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

Scenic Roots - Tues 1/21/20

Jan 21, 2020

  • Alexis Willis of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's INCubator.
  • Mark McKnight and Tish Gailmard of Reflection Riding on sandhill cranes. 
  • Learning how to make stained glass - and paint your own pottery for a cause.
  • 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.

Scenic Roots - Mon 1/20/20

Jan 20, 2020

  • A conversation with KB Ballentine and Linda Parsons.
  • Giant Steps Music partners with SoundCorps on musical instruments.
  • Improv Chattanooga moves forward - and, Young Yogaletts.
  • These voices - and more - on this encore edition of "Scenic Roots."

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

The Mind Of Artifice The Mentalist

Jan 19, 2020

His name is “Artifice” - and his job is “mentalist.”


“Artifice the Mentalist” is the stage name of Chase Ellsworth.


You may have seen Artifice perform here in Chattanooga - and having met him, I can tell you that seeing is believing.


Artifice - and his wife, Lela - stopped by “Scenic Roots”...

Time For Color Chattanooga Pink!

Jan 17, 2020

Color Chattanooga Pink! starts tomorrow - a week of events that lead up to next Saturday’s Pink! Gala, which raises funds for the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial.

Mark Hite is co-chair of Color Chattanooga Pink! - and Dr. Betsy Washburn is a breast oncology surgeon at the Locher Breast Center...

Scenic City Shakespeare Aims For The Stage

Jan 17, 2020


All the world’s a stage - and now, Shakespeare has a new champion here in Chattanooga.

Scenic City Shakespeare aims to make the works of The Bard accessible to all with theatre and educational programs.


The group is planning to produce its inaugural season this fall - and it is already hosting monthly discussion groups, as part of The Shakespeare 2020 Project.


Ryan Laskowski is artistic director of Scenic City Shakespeare.


Shaping The Supply Chains of Tomorrow

Jan 17, 2020
Kenco Logistics


Next week, the Chattanooga Supply Chain Symposium will bring together professionals to network and share ideas on how to build supply chains that more efficient and effective.

The symposium takes place at Kenco Logistics on Wednesday, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.


John Freeze is director of the Center for Professional Education here on on this campus, the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga.


Our Footprints In Appalachia's Environment

Jan 17, 2020


In the valley of the Little Tennessee River, near the Appalachian Mountains, sits the 1,200 acres of Fort Loudoun State Historic Park.

The British built the fort in the 1750’s, as they struggled with France and Spain for control of North America - and as the native people of Overhill Cherokee country strove to protect their homes and their way of life.


Tomorrow at the park, starting at 1 PM, Ranger Lauren Baghetti will talk about the environment impacts on that landscape, from colonial times to modern examples...

A Gathering For Sandhill Cranes

Jan 17, 2020


It’s that time of year for sandhill cranes.

The Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival runs tomorrow and Sunday, from 8 AM to 4 PM, in Birchwood - celebrating the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate through or spend the winter on and around the Hiwassee Refuge.


Mime Barnes is with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which presents the festival...

Kreneshia Whiteside's Path In Art

Jan 17, 2020
The Chattery

Kreneshia Whiteside is passionate about art - and as a curator, she showcases the works of fellow artists.

A Chattanooga native, she is now the chief curator at AVA - The Association for Visual Arts.


Tomorrow, starting at 11 AM, Kreneshia will appear at The Chattery as part of its new monthly “Coffee Talk” series - sharing her perspective as a black woman in the art world, with a dialogue open to all on diversity in the creative field...

Scenic Roots - Fri 1/17/20

Jan 17, 2020

  • Kreneshia Whiteside, AVA's chief curator, talks diversity in the art world.
  • Mime Barnes previews the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival in Birchwood.
  • Scenic City Shakespeare aims for the stage - and Color Chattanooga Pink!
  • 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.