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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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11:43am

Tue March 10, 2015
Happenings

The Songs of Humpback Whales Heard at the IMax

Humpback Whales 3D is the new movie showing at the IMax theater downtown Chattanooga.  

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11:27am

Tue March 10, 2015
Happenings

The Vienna Boys Choir Will Perform at the Tivoli

The Vienna Boys Choir will perform at the Tivoli March 13th at 7:30 pm. 

The American Guild of Organist are hosting the choir.  My guests are Sheryl Horton from the American Guild of Organists and Michael Devine, artistic director of the Choral Arts of Chattanooga.

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11:03am

Tue March 10, 2015
Happenings

Women Groundbreakers are Telling Their Stories in Chattanooga Library 3/10

Deborah Levine, a Harvard-trained cultural anthropologist, has spent her life trying to help people feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics. One of the ways she’s found for people to address awkward and difficult topics is through story-telling. This evening (Tuesday March 10, 2015) in the auditorium in the Chattanooga Public Library downtown, Dr. Levine is sponsoring a presentation by a group of women who have made successful careers in Science Technology and Math. The so-called STEM fields are still largely dominated by men, but Dr.

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5:03pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Dorothy Parker Would Not Approve' Is Stacy Chapman's Prize-Winning Debut Play

Last year, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre put out a call for scripts from new playwrights in the region.  They were looking for original, unpublished scripts for The Festival of New Plays.

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12:32pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Volunteer State

Community Match Connects Students with Service Opportunities

Community Match is online at communitymatchchatt.com.

Robin Howe, creator of the Community Match Web site, joins us.  Community Match connects high school and college students with volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga.

From the Web site:

Community Match helps high school and college students in the Chattanooga area find service opportunities according to their time and needs. We aim to help guidance counselors with their workload and small non-profits and charitable businesses let their needs be known.

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4:58pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Happenings

ArtsBuild Honors Mai Bell Hurley on 3/10

Dan Bowers and Mary Kilbride join us to talk about the 2015 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award honoring Mai Bell Hurley.  Dan Bowers is the President of ArtsBuild, and Mary Kilbride is one of the people chairing the event on March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Hunter Museum.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

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5:02pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

Photography & Persuasion: A Conversation with Billy Weeks, Doug Strickland and Dr. Michael Friedman

Credit Billy Weeks

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but can we believe what we see? Like writers, photographers almost always have a point of view and so while we may think we know what we are seeing we can’t always be sure.

Billy Weeks has worked as a photographer for all of his professional life. He was a staff photographer at the Chattanooga Times before becoming the Director of Photography for both the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He works as a free-lance International documentary photographer these days, but he also teaches a class on photography at UTC.

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5:49pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Education

UTC Partners With Zoo, Other Organizations to Help Animals

Last year, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy helped create a new prairie dog exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Now more partnerships that will enrich animals' lives and gather research data are continuing and expanding.  Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, this year's projects will involve the zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

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3:55pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Happenings

Registration Open for Colon Cancer Foundation's 2015 Rump Run

Dr. Marshall Horton and Charlotte Smith joins us to talk about the 2015 Rump Run.  Dr. Horton is a Chattanooga gastroenterologist who is on the board of the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation.  Charlotte Smith and her daughter are colon cancer survivors.

From the event's Web site:

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6:08am

Wed February 25, 2015
Community

FCC Could Allow EPB to Expand Gigabit Internet Service

This map shows where EPB's high-speed Internet service is currently available.
Credit EPB

UPDATE 2/26 12:08 pm: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC today approved EPB's petition to expand its high-speed Internet service, as well as a similar petition filed in North Carolina by the city of Wilson.  In a news release, the FCC said:

"The Federal Communications Commission today opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service.

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5:15pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Happenings

41st Annual Houston Museum Antique Sale Opens 2/27

The Houston Museum in Chattanooga houses the huge collection of antiques amassed by Anna Safley Houston. Mrs. Houston ran a retail store in a converted barn where she offered parts of her collection for sale—but only to people she liked. Many people were refused even entry to the store, but these days her huge collection of antique furniture and glass is open to everyone at The Houston Museum in the Bluff View arts District. One of the ways the museum supports itself is with an annual Antique sale.

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1:41pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Community

New Harvested Here Organization Connects Farmers, Restaurants

From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene.  But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group,  Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores.  Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here, joins us to explain exactly what they do.

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1:21pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Empower Chattanooga Hosting Community Fair on February 21, 2015

The Community Fair for Empower Chattanooga is Saturday, February 21st at Avondale Recreation Center on Dodson Avenue from 11:00  to 4:00. 

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1:03pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Education

Battle Academy Seeking Mentors for Students

March is Mentor Month and Battle Academy is starting a new program to match mentors with their students.

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12:34pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Arts & Culture

Into The Woods Entertains Audience at Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Kim Jackson plays the witch in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre production of Into The Woods through March 1, 2015.
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The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck . 

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