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CDC Warns of Salmonella Concerns Over Backyard Chickens

CDC Warns of Salmonella Concerns Over Backyard Chickens

It’s no “chicken-and-egg” situation when determining how more than 900 people picked up salmonella infections so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreaks are linked to contact with live, noncommercial poultry, such as chickens or ducks, which are growing in popularity as pets and as local food sources for backyard farmers.

Now here is where I did stories on others! We wouldn’t be free range if I didn’t freelance. Check out some of these articles produced highlighting other local, small, economically friendly businesses.

Embracing The Slow Drink Movement

Hot or cold, the perfect drink should take some time; intricate parts creating a mellifluous mixture. More than just a perfectly poured Guinness, an aperitif or digestif should encompass local, fresh ingredients as much as the meal.

The slow food movement rocked the kitchen table and small-batched beer was close behind but how quickly are craft concoctions trending?

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“Karting For Kitties”

This coming November, Infinity Flux Cards, Comics and Games marks four years in business…but there is so much more to celebrate than simple longevity.

This locally owned comic book shop is a superhero in the community’s eyes as they have been repeat contributors to many non-profits including the Chattanooga Film Festival, the Chattanooga Roller Girls, the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, Northgate Public Library, and Hixson High School.

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Renegades Have It Made

Renegade is defined as “A person who deserts and betrays an organization or set of principles.” But Renegade Silver Jewelry did not get its name being owned by rebel emerging entrepreneurs.

“We were sitting around trying to think of a name that had some clout then I thought of what did we want to aspire to,” Catie Posser explains. “If you make it to the Renegade Craft Market, you made it.”

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Wanderlust For Wear

“Plants help us focus and identify where we are,” says naturalist Lin Feagans. “We hope to inspire your wild by creating unique pieces using materials found in nature.”

On a gloomy, rainy afternoon in her workspace also known as her kitchen, she spoke about what inspired the birth of the business, Wanderlust & Wolf.

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Festival Of Black Arts & Ideas

I am disappointed in myself that I did not know that Juneteenth, which is this coming Tuesday, is an American holiday to commemorate the day slavery was abolished in Texas in 1865 and the day the last slaves were emancipated from the Confederacy.

I remember the Emancipation Proclamation but I do not recall this mid-summer day being discussed either in high school or college history courses.

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Dog Day Afternoons

For Chattanooga to be such a mecca for active outdoor enthusiasts, I was surprised when I moved here to learn some huge outdoor venues, like the Sunday Chattanooga Market and Coolidge Park, did not allow dogs.

I totally understand that leashes or lack thereof, poop not being scooped and just all around irresponsible pet parents creates the limiting options for places to take your pup so I am not finding fault in those that don’t allow it.

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Send In The Clowns

Cirque du Soleil is known for breaking the mold of the typical big top circus performance and taking it to new heights with more in-depth storylines and breathtaking acrobatics.

In the newly redesigned for arena atmosphere, Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, goes back to its big top roots and pays homage to the life of a clown, all the while wowing audiences with seamless and spectacular displays of art and athleticism.

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Commerce Without Cash

Moola. Loot. Pesos. Paper. Coin. Bank. Clams. Bread. Dough. Cheddar. Greens. Bringing home the bacon. No matter what you call it, with an ever fluctuating economy, the value of the dollar holds different value for everyone.

The budding farmer may not feel as passionate about growing that 401K as much as growing a team of farm hands and paying them in produce. The graphic designer may need an editor to review the children’s book in which she is getting paid to draw the pictures.

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

The thought of a woman with a shaved head may conjure images of irrational, crazy ladies like the loud mouthed Susan Powders, Debra in Empire Records or the infamous Britney Spears breakdown.

But for me, it brings about fonder memories of strong female characters who are looking to be heard and not seen like the ferocious Grace Jones, the scandalous Sinead O’Connor or my most inspirational influence, The Legend of Billie Jean.

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Punching The Clock

“Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub. And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. Turn them out, knaves all three.”

Originally published in 1798, the “Rub-A-Dub-Dub” nursery rhyme speaks of three tradesfolk and the nonsense of possible debauchery. Although the meaning behind this short lyrical piece may be cryptic, the three professions clearly prove to be in existence since the beginning of time and rhyme. There is currently so much emphasis on farm-to-table and where your food comes from. But what about where your table comes from or all the other awesome things placed upon it?

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Support Your Local Farmers

There are many great local farms in the area providing organic products like apples, cheese, milk, chicken, pork, brussels sprouts and so much more! Be sure to visit us the Main Street Farmers Market every Wednesday starting at 4pm.