Too Good To Be True? My Glimpse Inside an Alleged Chattanooga Sales Cult

(This is the second installment of a two part article on Smart Circle, an extremely controversial direct sales firm that critics accuse of being a pyramid scheme that ensnares its victims in a world of social isolation and financial servitude. I highly recommend starting with Part I because this shit is extremely complicated.) Dale Vanderburke …

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This Chattanooga Job Seemed Too Good To Be True. So I Applied…

An elite new marketing firm has opened shop here in Chattanooga.  They have some big name Fortune 500 clients like DirectTV, and they're generating so much new business that they're currently hiring for 18 additional marketing positions with extremely generous salaries.  And the best part?  You don't need any education, specific knowledge or relevant experience …

Chattanooga Restaurant Opens Its Arms to Hurricane Victims… With Discounts on Appetizers!

When disaster strikes, it often reveals the very best in Americans.  From the heroic first responders who rush directly into harm's way, to everyday folks who offer shelter to strangers in need, terrible tragedies often inspire great acts of selflessness.  Such was the case here in Chattanooga, as one Southside restaurant greeted Hurricane Florence refugees …

The Official Final Ending for Chattanooga’s Never-Ending #TacoGate Scandal

I know, you're sick of this story.  I'm sick of this story too.  But I'm pleased to announce that the ongoing saga known as #TacoGate has finally drawn to an end.  No, really.  It's over.  For good.  I promise. For those who are late to join this soap opera, the #TacoGate scandal erupted in April when …

I Love Parking on the Sidewalk in Chattanooga!

Moving to Chattanooga was the best decision I ever made.  When I describe "Chatta-living" to my friends in flagship cities like Brooklyn, Seattle and San Francisco, it sounds like an mini-urban utopia with nothing but farm-to-table restaurants, staggeringly low home prices, and no visible poverty.  But maybe the most impressive aspect of living in Chattanooga …

Main Street Meats Has Revolutionized the Fried Bologna Sandwich

This may come as a shock to my more sophisticated friends in Seattle and Brooklyn, but I love fried bologna sandwiches!  Or to be more precise, I love one fried bologna sandwich... and that's the fried bologna at Chattanooga's Main Street Meats!  This is a sandwich so deceptively complex -- so playfully subversive -- that …

Dianne Black Urges the City of Chattanooga to Change Its Name

As anti-immigrant sentiments continue to rise, aspiring politicians have found creative ways to harness that resentment.  President Trump briefly attempted to separate immigrant children from their parents.  Closer to home,  struggling Georgia gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams tried to raise his profile by touring the state in a "deportation bus."  And now one Tennessee Gubernatorial candidate …

Melody Shekari Endorses Melody Shekari for TN State House of Representatives

Melody Shekari, Democratic candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives 28th District, made headlines today when she announced her endorsement of Melody Shekari in the race for the Tennessee House of Representatives 28th District. "In these pivotal times, it's more important than ever for our voices to be heard in the state capitol," said Melody …

Sign My Petition to Keep Cheesecake Factory Out of Chattanooga

These days it seems like we've grown numb to shocking headlines.  But the news that Cheesecake Factory is opening a restaurant here in Chattanooga cut through the clutter and affected me in a way that no other recent headlines have.  I was sickened.  I was outraged.  I was motivated.  That's why I created this petition on …