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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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12:00pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Community

City's Economic & Community Development Department Strengthens Neighborhood Leadership

Donna Williams joins us to talk about neighborhood leadership.

What does it mean to be a leader on your street?  What qualities does it take?  How do the needs of a new neighborhood differ from one that's been around for decades?  Is a formal neighborhood association always the best answer?

Donna Williams is the director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Chattanooga, and they offer several ways to help create stronger communities through stronger leadership.

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2:04pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Education

Read-A-Palooza Provides Carnival of Reading Fun

The Bookmark Fairy (Rabbit Zielke) reads a children's bookat Read-A-Palooza.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is hosting the 8th annual Day of Action with Read-A-Palooza at the Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday, June 20, 2015. 

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1:35pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Veterans

Tri-State Women Veterans Hosts Chartering Ceremony

The Tri-State Women Veterans will become a chartered unit of Military Women Across the Nation with a ceremony held at the June 20th meeting. 

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1:01pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Community

TVA Summer Photo Contest in Full Swing

The Tennessee Valley Authority is hosting a summer photo contest hoping to capture the best pictures of their recreation possibilities. 

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11:56pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Portraits of Appalachia in Words and Watercolor

Alan Shuptrine is a realist painter, a watercolorist, fascinated with Appalachia. For the past two years he has walked along sections of the Appalachian Trail, frequently leaving the trail to hike into the isolated towns and hamlets deep in the mountains off the trail. In addition to painting the people he’s met and the places he’s seen, he is collaborating with a writer on a coffee table book which will combine his paintings with stories about Appalachian people, their culture and their long history.

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6:59pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga-Created Audio Documentary Is a Finalist for an International Award

Chattanooga potter and independent radio producer John-Michael Forman created the three-minute satirical audio piece What Could be Bad About This?  It's the first one he's produced, and impressively enough, it's up for an international award--it's a finalist for the People's ShortDoc Award in Third Coast International's 2015 ShortDocs Challenge.  His was chosen from more tha

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1:38pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Riverbend 2015

The Dead Deads Bring a Hard Rock/Metal/Grunge Dance Party to Riverbend

Leticia "Meta Dead" Wolf sings in the video for "Organ P."
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Nashville band The Dead Deads will perform Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU during Riverbend.  A high-energy mix of grunge, rock, their music is both aggressive and fun.

From their Web site:

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12:44pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Arts & Culture

Coffee and Conversation with Artist Michael McCamish at Studio Space Junk

Artist Michael McCamish is featured in the gallery at Studio Space Junk.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

Michael McCamish provides a glimpse of the world through the lens of his camera at the gallery of Studio Space Junk on Frazier Avenue. 

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12:28pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Community

Law and Order Provides Focus for Speaker Series at Jewish Cultural Center

Law and Order: Secular and Religious is the focus of the summer speaker series at the Jewish Cultural Center.

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11:54am

Wed June 10, 2015
Riverbend 2015

With 7 Million YouTube Hits, Kawehi is a Viral Music Star

A screenshot from the video for Kawehi's song "I'd Never Tell."
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Hawaiian-born electronic musician Kawehi will give one of the more unusual performances at this year's Riverbend Festival. 

Using a microphone, loopers and digital effects, she alters her voice to sound like a guitar, a bass, and drums.  Her cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" went viral last year, winning praise from Courtney Love, who called Kawehi's work "genius."  Now her YouTube channel has around seven millions hits.

Her live shows are a mix of cover songs and originals.  Check out her Nirvana cover below, and catch her at 9:15 p.m. on the TVFCU stage during Riverbend on Thursday evening.

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7:05pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Community

Chattanooga Seniors Hope to Break Ground by the End of the Year on Collaborative Housing Project

Four years ago a group of Chattanooga seniors had an idea—let’s build a mutually supportive community. They bought a piece of land on the south side of Chattanooga and they are now almost ready to begin building. The plan is to build individual homes around a large, communally shared space—in effect a small village. The only thing holding them back is they are four people short of the number they need to realize their vision for an interactive, mutually supportive community of seniors.

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12:24pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Theater

Tony Winner 'Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike' Runs 'til 6/28 at CTC

Masha (Kristina Montauge), Vanya (Greg Rambin, Sr.), and Sonia (Julie Van Valkenburg) prepare to attend a costume party
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The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.

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11:49am

Fri June 5, 2015
Riverbend 2015

Riverbend Festival: 5 Can't-Miss Acts During Opening Weekend

Here are five of the bands and musicians to check out during the Riverbend Festival's opening weekend:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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6:09am

Fri June 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Listen: Steve Inskeep Discusses 'Jacksonland' and Chief John Ross with WUTC

History buffs in other parts of the country may know Chattanooga only for its importance during the Civil War.  However, a new book by NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounts a lesser-known regional conflict, and it's a story that deserves to be heard and remembered.

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12:42pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Community

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Hosting 2015 Summer Mini Camps

The Hamilton County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting several mini camps this summer with a focus on reading and the great outdoors.  

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