Community en Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner <p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:11:54 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40694 at Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster <p> Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Richard Winham 40443 at Chattanooga Ambassador Program Helps At-Risk Kids Stay in School <p> Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development is working with at-risk kids by using a holistic approach to keep them in school.&nbsp; City Administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings discusses the Chattanooga Ambassador Program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:57:44 +0000 Mark Colbert 40335 at Chattanooga Nature Center Is a World Away, but Only Minutes from Downtown <p> The Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum and Reflection Riding is a peaceful oasis just minutes from downtown. Circling the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is acres of open pasture and woodland bisected by miles of trails that wind through the woods and beside the river that snakes though the property. Michael Green, one of the dozens of volunteers who run the Nature Center, takes us for a short walk through the property, stopping at the animal sanctuary, which is one of the center’s biggest draws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:50:07 +0000 Richard Winham 40334 at Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs <p></p><p></p><p>WUTC's Michael Edward Miller and <a href="">'s Chloe Morrison</a> discuss the broader implications of Volkswagen choosing Chattanooga as the site to build its <a href="">new seven-passenger SUV</a> and a special research center.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:05:32 +0000 Staff 40275 at Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs Food For Summer With the Children's Summer Feeding Program <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Chattanooga Area Food Bank</a> received a grant from Conagra to help provide food for the Children's Summer Feeding Program.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39998 at Food For Summer With the Children's Summer Feeding Program VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center <p></p><p>Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.&nbsp; About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.</p><p>"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40215 at VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year. &nbsp;Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself. &nbsp;That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary </span>Casteel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.</span></p><p>"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here. &nbsp;There's no opportunity for third-party interference."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.&nbsp; Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.&nbsp; But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.&nbsp; If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant? &nbsp;What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant? &nbsp;This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner <a href=""></a></span></p><p><strong>UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.</strong></p><p><strong>“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40108 at Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork? <p>The Beacon Center of Tennessee's<a href=""> 2014 Pork Report</a> roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.</p><p>"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:25:13 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40007 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:13:52 +0000 Richard Winham 39994 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain? <p> How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?&nbsp; Does running cause arthritis?&nbsp; What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?&nbsp; Dr. Danielle Mitchell from <a href="">the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health</a> joins us to discuss these topics and more.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:35:05 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39608 at How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary? <p>Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.&nbsp; The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.&nbsp; She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for <a href="">Dr. Jimmy Waldrop</a> at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39397 at Lawyers Dressed in Hoodies and Bluejeans <p> Chattanooga is developing a reputation as a start up friendly city. Young entrepreneurs excited by access to the ultra fast Internet are working with the Company Lab and other mentor organizations. But many of them still face the sometimes daunting challenge of finding legal advice they can afford. Scott Maucere wants to help. He’s the CEO of a local legal cooperative called <a href="">Push To Start. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:35 +0000 Richard Winham 39164 at This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles <p></p><p> Plenty of apps already exist to collect a health-conscious person’s data.&nbsp; RunKeeper, FitBit and MapMyFitness can all track how often a person takes a walk, how far he or she runs, how often he or she sleeps, and more.&nbsp; Some apps can also connect with wearables, such a smart watch that measures someone’s heart rate.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:15:02 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39110 at This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles When Dealing With A Loved One Who Has Dementia, Plan Ahead <p> Susan Farmer, Director of the Senior Life Program at Parkridge Valley, joins us with advice on dealing with parents and loved ones who show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; Many families never discuss what to do if older relatives can’t remember basic information or become unable to live independently.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:58:07 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39057 at