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Chattanooga police cadets train in different ways: they improve their aim at the firing range, endure obstacle courses, and maneuver through driving courses.

Also, they go out into the community and get to know the people they’ll be protecting--in particular, underserved, minority and LGBTQ communities.

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This year marks the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and to celebrate, TVA invited the public to tour some of their hydro facilities, including Chickamauga Dam. WUTC’s Will Davis took a tour.

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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White was in charge of Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015--the day a homegrown terrorist shot at the center, killing five--and White was the first person to fire back at the terrorist. Later, while dealing with the stress of the experience and sorrow over the losses, he found solace through songwriting.

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After writing two novels for adults and a short-story collection, Chattanooga author Janie Dempsey Watts has published her first book for children, Pap Pap Goes to Paris: And so does Ricky. She joins us to talk about it.

Publisher's description:

Seeing a snow globe of the Eiffel Tower, Ricky wants to go to Paris with his grandfather to climb the famous monument.

After convincing his parents, he travels to Paris and experiences everything from cobblestones to croissants.

He sees the gigantic tower up close, and wonders how he will make it up the almost 700 stairs. With encouragement from his grandfather, Ricky tackles the stairs and learns the importance of teamwork and persistence.

  Shrek, The Musical, the stage show based on the Oscar winning movie, opens in The Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday, July 6th. Richard Winham talked to the with director Joel Scribner and the choreographer Dr. Jennifer Wilson.

 

Counting Endagered Gray Bats In a Tennessee Cave

Jul 3, 2018
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Nickajack Cave is one of the most important caves in the Tennessee Valley for biologists because it’s a maternity roost for the federally endangered Gray Bat. If you’re wondering how many bats are in the cave, WUTC’s Will Davis has the answer.

Thirteen percent of the people living in Hamilton County – around 60,000 people – have no health insurance. If they have a chronic health condition --  and many do – until a few years ago they had few options. But in 2011 Volunteers in Medicine opened a clinic in Chattanooga.

Nearly 23, 000 tons of rock was removed from Lookout Mountain and repurposed to make way for new venues and enhanced amenities for visitors to the popular tourist attraction, Ruby Falls. The expansion was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 22.

  

An award-winning short film shot right here in the Tennessee Valley is now available online. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to filmmaker Erica Scoggins about The Sacred Disease.

 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press hosted the forum Monday evening on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh participated, as well as Republicans Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, and Bill Lee. Watch below.

The largest philanthropic gift in the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been made to the University’s College of Business by Gary W. Rollins and Kathleen Rollins of Atlanta.

Read more at UTC’s news blog.

Sybil Baker’s While You Were Gone is the story of three sisters dealing with their father's death and uncovering secrets about him and other relatives who have passed away. They grow up in a large house on beautiful Missionary Ridge overlooking Chattanooga, and their extended family is part of the city's upper class. But the sisters feel shunned, and slowly learn why their family is fractured.

This Saturday, June 23rd, The Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair is celebrating writing and reading from 10 am until 4:30 pm in the Chattanooga City Library. Writers will be reading from their work in the auditorium on the main floor, while on the 2nd floor there will be entertainment for the children. There will also be readings on the 4th floor, and vendors will be setting up booths on the 4th floor as well. From 12 noon until 1pm there will be an open mic on the plaza in front of the library along with food vendors for lunch. Richard Winham talked to Sherry Poff from the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild as well as three of the writers –Finn Bille, Dana Shavin and Paul Luikart—who will be at the fair on Saturday.

Austin Kleon visits Chattanooga on Wednesday, June 20th for an event at the Downtown Public Library at 6 pm. Kleon's Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is the first selection in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Books With Berke club, examining themes of creativity, collaboration and changing the world. 

In Tennessee, we're ready to fight for freedom. We're known as as the Volunteer State because of our reputation for military service. But during the past few years' elections, we've been far less willing to get out and vote--our turnout numbers have been among the nation's lowest.

Why? And how does it affect who gets elected?

Shanna Singh Hughey, President of ThinkTennessee, discusses it with us. They're a Nashville-based, nonpartisan think tank studying voting issues, election security, and other challenges in the state.

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