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 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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Wed September 12, 2012
No Kill City ?

Grassroots Group Saves Hundreds Of Animals From Death

A volunteer for Cleveland For A No Kill City takes a picture of a dog at the Cleveland animal shelter to post on Facebook.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

A group of volunteers has drastically reduced the number of animals killed each month at the animal control shelter in Cleveland, TN. They call themselves Cleveland For A No Kill City, and they say if you just give the public a chance to adopt animals, they will.


Wed September 12, 2012

Gnomes and Phigments: the Art of Matt Dutton

Matt Dutton

You've heard about things that go bump at the night, but what are those things? Artist Matt Dutton tries to answer that question.

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Wed September 12, 2012
Summer Heat, Boy & Girl Meet

Grease Coming To Tivoli Sept 14, 15, 16

In this segment, hear a sneak peek of Closed Door Entertainment's version of this classic musical, and hear cast members discussing how the stage version differs from the film.


Wed September 12, 2012

Celebrate Recovery From Addiction

September is National Recovery Month and addiction agencies are gathering at Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday, September 15th to raise awareness of addiction and celebrate recovery. 

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Tue September 11, 2012

Contemporary Classical Greek

The classical Greek tale of Orpheus and Euridice will be performed by the Music Department and Theatre and Speech Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partnership with the Theater of the New South

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Mon September 10, 2012


Fri September 7, 2012
Spelling Bee for Grown Ups

Great Grown Up Spelling Bee


Fri September 7, 2012


Fri September 7, 2012
An Unusual Crop

Harvesting Bees

John Seaborn moving thousands of bees through Chattanooga.
Rabbit Zielke

Wolf Creek Apiaries supplies mixed-breed small-cell honey bees to farmers and beekeepers across the southeast. 

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Thu September 6, 2012
Knights At Night

Swordfights After Sunset: The Shire Of Vulpine Reach

The Honorable Lord Faelan Haraldsson explains the after-dark battle.

At the Shire of Vulpine Reach's torchlight tournament, male and female warriors fight after dark in a realistic recreation of medieval combat.  Hear the battle.


Wed September 5, 2012
Hop Til You Drop

At AVA Gallery Hop, A Chance To Win An 'Instant Art Collection'

Annie Oxenfeld and Christine Doyle own SweetCylcle Apparel, a custom clothing studio on Bailey Avenue.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

There are 20 galleries and studios participating in this year's hop, and they're all over Chattanooga -- downtown, the North Shore, the Southside, Highland Park, and South Broad Street. There are a few new venues, including a custom clothing studio called SweetCycle Apparel.

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Wed September 5, 2012
Eat Your Veggies

Look For Nutrients In Local Food, But Not Always Organic

A new study from Stanford shows that organic food isn't necessarily more nutritious than conventionally produced food, and Jeff Pfitzer from Gaining Ground says he isn't surprised.



  • Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00am
    This soccer coach from Sewanee has attended World Cup soccer games in every series since the mid-1980's. In this interview, Johnston talks about his incredible dedication to the sport.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00am
    "[I]n the last one hundred years," Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, "94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost." Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished.
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00am
    Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009. Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.
  • 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.