published Sunday, August 18th, 2013

'One day in Chattanooga' video highlights lives of area citizens

Thirteen-month-old Melody Hudson crawls around the living room floor with her dad, John Hudson.
Thirteen-month-old Melody Hudson crawls around the living room floor with her dad, John Hudson.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

One Day Videos

You can watch the video at www.timesfreepress.com/oneday

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    O.C. Dietz loves both things about mowing the lawn: lawnmowers and the mowing itself.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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    Eight-year old Logan Sutherland looks out the window of an airplane leaving Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. His 5-year-old sister Olivia looks past him.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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    Michael Ransom, a Republic Parking employee, waits for the CARTA bus on Market Street just after sunrise in this file photo.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The moon was waxing on July 18, 2013, shining three-quarters full. It was the 28th day of summer and Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Detroit declared bankruptcy that day. Fifteen-year-old Hannah Meller drove up Signal Mountain for the first time.

The big headlines in the Times Free Press that Thursday, one month ago today, weren’t particularly big news. TVA was cited for such-and-such. The Chattanooga City Council talked about making some new rules.

But just like any day, there were thousands of other little stories that didn’t make the news. The kinds of stories that rarely make the news on any day — of first babies and first plane rides, of napping with the dog in the La-Z-Boy after work, of clipping the grass and wondering if you still belong in your neighborhood now that it has changed so much. Just like any day, there were stories on July 18 that define our daily lives.

And on that particular day, our community captured many of those tiny bits of personal life. The Times Free Press put out a call for video submissions that showed a slice of daily living. We edited some of those clips together with footage we gathered as a staff that day and created a short film that documents one day in our city. Here is a selection of moments from that day.

about Mary Helen Miller...

Mary Helen Miller joined the staff at the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a multimedia reporter in 2013. She produces audio, video, and graphics for the Web, and occasionally writes stories. Before starting at the Times Free Press, Mary Helen worked as a radio reporter at WUTC, the NPR affiliate station in Chattanooga. She won an Edward R. Murrow award for a story she produced there about the anniversary of the 2011 tornadoes that hit ...

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