Pop star Taylor Swift rarely speaks out in favor of political candidates.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” she wrote on Instagram Sunday evening.

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 GoVoteTN.com. Voters may also register in person or submit a voter registration form by mail, but forms must be postmarked by Tuesday.


After Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination cleared a key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate, making way for a final confirmation vote that's expected soon, Phil Bredesen released a statement of support for Kavananaugh.

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.

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Randy Boyd, Knoxville businessman and former adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam for higher education, will serve as interim president of the University of Tennessee following the retirement of UT President Joe DiPietro in November. The appointment was made by the board this afternoon during a special meeting in Knoxville.

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.


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.

WUTC is speaking with Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates ahead of the November 6th midterm elections. Today, Joda Thongnopnua joins us. He's a Democrat running for Tennessee State House District 30, which includes East Ridge and East Brainerd. He faces Republican Esther Helton and independent J. Michael Holloway.


The opioid crisis affects children as well as adults. Community leaders gathered in a conference room at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to talk about those sometimes-forgotten victims during a panel Council For A Strong America organized.  Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy discussed how new training is teaching officers to be more empathetic toward children, and Major General Leslie Purser talked about the opioid crisis's effect on military recruitement.

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Let America Vote founder Jason Kander joins us to talk about voter suppression and how his organization is encouraging young people to vote. Kander will be in Chattanooga Wednesday, August 29th for Cap, Gown, Vote! At the event Wednesday evening, Kander, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and members of the Mayors Youth Council will build strategies for registering, mobilizing, and energizing first-time voters in our community.


Retiring U.S. Senator (and former Chattanooga mayor) Bob Corker met with Chattanooga Christian School students in an auditorium, and he invited them to ask him questions on any topic. He also spoke with WUTC after the event.

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"I travel with a crystal ball," Rebecca Ryan jokes. As a futurist, she does a lot of travelling--and a lot of predicting. Of course, she uses data rather than mystic arts--she says she's informed by trends in five areas: society, technology, economy, environment, and politics. Lately, she's visited the Scenic City, and she's coming back next week. It's part of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's visioning process, tentatively titled "A Vision for Economic Prosperity."

Phil Bredesen, the former Governor of Tennessee now running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has a proposal. If elected, he would work toward legislation allowing a governmental agency, the Tennessee Valley Authority, to provide broadband in underserved rural areas. His Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, agrees rural broadband is a big priority--but she favors free-market solutions. In this story, they discuss their points of view.

The Chattanooga City Council is not in a hurry to decide whether three city buildings should be declared as surplus—not until they get more information from Mayor Berke’s office about the finances involved and the potential economic impact.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the agenda included three resolutions about surplusing these three buildings, which are all located downtown around the Innovation District. Rather than voting yes or no on the resolutions, the council voted to table them.