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 September 26, 2012
Large And In Charge

At Humane Society, Cat Without Eyes Is 'King'

There are rooms and rooms full of animals at the humane educational society in Chattanooga, but there's one animal who enjoys an especially cushy life. He's Bumper, the office cat, and the staff at the Humane Society says he runs the place.

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Tue September 25, 2012
Down The River

Boats Of All Kinds Welcome At Community River Float

Anyone can float. That's the idea behind The Floatila, a community river float that's happening on October 7. Everyone's invited to hop on boat and float a few miles down the Tennessee River, right by downtown. Bonus points if you build the boat yourself.

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Fri September 21, 2012

New 'Popup' Businesses Offer Bagels, Battles & More

Iron Labs offers gamers a place to gather and play together.

RiverCity's Project Popup retail incubator brought new businesses to Chestnut Street, including restaurants, art stores and a video game center where customers can spar on consoles with giant, immersive screens.  The grand opening celebration happens Friday, September 21st.


Fri September 21, 2012

Serve and Protect at the Cast Iron Cook Off

Serve and Protect with the Tennessee Aquarium and the Cast Iron Cook Off at the Chattanooga Market will come together Sunday, September 23rd with the 8th annual cooking competition on Lodge cast iron skillets at the market. 

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Thu September 20, 2012
At The Rave & Northgate In Chattanooga

'Unconditional' Combines Indie Film Storytelling, Big-Budget Production Values & A (Subtle) Message

In this segment, we talk to Darren Moorman, a Chattanooga resident who co-produced Unconditional, a new feature film opening nationwide on September 21st.  We also speak with Joe Bradford, the Nashville man whose life story was the inspiration.


Wed September 19, 2012
The Dew Was Gone That Made Her Blade So Kean

Local Artist Creates Portraits with Morning Dew

Hollie Berry using her roller for the portrait

Can you use morning dew as an artistic tool? Hollie Berry does. She calls her creations "dew"dles.

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Tue September 18, 2012
Liars Contest

Who Can Tell The Tallest Tale?

The Chattanooga Storytelling Circle is hosting a "liars contest" at the downtown branch of the public library on Saturday. It's at 2 p.m.,  and the audience will vote on the best tall tale.


Tue September 18, 2012

Camping in a cardboard box

The Box City Camp Out to raise awareness and funds for Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga begins Saturday, September 29th at 5 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion. 

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Mon September 17, 2012

From Idea to Dream to Business Owner

Great ideas can turn into great businesses if you have the initiative and knowledge to make your dream a reality.  For people living below the poverty line a goal like that can seem impossible.  LAUNCH is a nonprofit organization that works to empower individuals make that step from dreamer to entrepreneur. 

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Fri September 14, 2012
Assistant In The Cloud

Siri, Are We Friends?

An iPhone user talks to Siri, a feature that follows voice commands.
Vasile Cotovanu Flickr

Siri is the "personal assistant" built into newest available models of the  iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. But the newly unveiled iPhone 5 promises a better Siri. We decided to talk to the current Siri to see just how good of a conversationalist she really is.



Fri September 14, 2012

Kick'n Chick'n

The 8th annual Kick'n Chick'n hot wings cook-off to benefit Chattanooga Endeavors is this Sunday, September 16th from 11 to 4 at the Chattanooga Market

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Thu September 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

What's a cowpea?

Charleston Tennessee is the home of the International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 15th in Charleston Park. 

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Thu September 13, 2012
Lost Americana

Why Did Blues Fiddling Vanish?

Fiddlers were an integral part of the Mississippi Sheiks and other early blues acts.  Today, however, blues fiddlers are rarely heard.  What happened?  We get answers from Elijah Wald, a music historian, and Suzy Thompson, a modern blues fiddler.

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