Tag: Chattanooga

Small Battles

Cameron Mulienberg’s perspective on striving for inclusivity in Highland Park.


About the Storyteller

Small Battles was created by Kristjan Grimson. This multi-media piece was made in COMM 4750, Photojournalism 2, during the Fall 2017 semester. In December 2017, he received his B.A in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Get These Darn Kids Outside!

Julie Novak carries a bag of litter through the forest of Prentice Cooper State Park
Julie Novak carries a bag of litter through the forest of Prentice Cooper State Park. This was part of a TenneSEA sponsored student trash clean up on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (Photo by: Benjamin Wilt)

In today’s age of increasing dissonance related to environmental issues, it can be hard to advocate for widespread policy and lifestyle changes. Julie Novak, who works for a clean water advocate group called TenneSEA, has noticed this disparity and is doing her part to influence the future by getting kids from local public schools excited about keeping the environment clean, and getting them involved.

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The Steward

The Steward tells the story of cavers working to preserve the Steward Spring cave following incidents of vandalism.


About the Storyteller

The Steward was created by Chris Halleen. This video was made in COMM 4800, Directed Project, during the Spring 2017 semester.

Chris Hallen received a BA in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in summer 2017.

Copyright 2017, Chris Halleen, all rights reserved.

New Life as a Single Mother

Alek Ferguson holding her baby daughter, Aurora Ferguson, in their home.
Alek Ferguson holding her baby daughter, Aurora Ferguson, in their home. (Photo by Rachel Garcia)

Alek Ferguson is a first-time single parent living in a small apartment in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Earlier this year, Alek and her husband found out they were pregnant, and within the first three months, her husband decided he was not ready for the responsibilities of having a child, so he moved out leaving Alek to go through the pregnancy alone.

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Invitation Only: Black Girl in a White World

JJ Dunigan is a senior at GPS.
JJ Dunigan is a senior at GPS. (Photo by Erica Roberts)

Girls Preparatory School, also known as GPS, is an all-girls private school in Chattanooga Tennessee. Since GPS is a private school, students must pay a tuition in order to enroll in the school. GPS girls are typically stereotyped using two characteristics: caucasian and wealthy. What does it look like to go to a school where you do not fit those stereotypes?

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One Immigrant: The Story of Celeste Varagona

One Immigrant: The Story of Celeste Varagona tells the life story of Italian immigrant, Celeste Varagona. Ms. Varagona teaches piano and lives in Oak Ridge, TN. She regularly  travels to Chattanooga for piano competitions.


About the Storyteller

Rachel McIntyre Smith.
Rachel McIntyre Smith

One Immigrant: The Story of Celeste Varagona was created by Rachel McIntyre Smith. This multi-media piece was made in COMM 4750, Photojournalism 2, during the Fall 2017 semester.

Rachel McIntyre Smith is a junior Communications and Spanish major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a member of the Brock Scholars program and serves as the student trustee on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in songwriting.

Copyright 2017, Rachel McIntyre Smith, all rights reserved.