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 www.wutc.org.

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Governor Bill Haslam has joined a growing number of Republican politicians calling for Donald Trump to quit campaigning in light of his vulgar comments about women in a video released Friday. In a statement released today, Haslam said: In the past I have expressed my concern with Donald Trump’s policy positions. Like many others, I have also objected to many of the things he has said during his campaign. Those concerns have kept me from endorsing him. I want to emphasize that character in our...

This past Summer 26 people ranging in age from 40 to 70 went away to Summer Camp for the weekend. The organizers called it Boomer Camp. It was at Camp Ocoee and for a couple of days in addition to wine tastings and a smoked salmon supper, they kayaked, canoed, hiked, swam and sang songs around a fire like kids at camp. “It was an opportunity to play and have fun without feeling guilty about it,” said one. The camp was a big success; the organizers had hoped for eight people, 26 signed up. So...

A new election race has begun in Chattanooga. With so much focus on Trump and Clinton, you might have missed the kickoff. On August 30, Larry Grohn, the District 4 Councilman in Chattanooga, announced he would be running for mayor. That vote is about five months away, in March of 2017. Grohn says violence in the city, a lack of housing, and a lack of workforce development are issues he wants to address in his campaign. “As well as our city is doing,"he says, "we can do better in these regards...

Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features the work of local artists here in Chattanooga. Two of the artists whose work is part of the current exhibition talked to Richard Winham about their work.

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WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Teal Thibaud, Executive Director of the Glass House Collective , and Shane Morrow about revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. The Glass Street LIVE Block Party is coming up 9/24, and the public is invited. From their Web site: It’s time! This Saturday morning giant puppets will march up Glass Street in our kick-off Wayne-O-Rama Puppet Parade featuring artist Wayne White’s larger than life Civil War generals dancing alongside home-made puppets crafted by...

Thanks to the Arts Move Chattanooga program, which invited noted artists to move to Chattanooga offering them a $15,000 break on their mortgage, Chattanooga is now home to a host of painters, musicians, writers and sculptors. One of the sculptors who accepted the city’s invitation is Roger Halligan, who is also the Vice president of The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. The Sculpture Alliance was formed by the noted sculptor, John henry, a decade ago. For their 10 th anniversary the Alliance...

The Sculpture Fields in Montague Park on Chattanooga’s South Side is a “world class sculpture garden,” according to the website—and that’s not hyperbole. John Henry, the sculptor behind the gardens, has spent more than fifty years creating large scale sculptures that are now in museums and galleries across the country as well as in public spaces across and Europe and Asia. The work on display in the garden represents his peers from around the world. This Friday, September 16, the Sculpture...

Steely Bruno

You’re never too young to learn about jazz, and Steely Bruno (a trumpet player/composer whose real name is Antoine Williamson) introduces schoolchildren to legends like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, and teaches kids to play a few tunes themselves. He's on the roster of the Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists .

AVA, Chattanooga’s Association for the Visual Arts, has scheduled this year’s gallery hop for Saturday September 10 th . The 10 th annual gallery hop includes stops at 24 galleries and artists’ studios as well as five pop-up galleries set up just for the hop. Richard Winham talked to Lauren Goforth the organizer for this year’s hop.

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The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to recognize a labor union at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant. But Volkswagen opposes United Auto Workers Local 42 because the group is only a small part of the plant's overall workforce. Last year, about a hundred of the plant’s maintenance employees voted for Local 42. It was historic because it was the first time the UAW won a representation election at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. But the plant’s production...

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Football season kicks off Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Today, we’re speaking with the coach who has taken the Mocs to a new level of success , with record attendance at games, three consecutive Southern Conference titles, and league coaches picking the team as the preseason favorite to win again this year. Coach Russ Huesman joins us to reflect back on his career, starting back when he was a student here at UTC.

The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11 th street this Saturday, August 27 th , from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

Chattanooga State Community College students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can get a head start by enrolling in the dual admissions program. In this segment, we discuss the program with Gail Campbell, Director of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Center at Chattanooga State and Yancy Freeman, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services at UTC. From the Chatt State Web site: Benefits Students will have access to more personalized advising from UTC...

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27 th , at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.

In the next couple of decades, the area’s senior population will increase dramatically. By 2030, the region’s population over the age of 65 will increase from approximately 127,000 to 202,000 , and more doctors and nurses are needed who are trained in geriatric care. At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the UTC School of Nursing and other departments are providing opportunities for students to learn about gerontology. Dr. Brittany Cusack holds the Vicky B. Gregg Endowed Chair of...

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