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11:19am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Presents 'Shrek' Musical August 15 - 17

Grace Kling, who plays Princess Fiona, and Johnny Krause, who plays Shrek, discuss Shrek The Musical.  Closed Door Entertainment is performing it at the Tivoli on August 15th, 16th, and 17th.  More information is at CDE's Web site.

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11:09am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Colbie Callat Headlines Siskin StarNight 8/16

Siskin StarNight co-chairs Charles and Betty Lebovitz join us to talk about the event, which features singer Colbie Callat and benefits Siskin Children's Institute.  It will take place August 16th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

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12:15pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Furniture Maker David Crewe Builds Steampunk Speakers

David Crewe was trained as a mechanical engineer. He spent over a decade building and installing boilers until he got bored with it. At that point he went back to the small woodworking shop he and his father spent 20 years building on a scrap of land on Signal Mountain. He makes furniture in the same Queen Anne style his dad adored, but his passion is for designing and building high end loudspeakers. In this interview, David Crewe explains how he builds the fanciful speakers he sells in the Area 61 Art gallery on Main Street.

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12:58pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Books

More Stories of World Cup Rivalries from 'Soccer Junkie' Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston is a self-described “soccer junkie.” A soccer coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, he has been to every World Cup since Mexico in 1986 and wrote the book The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie about his experiences.  He was our guest on Around and About a few weeks ago to talk about his book detailing his adventures in pursuit of tickets and a place to sleep wherever the World Cup has been played in the past 25 years.

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1:11pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Community

Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner

Ellen Phillips writes the Consumer Watch column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which appears on Sundays.  She's also written two books: Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed!: How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results and Fight Back and Win!

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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Books

Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin

"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.

Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s.  Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.  In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.  Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.

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2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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3:36pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Community

Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster

Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it.

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10:57am

Wed July 16, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Ambassador Program Helps At-Risk Kids Stay in School

Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development is working with at-risk kids by using a holistic approach to keep them in school.  City Administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings discusses the Chattanooga Ambassador Program.

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10:50am

Wed July 16, 2014
Destinations & Diversions

Chattanooga Nature Center Is a World Away, but Only Minutes from Downtown

The Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum and Reflection Riding is a peaceful oasis just minutes from downtown. Circling the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is acres of open pasture and woodland bisected by miles of trails that wind through the woods and beside the river that snakes though the property. Michael Green, one of the dozens of volunteers who run the Nature Center, takes us for a short walk through the property, stopping at the animal sanctuary, which is one of the center’s biggest draws.

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9:48am

Wed July 16, 2014
Books

Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series

Keith Robinson shows off several of the Island of Fog books.

Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009.  Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.

The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.  Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.

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11:05am

Tue July 15, 2014
VW

Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs

The VW Chattanooga plant.
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller and Nooga.com's Chloe Morrison discuss the broader implications of Volkswagen choosing Chattanooga as the site to build its new seven-passenger SUV and a special research center.

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10:41am

Mon July 14, 2014
VW

VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga (Concept car shown)
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.  About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.

"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.

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12:36pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video

Behind-the-scenes footage for the Choo Choo video is available on Youtube.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HVFqCqCRWyU

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on an ambitious project: they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.  Last year, they sought Kickstarter funding for the project.  They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording. 

Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.

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1:25pm

Wed July 9, 2014
When Pigs Fly?

Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork?

The Beacon Center of Tennessee's 2014 Pork Report roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."

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