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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There were several shake-ups on the Hamilton County School Board following yesterday’s elections.

Newcomer Tiffanie Robinson ousted the District 4 incumbent, George Ricks.  Also, newcomer Joe Wingate beat Donna Horn in District 7. And Kathy Lennon ousted Jonathan Welch in District 2. That means, of the four school board incumbents up for re-election yesterday, three of them lost their races.

  Just before Hamilton County’s August 4 elections, we’re speaking with Democratic primary candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. We also spoke with Mark Siedlecki, a Democrat running against Republican Marty Haynes in the race to be the new Hamilton County Assessor of Property.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department received confirmation of the first person in Hamilton County to test positive for Zika virus.  The individual recently returned from an affected country where Zika disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.  In an effort to prevent local transmission, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door education in the general vicinity of the case.

  Hamilton County primary elections are coming up August 4.

Three Democrats are vying for the nomination in the Tennessee Senate District 10: Ty O’Grady, Khristy Wilkinson and Nick Wilkinson (no relation to Khristy.) On the Republican ballot, incumbent Todd Gardenhire is running unopposed.

Kamen Sims

  The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Chattanooga native Wayne White are collaborating to create Wayne-O-Rama, a year-long art installation that will show the city's history using giant puppets. At a public library press event, smaller versions of the puppets were on display.

  Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races.

  Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

Levene says he’s done his research and election law doesn’t prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs.

Lodge Manufacturing held a ground breaking ceremony last month to celebrate the development of a new foundry and distribution warehouse. 

  When Don Hill was twelve years old he decided he wanted to be a landscape painter. But after two years in art school in his native Nashville, he joined the Marines and was sent to fight in Vietnam. Like many of the young men of his generation he was permanently scarred by the experience, but unlike many others he managed to make a life with his family and a successful career as a graphic designer. Since his retirement in 2012 he has returned to his landscape painting. He has an exhibition of fourteen of his paintings hanging in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway.  

Cathy Wells

  

  "He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son.

 Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center.

Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son.

  Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with “Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. 

  The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features Julie Bauer’s abstract paintings. She and her husband, Juergen, an engineer for Volkswagen, moved to Chattanooga in January. Before that they had lived in Shanghai, China for six years. She told WUTC's Richard Winham her work is the result of having lived in very different parts of the world.

For forty five years the signal Mountain Playhouse has been presenting two plays or musicals every year—inside in the winter and outside in the summer. For all that time, almost every one of the 100 people involved in producing and staging the shows have been volunteers.

University of Tennessee

As news spread of Pat Summitt passing away yesterday, Chattanooga athletes and coaches paused to remember her. Though the legendary Lady Vols coach was located on the Knoxville campus, she visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga often. In this segment, we speak with UTC coaches and others, including David Blackburn, the UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, who explains how Summitt impacted his life.

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