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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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10:41am

Mon July 14, 2014
VW

VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga (Concept car shown)
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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.  About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.

"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.

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3:22pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Happenings

Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents 'The King and I' Throughout July

For the next three weekends, The Signal Mountain Playhouse is mounting a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I. The two leads in the musical are both opera- trained singers, which is increasingly common in musical theater.  Seth Carico  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.

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10:04am

Fri July 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children

Credit Kathy Washburn

Children’s books delight and entertain but sometimes they serve a more serious purpose.  Some of the books written by children’s author Kathy Mashburn have valuable lessons embedded in their colorful pages. 

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9:17am

Fri July 11, 2014
Community

Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel speaks at a press conference announcing UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga.

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.  Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.

In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself.  That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.  But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.

"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here.  There's no opportunity for third-party interference."

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.  Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.  But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.  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.

Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant?  What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant?  This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner Nooga.com.

UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.

“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."

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12:36pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video

Behind-the-scenes footage for the Choo Choo video is available on Youtube.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HVFqCqCRWyU

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on an ambitious project: they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.  Last year, they sought Kickstarter funding for the project.  They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording. 

Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.

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10:06am

Thu July 10, 2014
Happenings

Summer Chess Camp Ready to Prepare Future Chess Champs

Rabbit Zielke is joined by Signal Mountain Chess Association members Nicholas Barrett, Daniel Miranda, Adrian Andreescu, Coach Bill Cheal, and camp counselor George Andreescu to talk about Summer Chess Camp with the Mountain Education Foundation July 14 - 18.
Credit Stacy Miranda

If you want to keep your game sharp, you have to keep practicing it.  That is part of the idea behind the Summer Chess Camp that is being offered by the Mountain Education Foundation

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1:25pm

Wed July 9, 2014
When Pigs Fly?

Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork?

The Beacon Center of Tennessee's 2014 Pork Report roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"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."

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12:36pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak

In this Youtube video, the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band competes at the Loch Norman Highland Games.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfkxz3Y5YAQ

The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band have won all three competitions they've entered this year.  Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.

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11:13am

Wed July 9, 2014
Books

Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie

For several decades, the World Cup soccer games were hosted alternately by countries in South America and Europe. So it’s perhaps appropriate that the closing games of this year’s contest are between two giants from South America and Northern Europe. The question of whether the final game will pit South America against Northern Europe will be answered this afternoon when Argentina faces the Netherlands in the second of the two semi final games.

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10:05am

Wed July 9, 2014
Happenings

United Way of Greater Chattanooga is Going to Stuff the Bus

Credit United Way of Greater Chattanooga

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is collecting school supplies for the annual Stuff the Bus Campaign. 

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10:49am

Tue July 8, 2014
Happenings

What's In Store For New LEED Certification?

LEED certification is a standard for sustainable building set by the United States Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and green|spaces is offering a chance to learn more about the latest LEED standards LEED IV.

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10:00am

Mon July 7, 2014
Happenings

UnifiEd is Hosting Debates With the District 5 and District 9 School Board Candidates

A local grass roots organization is working to encourage involvement in Hamilton County Public Schools.  UnifiEd  is hosting debates between the candidates for school board seats  in District 5 and District 9.

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1:30pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Books

911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt

Former 911 dispatcher Jeff Hewitt writes fiction, humor, horror and more.  He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.  Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.

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10:08am

Wed July 2, 2014
Happenings

Zoe's Rainbow Dash Adds Color to a Charity 5K

Zoe McDonough reminds us all that Life Is Sweet.

Zoe’s Rainbow Dash is coming up on the 4th of July at the Hamilton Place Mall starting at 8:00 am. 

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4:03pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Happenings

Chattanooga Symphony & Chattanooga Theatre Centre Collaborate to Celebrate Independence Day

The Chattanooga Symphony’s Independence Day Celebration is set for Thursday, July 3rd in Coolidge Park starting at 8 o’clock. In addition to the music, there’ll be food available from vendors in the park, or people can stop at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for their Star Spangled BBQ event. Kim Jackson from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Molly Sasse from the CSO discuss it in this interview segment.

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Podcasts

  • Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00am
    This soccer coach from Sewanee has attended World Cup soccer games in every series since the mid-1980's. In this interview, Johnston talks about his incredible dedication to the sport.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00am
    "[I]n the last one hundred years," Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, "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." Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished.
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00am
    Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009. Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00am
    A new report says the state of Tennessee has wasted up to $180 million. That's because the state paid unemployment benefits to dead people, felons who are in prison, and other people who shouldn't be getting any money.
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00am
    Heather Crowe tried a new treatment option for migraines—a surgical option never before performed in Chattanooga.