Chattanooga

  At first glance, 4 Paws Pantry might look like a pet store.  It’s stocked with chew toys, blankets for cats and dogs, and other pet accessories.  But it’s actually a food bank for pets, and sales of the items help fund the mission—providing free pet food to people going through financial hardships.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Percussion Ensemble’s annual year-end concert called Beat Hunger is set for this Sunday November 22 and Monday November 23 at 7:30 in the UTC Fine Arts Center. That it’s scheduled for two successive nights is a testament to its popularity. Richard Winham talked to Dr. Monte Coulter, the director of the percussion program here at UTC. He told him the original impetus for the increasingly popular concerts came from seeing homeless people on the streets in the neighborhood surrounding UTC.  

SoundCorps, a local non-profit whose goal is to “build Chattanooga’s music economy” is the result of two years' work, according to the executive director, Stratton Tingle. In the summer of 2014, a group of music business researchers from Austin, Texas were invited to Chattanooga to measure music’s impact on the city’s economy. Armed with the results of that study, Stratton Tingle formed a board and began raising money to establish SoundCorps as a resource for music professionals in Chattanooga.

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  The United Auto Workers are seeking a an election to represent maintenance workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant.

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  In 1998, author Sarah Vowell went on a road trip and followed the Trail of Tears.  Vowell grew up in Oklahoma; her ancestors were Cherokee.  She visited Chattanooga and North Georgia, seeking the trail’s beginnings, then followed it to the West and created an hour-long episode of This American Life about her journey.

The trip changed her.  

  The exhibition now up at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway in Chattanooga is called Trees and Skies. Among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Carol Hobbs and Mike Ivey. Richard Winham went over to the gallery to see their paintings and to talk to them about their work.

About 10,000 people are expected at the third annual Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration, which will take place at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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  Last year, when workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant voted on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them, Volkswagen was accused of being too friendly with the UAW.  The UAW lost, and a new election could happen this year.  But this time, VW opposes it.  In this segment, we find out why, and speak with UAW Local 42 President Mike Cantrell about what's at stake in the election and whether it has anything to do with the recent VW diesel-emissions cheating scandal.

National Park Service

  The National Park Service is looking for your input on the future of a fairly new park in the Chattanooga area.  Today we're speaking with Michael Wurzel, Executive Director - Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park about what's at stake with the park's future.  The public comment period is open until November 13th.

  

  When JJ Jerman and his wife Beverly moved to Chattanooga to start Office Furniture Warehouse, they had no idea of the adventure on which they were embarking.  Today, OFW has multiple divisions and has recently begun to test the market for used medical furnishings outside the United States.  Key to their continued success has always been the discipline to never expand into a new business area without already having a customer.

While Congress was concerned about pollution and deception in the automaker's emission problems, the state that's home to VW's only U.S. plant wants some assurances that their investment is safe.

Like many young married couples, Santhosh and Susan Mathews were delighted when Susan became pregnant for the first time. But when they went in for a routine ultrasound they were devastated when the doctor told them their baby had serious birth defects and would probably be still born. But when one doctor after another suggested they should abort the baby, they were steadfast in their resolve to carry the baby to term.

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  Ahead of a hearing Thursday afternoon where Tennessee state legislators will ask VW leaders about the diesel emissions scandal's potential effects on the Chattanooga plant, VW released the following statement:

The Volkswagen Group has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its Chattanooga facility, where it plans on producing a newly developed midsize SUV for the U.S. market.

  This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In this segment, we discuss the cut film's history and speak with members of The Scarlet Love Conspiracy, a Chattanooga band who will perform at a special screening Friday, October 30th at the Revelry Room.  Doors open at 8 pm and the film starts at 9 pm.  A special cut of the film will be screened with the audio muted during most of the musical numbers; the band will play and sing live during those scenes.

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  Russian-born artist Timur Akhriev created a series of 17 painting about his friend and cousin Ray Kronenberg.  The series is called Drifter, and it’s a series about the millennial generation.  The opening reception will take place Friday, October 23rd, 6 - 9p, at Feminology, which is located at 1405 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405.  The reception is free and open to the public.

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