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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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's annual State of the City Address will happen Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 pm, and the public is invited. Berke speaks with WUTC about what's coming up.

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival is happening this weekend. It’s Chattanooga's popular visual and fine arts festival, and it brings together art lovers and buyers. WUTC’s Will Davis introduces us to two local artists participating in this year’s festival.

Free Low Vision Expo 4/6 Features Technology

Apr 5, 2018

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE: 

The Low Vision Network will host an expo on Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Hixson. The FREE low vision expo will feature the latest technology and optical magnifiers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Over 20 vendors and service providers will be on hand with 200 attendees expected to attend.

Items of interest include:

We’ve all been through what Caleb Thomas calls ”The Experience.” Thomas, a poet and songwriter performs as Phenom, The Creative. Together with a group of poets and songwriters he will be celebrating love from infatuation to commitment in a show called The Experience. He talked to Richard Winham.

A new art exhibit at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga looks at how artists use modern tools to make work that comments on our relationship to technology. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to the show’s curator.

Soon after Alan and Nicole Parker were married, they began having children. Within three years, they had a daughter and two sons. The children had arrived a little more quickly than they had planned, but they were happy, despite Nicole’s nagging feeling that they were supposed to have another daughter. Richard Winham picks up the story from here, and talks about the benefit concert coming up 3/31.

On Saturday, local middle and high school students will race electric cars they built at the inaugural Chattanooga Green Prix. WUTC 's Jordan Thompson has the story.

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After a diesel emissions scandal that cost Volkswagen billions in fines and slumping sales of its Chattanooga-made Passat sedan, Tennessee lawmakers (who have granted the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to build and expand Chattanooga's VW plant) worried about the future of their investment, because Volkswagen was looking to cut back on certain operations.

Now things are looking up. Volkswagen's new Chattanooga-made, seven-passenger Atlas SUV is selling so well that the company plans to start building a new five-seater model, which means VW will put $340 million toward expanding the plant.

"What they're doing as far as ramping up their operations, we anticipate there'll be additional jobs," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, although the company isn't yet saying how many--if any--new jobs will be created.

Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken says, for him, the success of the Atlas symbolizes a "turnaround for our brand here in the United States."

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. 

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