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Carolina Impact: Seasons 1-3

Welcome to the Carolina Impact archives comprised of past episodes focusing on the issues, people, and places that impact our community.


Click below to watch segments featured on “Making the Grade” (May 24, 2016)

Reading Below Grade Level
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ vision statement, the district “provides all students the best education available anywhere,” but how can CMS education be the best especially when almost two-thirds of the students are reading At or Below grade level—years behind where they’re supposed to be?
New Student Assignment Plan
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School leaders are faced with the challenge of trying to create a new student assignment plan that will provide every child with access to an equal education, regardless of their zip code and socioeconomic status.
Fed-up Teachers Leaving
For a number of teachers, the decision to leave CMS doesn’t always boil down to low pay. Often it’s because teachers are fed up with increasing workloads and bureaucracy.
Making the Grade
Click below to find out if your child’s school is “Making the Grade.”
NC School Report Cards
SC State Report Card



Click below to watch segments featured on May 17, 2016

Kids and Robots
The Queen City Robotics Alliance is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Website: Find a Robotics Team in Your Area
Website: Queen City Robotics Alliance
Dr. Tony Zeiss to Retire
This story highlights some of the major accomplishments at Central Piedmont Community College during Dr. Tony Zeiss’ presidency.
Website: More about Dr. Tony Zeiss
Leadership Secrets
Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College, shares his leadership secrets for success.
Stress and Your Health
Stress is the body’s way of dealing with a perceived threat, but failing to cope with chronic stress can weaken the immune system leading to disease.
Website: Find a Doctor
Double Door Inn
Billed as the “Oldest Live Music Venue East of the Mississippi,” musicians have played blues at Charlotte’s Double Door Inn since 1973, but the venue will be closing in early 2017.
Website: Double Door Inn




Click below to watch segments featured on May 3, 2016

Crossing the Color Barrier
In September 1957, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins and other students crossed the color barrier to integrate local schools in Charlotte.
Co-working Spaces
With more than seven co-working spaces now open across Charlotte, entrepreneurs explain how sharing expenses and ideas are just a few reasons why they prefer working in these eclectic environments.
Turfgrass Management
From Quail Hollow Club to Bank of America Stadium, graduates of CPCC’s Turfgrass Management Technology program maintain the turf at a number of high-profile sports venues across Charlotte.

Website: CPCC Turfgrass Management Technology

Seagrove Potters
In this One Tank Trip story, we head to Seagrove, NC, to learn about one of the largest communities of potters in the country.

Website: Seagrove Potteries



Click below to watch segments featured on April 26, 2016

Affordable Rental Housing Shortage
Charlotte already has a shortage of affordable rental housing, but as the city’s population continues to grow, experts say the current shortfall will more than double. Website: Charlotte Housing Authority

Blumey: “Tried and True”
Students at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont and Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord talk about why they’re so excited to take part in the Annual Blumey Awards year after year. Website: Blumey Awards


Smart Kiddo
Can you name all the state capitals or all of the 44 U.S. Presidents? We met a 4-year-old boy from Matthews who can do that and more!
A Passion for Gardening
Wing Haven is a living legacy to two women whose passion for gardening continues to delight nature lovers today. Website: Wing Haven



Click below to watch segments featured on April 19, 2016

Floodplain Buyouts
Since 1998, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services has bought 406 flood-prone homes and buildings through its voluntary floodplain buyout program. Websites: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services | Floodplain Buyout Program Brochure

It Feels Like The First Time
Theater students at Bunker Hill High School and York Comprehensive High School are competing for the first time in this year’s Annual Blumey Awards. Website: The Blumey Awards

The Blumeys Showcases Local Talent
Blumenthal Performing Arts President Tom Gabbard shares why he started the Blumey Awards five years ago.

Computer Engineering Technology
Stanly Community College offers a number of programs that prepare students for careers in the computer engineering technology field. Websites: Computer Engineering Technology | Stanly Community College


Farm Teaches Students New Skills
Farm animals at Crest High School in Shelby give students an unique opportunity to explore careers in veterinary sciences and agriculture. Website: Crest High School



Click below to watch segments featured on April 12, 2016

Expanding Care to Veterans
The Charlotte VA Health Care Center is expected to provide easier access to care to thousands of veterans across our region. Website: Charlotte Vet Center

CHS Growth Under Michael Tarwater
As Carolinas Healthcare System CEO Michael Tarwater’s retirement approaches, we look back at the organization’s tremendous growth under his leadership. Website: Bio for Michael Tarwater

Tarwater Discusses Leadership
Amy Burkett talks with Carolinas Healthcare System CEO Michael Tarwater about his leadership style.

