When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”

Project Keepsake is both a book and a Web site that collects stories about special objects--family heirlooms, old cookware, antique musical instruments, toys and other things people save.  Dozens of area writers, both professionals and amateurs, have participated in the project.  Many of the stories are poignant tales about significant life events or family members who have passed on. 

The book contains 55 stories, many from members of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild.

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform a holiday concert on December 13th at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Michael Devine, the group's new artistic director, joins us for a conversation about the concert and about his background.  As a child, he was one of a small number of Americans to be part of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir.

From the Choral Arts Facebook page:


Jill Burton has been active as a free, improvisational vocalist and dancer for more than 30 years.  In the 1980's, she lived in New York and was part of the experimental music, dance and performance art scene.  She's collaborated with many avant-garde musicians, including Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, and David First.  She’s performed in Chattanooga several times at events curated by the Shaking Ray Levi Society.

Chattanooga receives national acclaim for being one of America's best places to start a business.  Mayor Andy Berke leads the charge in nurturing and promoting the city's small businesses.  He envisions a city in which opportunity is available to everybody through education, creativity, and hard work.

On December 7 from 1 to 4 pm, The Houston Museum is hosting an English tea to celebrate the Christmas holidays. As they did last year, they are partnering with Denise Sarjant, an English lady from Birmingham, who makes authentic English teas year- round as Tea M’Lady. Richard Winham talked to Mrs. Sarjant who began by explaining the correct way to brew a cup of tea.

From the museum's Web site:

Amani Ya Juu is a fair trade sewing and economic development program for marginalized women in Africa.  Amani is an international program, and its distribution center is located in here Chattanooga at 420 S.

Harvard's David Weinberger Explores the Future of Tech

David Weinberger may not have an actual crystal ball, but people around the world seek his advice to help them understand the future of technology.  As a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society and best-selling author, David has established himself as a thought-leader regarding the impact of technology on our lives.  David was in Chattanooga for Startup Week and talked about his first (but not last) visit to our city.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC.  She’s also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is the best-known example of K-pop, but it turns out there’s a lot more to the genre. In this story, Blum explains why K-pop appeals to her, even though she lives about seven thousand miles away from South Korea and doesn’t speak the language that most of the lyrics are sung in. “Believe me, Blum says, “when I became obsessed with K-pop I was a little thrown, too.”

Chef Erik Niel and his wife, Amanda, have been running Easy Bistro on Broad Street in Chattanooga for  ten years. Now they are ready for a new venture, and so Erik and Amanda Niel have become partners in an old fashioned stand-alone butcher shop on Main Street in Chattanooga—Main Street Meats. When Richard Winham talked to Chef Niel about their new venture he told him he’d always wanted to work with animals.

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  In this extended interview, McPherson also talks about historical preservation and the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

From the publisher:

Chattanooga radiologist Dr. Trey Carr joins us to discuss low-dose CT lung scans, which are recommended for some smokers.  Such tests can detect lung cancer before a smoker experiences any outward symptoms.  In this interview, Dr. Carr discusses who should consider having such a test done, and how these quick, painless, non-invasive tests work.

The Public Education Foundation's Project Inspire is a federally-funded program training math and science professionals to teach in some of the lowest-performing middle and high schools in Tennessee. In this interview, WUTC's Richard Winham is speaking with Mark Neal—the Services Director for Project Inspire—and Tadd Russell, a first year teacher in the program. Mr.

The Urban League's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program prepares Federal and State Tax Returns for families with low and moderate incomes, and there is no cost for the assistance.

"The VITA program saves the taxpayer on an average $250 in tax preparation fees," says Val Palmer, Area Coordinator of the VITA Program.  It returns $1.2 million in federal tax dollars to the local community, according to Palmer.

Amanda Varnell and Sarah Hooper's Recipe for Success

Local caterers Amanda Varnell and Sarah Hooper were friends before they were business partners. They have turned their desire to share "food love" into a thriving catering business, Dish T' Pass.

Paul Beckmann of Decosimo Offers Advice By the Numbers

While Decosimo is better known for advising large clients, Paul Beckmann has always taken pride in helping small businesses. Paul reveals how a good accountant can contribute to a startup's success.