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1:50pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Why Pay Less?

Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax

This map ranks states by combined average state & local sales tax rates. Tennessee is highest.
Credit Tax Foundation

At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation think tank.  In this segment, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Scott Drenkard, a Tax Foundation economist, about the reason why the foundation collects and publicizes this information.  They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.

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1:31pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Photojournalist Gardner Will Document Kenyan Refugees

Sales of these watercolor necklaces will help fund Molly Gardner's Kenya trip. Jocelin Yagel designed the ink logos, and Meredith Blanchard is the owner of LimeTree Products, the jeweler putting everything together.
Credit Molly Gardner Photography

Molly Gardner plans to fly to Nairobi, Kenya this summer to meet women who create goods for the fair-trade nonprofit Amani ya Juu, which helps refugee women earn a living by creating clothing and other goods.

Gardner, a Chattanooga photographer and artist, works as the event coordinator for the Amani distribution center here in Chattanooga.

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1:02pm

Fri March 21, 2014
VW Vote

BREAKING: UAW Revote Hearing Rescheduled to 4/21

Earlier this week, it was announced that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct a hearing in Chattanooga to determine whether a second vote should happen at the Volkswagen plant where workers narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers' bid for representation.  The hearing was originally scheduled for April 7.

However, according to a NLRB spokesperson, the hearing has now been rescheduled to April 21st.

We'll have more details as they become available.

11:44am

Fri March 21, 2014
Pets

Behold, Bones Made From Beer Bran

Barley Bones, a Chattanooga company, crafts dog treats from the spent barley waste of local beer breweries.
Credit Contributed photo

Ben Whitelaw was a brewer at Big River, the brew pub in downtown Chattanooga, when he first conceived a business making and selling dog treats. He was in the habit of taking his dog to work with him on the weekends. As soon as they got there the little dog made a beeline for the spent grain scattered all over the floor of the grain room. Other dogs are equally attracted to the grain left over during the process of brewing beer.

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2:47pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Performs 'Titanic' (the Musical) 4/11 & 4/12

Closed Door Entertainment is performing the musical Titanic, which features an ensemble cast, an elaborate set and Tony Award-winning songs.  Although the musical premiered on Broadway in 1997, the same year as James Cameron's film, the musical is not related to the film.  Unlike the film, the musical focuses on real, historical people who boarded the doomed ship.

This segment features excerpts from the songs and a conversation with cast members.

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10:17am

Thu March 20, 2014
Happenings

Walk a Mile for A Smile To Remember 4/5

"A Smile To Remember" is a walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness on Saturday, April 5, 2014 beginning at 9:00 AM at the 1st Presbyterian Church located at McCallie Avenue and Douglas Street. 

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2:54pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

East Brainerd 'Backlot' Provides Meeting Space, Networking for Filmmakers

Do you dream about being on stage, or in front of a camera?   What about being involved with sound or lighting aspects of a film?

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10:32am

Wed March 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Local Author Adds Southern Humor to Mystery Crime Series

Gretchen Archer, Author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series.
Credit Gretchen Archer

Gretchen Archer starts her day on Lookout Mountain well before sunrise, putting words to paper that will eventually become the next book in the Davis Way Crime Caper Series

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4:30pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Happenings

Yoga Instruction Classes Start Soon at Sports Barn

The Chattanooga Yoga School is offering an intensive course for people who want to be become certified yoga teachers. Offered over nine weekends between April and September, the classes, held at The Sports Barn here in Chattanooga, focus on the practice as well as the philosophy of yoga. Richard Winham talked to Madia Swicord, one of the co-directors of the school.

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1:39pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Breaking

Volkswagen Recalls 150,000+ Passats from Chattanooga Plant

The recall affects 2012 and 2013 Passat vehicles made in Chattanooga, and more than 150,000 of the vehicles are involved.  In a statement on its Web site, Volkswagen says low-beam headlights on the cars could stop working if the hood is closed roughly or dropped from a certain height, which could cause reduced visibility of the vehicle.  Volkswagen says, if that happens, a warning in the instrument cluster will immediately alert the driver.  VW has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and plans to notify all owners of Passat vehicles involved in the recall.

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10:05am

Tue March 18, 2014
Happenings

Wearable Art is Focus of Fiber Works at the Museum Center at 5 Points in Cleveland

Blue Diamonds handwoven shibori vest by Dianne Totten, one of the fiber artists at Fiber Works.
Credit Dianne Totten Handwovens

Fiber Works Fashion Show and Market will showcase hand made wearable art from regional fiber artists at the Museum Center at 5 Points in Cleveland Tennessee on Saturday March 29th. 

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11:10am

Mon March 17, 2014
Happenings

'Live Well with a Better Memory' Event Coming up 3/25

Tracy Dougherty, speech language pathologist, will teach simple strategies to assist with memory in everyday life on 3/25 at 5:30 p.m. at Life Care Center of Hixson.  RSVPs are requested.  The event & dinner are free.

WUTC's Mark Colbert has this conversation with Dougherty.

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10:02am

Mon March 17, 2014
Community

Young Entrepreneur Opens Her Business In The Howard School

Deshel Hambrick is collecting dresses for the prom with the Cinderella Event hosted by her business, 4 Ever Young.
Credit LAUNCH Chattanooga

High school senior Deshel Hambrick opened her business last week with funds she won in a competition after completing a High School entrepreneur program with LAUNCH Chattanooga

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10:44am

Fri March 14, 2014
Community

Would You Like To Make a Book? Dombrowski Hosting 'Artist Books' Events 3/14 & 15

What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.

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9:43am

Fri March 14, 2014
Pediatric Health Series

Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected

According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation.  One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality.  In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans.  This is true both in Hamilton County and around the nat

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