The Community Café
Thanks to an army of dedicated volunteers, The Community Café provides thousands of meals to those in need across York County, SC. Website: The Community Café


NC’s Only Egyptian Mummy
A 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy is the center attraction of the “The Mummy Treasure of Al Faiyum” exhibit at the Iredell Museums’ Court Street Gallery. Website: Iredell Museums



Click below to watch segments featured on April 5, 2016

Ivey’s Department Store
In this Remember When segment, we take a stroll down memory lane to the 1960’s when business boomed at uptown Charlotte’s iconic Ivey’s Department Store.
Historian Tom Hanchett
A consulting historian with the Levine Museum of the New South, Tom Hanchett shares interesting memories about Ivey’s Department Store.
Website: History SOUTH
Hospitality House of Charlotte
Hospitality House of Charlotte provides caregivers a temporary home while taking care of a hospitalized loved one.
Website: Hospitality House of Charlotte
Radio Hosts Charlie and Debbie
As hosts of WSOC 103.7’s weekday program The Charlie & Debbie Show, Charlie and Debbie Nance share how they balance work and home life.
Website: “The Charlie & Debbie Show”


Catawba Science Center
The Catawba Science Center in Hickory is a science technology museum that features a planetarium and aquarium.
Website: Catawba Science Center



Click below to watch segments featured on March 29, 2016

Mecklenburg’s Declining Inmate Population
With a reduced inmate population, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is implementing changes over where to house inmates in local jails. Website: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Interview with Sheriff Irwin Carmichael
Carolina Impact’s Amy Burkett interviews Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael about the reduced inmate population. Website: Sheriff Irwin Carmichael
Circle de Luz
Circle de Luz is a local organization helping Latinas overcome the odds by graduating high school and pursuing higher education. Website: Circle de Luz
Student Project Getting Ready to Blast Off!
Carmel Christian School’s STEM Team prepares to launch their science experiment to the International Space Station. Website: Carmel Christian School


Teachers by Day, Entertainers by Night
As elementary school teachers, Kevin Brawley and Edward Bender are passionate about music, but you’ll likely find them entertaining other audiences outside the classroom. Website: Twenty.Three.Over.Four



Click below to watch segments featured on March 22, 2016

How Safe is Our Water Supply?
With concerns about the water quality in Flint, Michigan, we ask Charlotte Water officials to show us what they’re doing to monitor what’s in our water supply. Websites: Charlotte Water | Charlotte Water 2014 Water Quality Report

Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction
When local manufacturers struggled to find skilled workers, leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus Counties came together to form the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute. Website: CHS Behavioral Health First Step

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens located on the campus of UNC Charlotte includes a greenhouse and two outdoor gardens encompassing 10 acres and its free to the public. Website: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Charlotte Teen Performs in Miss Saigon
The Annual Blumey Awards helped launch former Northwest School of the Arts student Eva Noblezada’s career helping her land a leading role in Miss Saigon on London’s West End.



Click below to watch segments featured on March 1, 2016

Union County Community Shelter
In addition to providing food and shelter, the Union County Community Shelter offers a number of programs aimed at helping homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty. Website: Union County Community Shelter

Dennis Marstall
Dennis Marstall with Union Way of Central Carolinas talks about local initiatives to combat homelessness in the Charlotte region. Website: Reducing Homelessness
100 Gardens is an educational program that focuses on aquaponics to teach students about sustainable food production. Website: Aquaponics
Body Worlds
Now on display at Discovery Place in Charlotte, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life features more than 100 real human specimens which show how aging, distress and disease impact the human body. Website: Body Worlds


Andersons Pies
After being open for 60 years as a popular Charlotte restaurant, Andersons now focuses on catering and shipping pecan pies across the country. Website: Andersons Pies


Click below to watch segments featured on February 23, 2016

Recycling Dos and Don’ts
The Metrolina Recycling Center processes more than 400 tons of recyclables daily, but not everyone is doing it the right way. Website: More about Recycling

