Chattanooga

In 2013, Sybil Baker began working on a book about immigrants and refugees who have resettled in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the request of people who reviewed early drafts, she began including stories of her own travels, including a "reverse migration" from America to Ankara, and 12 years she spent living in South Korea before moving to the Scenic City and teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She joins us to talk about Immigration Essays, which also examines Chattanooga as a destination: its legacy of racism, and gentrification affecting the MLK neighborhood downtown.

SPECIAL EVENT: At Star Line Books on 2/15 at 7 pm, she will be celebrating her book launch with special guests George Conley and Earl Braggs.

The Chattanooga Chorus is a group of men who love to sing acapella barbershop harmony. Every year on Valentines Day, The Choo Choo Chorus dispatches quartets all over the city to serenade sweethearts. As you might imagine the singers have stories to tell—they shared a few with Richard Winham.

Glenn Miller's “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was such a phenomenal hit that RCA honored Miller with a novel trophy: a copy of the record pressed in gold on February 10, 1942. The song boosted tourism in Chattanooga, Tennessee, inspiring local businessmen to save a historic train station from demolition and refurbish it.

By 1942, more than 1.2 million copies of the song had been sold. And that was no small thing--the biggest seller in years. RCA manager W. Wallace Early celebrated by presenting Glenn Miller with a trophy during a live radio broadcast.

Greater Tuna, the second smallest town in Texas, is the setting for the play opening at the Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday February 11th. The play features twenty different characters , but only two actors. Richard Winham talked to the actors, Mark Oglesby and Dennis Parker, along with the play’s director, Michelle Ford.

Fendall Fulton

Candles lit up Coolidge Park Wednesday evening when an estimated 1,200 Chattanoogans attended a vigil for refugees banned by President Trump’s immigration order.

They chanted in unison with speakers that represented various immigrant, refugee, and religious groups.

“We all belong here,” they said “Let them stay.”

The executive order has halted refugees and citizens from 7 majority Muslim countries for up to 4 months. Syrians have been banned from coming altogether. Mr. Trump said the ban is to prevent terrorist attacks.

Joel and Melanie Krautstrunk moved to Chattanooga three years ago planning to open a micro-brewery and a taproom. By the end of this year they hope to be running Chattanooga’s largest independent brewery.  Richard Winham talked to Joel Krautstrunk about his passion for beer and how he and his wife have managed to go from a micro-brewery to a macro brewery in such a short time.  

If Tennessee legislators say yes to everything Governor Bill Haslam touted Monday evening, you'll pay more while driving to the grocery store, but you'll save while shopping. 

And if you've never earned a college degree, you could get one tuition-free.

Fendall Fulton

The day after the Presidential inauguration, protesters flooded the streets in Washington, D.C. and all over the globe. It was a movement originally planned as an anti-Trump protest--but quickly morphed into a march for women’s rights. Chattanooga organizers sent a bus full of protesters to D.C., but here in the Scenic City, thousands more local residents met downtown for a rally and march.

The scope of it surprised everyone--organizers, participants, and city officials.

WUTC

Hamilton County Republicans gathered at Puckett's Restaurant to cheer and clap as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Other Chattanoogans gathered at the Bitter Alibi and reacted more somberly, recalling Trump's sometimes-harsh and divisive campaign rhetoric.

In this audio piece, they speak of their hopes, fears and expectations regarding Trump's promise to make American great again.

Riverworks Marketing Group wants to design a website—or upgrade an existing site—for a local non-profit—for nothing. Gratis. Free. So they decided to run an on-line competition. Richard Winham talked to the owners, Jackie and Steve Errico, about web marketing and why they decided to donate as much as $10,000 worth of design work to a local non-profit. The deadline to nominate non-profits is January 31.

Copyright Rayon Richards

Chattanooga State received a $15,000 NEA Big Read Grant in 2016 to support a citywide reading project, and the first chapter begins Thursday.

Elizabeth Azen thisisDYNASTY.com @thisisdyNASTY

Women from Chattanooga are buying bus tickets and lacing up their sneakers in preparation for a march on Washington, DC.  They are joining in a national grassroots effort to protest for equality the day after the Presidential inauguration. They hope to have a large enough presence to send their message to the government: that women’s rights are human rights.

The march will take place the day after the Presidential inauguration, January 21st, near the Capitol Building. Everyone is invited, regardless of gender or gender identity. 

Noted local drummer Josh Green has set himself a goal. Every day this year, the drummer, who has played with a number of local bands including Infradig, The Distribution and Summer Dregs, is going to upload a collection of drum and percussion tracks to his website. He records these original beats so other musicians can download them for use in other compositions. He began the project on his birthday last November.

Julie Babb

As part of progressive rock band Glass Hammer, Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are stars…in Japan and in Europe…and yet here in Chattanooga, their hometown, they are relative unknowns—and they like it that way. Richard Winham visited the two musicians in their recording studio recently to talk about their new album, their upcoming tour, and the work they do as producers for other musicians in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Fire Department

A federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the Woodmore bus crash victims alleges Hamilton County school officials could have prevented the deadly wreck.

Two law firms--Murphy, Falcon & Murphy and Berke, Berke & Berke--filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on behalf of the six children killed and dozens more injured in the crash that occurred on November 21, 2016.

Prior to the wreck, 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker had trouble enforcing discipline on the bus. The lawsuit alleges Walker threatened the children and drove recklessly, slamming on the brakes and swerving, in a sadistic attempt to restore discipline.

Days before the fatal crash, two students wrote complaints about Walker, saying he went too fast, and emails show officials were aware of those complaints and other concerns about Walker's driving.

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