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Around and About Chattanooga is a local weekday radio program with interviews, feature news stories and information about the Tennessee Valley.

Comments?  Story ideas?  Questions about an interview you heard?  You can contact the public affairs desk at (423) 425-2224 or email Mike-Miller@utc.edu.

Chattanooga is transforming into one of the nation's most progressive, vibrant cities.  Guests on the Around and About program discuss the cultural events, art communities, environmental initiatives and other creative forces that are helping continue this transformation.

The concert calendar airs every Thursday with a look at what's happening around town in the music scene.

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11:27am

Mon June 29, 2015
Community

Locals Rally, Marry After SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

People celebrate at a Ross's Landing rally on the day the U.S. Supreme Court announced a ruling effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in Tennessee.
Credit Rachel Smith

The first same-sex couple to wed in Hamilton County got married on the courthouse lawn Friday, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states.  That evening, more than a hundred people gathered at Ross's Landing for a celebration rally, where City Councilman Chris Anderson announced a non-discrimination bill he plans to introduce at the next City Council meeting.

Special thanks to Nooga.com's David Morton for providing WUTC with audio from the Hamilton County Courthouse.

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5:49pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Arts & Culture

Cleveland Museum Exhibit Explores African & Native American History

Sam Rumschlag, Curator of Collections, stands beside one of the exhibit banners.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Sam Rumschlag, the Museum Center's Curator of Collections, takes us on a tour of the exhibit, which will be on display until July 3rd.

From the exhibit Web site:

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12:03pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Skyglow

Chasing the Last Dark Skies

Wupatki by Harun Mehmedinovic.
Credit Harun Mehmedinovic

Astrophotographer Harun Mehmedinovic is visiting the last places in North America where you can still see the Milky Way simply by looking at the night sky. 

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11:42am

Wed June 24, 2015
Community

Best Job Ever - Deli Owner

Always ready with the special of the day, Bruce Weiss is passionate about his New York Style restaurant, the River Street Deli.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

As part of the Best Job Ever Series we spoke with Bruce Weiss, owner of the River Street Deli, about his passion for cooking and sharing the New York Deli experience in Chattanooga.

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11:21am

Wed June 24, 2015
Community

It's Too Darn Hot--UTC in the Summertime

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a microcosm of Chattanooga. A community with a bigger population than Collegedale and twice the number of people in Van Buren County, UTC is a small town within the city. As director of the Office for Emergency Management at UTC, it’s Tim Pridemore’s job to anticipate problems. Right now the campus is quiet. Most of the students are on Summer break. But for Tim Pridemore and his staff, this is one of the busiest times of the year.

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10:58am

Wed June 24, 2015
Education

Listening to the Lake Sturgeon in the Tennessee River

Bernie Kuhadja monitors Lake Sturgeon on the River Gorge Explorer.
Credit Tennessee Aquarium

Several Lake Sturgeon have been tagged with special markers that can be tracked with new technology added to the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer and listening devices along the Tennessee River. 

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10:46am

Wed June 24, 2015
Community

Ideas, Events Sought for Start Up Week 2015

Start Up Week 2014 was a big success, and organizers are seeking community input for the next one.  Project Manager Stephanie Hays joins us to talk about Start Up Week and an informational meeting happening on Thursday, June 25th.

From a media release:

Startup Week Chattanooga Calls For Event Proposals

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10:20am

Wed June 24, 2015
Community

Ribbon Cutting Planned for Greens

Greens is already open for business and will celebrate the regions first sustainable building materials and supplies store with a ribbon cutting on Thursday June 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm. 

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12:00pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Community

City's Economic & Community Development Department Strengthens Neighborhood Leadership

Donna Williams joins us to talk about neighborhood leadership.

What does it mean to be a leader on your street?  What qualities does it take?  How do the needs of a new neighborhood differ from one that's been around for decades?  Is a formal neighborhood association always the best answer?

Donna Williams is the director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Chattanooga, and they offer several ways to help create stronger communities through stronger leadership.

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2:04pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Education

Read-A-Palooza Provides Carnival of Reading Fun

The Bookmark Fairy (Rabbit Zielke) reads a children's bookat Read-A-Palooza.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is hosting the 8th annual Day of Action with Read-A-Palooza at the Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday, June 20, 2015. 

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1:35pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Veterans

Tri-State Women Veterans Hosts Chartering Ceremony

The Tri-State Women Veterans will become a chartered unit of Military Women Across the Nation with a ceremony held at the June 20th meeting. 

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1:01pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Community

TVA Summer Photo Contest in Full Swing

The Tennessee Valley Authority is hosting a summer photo contest hoping to capture the best pictures of their recreation possibilities. 

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11:56pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Portraits of Appalachia in Words and Watercolor

Alan Shuptrine is a realist painter, a watercolorist, fascinated with Appalachia. For the past two years he has walked along sections of the Appalachian Trail, frequently leaving the trail to hike into the isolated towns and hamlets deep in the mountains off the trail. In addition to painting the people he’s met and the places he’s seen, he is collaborating with a writer on a coffee table book which will combine his paintings with stories about Appalachian people, their culture and their long history.

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6:59pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga-Created Audio Documentary Is a Finalist for an International Award

Chattanooga potter and independent radio producer John-Michael Forman created the three-minute satirical audio piece What Could be Bad About This?  It's the first one he's produced, and impressively enough, it's up for an international award--it's a finalist for the People's ShortDoc Award in Third Coast International's 2015 ShortDocs Challenge.  His was chosen from more tha

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1:38pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Riverbend 2015

The Dead Deads Bring a Hard Rock/Metal/Grunge Dance Party to Riverbend

Leticia "Meta Dead" Wolf sings in the video for "Organ P."
Credit YouTube

Nashville band The Dead Deads will perform Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU during Riverbend.  A high-energy mix of grunge, rock, their music is both aggressive and fun.

From their Web site:

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