Around and About Chattanooga

Weekdays, 10am - 10:30am & 8pm - 8:30pm

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.

Looking for a story or an interview you heard?  Scroll down for streaming audio of recent Around and About segments.  You can also subscribe to the Around and About Chattanooga podcast feed.  iTunes link here.

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10:14am

Thu December 5, 2013
Happenings

Compassionate Friends Group Hosts Candlelight Vigil December 8th

Jessie Anna Starnes January 3, 1999 - March 19, 2008. Jessie's mother, Lisa Rousseau, finds healing sharing her experiences with The Compassionate Friends.

The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group for parents, are hosting a candle light event on Sunday December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Loose Cannon Gallery to honor memories of their children. 

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5:46pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Education

Need A Career Change? Project Inspire Offers Teaching Opportunities

In this interview, WUTC’s Mark Colbert speaks with Mark Neil, director of Project Inspire, a program designed to quickly train new science and math teachers and put them into Hamilton County classrooms.

Project Inspire has recruitment events coming up on December 17th and 19th.

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11:27am

Tue December 3, 2013
Happenings

Houston Museum Hosts Holiday Tea Fundraisers 12/8 & 12/15

Every year, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts hosts a Holiday English Tea and Open House. This year they have partnered with two English ladies who promise to bring a touch of authenticity to the party. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to one of the ladies, Denise Sarjant, who told him she wanted to share the kind of tea parties she loved when she was a little girl in England.

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12:04pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Community

Handmade Goods That Help African Refugees: Amani Chattanooga Distributes Fair-Trade Items

African goods such as these oven mitts and wooden spoons are distributed and sold at Amani Chattanooga.
Molly Gardner Photography

Women affected by war and other hardships in Africa create handmade goods as part of Amani Ya Juu’s economic development program.  Amani is an international, fair-trade network with five locations in Africa, as well as one in Washington, D.C. and a distribution center in Chattanooga.

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11:40am

Tue November 26, 2013
Reel Cool

Filmmaker Daniel Griffith Celebrates Mystery Science Theater 3000 in New Documentary

Chattanooga filmmaker Daniel Griffith has created a feature-length documentary about Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the 25th anniversary of the cult sci-fi show.  Griffith produces all the bonus materials for the DVD box sets of MST3K.  WUTC's Richard Winham spoke with Griffith, who said that since his childhood, he’s been a fan of the kind of music and movies most people are happy to ignore.

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11:31am

Mon November 25, 2013
Come Fly With Me

Beginners, Experienced Pilots Are Both Welcome at Moccasin Flying Club

The Moccasin Flying Club, based out of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, isn't a flying school--but they can help student pilots  earn their licenses, and they provide social interaction for experienced pilots.  They have a Cessna 172 and a Flight Design CTSW, and members may fly the planes.  Gene Perkins, the Membership Coordinator, joins us for this segment.

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10:00am

Mon November 25, 2013
Community

Barnes & Noble Hosts Book Drive for Area Children Through Year's End

Credit Barnes and Noble

Booksellers Barnes and Noble have teamed up with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga to collect books that will be wrapped up and delivered as holiday gifts to children participating in the Urban League's after school programs.  The annual Barnes and Noble book drive invites the community donate books for children.

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1:36pm

Fri November 22, 2013
Mooshine?

Why Some East Tennesseans Drink Raw Milk

Cows are milked during an FDA video about raw milk.
Credit United States Food and Drug Administration

Nine East Tennessee children recently contracted E.coli after drinking raw, unpasteurized milk.  It came from the McBee Dairy Farm, located near Knoxville.  Yesterday, the Tennessee Department of Health announced it matched the strain of E.coli to animal waste at the farm, and says there are serious risks for people who choose raw milk.  Three of the children developed a severe kidney problem known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, and

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10:37am

Fri November 22, 2013
Happenings

Holiday Tradition: Chattanooga Lighted Boat Parade Sets Sail Nov 29

Chattanooga’s annual Lighted Boats Parade starts November 29th at 7 p.m. It’s been a Chattanooga tradition ushering in the Christmas season for longer than its current organizer Carla Pritchard can remember. She told WUTC's Richard Winham she first saw it when she was a teenager.

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11:28am

Thu November 21, 2013
Happenings

UTC Percussion Ensemble Fights Food Insecurity at 'Beat Hunger' Concert 11/24

WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with professor Monte Coulter about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Percussion Ensemble's Beat Hunger Concert, coming up November 24th.  Attendees are asked to bring a $2 check donation to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen or to bring two non-perishable food items. 

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11:18am

Thu November 21, 2013
Community

They've Got Coyotes. Now Roadrunners Arrive at Chattanooga Zoo

Acme and Meeks, a pair of roadrunners, look around their new home at the Chattanooga Zoo.
Credit Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo has two new arrivals at its Deserts and Forests of the World Exhibition: a pair of roadrunners.  One is named Meeks; the other, in true Looney Tunes style, is named Acme.  WUTC's Mark Colbert visited the zoo to meet the speedy birds.

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10:00am

Thu November 21, 2013
Community

Burning Season Is Underway, But Permits Are Needed in Hamilton County

A permit is required for burning in a barrel and the same limitations for brush fires apply to fires in barrels.
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The Air Pollution Control Bureau for Chattanooga and Hamilton County is responsible for issuing individual permits to burning leaves and brush for seasonal burning

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9:54am

Thu November 21, 2013
Happenings

Operation Warrior Call Begins November 24th

 On November 24th, Operation Warrior Call will take place nationwide. It’s an effort to create a network for Iraq and Afghanistan war-veterans using phone calls, e-mails, and other forms of communication. The event was created by Troops First, a charity organization dedicated to veterans. 

In this interview, Rick Kell of the Troops First Foundation describes how a veteran network may help soldiers.

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5:53pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

'Let Beauty Awaken' Project Releases CD to Fund Local Arts Education

Let Beauty Awaken is an initiative spearheaded by four local high school students. The idea originated with Thomas West. Thomas, a senior at McCallie, is a singer. After performing on the NPR show, From The Top, he performed at a local public school. While he was there he became painfully aware of the lack of funding for the arts and music in local public schools and determined then and there to do something about it.

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10:00am

Wed November 20, 2013

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Podcasts

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00am
    The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition says our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation. One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality. In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but remains a major problem for some.
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00am
    Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide. In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00am
    Pediatricians and community leaders have formed a new group called the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, which is working on a strategic plan for long-term solutions to pediatric healthcare problems.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00am
    Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Corr speaks with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller in this segment.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00am
    We have a special mystery guest on Around and About. You may not know his name, but you'll know his voice.