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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. 
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  • And now, one more voice from TEDxChattanooga. The latest series of talks by community speakers - independently organized under the TED program’s global initiative of “ideas worth spreading” - was held in November at Common House in downtown Chattanooga. Here’s Chloé Morrison on “Finding Pride in Chattanooga.”
  • Here on our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - students manage a real stock portfolio like a mutual fund at an investment firm. It’s called the Student-Managed Investment Learning Experience Fund - or SMILE Fund - at the Gary W. Rollins College of Business - and the fund has a real client, the UC Foundation.
  • Reese Veltenaar & Grant Allen of Acumen Wealth Advisors. From TEDxChattanooga: Chloé Morrison on finding pride. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • This weekend, young performers will display their talents to support the Performing Arts League. The Sunday Showcase starts at 3 PM in the Fine Arts Center on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - featuring choral and instrumental music, dance, drama and musical theater.
  • More than 400 people here in Chattanooga are chronically homeless. One solution is what is known as permanent supportive housing. That’s the focus of the latest story from Chattamatters, a project at The Enterprise Center that helps Chattanoogans better understand local government and local issues.
  • Here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, it is possible to hold two local elected offices at the same time. Reporter Ellen Gerst wrote the story on why for The Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  • Why wasn’t the Holocaust prevented or stopped? Author and speaker Peter Hayes has explored that question for years. He is visiting Chattanooga ahead of Friday’s opening at the Chattanooga Public Library of “Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries” from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Reflections on the history of the U.S. and the Holocaust. Serving in more than one local office at the same time. From Chattamatters: permanent supportive housing. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • Jane Austen wrote “Pride and Prejudice” - her romance novel of manners - more than two hundred years ago. On Friday, a stage adaptation for today’s audience premieres at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, at 8 PM.
  • As the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce prepares to update its strategic master plan, it is conducting an online survey this month, soliciting input from people who live and/or work in Chattanooga and Hamilton County - regardless of age.