Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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A report published in the January 23rd, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine looked at diversity in the workplace across the country. Working with a research firm called Statista, the magazine compiled what they termed “the definitive list of the best employers for diversity in America.” "Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employees in August 2017 to inform the list, asking questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability.

Dancing at Loughnasa is a semi-autobiographical play by the Irish playwright, Brian Friel. It tells the story of five sisters living in the country in Southern Ireland just before the Second World War. Told through the eyes of the 7 year old son of the youngest sister, Chris, it’s a memory play about a pivotal moment in all their lives. The play is a production of The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

There’s a new place in town to get a beer, and as WUTC’s Will Davis reports, this place is uniquely Chattanoogan. Davis takes us to American Draft, a pour-your-own beer hall housed inside a historic train car at The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unexpectedly announced she was resigning Tuesday morning--after appearing in court and pleading guilty to theft of property over $10,000. Just how sudden was the announcement, and how does her guilty plea relate to an affair she had with the head of her security, Sgt. Rob Forrest?

 The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is mounting a new production of Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Directed by Todd Olson, the new executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, it was the playwright’s first big success in New York in the period immediately following the Second World War. Richard Winham talked to Todd Olson and Rob Inman, who plays the lead role of Tom Wingfield.

A jury has found former school bus driver Johnthony Walker guilty of criminally negligent homicide, following a 2016 crash that killed six children. 

Police aren’t saying why a North Georgia teacher allegedly brought a handgun to school and fired it out a classroom window, but a police representative says apparently the teacher didn’t intend to harm any students. Jesse Randal Davidson teaches social studies at Dalton High, and the principal, Steve Bartoo, describes Davidson as an “excellent teacher.”

He says he’d be surprised “with any of our teachers” if an incident like today’s happens.

“Our teachers care about our kids. They love our kids, they take care of our kids, and it's certainly shocking to any principal if one of their staff members took a gun out in a classroom and fired it.”

The incident is sparking debate about President Trump’s proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters.

Singer/songwriter IMAJ and Cam Busch join us to talk about the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  

From a media release:

CHI Memorial Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art are co-presenting the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  This year’s event will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  IMAJ is the featured guest.  The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by IMAJ’s presentation at 6 p.m.

A Chattanooga nonprofit is taking ownership of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, making sure it’s preserved for generations to come.

Governor Bill Haslam has released his proposed $37.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Health & social services and education are the biggest spending areas. 

The Sycamore Institute--an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee--has released a budget summary to help you better understand what Haslam is proposing. 

This season’s production at the Signal Mountain Playhouse is “Dearly Departed,” a comedy written by two playwrights from Kentucky, David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Set “in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt,” it tells the story of the Turpin family and their attempts to overcome their differences at the funeral of the family patriarch, Bud Turpin. Richard Winham talked to Michelle Ford who plays Bud Turpin’s wife Raynelle and Tim Forsythe who plays her son Ray-Bud.

Award-winning actress Mimi Kennedy and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt will star in a special one-night-only performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on 2/10/18. They join us to talk about the play and their careers--Kennedy as an actress who currently stars in the hit CBS sitcom Mom, and Bernhardt as a conductor who has performed with orchestras around the nation.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Her novels have sold over 2 billion copies and have been translated into over 100 languages.