Carolina Impact

Welcome to the second season of Carolina Impact – a show focusing on the issues, people and places in the Charlotte region. Tune in to Carolina Impact, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Send your comments or story ideas to:

Click below to watch segments featured on February 24, 2015.

What is Prehypertension?
Doug Pressley admits he ignored the warning signs for prehypertension until it eventually triggered a major heart attack. Website mentioned on the show: Novant Health
Chef Rocco Whalen
Executive Chef Rocco Whalen shares about his life-long battle with obesity and the changes he’s making to control his high blood pressure. Website mentioned on the show: Fahrenheit

Controlling High Blood Pressure
While a number of risk factors contribute to hypertension, Shirley and Isaac Coley are learning a few lifestyle changes can help control their high blood pressure. Website mentioned on the show: Novant Health
Additional Resources
You can find more information about managing and controlling hypertension at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association


Click below to watch segments featured on February 17, 2015.

Luring Fans to the Track
Charlotte Motor Speedway is removing thousands of seats and looking for new ways to reuse this space in an effort to lure more fans back to the track. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Apprenticeship Charlotte
Charlotte leads the state in the number of students enrolled in advanced manufacturing apprenticeships and they are helping to fill a void in the workforce. Websites mentioned on the show: NC Works Apprenticeships/Employers and NC Works Apprenticeships/Job Seekers

JAI All Star Youth Ensemble
The Jazz Arts Initiative offers programs for students in grades 7-12 who want to improve their skills in a small jazz ensemble. Website mentioned on the show: Jazz Arts Initiative


Click below to watch segments featured on February 10, 2015.

Jet Fuel Tax Break Debate
We examine the debate over extending jet fuel tax breaks to North Carolina’s number one airline responsible for hundreds of flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and thousands of jobs statewide.
Off The Streets
Women who are battling drug and alcohol addiction explain how the Off The Streets Program in Gastonia is helping with their long-term recovery. Website mentioned on the show: Off The Streets Program

Local Missionaries
The Hinson family left their home in Rowan County and now calls a South Carolina mobile home park their mission field. Website mentioned on the show: Local Missionaries
Art Pop
The Arts and Science Council is partnering with Adams Outdoor Advertising to showcase local artists’ work on billboards throughout Charlotte. Website mentioned on the show: Art Pop


Click below to watch segments featured on February 3, 2015.

International Businesses
We explore some of the major assets that make the Charlotte region attractive to nearly 1,000 foreign-owned companies. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Chamber
Entrepreneur Arthur Wylie
Charlotte resident Arthur Wylie turned his dorm-room venture into a growing business that now includes producing major Hollywood films.
 Website mentioned on the show: Arthur Wylie

Home Milk Delivery
A Fort Mill company specializes in delivering fresh milk and other products to their customers’ front door. Website mentioned on the show: Lakeview Farms
Orchestra on Campus
The Charlotte Symphony’s Orchestra on Campus program partners with local schools like CPCC to introduce students to the beauty of orchestral music. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Symphony


Click below to watch segments featured on January 27, 2015.

Understanding BMI
A high body mass index (BMI) signals obesity and could put you at risk for developing health problems with long-term consequences. Website mentioned on the show: Novant Health’s BMI Calculator
Bariatric Surgery
If you have been unable to lose weight using diet, exercise or medications, a bariatric procedure could help you reach a much healthier weight. Website mentioned on the show: Novant Health’s Weight loss services

Feelin’ Alive After 55!
Meet a group of active adults in West Charlotte who share their secrets to staying in shape.
 Website mentioned on the show: Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center


Click below to watch segments featured on January 20, 2015.

Foster and Adoptive Children
Thousands of children are waiting to be adopted in North Carolina. In this report, we examine the foster care system and the types of children that are the most difficult to place. Website mentioned on the show: Thompson
NC Wine & Grape Industry
North Carolina’s wine and grape industry generates more than a billion dollars annually. We’ll visit the Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill to learn more about wine production.
 Websites mentioned on the show: Morgan Ridge Vineyards and Explore NC Wineries

Sing For The Cure
Sing for the Cure is a musical journey of hope, humor and inspiration benefiting Susan G. Komen Charlotte.
Artist Edwin Gil
Charlotte resident Edwin Gill is a Latino artist who often uses his artwork to bridge cultures and diverse groups. Website mentioned on the show: Artist Edwin Gil


Click below to watch segments featured on January 13, 2015.

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The Catawba Indian Nation wants to bring casino gambling to Kings Mountain, but they’re facing opposition from churches, neighbors and a rival Indian tribe. Websites mentioned on the show: Catawba Indians
Mac Everett/Citizen of the Carolinas
Mac Everett was named the 2014 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Chamber. We take a closer look at some of the organizations and projects Everett has been involved with that have helped shaped the Charlotte region.Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Chamber

Typewriter Parts Artist
Artist Brian Rumping uses old electric typewriter parts to create cold assembly sculptures at his art studio in Rock Hill.


Click below to watch segments featured on November 18, 2014.

Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature
Volunteers with Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature (C.R.O.W.N.) build nesting boxes for barn and screech owls. Websites mentioned on the show: Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature and Carolina Raptor Center
Friendship Trays
Hundreds of volunteers at Friendship Trays prepare and deliver meals each day for more than 750 homebound residents throughout Mecklenburg County. Website mentioned on the show: Friendship Trays

Could Toll Road Solve I-77 Congestion?
A citizens group opposes the NC Department of Transportation’s plans for a toll road on I-77 to ease congestion between north Charlotte and Lake Norman. Websites mentioned on the show: Widen I-77 and NC DOT Toll Operations
Tony DeBlois
Tony DeBlois is a blind autistic savant and musician who recently performed for students at Providence Day School in Charlotte. Website mentioned on the show: Tony DeBlois


Click below to watch segments featured on November 11, 2014.

Veterans & PTSD
Navy SEAL Veteran Shannon Rusch and U.S. Army Veteran Jeff Neill share how they were able to find the help they needed to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Websites mentioned on the show: LKN SEAL Swim, Operation Restored Warrior, Monarch Behavioral Health
Charter and Public Schools
In this report, we examine some of the differences between charter schools and public schools in Mecklenburg County. Website mentioned on the show: NC Department of Public Instruction/Office of Charter Schools

Carolina Renaissance Festival
The Renaissance Festival located north of Charlotte is a medieval amusement park with an 11-stage theater, jousting tournament and more. Website mentioned on the show: Carolina Renaissance Festival

 Carolina Impact – Fighting Back When Cancer Attacks

Click below to watch segments featured on November 4, 2014.

Breast Cancer
Angela Alston shares about her breast cancer diagnosis and reminds other women why yearly mammograms may be their best defense against the disease. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Radiology
Lung Cancer
Dr. Michael Kelly, MD, explains how a computed tomography (CT) screening is capable of detecting lung cancer nodules at an early stage and how this offers more treatment options for patients. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Radiology

Liver Cancer
Pat McFadden has been cancer free for five years following a procedure involving SIR-Spheres microspheres which were used to radiate his liver tumor from inside out. Website mentioned on the show: Charlotte Radiology



Click below to watch segments featured on October 28, 2014.

NASCAR Technical Institute
The NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville provides students with the skills they need to work with racing teams throughout the Charlotte region. Website mentioned on the show: NASCAR Technical Institute
7th Street Public Market
The 7th Street Public Market in uptown Charlotte serves as a community gathering place and launch pad for several small business owners. Website mentioned on the show: 7th Street Public Market


Blumenthal Performing Arts
Tom Gabbard, President and CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts, explains how the organization has become one of the top 10 markets for touring Broadway shows in North America. Websites mentioned on the show: Blumenthal Performing Arts and Carolina Tix
Benny Reeder
Benny Reeder is a Huntersville self-taught artist who creates metal sculptures using discarded materials that reflect his Southern heritage.



Click below to watch segments featured on October 21, 2014.

Florence Crittenton Services
Florence Crittenton Services provides a safe place for expectant mothers with no place to turn. Website mentioned on the show: Florence Crittenton Services
The Farm-to-Fork movement is causing more restaurants and grocers to provide locally-grown and raised products. Websites mentioned on the show: Lucky Leaf Gardens and Gallery Restaurant


Cotton Ketchie
Mooresville artist “Cotton” Ketchie preserves local landmarks through his watercolor paintings and photography. Website mentioned on the show: Landmark Galleries, Inc.
UNCC Venture Program
The UNCC Venture Program provides a variety of team building opportunities for university, community and corporate groups. Website mentioned on the show: UNCC Venture Program



Click below to watch segments featured on October 14, 2014.

Medic Tim Hayes
Former Paramedic Tim Hayes talks about a traumatic accident that changed his life and how he’s sharing his story to inspire and encourage others. Website mentioned on the show: Medic Tim Hayes
A summer program call STEMersion introduces high school teachers to careers in the Charlotte area requiring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills.

Pickleball is growing in popularity across the country and a Cornelius group shows us how to play this sport. Website mentioned on the show: USA Pickleball Association
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Considered one of the Charlotte region’s great attractions, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont has lots to offer visitors year round. Website mentioned on the show:  Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden



Click below to watch segments featured on October 7, 2014.

Finding Your Roots
A Charlotte family hires a genealogy expert to help them uncover information about their great-grandparents, Edward Hamilton Bissell and Emily Cooper. Websites mentioned on the show: Finding Your Roots and Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
Adaptive Water Skiing
The Lake Norman YMCA and Carolinas Rehabilitation provide a special water skiing program for adults and children with disabilities. Website mentioned on the show: Lake Norman YMCA

Computer Crimes Camp
Teens participate in a special camp to learn how real-life Crime Scene Investigators collect evidence from computers and other electronic devices. Website mentioned on the show: CPCC Forensic Kids Camp
Artist Seth Rouser
Meet a Rock Hill artist whose paintings of cloudscapes are what some describe as metaphor for the human condition.



Click below to watch segments featured on September 30, 2014.

Intermodal Facility
The Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is an integrated multimodal hub expected to generate $7.6 billion in regional economic development throughout the next 20 years Website mentioned on the show: Norfolk Southern
UNC Charlotte Growth
With more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled during the fall 2014 semester, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest university within UNC’s 17-campus system. Website mentioned on the show: UNC Charlotte

Dress for Success
Dress for Success assists hundreds of women annually throughout the Charlotte region by providing professional wardrobe essentials for those seeking employment. Website mentioned on the show: Dress for Success
Jazz at the Bechtler
Monthly jazz concerts at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art feature the Ziad Jazz Quartet as well as a number of other guest musicians and vocalists. Website mentioned on the show: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art