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According to the Land Trust Alliance, land trusts are increasingly turning to technologies to bolster their stewardship. Remote monitoring, for example, is a highly beneficial and streamlined way to provide new perspectives on a land trust's work.
The Skytec team enables us to do everything that we do - including maintaining the highest commitment to safety in a rapidly changing industry. This month, we're featuring Safety Director Eric Gibson who brings decades of experience in manned aviation and safety to the UAS industry.
Skytec leaders and co-founders Bill Rogers and Andy Carroll have a history of driving innovative solutions to meet and exceed client needs. Through a partnership with Harris Aerial, they were able to deliver cutting-edge LiDAR and imaging technology with greater efficiency than ever before.
Aug 23, 2021 Combination of bathymetry and LiDAR provides in-depth data and view of stream quality for aquatic resource managers in Tennessee. Since its inception in 2015, Skytec has created data-driven solutions to meet clients' geospatial mapping needs.
Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise - rarely a week goes by without a mention, headline, or breaking story about an industry or enterprise falling victim to a data leak, hack, or another security breach. Look no further than the SolarWinds breach and the Colonial Pipeline attack that affected millions of Americans.
Skytec is equipped to support the ongoing data and mapping needs of land trusts. Company leaders recently partnered with The Land Trust for Tennessee to provide ongoing monitoring and mapping services to support The Land Trust's historic Glen Leven Farm in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the manned aviation industries, safety regulations guide companies to best practices for operations. As the unmanned aviation industry grows from its nascent beginnings, Skytec is committed to bringing an equivalent level of safety and best practices to the world of UAS.
InfoSystems, an IT firm serving clients across the Midsouth and Southeast, provides comprehensive IT and cybersecurity services to both SMB and enterprise organizations in Huntsville, Alabama. Consult with InfoSystems for a custom IT solution to transform your data-driven business. Why Huntsville? It's no secret the Rocket City is set to blast off.
Through a new initiative, InfoSystems will partner with Veterans Technology Solutions, a robust IT services provider that is also a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Dadisi Olutosin, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Veterans Technology Solutions, brings more than 30 years of experience in the IT space for commercial industries and the public sector.
As a business, InfoSystems is focused on supporting communities we serve in the Southeast. InfoSystems leaders believe in educating and empowering customers with services that have the potential to keep their business safe and secure. As part of that mission, InfoSystems supports area agencies in our markets, including most recently at the 2021 Knoxville Heart ...
The last year has presented incredible new challenges and opportunities, especially concerning IT and cybersecurity concerns. As businesses quickly adapted to a remote workforce and faced other pressures during the pandemic, the IT sector responded. InfoSystems has been a crucial piece of the puzzle in helping clients identify and resolve new issues during the pandemic.
History of InfoSystems While InfoSystems continues to evolve its dynamic solutions to best meet clients' needs, the company's culture and dedication to providing value remain unchanged since its founding in 1994. An Idea on a Napkin While InfoSystems continues to evolve our offerings to best meet the needs of our clients and changing technology landscape, ...
Security Impact Reviews Is your business protected from cyber threats? Evaluate your company's risk of cybersecurity breaches with a comprehensive Security Impact Review from InfoSystems. Security Impact Reviews As a business leader, you schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure the fiscal and strategic health of your company and human resources.
Oct 20, 2020 Skytec is constantly uncovering dynamic and valuable applications for its acquisition tools, including high-resolution satellite imagery, that have the potential to positively impact the environment. The team recently started a project in the Sequatchie Valley, outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to better understand the potential land use disturbances and potential correlations to increased flooding and water quality in communities there.
Measuring floodplains and monitoring the impact of water plays a crucial role in asset management, especially as major agencies and utilities anticipate and plan for emergency response after storms. From design grade LiDAR products to aerial or satellite imagery, Skytec provides a high level of detail for clients seeking this type of specialized data acquisition.
Jul 2, 2020 Wildfires. Flooding. Hurricanes. Tornados. Major environmental disasters and the resulting recovery process demand an immediate, accurate response to deliver emergency aid to individuals, identify lost infrastructure, and jumpstart the response to a crisis. GIS mapping and the use of UAS imaging have made headlines in past storms and emergencies - consider Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and its impact on Houston.
Ghostwritten for Heed Public Relations — What problem does your company's product or service solve? How does a company better connect with the ideal customer? These are the questions at the heart of many marketers' efforts.
