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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  Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races.

  Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

Levene says he’s done his research and election law doesn’t prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs.

Lodge Manufacturing held a ground breaking ceremony last month to celebrate the development of a new foundry and distribution warehouse. 

  When Don Hill was twelve years old he decided he wanted to be a landscape painter. But after two years in art school in his native Nashville, he joined the Marines and was sent to fight in Vietnam. Like many of the young men of his generation he was permanently scarred by the experience, but unlike many others he managed to make a life with his family and a successful career as a graphic designer. Since his retirement in 2012 he has returned to his landscape painting. He has an exhibition of fourteen of his paintings hanging in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway.  

Cathy Wells


  "He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son.

 Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center.

Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son.

  Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with “Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. 

  The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features Julie Bauer’s abstract paintings. She and her husband, Juergen, an engineer for Volkswagen, moved to Chattanooga in January. Before that they had lived in Shanghai, China for six years. She told WUTC's Richard Winham her work is the result of having lived in very different parts of the world.

For forty five years the signal Mountain Playhouse has been presenting two plays or musicals every year—inside in the winter and outside in the summer. For all that time, almost every one of the 100 people involved in producing and staging the shows have been volunteers.

University of Tennessee

As news spread of Pat Summitt passing away yesterday, Chattanooga athletes and coaches paused to remember her. Though the legendary Lady Vols coach was located on the Knoxville campus, she visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga often. In this segment, we speak with UTC coaches and others, including David Blackburn, the UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, who explains how Summitt impacted his life.

Metro Ideas Project

  A new Chattanooga nonprofit, the Metro Ideas Project, hopes to bring big changes to our city’s education system.  The Metro Ideas Project is a research team made up of academics, policy-makers, and journalists who are focused on making midsize cities like Chattanooga work better for their citizens. 

  In a follow-up to last week’s conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

  It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it’s finally coming to the Scenic City. It’s called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21.  The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC’s Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

  It’s being called the most disruptive nonprofit of our day. In this interview, we’ll find out why. A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga provides free, long-term, reversible birth control to local women. Today I’m speaking with Rachel Schulson, Executive Director, A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga, as well as Nicole, who is one of the organization's clients.

  We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

Globally this year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, over 1,150,000 refugees are hoping to be resettled.

This is the first time in the 30 years for which the U.N. has kept records that the number of refugees hoping for resettlement is more than one million people—many of them women and children.