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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.

Comforting Voices To Ease Senior Loneliness

Long before the pandemic, many people 60 and older struggled with loneliness.

Lockdowns, limits on visitations and social distancing only deepened that struggle.

The Tennessee Hope Line is a toll-free number staffed by trained volunteers who offer encouragement and hope for lonely older adults. 

The number is 844-600-8262 - and it’s open Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM to 4 PM, Eastern.

Bevelle Puffer handles special projects for the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.




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