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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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11:02am

Thu May 7, 2015
Education

Virtual Reality Game Demonstrates Conservation Success

The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Conservation Game expands teaching opportunities for the Tennessee Aquarium.
Credit Todd Stailey

The Tennessee Aquarium and Tennessee Tech University collaborated to put the skills of iCube to work creating a 3D educational game. 

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11:25am

Wed May 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Jewish Film Series Features Two Documentaries, A Comedy & A Thriller

Screenshot from The Green Prince trailer, which screens on May 27.

The 8th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series began in April and continues every Wednesday in May.  Films will be shown at 7pm at the Jewish Cultural Center.  Sanford Winer, Chair of the Film Series, and Ann Treadwell, Program Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, join us to discuss the films.

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5:32pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Anna Carll Hopes Her Paintings 'Punch You in the Face'

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is called Mixed Media, Contemporary and Abstract. The exhibition features the work of thirty local artists, one of whom is Anna Carll. While her work in the exhibition is all abstracts, Anna Carll first developed her reputation as an illustrator and later as a figurative painter.

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3:35pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Arts & Culture

Choral Arts of Chattanooga to Perform 'Requiem for the Living'

Michael Devine previews Dan Forrest's 'Requiem for the Living,' a 40-minute, 5-movement work that's a very modern take on the traditional idea of requiem music.  Devine is the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which will perform the piece on May 2nd from 7 to 9 pm at First Baptist Church.

More information & ticket info is here.

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3:16pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Community

AIM Center's Creativity and Courage in Mental Health Benefit Features Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley at the 2012 Time 100 gala.
Credit "Jane Pauley 2012 Shankbone" by David Shankbone - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jane_Pauley_2012_Shankbone.JPG#/media/File:Jane_Pauley_2012_Shankbone.JPG

Rodney Battles, President of the AIM Center in Chattanooga, joins us today to talk about the organization's mission and 25-year history in the area.

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Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jane Pauley will serve as the guest speaker at the AIM Center's Creativity and Courage in MentalHealth benefit and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Chattanoogan Ballroom.

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5:27pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Community

8th Annual Chocolate Fling to Benefit Epilepsy Foundation

On Sunday, May 3rd, the eighth annual Chocolate Fling and VIP Brunch will raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, which provides free support and services such as advocacy, case management, and prescription assistance.  Christine Cates and her daughter Jenavieve join us.  Christine volunteers with the Foundation, and her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at a very early age.

Read more about the Chocolate Fling here.

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1:35pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Community

The Purple Scarf Project Sends Warmth To Cancer Patients

Purchasing a scarf from the Purple Scarf Project not only gets you a scarf but donates one to a cancer patient at the same time. 

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5:01pm

Tue April 28, 2015
UTC

UTC Student Robert Fisher is the University's Third Rhodes Scholar

Robert Fisher is a Rhodes Scholar.
Credit UTC University Relations

Robert Fisher, a senior in the Brock Scholars program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is only the third student from UTC to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Widely regarded as the most prestigious scholarship in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship was established with a bequest from Cecil Rhodes to “promote civic-minded leadership among young people with the moral force of character and instincts to lead.”

In this segment, we have an interview with Fisher, one of only 32 students from across the US to be awarded the scholarship this year.

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11:55am

Mon April 27, 2015
Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home: Chambliss Center's Roots Go Back to 1872

Little girls play in a classroom at Chambliss on Monday, April 13, 2015. The center has a three-star quality rating, which is the highest awarded by the state of Tennessee.
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This segment is part of our Charity Begins at Home series, in which we profile nonprofits that have strong ties to the Chattanooga area.  The Chambliss Center for Children has a long history dating back to the 1870s.  Over the decades, they've changed from an orphanage into a facility that provides affordable childcare and early childhood education for low-income families.  They've also started several innovative initiatives, such as 24-hour child care and helping local teachers by running chi

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9:45am

Mon April 27, 2015
Community

Miss Chattanooga 2015 Reaches Out to Help Others

Stephanie McKain, Miss Chattanooga 2015.
Credit Darren Lykes Photography

Stephanie McKain is Miss Chattanooga 2015 and wears her crown proudly.  She also promotes nonprofit and charity work when not preparing to represent Chattanooga in the Miss Tennessee pageant. 

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2:26pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Community

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke Previews 2015 State of the City Address

On April 27th, Mayor Andy Berke will give his second State of the City address.
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On Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Mayor Berke will give the annual State of the City address at the Chattanoogan hotel.  "We want as many people there as possible," Berke says in this interview, and the event is free and open to the public.

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8:09am

Fri April 24, 2015

5:46pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Community

Castle Rock Climbing Site Protected By Conservation Easement

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust and the Land Trust for Tennessee have partnered to protect Castle Rock, a Marion County site that's popular with rock climbers.   Joel Houser, the Southeast Regional Director for the Land Trust for Tennessee, and Rick Huffines, the Executive Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, join us to talk about the conservation easement protecting the location, which protects the environment while still allowing climbers to enjoy the spot.  On April 30th, they'll have a party at the Crash Pad to celebrate, and the public is invited.

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6:02pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Art Fusion Creates Pop-Up Galleries in Chattanooga

Artwork by Antonio Snipes Jr., Rebecca Love, Mia Hansford, R. Josiah Golson and other artists is on display at City Hall in Chattanooga.
Credit WUTC

Rebecca Love joins us.  She's the creator of Art Fusion Collaborations, which is helping new and emerging visual artists get publicity and sales through pop-up galleries around town.  They currently have an exhibit on the third floor of City Hall, and they'll be displaying art during Jazzanooga on April 25th and 26th.

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5:29pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

Hear Highlights of the Celebration of Southern Literature

(From left to right) Chris Dortch, Charles Frazier, Allan Gurganus and Ron Rash talk about what Hollywood gets right and gets wrong during a panel on books and film.

Hundreds of fans and more than 40 esteemed Southern authors participated in the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature, hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance at the Tivoli Theatre.  In this segment, we're looking back at a few of the highlights, including a panel discussion about adapting books to with with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus and Chris Dortch; a musical performance from Clyde Edgerton & The Rank Strangers; and a poetry reading from Terran

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