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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9:47am

Wed March 21, 2012
Education

Keeper Kids Makes Connecting With Nature Fun

The Tennessee Aquarium Spring Break Keeper Kids program provides enrichment activities that take children behind the scenes to learn how to care for some of the animals at the aquarium.  The National Wildlife Federation is working with the Tennessee Aquarium to promote awareness and programming that will connect kids with nature.  The Keeper Kids activities are provided at no additional charge with the price of admission.  Children and their parents can sign up f

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11:39am

Tue March 20, 2012
Community

What Do A Bar, A Bank And A Church Have In Common? They'll All Walk At 'Strides'

The 17th annual Strides Of March walk will happen Sunday, March 25, 2012 in downtown Chattanooga, starting at Renaissance Park.  It's a fundraiser for Chattanooga CARES, and the event brings together diverse teams of walkers--people from Chuck's/SCC, Suntrust and Grace Episcopal are among the top fundraisers.

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11:03am

Tue March 20, 2012
Red Cross Month

For Two Red Cross Volunteers, Tuesday is Forever 'Alexian Day'

At Alexian Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on Signal Mountain, Tuesday is known as Red Cross Day, because it's the day when Red Cross volunteers come each week. Two of the volunteers, Winnie Rose and Grace Cantey, have been coming every week since the 1970's, and they've become close friends over the year

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9:34am

Tue March 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

3D chalk artist to visit Chattanooga

The Craniofacial Foundation of America is hosting the 5th annual Palate 2 Palate gallery stroll and art celebration on Saturday April 14, 2012.  The event includes a gallery stroll through art galleries on the Southside of Chattanooga with fine wines and local culinary art to sample.  A special performance of street art will feature internationally known 3D chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum at the Loose Cannon Studio and the evening will wrap up with Bubbles and Sweets, a champa

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12:08pm

Sun March 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

'Living Newspaper' Premieres at ETC

This genre of theatre began in the 1930's through the Work Progress Administration.  It's a dramatic storytelling form that uses fictional characters to talk about real issues.  Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga is employing this form for a new play written by cast and crew and ripped from newspaper headlines of today.  'Living Newspaper' runs from March 23rd through April 1st at the St. Andrew's Center.

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10:44am

Fri March 16, 2012
Pet Party

McKamey's 'Yappy Meower' Series Benefits Homeless Cats and Pups

Beavis Cuddlesworth is one of thousands of kittens adopted from McKamey.

McKamey Animal Center on North Access Road gives medical care and shelter to animals without homes.  Executive Director Karen Walsh talks about a new, recurring fundraiser series called "Yappy Meower."  Future dates and locations include Sticky Fingers on March 19, Mia Cucina on April 6th and The Blue Plate on May 1st.  Mary Helen Miller visited McKamey to find out more about the services -- some of them quite quirky -- that McKamey offers  its animals.

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12:18pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Garage Punk

Jay Reatard Documentary Coming to Chattanooga

On Saturday, March 24th, the Mise En Scenesters Film Club will be screening the documentary Better than Something at Collective Clothing Warehouse. The film's subject is Memphis musician Jay Reatard who tragically passed away in 2010.

The directors of Better than Something, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, talk about the film. Chris Dortch and Zach Zacharias, the co-founders of the Mise En Scenesters, also discuss what makes Jay Reatard's music unique.

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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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Podcasts

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    John Henry is a sculptor with an international reputation. He has placed more than 2000 sculptures all over the world. His sculptures are large scale pieces designed to be placed outdoors. Examples of his work are on display in Chattanooga outside the Hunter Museum of Art and in the Outdoor Museum of Art at Chattanooga State Community College.
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    George Derryberry joins us to talk about his book Path Of Valor: A Marine's Story.
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  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00am
    Serve and Protect is the annual outreach event that hopes to educate people about sustainable food production practices as well as raise funds to support the Tennessee Aquarium