Tagged: "Poverty puzzle"

New initiative seeks to boost economy in Appalachia

Story New initiative seeks to boost economy in Appalachia

Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center have proposed 19 measures to boost the economy in Appalachia, including expanded broadband and telemedicine and tapping the region's "vast" natural gas reserves for chemical and advanced manufacturing facilities.

Tennessee sees overall improvement in child welfare

Story Tennessee sees overall improvement in child welfare

Tennessee children have experienced an overall improvement of their well-being, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Chattanooga organization wants to unite public on solutions to inequality

Story Chattanooga organization wants to unite public on solutions to inequality

A local coalition is hoping to unite the public around solving Chattanooga's rising inequality problems.

Chattanooga-born filmmaker stirs civic involvement with screening

Story Chattanooga-born filmmaker stirs civic involvement with screening

Local poverty, jails and public schools were the topics of conversation on Main Street Wednesday night, sparked by the work of a Chattanooga-born filmmaker who has been working to stir civil engagement around some of the community's most intractable problems.

Chattanooga holds summit aimed at preventing toxic stress in children

Story Chattanooga holds summit aimed at preventing toxic stress in children

Almost 25 percent of Tennesseans went through three or more stressful or traumatic experiences during their childhoods, according to a recent study.

Legal service advocates to provide free legal advice clinics across Tennessee

Story Legal service advocates to provide free legal advice clinics across Tennessee

Advocates for equal justice vowed to step up services Tuesday in Chattanooga as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to cut federal programs for low-income people.

Purposity Chattanooga helps residents aid neighbors in need

Story Purposity Chattanooga helps residents aid neighbors in need

For good Samaritans looking to help out neighbors in need, there's a new tool that might make it easier to be a philanthropist.

Chattanooga churches discuss partnerships to address poverty, disconnectedness [photos]

Story Chattanooga churches discuss partnerships to address poverty, disconnectedness [photos]

Thousands of families with young children in Chattanooga face insurmountable odds.

United Way calls Chattanooga churches to act on poverty

Story United Way calls Chattanooga churches to act on poverty

Local churches will gather this weekend to discuss how members of Chattanooga's faith community can work together to address the economic desperation some residents in the city are facing.

Report shows Chattanoogans increasingly concerned about public safety

Story Report shows Chattanoogans increasingly concerned about public safety

A recent report from the city's Office of Internal Audit shows Chattanoogans have become more concerned about public safety and raising children in town, but local researchers say the report has fundamental design flaws.

Chattanooga police, inspectors stand by condemnation process despite criticism

Story Chattanooga police, inspectors stand by condemnation process despite criticism

It's a process the police tout as classic community policing — a way to solve a problem and rid a neighborhood of a troublesome house or tenant without necessarily slapping someone in cuffs.

Chattanooga activists call for more diversity in local philanthropy

Story Chattanooga activists call for more diversity in local philanthropy

When Tonya Rooks was elected to head the residents council of Chattanooga's most troubled public housing project in 2012, she thought she knew what her neighbors needed.

Research quantifies Chattanooga's rising child care and education divide

Story Research quantifies Chattanooga's rising child care and education divide

Chattanooga will face serious challenges if the rising share of young children living in poverty continues to go without the care and education other local children have access to, warns a study funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a nationally known, philanthropic heavyweight.

Salvation Army seeks donations to help area residents beat the heat

Story Salvation Army seeks donations to help area residents beat the heat

As temperatures continue to climb in the Tennessee Valley, more and more people need help beating the heat.

UTC, Cleveland State get nearly $250,000 in grants to improve students' success

Story UTC, Cleveland State get nearly $250,000 in grants to improve students' success

The state has awarded nearly $152,000 to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and another $90,700 grant to Cleveland State for programs aimed at enabling more students to move through their courses and graduate.

Brainerd student overcomes homelessness, appointed to Air Force Academy

Story Brainerd student overcomes homelessness, appointed to Air Force Academy

After overcoming a period of homelessness in his teenage years, Brainerd High School Salutatorian Isaiah Smith graduated at the top of his class and is heading in July to Colorado Springs for four years at the U.S.

St. Louis area superintendent shares ideas for improving Hamilton County's struggling schools

Story St. Louis area superintendent shares ideas for improving Hamilton County's struggling schools

Tiffany Anderson was the fourth participant in the Chattanooga 2.0 speaker series. Chattanooga 2.0 is a local initiative launched in January aimed at improving the county's public schools and increasing work force development.

More women turning to long-acting contraceptives

Story More women turning to long-acting contraceptives

Shannon Fleming was sure she knew everything about birth control.

Innovator to share tools for turning around low-performing schools at Chattanooga 2.0 talk

Story Innovator to share tools for turning around low-performing schools at Chattanooga 2.0 talk

The Jennings, Mo., school district does not look like it did five years ago before Tiffany Anderson arrived.

Barely living in the best town ever

Story Barely living in the best town ever

No one thought Chattanooga would be a tourism magnet after Walter Cronkite told the entire country on the nightly news that Chattanooga was the dirtiest city in the nation.

Poverty Puzzle: About the reporting

Story Poverty Puzzle: About the reporting

THIS SERIES WAS reported for more than a year. To have a foundation of knowledge on the issues of poverty, income inequality and economic mobility, reporters Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith read more than 250 peer-reviewed studies published by major research institutions and nonprofit organizations and read a dozen books written by social scientists.

Poverty Puzzle: Here's why both sides of the culture war are right

Story Poverty Puzzle: Here's why both sides of the culture war are right

Communities shape families and families shape children, but in the fight to bring economic mobility to poor and middle-class children in Chattanooga, the first step is the hardest.

America's hardest-hit county is reluctantly coming together after falling apart

Story America's hardest-hit county is reluctantly coming together after falling apart

A hard-hit coal mining community has a lesson to teach Chattanooga about the power of community bonds, the impact of humble leadership and the healing effect of restored trust.

A School Like Home

Story A School Like Home

In Chattanooga, we ask schools to teach children, not raise them. But one local educator, who fears struggling schools have long been misunderstood, is crossing the line and proving that when disadvantaged children are truly supported, the impossible comes into view.

Jesus came to restore the weak, and the soul of the church is at stake

Story Jesus came to restore the weak, and the soul of the church is at stake

A nascent movement coming out of Chattanooga is challenging American evangelicals and their long-held stance on poverty. Jesus came to restore the weak, a local disruptor with a growing celebrity status among Protestant churches, warns. At stake, he says, is the heart of the local church.

This unlikely alliance is bridging the divide between the penniless and the prosperous

Story This unlikely alliance is bridging the divide between the penniless and the prosperous

A model that unites middle class families with their struggling neighbors is proving poverty can be beat.

There is a story behind every story; a reporter looks back

Story There is a story behind every story; a reporter looks back

How searching for the solution to American poverty changed a reporter's life.

Once the backbone of America, working class men have lost their way

Story Once the backbone of America, working class men have lost their way

Young men from working class families have few lifelines as the dirty jobs their fathers and grandfathers worked slowly evaporate or evolve. But local approaches that connect those lost boys, many now lost men, to pride and purpose, are proving a rebound is possible.


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