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 July 3, 2012
Best Job Ever

Service on Roller Skates

Rabbit Zielke

Sometimes the best job is not about what you do but how you do it. 

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Fri June 29, 2012
Attention All Shoppers

Mobile Market Brings Fresh Food To 'Deserts'

The Chattanooga Mobile Market is parked outside the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Wednesday morning, before it starts it route.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC


For Chattanoogans who live miles from a grocery store and don't have access to a car, buying groceries can be a constant struggle. But there's a new traveling store that aims to alleviate some of that burden. It's the Chattanooga Mobile Market.

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Fri June 29, 2012

Goods for the Troops

The Chattanooga Market will be collecting good to ship overseas for our families and friends serving in the 1-181st National Guard Unit in Chattanooga.

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Thu June 28, 2012
Meadowscaping In Suburbia

Natural Lawn Care Expert Catherine Zimmerman In Chattanooga July 9th

Organic lawn-care techniques can save homeowners money.  Less mowing, less watering and less pesticides are used with natural landscaping.

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Thu June 28, 2012
The Biggest and Baddest Bomb

Americans Sure Do Love Fireworks

Garrett Crowe

Next Wednesday is the Fourth of July, and for many Americans that means fireworks.

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Wed June 27, 2012
Become Chattanooga's Own JK Rowling?

Quit Your Day Job (Maybe) And Finally Write That Novel

The e-book revolution means anyone can publish a novel at no cost and market it to Kindle, Nook and iPad owners.  But what are the odds of a self-published story becoming a bestseller?

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Wed June 27, 2012


Tue June 26, 2012

American Cancer Society Seeks 1000 Area Residents To Particpate In Study

The American Cancer Society needs people age 30 - 65 who have never had cancer for a nationwide study about who does and doesn't get cancer, and why.  Michael Edward Miller spoke with Kara Neloms, Communications and Marketing Associate Director, Mission Support, about the study.

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Tue June 26, 2012
What's The Catch?

An Afternoon On The Pier

Five women fish at Johnson Pier in Riverpark near Chickamauga Dam on June 9.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC


It's hot and sunny on a recent Saturday afternoon, and Lisa Julius is out fishing with her sister and niece at Chickamauga Dam.  There's bream, catfish, and bass to catch. And there's plenty to talk about.


Tue June 26, 2012
Nerds, Geeks and Fiber Arts

Crafty Geeks

Elise Adams Taylor

Nerd Wars is a friendly fiber arts competition between geeks, nerds and passionate fans.

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Mon June 25, 2012


Mon June 25, 2012
Blue In The Face

Five Eat To Win At Market's Pie Contest

Bill Brock and WUTC's Rabbit Zielke face off at the Chattanooga Market's pie eating contest on Sunday.


It was a good old-fashioned American competition at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday: a pie eating contest.

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Fri June 22, 2012
Tiny Trees

The Art Of The Bonsai

This Parsley Hawthorn tree, which is 50 years old, will be on display this weekend at the River Gallery, as part of an exhibit of bonsai trees.
River Gallery


Expert bonsai grower Tom Scott will give a demonstration at the River Gallery,  in the Bluff View Art District, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 23 and 24.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Participatory Ecology

Jan 21st: Naked, Frigid Biologist Commiserates With Chickadees

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature, by David George Haskell

David George Haskell's new book The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature chronicles his experiences getting up close and personal with creatures in a patch of old-growth forest in Sewanee.

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Thu June 21, 2012
On the Go

Fresh on Fridays: Where the Mobile Restaurants and Vendors Gather

An important component to Chattanooga's growing food scene is the rising number of food trucks and street vendors in the area.

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  • 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.