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.

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.

La Paz Chattanooga's mission is to guide, connect and strengthen Chattanooga's Latino community through advocacy, education, and inclusion. Angela Garcia, Director of Marketing and Business Development, joins us to talk about their 2018 Latino Leadership Awards. The public is invited to the ceremony on September 17, and part of the voting is open to the public.

William "Buddy" Scarborough wrote a Harvard Business Review article earlier this year about gender inequality in management positions, and joins us to talk about his research. Scarborough tells us about women and men being disproportionately represented in certain industries’ top positions. He also talks about the situation in Chattanooga.

Educators have long known that 80% of our cognitive development occurs before we are 3 years old. But for most of us that is a startling wake-up call. For Chattanooga 2.0, it’s the foundation of one of their primary goals—to make every new parent aware of just how important it is to read to their children from a very early age, every day.

This year’s Wine Over Water will take place October 4 through October 7. WUTC’s Will Davis talked with Amanda Carmichael about the popular food and wine festival.

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Let America Vote founder Jason Kander joins us to talk about voter suppression and how his organization is encouraging young people to vote. Kander will be in Chattanooga Wednesday, August 29th for Cap, Gown, Vote! At the event Wednesday evening, Kander, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and members of the Mayors Youth Council will build strategies for registering, mobilizing, and energizing first-time voters in our community.


Retiring U.S. Senator (and former Chattanooga mayor) Bob Corker met with Chattanooga Christian School students in an auditorium, and he invited them to ask him questions on any topic. He also spoke with WUTC after the event.

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"I travel with a crystal ball," Rebecca Ryan jokes. As a futurist, she does a lot of travelling--and a lot of predicting. Of course, she uses data rather than mystic arts--she says she's informed by trends in five areas: society, technology, economy, environment, and politics. Lately, she's visited the Scenic City, and she's coming back next week. It's part of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's visioning process, tentatively titled "A Vision for Economic Prosperity."

 This year’s Poetry vs Hip Hop face off between local poets and rappers is in The Camphouse on Martin Luther King Boulevard this Friday August 24th. The billing for the show suggests a head to head competition which it is, but for the organizers it’s more a showcase for young talent.

Richard Winham talked to some of the poets and rappers who will be engaging in a friendly tussle of words on Friday night.

The second installment of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's summer reading series, Books with Berke, is a memoir about mentorship. Marian Wright Edelman's Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors will be discussed on Thursday, August 23rd at Waterhouse Pavillion, along with a mentorship fair. 


Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the United Way will hold a mentoring fair and panel on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Waterhouse Pavilion.

Phil Bredesen, the former Governor of Tennessee now running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has a proposal. If elected, he would work toward legislation allowing a governmental agency, the Tennessee Valley Authority, to provide broadband in underserved rural areas. His Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, agrees rural broadband is a big priority--but she favors free-market solutions. In this story, they discuss their points of view.

The Chattanooga City Council is not in a hurry to decide whether three city buildings should be declared as surplus—not until they get more information from Mayor Berke’s office about the finances involved and the potential economic impact.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the agenda included three resolutions about surplusing these three buildings, which are all located downtown around the Innovation District. Rather than voting yes or no on the resolutions, the council voted to table them.