Scenic Roots

Weekdays / 3 PM - 4 PM

"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."

Chris Downey, a San Francisco architect who became blind, is the summit's keynote presenter.
The American Institute of Architects

A week from tomorrow, Signal Centers here in Chattanooga hosts its Accessibility Awareness Summit.

The virtual event will take place at Chattanooga State Community College.


Black Educators Initiative poster

A teaching residency program here in Chattanooga is partnering with a national effort to recruit, develop and retain Black educators.

Project Inspire - run by Chattanooga’s Public Education Foundation - is participating in the Black Educators Initiative through the National Center for Teacher Residencies.


  • Investing in the future of Chattanooga’s Black educators.
  • This year’s Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit.
  • Talking Writing:  Flynn Berry on her novel “Northern Spy.”
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Will Boyd & David Becher
Barking Legs Theater / Facebook

Richard Winham presents a recent virtual set from Knoxville-based saxophonist Will Boyd and bassist David Becher from Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.

A yellow flower

This weekend, the Spring Garden Festival returns to Chattanooga.

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County - along with the University of Tennessee Extension - will present the outdoor festival on Saturday, starting at 10 AM, around the Hamilton County Extension Ag Center and Bonny Oaks Arboretum.


Poster for Zaire Love’s “Trees”

Zaire Love is a filmmaker, music maker and writer in Mississippi.

In her short documentary film "Trees," her grandmother Dorothy is the star - and storyteller.

  • Mississippi filmmaker Zaire Love on her documentary “Trees.”
  • Suzanne Ford & Carlton Mathis on the Spring Garden Festival.
  • Barking Legs Theater:  A virtual set by Will Boyd & David Becher.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”



Richard Winham presents the second half of a set from the Baltimore-based quartet Ultrafaux, performed at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series.

Students in Rodney Gipson's class.
Dalton Public Schools

One day, Rodney Gipson had an idea:  he wanted to recreate NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series.

Rodney is music director at Morris Innovative High School in Dalton - and this year, he is giving his music technology students the chance to learn how to stage their own Tiny Desk Concerts in the school library.


Karen White
Marchet Butler

Karen White is a bestselling author who now lives near Atlanta, but grew up in London.

Her latest novel - “The Last Night in London” - is her most personal yet, set in the home where she lived with her family.