August 2013

Local businesses suffer tech support crisis while nerds attend Dragon Con


Many Chattanooga businesses have found themselves in the middle of a collective technical support crisis this weekend, with the temporary mass exodus of nerds from the city. All computer and Information Technology nerds in Chattanooga and surrounding areas are simultaneously attending the annual Atlanta event Dragon Con, which gathers over 50,000 aficionados of science fiction,

Local man commemorates 50th anniv. of MLK’s “Dream” speech by eating shrimp at Lamar’s


Fifty years ago today, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington, and Chattanooga resident, UTC senior and lacrosse team goalie Preston Maxwell Rawlings III commemorated the occasion by eating enormous fried shrimp at the MLK Blvd. restaurant Lamar’s. “Thank you, Rev. King,”

Chattanooga area Moms react to Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance.

Last night at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Pop Music sensation Miley Cyrus gave a performance that many are calling “somewhat controversial”. The performance caused quite a stir on Twitter and left the thousands in attendance for the awards show in shock and disgust. We took to the streets and asked several mothers from around

Mayor Berke solves late-night event hall problem: “After-party at my crib, y’all”


Chattanooga event halls, which currently do not require licenses like nightclubs or bars, have received intense scrutiny lately due to numerous police calls and late-night, after-hours violence, including several shootings and two fatalities, but at a press conference, Mayor Andy Berke announced a relatively simple solution to a troubling issue that has plagued the city

Ridgedale Church accepts Kat Cooper’s family after viewing The Sapphic Sorority Sisters of Lesbos


The Ridgedale Church of Christ in Chattanooga made national news this week after its leaders asked the relatives of openly gay detective Kat Cooper to either repent and seek forgiveness for accepting Cooper’s homosexuality or to leave the church. Cooper’s family decided to leave the church, but the leadership and congregation of the Ridgedale Church

Rep. Scott DesJarlais tells 11-year-old girl there is no Santa Claus

At a Rutherford County town hall meeting last week, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais told an 11-year-old girl that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, as part of a bizarre rant that began after she asked DesJarlais if anything could be done to stop her father, an undocumented immigrant, from being deported. Responding to the girl’s question, DesJarlais

Hamilton County schools update sex ed with masturbation curriculum


For decades, sex education has been entrenched in public schools for adolescent students, addressing topics including teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and birth control, and with a new initiative, the subject of efficient masturbation will also be taught as part of the curriculum in Hamilton County schools. The program, entitled “Get Off and Get On

Chattanooga Police deploys anti-chicken strike force


It’s a summer afternoon in North Chattanooga, and a man in a wool, slate-gray pinstriped double-breasted suit stands unflinchingly in the 90-degree heat; his commanding figure is completed by an ink-black necktie and a matching silk display handkerchief, and below his obsidian sunglasses, his lips slowly kiss his Dunhill cigarette like it was his bride

Mayor Berke mandates all visible Chattanooga text be converted to Chatype


Following the announcement of making Chatype the office typeface of Chattanooga, Mayor Berke issued a mandate that all visible text within the Chattanooga city limits must be converted to the new font. “Today marks a historic day in the history of Chattanooga, and even the world,” exclaimed Berke. “We must go Chaballs out and do