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Scenic Roots

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Scenic Roots

"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 hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC. 
Ways to Connect
  • Creative Exchange is a new outlet for artists and creatives here in Chattanooga. Its first event is Sunday at PanCake Bakery on 801 Dodds Avenue, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Karla Felicia Scaife is with Creative Exchange.
  • Each year, our fallen veterans are honored with wreaths at cemeteries around the country on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year’s remembrance is Saturday, December 17th. Mickey McCamish, retired U.S. Navy Captain, is president of Wreaths Across Chattanooga.
  • The week after Thanksgiving, Mark Making presents “Unmasking: Now We Speak” in downtown Chattanooga. The art exhibit with performances of poetic monologues takes place at ArtsBuild on Thursday, December 1st starting at 5 PM.
  • Starting Friday, Be the Change Youth Initiative presents a series of Concerts for a Cause here in the Chattanooga area, providing gifts for youth - a toy drive in collaboration with the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults; Chattanooga Room in the Inn and Isaiah 117 House.
  • Concerts for a Cause this holiday season in Chattanooga. Mark Making presents “Unmasking: Now We Speak.” Wreaths Across Chattanooga. Introducing Creative Exchange. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • In our latest conversation as part of seventy years of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, we share perspectives from artists within reach of the Hunter here in the Southeast. Our guests: Jeffrey Morton, Baggs McKelvey, Amy Pleasant and Vadis Turner.
  • For artists here in the Chattanooga area, applications are now open for a grant program that concludes with an exhibit or performance within Hamilton County. Grants of up to 10,000 dollars are available from the “Artists Work” program, run by ArtsBuild.
  • It’s a four-decade tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving: reindeer and lighted boats in downtown Chattanooga. This Friday, from 4 PM to 8 PM, Reindeer on the Riverfront returns to Ross’ Landing - and on the Tennessee River, the Lighted Boat Parade from “The Southern Belle” and Erwin Marine Sales.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, the Grateful Gobbler 5K Walk / Run begins at 8 AM in Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park. The event benefits the Maclellan Shelter for Families.
  • A car repair. A month’s rent. A utility bill. These are a few of the expenses covered by the Neediest Cases Fund here in Chattanooga, which gives one-time assistance to people in difficult circumstances to cover their expenses.