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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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

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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

10:00am

Tue November 19, 2013
Arts & Culture

Family Fun With Winter Wonder at the Creative Discovery Museum

The Winter Wonders exhibit has returned to the Creative Discovery Museum with seasonal fun for the entire family through mid January. 

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8:58am

Mon November 18, 2013
Community

A Diet Based On $4.40 A Day

Credit Junior League of Greater Chattanooga

The Junior League of Greater Chattanooga challenged people to limit their food for an entire week to the average amount an individual on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would receive.  

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6:46pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Happenings

Clearspring Yoga Offers Free Introductory Classes at Open House 11/23

Clearspring Yoga is hosting an open house from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd. Along with free ½ hour long introductory classes, they’ll be offering massages and energy healing. Richard Winham talked to Anthony Crutcher and Sallie Beckes, who told him the practice has changed dramatically since she first took classes from a very strict teacher in Louisiana in the 1970’s.

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10:43am

Thu November 14, 2013
Happenings

Fancy Rhino Provides Open Audition on November 15 & 16

Fancy Faces, an open audition, will be held Nov. 15th & 16th for Fancy Rhino.
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Fancy Faces is a chance to have your 15 minutes of fame as an actor in a commercial or other film project.  Fancy Rhino is holding open auditions November 15 in Center Park and November 16 in Renaissance Park. 

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Podcasts

  • 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.
  • Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Bill Dedman co-authored the New Yorks Times #1 Bestseller "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune." Dedman will be in Chattanooga 3/11/14 for a book signing.