May 29, 2020 On the night of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, multiple tornadoes swept through the Tennessee Valley, including parts of both Tennessee and Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. One caused significant destruction in southeast Hamilton County's communities.
InfoSystems, a Chattanooga-based information technology and cybersecurity firm, was awarded recognition as one of CRN's Tech Elite 250, a designation comprised of information technology service providers in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate the highest level of certifications from major technology manufacturers. CRN, an industry magazine for IT and cybersecurity providers, provides IT channel news, analysis, and insight.
As many Americans avoid public spaces and transition to staying home, consumer behavior is changing, making it a necessity to stay tuned and adapt your marketing strategy. Google Trends is a micro-glance into the minds of consumers right now, showing how content consumption and product buying is changing.
Satellite imagery from Skytec rounds out the complete scale of mapping services. Skytec is committed to providing in-depth insights and analyses of data, mapping, and tracking. Through our partnership with Planet Labs, Skytec offers the ultimate imaging component to clients: satellite imagery. Using Planet Labs' advanced satellite network, Skytec can provide clients up-to-date, high-resolution satellite imagery.
Our team enables us to do everything that we do - and each individual offers unique expertise and perspective. That's why we're featuring our team members on our blog and offering an opportunity for you to learn how they're contributing to our successes, as well as the overarching UAS industry.
Environmental and sustainability commitments are more than statements - they require action, initiative, and leadership. For more and more companies, a commitment to sustainability is backed with hard data science. These commitments are an everyday consideration for International Paper.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Text Request, a North American business texting service, this week announced its peer to peer (P2P) non-partisan texting platform to reach targeted groups of supporters in political and activist campaigns. As business and economic responses to COVID-19 fluctuate, local and national political campaigns face increased challenges in reaching supporters and potential voters.
As a business leader, you're focused on ensuring the success of your company. The business makes crucial investments in resources, including human capital, necessary infrastructure, and required technology and networks. But how do you know if your network and technological infrastructure are secure? Take steps to secure your business.
Since its inception, Skytec and its founders have been focused on the environment and conservation. Two recent wetlands projects in the region highlight the dramatic innovations and improvements surrounding LiDAR and sensors for mapping conservation efforts and managing the environment.
It seems like every day, a new story about a cybersecurity threat or breach makes its way into the mainstream media. And as we continue to conduct business and handle personal matters online, cybersecurity becomes an increasingly more important field.
Jan 2, 2020 It's hard to believe we're in our fifth year of business at Skytec. I often joke that one year in our technological niche should be measured in dog years compared to other industries. So much changes so quickly!
Healthcare + Finance
During National Mental Health Awareness Month, Cempa Community Care shares our organization's commitment to improving services for clients with trauma-informed care. There's one factor that can significantly impact negative health outcomes, and it may not be what you'd first guess, such an unbalanced diet or sedentary lifestyle.
When city-wide ordinances shuttered many businesses in spring 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, many areas of medical care were affected, including testing for STIs, or sexually transmitted infections. The Hamilton County Health Department, the typical resource available in Hamilton County for regular STI testing, had to refocus and shift staff and resources toward the prevention and tracking of COVID, including widespread testing efforts.
Cempa Brings Mobile COVID-19 Testing to Underserved Neighborhoods and Rural Areas in Chattanooga Cempa Community Care has been fighting infectious diseases since the organization's inception 34 years ago. When COVID-19 started to affect people in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and the surrounding region, Cempa's leadership team jumped into action.
Cempa Celebrates Pride Month + Dining Out For Life Cempa Community Care remains committed to providing equal and equitable access to healthcare and support services, including in marginalized communities. We're committed to supporting the LGBTQ communities in all the work we do. Join Cempa Community Care in celebrating Pride Month this June.
Make Time for Mental Health Awareness Millions of people are affected by mental health and behavioral health issues every year. One in five adults in the U.S. struggles with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
What to Do If You've Been Exposed to HIV If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, it's time to act - a quick response means you may be able to prevent HIV with post-exposure prophylaxis. What Does This Mean?
Get Tested + Know the Facts: April Is STI Awareness Month Sexually transmitted diseases are surging across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have sharply increased since 2013.
A profile of a non-profit for a business banking magazine.
A profile of a personal injury law firm for a commercial banking magazine.