NC Manufacturing Institute
When local manufacturers struggled to find skilled workers, leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus Counties came together to form the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute. Website: NC Manufacturing Institute

The Gallery
William Antonio and Ana Amigo-Antonio are writing a new chapter in their lives which involves his love of painting and her flare for entertaining. Website: The Gallery

What’s Curling?
In this One Tank Trip, we visit the Charlotte Curling Association to learn about the sport of curling and how its gaining popularity. Website: Charlotte Curling Association



Click below to watch segments featured on February 16, 2016

Economic Development
The Charlotte Hornets created a buzz during the team’s recent trip to Beijing and the Charlotte Chamber hopes this helps spur future Chinese investments in the Queen City. Websites: Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Hornets
Supportive Housing Communities
The Scattered Site Housing Program offered through Supportive Housing Communities provides homeless individuals and families with safe and affordable housing in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County. Website: Supportive Housing Communities

Malcom Graham & Forgiveness
Former NC State Senator Malcolm Graham shares about his struggle with forgiveness following the tragic Charleston mass shooting which claimed the life of his sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd.

Cherryville Truck Museum
The C. Grier Beam Truck Museum in Cherryville, NC, offers visitors a rare glance at the history of Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation as well as more than 7,500 square feet of trucking memorabilia. Website: C. Grier Beam Truck Museum



Click below to watch segments featured on February 9, 2016

Airport Technology Improvements
Technology improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport called NextGEN will give the airport the most advanced flight control system in the world.

“Quiet Valor and Silent Strength”
Steve Crump’s newest documentary, “Quiet Valor and Silent Strength” explores the contributions of the U.S. Colored Troops and their involvement in the Civil War. Website: More about the documentary

Ambassador Mark Erwin
Mark Erwin shares about the challenges he faced as a teen and the path he took to become a successful Charlotte businessman and U.S. Ambassador. Website: Mark Erwin

Goodyear Building Gets Last Harrah
The Goodyear Auto Service Center in uptown Charlotte is slated for demolition, but until then, local artists have transformed it into a creative art studio and exhibition space. Website: SKYLINE: Artists in residence



Click below to watch segments featured on February 2, 2016

SC Primary
It’s all candidates, coverage and cash in South Carolina while North Carolina plays catch up in this year’s early presidential elections.

New Mammogram Guidelines
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released new guidelines recommending that women wait until they’re 50 to obtain their first mammography, but not everyone agrees. Website: Charlotte Radiology

Good Friends Charlotte
The Good Friends Charlotte annual holiday luncheon raises thousands of dollars which are distributed to individuals facing economic hardship. Website: Good Friends Charlotte

Museum of York County
The Museum of York County is the only Smithsonian-style education center in South Carolina and its only 45 minutes south of uptown Charlotte. Website: Museum of York County



Click below to watch segments featured on January 26, 2016

Upward Mobility
According to a recent study evaluating upward mobility of children living in poverty, the Charlotte area ranked 50th out of 50 of the largest US cities. Website: Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Taskforce
Smart Start
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County works to bring together community leaders and lawmakers to make quality preschool programs available for parents. Website: Smart Start of Mecklenburg County


Advanced Mission Systems
Headquartered in Charlotte, Advanced Mission Systems designs advanced technologies and services for surveillance and cyber security. Website: Advanced Mission Systems
Tiger World
In this One Tank Trip story, we visit an animal conservation area in Rockwell, NC, that allows visitors a close encounter with exotic animals. Website: Tiger World



Click below to watch segments featured on January 19, 2016

Independence Boulevard
In this Remember When segment, reporter Jeff Sonier highlights changes that have occurred in a number of Charlotte neighborhoods as a result of construction of Independence Boulevard which started in the late 1940s.

Brookstone Schools
Located in Charlotte’s uptown area, Brookstone Schools is a non-denominational Christian school serving children from mostly struggling and low-income families. Website: Brookstone Schools
Erskine Bowles: 2015 Citizen of the Carolinas
Recently named the Charlotte Chamber’s 2015 Citizen of the Carolinas, Erskine Bowles shares how his career has allowed him to pursue his passion for public service and contribute to the ‘community woodpile.’ Website: Charlotte Chamber
Hickory Wood Crafter
Producer Doug Stacker introduces us to Hickory resident and master craftsman Eddie Hamrick whose work is sought after by collectors, politicians, musicians and others the world over. Website: Eddie Hamrick


Click below to watch segments featured on November 24, 2015

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter
Outgoing mayor Dan Clodfelter reflects on some of the high-profile events that occurred during his leadership of Charlotte as well as his political future.

