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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Fri February 15, 2013
BMW of Chattanooga Donates 1M

Bidding Begins on BMW Auction for Austin Hatcher Foundation

Amy Jo Osborn accepting the 1 M donated by BMW of Chattanooga
Credit Rabbit Zielke


Thu February 14, 2013
Thruhike on the Great Eastern Trail

Hike the GET

Jo "Someday" Swanson and "HillyBilly Bart" Houck

Jo "Someday" Swanson and "Hillbilly Bart" Houck are the first people to attempt a thruhike on the Great Eastern Trail (GET), which is America's newest long-distance trail and stretches 1800 miles across nine states. 

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Thu February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day

StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Talks About Love Stories

All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps came out in paperback in December 2012.


   Dave Isay from StoryCorps talked to WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about the appeal of hearing couples' how-they-met stories.  Such tales are collected in the book All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps.

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Wed February 13, 2013
Young and Wiser

New Chattanooga Nonprofit Teaches Life Skills for Young Adults

People aren't born with instruction manuals and the transition from youth to young adult can be pretty tricky.  Young and Wiser is a nonprofit that works with high school and college students to develop life skills leading to success. 

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Tue February 12, 2013
Uncorking The Past

Why Tennessee Has Weird Wine Laws

Credit Brian Auer, Creative Commons

Michael Edward Miller and Mary Helen Miller explore Tennessee's contentious wine laws.

The majority of states allow grocery and food stores to sell wine.  Not Tennessee.  Here in the Volunteer State, liquor stores alone can sell packaged wine.  In this segment, WUTC examines the history and rationale behind this law.  WUTC also explores current debates about changing it.

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Tue February 12, 2013

Uncensored at the Tennessee Aquarium

Credit Tennessee Aquarium

If you ever wanted to learn more about the "facts of life" for animals at the Tennessee Aquarium the Uncensored:Tennessee Aquarium After Hours event on February 14th will provide an adult education. 

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Mon February 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Tennessee's Poet Laureate Coming To Chattanooga Feb. 12

Tennessee’s official Poet Laureate, Margaret Britton Vaughn, will speak at a Chattanooga Writer's Guild meeting at the Downtown Public Library in Chattanooga on February 12th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Project Access

Denim & Diamonds & Disco Event To Benefit Uninsured

The Medical Foundation of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society have operated Project Access providing specialized health care for uninsured people in Hamilton County since 2004. 

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Fri February 8, 2013
3D Printing in Chattanooga

A New Dimension

A 3D printer at Co.Lab prints a part that will improve its own function.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

While still far from the mainstream, a handful of 3D printers have popped up around town. The Company Lab, a non-profit that helps businesses start in Chattanooga, acquired a printer at the beginning of the year. We stopped by to see what all the buzz was about.

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Fri February 8, 2013

Meet Dr. E. Grady Bogue

Dr. E. Grady Bogue
Credit The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. E. Grady Bogue, Interim Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has enjoyed a long career in academics and leadership.  He’s also authored several books on leadership and education.  In this interview, he discusses his philosophy of leadership and how he stepped up very quickly when called to UTC.

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Fri February 8, 2013
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Masquerade To Benefit Junior League

The Junior League of Chattanooga is hosting a Mid Day Masquerade in celebration of Mardi Gras on Saturday February 9th at the Car Barn from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. 

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Thu February 7, 2013
National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Girls and Sports

Credit NGWSD

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Lady Mocs Basketball team will spend Saturday February 9, 2013 mentoring youth from Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

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Wed February 6, 2013
Legal News

Tennessee’s Much-Maligned Statutory Rape Law Under Scrutiny

In Tennessee, when a teenager is the victim of statutory rape, the law could consider the teenager an accomplice in the crime.  Some people are outraged over this law, which dates back to 1895.  In this segment, WUTC explains what the law really means and why it's been on the books so long.

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Wed February 6, 2013
The Adaptive Predator

Town of Walden Seeks Solution for Coyote Problem

Flyer posted around the town of Walden
Credit Garrett Crowe

The Coyote is not a native animal to Tennessee, but on any given night, you may see them in rural and urban areas of Hamilton County.

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Wed February 6, 2013
Married by Captain

Wedding on the Water

The Tennessee River may not be where you would expect to be married on a boat but the captains on the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer are fully licensed to perform weddings. 

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  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00am
    A new report says the state of Tennessee has wasted up to $180 million. That's because the state paid unemployment benefits to dead people, felons who are in prison, and other people who shouldn't be getting any money.
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00am
    Heather Crowe tried a new treatment option for migraines—a surgical option never before performed in Chattanooga.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:00am
    Walk In My Shoes is a six-minute film about a homeless man called Lee.
  • Monday, June 9, 2014 12:00am
    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.
  • Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:00am
    "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 Mou