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Around and About Chattanooga

Originating as a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show, Around and About features news, interviews, and arts coverage. In particular, the show covers human-interest stories, Southern literature and discussion of current events. Some guests are Chattano

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On 4/27, 'Demystifying Death and Dying' Conference Open to Caregivers, General Public

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:51:31 +0000

Welcome Home of Chattanooga' s second annual Demystifying Death and Dying is coming up Friday, April 27. Open to both caregivers and the general public, the conference features Dr. Martha Jo Atkins (author of Signposts of Dying: What You Need to Know ) as the keynote speaker. She and Welcome Home Executive Director Sherry Campbell join us for an interview about the conference and caring for loved ones in their final days and weeks.

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Chattanooga Mayor Berke Previews 2018 State of the City Address

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:12:25 +0000

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's annual State of the City Address will happen Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 pm, and the public is invited . Berke speaks with WUTC about what's coming up.

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4 Bridges Arts Festival Benefits Association for Visual Arts

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:44:32 +0000

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival is happening this weekend. It’s Chattanooga's popular visual and fine arts festival, and it brings together art lovers and buyers. WUTC’s Will Davis introduces us to two local artists participating in this year’s festival.

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Free Low Vision Expo 4/6 Features Technology

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:27:06 +0000

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE: The Low Vision Network will host an expo on Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Hixson. The FREE low vision expo will feature the latest technology and optical magnifiers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Over 20 vendors and service providers will be on hand with 200 attendees expected to attend. Items of interest include: The OrCam MyEye is a smart camera that attaches to any pair of glasses and has the ability to recognize faces , products and text. CyberEyez has a facial expression recognition feature letting users know if the person they're talking to is happy, surprised, sad, etc. Jordy Glasses are a battery-operated, full-color portable system that can be worn like a pair of glasses to see. CCTV (closed circuit television) magnifiers can help users read the mail or books, crossword puzzle or writing. Hand held magnifiers “We all love our gadgets! Technology is elevated to a whole new

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A Celebration of Love from Infatuation to Commitment

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:51:21 +0000

We’ve all been through what Caleb Thomas calls ”The Experience.” Thomas, a poet and songwriter performs as Phenom, The Creative. Together with a group of poets and songwriters he will be celebrating love from infatuation to commitment in a show called The Experience. He talked to Richard Winham.

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Hunter Museum's 'New Media, Millennium' Exhibit Features Digital Art

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:19:58 +0000

A new art exhibit at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga looks at how artists use modern tools to make work that comments on our relationship to technology. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to the show’s curator.

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Bringing Anya Home: A Benefit Concert in Collegedale Community Church 3/31

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:57:15 +0000

Soon after Alan and Nicole Parker were married, they began having children. Within three years, they had a daughter and two sons. The children had arrived a little more quickly than they had planned, but they were happy, despite Nicole’s nagging feeling that they were supposed to have another daughter. Richard Winham picks up the story from here, and talks about the benefit concert coming up 3/31.

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Student-Built Electric Cars to Race at Chattanooga State 3/24

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:28:44 +0000

On Saturday, local middle and high school students will race electric cars they built at the inaugural Chattanooga Green Prix. WUTC 's Jordan Thompson has the story. From the event's Facebook page: Join green|spaces for the inaugural Chattanooga Green Prix! Over the past school year, 8 local schools have been designing, building and testing electric power race cars! Teams will be represented from Nolan Elementary, Woodmore Elementary, East Lake Academy, Dalewood Middle, Howard High School, CGLA, CSLA and Stem School. The event is free and open to the public! The event is rain or shine! A big thank you to the CRSCCA for providing volunteers and to the Lyndhurst Foundation, TVA Greater Chattanooga Robotics & Chattanooga State for supporting the event. Final Schedule: 8:00am - 9:30am Registration/Tech Inspection 8:45am - 9:00am - Team Briefing 9:15am - 11:00am - Practice & F24 Qualifying Laps 11:20am - 12:10pm - Elementary Goblin Race 12:10pm - 1:00pm – Elementary Awards &

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For Volkswagen CEO, Chattanooga-Made Atlas SUV Symbolizes a 'Turnaround'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:21:23 +0000

After a diesel emissions scandal that cost Volkswagen billions in fines and slumping sales of its Chattanooga-made Passat sedan, Tennessee lawmakers (who have granted the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to build and expand Chattanooga's VW plant) worried about the future of their investment , because Volkswagen was looking to cut back on certain operations. Now things are looking up. Volkswagen's new Chattanooga-made, seven-passenger Atlas SUV is selling so well that the company plans to start building a new five-seater model, which means VW will put $340 million toward expanding the plant. "What they're doing as far as ramping up their operations, we anticipate there'll be additional jobs," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, although the company isn't yet saying how many--if any--new jobs will be created. Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken says, for him, the success of the Atlas symbolizes a "turnaround for our brand here in the United States.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Recognized For Workforce Diversity

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:37:50 +0000

A report published in the January 23 rd , 2018 issue of Forbes magazine looked at diversity in the workplace across the country. Working with a research firm called Statista, the magazine compiled what they termed “the definitive list of the best employers for diversity in America.” "Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employees in August 2017 to inform the list, asking questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. Responses among underrepresented ethnic minorities, women and people aged 50 and older received greater weight in the ranking" ( Forbes , 1/23/2018). BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee ranked 33 rd out of 250 organizations on the list. According to Ronald Harris, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at BlueCross BlueShield in Chattanooga, their position on the list is the result of a concerted effort on the part of their senior leadership at BCBS. He told Richard Winham that it began with Tom Kinser, the company’s CEO in the mid-90’s,

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Dancing At Loughnasa is in Barking Legs Theatre This Week

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:45:15 +0000

Dancing at Loughnasa is a semi-autobiographical play by the Irish playwright, Brian Friel. It tells the story of five sisters living in the country in Southern Ireland just before the Second World War. Told through the eyes of the 7 year old son of the youngest sister, Chris, it’s a memory play about a pivotal moment in all their lives. The play is a production of The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to the director, Garry Posey and to Courtenay Cholovick, the actor playing Maggie, the second of the five sisters.

