Around and About Chattanooga

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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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3:55pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Happenings

Registration Open for Colon Cancer Foundation's 2015 Rump Run

Dr. Marshall Horton and Charlotte Smith joins us to talk about the 2015 Rump Run.  Dr. Horton is a Chattanooga gastroenterologist who is on the board of the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation.  Charlotte Smith and her daughter are colon cancer survivors.

From the event's Web site:

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6:08am

Wed February 25, 2015
Community

FCC Could Allow EPB to Expand Gigabit Internet Service

This map shows where EPB's high-speed Internet service is currently available.
Credit EPB

UPDATE 2/26 12:08 pm: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC today approved EPB's petition to expand its high-speed Internet service, as well as a similar petition filed in North Carolina by the city of Wilson.  In a news release, the FCC said:

"The Federal Communications Commission today opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service.

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5:15pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Happenings

41st Annual Houston Museum Antique Sale Opens 2/27

The Houston Museum in Chattanooga houses the huge collection of antiques amassed by Anna Safley Houston. Mrs. Houston ran a retail store in a converted barn where she offered parts of her collection for sale—but only to people she liked. Many people were refused even entry to the store, but these days her huge collection of antique furniture and glass is open to everyone at The Houston Museum in the Bluff View arts District. One of the ways the museum supports itself is with an annual Antique sale.

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1:41pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Community

New Harvested Here Organization Connects Farmers, Restaurants

From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene.  But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group,  Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores.  Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here, joins us to explain exactly what they do.

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1:21pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Empower Chattanooga Hosting Community Fair on February 21, 2015

The Community Fair for Empower Chattanooga is Saturday, February 21st at Avondale Recreation Center on Dodson Avenue from 11:00  to 4:00. 

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1:03pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Education

Battle Academy Seeking Mentors for Students

March is Mentor Month and Battle Academy is starting a new program to match mentors with their students.

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12:34pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Arts & Culture

Into The Woods Entertains Audience at Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Kim Jackson plays the witch in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre production of Into The Woods through March 1, 2015.
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The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck . 

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11:58am

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Sponsors, Participants Sought For American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

Chattanooga's Relay For Life Web site is open for signups.

Chattanooga's Relay For Life will raise money for the fight against cancer, celebrate those who have survived cancer, and give participants a chance to honor those who have passed away.  Although the event isn't until May 30th, you can visit the Web site right now and make donations, sponsor teams, and sign up to participate.

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12:06pm

Wed February 18, 2015
Happenings

Murder Mystery Dinner 2/26 to Benefit Humane Educational Society

Bob Citrullo, Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, took over in December of 2013.  In this interview, he talks about his first year as the executive director; challenges and long-term goals for the organization; how they're more than just an animal shelter; and creative ways to raise funds, including their upcoming murder mystery dinner.

Buy tickets and find more information at their Web site:

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11:48am

Tue February 17, 2015
Happenings

On 3/7, Med Rock Battle of the Bands Will Raise Funds for Scholarship

Linda Benton from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance joins us to discuss the second annual Med Rock Battle of The Bands, which will raise money for a scholarship fund.  We're also speaking with Courtney Green, a freshman at The University of Georgia, who won last year's $10,000 award.

From a media release:

What: 2nd Annual  Med Rock :Battle of the Physician Bands 2015 

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11:15am

Tue February 17, 2015
Happenings

Writer Jan Phillips Coming to Chattanooga for a Two-Day Performance & Workshop on 2/20, 2/21

Stone Soup is a group of seven ladies who meet regularly for lunch, for conversations about life’s questions—and for fun. During one meeting one lady introduced the others to the writer, teacher, poet, musician and philosopher Jan Phillips. They were all so taken with what she had to say that they invited her to come to Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Sue Reynolds and Emma Ford, two of the seven members of Stone Soup.

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3:29pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Happenings

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Begins 2/20

Chattanooga's Center for Mindful Living is hosting an eight week course on mindfulness and stress reduction.  Instructor Claudio A. Barrientos (from the Mindful Center Knoxville) and local psychotherapist Julie L. Brown join us to explain how it works.

Information about the eight-week course and registration for the course is at the Center for Mindful Living's Web site.

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11:33am

Thu February 12, 2015
Happenings

Hunter Underground Takes the Party Under the Museum

Credit Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum of American Art is hosting the 8th annual Hunter Underground for an evening of music, fun and American art on Saturday February 21st from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. 

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11:43am

Wed February 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

Seen And Heard: ‘Dark Princess Theatre’ Voice Actors Host Live Events, Too

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway and Marcus Ellsworth.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

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11:10am

Wed February 11, 2015
Happenings

Wild at Heart Is All About the Breeding

Cocktails for Conservation at the Chattanooga Zoo is hosting Wild at Heart on Friday February 13 from 6 to 8 pm. 

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Podcasts

  • Monday, March 23, 2015 12:00am
    Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature. Today Ron Rash joins us. Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00am
    From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene. But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group, Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores. Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here joins us
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00am
    The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck .
  • Friday, February 20, 2015 12:00am
    In Berryhill's urban-fantasy version of Chattanooga, monsters hide beneath the streets and in lurk dark corners.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles. While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool Kids. Now that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.