Chattanooga

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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12:36pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak

In this Youtube video, the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band competes at the Loch Norman Highland Games.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfkxz3Y5YAQ

The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band have won all three competitions they've entered this year.  Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.

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1:30pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Books

911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt

Former 911 dispatcher Jeff Hewitt writes fiction, humor, horror and more.  He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.  Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.

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4:03pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Happenings

Chattanooga Symphony & Chattanooga Theatre Centre Collaborate to Celebrate Independence Day

The Chattanooga Symphony’s Independence Day Celebration is set for Thursday, July 3rd in Coolidge Park starting at 8 o’clock. In addition to the music, there’ll be food available from vendors in the park, or people can stop at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for their Star Spangled BBQ event. Kim Jackson from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Molly Sasse from the CSO discuss it in this interview segment.

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3:35pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Health

Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain?

How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?  Does running cause arthritis?  What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?  Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health joins us to discuss these topics and more.

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1:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth

Chattanooga artists Rondell Crier and Olga de Klein join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.

An ArtsBuild Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.  From an ArtsBuild media release:

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5:58pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

Roman Gods & Sicilian Beaches Inspire Painter/Potter Bob Fazio

Since 2009, the stores, restaurants and galleries on the Southside have been inviting everybody down for a stroll though the neighborhood around Main Street on the final Friday of the summer months.  Among the special events planned for this month’s stroll starting 5/27 at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the local painter, potter and sculptor Bob Fazio in Area 61 on Main Street.

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3:31pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Cutting-Edge Treatment

How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary?

Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.  The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.  She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for Dr. Jimmy Waldrop at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.

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11:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Community

Lawyers Dressed in Hoodies and Bluejeans

Chattanooga is developing a reputation as a start up friendly city. Young entrepreneurs excited by access to the ultra fast Internet are working with the Company Lab and other mentor organizations. But many of them still face the sometimes daunting challenge of finding legal advice they can afford. Scott Maucere wants to help. He’s the CEO of a local legal cooperative called Push To Start.

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