When Zeke Arter came to Chattanooga to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), he had no idea that the city would become a permanent home for him and his family. After graduating, however, Zeke saw an opportunity to partner with his longtime friend to start his first business, Maple Street Biscuit Company.

Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

The annual First Amendment Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga featured guest speaker Morris Dees from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Molly Gardner Photography

Amani ya Juu helps women in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia earn a living by creating hand-made goods.  The African fair-trade organization has Chattanooga roots--the founder, Becky Chinchen, is a Chattanooga native, and the organization's United States distribution center is located here on South Willow Street in the Ridgedale community near downtown.

For more than 30 years, Ken Hays has had an illustrious career in both the public and private sectors.  For the past few years, hope has headed up Chattanooga's Enterprise Center.  In this role, Ken is now bringing a new Innovation District to Downtown Chattanooga.

On today's episode, Ken talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about the economic and cultural impact of creating this specially designated area.  Find out how the Innovation District will be a magnet for both startups and larger, more established companies.

Peter Lundberg is a renowned sculptor whose work is in cities across the country and in Canada as well as in China, Germany and Australia among other countries around the world.

Recently his friend, the sculptor John Henry, invited him to come to Chattanooga to create a monument to the four Marines and one Naval Officer killed here in July.

Honoring the Fallen

Aug 18, 2015
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert

On August 15, 2015 the community gathered for a Memorial Service to honor the service men killed on July 16, 2015 at the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga. 

Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold compares Clinica Medicos to Doctors Without Borders—the organization that goes on medical missions around the world.

"I commonly joke with my friends that we don’t need airfare to do the work that we’re doing here," she says.  "We have found and identified mission work to be done in an urban landscape."

The Notable Trees Program encourages property owners to register trees of distinction with Take Root and the Chattanooga Tree Commission. 

Rabbit Zielke

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga participates in an exchange experience with their partner city in Israel, Hadera Eiron. 

Chattanoogans Ben Brown, Andrew Kean, and Jay Hildebrand have recently formed Alderman Holdings, a regional private equity firm.  Alderman Holdings seeks to buy well-established, profitable companies from owners seeking a transition.

On this episode of Start It Up, Founder Andrew Kean discusses his firm's long-term investing perspective with Host Monty Bruell.  Andrew also explains what is unique about Alderman's approach and provides insight into the firm's investment criteria and process.

In this interview, we're finding out why a new Chattanooga restaurant is partnering with a local nonprofit that’s protecting the Tennessee River Gorge.  We're speaking with Miguel Morales, one of the co-owners of the Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  Located on the Southside, it opened August 4th.  We’ve also speaking with Sarah Quattrochi, the Outreach and Development Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

Leslie Jump is the Founder of Startup Angels, an organization that promotes angel investing in cities throughout the U.S.  As part of this mission, Leslie has also created an annual conference called The Angel Summit.  In October, the third Angel Summit will be held in Chattanooga, TN.  Previous gatherings were held in Dallas and Madrid.

Michael Edward Miller

The last of the funerals for the five Chattanooga shooting victims happened on Tuesday.  U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith was interred in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, where soldiers and sailors have been buried for about 150 years.  It’s the same cemetery where another victim of the shootings, Marine Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, was laid to rest last Friday.

Michael Edward Miller

Family and friends gathered to say goodbye to Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt at his church and along the streets of Chattanooga on Friday.