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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Tue May 22, 2012


Mon May 21, 2012
That Entrepreneurial Spirit

Glass House and Launch to Teach Business Planning in East Chattanooga

Glass Street in East Chattanooga has the bones of a commercial area, but there are very few businesses still open there. There's a community group trying to give economic breath back to the street. The Glass House Neighborhood Collective opened up shop a few months ago and is offering a business planning course that starts at the end of the month.

 Teal Thibaud, from Glass House, and Hal Bowling, who runs the business planning group Launch, talk about the upcoming class for entrepreneurs.

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Mon May 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

New Harmonies:Celebrating American Roots Music

The Harris Arts Center in Calhoun Georgia is the temporary home of a Smithsonian traveling exhibit celebrating American Roots Music. 

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Fri May 18, 2012
Berry Nice Weekend

EPB Strawberry Festival at the Chattanooga Market

On Sunday May 20th the Chattanooga Market will be celebrating the annual EPB Strawberry Festival.  In addition to the usual strawberry vendors you can anticipate seeing even more berries at the market this year.  Artisans and other food vendors have been encouraged to include the succulent sweet to their own products and displays to ensure everything is coming up strawberries at the Chattanooga Market this weekend, located in the First Tennessee Pavilion on Carter Street.

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Thu May 17, 2012


Thu May 17, 2012
The Absurd

Inspiration: A Story of a Couch, Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam, and Facebook

For a living, Eddie Bridges is a bartender at JJs Bohemia. But outside of his job, Eddie likes to focus on what he calls "projects." These projects are usually born from an incredible act of inspiration. In the past, Eddie's been involved in creative carpentry, pumpkin carving, and interior design. But his current project, the most absurd of them all, involves a couch, Tempur-Pedic memory foam, and Facebook.

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Wed May 16, 2012
Charity Begins At Home

Origin Story: The Northside Neighborhood House

This is part of our Charity Begins At Home series, where we explore the history behind some of Chattanooga's oldest and most prominent non-profit organizations.

One day during the Great Depression in Chattanooga, Rose Longgley, Emily Page Schlessinger and their friends went for a walk to the North Chattanooga post office, and they saw families in need camped out near the river.  That moment sparked nearly ninety years' worth of helping local residents at the Northside Neighborhood House.


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Wed May 16, 2012

Red Riders and Tour de Cure

Tava Young

Tour de Cure is Saturday, May 19th all across America.  It is a bicycle ride to raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association.  A team of energetic young bicycle riders have been training for Tour de Cure to join thousands of people across the country in support of diabetes research.  The Red Riders are people with diabetes riding in Tour de Cure.  Several of the young teens riding in the Chattanooga Tour have been training for months.

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Tue May 15, 2012
Spare Some Time for a Kid?

Looking for Big Brothers (and Bowlers)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga will host its biggest fundraiser of the year on May 19,  "Bowl for Kids' Sake." It will take place at Holiday Bowl Brainerd.

Go here to register for the event.

Ansley Kellermann, from Big Brothers Big Sisters, talks about the organization, and Oscar Parks, a long-time big brother, shares some insight from volunteering.

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Tue May 15, 2012
Remembering the Tornado

A Long Night in the Dark

This photo shows damage near the home of Virginia and Tim Miller in Apison, Tenn., shortly after a tornado hit in April 2011.
Virginia and Tim Miller

On the anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, we aired a story about a community that was hit particularly hard -- Apison, Tenn. Two of the voices in that piece belonged to Virginia and Tim Miller.

In this piece, we hear more from our conversation with the Millers. They talk about how their own yard became a crime scene on the night of the tornado, and how after that night, their relationship with their neighbors was changed forever.





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Tue May 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Final Performance of The Suntones

The Suntones have been singing four part harmony as a barbershop quartet for more than half a century.  They were the 1961 International Gold Medal Quartet winners in the Barbershop Harmony Society International competition and went on to become a regular feature on the Jackie Gleason Show filmed in Miami Florida. 

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Mon May 14, 2012
Taste of Tennessee

From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine, Chefs Source Local Food for 'Harvested Here Week'

The local food advocacy group Gaining Ground is sponsoring "Harvested Here" restaurant week.
Gaining Ground

This week, at least 20 restaurants in the area have created special menus that revolve around local ingredients. It's "Harvested Here Restaurant Week," organized by the local food group, Gaining Ground.

In this segment, we hear from Lacie Stone, from Gaining Ground,  the chef at Hennen's, Matt Marcus, and the trout farmer who Marcus works with, Steve Pickett.


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Mon May 14, 2012

Urban Design Challenge Phase 5

The River City Company is ready for the 5th team in the Urban Design Challenge to present their vision of a part of Chattanooga's future.  On Tuesday, May 15th the team will be presenting their design concept of the Vine Street Corridor, a street connecting the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with Georgia Avenue.  The presentation will take place at 5:30 at the Central Church of Christ at 400 Vine Street, at the corner of Vine and Lindsay Street.

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Sun May 13, 2012
Very Funny

Vaudeville Cafe hosts 'Mouth of the South' Comedy Competition

This stand-up comic competition begins May 15th and runs on Tuesday nights at Vaudeville Cafe in downtown Chattanooga.  Sixty or so comedians from the Tennessee Valley and beyond have signed up to compete.  The final round will be judged by an agent from Funny Business comedy booking agency.  For more information, click here.

Listen to the story with comics Kristine Kinsey and Chad Rosser and Vaudeville Manager Sandra Moses.  

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Fri May 11, 2012



  • Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00am
    The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition says our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation. One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality. In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but remains a major problem for some.
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00am
    Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide. In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00am
    Pediatricians and community leaders have formed a new group called the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, which is working on a strategic plan for long-term solutions to pediatric healthcare problems.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00am
    Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Corr speaks with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller in this segment.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00am
    We have a special mystery guest on Around and About. You may not know his name, but you'll know his voice.