published Friday, July 1st, 2011

Chattanooga Market invites visitors to support troops

IF YOU GO

What: Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 648-2496.

Website: www.chattanoogamarket.com

Chattanooga Market officials hope residents will support one of their own Sunday.

The Tennessee Army National Guard 230th Sustainment Brigade, based at the National Guard Armory on 23rd Street, is deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The market’s Support Our Troops theme invites marketgoers to fill bins with items requested by the outfit.

Marketing director Melissa Siragusa said the theme is appropriate for the July Fourth weekend.

The collection will be organized by First Tennessee Bank and Executive Women International.

Siragusa said she hoped area residents will support local soldiers and buy local foods at the open-air market.

Most of the requested items are foodstuffs and personal items.

Siragusa said peaches should be the week’s biggest hit, but blackberries, tomatoes, greens, beans, lettuces and herbs should be plentiful.

Some of the lettuce and herbs have been grown hydroponically, she said, including “the biggest basil I’ve ever seen.”

Entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by Atlanta vocalist and keyboard player Kurt Scobie at 12:30 p.m. and Cherokee recording artist Michael Jacobs at 2 p.m.

Scobie says on his website he has been influenced by Mat Kearney, Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, while Jacobs’ songs are said to address issues such as peace, justice, suffering, the environment, relationships and wellness.

WHAT TO BRING

Among items requested by the Tennessee Army National Guard 230th Sustainment Brigade:

n Daily use — Clorox wipes, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, lip balm, lotion, dental floss, baby powder, cotton balls, liquid hand sanitizer, single sheet sets, baby wipes, mouthwash, deodorant, sun block, foot powder, nail files, breath mints, bug protection, blankets, eye drops.

n Food items — Instant coffee, powdered Powerade, powdered hot chocolate, tea bags, Slim Jims, crackers/cheese topping, chips, Little Debbie snack cakes, bubble gum, candy, dry cereal, fast-food condiments, Kraft macaroni and cheese, lollipops, marshmallows, canned soup, canned chicken, tuna, Kool-Aid, oatmeal, summer sausage, salsa, dried fruit, power bars, granola bars, beef jerky, ramen noodles, microwave popcorn.

For a complete list, see www.chattanoogamarket.com

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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