Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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As a journalist myself, I'm glad many U.S. Senators have responded strongly to Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi vanishing in Turkey--Senators are pressuring President Trump to investigate the incident and (if it turns out Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi regime) enact sanctions.

"Killing journalists, if it occurred," says Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, "is something that, as a nation, we just don't abide by."

 Three candidates are on the November ballot for Tennessee State House District 30, and one of them has received an unusual endorsement. Joda Thongnopnua, the Democratic candidate, gathered with reporters outside the Hamilton County Election Commission building to announce why J. Michael Holloway, an independent competing in the same race, has decided to endorse Thongnopnua.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is presenting Disney’s musical Newsies through October 14. Guest director Katherine Michelle Tanner joins us.

“The legend of my grandfather was quite well known among our family,” says Clay Bonnyman Evans. His grandfather was U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr., who grew up in Knoxville, died in the 1943 Battle of Tarawa and posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

Pop star Taylor Swift rarely speaks out in favor of political candidates.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” she wrote on Instagram Sunday evening.

Tennesseans who want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election must register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Registering to vote is easy in Tennessee. Tennessee citizens may register online from a computer, tablet or smartphone at Voters may also register in person or submit a voter registration form by mail, but forms must be postmarked by Tuesday.


After Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination cleared a key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate, making way for a final confirmation vote that's expected soon, Phil Bredesen released a statement of support for Kavananaugh.

Monday night at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Phil Bredesen held a townhall-style meeting. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee answered questions on a wide range of topics, including the Affordable Care Act and last week’s acrimonious Congressional hearing regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.

University of Tennessee

Randy Boyd, Knoxville businessman and former adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam for higher education, will serve as interim president of the University of Tennessee following the retirement of UT President Joe DiPietro in November. The appointment was made by the board this afternoon during a special meeting in Knoxville.

The League of Women Voters of Chattanooga, UTC’s Women’s Studies Department, The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, and the new UTC group Mocs Go Vote 2018 will co-host a Meet & Greet for the State House candidates in districts 26-30. The Meet & Greet will take place on Monday, September 24, 2018, in the Chattanooga Room located on the second level of UTC’s University Center, 642 E. 5th Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The first woman from Tennessee elected to a full term in Congress has died at age 89.

A personal tragedy put Chattanooga Democrat Marilyn Lloyd into the race for the U.S. House in 1974. Originally, her husband was the Democratic nominee for East Tennessee in that election. After he died in a plane accident, she replaced him and won, beating the Republican incumbent.

A family systems coach is coming to Chattanooga to talk about a theory that views families as emotional units and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit.

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is throwing a party November 9th to celebrate two decades of helping the city’s homeless population. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to Family Promise’s Marketing and Development Director, Cary Bayless.

In this interview, I’m speaking with Illinois State University historian Dr. Amy Wood about the legacy of lynching in the South and a Chattanooga tragedy that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Wood is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.

She visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently to talk about Ed Johnson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1906. Johnson was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge, and efforts are underway to create a memorial to this often-forgotten murder that had major legal implications for all of us.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Eastern, Dr. Wood will speak at the University of the South about lynching. Watch a livestream of the event here.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Chancellor delivered his annual State of the University address Friday. WUTC’s Richard Norwood tells us it happened just before the school showed off a new housing complex.