Chattanooga

Nancy Woods Daniel and Robert DeCarlo are two of the painters whose work is represented in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. The two painters are both very sensitive to color and they are both attracted to rural landscapes, but as Richard Winham discovered when he visited the gallery to talk to them last week their paintings are very much a reflection of their personalities.

 

The 6th annual Elizabeth’s Outrun Melanoma 5K and Walk takes place May 12 at Enterprise South Nature Park. Proceeds of the event benefit the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Fund at CHI Memorial, which supports the awareness and prevention of melanoma cancer. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to two people about the event: melanoma survivor Eddie Grant and Dr. Deanna Brown.

It's election day for Hamilton County residents.

E.M.Forster’s A Room with a View was first published in 1908. Almost 80 years later Merchant –Ivory made an Oscar-winning film based on the book. More recently it has been staged as a musical and as a play. The adaptation, written for the stage by Chicago-based actor and playwright Christina Calvit, opens in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, April 27th. Richard winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap and Rodney Van Valkenberg who plays The Reverend Eager in the play.

 

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.

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.

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.

Free Low Vision Expo 4/6 Features Technology

Apr 5, 2018

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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."

A report published in the January 23rd, 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.

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