Chattanooga

  The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11th street this Saturday, August 27th, from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

  Chattanooga State Community College students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can get a head start by enrolling in the dual admissions program. In this segment, we discuss the program with Gail Campbell, Director of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Center at Chattanooga State and Yancy Freeman, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services at UTC.

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27th, at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.  

(Audio) Portrait of the Artist: Sculptor John McLeod

Aug 17, 2016

  In a studio up a winding hilly road in Red Bank, John McLeod creates sculptures that are featured at several Chattanooga locations including Rock City Gardens and the Sun Trust building on Market Street.

McLeod’s new work "Accord" is featured at the lululemon entrance of Warehouse Row. Two pieces made out of metal bars that have been bent and painted sit on either side of the entrance.

McLeod is an avid rock climber as well as an artist.  He says that with "Accord" he hoped to express the sense of wholeness and spirituality that he gets from climbing.

  The Rio games aren't the only reason East Tennessee residents are talking about the Olympics. Some are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1996 summer games that featured whitewater events in Ocoee, Tennessee. Though those events turned out to be a success, some were skeptical when the idea was first proposed, and grassroots organizations worked hard to make it happen.

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

  Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Stephanie Plunkett is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, one of the organizations that created the exhibit, and she joins us to talk about Harvey Dunn's life and legacy.

From a media release:

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department received confirmation of the first person in Hamilton County to test positive for Zika virus.  The individual recently returned from an affected country where Zika disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.  In an effort to prevent local transmission, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door education in the general vicinity of the case.

  Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races.

  Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

Levene says he’s done his research and election law doesn’t prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs.

Mary Helen Montgomery

  A crowd gathered this morning at the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga to remember the deadly attack that happened in this city a year ago today.

More than 50 Navy sailors and Marines stood at attention on the pier at Ross’s Landing. Below, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke led a ceremony to remember the five servicemen who lost their lives on July 16, 2015.

People also came to the University of Chattanooga student center this afternoon for an interfaith service focusing on the importance of people of different faiths coming together.

  The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features Julie Bauer’s abstract paintings. She and her husband, Juergen, an engineer for Volkswagen, moved to Chattanooga in January. Before that they had lived in Shanghai, China for six years. She told WUTC's Richard Winham her work is the result of having lived in very different parts of the world.

For forty five years the signal Mountain Playhouse has been presenting two plays or musicals every year—inside in the winter and outside in the summer. For all that time, almost every one of the 100 people involved in producing and staging the shows have been volunteers.

Metro Ideas Project

  A new Chattanooga nonprofit, the Metro Ideas Project, hopes to bring big changes to our city’s education system.  The Metro Ideas Project is a research team made up of academics, policy-makers, and journalists who are focused on making midsize cities like Chattanooga work better for their citizens. 

  In a follow-up to last week’s conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

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