A client profile for a commercial banking magazine.
Contract negotiations can feel like a drawn out, frustrating process. The good news? They don't have to - with planning and preparation, contract negotiations can be smooth sailing. Consider these tips for reaching a successful negotiation. Start with a draft.
Caring for the Whole Person: Support Services at Cempa For people who are HIV-positive, living with HIV can take a toll on physical and mental health. Being HIV-positive also can have an impact on your family. Cempa Community Care provides services that support individuals living with HIV so they can best care for their families.
This is a feature article about finding balance in health and in life for a hospital magazine. It combines multiple expert opinions and personal stories into a three-page spread.
This one-page article focuses on teen and adult self-care practices for a hospital magazine.
This article describes the benefits of customer personas and how to build them. This appears in a financial services magazine focused on strategy.
Care Designed Around a Woman's Needs Facing a women's health issue can be scary. But women in west Tennessee can rest assured—West Tennessee Healthcare offers expert gynecology services with the latest technologies.
This article discusses talking to your teen about self-worth. It appears in the family-themed issue of a hospital magazine and features multiple experts.
This business profile for a financial services client features a success story for the innovation-themed issue.
Cannabis + Beer
While delta 8 is a derivative of cannabis plants that are legally grown on a federal level under the 2018 Farm Bill, some states have moved to make the compound illegal based on the lack of research and data about the potential effects.
Oftentimes, the hemp industry feels like the wild west, a new frontier that pushes boundaries of long-held legal standards and is rife with businesses solely looking to make a buck. From day one, Grass Roots Health has maintained our singular focus on providing the highest quality hemp products to help improve overall quality of life for customers.
PTSD is a condition that develops after experiencing a potentially traumatic event and can lead to sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety, emotional instability, and reduced social skills. The impact of PTSD can be crippling. For men, the trauma is typically related to assault, accidents, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury, according to the U.S.
If you've visited a Grass Roots store, called us, seen our posts on Facebook and Instagram, or read our blog posts, there's a chance you've encountered Katrina Smith. Katrina, who wears a few hats at Grass Roots, works as a content creator and CBD educator, and she also manages some of the company's IT needs, including point of sales services.
In early July, Tennessee Rep. Bruce Giffey (R-Paris) introduced legislation, H.B. 1634, that would add a poll about marijuana legalization to the 2022 state ballot. If passed, this bill would require county election commissions to include three non-binding questions related to marijuana legalization on the 2022 ballot, according to Knoxville-based WBIR-TV.
The organization's mission recognizes the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions as the U.S. moves away from the criminalization of cannabis. Similarly, leaders of The Last Prisoner Project believe, in their vision statement, that individuals in the legal cannabis industry must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.
Headlines of states changing their cannabis laws saturate mainstream media and cannabis news outlets. States as near as Virginia plan to decriminalize marijuana, while New York introduced recreational cannabis to adults. The voter-supported legislation in Mississippi still faces hurdles as that state struggles with legalizing medical cannabis.
Local partnerships are the backbone of our business, from the shops that sell our products to our favorite local soccer team and more. We love to share our message about the positive impact of hemp for the betterment of our health, our communities, and our economy.
In need of some Zzzs? Sleep is one of the biggest factors in how we feel and our overall health. In fact, not getting enough sleep is associated with chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
For veterans who have dutifully served our country, medication options to manage lasting side effects of PTSD and chronic pain can seem limiting, especially when it comes to CBD use and medical cannabis. Currently, healthcare providers through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system cannot prescribe or recommend CBD or other cannabis products to patients.
Endometriosis, a condition that affects an estimated 6 million women in the United States, can cause excruciating pain and inflammation. According to the Office on Women's Health , endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus and in other places of the body.
Do you know what to expect when visiting a dispensary? Depending on what type of dispensary you're visiting - and what state it's in - your experience may vary. We've had questions from regulars planning to visit a state with legal cannabis about how to navigate those types of dispensaries.
A balanced breakfast can hold the keys to a smooth day. Find the best time and ingredients for your first meal, and consider some combination of fruits or veggies, healthy fat, protein, and whole grains. Breakfast can be as exotic as a veggie omelette or as simple as oatmeal with peanut butter and blueberries.
Add Haygood swag to your wardrobe AND keep plastic out of landfills! Everything we do at Haygood, from our farming practices to our packaging, is focused on producing the highest quality hemp and hemp products while minimizing our impact on the environment.
CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant. Hemp is a plant within the Cannabis family, Cannabis sativa. Hemp contains most of the CBD that people use medicinally, and trace amounts of THC. THC creates a mind-altering "high" when a person consumes or incinerates it.
Play Good, Stay Good, and Be Good bring new delivery methods for Haygood's cannabis products. This year has been full of ups and downs, and the cannabis industry hasn't been spared from fluctuations. That makes our big announcement even more significant - the Haygood product lineup is GROWING!
In the mood for love, or maybe just some rest and relaxation this Valentine's Day? If you're shopping for your sweetie or yourself, Grass Roots has you covered, with gift options at every price point for your loved ones. CBD can make a great Valentine's gift, delivering relaxation, stress reduction, and relief from everyday aches and pains.
This year is full of potential for many reasons, including the possibility of cannabis legislation gaining traction in light of the new administration and recently elected state legislators. Here's what Grass Roots Health will be watching for the year ahead.
As the wholesale arm of local hemp dispensary Grass Roots Health, Henry's Wholesale Dispensary Supply creates business-to-business opportunities and convenience for area hemp dispensaries. Chattanooga-based Grass Roots Health Founder Elisha Millan recently created another outlet for supporting the region's hemp dispensaries.
Harvest season can feel like the holidays at Grass Roots Health. Our Chattanooga location stocks fresh cannabis buds grown by Tennessee farmers and others in the region. Customers can look forward to new and different cultivars in our store.
In December 2019, the president signed legislation to raise the federal minimum age sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years, as required by the FDA, beginning Oct. 1, 2020. In Tennessee, as cannabis, or hemp flower, is considered a tobacco product, customers must be 21 or older to purchase cannabis flower, cigarettes, or vape cartridges and pens.
At Grass Roots, our mission is to help individuals find healing and health. An important part of health and healing is movement - and what better place to be active and enjoy the outdoors than the Chattanooga area? With rivers, lakes, and creeks at our doorstep and abundant opportunities to run, swim, and bike, it's easy to get outside.
Any major news outlet will reflect alarming news - amid the pandemic, many economies face great potential for recession. Markets are fluctuating, millions of Americans are unemployed, and economic uncertainty plagues many businesses. But what about hemp? Hemp Is Here to Stay. Even as some states and hemp businesses face new challenges, hemp remains resilient.
Grass Roots Health's original location on Martin Luther King Boulevard in downtown Chattanooga has always felt like home. We serve a broad range of customers and we welcome everyone to come visit not just our shop but the vibrant neighborhood and businesses around us. The MLK Neighborhood has a long legacy of locally owned businesses.
As COVID-19 spreads across the world, all of us have been affected - including Haygood Farms and the hemp industry. Many of our retail partners and wholesale clients have faced tough decisions about how and when to close and then reopen safely.
Grass Roots Founder Elisha Millan's goal for improving the hemp community in Chattanooga is unwavering. Beyond its two storefront locations and philanthropic arm, Grass Roots continues to grow. In an effort to provide reliable, professional, and transparent resources to area dispensaries, Millan launched Henry's Wholesale Dispensary Supply in fall 2019 as part of the Grass Roots corporate family.
At Haygood Farms, we know and grow hemp. Indoor, outdoor, and upside down (the latter at least when it's drying in our warehouses). Our full-spectrum, certified organic hemp can be consumed in different ways: through an ingestible tincture, as an external salve for aches and sore muscles, and as smokable flower.
The move for organic certification distinguishes Haygood Farms' commitment to organic farming practices and quality products in the rapidly growing hemp industry. Haygood Farms, a hemp farm in Sequatchie Valley, Tenn., achieved United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification on its farm and hemp crops in February.
Methods of hemp and CBD consumption vary by preference: whether you choose CBD tinctures, edibles like gummies, or loose hemp flower is largely dependent on your individual needs. Now, through a vital partnership with Hemp Rolls, you can find Haygood Farm's Sequatchie Valley-grown, USDA certified organic hemp in a pre-rolled, filtered format that smokes like a cigarette without the regret - or addictive nicotine.
The boom in the hemp industry has the potential to throw off new farmers and newbies to the field. For Haygood Farms, securing strong genetics and seeds has been the backbone of their success in the market, and Haygood farmers continue to test their strong genetics this season.
