Around and About Chattanooga

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 from Around and About Chattanooga »

Most Recent Episodes

This Week Is a Good Time to Get Your Children Immunized

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

Master Illustrator/Teacher Harvey Dunn Featured At Hunter Museum

Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Stephanie Plunkett is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, one of the organizations that created the exhibit, and she joins us to talk about Harvey Dunn's life and legacy. From a media release: When illustrator Harvey Dunn died in 1952, his obituary in The New York Times bore the headline "Harvey Dunn, 68, Artist, Teacher." Beginning Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students explores the artistic and teaching career of an icon of late 19th and early 20th century American illustration, whose work had enormous influence on the way Americans saw their lives portrayed. The Hunter Museum is pleased to present an 80-piece exhibition which highlights Dunn's stunning, painterly illustrations for the prominent periodicals of his day, including Scribner's,

The Winners: Hamilton County 8/4 Elections

There were several shake-ups on the Hamilton County School Board following yesterday's elections. Newcomer Tiffanie Robinson ousted the District 4 incumbent, George Ricks. Also, newcomer Joe Wingate beat Donna Horn in District 7. And Kathy Lennon ousted Jonathan Welch in District 2. That means, of the four school board incumbents up for re-election yesterday, three of them lost their races. U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann easily beat Republican challengers seeking his 3rd District seat. In the next general election, in November, he'll go on to face Melody Shekari, who won the Democratic nomination. In the Tennessee State Legislature races, District 10 Republican Todd Gardenhire ran unopposed. Khristy Wilkinson took the Democratic nomination and will face him in November. In District 29, Republican incumbent Mike Carter beat newcomer Ethan White. And in District 28, incumbent Joanne Favors beat Dennis Clark. Find more election results here. Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S.

Around and About Chattanooga for 2016-08-03

Just before Hamilton County's August 4 elections, we're speaking with Democratic primary candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. We also spoke with Mark Siedlecki, a Democrat running against Republican Marty Haynes in the race to be the new Hamilton County Assessor of Property. (Note that this is not a primary—this is part of the general election on everyone's ballots. Haynes did not respond to WUTC's request for an interview.) Finally, we spoke with Adam Ghassemi, Director of Communications for the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, about the free GoVoteTN app. Who you're able to vote for August 4 depends on where you live in Hamilton County, and whether you select a Democratic, Republican or General-Only ballot. The GoVoteTN app can help you explore your potential choices. It's available for free from iTunes, Google Play and on the Web. Enter your name or address into the app, and you'll

Around and About Chattanooga for 2016-08-02

Today's coverage of the August 4 elections in Hamilton County includes interviews with three candidates running in the Republican primary for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann, challenger Allan Levene, and newcomer Geoffery Suhmer Smith all join us to talk about their qualifications and the issues they believe are facing the district. Also, we're speaking with the two Democratic candidates vying for the nomination to represent District 28 in the Tennessee House of Representatives: incumbent JoAnne Favors and challenger Dennis Clark. Listen to all the interviews at the link above, and tune in Wednesday at 10a or 8p for the final round of interviews.

Around and About Chattanooga for 2016-08-01

Hamilton County primary elections are coming up August 4. Three Democrats are vying for the nomination in the Tennessee Senate District 10: Ty O'Grady, Khristy Wilkinson and Nick Wilkinson (no relation to Khristy.) On the Republican ballot, incumbent Todd Gardenhire is running unopposed. Also, in the race for the Republican nomination in the Tennessee House of Representatives District 29, incumbent Mike Carter faces newcomer Ethan White. (There is no candidate on the Democratic ballot.) Hear WUTC's interviews at the link above.

'Wayne-O-Rama' to Tell Chattanooga's Story Through Puppetry

The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Chattanooga native Wayne White are collaborating to create Wayne-O-Rama, a year-long art installation that will show the city's history using giant puppets. At a public library press event, smaller versions of the puppets were on display.

Let's Talk Tickets. Election Tickets, That Is.

Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more. Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races. To see sample ballots and get more information about voting, visit the Hamilton County Election Commission's Web site.

A GA Resident is Running in a TN Republican Primary

Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District. Levene says he's done his research and election law doesn't prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs. In 2014, he did something similar: he ran in a Republican primary in Hawaii, although living in Georgia at the time. He lost, getting less than four percent of the vote. Levene is a self-employed business owner who claims he's wealthy enough to never work again, but chooses to work because he enjoys it. His campaign site says he's willing to teach his wealth secrets to others—for a price: So here's the sweetener. I will be giving seminars to the top fifty largest contributors donating over $200 to my campaign if I win the general election. In these seminars I will teach each donor the exact technique I used to create a substantial income without

Lodge Manufacturing Expanding in Tennessee

Lodge Manufacturing held a ground breaking ceremony last month to celebrate the development of a new foundry and distribution warehouse.

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