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.

Comments?  Story ideas?  Questions about an interview you heard?  You can contact the public affairs desk at (423) 425-2224 or email Mike-Miller@utc.edu.

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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12:06pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Demons In Dixie

Demons Invade Atlanta; Riley Blackthorne Gets Busy

The Demon Trapper's Daughter, by Jana Oliver. Book I of the Demon Trappers Series

Set in a future Atlanta, the Demon Trappers books combine a bleak, bankrupt future with elements of urban fantasy--demons, magic and the walking dead.  The premise sounds dark, but the series is actually a fun, fast-paced read starring seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne, whose job involves hunting and trapping demonic pests.  The series is marketed as young adult, but it's winning many adult readers.

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11:43am

Wed March 14, 2012
Community

'Design Girl' Spring Break Camp to Teach Girls About Fashion

Spring break is coming up for Hamilton County schools, and Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is running a camp for girls.  The manager of elementary age programs at Girls Inc., Toccora Johnson, talks about the upcoming camp.

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3:49pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Education

Afghanistan Vet and Chatype Entrepreneur among those to receive UTC business award

Seven students from UTC's College of Business recently received a John C. Stophel Distinguished student award. Mary Helen Miller talked to two of the recipients. Jonathan Mansfield graduated from the entrepreneurship program at UTC, and Michael Bennett is finishing up a degree in human resources.

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9:32am

Tue March 13, 2012
Sculpture

Sunlight Shines Through McLeod's 'Sundial,' Casting Shadows

Sundial with Donnie Hutcherson and Hugh Huffaker

When the accounting firm of Henderson Hutcherson and McCullough decided to remove an old parking hut from the center of their parking lot, the concrete pedestal offered the perfect location for a piece of art that could be shared with everyone who passed by.  They commissioned a work from local sculpture artist John McLeod.  Between the firm's input and McLeod's artistic exploration of their wishes, the piece Sundial was created.

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11:11am

Sun March 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Theatre Centre Stages 'Mousetrap'

Director George Quick produces Agatha Christie's most famous play in celebration of its 60th  anniversary.  Mousetrap runs March 16th-April 1st, 2012.  Click here for more details.

    

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8:53am

Fri March 9, 2012
Education

CaribbeanSEA Hosts Beach Blast

The annual beach party to raise funds for CaribbeanSEA, TenneSEA and Kids 4 Clean Water will be held the The Mill on Friday, March 9th beginning at 7:00 pm.  Attendees can expect beach music and a limbo contest. They will also host the competition for the best salsa in town with several restaurants vying for first prize.  The silent auction will feature beach themed items.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Grass skirts and Hawaiian print shirts are encouraged.

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8:44am

Fri March 9, 2012
Stand-Up Comedy

Mencia Performing In Chattanooga 3/9 and 3/10

Carlos Mencia, best known for his Comedy Central show The Mind of Mencia, is coming to Chattanooga to perform stand-up comedy at the Vaudeville Café.  He has shows on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th.  In this interview, he discusses changes in his life and his act.

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12:24pm

Thu March 8, 2012
Birds Of Prey

SOAR Celebrates St. Patty's With Raptor Party

Based in Wildwood, Georgia, SOAR (Save Our American Raptors) is having a fundraising event on March 17th--St. Patrick's Day.  The event will include a Birds of Prey program, educational activities, a children's art contest, a silent auction and a party.  It will take place at the Lookout Mountain Flight Park Club House starting at 1 p.m.

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5:12pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Community

Screening is Key in Finding Colorectal Cancer

Each year, there are up to 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States. And, it kills up to 50,000 people every year. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and Dr. Andy Lovette, a general surgeon at Memorial North Park Hospital, says that if you're at risk, screening is crucial.

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8:18am

Wed March 7, 2012
Music

Songwriter Workshop on Signal Mountain

The 4th annual Wintersong songwriter's workshop will be held at the Mountain Arts Community Center in Signal Mountain Tennessee on Saturday, March 10th.  The workshops include topics like grabbing the listener's ear and getting started in songwriting.  The sessions will be led by nationally known writers and performers Louisa Branscomb, Kathy Reed, and Earl Brackin.  Local musicians and singer/songwriters will also be involved in Wintersong.  Workshops begin at 9:30 am.  The day long event wraps up wit

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3:22pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

Southern Circuit Film Series Features Modern Dance Doc

The latest Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers screening will feature A Good Man, a documentary about controversial choreographer Bill T. Jones.  Several years ago, the Ravinia Festival asked Jones to create a dance production based on Abraham Lincoln's life.  Documentary filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules spent two years chronicling Jones's creative process.

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1:59pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Up and Coming Writer

Local Writer Sells Short Stories to Grove/Atlantic

Jamie Quatro is a fiction writer who lives on Lookout Mountain. Her first book of short-stories will be published by Grove/Atlantic in 2013. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, and McSweeney’s. Garrett Crowe spoke with Jamie Quatro about becoming a writer, her influences, and rejection. She also reads excerpts from her story “Holy Ground”.

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9:13am

Tue March 6, 2012
Education

SCORE Seeks Feedback on Teacher Evaluation System

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, SCORE, is hosting a series of discussions across the state of Tennessee seeking feedback on the new teacher evaluation system.  SCORE invites educators, administrators, parents and business leaders to attend the sessions and provide feedback on the successes and challenges with the new evaluation process.  The organization will provide a report in June with the results of the feedback discussions and other data gathering instruments.  The goal is to assess the

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5:08pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Education

UTC's Own Copernicus?

Dr. Lin Jun Wang is a professor at UTC who believes wholeheartedly in a scientific theory he came up with. Most scientists would call him crazy, but he's on a mission to share his theory about the nature of the universe with as many people as possible.

 

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12:07pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

New Homes for the Homeless Come with Art

H*ART Gallery on Main Street sells the work of unconventional artists, like homeless people, people with disabilities, and refugees. Now, the gallery is helping put some of that art into the homes of unconventional collectors, too: homeless people who are moving into a new home. Mary Helen Miller spoke with Ellen Heavilon, the executive director of H*ART Gallery, and Jamie McConnico, a seventh grader who helped start the new program.

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Podcasts

  • 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.