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.

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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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Wed June 11, 2014
Tuesday With Maury

'Perfect Practice Makes Perfect': Legendary Dodger Maury Wills Looks Back

A conversation with 1962 National League MVP Maury Wills and Chattanooga Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is coming to Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 17th to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Southern League All-Star Luncheon.  This year, the Chattanooga Lookouts will host the Southern League All-Star game, with the game itself on the 17th at AT&T Field, and a home run derby happening on July 16th at historic Engel Stadium.

Maury Wills and Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo appear in this segment to talk about how the all-star game luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga, which brings baseball to inner-city children.

Wills also discusses highlights of his career--a legendary shortstop known for stealing bases, he explains his "perfect practice" philosophy, and reveals his struggle with drug addiction after his baseball career ended, explaining how he got clean and now uses his story to inspire others.

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Wed June 11, 2014

Boarding the Bus With the Creative Discovery Museum

Inside the Discovery Mobile
Credit Creative Discovery Museum

The Creative Discovery Museum takes to the road with a colorful, fun-filled bus, the Discovery Mobile

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Wed June 11, 2014

SORBA Opens New Trails on Raccoon Mountain

Credit SORBA

On Saturday June 7th SORBA, the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, opened 8.5 new miles of trails as part of the Raccoon Mountain bike trails

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Tue June 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Reflections Gallery's Upcoming Exhibition Features Abstract and Contemporary Paintings

The Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway specializes in original work by local artists. Their next exhibition, which opens on Thursday, June 12, is a collection of abstract and contemporary paintings by thirty local artists. In this segment, two artists are featured: Jake Kelley and Miki Boni, whose work is in the exhibition.

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Mon June 9, 2014

3 Chattanooga Authors Offer Free Audiobooks This Month

In this interview, Chattanooga authors Becky Wooley and Michael W. Gardner and Chattanooga audiobook narrator George Taylor explain how to get free downloads of their work--available in June only.

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Fri June 6, 2014

Chattanooga Text Marketing Company Creates Apps for Riverbend and Nightfall

According to the Pew Research Center, 58% of American adults own a smart phone, and an increasing number are using them to text rather than talk, according to Suzanne Burnham. Ms. Burnham is the CEO of Click Click Boom, a Chattanooga based text marketing company. She helps businesses stay in touch with their customers with tightly targeted text messages.

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Thu June 5, 2014

What's Killing Bees? The Simple Answer Is, There Is No Simple Answer

Bee populations have declined over the past few years, and as these pollinators die off, our own food supply could dwindle.  Scientists are researching a variety of causes, including controversial pesticides and a

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Thu June 5, 2014

Old Style Service Provided at New Butcher Shop

You can watch the butchers at work through the glass windows at Main Street Meats in Chattanooga.
Credit Main Street Meats

Main Street Meats takes lessons learned from the history of butchering to make their new enterprise stand out from the rest. 

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Thu June 5, 2014

The Best of Both Worlds: Homeschool and Cyber School

2014 Georgia Cyber Academy Salutatorian Eddie Sunder with his parents.
Credit Betsy Sunder

Betsy Sunder's six children stay home for school every day and accomplish their studies with the help of the Georgia Cyber Academy. 

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Wed June 4, 2014
Best New Read

Shaara’s ‘The Smoke At Dawn: A Novel Of The Civil War’ Dramatizes Chattanooga Battles

Jeff Shaara's "The Smoke At Dawn" takes place in 1863 and dramatizes Chattanooga-area battles.

“There’s a lot that happened [in Chattanooga] that people are not aware of,” acclaimed Civil War author Jeff Shaara says of the battles that took place in 1863, when Union forces controlled the city and Confederates cut off supply lines.  Shaara’s new novel The Smoke At Dawn dramatizes what happened, including conflicts such as the Battle of Lookout Mountain and the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

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Tue June 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Artists are Creating a Drive-by Gallery on McCallie Avenue

Ali Kay, one of five artists involved in the project, created this mural.
Credit Kevin Bate


Tue June 3, 2014
Ask A Doc

Training for Triathlons? Here Are a Few Tips.

The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon is coming up June 29th, and the Chattanooga Ironman competition is coming up September 28th.  In our monthly Ask A Doc segment, Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health joins us with advice about training for these kind of grueling competitions.

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Tue June 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

Art Outside the Bag at the Creative Discovery Museum

Baggs McKelvey Creating Art From Recycled Bags.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

The Creative Discovery Museum has started a new installation art project that will bring temporary art projects inside and outside of the museum spaces. 

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Tue June 3, 2014

Stroll Through Your Friday Evenings This Summer on the Southside

Credit Jeff Belk, Moonlighter Design Studio

The Southside Stroll takes place the last Friday of the month from May through September on Main Street in the Southside of Chattanooga. 

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Mon June 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

Cleveland Museum Center Hosts Dirt Track Exhibit, Film Screening

Photographs, a trophy, a racer's uniform and a restored hot rod are part of the Museum Center's dirt-track exhibit.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with historians Ron and Debbie Moore about their film "It’s a Dirt Track Life: Memories of Dirt Track Racing from Dawsonville to Gatlinburg." Also, Lisa Chastain, Curator of Collections at the museum, gives a tour of the exhibit "In the Dirt: The Fast & Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing."

Cleveland's Museum Center at 5ive Points has a lot to offer racing fans this summer.  The exhibit In the Dirt: The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing will be on display until August 16th, and the documentary film It’s a Dirt Track Life: Memories of Dirt Track Racing from Dawsonville to Gatlinburg will be screened on June 5th at 7:30 p.m.  Created by Cleveland historians Ron and Debbie Moore, the film explores the world of dirt-track racing in Tennessee and Georgia.

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