Chattanooga

Ballot Vox: Marc Gravitt

Oct 20, 2016

As part of WUTC’s coverage of the November 8 elections, we are speaking to many major candidates on the Hamilton County ballot. This is our interview with Marc Gravitt, a Republican who is running for re-election as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 30. 

JACQUI HELBERT: If you would, introduce yourself? What is your name, where you are from, and what is your background?

Leslie Jordan, a Chattanooga native and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, won an Emmy in 2006 for his role on Will & Grace. He's also appeared on Desperate HousewivesBoston Legal and American Horror Story.

 This past Summer 26 people ranging in age from 40 to 70 went away to Summer Camp for the weekend. The organizers called it Boomer Camp. It was at Camp Ocoee and for a couple of days in addition to wine tastings and a smoked salmon supper, they kayaked, canoed, hiked, swam and sang songs around a fire like kids at camp. “It was an opportunity to play and have fun without feeling guilty about it,” said one.

The camp was a big success; the organizers had hoped for eight people, 26 signed up.

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WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Teal Thibaud, Executive Director of the Glass House Collective, and Shane Morrow about revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.

The Glass Street LIVE Block Party is coming up 9/24, and the public is invited.

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Thanks to the Arts Move Chattanooga program, which invited noted artists to move to Chattanooga offering them a $15,000 break on their mortgage, Chattanooga is now home to a host of painters, musicians, writers and sculptors. One of the sculptors who accepted the city’s invitation is Roger Halligan, who is also the Vice president of The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. The Sculpture Alliance was formed by the noted sculptor, John henry, a decade ago. For their 10th anniversary the Alliance plans to spend a day celebrating John Henry.

The Sculpture Fields in Montague Park on Chattanooga’s South Side is a “world class sculpture garden,” according to the website—and that’s not hyperbole. John Henry, the sculptor behind the gardens, has spent more than fifty years creating large scale sculptures that are now in museums and galleries across the country as well as in public spaces across and Europe and Asia. The work on display in the garden represents his peers from around the world.

Steely Bruno

   You’re never too young to learn about jazz, and Steely Bruno (a trumpet player/composer whose real name is Antoine Williamson) introduces schoolchildren to legends like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, and teaches kids to play a few tunes themselves. He's on the roster of the Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists.

AVA, Chattanooga’s Association for the Visual Arts, has scheduled this year’s gallery hop for Saturday September 10th.  The 10th annual gallery hop includes stops at 24 galleries and artists’ studios as well as five pop-up galleries set up just for the hop. Richard Winham talked to Lauren Goforth the organizer for this year’s hop.  

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  The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to recognize a labor union at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant. But Volkswagen opposes United Auto Workers Local 42 because the group is only a small part of the plant's overall workforce.

  The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11th street this Saturday, August 27th, from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

  Chattanooga State Community College students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can get a head start by enrolling in the dual admissions program. In this segment, we discuss the program with Gail Campbell, Director of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Center at Chattanooga State and Yancy Freeman, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services at UTC.

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27th, at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.  

(Audio) Portrait of the Artist: Sculptor John McLeod

Aug 17, 2016

  In a studio up a winding hilly road in Red Bank, John McLeod creates sculptures that are featured at several Chattanooga locations including Rock City Gardens and the Sun Trust building on Market Street.

McLeod’s new work "Accord" is featured at the lululemon entrance of Warehouse Row. Two pieces made out of metal bars that have been bent and painted sit on either side of the entrance.

McLeod is an avid rock climber as well as an artist.  He says that with "Accord" he hoped to express the sense of wholeness and spirituality that he gets from climbing.

  The Rio games aren't the only reason East Tennessee residents are talking about the Olympics. Some are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1996 summer games that featured whitewater events in Ocoee, Tennessee. Though those events turned out to be a success, some were skeptical when the idea was first proposed, and grassroots organizations worked hard to make it happen.

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

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