An advertorial for a Chattanooga-based CBD retailer in the Times Free Press.
The hemp industry in Tennessee, and across the United States, is changing and growing more quickly than many people can keep up with. There is always something to learn and a new facet of business - and farming - to consider.
This advertorial promotes a local store selling CBD and related products.
This year has been full of new beginnings for Heaven & Ale. As we celebrated the two-year anniversary of our brewing company, we closed the original growler store in anticipation of our Southside location opening across the river.
If there's one thing we're grateful for at Haygood Farms, it's the ability to combine our passions - for plants and playing in the dirt - with a product that helps you, our customers. That passion, and our hemp crops, have come a long way since our start in 2017.
A two-page feature about women in Tennessee's craft beer scene. I also edited this publication.
Join Cadek Coordinator Katie Talley at The Bright School's Parents' Night on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn more about Cadek at Bright, including Cadek's newest violin instructor, Rachel Frampton, who will offer lessons at both Bright at GPS.
Profiles of the 2021 Notable Alumnae.
Cadek Conservatory of Music at Girls Preparatory School welcomes current Cadek students and non-professional private instruction students in the Chattanooga region to apply for scholarship auditions. Auditions, which will take place April 17-18, will give applicants a chance to compete for partial- and full-term tuition awards to be applied to private music instruction at Cadek for the 2021-22 academic year.
Cadek Conservatory of Music is beginning the fall 2020 season with a new initiative. A new satellite program brings in-person and virtual private music instruction to the McCallie School on Missionary Ridge. This partnership builds on the established Cadek satellite program at The Bright School.
Since spring 2020, Cadek Conservatory of Music has offered private music instruction in a virtual setting for students in the Chattanooga region. What began as a response to COVID-19 restrictions has transformed and diversified some of our offerings. While we look forward to the return of in-person instruction for all students and instruments, virtual instruction and lessons provide a valuable format and experience for music education.
Cadek Conservatory of Music is beginning the fall 2020 season with a new initiative. The new satellite program brings in-person and virtual private music instruction to the McCallie School on Missionary Ridge. This partnership builds on the established satellite program at The Bright School.
This feature highlighted bonds alumnae formed after graduating from an all-girls independent school in Chattanooga, Tenn.
One alumnae profile for an independent all-girls school. This piece was part of a larger campaign to share alum stories.
This is the first in a series of faculty profiles for Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.
This feature appeared in an all-girls independent school annual report highlighting alumnae, their contributions, and their representation of the school values.
A coach spotlight as part of an ongoing athletics campaign at an independent all-girls school.
A profile for a retiring teacher at an independent all-girls school
A coach spotlight as part of an ongoing athletics campaign.
Restaurant/Beverage + Tourism
Chattanooga's Consumer Goods Accelerator was launched in summer 2018 by Proof co-founder Mike Robinson and Mia Littlejohn in partnership with regional entrepreneur center, CO.LAB. The program engages business owners and entrepreneurs with pre-packaged food and beverage products to develop, grow, or innovate their product or delivery method.
Ghostwritten By Michael Robinson, Co-Founder of Proof Bar & Incubator When my business partners and I set out to open Proof Incubator last year, we were never expecting a full-on pandemic as part of our business model. We quickly anticipated the dramatic and lasting impact the pandemic would have not only on our business, but on the food and beverage industry as a whole.
Proof Bar & Incubator was founded on serving as a resource for startups and businesses in the hospitality and food and beverage industries. The restaurant incubator's timing was interesting - after opening in late winter 2020, the team faced a scramble when COVID-19 shuttered restaurants.
The lure of adventure on two wheels is calling. Maybe you've done a few bike tours with other people or in a group and you're ready to ride solo. Or maybe you prefer to travel alone and meet people along the way, as often happens. Solo bicycle tours are an excellent way to experience Europe.
Are you ready to book a bike tour, but not sure who you'll be traveling with? Do you crave adventure and taking the scenic route, but prefer the insider tips from a guided tour? Bike touring as a single* may be the choice for you.
You may enjoy bicycling. You may love traveling. You may love both-but it's not necessarily a prerequisite. Bicycle touring brings the best of both worlds to you in what some people call the experience of a lifetime. Here are seven lessons we've learned along the way, through lots of bike tours and miles down the path.