Tyner Academy Teens Helping Through Music
Serious crimes seem to happen everyday and kids are being affected by the endless violence. Some area teens stand out in the crowd and want it to stop.
We talked to a group of Tyner Academy juniors about what they're doing about it.
Trevieon Spence, Cedric Fifer, LaMaurea Summerville and Isaiah McIntosh are fed up with violence. They started TCLI Productions are on a mission to help. TCLI stands for "Talented Children Learning Importance", as well as the initials of the kids involved.
LaMaurea Summerville says, "There are kids out here that are so talented nowadays and um it's just so sad to just see them being killed off or being put in jail or getting involved in the wrong thing when their talents could take them somewhere".
An avid Gospel and R and B singer, Isaiah McIntosh feels bad music choices can lead to negative actions. He says, "We just want to take that music and make it positive. Everything starts from the mind. It starts with the decision and then you start thinking it and then you start saying it then, you speak it and then you do it".
The emotion hits close to home for all of them. Trevieon Spence said, "We know those people who are dying and stuff for no reason over different things...it's crazy. But we're just here to actually escort that out and bring music into the picture. That's what we all love to do. So I feel like we can actually set a movement for that".
They use their knowledge of music to turn negative energy into something good and starting a business designed to give kids a chance. Cedric Fifer sees how the violence affects kids. "We hear Donut and Friends on the radio stations. They say our youth are at risk. We need Chattanooga's support to help us and if we can't get that, we can't move forward".
At this point, the boys are needing a permanent space to mentor students in music and music production. They welcome any help they can get. They remain positive and they stay focused on the mission at hand. TCLI Productions is keeping the faith that place will be found. For now. they're committed to helping young people in our area and being part of the change.
by: Beth Neuhoff
- TN/GA Regional News
- National News
- International News
- Rain leads to more than 591,000 gallon Ga. wastewater spill
- Execution date set for Ga. man convicted in 1992 slaying
- Ga. consumer information possibly compromised in data breach
- Spate of crimes linked to Craigslist prompts extra caution
- Clarke County schools superintendent gets national honor
- Fort Benning has new garrison command sergeant major
- Acrobat reported missing from circus in Atlanta area
- DeKalb police rescue 2 girls after tip about prostitution
- Atlanta area college students travel to Missouri for break
- VMI to honor Georgia Rep. Lewis with humanitarian award
- Proposed settlement requires schools to show they provide PE
- Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, irrelevant to plot
- Man gets 66-year term for shooting Phoenix officer, robbery
- County supervisor who killed self was target in prison case
- Afghan President Ghani to speak to joint meeting of Congress
- Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup
- Fisherman's high court win spurs call for legal reform
- Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech
- Commuter with measles also dined at Bay Area restaurant
- Miss America Organization president is stepping down
- Mexico to replace embattled attorney general
- Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact
- UN plans decision in August on mass Ebola vaccine program
- Scandinavians form human chains after synagogue attacks
- Venezuelan students protest deadly force order
- Russian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance
- OSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace
- 30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest
- Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society
- Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine
Side RoadsTake a ride with Brian Smith to explore the unique people and places to be found along the Sideroads of the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
Black HistoryCelebrating Black History Month with African American Firsts: Sports Legends
The Good LifeCelebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
Coats For KidsHelp us keep a child in need warm this winter.
Closings and DelaysThese are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
Educator of the WeekNominate now for Educator Of The Week!
Deaf & Hard of HearingInformation provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Sponsored EventsCheck Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!