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4 minutes | Oct 12, 2018
Corker on Khashoggi Vanishing & Senate Response: U.S. Doesn’t Abide by Killing Journalists
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." Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was in his hometown of Chattanooga today, and I spoke with him--why is one foreign journalist's disappearance so significant to U.S. politicians?
3 minutes | Oct 11, 2018
Campaign Surprise: Tennessee Democrat Gains Endorsement from Competing Candidate
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.
5 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Extra, Extra! Chattanooga Theatre Centre Presents Disney’s ‘Newsies’
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is presenting Disney’s musical Newsies through October 14. Guest director Katherine Michelle Tanner joins us.
8 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
Journalist Unearths WWII Story in ‘My Grandfather’s Bones’
“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. “But what's sort of interesting is that we didn't know much else,” Evans says. “There wasn't a lot of detail. Even my mother and her living sister couldn't tell me very much about his life… my mother told me he had been buried as an unknown in Hawaii.” It turned out that wasn’t true; the military had misinformed the family. “I just became obsessed with unearthing both my grandfather's story, which really had been lost to history, as well as… finding his physical remains and bringing them back to Tennessee, which is where his parents so desperately wanted him to be buried.” Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II tells the story of Evans’s search and what he learned about his grandfather’s life.
3 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
Speaking at Chattanooga Forum, Bredesen Remains Undecided on Kavanaugh
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. Bredesen said he was embarrassed watching last week’s hearings: “I think both parties have a lot to answer for,” he said. Although Bredesen is a Democrat, he’s touted himself as independently minded. He said if he were a Senator, he would have voted for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee. Also, Bredesen said he hasn’t made up his mind about Kavanaugh yet. “I am still holding in reserve my opinion on Mr. Kavanaugh. We have that FBI background check going on.” Shortly after Bredesen’s forum wrapped up in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, President Donald Trump took the stage in the
1 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Marilyn Lloyd, Tennessee's First Female Full-Term Congresswoman, Has Died
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. In a 1994 C-SPAN interview , she said when she was elected, women in Congress had to work hard to prove they were as effective as their male counterparts. “One of my colleagues came up and said, ‘You know, Marilyn, you just work too hard to be a woman.’ And I said, well, you know, I'm trying to do my best, but it was sort of the attitude that we're that much different,” she told C-SPAN. Her district included the Oak Ridge atomic energy facilities, and she became the first woman to serve on the House Science and Technology Committee. Local and state leaders have noted her passing. "Marilyn Lloyd was a great leader in
12 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
According to This Theory, Individuals Need to Be Understood As Part of a Family System
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. Andrea Maloney Schara is the author of Your Mindful Compass , and will be the speaker at the eighth annual symposium hosted by the Bowen Theory Education Center. It will take place Friday, September 28 th on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The symposium is meant to provide practical knowledge to people working in health care, social work, clergy, and other interested individuals. Schara joins us to talk about her work.
3 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Family Promise Celebrates 20 Years in Chattanooga
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.
7 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
How a Chattanooga Lynching Set a Supreme Court Precedent Involving the Bill of Rights
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.
2 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
UTC Chancellor Steven Angle Delivers Annual State of the University Address
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.
3 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
Following $40 Million Gift, UTC's Business School Renamed
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the largest private donation in the school’s history. Alumnus Gary W. Rollins and his wife are giving $40 million to UTC’s College of Business. The couple visited campus Thursday for a renaming event.
4 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
Closing the Federal Deficit: Bredesen Favors a Freeze; Blackburn Backs an Amendment
Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn are both proposing ways to close the federal budget deficit, which is increasing despite a strong economy. Both Bredesen, a Democrat, and Blackburn, a Republican, are November candidates for the U.S. Senate seat that Bob Corker is vacating. Bredesen proposes a federal spending freeze that, he says, could close the deficit in six years. Blackburn favors amending the U.S. Constitution in order to force Congress to create balanced yearly budgets.
4 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
$10 Million Miller Park Renovation Adds Greenspace, Performance Venue
You might say it’s downtown Chattanooga’s newest music venue: the EPB Community Stage at the newly-renovated Miller Park is a building with a glass front that lifts up like a garage door. It overlooks a new 25,000 square-foot greenspace where people can walk, play, and sit and watch performances. All day Friday, September 14, there will be live music, children’s activities, and performance art to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a year of renovation work.
10 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Dalton's 55th Annual Creative Arts Guild Festival 9/14 - 9/16
Amanda Brown joins us, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, and Leanne Martin, the Operations & Events Director, to talk about the upcoming festival in Dalton. From their Web site: The Creative Arts Guild’s 55th Annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts weekend will be held September 14th - 16th, 2018 on the Guild’s campus at 520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720. The Creative Arts Guild is Georgia’s oldest multidisciplinary community arts center. We celebrated our 55th anniversary in 2018. The Creative Arts Guild is located in northwest Georgia, approximately 20 miles south of Chattanooga TN and 70 miles north of Atlanta.
15 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
'Things That Go Bump' in Barking Legs
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s upcoming production of Terence McNally’s play Things That Go Bump in the Night opens on Friday September 14 th in Barking Legs Theater on Dodds Avenue. As with all of the plays produced by the Ensemble this year, McNally’s play centers on a fractious family. The Ensemble’s Executive Director Garry Posey told Richard Winham the main reason he chose the rarely performed play is because he’d long wanted to produce one of McNally’s plays in Chattanooga.
4 minutes | Sep 10, 2018
Ballot Vox: Joda Thongnopnua, TN State House Dist. 30
WUTC is speaking with Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates ahead of the November 6th midterm elections. Today, Joda Thongnopnua joins us. He's a Democrat running for Tennessee State House District 30, which includes East Ridge and East Brainerd. He faces Republican Esther Helton and independent J. Michael Holloway.
17 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
Chattanooga 2.0, Three Years and Counting
Chattanooga 2.0 is a city and county-wide initiative. Their goal is to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Chattanooga and Hamilton County students from the moment of their birth until the day they begin their careers. For its first three years, Chattanooga 2.0’s focus has been on early childhood education—preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. As Executive Director Jared Bigham sees it, to truly improve the school system for all students will take a generation. In last week’s program Dr. Bigham talked to Richard Winham about the organization’s goals and success in changing early childhood education. On today’s program, joined by Dr. Robin Cayce, the Director of Programs for Chattanooga 2.0, Dr. Bigham talks about some of the other challenges facing the organization as they look for ways to improve educational and employment opportunities for all students in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
5 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Tennessee Leaders Discuss Caring For Young Victims of the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis affects children as well as adults. Community leaders gathered in a conference room at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to talk about those sometimes-forgotten victims during a panel Council For A Strong America organized. Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy discussed how new training is teaching officers to be more empathetic toward children, and Major General Leslie Purser talked about the opioid crisis's effect on military recruitement.
13 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
An 'Accidental Prophet' Starts Welcome Home's Speaker Series 9/14
Welcome Home of Chattanooga provides a home to people who are terminally ill and have nowhere else to go; particularly, homeless people or people without much family support. The nonprofit also hosts educational events for anyone interested in end-of-life-care, including hospice workers and the general public. On September 14 , their new speaker series begins with "Accidental Prophet" Peter Anthony . He and Welcome Home Executive Director Sherry Campbell join us.
2 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Chattanooga's 'Drive Electric' Event Coming Up 9/8
National Drive Electric Week begins this Saturday and events celebrating plug-in vehicles are happening nationwide, including right here in Chattanooga. WUTC’s Will Davis is talking to James Dillard.
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