The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a microcosm of Chattanooga. A community with a bigger population than Collegedale and twice the number of people in Van Buren County, UTC is a small town within the city. As director of the Office for Emergency Management at UTC, it’s Tim Pridemore’s job to anticipate problems. Right now the campus is quiet. Most of the students are on Summer break. But for Tim Pridemore and his staff, this is one of the busiest times of the year.

Start Up Week 2014 was a big success, and organizers are seeking community input for the next one.  Project Manager Stephanie Hays joins us to talk about Start Up Week and an informational meeting happening on Thursday, June 25th.

From a media release:

Startup Week Chattanooga Calls For Event Proposals

Donna Williams joins us to talk about neighborhood leadership.

What does it mean to be a leader on your street?  What qualities does it take?  How do the needs of a new neighborhood differ from one that's been around for decades?  Is a formal neighborhood association always the best answer?

Donna Williams is the director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Chattanooga, and they offer several ways to help create stronger communities through stronger leadership.

The Southern Lit Alliance and Harvested Here Food Hub will host a So Lit Book Club discussion on Bringing It To the Table, a collection of essays by renowned agrarian writer Wendell Berry. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 212 Market.

An urban farmer, a local chef, and a booklover will lead this fascinating discussion on the farm-to-table movement, its role in Chattanooga, and the significance of agrarian literature. Participants are encouraged to read Wendell Berry’s collection and join us in the conversation.

Alan Shuptrine is a realist painter, a watercolorist, fascinated with Appalachia. For the past two years he has walked along sections of the Appalachian Trail, frequently leaving the trail to hike into the isolated towns and hamlets deep in the mountains off the trail. In addition to painting the people he’s met and the places he’s seen, he is collaborating with a writer on a coffee table book which will combine his paintings with stories about Appalachian people, their culture and their long history.

Chattanooga potter and independent radio producer John-Michael Forman created the three-minute satirical audio piece What Could be Bad About This?  It's the first one he's produced, and impressively enough, it's up for an international award--it's a finalist for the People's ShortDoc Award in Third Coast International's 2015 ShortDocs Challenge.  His was chosen from more tha

Four years ago a group of Chattanooga seniors had an idea—let’s build a mutually supportive community. They bought a piece of land on the south side of Chattanooga and they are now almost ready to begin building. The plan is to build individual homes around a large, communally shared space—in effect a small village. The only thing holding them back is they are four people short of the number they need to realize their vision for an interactive, mutually supportive community of seniors.

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The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.

Here are five of the bands and musicians to check out during the Riverbend Festival's opening weekend:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

History buffs in other parts of the country may know Chattanooga only for its importance during the Civil War.  However, a new book by NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounts a lesser-known regional conflict, and it's a story that deserves to be heard and remembered.

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The trio of string players who founded Harpeth Rising are all classically trained, but they have eclectic tastes in music.  Their songs are a blend of bluegrass, folk, rock and classical.  They call what they do “chambergrass” or “chamberfolk.“

Banjo and viola player Rebecca Reed-Lunn joins us to talk about the band.  They'll perform at the Riverbend Festival on Thursday, June 11th at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU stage.

"In all of my work, I go out to listen and to learn," documentary filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow says. "I have the stories I feel like I can approach, and then I just ask people what their experience is, what they think is most important."

Traveling around the South, working on a shoestring budget, Winslow has created about a dozen films as part of the Southern Dialogues series, including the feature-length Chattanooga Story.

CEO and Co-Founder Tim McClure is bringing Chattanooga's largest organic and health food supermarket to Hixson.  Harvest Grocery will contain more than 35,000 square feet of healthy food offerings plus the largest wellness center of any store in the South.

Tim and Marketing Director Jon Moss join us on this episode to talk about their June 12th grand opening festivities and their local, down-home approach to business.  Find out what it takes to start a company with so many moving parts and strong, established competitors like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

Chattanooga is among the top eight contenders for Outside Magazine's Best Town Ever 2015 Award.  Online voting will determine the winners, and at the time of this posting, Chattanooga is ahead of Boone, N.C. with 51.83% of the votes.

From the site:

You can vote on our current matchups once every round. Come back daily to see how your town stacks up. Votes are tallied and displayed in real time. 

From a media release:

The Southern Lit Alliance and Theology on Tap will host a panel discussion of Flannery O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM at the Camp House.