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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines. We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors. We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us. We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.We are "Scenic Roots."Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC.

Welcome To “The Adventures Of Cecil”

Cecil Williams III in 2019
The Adventures of Cecil / Facebook

A few years ago, Cecil Williams III of Chattanooga decided he wanted to live more - despite his physical challenges.



Back in 2003, he and his cousin were injured in a head-on collision, totaling his car and leaving him with a fractured right wrist.

A year later, a doctor diagnosed Cecil with a nerve disease that would worsen over time - weakening his limbs and motor skills, including his speech.

He has endured losing a job and a permanent physical disability - but in 2018, he got a part-time job at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga.

Cecil now experiences new activities outdoors through adaptive gear, sharing his story to inspire people.

Back in the fall, I spoke with him about “The Adventures of Cecil.”




Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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