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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12:10pm

Fri February 28, 2014

11:57am

Fri February 28, 2014
Happenings

Set In Stone Offering Classes in the Creative Use of Concrete

In the mid 1990’s, Buddy Rhodes, a potter living in San Francisco, decided to try working with concrete rather than clay. Since then many other people have been inspired to try his techniques. He has written two books outlining his techniques and he also trains people in his approach. Justin Burd is one of his trainers. Justin and his partners own Set In Stone on W. Main Street.

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6:05pm

Wed February 26, 2014
Books

Why Kjerstin Gruys Shunned Mirrors For A Year

Six months before her wedding, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something that surprised her friends and family: she vowed to quit looking at herself in the mirror.  For a year, she avoided her own reflection… and even on her wedding day, getting ready, she wouldn’t look at herself.  By avoiding her reflection, she challenged her ideas and society's ideas about beauty.

She blogged about the experience, which garnered national attention, and then wrote a book.

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11:27am

Tue February 25, 2014
Books

A Hitchhiker Guided by the Cherokee: Jerry Ellis Discusses 'Two Wolves'

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Jerry Ellis’ first book, Walking the Trail: One Man’s Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. He’s written eight more books since then, all largely autobiographical, inspired by his adventures walking and hitchhiking across the country.

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10:11am

Tue February 25, 2014
Happenings

'Cocktails' Event 2/28 Supports Conservation at Chattanooga Zoo

Credit Chattanooga Zoo

Cocktails for Conservation is an annual event that supports on-going wildlife conservation programs at the Chattanooga Zoo

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12:48pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Happenings

Physican Bands Battle in 'Med Rock' Competition 3/1

Linda Benton from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Alliance joins us to talk about Med Rock, a battle of the bands that benefits a scholarship fund.

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10:48am

Mon February 24, 2014
Community

Radon: Is Your Home Killing You?

Radon Zones in Tennessee. Red = Zone 1 Highest Potential. Orange = Zone 2 Moderate Potential. Yellow = Zone 3 Low Potential. Radon gas has been found in homes in all three zones across Tennessee.
Credit http://www.epa.gov/radon/states/tennessee.html / EPA

Radon gas is harmless in small concentrations and can be found everywhere in the United States but in concentrated levels it becomes a serious health concern. 

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5:19pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Happenings

On 2/24, UTC Premieres New Documentary on Chattanooga's Civil Rights Movement

On the afternoon of Friday February 19, 1960, 12 honors students from Howard High School sat down at a segregated “whites only” lunch counter in downtown Chattanooga. Their protest marked the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in Chattanooga. A new documentary honoring nine Chattanoogans whose actions were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement will receive its premiere in UTC’s University Center Auditorium on Monday February 24 at 5:15. Richard Winham has excerpts from the documentary, and talks with Dr.

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3:06pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Breaking

UAW Appeals VW Vote In Chattanooga

The United Auto Workers are appealing last week's election results at Chattanooga's Volkswagen manufacturing plant.  In the UAW's objection, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the UAW claims that Tennessee politicians such as State Senator Bo Watson "conducted what appears to have been a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign... to deprive VWGOA workers of their federally-protected right, through the Election, to support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative... free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference."

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6:33pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Southern Lit

Does Southern Lit Include Florida? And Other Tangents With Tim Dorsey

“Ninety percent of our existence is tangents. So tangents are actually the real plot. But even more importantly, if you avoid a tangent you normally would have taken, you could create a rip in the quantum fabric of the universe”.  –Serge Storms

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10:30am

Thu February 20, 2014
Librarian of the year

Changing Library Space: A Conversation With Corinne Hill

Each year, Library Journal names a Librarian of the Year. For 2014, the journal chose Corinne Hill, the executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library system.

Corinne Hill joined the library in 2012. Since her arrival, the Chattanooga Library has become a hub for technology, learning, and books.

In this conversation, Hill talks the changes made to the Chattanooga Public Library, obsessive personalities of librarians, and the evolution of space within the library.

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3:00pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Happenings

Glass Expert Dean Six Appearing At Houston Antiques Sale 2/21 - 2/23

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with antique glass expert Dean Six, who will appear at the 40th annual Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale.

From a media release:

Houston Museum’s 40th Annual Antiques Show & Sale Feb. 21-23

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2:37pm

Wed February 19, 2014
VW Vote

UAW Could Return To Chattanooga Next Year (Maybe Sooner)

The United Auto Workers failed to unionize Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant last week, but how soon might they return?  Nooga.com reporter Chloé Morrison joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller for a discussion of what's ahead.

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2:27pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Happenings

UTC Hosts Marian Anderson String Quartet, Composer Forum 2/20 - 2/22

Dr. Jonathan McNair discusses the Southeastern Composers League Forum coming up at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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2:14pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Personal Finance

Questions About Debt? 'Ask Doctor Debt' Can Help

Dallas Bunton, the President-CEO at North American Credit Services, Inc, and Michael Rainwater, President of the Tennessee Collectors Association, join us to talk about Ask Doctor Debt, an online resource for people who are in debt and need answers, or who want to report unscrupulous debt collectors.

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