Carolina Thread Trail
With more than 220 miles of trails, the Carolina Thread Trail is a network of greenways and blueways throughout 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Websites: The Carolina Thread Trail
Susan Patterson
Susan Patterson talks about projects she has overseen since 2001 in her role as the Charlotte program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Website: Knight Foundation
The Carroll School
Built in 1929, the Carroll School was part of the Rosenwald School Building Program and is now used to teach students about the Great Depression and life in the rural South prior to segregation. Website: The Carroll School


Food Trucks
Dozens of food truck operators in Charlotte hit the pavement each day and we’ll introduce you to the owners of OooWee BBQ and the TIN Kitchen Food Truck. Websites: Charlotte Food Trucks | OooWee BBQ | TIN Kitchen Food Truck


Click below to watch segments featured on November 17, 2015

SAROS Water Desalinator
An entrepreneur teams up with UNC Charlotte students to build the SAROS Water Desalinator which is capable of turning saltwater into drinking water. Website: CLT Joules

Southern Cupcake Queen
The CPCC Small Business Center offers support to entrepreneurs and small businesses like the Southern Cake Queen. Website: CPCC Small Business Center
Building Bears With Heart
Camp LUCK provides medically-supervised camps and year-round excursions for children with heart disease. Website: Camp LUCK
Reed Gold Mine
In this One Tank Trip, we head to Cabarrus County to visit the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. Website: Reed Gold Mine



Click below to watch segments featured on November 10, 2015

Remember When: Prisoner of War
Levi Caldwell recalls harrowing details of how he passed the time as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down during World War II.

Helping with the Transition
Charlotte Bridge Home and NC Serves stands ready to assist veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian life. Website: Charlotte Bridge Home
Building Homes for Veterans
Veterans Path Up is a volunteer organization that renovates run down houses into homes for veterans.
Education Day at Ren Fest
Students get to experience the history of the Renaissance Period in a creative way during Education Day at Ren Fest in Huntersville.



Click below to watch segments featured on November 3, 2015

Remember When: Charlotte Coliseum
As Checkers fans return to Bojangles’ Coliseum following an extensive renovation, we remember some of the historic events that have been held inside the 60-year-old arena. Website: Bojangles’ Coliseum

Miss Beverly’s Anniversary
Beverly Dorn Steele has been with PBS Charlotte for 35 years, and we spotlight some of the work she has done in the area to promote childhood literacy. Website: WTVI Education & Outreach
Brian Muscarella
Four years ago, Brian Muscarella suffered a spinal stroke which left him paralyzed, but he refuses to let his disability slow him down. Website: CHS Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program
U.S. National Whitewater Center
From whitewater rafting to zip lining, join us for this One Tank Trip as we show you some of fun activities available at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Website: U.S. National Whitewater Center



Click below to watch segments featured on October 27, 2015

Combatting Homelessness
McCreesh Place may hold the key to combatting Charlotte’s homelessness in a humane and affordable way. Website: Supportive Housing Communities

Premier Inc
Charlotte-based Premier, Inc., is a healthcare improvement company helping 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Website: Premier Inc.
Susan Devore Talks About Leadership
Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and Top 25 Women in Healthcare, President and CEO Susan DeVore discusses her philosophy for leading and empowering employees at Premier, Inc. Website: More about Susan DeVore
Kids and Quadcopters
Students build a large, unmanned airborne vehicle to learn about mechanical, electrical and aerodynamic engineering. Website: Discover Technology


Schiele Museum
From bears and bison, to moose and elk, this One Tank Trip shows you some of the exciting at The Schiele Museum of Natural History. Website: Shiele Museum of Natural History


Click below to watch segments featured on October 20, 2015

Online Charter Schools
North Carolina is experimenting with two, new online charter public schools and as Jeff Sonier reports, they may change the way we look at education. Website: Connections Academy

Christopher Warren-Green
Christopher Warren-Green sits down with Jeff Rivenbark to talk about leading the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Websites: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra / CSO Season Calendar
Wine Harvest Season
Charlotte Culinary Expert Heidi Billotto offers tips for visiting wineries located throughout the Carolina Piedmont. Website: Heidi Billotto: Food / NC Wine
Edible Art Cake Shop
Danielle Kosir introduces you to a Charlotte bakery where the cakes are masterpieces of art. Website: Edible Art Cake Shop


