Chattanooga

  Veteran Nashville songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean come down to Chattanooga every Wednesday to meet with a group of veterans in a counseling session called Operation Song. The songwriters listen to the veterans talk about their experiences in a war zone and then they distil their experiences into a song. This song, called “I Fought A Battle,” tells the story of Joe Engle, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his wife Kayla who faced equally devastating challenges of her own at home.  

The nonprofit organization SoundCorps will hold auditions this weekend for the Sidewalk Stages performance series. Stratton Tingle, the Executive Director of SoundCorps, joins us for an interview. The registration deadline is April 21 at 5 p.m.

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  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

  Chattanooga native Dennis Haskins may be American's best-loved principal. Or, more specifically, Haskins's portrayal of Mr. Belding may be. Haskins played the character for more than a decade on Saved By The Bell and its spin-offs.

  UTC's Elder Scholars is a group of people 55 and older who meet on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus once a month to learn about almost anything. Richard Winham talked to Jane Elmore, the co-chairperson fro the group, who told him that the older she gets, the better it gets.

  WUTC made history at the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival with our first ever live remote, and that wasn't the only connection between WUTC 88.1 FM and the 4-day extravaganza.

Festival Director Chris Dortch and his father Chris Dortch Sr. host Connect The Dots, which airs the second Sunday of every month on WUTC, and Nooga.com journalist Josh Pickard, who joined us live, co-hosts Please Be Quiet Please, which airs every Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Money School is a free financial education day organized by Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise featuring financial professionals and nonprofits from around Chattanooga. This Saturday, April 9th, there will be 30 seminars for anyone over 13 years old on topics ranging from money management, budgeting and retirement planning to paying for college. Richard Winham talked to Jennifer Holder from Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

  Operation Song is a local program that pairs two veteran songwriters from Nashville with local military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress. The songwriters help the veterans turn their stories into songs. Richard Winham talked to Randall Scheil, a veteran of the Iraq war, about the song he wrote called “Three Ring Binder.”  

  You may remember James Mahon as the Irish reporter who used to be on WDEF, Chattanooga's News Channel 12.  Mahon's first book, Through Irish Eyes, chronicles his journey from an adoptee from communist Romania to being an Irish newsman in the Scenic City and more.

Here's an excerpt from his LinkedIn page:

Two of the artists whose work is currently on display at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway are inspired by the Tennessee River, but their work couldn’t be more different. Susan Parks creates intricate patterns using tiny beads, while Jim Tucker creates expansive renderings of the water and the landscape along the river. Richard Winham talked to Jim Tucker and Susan Parks about their work.  

Emma Bell Miles lived on Walden's Ridge in the early 20th century, writing about nature, Appalachian culture, and the hardships women faced in mountain life.  The new collection The Common Lot and Other Stories is a compilation of her short fiction.

  Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client's goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees.

  Jerry Harris was drafted into the army when he was 19 years old in 1968. Within a few months he was in Viet Nam. From the moment he left the plane he was traumatized. Almost immediately he began developing an alter ego, a separate identity he called “Old Jerry.” He spent the rest of the year he was in Viet Nam sublimating his emotions. It’s only in the past decade that’s he been able to talk about his experience in the war.

  WUTC's Baris Gursakal recently became a United States citizen. He recorded his thoughts on the road and during his naturalization process for a piece about the process and meaning of becoming a citizen of the United States. 

"I can finally say that I truly belong to the place I’ve always felt like I belonged," Gursakal says. 

Michael Edward Miller

  Kenyon Wilson, an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has composed a musical tribute to the four Marines and one sailor who were killed during a July 16, 2015 shooting rampage at a Chattanooga naval reserve center.  Titled Five, it made its Chattanooga premiere on February 20th, 2016 during a performance by high school students playing in the 2016 Tri-State Honor Band.

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