Around and About Chattanooga

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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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  Artist Meg Saligman is known for creating monumental works of public art, and her Chattanooga mural is her largest ever, at about 40,000 square feet.  It's so large that it wraps around the entire AT&T building.  The photos in this post show all four of the mural's sides.

It will be publicly unveiled on January 18th--Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The dedication will happen at noon, and Saligman will give a presentation at 1 p.m.

  Last week, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke asked staff at the city’s Youth and Family Development Centers to proactively address hazing and bullying.  Mayor Berke made this directive after an incident involving basketball players from Ooltewah High School.  The rest of Ooltewah’s basketball season has been canceled.  Some parents of team members say the incident was part of a pattern of bullying and harassment.

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off 2016 with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres: Show us why you should perform in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The winner will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Bands and musicians can submit original video entries to the NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 2016 at npr.org/tinydeskcontest (see rules for entry).

Three Ooltewah High School basketball players have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and rape after allegedly attacking a 15-year-old teammate.  The student was hospitalized and needed surgery to repair his colon and bladder after being sodomized with a pool cue.  The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating reports that the attack was part of an ongoing pattern of hazing and bullying perpetrated by upperclassmen on the basketball team.

An estimated 22 veterans of the U.S. military commit suicide every day. That startling statistic was first reported by USA Today in February, 2013. Little has changed in the interim, but a local non-profit is trying to help veterans in the Chattanooga area. Richard Winham talked to Bobbie Allison-Standefer, co-founder of Heartland Therapeutic Programs about an innovative program called Operation Song which is helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder cope with life after the military.

Rod Francis, creator of the Grow Young Project, joins us for an extended conversation. The Grow Young Project is a "a free online resource for clear, unbiased fact, opinion and reviews of all things related to winding back the clock." Francis is also a mindfulness coach, and he tells us about connections between mindfulness and aging, among other topics.  

  Chattanooga native Janie Dempsey Watts joins us to discuss her new novel Return to Taylor’s Crossing, which explores the lingering effects of racism and violence during the Civil Rights era in North Georgia.  The novel was published in 2015.

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JUSTIN WOLPERT

  Five months after the shooting rampage at two military centers here in Chattanooga, the U.S. Navy is announcing it will award Purple Hearts to service members who were wounded or killed.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery 150 years ago, and the National Park Service is presenting "The Death Blow is Final:  The 13th Amendment Becomes Official" on Saturday December 19th at 2:00.

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  North Georgia author Tim Champlin joins us to discuss his new book The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon.  The book describes the real places, people and history that inspired L'Amour, who was one of the most prolific, bestselling American authors of all time.

Dennis Haskins/Instagram

  Actor (and Chattanooga native) Dennis Haskins is so synonymous with Richard Belding, the Bayside High School principal he played on Saved By The Bell, that he uses @mrbelding as his Twitter handle.

However, in spite of his signature role as an educator, he never finished college.  In this story, he tells us why, at age 65, he finally returned to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to finish his degree. 

J.C. Smith, founder of local theater company Closed Door Entertainment, joins us to talk about the musical Children of Eden, which is their final 2015 production.

From their Web site:

This Saturday evening December 12th at 7:30, The Choo Choo Chorus is presenting Christmas Memories, a concert of close harmony, “barbershop singing,” featuring several quartets, a men’s chorus, a women’s chorus, and as a finale, all of the singers together—more than eighty voices singing songs for the season. One of the quartets featured in Saturday night’s concert–The Rock City 4— stopped by the studio on Tuesday to give us a preview of the show. 

Hunter Museum of American Art

Seeking the Spiritual: The Visionary Art of Elliott Daingerfield is the special exhibition at the Hunter Museum of American Art on display through February 21, 2016. 

Brenda Choresi Carter, Director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, joins us to talk about their new Who Runs In Americareport, which examined local, state and national candidates during elections in 2012 and 2014.

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