Colony Furniture Closing
After 65 years in the business, the owner of Colony Furniture is retiring and plans to close what many consider a Myers Park institution. Website: Colony Furniture


Click below to watch segments featured on October 13, 2015

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte offers a number of programs that motivate students to complete high school and prepare for post-secondary education. Website: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte

Dog Hip Brace
A group of students at Providence Day School invented a hip dysplasia brace for dogs and competed in the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army. Websites: eCYBERMISSION / Providence Day
Creative Players
A new soccer training academy on Charlotte’s west side is making a difference by providing an outlet for children from low-income homes to learn how to play soccer, study, and learn teamwork. Website: Creative Players
Artist David French
From The Filmore to BB&T Ballpark, David French enjoys painting places across Charlotte where so many love to visit. Website: David French Originals



Click below to watch segments featured on October 6, 2015

Hybrid Locomotives
Proponents say hybrid locomotives could provide more frequent rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh while consuming less fuel. Website: NC Rail Division

Piedmont Natural Gas
With a million customers across the Carolinas and Tennessee, Piedmont Natural Gas employees show us some of the tests and monitoring they do each day to keep gas flowing. Website: Piedmont Natural Gas
A Legacy of Caring
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, we examine the growth and impact of Carolinas HealthCare System which traces its roots to October 7, 1940. Website: Carolinas HealthCare System
Smiling Moon Guitars
When Kevin Marshall lost his job as a toolmaker machinist, he decided to use those skills to pursue his passion – repairing string instruments. Website: Smiling Moon Guitars



Click below to watch segments featured on September 29, 2015

Teach For America
The Wells Fargo Championship has donated millions to Teach For America and we evaluate the impact the program has on some of Charlotte’s underperforming schools. Website: Teach For America: Charlotte
Myers Park High School Alma Mater
Meet the woman who wrote the lyrics and music for the Myers Park High School Alma Mater 60 years ago.
Women of Distinction
Bank of America’s Cathy Bessant credits the Girl Scouts for equipping her with some of the leadership skills she uses every day.
Carolinas Aviation Museum
The Carolinas Aviation Museum showcases 100 years of aviation history including the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane. Website: Carolinas Aviation Museum


Second Season

When it comes to prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension and obesity, knowing the right numbers can save lives. WTVI PBS Charlotte hosted a Community Health Forum with our partners at NOVANT Health. Join us for a panel discussion to hear experts from Novant Health and the Mecklenburg County Health Department talk about these health conditions and share tips on how to live your best life.


Click below to watch segments featured on May 12, 2015

Charlotte vs. Atlanta
For years, Charlotte and Atlanta have been long time rivalries in the competition for new companies, jobs and young residents, but the Queen City’s uptown success started with a vision nearly 50 years old. Website mentioned on the show: Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Blue Line Extension Project
When construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension is completed in 2017, it is expected to generate significant economic development along the North Tryon Street Corridor. Websites mentioned on the show: Blue Line Extension Construction Updates and Charlotte Area Transit System.

Growing the Next Generation of Farmers
At a time when farms across the nation are getting smaller, we visit a farm incubator in Cabarrus County that provides aspiring farmers with classroom and hands-on instruction from seasoned farmers. Websites mentioned on the show: Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm and Rowland Row’s Family Farm.
Artist Mark Gucciardi
Mark Gucciardi is a classically-trained artist who paints portraits in Charlotte. His work can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia and North America. Websites mentioned on the show: More about Mark Gucciardi and Coffey & Thompson Fine Art Gallery + Framing.


Click below to watch segments featured on May 5, 2015.

Careers in 3D Printing
We visit a company headquartered in Rock Hill, SC, to learn how 3D printing technology is changing the way many products are manufactured. Website mentioned on the show: 3D Systems.

MEDIC Careers in Demand
As the Charlotte region experiences record growth, there will be continued demand for EMTs, paramedics and biomedical technicians. Websites mentioned on the show: MEDIC Careers and Biomedical Equipment Technology/CPCC.

Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM Jobs
A local Girl Scout troop takes part in a simple science experiment that could help shape the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workers. Website mentioned on the show: Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America.