Red Bank High School Students Assist First Responders During Texas Flooding

Friday, September 8, 2017
Last weekend as Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas, Red Bank High School teacher Leah Keith-Houle made plans for her classes to go “HOT!” HOT stands for Humanitarian Outreach Team, which is facilitated through OpenStreetMap.US site. OpenStreetMap is an open source, freeware mapping program that works for those who do not have the technology to build real-time, live maps. 

Red Bank High School worked with an international group to build maps, edit roads, bridges, housing, and crisis center locations so that first responders could use their smartphones and laptops to help those in peril. Local global leader in GIS and mapping, Randy Hale, indicated that OSM and other open source sites were receiving over 18,000 hits per minute for information on road closures and flooding, as map makers were working with responders to support those in need.


Red Bank students decided that this work took priority from the normal curriculum and got to work. Day one was a crash course in learning OSM and how to build structures and how to attribute them. Students worked for five days to make a difference in Texas. A total of 101 students at Red Bank participated and completed 8,209 structures in about 11 hours. A terrific rate of speed and accuracy was displayed by students in mapping buildings in the areas most prone to flooding, officials said. 

Students worked primarily in areas around the chemical plants that were in the news due to their potential for explosion. Ms. Keith said, “It is really wonderful to watch students see the real contribution that can be made with their technology skills.”



Chattanooga State And South College Sign Articulation Agreement

Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State and Mr. Steve South, president of South College, signed an articulation agreement between the two institutions on Jan. 9. This articulation agreement will guarantee qualified students enrolled in Chattanooga State’s pre-pharmacy classes an interview with the School of Pharmacy to pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree. The agreement ... (click for more)

GNTC And Foundations Work Together To Train Northwest Georgia’s EMS Professionals

With the population closing in on one million people in Northwest Georgia, combined with the more than 300 EMT openings currently available in the Peach State, it was an easy decision for two regional foundations to team up to make a gift to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).   Betts Berry with the Jewell Foundation and Steve Tarvin with the Pierce Foundation ... (click for more)

Bitter Cold And Icy Roads To Continue Through Thursday Morning In Chattanooga; Some Flights Cancelled; Many Schools Closed

Bitter cold temperatures will continue for Chattanooga, the National Weather Service has warned, The NWS also is advising motorists to watch for patchy icy roads. Chattanooga Airport officials said on Wednesday afternoon, " As inclement weather continues to cause a few delays or cancellations at the Chattanooga Airport, American Airlines flight 5159 originally scheduled ... (click for more)

City Council Considering New 2-Year $600,000 Contract With Father To The Fatherless

The City Council is considering whether to approve a new two-year contract of up to $600,000 with Father to the Fatherless for the Violence Reduction Initiative. Council members had a number of questions during a lengthy hearing on Tuesday afternoon, but Police Chief David Roddy said the program has helped bring a 35 percent reduction in gun-related shootings and a 16 percent ... (click for more)

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, Dr. King for stepping-out.  Thank you for your lasting voice to what it's all about. Thank you, Dr. King for  stepping up and also showing-up, ...when decisions were being made and  your refusal  to shut-up.  We find your fingerprints on both directions and toward progress.  your modeling, mentoring,  and reactions helps ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Once In A Blue…

On August 21st this past summer, four black women were walking down the street in Dayton, Tn., when a white man asked from his porch, “Are you ladies here to see the eclipse?” Told that yes, they most certainly were, the gentleman pointed to his back deck and another white couple and said, “If you don’t have plans, would you care to sit with us?” The ladies were delighted and ... (click for more)