Scenic Roots

Monday through Friday, from 3 PM to 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."

  • Ray Bassett is the host of "Scenic Roots"   produced by Haley Solomon, Karley Dodson and Will Davis.

Ways to Connect

Inspired By - And Inspiring - Happiness

Jan 22, 2020

Roe Anderson was born and raised here in Chattanooga.


Maybe you read about her recently in The Chattanooga Times Free Press - or maybe you saw her online, in a CBS News documentary - or maybe you heard one of our conversations with her here.


Roe teaches yoga - and she formed a nonprofit called Girl Stance, which teaches the power of yoga to young black girls...

From Pieces Of Paper To Decorative Designs

Jan 22, 2020
The Chattery

We’ve talked about quilting - but what about quilling?

As Brittney Winborn will tell you, quilling is an art form that uses strips of paper to create decorative designs.


She’s teaching a class on quilling at The Chattery on Saturday, starting at 10 AM…

Threads Of Love Weaves Meaning With Quilts

Jan 22, 2020
Life Care Center of Hixson / The Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mike Goodson makes quilts - and he has for a long time.

A few years ago, he started a group that brings together people of all ages to make quilts for those who need them the most - especially the elderly and the ill.


It is called “Threads of Love” - a ministry at Red Bank Church of Christ.


Mike stopped by “Scenic Roots”...

Spotting – And Stopping – Human Trafficking

Jan 22, 2020

Tomorrow, a free training seminar here in Chattanooga will raise awareness of human trafficking - and how to stop it.


Vision Hospitality Group - and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association - will present the seminar, open to the public, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Hamilton Place in two sessions - at 10 AM and at 1 PM.


Jenelle Hawkins is with Vision Hospitality Group…

How Communities Are Confronting Hate

Jan 22, 2020

Becky Monroe is a law professor at Ohio State University who studies community data on hate and discrimination in a nationwide context.

Last night, she visited this campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - to speak at the launch of Pivot Point, a series of policy forums organized by Mayor Andy Berke’s Council Against Hate.


Before the forum, Becky stopped by “Scenic Roots”...

Scenic Roots - Weds 1/22/20

Jan 22, 2020

  • OSU's Prof. Becky Monroe gives a snapshot on hate for a Chattanooga forum. 
  • Jenelle Hawkins of Vision Hospitality Group on stopping human trafficking.
  • Mike Goodson on Threads of Love's quilts - and Brittney Winborn on quilling.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Ray Bassett is the host of "Scenic Roots" - produced by Haley Solomon, Karley Dodson and Will Davis.

Paint Your Own Pottery For Habitat Homes

Jan 21, 2020
River City Pottery

River City Pottery in East Brainerd invites future homeowners and their families through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga to come to the studio and paint pottery pieces they choose - and then, the studio presents the finished pottery to each family at the dedication ceremony for their new home.


Kimberly York is manager of River City Pottery...

Learning The Delicate Art Of Stained Glass

Jan 21, 2020
Reflections Gallery

Stained glass requires a lot of patience.

Just ask Summer Harrison of Reflections Gallery here in Chattanooga.


Tomorrow evening, at 5:30 PM, she will start teaching a five-week beginner’s course at the Gallery on stained glass...

Where Sandhill Cranes Are Waiting For You

Jan 21, 2020

If you missed the sandhill crane festival in East Tennessee over the weekend, you have another chance to see the birds.


Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center here in Chattanooga will take you to them this weekend.


Mark McKnight is president and CEO of Reflection Riding - and Tish Gailmard is director of wildlife there...

The INCubator For Startups In Chattanooga

Jan 21, 2020
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Here in Chattanooga, startup entrepreneurs who are looking for a place to grow find a home on the North Shore - at The INCubator in the Hamilton County Business Development Center.


The program of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce helps guide those entrepreneurs over three to four years - launching them and their businesses to the next level.


Alexis Willis is the Chamber’s director of small business and entrepreneurship - and oversees The INCubator…