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

A Weed Wrangle For Chattanooga's Outdoors

Mar 8, 2020
Reflection Riding Arboretrum & Nature Center

Tomorrow, volunteers will gather across the Chattanooga area for “Weed Wrangle 2020”:  a one-day effort to remove invasive species - harmful trees, vines and flowering plants - from public parks and green spaces.

Honoring Aretha's Music, Chattanooga Style

Mar 8, 2020
Chattanooga Legends of Soul

Tomorrow night, Chattanooga Legends of Soul presents “A Tribute to The Queen:  Aretha Franklin.”


The journey through Franklin’s musical legacy starts at 6 PM at Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

A Seussian Time At Read Across Chattanooga

Mar 8, 2020
Hamilton Place

This year’s “Read Across Chattanooga” returns tomorrow to Hamilton Place, from Noon to 2 PM.

Songbook On Stage At River City Sessions

Mar 8, 2020

Tonight, River City Sessions is back on this campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - right above our studios here at WUTC.


The latest performance in the concert series takes place in Cadek Hall - doors open at 7 PM, the show begins at 7:30.

Scenic Roots - Fri 3/06/20

Mar 8, 2020


  • Mike Gray & Bob Boyer on tonight's River City Sessions at UTC.
  • Jasmine Le'Shea on "A Tribute To The Queen:  Aretha Franklin."
  • Read Across Chattanooga at Hamilton Place - and, Weed Wrangle.
  • 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.

The 4K Microscope Reaches Beyond Chattanooga

Mar 8, 2020

Thanks to Chattanooga’s gigabit technology, students at a handful of schools here in Hamilton County have remote video access to a high-powered 4K microscope for their environmental and biomedical studies.  


The tool - housed at STEM School Chattanooga - is so powerful that it is usually found only in scientific labs such those at the CDC. 

A Seeker Who Asks Questions Through Visual Art

Mar 8, 2020

Morris Mitchell is an award-winning artist here in Chattanooga.

He graduated from The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida - and taught there for forty-two years.

Tracking Ships While Navigating The Coronavirus

Mar 8, 2020

A maritime risk management firm with a footprint here in Chattanooga is tracking how the coronavirus is affecting shipping traffic for clients at sea around the world.

Connecting Stressed Populations With Nature

Mar 8, 2020
Natonal Parks Conversation Association

Akiima Price finds ways to connect people in underserved communities with positive experiences in Nature - to encourage healing, provide meaning and strengthen those communities.


Tonight here in Chattanooga, she will speak at The Camp House, starting at 5:30 PM - as part of CIVIQ, a quarterly speaker series by Chattanooga Design Studio.

Scenic Roots - Thu 3/05/20

Mar 8, 2020


  • Akiima Price previews her CIVIQ talk for Chattanooga Design Studio.
  • Frank Fenner of IMSA on tracking ships during the coronavirus.
  • Artist Morris Mitchell - and, the 4K Microscope in Hamilton County Schools.
  • 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.