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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s upcoming production of Terence McNally’s play Things That Go Bump in the Night opens on Friday September 14th 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.

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.

  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.

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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.

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.

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