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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6:15pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Happenings

Dracula, The Musical? Opens 2/13 in The Signal Mountain Playhouse

Dracula, The Musical? opens in the Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday night, February 13th. Richard Winham talked to the director Maria Chattin-Carter and Anne Rittenberry who helps coordinate the all volunteer crew that puts on all the shows in the Signal Mountain Playhouse.

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1:48pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Happenings

Royal Valentine Dance Opens the Dance Floor for Chattanooga's Newest Father/Daughter Event

Chattanooga Presents! is hosting a father/daughter Royal Valentine Dance on Friday February 13th at Chattanooga's newest venue, the Granfalloon. 

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1:14pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Happenings

Dalton Little Theatre Presents 'A Night of One Acts' Feb 13, 14 & 15

Local playwrights Jeremy Pickard and Jennifer R. Jones join us to talk about their one-act plays being performed at the Dalton Little Theatre in Dalton, Georgia.  Pickard wrote and is directing Dickcissel, an avant-garde work about a bird caught in a barbed-wire fence who interacts with a cowboy.  The play deals with themes of identity and the unanswerable questions in this world, according to the Dalton Little Theatre's Web site.  Jennifer R.

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10:02am

Mon February 9, 2015
Happenings

Storm Spotter Classes Offered at UTC as Part of SKYWARN

Credit SKYWARN

SKYWARN helps inform the National Weather Service about local weather events through volunteer storm spotters and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is hosting a class on February 13, 2015. 

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11:30am

Fri February 6, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Darrell McDonald's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

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12:48pm

Thu February 5, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ray Laliberte's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

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12:44pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Happenings

Get Covered Chattanooga Offers Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance

The deadline for open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is February 15, 2015.  The City of Chattanooga is hosting Get Covered Chattanooga, an enrollment event on Saturday February 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center on Moore Road. 

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1:18pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Community

Small Homes, Big Dreams: Tiny House Enthusiasts Hope to Start A Community in Chattanooga

In a promotional Kickstarter video, Travis and Brittany Pyke sit on the porch of a tiny house.
Credit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/windrivercustomhomes/wind-river-and-tiny-house-chattanooga-begin-a-tiny

How much space do you really need?  Some Chattanoogans are choosing to live in houses with only 190 square feet of living space--about the third of the size of a single-wide mobile home.  In this segment, Travis Pyke of Wind River Custom Homes (a local company that builds these domiciles) and Hannah Shadrick and Mary Ann Twitty of Tiny House Chatt join us to talk about the appeal of living in these small, portable, energy-efficient buildings.

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12:49pm

Wed February 4, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ellen Heavilon's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

This story is from Ellen Heavilon, Executive Director and Founder of the Hart Gallery, which supports homeless and non-traditonal artists by helping them create artwork and giving them a place to sell it.  Heavilon's story is about trust and transformation.

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5:33pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Happenings

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Awards Luncheon 2/9 at Convention Center

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) ia a charter school designed to help young women from what they call “underserved communities.” Almost all of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Most of them come from very poor backgrounds, but CGLA aims to be a beacon of hope. Richard Winham talked to Bess  Steverson, the director of the foundation that helps fund the school. She joined the school this past September because she wanted to help them realize their ambitious goals.

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2:38pm

Mon February 2, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Moses Freeman's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Moses Freeman joins us for this segment.  Born here, he's a City Council member who represents District 8.  He talks about growing up in Chattanooga and the changes he's seen in technology and civil rights.

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6:00am

Mon February 2, 2015
TN Capitol Hill

Will Terminally-Ill Tennesseans Get the ‘Right To Try’ Experimental Drugs?

Credit Nicki Dugan Pogue / Flickr/Creative Commons

State Rep. Jon Lundberg and Sen. Joey Hensley are sponsoring HB0143, the "Tennessee Right To Try Act," which allows terminally-ill patients to ask pharmaceutical companies for experimental drugs or medical devices that the FDA hasn't approved.

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6:39pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Awesome Songs for Cool Kids' Wins Adult Fans, Too

Awesome Songs for Cool Kids was released in 2014.

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 KidsNow that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.

Volz has fans in both Chattanooga and Los Angeles.

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5:45pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Arts & Culture

New Reflections Gallery Exhibition Features Favorite Pieces by 30 Chattanooga Artists

  Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway has a new exhibition called “Artist’s Favorites.” Representing thirty different artists working in watercolor, wood and oil, the exhibition is a collection of each artists’ personal favorites. Richard Winham stopped by the gallery to talk to Margaret Park and Burney Thompkins, two of the artists whose work is in the exhibition.

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4:52pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Happenings

Parents, Students Invited to Free College Planning & Financial Aid Conference 1/31

From a media release:

U.S. Department of Education coming to Chattanooga for College Goal Tennessee 2015

High school students/parents/educators invited to learn more about college financial aid

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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.