Around and About Chattanooga http://wutc.org en Something is Buzzing During the Honey Harvest at the Creative Discovery Museum http://wutc.org/post/something-buzzing-during-honey-harvest-creative-discovery-museum <p>The annual <a href="http://cdmfun.org/page/programs-and-events/special-events/honey-harvest" target="_blank">Honey Harvest</a> at the <a href="http://cdmfun.org/" target="_blank">Creative Discovery Museum</a> is July 26<sup>th</sup> and 27<sup>th</sup> from noon to 4 pm.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39995 at http://wutc.org Something is Buzzing During the Honey Harvest at the Creative Discovery Museum Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity http://wutc.org/post/janisse-ray-s-seed-underground-explains-startling-loss-seed-diversity <p></p><p>“[I]n the last one hundred years,” <a href="http://janisseray.weebly.com/">Janisse Ray</a> writes in <em>The Seed Underground</em><em>: A Growing Revolution to Save Food</em>, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”</p><p>Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:11:06 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40439 at http://wutc.org Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster http://wutc.org/post/velo-coffee-turns-kickstarter-fund-new-roaster <p> Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Richard Winham 40443 at http://wutc.org Chattanooga Ambassador Program Helps At-Risk Kids Stay in School http://wutc.org/post/chattanooga-ambassador-program-helps-risk-kids-stay-school <p> Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development is working with at-risk kids by using a holistic approach to keep them in school.&nbsp; City Administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings discusses the Chattanooga Ambassador Program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:57:44 +0000 Mark Colbert 40335 at http://wutc.org Chattanooga Nature Center Is a World Away, but Only Minutes from Downtown http://wutc.org/post/chattanooga-nature-center-world-away-only-minutes-downtown <p> The Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum and Reflection Riding is a peaceful oasis just minutes from downtown. Circling the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is acres of open pasture and woodland bisected by miles of trails that wind through the woods and beside the river that snakes though the property. Michael Green, one of the dozens of volunteers who run the Nature Center, takes us for a short walk through the property, stopping at the animal sanctuary, which is one of the center’s biggest draws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:50:07 +0000 Richard Winham 40334 at http://wutc.org Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series http://wutc.org/post/supernatural-suspense-young-shapeshifters-island-fog-series <p></p><p><a href="http://www.unearthlytales.com/">Keith Robinson's <em>Island of Fog</em> series</a> first launched in 2009.&nbsp; Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.</p><p>The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.&nbsp; Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:48:31 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40285 at http://wutc.org Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs http://wutc.org/post/analysis-vw-chattanooga-expansion-involves-more-suvs <p></p><p></p><p>WUTC's Michael Edward Miller and <a href="http://www.nooga.com/167156/updated-volkswagen-announces-suv-made-in-chattanooga-as-part-of-second-phase-of-north-american-growth-strategy/">Nooga.com's Chloe Morrison</a> discuss the broader implications of Volkswagen choosing Chattanooga as the site to build its <a href="http://wutc.org/post/vw-chattanooga-not-only-gets-new-suv-also-gets-new-research-center">new seven-passenger SUV</a> and a special research center.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:05:32 +0000 Staff 40275 at http://wutc.org Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs Food For Summer With the Children's Summer Feeding Program http://wutc.org/post/food-summer-childrens-summer-feeding-program <p>The <a href="http://www.chattfoodbank.org/" target="_blank">Chattanooga Area Food Bank</a> received a grant from Conagra to help provide food for the Children's Summer Feeding Program.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39998 at http://wutc.org Food For Summer With the Children's Summer Feeding Program VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center http://wutc.org/post/vw-chattanooga-not-only-gets-new-suv-also-gets-new-research-center <p></p><p>Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.&nbsp; About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.</p><p>"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40215 at http://wutc.org VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents 'The King and I' Throughout July http://wutc.org/post/signal-mountain-playhouse-presents-king-and-i-throughout-july <p> For the next three weekends, <a href="http://home.comcast.net/~broza/smph/index.htm">The Signal Mountain Playhouse </a>is mounting a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s <em>The King &amp; I</em>. The two leads in the musical are both opera- trained singers, which is increasingly common in musical theater.&nbsp; Seth Carico&nbsp; plays the king and Jennifer Arbogast) is Anna, the English teacher whose relationship with the King of Siam and his children is the core of the story on which the musical is based.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Richard Winham 40126 at http://wutc.org Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children http://wutc.org/post/wiggy-wanda-book-helps-explain-cancer-children <p>Children’s books delight and entertain but sometimes they serve a more serious purpose.&nbsp; Some of the books written by children’s author Kathy Mashburn have valuable lessons embedded in their colorful pages.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:04:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39993 at http://wutc.org Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different http://wutc.org/post/heres-why-uaw-thinks-new-push-chattanooga-will-be-different <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year. &nbsp;Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself. &nbsp;That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary </span>Casteel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.</span></p><p>"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here. &nbsp;There's no opportunity for third-party interference."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.&nbsp; Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.&nbsp; But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.&nbsp; If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant? &nbsp;What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant? &nbsp;This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner <a href="http://www.nooga.com/167126/uaw-forms-local-chapter-vows-to-work-toward-works-council/">Nooga.com.</a></span></p><p><strong>UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.</strong></p><p><strong>“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40108 at http://wutc.org Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video http://wutc.org/post/almost-complete-new-choo-choo-music-video <p>Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on <a href="http://chattachoochoo.weebly.com/">an ambitious project:</a> they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.&nbsp; Last year, they sought<a href="http://wutc.org/post/support-sought-new-chattanooga-choo-choo"> Kickstarter funding</a> for the project.&nbsp; They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording.&nbsp;</p><p>Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40056 at http://wutc.org Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video Summer Chess Camp Ready to Prepare Future Chess Champs http://wutc.org/post/summer-chess-camp-ready-prepare-future-chess-champs <p>If you want to keep your game sharp, you have to keep practicing it.&nbsp; That is part of the idea behind the Summer Chess Camp that is being offered by the <a href="http://meftoday.org/" target="_blank">Mountain Education Foundation</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39991 at http://wutc.org Summer Chess Camp Ready to Prepare Future Chess Champs Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork? http://wutc.org/post/did-cleveland-tn-really-redefine-mile-high-club-42-million-pork <p>The Beacon Center of Tennessee's<a href="http://www.beacontn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Pork-Report-Final-Version.pdf"> 2014 Pork Report</a> roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.</p><p>"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:25:13 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40007 at http://wutc.org