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Scenic Roots
Mondays - Thursdays / 3 PM - 3:30 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 hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC.
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  • For years, the work of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga has helped thousands of school age girls in this area. Toccora Petersen is its CEO.
  • This week, the Chattanooga City Council - and the Hamilton County Commission - approved an updated plan on how to pay for a new multipurpose stadium for the Chattanooga Lookouts in the South Broad District. Here’s William Newlin of Chattamatters on what it looks like.
  • Here in Chattanooga, a new nonprofit has arrived for community theater. Noogavision Theatre and Performing Arts Co. presents its first production - “Luce” - opening tonight at 7 PM at Barking Legs Theater. Fallon Clark is the founder and executive director of NoogaVision - and the director of “Luce.”
  • Noogavision’s Fallon Clark on “Luce” at Barking Legs Theater. Chattamatters: Signing off on the updated stadium funding plan. Strong, smart and bold for girls - at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots."
  • For the past few years, Be the Change Youth Initiative has supported nonprofits here in the Chattanooga area through its Concerts for a Cause series. And now, the initiative is taking that support - and its engagement with our community - to the next level.
  • Last fall, the Hamilton County Fair returned for Veterans Day Weekend - at a new venue: McDonald Farm in Sale Creek. The planning is already in progress for this year’s Fair - again for Veterans Day Weekend in November. Karen Shostak is deputy director of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation.
  • For the Hamilton County Fair, looking back - and forward. New chords for community at Be the Change Youth Initiative. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • In a few weeks, Rock the Riverfront returns to Chattanooga Green. Starting Thursday, March 14th through Sunday, April 14th, the Green will once again be filled with interactive art, music, entertainment and more for the community.
  • “9 to 5: The Musical” - with music and lyrics by East Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton - comes this week to our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The musical - from the students of UTC Theatre Co. - opens Tuesday, starting at 7:30 PM, in the Dorothy Ward Theater in the Fine Arts Center.
  • Photo Night is an annual showcase for photography here on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This year’s showcase - by UTC’s Department of Communication - is Wednesday, March 6th in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.