More of what’s going around:

-UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant has announced that she’s leaving her post to take a new job in Boston as president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, the university announced last week. Grant was chosen to fill the position in August 2014, a job vacated by the retiring Chancellor Anne Ponder.

-Justin Burdette, the chef and an owner of the respected downtown restaurants Local Provisions, announced this week that he’s left the restaurant.

-The Sly Grog bar is reopening on Haywood Street. The bar, formerly on South French Broad Avenue in the Downtown Market, closed last September.

-Musician Riannon Giddens, a performer of contemporary folk music formerly with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, has been awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the Charlotte Observer reports. The prize includes $50,000.

-The Buncombe County Audit Committee has called a special meeting of the Committee beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, to be held at 200 College Street, Room 404, in downtown Asheville, according to a press release. The committee will discuss the Internal Audit and Audit Committee recommendations within the organization. The Committee intends to take action during the meeting in connection with these matters and may request that the Board of Commissioners approve any recommendation.

-The new landscaping and renovation work at Pritchard Park is all but complete, downtown development specialist Dana Frankel to the Asheville Downtown Commission last week.

-Banks and Collier avenues on the Asheville South Slope will be resurfaced in October, Frankel reported.

-The City of Asheville is undertaking a review of the commercial banking services provided to the City and changes, if any, that may be made to them, according to a request for more information posted on the city’s website. As part of the review this RFI is being used as a vehicle to determine the services available to the City by potential banking partners that operate in the City and its environs.

-The U.S. Cellular Center is improving its food and drink options, according to a press release. The music and event venue will offer a hot dog made with Hickory Nut Gap beer, a Portobello mushroom sandwich and a new signature burger. All buns will be delivered fresh to the facility, which is also offering a new line of premium wine and liquor, as well as expanded offerings of local craft beer and cider.

-The State of Things, a radio talk show produced by North Carolina Public Radio, held its live show in Asheville last week at Blue Ridge Public Radio. Go here to listen to the topics that host Frank Stasio covered.

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  1. I kind of like the idea of a hot dog made Hickory Nut Gap beer . . .

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