Around and About Chattanooga 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.
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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Real-World Learning: UTC Students Manage $250,000 Investment Fund

Business students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who want to be investment professionals have the chance to manage a lot of real money—thanks to a unique program called The SMILE Fund (Student Managed Investment Learning Experience). It's an investment portfolio of $250,000 endowed by the UC Foundation . Hunter Carroll and Emily McAndrew are two UTC students involved with the fund, and Dr. Hunter Holzhauer teaches in the UTC College of Business and is the fund's creator. They join us for an interview.

LISTEN: Newly-Named Chief David Roddy Looks Back on Why He Became a Chattanooga Police Officer

At a press conference, acting Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy told reporters and officials a story about why he became an officer. He said, when he was growing up, he saw other kids being picked on. "I saw stronger, bigger kids bullying kids who weren't able to defend themselves," he said. "I remember seeing this where I attended at Tyner High School when I saw a kid get picked on in gym class. And I knew then that the direction of my life was to help protect those that were unable to stand up for themselves." That's led to an almost 23-year career on the force. Now, a promotion. The mayor has named Roddy as his choice to be the permanent police chief. Mayor Berke gave several reasons for picking Roddy, who worked his way up from patrol officer to captain of several divisions. "I picked somebody who leads by example," Berke said, "thinks about community and safety, thinks about victims and not just perpetrators, and has the organizational know-how to get things done." A selection

LISTEN: Newly-Named Chief David Roddy Looks Back on Why He Became a Chattanooga Police Officer

Chattanooga's River Gallery Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The River Gallery in Chattanooga's Bluff View art district is celebrating its 25 th anniversary with a month-long show featuring three of the artists featured in the gallery's first exhibition in 1992. Richard Winham talked to Mary Portera, who together with her husband, Dr. Charles Portera, has developed the artisanal complex on the bluff above the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

Lower Tax? Drivers Relax? Property Tax Reduction, Smoother Roads in Chattanooga Budget Proposal

It was a bit of a bumpy road, creating the new budget for the city of Chattanooga. But one possible result: fewer bumpy roads. "We are putting five million dollars into street paving," Maura Sullivan, the city's Chief Operating Officer, said as she and other officials presented the proposed budget during a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. State lawmakers passed the IMPROVE Act , which increases Tennessee's tax rate at the gas pump, giving the city new funds for road repairs. But the IMPROVE act also cuts the Hall income tax and the state's sales tax rate on food, which means less revenue for city expenses like pensions for employees and other benefits.

Lower Tax? Drivers Relax? Property Tax Reduction, Smoother Roads in Chattanooga Budget Proposal

Want to Start (or Finish) a 4-Year Degree? The Educational Opportunity Center Offers Free Help

Located at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers free advising and information to those who want to enter or continue college and who do not already have a four-year degree. Desiree Decker of Jasper, TN, will soon graduate with a degree in Social Work and credits the EOC for her success. Decker says, "I did need resources to go to school because I certainly didn't have any money to go to school. I thought it had to be possible and the EOC showed me it was." Cynthia Long, Director of the EOC, says her own nontraditional college career makes her well suited for her job. Long says, "I love this work because I'm an example of the person we're trying to reach." The EOC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves residents of Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe and Grundy counties. The EOC is located at 739 McCallie Avenue on the campus of the University of Tennessee at

Want to Start (or Finish) a 4-Year Degree? The Educational Opportunity Center Offers Free Help

Chattanooga's Tomorrow Building Hosts Randi Zuckerberg's Restaurant of Tomorrow

Technology can be pretty distracting at the dinner table, when people are texting instead of talking to their family members. But technology has the opposite effect at Sue's Tech Kitchen. Serving sweet treats inspired by STEM education, the place gets kids and parents interacting with each other and playing with high-tech gadgets that combine coding and dining. For example, a robot controlled by candy.

Chattanooga's Tomorrow Building Hosts Randi Zuckerberg's Restaurant of Tomorrow

For a Healthcare Fix, Tennessee Could Look North (Way, Way North)

In Alaska, rides to a hospital can cost a small fortune. "Our uniqueness comes from the fact that 82% of our communities are not connected by roads," Alaska Governor Bill Walker told NPR in a recent interview. "So we don't take a $300 ambulance ride to the hospital. We take a $50,000 to $150,000 Medevac. Our costs of health care are certainly the highest in the nation." But the state's new Alaska Reinsurance Program is expected to lower premium costs by 20% for Alaska residents who buy insurance through the ACA marketplace, and other states are looking to Alaska as a model for insurance relief. The Sycamore Institute suggests reinsurance could be an option for Tennessee. The Institute is a Nashville-based, nonpartisan public policy research center. They recently published an article, Options for Stabilizing Tennessee's Individual Market. "A federally-funded, state-run reinsurance or high-risk pool program could help reduce premiums in the state's healthcare.gov Marketplace," the

Instacart is Offering On-Line Grocery Delivery in Chattanooga

Online grocery service Instacart is now available in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Jennifer O'Shaughnessy, the area manager responsible for setting up the service in Chattanooga.

The Chattery's Classes Aim to Offer Something for Everyone in Chattanooga

Three years ago, Jennifer Holder and Shawanda Mason Moore had $100 and a dream of bringing people together across the city. They started The Chattery , a nonprofit that offers classes in practically any subject someone is willing to teach. (Recently, Sean Phipps gave a short course on how to smoke a pipe properly. Starting July 24, The Chattery will offer classes in "adulting." Other upcoming classes focus on subjects as diverse as astronomy, voting, and phonolgy.) The idea of The Chattery was slow to catch on at first, but three years later, it has grown way beyond anything the founders could have imagined.

The Chattery's Classes Aim to Offer Something for Everyone in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Physician Says Affordable Care Act 'Saved My Life,' Opposes Repeal

A Chattanooga physician says the Affordable Care Act saved her life, and she's challenging claims that the Senate can replace Obamacare with something better. She's the founder of the Chattanooga Sports Institute Center for Health, and an athlete who has finished seven Ironman competitions. But a sudden diagnosis slowed her down. "Two and a half years ago," she says, "I was diagnosed with a very devastating, incurable, chronic vascular disease. I lost, almost lost my entire right leg to that. And now I've won the lottery of pre-existing conditions." As a small business owner, Dr. Mitchell gets her insurance through an ACA exchange. She says her ACA insurance saved her life. If the Senate's repeal-and-replace plan became law, her pre-existing condition could mean much higher out-of-pocket expenses. "For me, if I need to go and have surgery, I might not have hospitalization coverage." She recently spoke to a crowd at a rally in Miller Park. Some held signs saying COVER EVERYONE, NO

Chattanooga Physician Says Affordable Care Act 'Saved My Life,' Opposes Repeal

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