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.

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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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'

Credit OliBac (Flickr.com) / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en

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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1:07pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Southern Hospitality

South Side's Crash Pad Is Like a 4-Star Hostel

The Crash Pad isn't exactly what that term might lead you to expect. Located off Main Street on the fashionable south side of the city, The Crash Pad was originally intended as a cheap place for the rock climbers coming to Chattanooga in increasing numbers to stay (relatively cheaply) for a night, but to almost everyone's surprise it attracts as many tourists in the Summer as it does climbers, cyclists and back packers in the Fall and Winter. 

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9:46am

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

Former NTSB Chairman Speaking July 25th at First Amendment Dinner

Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall.
Credit http://www.ntsb.gov/

  The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is bringing former  National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall to speak at the 7th annual First Amendment Dinner on Thursday July 25th at 6:00 PM in the Jewish Cultural Center.  The goal of the First Amendment Dinner is to educate, inform and open discussion on the First Amendment rights historically and in the present context.  The event also honors veterans for their service in protection of those rights. 

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11:20am

Tue July 23, 2013
Looks Good Enough To Eat?

Designer Natalie Chanin Bringing Barbecued Dresses to Warehouse Row

Fashion designer Natalie Chanin hickory-smoked this dress, creating smoky shades on the fabric.
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An interview with Natalie Chanin.

Natalie Chanin is a designer/entrepreneur who runs Alabama Chanin, a company where all the clothing is hand-made.  An Alabama native, she combined slow, Southern barbecue and experimental fashion by hickory-smoking dresses.  Her dresses will be on display in Chattanooga at Warehouse Row starting Thursday, July 25th.  An opening reception is planned from 6 - 8 p.m., as well as a a Trunk Show at Amanda Pinson Jewelry on 7/26 and 7/27 and a workshop at SPACE on 7/27.

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10:17am

Tue July 23, 2013

11:38am

Mon July 22, 2013
Quite A Ride

With Statewide Tour Over, ‘Pickin’ Up TN’ Travels Online

Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin and their two daughters Jane and Harlan spend most of June 2013 on the road.  They’re filmmakers, and they drove an RV to about 40 counties across the state and gathered footage for the Pickin’ Up Tennessee project, which is raising awareness about litter.  Now they’re posting the films online and encouraging others to contribute footage, with a total goal of 95 films.  

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