Around and About Chattanooga

Around and About Chattanooga

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Originating as a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show, Around and About features news, interviews, author chats and arts coverage. In particular, the show covers human-interest stories, Southern literature and discussion of current events. Some guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities. The show is broadcast regularly on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and more information is at www.wutc.org.More from Around and About Chattanooga »

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Honoring the Fallen 5: A Mother's Love, Written in 'Tennessee Blood'

"He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son. Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center. Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son. All his father gave him was life and a name. I was a single mom learning to play little boy games. I left the Navy when my tour was done. A dog named Dakota, me and my year old son. We went back to Georgia where I had grown up. Till the day he died it was home to the two of us. She wrote it with Don Goodman and Steve Dean, two Nashville hit songwriters involved in Operation Song, a nonprofit that helps military service members and their families through music therapy and songwriting. "He was just a baby," she says of her son, who was a 21 year-old Marine when was murdered. "He was just a kid. He hadn't even

'Operation Song' Takes the Stage, and Nightfall Becomes #NoogaStrong

Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with "Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga.

Reflections Gallery's New Exhibit Features Large, Colorful Abstract Acrylic Paintings

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features Julie Bauer's abstract paintings. She and her husband, Juergen, an engineer for Volkswagen, moved to Chattanooga in January. Before that they had lived in Shanghai, China for six years. She told WUTC's Richard Winham her work is the result of having lived in very different parts of the world. Julie presents her show at Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga TN.From June 13 until July 22, eighteen of Julie's paintings are on display and for sale through the gallery.Location: 6922 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Reflections Gallery's New Exhibit Features Large, Colorful Abstract Acrylic Paintings

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Opens 7/8 in the Signal Mountain Playhouse Amphitheatre

For forty five years the signal Mountain Playhouse has been presenting two plays or musicals every year—inside in the winter and outside in the summer. For all that time, almost every one of the 100 people involved in producing and staging the shows have been volunteers. This Summer the Signal Mountain Playhouse is staging a production of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, directed by Allan Ledford, who talked to Richard Winham about his career, the ten years he's been a director at the Playhouse, and the particular challenges he faced presenting a large scale musical on an outdoor stage.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Opens 7/8 in the Signal Mountain Playhouse Amphitheatre

'She Had an Impact on My Life': UTC Coaches, Others Remember Pat Summitt's Legacy

As news spread of Pat Summitt passing away yesterday, Chattanooga athletes and coaches paused to remember her. Though the legendary Lady Vols coach was located on the Knoxville campus, she visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga often. In this segment, we speak with UTC coaches and others, including David Blackburn, the UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, who explains how Summitt impacted his life.

'She Had an Impact on My Life': UTC Coaches, Others Remember Pat Summitt's Legacy

Could Student-Based Budgeting Be a Smarter Way to Fund Chattanooga Schools?

A new Chattanooga nonprofit, the Metro Ideas Project, hopes to bring big changes to our city's education system. The Metro Ideas Project is a research team made up of academics, policy-makers, and journalists who are focused on making midsize cities like Chattanooga work better for their citizens. First, they're trying to get a more efficient budgeting system in place in Hamilton County Schools: student-based budgeting. WUTC's Jake Freeman reports on a recent meeting where Nashville experts explained how student-based budgeting improved their schools.

Could Student-Based Budgeting Be a Smarter Way to Fund Chattanooga Schools?

Mad Priest Coffee Roasters Launch Kickstarter Campaign

In a follow-up to last week's conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

On 9/21, 'Make Music Day' Puts Free Concerts All Over The Map

It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it's finally coming to the Scenic City. It's called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21. The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC's Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

A Step Ahead Foundation Provides Women With Free Long-Term Birth Control

It's being called the most disruptive nonprofit of our day. In this interview, we'll find out why. A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga provides free, long-term, reversible birth control to local women. Today I'm speaking with Rachel Schulson, Executive Director, A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga, as well as Nicole, who is one of the organization's clients.

A Step Ahead Foundation Provides Women With Free Long-Term Birth Control

Riverbend for Nothing: How Many Free Festival Geegaws Did Victoria Score?

We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

Riverbend for Nothing: How Many Free Festival Geegaws Did Victoria Score?

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