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.

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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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10:28am

Mon August 5, 2013
Music

Celebrate the Heritage of American Music August 10 & 11 at the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival

Credit Bessie Smith Cultural Center

The 6th annual Bessie Smith Heritage Festival in Chattanooga Tennessee is a celebration of jazz and soul music.  This year the festival will be held in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the heart of Chattanooga.

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4:31pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Education

Federal Deficit Reduction Efforts Could Eliminate 1,200 Tennessee Children From Head Start

Head Start programs help disadvantaged children prepare for early education in primary school.  But due to federal sequestration efforts, many local kids  will not be able to attend Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  WUTC's Mark Colbert has this report.

12:33pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Business

Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee

Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers.  For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday.  These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy.  

11:32am

Thu August 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

The Open Press Wants To Give Everyone A Chance To Get 'Their Hands Dirty'

The Open Press, a project started by Matt Greenwell, head of the Art department at UTC, and Paul Rustand, the creative director at Widgets and Stone, a local design company, resulted from their mutual passion for hands-on creativity. They are both comfortable using the tools and techniques of the digital age, but at the same time they both have a yen for a time when everything moved a little more slowly, and the work produced had the immediately recognizable stamp of an artisanal, made by hand product. Not necessarily perfect, but(for them) beautiful in its imperfection.

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11:18am

Thu August 1, 2013
Education

UTC Program More Than Doubles The Graduation Rate For Some At-Risk Students

"At-risk" students are the kids most likely (not) to succeed. They are the first person in their family to attend university. They typically come from low-income single parent homes and, as if that wasn't enough, they often suffer from a physical, emotional, or intellectual disability. The transition from high school to college is tough for any 18 year-old, but for these young men and women the obstacles are often insurmountable. Lucky--very, very lucky--are those who manage to secure a place in Shirl Gholston's Student Support Services.

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10:10am

Thu August 1, 2013
LibraryBox 2.0

Chattanooga's Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign Ends

An interview with Jason Griffey, creator of LibraryBox

In late June of 2013, Jason Griffey, a librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, began a Kickstarter campaign for LibraryBox 2.0. LibraryBox is described as a device that can "share files with anyone, anywhere, off the internet, even off the power grid."

Working like a thumb drive with a wireless connection, LibraryBox can distribute files to anyone with a wi-fi capable device such as a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or personal computer.

With an initial goal of $3,000, the campaign ended on July 28th. LibraryBox made its $3,000 and then some.

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9:58am

Thu August 1, 2013
Education

SimCenter Provides NASA Curriculum to Girls Inc. Campers

Samantha Bautista holding her robotic hand. The girls learned the fundamentals behind designing a robotic hand and were able to build these models to move each finger independently and by finger joints.
Credit Girls Inc

12:20pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Community

Mural Honors Local Leader in the Autism Community

Cynthia Joyner's mural located on the corner of Houston and Martin Luther King

An interview with David Ruiz and Mary Margaret LaVoie of PprWrk about a mural dedicated to Cynthia Joyner

Cynthia Joyner had a significant presence in the autism community of Chattanooga. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at the 4th annual Chattanooga Autism Conference. She also organized Pints for Autism, an event which raised over $10,000 for the Chattanooga Autism Center.

On July 20th, Joyner died in a car accident on Interstate 24.

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4:41pm

Tue July 30, 2013
WUTC Special

President Obama Spoke in Chattanooga--Here's the Whole Speech

President Obama speaks at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

President Obama spoke on Tuesday, July 30th at the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He outlined five different key points for "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to create jobs and grow American manufacturing.  This is the full, unedited audio of his speech.  Amazon employee Lydia Flanders gave the introduction.

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11:54am

Mon July 29, 2013
UTC Research

Some Atheists Choose Church Over Confrontation?

This graphic illustrates the percentage of study participants who identified with the types of atheist personalities.
Credit http://www.atheismresearch.com/

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have completed an extensive study of more than 1,000 non-believers nationwide, and the researchers have identified six basic types of atheists.  Dr. Christopher Silver and Thomas J. Coleman led the project, and their study showed that 14% of atheists are angry, confrontational “anti-theists.”  However, 12% of atheists are “ritual atheists” who attend religious services even though they don’t believe in the theology.  In this feature segment, we find out why some atheists choose church.

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11:17am

Mon July 29, 2013
Books

Crowdfunding Sought for 'Game of Horror' Graphic Novel

Promo art for GAME OF HORROR, a graphic novel by Shane Berryhill and James E. Lyle.

An interview with author Shane Berryhill.

Chattanooga, Tennessee author Shane Berryhill and Waynesville, North Carolina artist James E. Lyle collaborated to create Game of Horror, a graphic novel described as "The Hunger Games meets classic monster cinema in an action-packed tale of terror."

In the story, an undead girl named Lily fights ghouls in a combat tournament, and the tale is meant as an allegory for human trafficking.  The creators are seeking Kickstarter funds to publish the graphic novel.

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6:52pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

One-Woman Music School: Jessica Nunn Teaches Violin, Viola, Cello & String Bass at 'Muse A Palooza'

Jessica Nunn is a gifted musician. She placed first on viola in 2005 in the annual statewide competition organized by the Tennessee Music Education Association. But while she is a gifted performer, Jessica is equally enthusiastic about teaching. 

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11:25am

Thu July 25, 2013
Storyteller Series

'This Is Not the Boy Scout Troop 69 From Nelsonville, Ohio'

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Richard Dubé tells a story about hitchhiking with a pineapple, school bus, and his best friend Sleazy Rider.

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4:12pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

Tennessee Elk Hunt Auctioned on Ebay

An interview with Johnny Allred of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation

Since 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been using a lottery system to pick five hunters to hunt elk in the state. Another permit to hunt elk in Tennessee is given to the highest bidder.

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1:13pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

2013 Kids Count Report Ranks Tennessee 39th in Overall Child Well-Being

The 2013 Kids Count report examines the well-being of children and teens in all 50 states.  The report revealed that Tennessee has improved in the economic well-being of children compared to 2012 and ranked 16th nationwide in health.  However, Tennessee ranked near the bottom in education.

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