As a journalist myself, I'm glad many U.S. Senators have responded strongly to Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi vanishing in Turkey--Senators are pressuring President Trump to investigate the incident and (if it turns out Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi regime) enact sanctions.

"Killing journalists, if it occurred," says Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, "is something that, as a nation, we just don't abide by."

 Three candidates are on the November ballot for Tennessee State House District 30, and one of them has received an unusual endorsement. Joda Thongnopnua, the Democratic candidate, gathered with reporters outside the Hamilton County Election Commission building to announce why J. Michael Holloway, an independent competing in the same race, has decided to endorse Thongnopnua.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is presenting Disney’s musical Newsies through October 14. Guest director Katherine Michelle Tanner joins us.

Tennesseans who want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election must register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Registering to vote is easy in Tennessee. Tennessee citizens may register online from a computer, tablet or smartphone at Voters may also register in person or submit a voter registration form by mail, but forms must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Monday night at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Phil Bredesen held a townhall-style meeting. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee answered questions on a wide range of topics, including the Affordable Care Act and last week’s acrimonious Congressional hearing regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.

The League of Women Voters of Chattanooga, UTC’s Women’s Studies Department, The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, and the new UTC group Mocs Go Vote 2018 will co-host a Meet & Greet for the State House candidates in districts 26-30. The Meet & Greet will take place on Monday, September 24, 2018, in the Chattanooga Room located on the second level of UTC’s University Center, 642 E. 5th Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The first woman from Tennessee elected to a full term in Congress has died at age 89.

A personal tragedy put Chattanooga Democrat Marilyn Lloyd into the race for the U.S. House in 1974. Originally, her husband was the Democratic nominee for East Tennessee in that election. After he died in a plane accident, she replaced him and won, beating the Republican incumbent.

A family systems coach is coming to Chattanooga to talk about a theory that views families as emotional units and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit.

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is throwing a party November 9th to celebrate two decades of helping the city’s homeless population. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to Family Promise’s Marketing and Development Director, Cary Bayless.

In this interview, I’m speaking with Illinois State University historian Dr. Amy Wood about the legacy of lynching in the South and a Chattanooga tragedy that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Wood is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.

She visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently to talk about Ed Johnson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1906. Johnson was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge, and efforts are underway to create a memorial to this often-forgotten murder that had major legal implications for all of us.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Eastern, Dr. Wood will speak at the University of the South about lynching. Watch a livestream of the event here.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Chancellor delivered his annual State of the University address Friday. WUTC’s Richard Norwood tells us it happened just before the school showed off a new housing complex.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the largest private donation in the school’s history. Alumnus Gary W. Rollins and his wife are giving $40 million to UTC’s College of Business. The couple visited campus Thursday for a renaming event.


Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn are both proposing ways to close the federal budget deficit, which is increasing despite a strong economy. Both Bredesen, a Democrat, and Blackburn, a Republican, are November candidates for the U.S.


You might say it’s downtown Chattanooga’s newest music venue: the EPB Community Stage at the newly-renovated Miller Park is a building with a glass front that lifts up like a garage door. It overlooks a new 25,000 square-foot greenspace where people can walk, play, and sit and watch performances.

All day Friday, September 14, there will be live music, children’s activities, and performance art to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a year of renovation work.

Amanda Brown joins us, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, and Leanne Martin, the Operations & Events Director, to talk about the upcoming festival in Dalton.

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