published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Courter: 'Imagination Dance' screening in South Pittsburg

Jim Moore, creator of The Animal Band, is back in the area and will screen his film "Imagination Dance" at the newly renovated Princess Theater in South Pittsburg, Tenn., at 6 p.m. CDT on Nov. 5.

Moore is a South Pittsburg native who left the area decades ago and embarked on an award-winning career.

He is the first recipient of the prestigious Media & Entertainment Excellence Award, presented by members of the U.S. Congress. He is the only independent artist to sell out five consecutive performances at the Grand Ole Opry House. Moore is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Nashville Music Award (NAMMY) winner for Children's Music Recording of the Year and a best-selling author.

"Imagination Dance" is an interactive film for adults and children that includes 12 Moore originals, digital animation and pyrotechnics. Audience members get involved in such songs as "Are We There Yet," in which the audience leans left and right as a car travels a curvy road.

It was filmed at The Renaissance Theatre in Dickson, Tenn., along Old Hickory Lake in Hickory, Tenn., and at The Nashville Zoo. It was shown on 84 screens in 2003 for one day, selling out at each.

It's also been shown on PBS.

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Tommy Jett is getting the old gang together.

It's been a little more than 50 years since WFLI and Jett went on the air, and he's hosting a radio show/reunion Tuesday with some of his surviving co-workers. Jett has been hosting "The Tommy Jett Good Time Rock and Roll Oldies Show" online at for almost two years now.

The special show will air live from 7 to 10 p.m. and will be simulcast on WAAK-FM 94.7. It will be available online after that for a week.

"I will have people like Johnny Eagle, Ringo Van, Ron Arnold (he was Ron Daly on the air) and David Carroll," Jett said. "We'll also have some surprise guests.

"We will reminisce and talk about the impact and the effect that Jet Fli had on the community and Mid-South area, really."

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The site lists a call for extras for a part in a new film called "Ella." The open set call will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Tivoli, 709 Broad St. Applicants should come dressed in formal wear. For more information, contact Myles Matsuno at

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On-air personality Kim Carson is back at WDEF-FM 92.3. According to vice president/general manager Bernie Barker, Carson will be a part of the "Sunny 92.3 Morning Show," joining James Howard, Gene Lovin and the legendary Luther Masingill from 5:30 to 10 a.m. beginning Monday.

Carson was at WUSY-FM 100.7 for several years.

"The addition of Kim Carson to our morning show will create a local family of personalities unmatched by any other radio station in Chattanooga," said station manager/director of programming Danny Howard.

"She, like many of our listeners, is a mom, juggling kids and career, and she brings that perspective to Sunny 92.3's unique morning mix of music, news, traffic, weather and entertainment."

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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