UTC's first sorority celebrates centennial

Earlier this month, Chi Omega, the first sorority at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, celebrated its 100th birthday with a variety of activities including gatherings of alumni from different decades, campus tours and more.

UTC's Chi Omega chapter was established on March 15, 1919, at the university, then the University of Chattanooga.

Kim White, president and CEO of Chattanooga's River City Co., was president of the UTC chapter of Chi Omega in 1981 and is a chair of the sorority's "Building Our Future" campaign today, which is in the process of raising $1.5 million to build a new chapter house at 515 O'Neal St., adjacent to UTC's intramural fields.

"It changed my entire life," White said in a statement. "I tended to be a little bit shy, but it was such a warm, welcoming group of friends that I just blossomed. When my name came in — you didn't seek office, you were nominated — with nominations to be president, I was shocked."

The organization hopes to begin construction on the new house in 2020. For more information on the campaign or to view artist renderings' of the future house, visit:

Kindergarten registration begins for Cleveland City Schools

Parents, get ready! Cleveland City Schools is hosting registration for kindergarten this week at Cleveland High School. Students are required to be registered in order to ensure them a spot in their local zoned school.

To begin kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 15, 2019.

Registration will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 in the Raider Arena at the high school at 850 Raider Drive.

To register, the child must be present and parents must bring an official birth certificate, the child's social security card, results from a recent physical examination (since Jan. 1, 2019) and proof of residency such as a rent statement or utility bill.

Students must also receive required immunizations before entering school in August.

For more information, contact Cleveland City Schools at 423-472-9571.

Chattanooga State hosts second annual film festival

Chattanooga State Community College kicks off its second annual Student Film Festival with the screening of international film, Kedi, a documentary that details the daily activities of the many feral cats living in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 on the college's main campus, in room C-30 in the Center for Advanced Technology. Industry expert, Bo Wheeler, will discuss strategies for creating a successful documentary following the screening.

The festival will continue at the Palace Theater Friday night with screenings of student films starting at 7 p.m. Attendees of Friday's showing will have the opportunity to cast their votes for this year's Audience Award.

Student films included in this year's festivals are competing for awards including: Best Short Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Music Video, The Chattanooga State Honor Award and The Audience Award.

Awards will be given out at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 back on the college's main campus, in room C-30. The awards ceremony will include free food, drinks and a panel discussion.

All film festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information on this year's festival, visit: or contact

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