Elena Nourabadi

Producer & Host

A graduate of UTC, Elena assists in the production and promotion of Scenic Roots - while she hosts and produces her own show on WUTC:  "Sound Sun Pleasure."  

Ways to Connect

Alan Shikoh
Alan Shikoh / Facebook

Richard Winham shares a performance by guitarist Alan Shikoh, recorded last fall downtown at The Chattanooga Public Library.

Performance artwork
Performing Arts League / Facebook

The Performing Arts League here in the Chattanooga area supports young people who want to participate in the performing arts.

Andrew Najberg
Andrew Najberg / Facebook

Andrew Najberg is a poet - and a lecturer on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

His collection of poems - “The Goats Have Taken Over The Barracks” - will be released in March.

Garlic growing at Bird Fork Farm last year
Bird Fork Farm / Instagram

Alysia Leon and Stephanie Martin are the co-owners of Bird Fork Farm, up on Cagle Mountain near Dunlap.

Their produce is certified naturally grown for the Chattanooga area and beyond - which means they use no synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or GMOs in what they grow.

A DEO Clinic testing site for COVID-19.
The DEO Clinic

The DEO Clinic in Dalton, Georgia provides free health care services to people with low incomes and no insurance of their own.

Over the summer, Heather Donahue became the clinic’s executive director - in the early months of the pandemic.


  • Heather Donahue, executive director of The DEO Clinic.
  • Alysia Leon and Stephanie Martin, co-owners of Bird Fork Farm.
  • Poet Andrew Najberg - and the Performing Arts League.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


The lynching marker in LaFayette, GA.

Back in the fall, Walker County became the first county in Northwest Georgia to install a lynching memorial.

It’s a marker on the grounds of the Marsh House in LaFayette:  the Memorial of Reconciliation, Peace and Justice.

The dome of the U.S. Capitol.
Creative Commons

A week after the rioting and deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol in Washington - and on this day of the vote in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time - we want to share a conversation that included two scholars on our campus: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


  • A conversation on this moment of reckoning for America.
  • Beverly Foster of the Walker County Remembrance Coalition.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


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.