Around and About Chattanooga

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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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  There are two more shows to come in this year’s Riverfront Nights Series. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. Styles booked all the acts again this year, but having done that, he’s now happy to be just another listener relaxing by the river enjoying the music.  

Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

The annual First Amendment Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga featured guest speaker Morris Dees from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as:

Molly Gardner Photography

Amani ya Juu helps women in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia earn a living by creating hand-made goods.  The African fair-trade organization has Chattanooga roots--the founder, Becky Chinchen, is a Chattanooga native, and the organization's United States distribution center is located here on South Willow Street in the Ridgedale community near downtown.

Peter Lundberg is a renowned sculptor whose work is in cities across the country and in Canada as well as in China, Germany and Australia among other countries around the world.

Recently his friend, the sculptor John Henry, invited him to come to Chattanooga to create a monument to the four Marines and one Naval Officer killed here in July.

The Creative Discovery Museum is hosting the annual AmuseUm fundraiser Saturday August 29, 2015 with fun and games provided by Two Bit Circus

Michael Edward Miller

Philadelphia artist Meg Saligman travels around the world, getting commissions to create huge works of public art.  She’s painted a fresco in Mexico city, a water tower in Tanzania, and a 32,000 square-foot mural in Nebraska.

But her project on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga is the largest one she's ever created.  In fact, she says it will be one of the largest murals in the United States, and she's asked local artists and dozens of volunteers to pick up brushes and help.

Honoring the Fallen

Aug 18, 2015
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert

On August 15, 2015 the community gathered for a Memorial Service to honor the service men killed on July 16, 2015 at the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga. 

Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold compares Clinica Medicos to Doctors Without Borders—the organization that goes on medical missions around the world.

"I commonly joke with my friends that we don’t need airfare to do the work that we’re doing here," she says.  "We have found and identified mission work to be done in an urban landscape."

Local poet, playwright and social activist Peggy Douglas has written a play
centering on the impact of the sweeping social changes of the 1960’s on
three distinct communities in Chattanooga. Called “After Work,” the play
centers on the white “townies” and “mill people” and the African American
community living on and around 9th street. In a series of monologs, the
characters in the play talk about their lives and their dreams. Richard
Winham talked to the play’s director, Rebecca Rouse and one of the actors in
the play, Erin Skelley.

The Notable Trees Program encourages property owners to register trees of distinction with Take Root and the Chattanooga Tree Commission. 

Rabbit Zielke

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga participates in an exchange experience with their partner city in Israel, Hadera Eiron. 

The stage at the Mountain Arts Community Center became the home of Fat Shirley's Trailer Park, a small community with very close ties. 

In this interview, we're finding out why a new Chattanooga restaurant is partnering with a local nonprofit that’s protecting the Tennessee River Gorge.  We're speaking with Miguel Morales, one of the co-owners of the Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  Located on the Southside, it opened August 4th.  We’ve also speaking with Sarah Quattrochi, the Outreach and Development Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

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