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American Draft Beer Hall Opens Inside Repurposed Train Car at Choo Choo

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:49:50 +0000

There’s a new place in town to get a beer, and as WUTC’s Will Davis reports, this place is uniquely Chattanoogan. Davis takes us to American Draft, a pour-your-own beer hall housed inside a historic train car at The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.

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Why Nashville's Mayor Plead Guilty to $10K+ Theft & Resigned

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:08:54 +0000

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unexpectedly announced she was resigning Tuesday morning--after appearing in court and pleading guilty to theft of property over $10,000. Just how sudden was the announcement, and how does her guilty plea relate to an affair she had with the head of her security, Sgt. Rob Forrest? From Nashville Public Radio, morning host Jason Moon Wilkins joins us to explain the situation in further detail. Wilkins appears each week in the Tri-Star State politics podcast broadcast on WUTC.

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New Production of 'The Glass Menagerie' Starts 3/9 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:32:09 +0000

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is mounting a new production of Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie . Directed by Todd Olson, the new executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, it was the playwright’s first big success in New York in the period immediately following the Second World War. Richard Winham talked to Todd Olson and Rob Inman, who plays the lead role of Tom Wingfield.

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Woodmore Elementary Bus Driver Found Guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide After Fatal Crash

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:47:56 +0000

A jury has found former school bus driver Johnthony Walker guilty of criminally negligent homicide, following a 2016 crash that killed six children. Walker was speeding on a narrow, curvy road when his bus swerved into a tree. Walker testified he went only five miles per hour over the limit— but a police investigator testified, closer to twenty. The prosecution presented records indicating Walker used his phone just before the crash. Walker denied that. Some in the courtroom cried when a medical examiner described the elementary school children’s fatal injuries. Judge Don Poole thanked the jury, who deliberated for seven hours. "Everyone who’s been here at this trial understands the difficulty of the task you were facing," Poole said. The jury found Walker guilty on six counts of criminally negligent homicide, plus reckless driving and several other offenses. Sentencing is set for April 24.

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Principal: Teacher Who Allegedly Fired Gun in Dalton Classroom Was 'Excellent'; Principal Shocked

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:10:23 +0000

Police aren’t saying why a North Georgia teacher allegedly brought a handgun to school and fired it out a classroom window, but a police representative says apparently the teacher didn’t intend to harm any students. Jesse Randal Davidson teaches social studies at Dalton High, and the principal, Steve Bartoo, describes Davidson as an “excellent teacher.” He says he’d be surprised “with any of our teachers” if an incident like today’s happens. “Our teachers care about our kids. They love our kids, they take care of our kids, and it's certainly shocking to any principal if one of their staff members took a gun out in a classroom and fired it.” The incident is sparking debate about President Trump’s proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters.

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Singer/Songwriter IMAJ Featured 3/8 at Annual Cam Busch Arts for Health Lecture

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:54:24 +0000

Singer/songwriter IMAJ and Cam Busch join us to talk about the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series. From a media release: CHI Memorial Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art are co-presenting the 18 th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series. This year’s event will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Hunter Museum of American Art. IMAJ is the featured guest. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by IMAJ’s presentation at 6 p.m. IMAJ is a multi-talented country singer/songwriter, visual artist, actress, and humanitarian. Born in Miami Beach, Florida to a model mother and actor father – 80’s icon Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs of “Miami Vice”) - IMAJ has been called “The One To Watch” by Country Music Association’s Close Up Magazine . She will perform several songs including her version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” sung in five languages, and share her personal journey toward diversity and peace. The Cam Busch Endowed Arts for

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Riverworks Offering Free Website Makeover to a Chattanooga Non-Profit Selected by the Community

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:55:18 +0000

This time last year, Riverworks Marketing, a full service creative marketing company here in Chattanooga, offered to create a new website for a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga. They solicited suggestions from the community, and everyone voted for their “favorite non-profit.” The Chattanooga Theatre Centre won out over more than 20 over non-profits. Richard Winham talked to Steve Errico , co-owner of Riverworks and Todd Olson, the executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre who told him the re-design has caused them to continually “up their game.” Riverworks is running the contest again this year, and you can vote for a new winner here.

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Landmark Development: Cornerstones Takes Over Preservation of Chattanooga Choo Choo Train Station

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:03:55 +0000

A Chattanooga nonprofit is taking ownership of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, making sure it’s preserved for generations to come. Cornerstones, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to historic preservation, is taking over Chattanooga’s Terminal Station , part of the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel and entertainment complex. Ann Gray joins us to talk about why the station is so significant to local history. She’s the executive director of Cornerstones. Also, Arch Willingham. He’s the President of T.U. Parks Construction in Chattanooga and a Cornerstones board member.

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Here's How Tennessee's Governor Wants to Spend Your Tax $

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:56:57 +0000

Governor Bill Haslam has released his proposed $37.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Health & social services and education are the biggest spending areas. The Sycamore Institute --an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee--has released a budget summary to help you better understand what Haslam is proposing. Laura Berlind, Executive Director of the institute, joins us to talk about it.

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