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 Police Officer Joe Warren said school bus driver Johnthony Walker must have been going about 20 miles per hour over the speed limit before he swerved off narrow, winding Talley Road. The crash killed six Woodmore Elementary school children, and Walker faces criminal charges.

At a preliminary hearing, Warren testified that there was no indication Walker applied the brakes before the crash, and bus video showed Walker using his cell phone while children were on the bus, which is illegal.

Every year the Choo Choo Chorus—a choir of more than 100 men and women—get together to sing sacred and secular Christmas songs in a concert to benefit The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center. The members of the chorus also perform throughout the year mostly in quartets. The Rock City 4 is one. They stopped by to talk to Richard Winham about the upcoming concert and to sing some of the songs they’ll be singing with the chorus on Saturday night.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman has chosen to resign from his position with the Chattanooga Mocs to take the head coaching job at the University of Richmond, UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn announced today.  Huesman recently finished his eighth year at Chattanooga with a 59-37 overall record and three consecutive trips to the FCS Playoffs. 

The Finish Line

Dec 13, 2016
Jobie Williams

Nathan Sexton had everything going for him: a wonderful wife, a newborn son, and a dream job at a successful startup. When his life changed in an instant, he had to learn how to just run with it. In this sound portrait, Nathan shares his powerful story in his own words.

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones are performing at Track 29 on Wednesday, December 14.

The Ensemble Theatre Company of Chattanooga is mounting a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol  in Midtown Central in Brainerd. Richard Winham talks to the director, Garry Lee Posey, about their unusual approach to the story in a space that wasn’t designed to be a theatre.

  At a press conference in Sevierville, Tennessee, authorities announced two juveniles are under arrest and being charged with aggravated arson in connection with the deadly Sevierville wildfires that killed 14 people last week and damaged around 1700 structures.

"Our promise is that we will do our very best to help bring closure to those who have lost so much," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gywn.

Booze & Bawdy Language Welcomed at 'Rage Yoga'

Dec 6, 2016
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Yoga classes are mostly held in a tranquil setting with a yogi guru leading students to enlightenment through stretches and meditation. But that is not the kind of yoga class we visited at The Granfalloon.

Listen in on a rage yoga class- which combines yoga poses with loud rock music, salty language, and booze.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher hopes a rising reward amount will help catch a shooting suspect. Last week, it was $6,000. This week, it’s nearly been doubled for information leading to the arrest of a man who allegedly shot an officer.

“The reward amount is now $11,500,” Fletcher said at a press conference Monday. “We believe this level of financial incentive will encourage anyone with knowledge of the suspect to call 911.”

The second installment of Chatt About Science, this city's Science Cafe series, is coming up Dec 8 at the Chattanooga Brewing Company. The events are informal, fun discussions with local scientists. Listen to an interview with organizer Sarah Webb and presenter Dr. Manuel Santiago.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the first phase of its investigation into a the Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that killed six children, but the driver wouldn’t answer the NTSB’s questions.

The crash happened November 21st. Johnthony Walker veered off a neighborhood road, hitting a telephone pole and a tree. It’s unclear why. His attorney advised him to not speak with the NTSB. He’s been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in a separate, criminal investigation.

Chattanooga residents are being asked to stay on the lookout for a shooting suspect who targeted a Chattanooga police officer. A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest. The shooting happened at 9:24 Thursday morning in the Glendwood/Mission area and sparked a manhunt. 

With almost everyone sending packages at this time of the year, you might be interested in an alternative to the conventional delivery services. It’s called Roadie. Started in Atlanta in 2015, Roadie operates much the same way as Uber, but rather than passengers they take packages and pets. Richard Winham talked to Jeremy Dollar, a local driver for Roadie which now offers delivery to all fifty states.  

UPDATE: CPD reports the officer has been released from the hospital. The search for the suspect continues. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

Englewood, Tennessee Fire Chief Billy Roach says one of his crews had worked about 20 hours fighting wildfires in Gatlinburg that killed at least seven people. Then when deadly winds blew in from Alabama, the Englewood firefighters rushed home to McMinn county, to help storm-related rescue operations.

“They’re wore out,” Roach said at a press conference. “They’ve had very little sleep. I know I’ve had two hours since Monday morning. We’re just to the limits.”

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