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: CarolinaImpact@wtvi.org.

 

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.

 


 

Click below to watch segments featured on April 28, 2015

Lincolnton Textile Mill Closing
Mohican Mills in Lincolnton employed more than 100 workers, but news about the textile plant’s closing has many wondering what will become of the old building. Website mentioned on the show: City of Lincolnton.

Village HeartBEAT
A partnership aimed at tackling health disparities, Village HeartBEAT is a partnership involving the Mecklenburg County Health Department and more than a dozen churches. Website mentioned on the show: Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Dressing Downton
WTVI took about 40 supporters to Biltmore in Asheville to see the Dressing Downton exhibit featuring 45 costumes worns by actors on the popular PBS series “Downton Abby.” Website mentioned on the show: Dressing Dowton.
Broadway Jr. Celebration
The Blumenthal Performing Arts’ annual Broadway Junior Theater Celebration included 1,900 students and teachers from 48 elementary and middle schools across our region. Website mentioned on the show: Blumenthal Performing Arts.

 


 

Click below to watch segments featured on April 21, 2015.

Replenishing the talent pipeline
We explore unique apprenticeship programs at Blum and Seimens which encourage youth to consider careers in the field of advanced manufacturing. Websites mentioned on the show: Centralina Workforce and CPCC & STEM
Jay M. Robinson Students Media Arts Program
Students at Jay M. Robinson Middle School participate in a pilot media arts program combining art, literature, theatre and technology in an engaging learning experience. Website mentioned on the show: Jay M. Robinson Middle School Media Arts.

Kings Mountain Historical Museum
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum and its community partners have created a multi-faceted cultural attraction promoting tourism in the City of Kings Mountain. Websites mentioned on the show: Kings Mountain Historical Museum and Kings Mountain Little Theatre/”Liberty Mountain”

 


 

Click below to watch segments featured on April 14, 2015.

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation monitors the water quality and other issues which threaten the Catawba River. Website mentioned on the show: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
Refugees in Charlotte
We explore some of the challenges refugees and asylees encounter as they adjust to living in Charlotte. Websites mentioned on the show: Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency and Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte. List of Service providers.

John Crosland School
The John Crosland School is a community of teachers who customize learning instruction for children with learning differences. Website mentioned on the show: John Crosland School.
Dances of India
India’s rich temple dances are brought to life through dance dramas, costumes and masks during an annual arts celebration called “Dances of India.” Websites mentioned on the show: Dances of India and Ticket information.

 


 

Click below to watch segments featured on April 7, 2015.

Grow Up Great
Sponsored by the PNC Foundation, ‘Grow Up Great’ is a multi-year vocabulary initiative for pre-kindergarten children who live in some of Charlotte’s underserved communities. Websites mentioned on the show: PNC Foundation and MeckED
Dale Halton
Retired businesswoman Dale F. Halton reminisces about turning her family’s business into one of the top soft-drink bottling operations in the country. Website mentioned on the show: J. Murrey Adkins Library.

Allegro Foundation
The Allegro Foundation helps children with disabilities and is one of the three finalists in WTVI’s 2nd Annual Community Give Back Contest. Website mentioned on the show: Allegro Foundation.
Preston “Buddy” Gray
Folk artist Buddy Gray is a woodcarver who uses wood-making techniques that are centuries-old to create handmade fiddles. Website mentioned on the show: The Violin Shoppe.

 


 

Click below to watch segments featured on March 31, 2015.

Understanding Diabetes
We explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes which affects more than 29 million people in the U.S. Websites mentioned on the show: Novant Health and Diabetes: Test your knowledge
Blueberries and Diabetes
A scientist at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis explains how blueberries pack a powerful punch when it comes to helping control diabetes. Websites mentioned on the show: North Carolina Research Campus and Blueberries and Diabetes Research. Recipe for Wild Blueberry Salsa. (PDF)

Managing and Controlling Diabetes
We meet two people participating in a diabetes self-management workshop with the goal of helping prediabetics or diabetics manage and control their condition. Websites mentioned on the show: American Diabetes Association Charlotte Office and Novant Health

 


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

CRVA
Tourism generates $4.6 billion annually for the Charlotte region, and the CRVA (Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority) plays a big part in helping to lure major events like the CIAA Tournament.
Websites mentioned on the show: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Project LIFT
A partnership between private donors and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Project LIFT is a program which aims to narrow the achievement gap in the west Charlotte corridor by 2017. Website mentioned on the show: Project LIFT

Charlotte’s Honorary Consuls
The Charlotte region has more than a dozen honorary consuls who play a key role in building trade relations between our region and other countries. Website mentioned on the show: North Carolina Consular Corps
Clayworks
Clayworks offers a place for those who want to learn about making pottery. Website mentioned on the show: Clayworks

 


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
Farm-to-Fork
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
STEMersion
A summer program call STEMersion introduces high school teachers to careers in the Charlotte area requiring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills.

Pickleball
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