Chattanooga

6:08am

Wed February 25, 2015
Community

FCC Could Allow EPB to Expand Gigabit Internet Service

This map shows where EPB's high-speed Internet service is currently available.
Credit EPB

UPDATE 2/26 12:08 pm: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC today approved EPB's petition to expand its high-speed Internet service, as well as a similar petition filed in North Carolina by the city of Wilson.  In a news release, the FCC said:

"The Federal Communications Commission today opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service.

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5:15pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Happenings

41st Annual Houston Museum Antique Sale Opens 2/27

The Houston Museum in Chattanooga houses the huge collection of antiques amassed by Anna Safley Houston. Mrs. Houston ran a retail store in a converted barn where she offered parts of her collection for sale—but only to people she liked. Many people were refused even entry to the store, but these days her huge collection of antique furniture and glass is open to everyone at The Houston Museum in the Bluff View arts District. One of the ways the museum supports itself is with an annual Antique sale.

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1:41pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Community

New Harvested Here Organization Connects Farmers, Restaurants

From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene.  But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group,  Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores.  Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here, joins us to explain exactly what they do.

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11:04am

Fri February 20, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 15: Code and Creativity Makes Connecting Fun

Founders Kelly McCarthy and Aaron Gustafson describe Code and Creativity as a “social talk series” designed to connect developers, designers, and anyone else who wants to join in.  This eclectic group gathers every other month at The Camp House to hear one out-of-town and one local expert share their experiences.  Each event is free to the public and snacks and a beverage are provided.

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11:58am

Thu February 19, 2015
Community

Sponsors, Participants Sought For American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

Chattanooga's Relay For Life Web site is open for signups.

Chattanooga's Relay For Life will raise money for the fight against cancer, celebrate those who have survived cancer, and give participants a chance to honor those who have passed away.  Although the event isn't until May 30th, you can visit the Web site right now and make donations, sponsor teams, and sign up to participate.

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12:06pm

Wed February 18, 2015
Happenings

Murder Mystery Dinner 2/26 to Benefit Humane Educational Society

Bob Citrullo, Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, took over in December of 2013.  In this interview, he talks about his first year as the executive director; challenges and long-term goals for the organization; how they're more than just an animal shelter; and creative ways to raise funds, including their upcoming murder mystery dinner.

Buy tickets and find more information at their Web site:

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11:48am

Tue February 17, 2015
Happenings

On 3/7, Med Rock Battle of the Bands Will Raise Funds for Scholarship

Linda Benton from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance joins us to discuss the second annual Med Rock Battle of The Bands, which will raise money for a scholarship fund.  We're also speaking with Courtney Green, a freshman at The University of Georgia, who won last year's $10,000 award.

From a media release:

What: 2nd Annual  Med Rock :Battle of the Physician Bands 2015 

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3:29pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Happenings

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Begins 2/20

Chattanooga's Center for Mindful Living is hosting an eight week course on mindfulness and stress reduction.  Instructor Claudio A. Barrientos (from the Mindful Center Knoxville) and local psychotherapist Julie L. Brown join us to explain how it works.

Information about the eight-week course and registration for the course is at the Center for Mindful Living's Web site.

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11:43am

Wed February 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

Seen And Heard: ‘Dark Princess Theatre’ Voice Actors Host Live Events, Too

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway and Marcus Ellsworth.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

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11:30am

Fri February 6, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Darrell McDonald's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

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12:48pm

Thu February 5, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ray Laliberte's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

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1:18pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Community

Small Homes, Big Dreams: Tiny House Enthusiasts Hope to Start A Community in Chattanooga

In a promotional Kickstarter video, Travis and Brittany Pyke sit on the porch of a tiny house.
Credit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/windrivercustomhomes/wind-river-and-tiny-house-chattanooga-begin-a-tiny

How much space do you really need?  Some Chattanoogans are choosing to live in houses with only 190 square feet of living space--about the third of the size of a single-wide mobile home.  In this segment, Travis Pyke of Wind River Custom Homes (a local company that builds these domiciles) and Hannah Shadrick and Mary Ann Twitty of Tiny House Chatt join us to talk about the appeal of living in these small, portable, energy-efficient buildings.

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12:49pm

Wed February 4, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ellen Heavilon's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

This story is from Ellen Heavilon, Executive Director and Founder of the Hart Gallery, which supports homeless and non-traditonal artists by helping them create artwork and giving them a place to sell it.  Heavilon's story is about trust and transformation.

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5:33pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Happenings

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Awards Luncheon 2/9 at Convention Center

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) ia a charter school designed to help young women from what they call “underserved communities.” Almost all of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Most of them come from very poor backgrounds, but CGLA aims to be a beacon of hope. Richard Winham talked to Bess  Steverson, the director of the foundation that helps fund the school. She joined the school this past September because she wanted to help them realize their ambitious goals.

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2:38pm

Mon February 2, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Moses Freeman's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Moses Freeman joins us for this segment.  Born here, he's a City Council member who represents District 8.  He talks about growing up in Chattanooga and the changes he's seen in technology and civil rights.

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