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."

KB Ballentine & Linda Parsons

Jan 15, 2020


Last month, two of the most notable poets in this area appeared at Star Line Books here in Chattanooga:  KB Ballentine and Linda Parsons.

Not long ago, KB stopped by “Scenic Roots” - and Linda joined us by phone - for a conversation of our own...








NoogaCon Connects With Entrepreneurs

Jan 15, 2020
J.D. Frost & Company

Entrepreneurs will gather in Chattanooga tomorrow for NoogaCon. 


Business experts from around the area - and across the country - will speak at this year’s conference, which takes place at The Turnbull Building from Noon to 7 PM.


J.D. Frost is founder and managing partner of J.D. Frost & Company, the sponsor of NoogaCon...


Scenic Roots - Weds 1/15/20

Jan 15, 2020

  • J.D. Frost talks about NoogaCon for entrepreneurs in Chattanooga.
  • A conversation with KB Ballentine and Linda Parsons.
  • Young Yogaletts - and the Chattanooga Writers Guild's workshop. 
  • 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.

Stepping Forward At Downside Up

Jan 14, 2020

Downside Up is a nonprofit here in Chattanooga that provides support, education and encouragement for parents, families and others who love and care about people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

Theresa Nix is the founder and CEO...

Muralist Kevin Bate Fills In The Spaces

Jan 14, 2020
Chattanooga Workspace

Murals are part of the scenery here in Chattanooga - and Kevin Bate has painted many of them.

Perhaps you have seen his work on the Southside, M.L. King Boulevard, the North Shore, Highland Park - or recently, the memorial mural for the Fallen Five.


Kevin is teaching a class on murals for The Chattery at Chattanooga Workspace on Saturday, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM...

Jewish Documentaries In Chattanooga

Jan 14, 2020

Here in Chattanooga, the Jewish Cultural Center will screen a series of four documentaries, starting tomorrow night and each Wednesday night through February 5th.

Stephen Black, Frank Miller and Ann Treadwell are with the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga...

Scenic Roots - Tues 1/14/20

Jan 14, 2020

  • Muralist Kevin Bate fills in the spaces on the walls of Chattanooga.
  • Chattanooga's Jewish Cultural Center screens a documentary film series.
  • Downside Up's Theresa Nix on the nonprofit's parent-centered mission. 
  • 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 1/13/20

Jan 13, 2020

  • Meghan Mangrum of The Chattanooga Times Free Press on fixing schools.
  • LAUNCH CHA's team on raising Chattanooga's entrepreneurs.
  • Steve Redenbaugh of Summit for Soldiers on "adven-therapy."
  • 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.



Chattanewgans, From Far And Wide

Jan 13, 2020
The Chattanooga Times Free Press

If you are new to Chattanooga - as I am - you might be curious about the other newcomers to this city and the Tennessee Valley:  “Who are they?  Where did they move from?  What brought them here?”


Mary Fortune covers business news for The Chattanooga Times Free Press - and she is the editor of EDGE Magazine, where she recently profiled a few of those newcomers...

Swincar Sweeps Across The Outdoors

Jan 13, 2020
Adventure Sports Innovation

An electric vehicle on four wheels has spider-like arms to grapple with off-road terrain.


It’s called the Swincar E-Spider, and you can get behind the wheel at Adventure Sports Innovation - a Chattanooga business that brings high-tech into outdoor experiences.


Patrick Molloy is CEO of ASI...