Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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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.

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.

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.

    

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Local Writer Sells Short Stories to Grove/Atlantic

Mar 6, 2012

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”.

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

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.

 

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.

The River City Company is celebrating 25 years of working with the community to build a better Chattanooga.  The Urban Design Challenge is part of that celebration.  In this challenge design teams are provided with an area of the city in need of a makeover and the teams develop a concept to improve the location with the future of the city in mind.  Three teams have already presented their concepts.  There are six total teams in the Urban Design Challenge.  The fourth team

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Business has partnered with Oklahoma State’s School of Entrepreneurship to introduce a program designed to help disabled veterans improve business management and entrepreneurship.  The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program  will offer training and mentoring to veterans that own or want to own their own business. 

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