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 May 25, 2012

Beast Feast

The friendly annual barbeque competition Beast Feast is Sunday, May 27th at the Chattanooga Market.  Local and regional restaurants and chefs will pile on the pork to compete in the Beast Feast.

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Thu May 24, 2012
Community Kitchen

A Different Sort of Recycling Program

Photo Courtesy of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen has been with Chattanooga for thirty years. Besides feeding and clothing the homeless, the Community Kitchen also has a recycling program. Along with plastic, aluminum, tin, and paper, the Community Kitchen also recycles scrap metal, clothing, and house appliances.

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Wed May 23, 2012


Wed May 23, 2012
A Question of Sovereignty

Chattanooga History Center's Cherokee Life and Struggle

In June, the Chattanooga History Center will present two programs about Cherokee culture. One of the programs will be aimed towards a younger audience called Cherokee Life, which happens June 9th at 9 AM. The other program is for adults and is called The Cherokee Struggle for Sovereignty. The Cherokee Struggle for Sovereignty is presented on June 26th at 7 PM. Both programs will be held at the Chattanooga History Center. Garrett Crowe spoke with Dr.

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Tue May 22, 2012
On Pins and Needles

Acupuncture for Your Dog. Yes, Your Dog.

Dr. Smith treats Merlin, a rottweiler, with acupuncture.
Mary Helen Miller

Dr. Colleen Smith practices holistic medicine. That is,  she uses chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and other alternative practices along with traditional medicine. And she treats unusual patients: dogs and cats. Sometimes even goats.  But how can you ask an animal if these treatments actually work?

Editor's note: Until recently, Dr. Smith worked at Animal Hospital of Signal Mountain. But since this story was produced, she left to open her own practice on Main Street, Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute.

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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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  • 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.