In this segment, we're talking about TechTown, a 2.5-million-dollar learning center opening this summer.  TechTown is not a school; founders call it a "people's house of technology."  It's a place where kids can find their own interests and explore them at their own pace.

CEO Cordell Carter joins us to give us details about TechTown's innovative approach to education, the nonprofit TechTown Foundation, and their summer camps that begin June 29.

The 8th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series began in April and continues every Wednesday in May.  Films will be shown at 7pm at the Jewish Cultural Center.  Sanford Winer, Chair of the Film Series, and Ann Treadwell, Program Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, join us to discuss the films.

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is called Mixed Media, Contemporary and Abstract. The exhibition features the work of thirty local artists, one of whom is Anna Carll. While her work in the exhibition is all abstracts, Anna Carll first developed her reputation as an illustrator and later as a figurative painter.

Michael Devine previews Dan Forrest's 'Requiem for the Living,' a 40-minute, 5-movement work that's a very modern take on the traditional idea of requiem music.  Devine is the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which will perform the piece on May 2nd from 7 to 9 pm at First Baptist Church.

More information & ticket info is here.

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Rodney Battles, President of the AIM Center in Chattanooga, joins us today to talk about the organization's mission and 25-year history in the area.

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Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jane Pauley will serve as the guest speaker at the AIM Center's Creativity and Courage in MentalHealth benefit and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Chattanoogan Ballroom.

On Sunday, May 3rd, the eighth annual Chocolate Fling and VIP Brunch will raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, which provides free support and services such as advocacy, case management, and prescription assistance.  Christine Cates and her daughter Jenavieve join us.  Christine volunteers with the Foundation, and her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at a very early age.

Read more about the Chocolate Fling here.

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Robert Fisher, a senior in the Brock Scholars program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is only the third student from UTC to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Widely regarded as the most prestigious scholarship in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship was established with a bequest from Cecil Rhodes to “promote civic-minded leadership among young people with the moral force of character and instincts to lead.”

In this segment, we have an interview with Fisher, one of only 32 students from across the US to be awarded the scholarship this year.

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On Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Mayor Berke will give the annual State of the City address at the Chattanoogan hotel.  "We want as many people there as possible," Berke says in this interview, and the event is free and open to the public.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust and the Land Trust for Tennessee have partnered to protect Castle Rock, a Marion County site that's popular with rock climbers.   Joel Houser, the Southeast Regional Director for the Land Trust for Tennessee, and Rick Huffines, the Executive Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, join us to talk about the conservation easement protecting the location, which protects the environment while still allowing climbers to enjoy the spot.  On April 30th, they'll have a party at the Crash Pad to celebrate, and the public is invited.


Rebecca Love joins us.  She's the creator of Art Fusion Collaborations, which is helping new and emerging visual artists get publicity and sales through pop-up galleries around town.  They currently have an exhibit on the third floor of City Hall, and they'll be displaying art during Jazzanooga on April 25th and 26th.

Hundreds of fans and more than 40 esteemed Southern authors participated in the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature, hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance at the Tivoli Theatre.  In this segment, we're looking back at a few of the highlights, including a panel discussion about adapting books to with with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus and Chris Dortch; a musical performance from Clyde Edgerton & The Rank Strangers; and a poetry reading from Terran

Stevie Ray Dalimore and Kate Forbes Dalimore have been described as a “Chattanooga power couple.” They are both actors who have worked in movies and television as well as the theater in New York. After moving to Chattanooga several years ago, Stevie Ray became the Director of the Theater Program at McCallie School while Kate continued working in the theater and they both still work regularly work in television and movies.

The Little Owl Music & Arts Festival, which was planned for April 18th, has been rescheduled.

From the festival's organizers:

We are officially rescheduling this Saturday's Little Owl Music & Arts Festival for May 23rd in light of this weekend's dreary weather forecast.  We appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy schedules to be with us for this event and hope you will be able to join us on May 23rd.

WTCI's 'Underground Revealed' Debuts

Apr 8, 2015

In the latest episode of WTCI's Greater Chattanooga film series, the legendary area known as "underground Chattanooga" is explored.

Coleman Barks is a poet, but he is best known both in the English-speaking world and the Middle East for his “translations” of the poetry written by the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi. Barks does not speak or read Persian so his work is not a literal translation, but rather a poetic re-working of literal translations by Islamic scholars.