Around and About Chattanooga

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Originating as a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show, Around and About Chattanooga features news, interviews, and arts coverage. In particular, the show covers human-interest stories, Southern literature and discussion of current events. Some guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities. The show is broadcast Mondays & Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and more information is at

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  The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11th street this Saturday, August 27th, from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

  Chattanooga State Community College students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can get a head start by enrolling in the dual admissions program. In this segment, we discuss the program with Gail Campbell, Director of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Center at Chattanooga State and Yancy Freeman, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services at UTC.

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27th, at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.  

   In the next couple of decades, the area’s senior population will increase dramatically. By 2030, the region’s population over the age of 65 will increase from approximately 127,000 to 202,000, and more doctors and nurses are needed who are trained in geriatric care. At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the UTC School of Nursing and other departments are providing opportunities for students to learn about gerontology. Dr. Brittany Cusack holds the Vicky B.

(Audio) Portrait of the Artist: Sculptor John McLeod

Aug 17, 2016

  In a studio up a winding hilly road in Red Bank, John McLeod creates sculptures that are featured at several Chattanooga locations including Rock City Gardens and the Sun Trust building on Market Street.

McLeod’s new work "Accord" is featured at the lululemon entrance of Warehouse Row. Two pieces made out of metal bars that have been bent and painted sit on either side of the entrance.

McLeod is an avid rock climber as well as an artist.  He says that with "Accord" he hoped to express the sense of wholeness and spirituality that he gets from climbing.

  The Rio games aren't the only reason East Tennessee residents are talking about the Olympics. Some are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1996 summer games that featured whitewater events in Ocoee, Tennessee. Though those events turned out to be a success, some were skeptical when the idea was first proposed, and grassroots organizations worked hard to make it happen.

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

  Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Stephanie Plunkett is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, one of the organizations that created the exhibit, and she joins us to talk about Harvey Dunn's life and legacy.

From a media release:

There were several shake-ups on the Hamilton County School Board following yesterday’s elections.

Newcomer Tiffanie Robinson ousted the District 4 incumbent, George Ricks.  Also, newcomer Joe Wingate beat Donna Horn in District 7. And Kathy Lennon ousted Jonathan Welch in District 2. That means, of the four school board incumbents up for re-election yesterday, three of them lost their races.

  Just before Hamilton County’s August 4 elections, we’re speaking with Democratic primary candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. We also spoke with Mark Siedlecki, a Democrat running against Republican Marty Haynes in the race to be the new Hamilton County Assessor of Property.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department received confirmation of the first person in Hamilton County to test positive for Zika virus.  The individual recently returned from an affected country where Zika disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.  In an effort to prevent local transmission, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door education in the general vicinity of the case.

  Hamilton County primary elections are coming up August 4.

Three Democrats are vying for the nomination in the Tennessee Senate District 10: Ty O’Grady, Khristy Wilkinson and Nick Wilkinson (no relation to Khristy.) On the Republican ballot, incumbent Todd Gardenhire is running unopposed.

Kamen Sims

  The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Chattanooga native Wayne White are collaborating to create Wayne-O-Rama, a year-long art installation that will show the city's history using giant puppets. At a public library press event, smaller versions of the puppets were on display.