, Eric Buchanan & Assoicates, and the Alpha Kappa Psi chapter.