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 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