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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.

A Makeover In Progress For The Bessie

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga celebrates the African diaspora - and pays tribute to this city’s African-American culture - honoring Bessie Smith, “The Empress of the Blues.”

Now, the center is undergoing a major renovation - and more.



Elijah Cameron is director of community relations at The Bessie.

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